Kee Wah - new branch in Dublin
How were the pork buns from kee wah? I haven't this place yet. Should I?
I grabbed two different kinds from the cold section, and one from the heated section near the cash register. The cold ones were just OK, but the warm one was tasty. Overall, I'd stick with their non-meat baked goods in here for dessert, unless you are looking to grab something quick for lunch takeout, as I was.
re: Ian F
Hope this Kee Wah is as good as the two in Milpitas, my favorite HK-style bakery in the Bay Area. Try the flaky chicken pie and let us know.
Kee Wah Bakery
386 Barber Ln, Milpitas, CA 95035
Kee Wah Bakery
4288 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568
Kee Wah Bakery
1718 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035
re: Melanie Wong
It's better than the ones in Milpitas in some respects. The design of the store is also in the more modern format which you'd find in HK (just came back from there) where as the Milpitas stores have a much older format. The footprint is smaller, but I did not notice any major omissions from the selection. It is a marginally smaller selection, but the stuff dropped is not stuff that most people would care about. The Barber Lane location is bigger, but not as big as some may imagine because only half the store is actually actually used.
Quality-wise, things are about the same and perhaps ever so slightly better depending on what you get, but I probably wouldn't make the trip up here since it is a chain operation, and they really can't differ all that much from each other (all US locations are owned by the family). We had the cocktail bun, pineapple bun and a few other things and noticed that the stuff was every so slightly more browned and glazed and that things were a bit more fresh.
We didn't have the gai pai, but it looks about the same as the one in Milpitas, but in American tradition, it is not the real gai pai you'd find in HK, by a very long shot. That said, it is one of the better gai pai you can get here, so I guess you make do with what you've got.
I didn't get the pork buns but the other things I got (plain buns, some pastries, etc) were Kee Wah quality. This is one of the sleekest Kee Wah's I've been to, possibly the sleekest. Pretty small though, not as big as for instance the Milpitas one.
The cold item I got, chestnut tart (name?) was good but somewhat clumsily made. Crust was really thick and it was mostly whipped cream, but what I could taste of the pastry cream and the chestnut was not as bad as I thought it would be.
Stick to their buns. Great place, glad to have it in Dublin.
Random thought: The other cafe a couple of doors down does a good mango mouse cake slice, imho.
--oh yeah, not sure if anyone mentioned this but plans to build a 99 Ranch have been nixed because Safeway said it was too close or something. Instead a Whole Foods is going to be built near the highway. You all will just have to drive up to pleasanton or something.