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Special Pastries at Blue Asia Cafe

lipoff Nov 16, 2010 01:09 AM

Blue Asia cafe in Allston is right across the street from Yi Soon Bakery, my favorite Chinese bakery in the Boston area. Sometimes the owner of Blue Asia bakes special pastries, which she'll advertise on their Facebook page. In particular, last week they offered Sweetheart Cakes (老婆餅 lao3 po bing3), Mung Bean Pastries (綠豆糕 lv4 dou4 gao1), and Suncakes (太陽餅 tai4 yang2 bing3). The Suncake was a little too chewy and tasteless, and the Mung Bean Pastry was good but nothing super-special, but WOW, the Sweetheart cake was so delicious. Terrific filling, and an ethereal pastry on the outside. The best lao3 po bing3 I've ever had. This is definitely something to keep an eye out for in the future.

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Yi Soon Bakery
112 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA

Blue Asia Cafe
113 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

  1. KWagle Nov 28, 2010 09:43 AM

    Is this the same pastry I just ate at Yi Soon across the street, under the name "wife's cakes"? (I believe the Chinese was the same.). A sticky rice powder filling inside a flaky pastry. I enjoyed it a lot and will certainly check out their other wares. I also had a snack size "rice with ground pork sauce" at Blue Asia and it was also quite delicious.

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    Blue Asia Cafe
    113 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

    10 Replies
    1. re: KWagle
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      FoodDabbler Nov 28, 2010 10:31 AM

      Were these on a tray (the flaky pastry ones at Yi Soon) on top of a counter near the cash register? I remember loving them (although the filling was more powdery than sticky). One set had white pastry casings and another, labelled taro, blue.

      1. re: FoodDabbler
        KWagle Nov 29, 2010 01:05 AM

        I think the ones you mention were spherical. The wife cakes were egg-wash-colored and cylindrical.

      2. re: KWagle
        StriperGuy Nov 28, 2010 11:26 AM

        Though I love Yi Soon, the Wife Cakes at Great Taste are MUCH better.

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        Great Taste
        201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

        1. re: StriperGuy
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          FoodDabbler Nov 28, 2010 11:54 AM

          I want you to know that you are a stone, not in my shoe, but -- because of how much I eat and drink because of you -- in my kidney. Now I have to get wife cakes at both places in order to compare.

          1. re: FoodDabbler
            StriperGuy Nov 28, 2010 01:03 PM

            Ha, ha, ha.

            Listen I've been eating vegan the last week, including tgiving dinner, in an attempt to shed a few stone myself.

            I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Yi Soon. But their wife cakes' filling was distinctly waxy in texture, and the pastry tasted more of shortening.

            At Great Taste the owner forced me to try one of his wife cakes, cause I was raving about (who knows? I'm always raving about something ;-) ) one of his baked goods.

            I literally inhaled the wife cake, complex, perfumed, fruity filling, delicate, flaky, perfect crust. Changed my view of this confection entirely. I'd go for the Portuguese tart first, but that wife cake was noteworthy.

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            Great Taste
            201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

            1. re: StriperGuy
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              FoodDabbler Nov 28, 2010 01:19 PM

              I'll have to try that wife cake, and send the medical bill to you.

              About pastry tasting like shortening: don't you find that the case in much Chinese, Korean, etc., pastry? My impression is that the usual fat is vegetable shortening, not butter. I don't mind it myself. One is given only so many hundred lbs of butter to eat in one lifetime.

              1. re: FoodDabbler
                StriperGuy Nov 28, 2010 04:55 PM

                Totally agree on the shortening in C & K baked goods, and don't object to it in principal unless that taste overwhelms.

                e.g. the Great Taste Portugese tart does not taste of veg shortening at all for whatever reason.

                Curious to hear your thoughts on the GT wife cake...

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                C & K Restaurant
                3 E Broadway, Derry, NH 03038

                Great Taste
                201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

                1. re: StriperGuy
                  kobuta Dec 4, 2010 10:25 AM

                  I like Crown's wife cake better than GT's. I really like a few of the things I tried at GT Bakery, but was disappointed with their wife cake. First off - too flat. The one I got was barely an 1/8 of an inch thick, so the you can barely enjoy what should be a nice flakey skin over the winter melon interior. And then, I don't know if this was just an odd batch, but the filling was just sightly salty tasting. That threw me off completely, so I didn't care for the wife cake at all. Even if it was just a mistake on that one batch, I prefer my wife cakes a lot plumper.

                  I've had Yi Soon's, and while I liked it, I can't say it blew me away.

                  1. re: kobuta
                    KWagle Dec 4, 2010 05:44 PM

                    Yi Soon told me that the wife cake was filled with a glutinous rice flour based filling and I think the ingredient list backed that up.

              2. re: StriperGuy
                tatsu Dec 4, 2010 12:19 PM

                hmm is the vegan diet helping the weight loss? i've recommended it many times but no one i know ever tried it.

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