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Best Chinese bakeries?

Peripatetic Jan 13, 2009 11:58 AM

In particular I'm hoping to find good versions of baked pork buns (char siu bau) and "wife cakes". I've tried Yi Mei and Kee Wah in Monterey Park but was underwhelmed with their offerings.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Peripatetic Jan 13, 2009 12:56 PM

    Your best bets for char siu baos would be from a dim sum joint like Ocean Star or 888.

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      Peripatetic RE: ipsedixit Jan 13, 2009 02:42 PM

      Agreed, some dim sum places have very good char siu bao (I love the ones at Elite when they have them . . . as they did yesterday). Do people routinely get take out from places like Elite and Sea Harbour? I have to confess I've never noticed patrons going in for take-out alone.

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        ipsedixit RE: Peripatetic Jan 13, 2009 02:48 PM

        I dunno if people "routinely" do it. But it's possible, and done quite a bit.

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          raytamsgv RE: Peripatetic Jan 16, 2009 11:03 AM

          Most dim sum doesn't taste that good when you do a takeout. If you order expensive dim sum, you should probably eat it at the restaurant. But you can always order takeout. Some restaurants, like Capital Seafood on Garvey and Atlantic in Monterey Park, have a dedicated take-out counter. Most of the stuff is the cheaper stuff (dumplings, baos) and meats (duck, pork, chicken).

      2. Chandavkl RE: Peripatetic Jan 13, 2009 01:06 PM

        I really like the baked pork bun in the takeout department of CBS Seafood in Chinatown. The pineapple crust top version is reallly good.

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          Peripatetic RE: Chandavkl Jan 13, 2009 02:43 PM

          I never noticed CBS's takeout department. I'll definitely try them. Thanks!

        2. Mattapoisett in LA RE: Peripatetic Jan 13, 2009 02:48 PM

          interesting to Note Phoenix Bakery when we were there on Saturday was heralding its New Baked dim sum offerings including Char siu Bau and I think there were sweetheart cakes.

          Phoenix Bakery
          969 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

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            Peripatetic RE: Mattapoisett in LA Jan 13, 2009 03:11 PM

            Great, thanks. I'll try them, too.

          2. monku RE: Peripatetic Jan 13, 2009 06:08 PM

            Best baked char siu bao is at Family Pastry across the street from CBS Seafood. They're big, lots of meat inside and 65 cents each. You can't beat them anywhere......and I've sampled my share.
            Family Pastry
            715 N Spring St
            Los Angeles, CA 90012
            (213) 622-5255
            Open 7 days

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              Peripatetic RE: monku Jan 15, 2009 01:24 PM

              Great, I'll try these, too, and report back.

              Wow, three recommendations, all of them in Chinatown. I'm really surprised that there's nothing noteworthy in the SGV . . .

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                monku RE: Peripatetic Jan 15, 2009 06:19 PM

                One interesting thing about he Family Pastry baked char siu bao is many Japanese American groups I know buy them there and re-sell them at fund raising events. If you like steamed chicken bao they make a pretty good one too....85 cents and has steamed chicken, half hard boiled egg in it...good for breakfast. Also try one of their plain baked buns....not too sweet, big and yeasty...55 cents.

            2. trolley RE: Peripatetic Jan 15, 2009 01:33 PM

              I went to I fu tang for wife cakes but i have to admit i was not impressed...

              I Fu Tang Bakery
              1611 S. San Gabriel Blvd. SG 91776

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                liltamby5 RE: Peripatetic Jan 16, 2009 11:17 AM

                Diamond Bakery. They have really good fried wonton butterfly pastries...not sure what they're called but they're glazed with this honey sauce...to die for!

                1. monku RE: Peripatetic Jan 16, 2009 05:18 PM

                  Family Pastry also has "wife cakes"........I didn't know what they were until I "Googled" it. I've seen them there, but never ordered them, so I can't tell you how good they are. But the baked char siu bao, steamed dim sum items and other baked goods are pretty good. For what its worth, you get your money's worth there.

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                    Galen RE: monku Jan 16, 2009 08:12 PM

                    I love Won Kok's (Chinatown) golden cha sui baos.

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                      monku RE: Galen Jan 16, 2009 08:15 PM

                      I don't go to Won Kok for dim sum, but I'll try it on your rec sometime. Its the only place in Chinatown you can get dim sum day or night (late too).

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