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Taiwanese Pineapple Pastries

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jess429 Mar 6, 2010 02:11 PM

Although I am usually an Earl Grey and shortbread gal, I have fallen in love with these lovely pineapple delicacies from Asia.

Anyone know where I can pick these up in LA? Maybe somewhere in Chinatown? I have to admit the only two landmarks I'm familiar with in Chinatown are Empress Pavilion and Phoenix Bakery, so you will have to talk in terms of those two locations for me :)

Thanks in advance. You will be bringing me a little slice of heaven with my morning and afternoon tea!

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    bulavinaka Mar 6, 2010 02:42 PM

    The prepackaged types are easily found in the Chinese markets. Some - not all - of the Chinese bakeries carry them. I was at Kiki Bakery on Garvey and Garfield this AM - they had them along with strawberry and and (I think) melon, for $1.20 per. Didn't try them but their goods are pretty good in general.

    1. XiaoYen Mar 6, 2010 02:48 PM

      There is only one bakery in SF that sells these pastries fresh. Sorry, don't know any in LA but definitely you can get them in a variety of flavors in most of the Chinese supermarkets.

      1. Chandavkl Mar 6, 2010 02:51 PM

        Believe Tanbii Bakery in the interior mall at Garvey and San Gabriel in Rosemead has a selection. Many San Gabriel Valley bakeries carry them, but Chinatown, I don't think so. Wonder Bakery near the Broadway gate would be the most likely candidate since they're more modern than the other bakeries in L.A. Chinatown.

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          jessicatl Mar 6, 2010 04:54 PM

          Best (but pricey) ones I've had.

          http://keewah.us/pineapplepastecakes....

          Locations in San Gabriel, Montery Park, Rowland Heights. Grab the grocery ones if you must, but really, the taste does NOT compare - compare packaged cookies from the grocery to ones from a bakery.

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            whycook Mar 6, 2010 05:20 PM

            I just had fresh, fluffy, taiwanese pineapple pastry at JJ Bakery in Arcadia (in same shopping center as the illustrious Din Tain Fung) My taiwanese friend was thrilled with the texture and consistency of this. there was a coffee cheese bread that was fantastic.
            jjbakeryusa.com will tell you were all their locations are

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              ciaolette Mar 6, 2010 05:46 PM

              Thanks for the tip about JJBakery. It looks as if they have more locations than KeeWah, and even one in Irvine. I love KeeWah Bakery, but don't make it to SG that often.
              JJCakes look outstanding, on the website, any body tried them??

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              TonyC Mar 8, 2010 03:00 PM

              Also available from all the I-Fu-Tang:

              The San Gabrile branch:
              1611 S San Gabriel Blvd
              San Gabriel, CA 91776

              has 'em fresh daily. Again, pricey, but darn good.

            3. liu Mar 6, 2010 07:33 PM

              Hi, jess429!
              I also love these Taiwanese pineapple "cookies" with tea and think you have been offered some good advice here. The Asian bakeries will have a much fresher cake than you can find in a box, and JJ Bakery -- as whycook has noted -- is a good one.

              As has been pointed out, the pineapple pastries are available in a box in the cookie aisle in almost every Chinese market I know. However, there can be a difference in the ingredient list from one brand to the next. I like to find the boxes with the fewest "chemicals" and artificial additives; I know there is at least one popular brand with only a few ingredients -- and all of them are "real." Still, I would opt to purchase them in a bakery.

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                QualityMart Mar 6, 2010 09:06 PM

                It seems there is some confusion as to what you are actually talking about ... are you talking about cookies that have actual pineapple in them, or the buns often referred to as "pineapple buns" that have a sweet crispy top that make them look sort of like a pineapple?

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                  liu Mar 6, 2010 09:13 PM

                  Ah! Good question, QualityMart!

                  I just assumed that the OP was referring to those cookies that have the gooey pineapple inside because she mentioned tea and shortbread. Those pineapple cookies are similar to shortbread and good with tea...but ????

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