Weinie Bakery: fresh baozi in Northridge
Dropped by the unfortunately transliterated Weinie (Way-nee?) Bakery in Northridge today and sampled their baozi. These are made in-house rather than purchased from a vendor.
I tried the vegetarian bao (freshly made), and the pork-veggie bao and the BBQ chicken (both nuked). Pretty decent, but I'm a huge baozi fan, and tend to like 'em more than the average person.
The bao dough had a slightly different texture from most I've had...it seemed a little heavier, but not overly chewy...almost like it was slightly understeamed (I'm pretending to have some small bit of knowledge and discernment, so bear with or ignore me as you see fit...).
The vegetarian was the garlic chive/onion and pressed tofu sort, which I quite like. The filling wasn't as pungent as some (bad news for me, but good news for my coworkers), but I liked it nonetheless. The pork-veggie was primarily cabbage...not bad, but a bit bland. The BBQ chicken had chunks of chicken and BBQ pork in a sweet sauce. Again, not bad, but still worthwhile, especially for West of the 405.
They also had chashaobao, red bean and plain steamed mantou, along with the usual assortment of not-too-sweet Asian cakes and various little bread things with corn, weenies, taro, onions and whatever in/on them. Very Taiwanese.
So, if you like baozi and live far from Monterey Park (or even NoHo), give it a try.
9250 Reseda Blvd. #10, Northridge
(same intersection as A&W Seafood, Falafel Palace and Mandarin Deli)
Yes - Hard to spot. I went today and bought two things, the tuna bun and a red date bun. (upon recommendation from the owner) both scrumptious! The bread from the tuna bun was so incredibly light, I just inhaled and it was gone. I never know of it's existance but, yes, the owner said today she's been there for 12 years. GO GO GO - cakes, breads, buns, and bao!! East side of the street in the far corner, same strip as Net Zone and Emle's. THANK YOU YCLOPS! a great new find for me.