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Dec 28, 2007 05:52 PM

Chinese Bakeries?

Hi all,
I am new to Boston, having moved from Australia a couple of months ago, and was wondering if anyone can suggest any Chinese bakeries both in Chinatown and/or near Brookline. I am after traditional, fresh sweet buns (and if they sell dim-sum char siu bao - that would be a bonus!). I have found a place on Brighton Ave, Allston "Yi Soon Bakery", which was very reasonably priced - yet I found the selection a little limited.

Also, where is the best place for Dim Sum, and Shabu Shabu?


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  1. Yi Soon is a Taiwanese bakery - i think it is the best in town, my friends/family in NY always ask me to bring it down for them

    ShabuZen is the BEST shabu shabu in town, there is one in chinatown and a new one in allston right on brighton ave. high quality meat, love the herbal soup one.

    dimsum in boston is nothing compared to hk but there is a GREAT taiwanese breakfast place in watertown called chung shin yuen. mostly quite authentic.

    1. Will second kweesee's recommendation of Shabu-Zen for shabu shabu. Some here like Kaze, but I haven't had good experiences there.

      There are four spots in Chinatown that do worthwhile standard dim sum: China Pearl, Emperor's (aka Empire) Garden, Hei La Moon, and Chow Chau City. Each has their fans and detractors on this board. For a Shanghai style equivalent, Shanghai Gate in Allston is first rate. Haven't had the Taiwanese equivalent at Chung Shing Yen, but have liked what's offered at Shangri La in Belmont.

      I've enjoyed the bakery offerings at Hing Shing Pastry, Ho Yuen Bakery, and Eldo Cake House in Chinatown. Have seen good reports about Bao Bao Ting on this board but haven't been.

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      1. re: bachslunch

        Thanks for the recommendations!
        I can't wait to try them :)

        1. re: nleow

          I went to Ho Yuen Bakery today - and the pastries were really good - thanks. Also, I stopped in at the Maxim's coffee house on the corner of Beach st, which was incidentally quite full. Their Char siu bao (red pork buns) were actually quite good - though the filling was a little bit too sweet - the bread encasing was very light and fluffy nonetheless.
          Also, I tried a pineapple bun from them too - pretty good!!

          1. re: nleow

            I'm quite fond of the pineapple buns on the carts at China Pearl, if you ever get over there. Tender and not too, too sweet.

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              I have only heard good things about China Pearl's dim sum - and now...the pineapple buns! Mmm, it is next on my list. Thanks

              1. re: nleow

                I think you'll be pleased: they're doing nothing new or dazzlingly unique, but the quality is dependably high at all times, and some of their items are my favorites in the city, including several varieties of very good bao (with an excellent bun-to-filling ratio) and something I always get to eat an entire plate of by myself because none of my regular dim sum DCs like it: the baked cha siu bao in the sweet dough that I suspect is the same dough they use for the pineapple buns.

                Ooh, and the buchi, the round balls of glutinous rice flour filled with red bean paste and covered in sesame. They do really good buchi there. I suddenly deeply crave dim sum.

                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                  Buchi - mmm always lookin for good ones.

                  This is the problem talking food...hunger always takes over :)! ...not saying that is a huge problem though!!

      2. I like the Bao Bao Bakery in Chinatown. Very fresh and tasty!

        1. You should try the dim sum at Gitlo's in Allston on Brighton Avenue, it just recently opened and it is delicious.

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          1. re: bakerboyz

            I tried the dim sum at Gitlo's and I agree - it is really delicious. I will definitely be back there!

          2. For quality, nothing beats Yi Soon. Various bakeries in Chinatown all have their merits as well.