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Jan 13, 2009 11:58 AM

Best Chinese bakeries?

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

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      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.

      1. re: Peripatetic

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

        1. re: Peripatetic

          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. 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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        1. re: Chandavkl

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

        2. 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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          1. 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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            1. re: monku

              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 . . .

              1. re: Peripatetic

                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. 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