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mauie Dec 16, 2007 09:40 AM

Hi,

Does anyone have recommendations of where to go to get the best plain Chinese bread? I like the plain buns with no filling (ie sweet dinner bun, pineapple bun) or very little if any (ie raison bun).

Thanks a bunch!

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  1. TorontoJo RE: mauie Dec 17, 2007 05:33 AM

    Check out Kim Moon Bakery on Dundas, east of Spadina. Stopped there on a recent chowmeet and we were all pleasantly surprised at the selection, quality and price.

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      zed1984 RE: TorontoJo Dec 17, 2007 10:41 AM

      kim moon is great. been there forever. it's one of the best chinese bakeries (or the best) in the downtown (i know east chinatown has a good place 2).

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        KevinB RE: zed1984 Dec 22, 2007 06:34 AM

        Absolutely! We've been going there for over a decade. Consistently good food, great value, great selection. Heartily recommended.

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      Yum2MyTum RE: mauie Dec 17, 2007 05:48 AM

      You can try T & T as well. They have a really wide selection of breads. I don't know about their buns, though. I doubt they're as good as Kim Moon, which has already been suggested.

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        gps_shag RE: Yum2MyTum Dec 17, 2007 09:20 AM

        Agree. T&T has fantastic non-chinese breads too. I can't resist getting one of their raisin breads whenever I go.

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          lsk RE: Yum2MyTum Dec 18, 2007 05:14 PM

          Their coconut bread is to-die-for. The swirl of coconut in the middle makes it a bit messy to eat, but nevertheless. I also love the sesame bread and the kaya bread. And ditto on the raisin bread -- I have a difficult choice when it comes to choosing what kind of loaf I want to buy when I go to T&T.

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            mauie RE: lsk Dec 21, 2007 03:20 PM

            I agree that T&T has good loaves. They're tasty and stays soft for a long time. I like their new chocolate bread in particular. Thanks for your recommendations!

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          Ariadne RE: mauie Dec 20, 2007 12:30 PM

          I am a huge plain "baulau bow" fan! Kim Moon is *the* place to go - not too buttery. There are a ton of new places in downtown Chinatown now, but at 3 for a dollar, might as well try a few and choose your favourite. Another good option is the Chinese bakery on Baldwin (some may disagree), which looks like its been there a long time and has a good selection of fresh buns.

          If you want sweet plain *steamed* buns, a good option is to buy them by the bag at the Chinese grocery store and steam them at home - they're really soft and fresh-tasting if you do that. Incidentally, Kim Moon offers steamed Cha Siu bow that way too, from the fridge - take them home and steam them yourself for fresh-bun goodness!

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            mauie RE: Ariadne Dec 21, 2007 03:26 PM

            Are you referring to the Yung Sing bakery? Maybe I'll give that a try sometime! I've tried Kim Moon too and definitely agree that their breads are good. They go hard quickly though. The one a couple of stores beside it, near the corner of Spadina and Dundas make good pineapple buns. I don"t remember their name, but its on the same side of the road.

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              xtal RE: mauie Dec 22, 2007 06:27 AM

              Yung Sing is indeed the only Chinese bakery in the restaurant stretch of Baldwin. It's been there for around 30 years. Their menu is much smaller than Kim Moon, but many of their offerings are quite good.

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              Yung Sing Pastry
              22 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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            voraciousbookworm RE: mauie Dec 23, 2007 08:42 PM

            I love T & T's wide selection of bread.. I always get the raisin tray buns whenever I go there, but they've got other unique and delicious flavours, too! You could also try My Lee Hoa (sorry, I know I totally butchered that) in the Mississauga Chinatown plaza; they've got a pretty good variety of breads/baked goods there as well, and I think they even have the plain ones. Good luck!

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