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Dec 3, 2009 05:46 PM

Markham Chinese Bakeries

I'll be in the Markham area and need some recommendations for Chinese bakeries. Where do you go and what are your favourite items?

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  1. I don't know their English name but there's a good little Chinese bakery inside the plaza at 2311 McNicoll ( next to the Yee Hong Health Centre , Midland/McNicoll ). They have excellent mini chicken pie, B-B-Q buns, curry beef puffs, egg tarts etc.
    Another good and reliable one, with a mix of both Chinese and western baked goods would be Luculus at the plaza, the corner of Kennedy and 14th Street. Lots of Hong Kong style buns, egg tarts and a very tasty chicken puff pastry roll, as well as a good chestnut cake.
    The rest like Gloucester, Queens..etc are chained franchises with mediocre quality products and should be ignored IMO.

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    1. re: Charles Yu

      Luculus is definitely my pick, they've remained consistently good throughout these years. I go to the Richmond Hill location beside Richmond Court. Their wife cake is surprisingly good, brings me back to Yuen Long.

      1. re: aser

        Hello Aser,
        Pity people don't use 'lard' in wife cake nowadays for health purposes. Otherwise, it'll taste even better! Ha! Talk about Yuen Long. Have you tried the 'Lard with top soya sauce with rice'? Good but artery blocking!

      2. re: Charles Yu

        Charles, there are 2 bakeries at 2311 McNicoll, I think the one you prefer is called "Fragrant Bakery"

      3. I often frequent the one across from pacific mall in the same general parking area, I believe it's called brothers bakery and they have some really interesting things like peanut butter buns and pinapple or apricot buns, really good.
        Often everything goes on sale at 50% off after 7 O clock. It can be rather busy in there on fridays and weekends.

        1. Thanks for the tips! I ended up going to Lucullus - I would have never found it without your suggestion! So far I only tried the Spicy Curry Beef bun and the filling was really flavourful, not just salty like many other places. I didn't see BamiaWruz' reply till I returned, so I'll have to keep it in mind for next time!

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          1. re: mobirose

            Thanks for asking the question mobirose and for the great answers from the other posters!

            Question for Charles Yu and aser... is Luculus the best bakery for Hong Kong style Swiss Rolls?

            I tried Gloucester and Dong Dong Bakery in the Beaver Creek Mall (the one with Miyabi) and ended up throwing them away... and I have learned to never buy Chinese pastry items from Chinese grocery stores like T&T or the store on Bayview north of hwy 7 that I go to regularly... even the chasiu BBQ pork buns are inedible at those places.

            1. re: LovelyAsia

              Whether Luculus is the 'Best', I cannot say. However, IMHO, its definitely better than Gloucester or Dong Dong. You might also check out Maxim's ( 2 locations ). They use real fresh cream in their cakes thus a reflection of their quality. They don't have Chinese buns though!

              1. re: LovelyAsia

                I don't recall specifically, but there's a Chinese bakery in Richmond Hill at 16th Ave & Spadina and the only cakes they sell are the swiss rolls and they're expensive but, IMHO, the best of its kind in the GTA.

                1. re: syoung

                  Thanks for the tip syoung - that bakery at 16th and Spadina does make the best swiss rolls that I have ever tasted - and also a flavour I had never had before - coffee which was perfect! Great coffee flavour and not too sweet! Perfection!

                  And I managed to get to Maxim's and while they did not have swiss rolls they did have a lovely pastry made of meringue with almonds and a whipped cream and fresh strawberry filling - really nice! Thanks Charles Yu!

                  Still have not had a chance to get to Luculus but I will...

            2. Marco Polo at Hwy 7 & Times, the same plaza as O Mei, has really good cakes. Someone who frequents the place told me that the guy who owns it is trained in Austria.

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              1. re: ManAbout

                Thanks for the recommendations Charles and ManAbout!

                1. re: ManAbout

                  If you're in that plaza then the BBQ meats place beside Marco Polo is also excellent. My favourite roast pork w/ rice in Toronto.

                  1. re: machinedreams

                    I was in Richmond Hill today and stopped by the Chinese bakery that syoung recommended at 16th Avenue and Spadina and I just have to say thanks again for telling me about it!

                    The Coffee Swiss Rolls are so good, the price is higher than other places but you can taste the difference, these are not too sweet, the texture is light and spongy and the bitter coffee flavour is just perfect. They also sell vanilla and vanilla with real pieces of mango inside.

                    The lady at the counter explained to me that they use real fresh eggs and lots of them and less sugar, unlike other places that use frozen eggs or egg substitute, and way too much sugar.

                    I love this place and hope it stays in business!

                    1. re: LovelyAsia

                      The bakery is called Richmond Hill Bakery. Located at 1 Spadina Rd, Richmond Hill. Its my favourite as well. Their product quality is well worth the price.