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cakewalk Jan 24, 2010 03:44 PM

Hey Chowpeeps,

There used to be a Chinese restaurant called Kam Fong (?) something or other next to CVS and Hooters on 6th St. in Chinatown, they also had a small bakery/BBQ takeout in the front. To my knowledge, that was the only place you could get decent egg tarts, char sui bao, and sesame balls in the DC area. Theyhave been closed for awhile now. Booo.

Anyone have any intel on where another decent Chinese bakery might be? Maria's Bakery does not count. I've been to Kam Sam in Rockville, and there's been the occasional Korean baked goods place. But I don't really know of another Chinese Bakery that makes their own and DECENT baked goods. Anyone have any suggestions, besides going to Chinatown in New York?

Thanks!

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    dpan Jan 24, 2010 05:03 PM

    There's Vina's Bakery on Pickett Street in Fairfax.

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      chowsearch Jan 24, 2010 05:09 PM

      New Kam Fong is in Wheaton

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      comestibles Jan 24, 2010 07:35 PM

      Bread Corner in Rockville, a stone's throw from Kam Sam. They have the Portuguese egg custard tarts, which are even better tasting than regular egg tarts. They also have the cha siu bao, pineapple bao, and pastries of that nature which are made in-house twice a day. Many other baked items as well.

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        cakewalk Jan 24, 2010 09:50 PM

        Oh so awesome.

        I didn't even know Kam Fong re-opened in Wheaton. I just read all the reviews, and it's making me very hungry... drool. The roast pork was also a fave at the old place, and it seems that the new location, being new is well regarded for it's cleanliness - which is a bonus. Frankly when buying something from the old location, I tried not to think about it too much and just squinted longingly at the pastry and roast display . I have worked in the restaurant industry and I know when I see it that there are some places better left alone, but at the time (old) Kam Fong was the only choice if one didn't want to roast their own pork or make their own Chinese pastries. So good news on the new one.

        I will check out Vina's as well, but the Bread Corner really looks promising. When I drive back into town I will have to stock up. Portugese egg tarts, oh my!

        Comestibles, do you know if they carry something called Portugese / Spanish bread? They might call it something else, but it's basically a sweet dough kind of rolled up in itself like an uncurled croissant, though a bit more dense, less airy and sort of smeared with a buttery, sugary, filling inside. I haven't eaten one since I was a kid, and would really love to find some. It's funny cause I'm a baker, and this is one of the things I have been trying to research to bake myself - but you know what they say about the Cobbler's children having no shoes... : /

        Anyway, thanks for all the suggestions guys.

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          comestibles Jan 25, 2010 07:33 PM

          I don't recall seeing Portuguese/Spanish bread as you've described, but I 'think' I remember seeing a 'jellyroll' of sorts that was filled with either cream or custard. In any case, they have about a dozen bread loafs which they call “Toasts”. Maybe what you are looking for is under that category.

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        AlexDer Jan 26, 2010 09:54 AM

        If by egg tarts, you mean the egg custard tarts. I feel Oriental East makes them pretty good on sunday. You have to get them pretty early as they some times sell out.

        1. helenahimm Jan 26, 2010 09:55 AM

          I'm not sure about quality wise in Ching Ching Cha (Georgetown), but I ordered an Egg Tart 2 years ago and it was pretty decent.

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