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That Chinese sweet dried pork swirl bread.....

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A Chinese friend of mine in Chicago has been telling me that she has been craving the Chinese bakery bread swirled with that sweet shredded dried pork. Apparently it's hard to find in the Chicago Chinese community. I'm thinking of making her holiday very happy indeed with a spontaneous gift. What bakery, in your opinion, makes the best variant of this Chinese bakery staple?

Mr Taster

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  1. Clarify, please. When you say "sweet dried pork" do you mean Chinese pork sung (or pork floss)?

    In any event, might want to head down to Irvine and get the pork sung bread roll at 85C Tea House. It's this ridiculously creamy sponge cake-bread thing (shaped like a hard taco shell) filled with pork sung that's been combined with heavy cream. Good for the palate, bad for the arteries. Whether this is what your Chicagoan friend is after might be immaterial, because I'm pretty sure there's nothing quite like it in Big Ten country, or all of the Midwest for the matter.

    Short of that either Four Sea or JJ would be a good option for just a regular pork sung bread roll..

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I've never been a huge fan of the meaty-sweety pork sung so I really don't know. However, it sounds really interesting... though with the cream I don't know how well it will travel. Been to JJ but never heard of Four Sea... is it this one at the link below, or this one:

      http://www.yellowbot.com/4-seasons-pa...

      ?

      Mr Taster

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      Four Sea Restaurant
      2020 S Hacienda Blvd, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

      1. re: Mr Taster

        No.

        Four Sea from Yelp. http://www.yelp.com/biz/four-sea-rest...

        I just realized something. Is your friend here in LA? Or are you mailing it to her? If the latter, then totally nix the 85C recommendation. That won't travel.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            whatever the bread is that you're looking for, and whether it will hold up or not, I think your CHANCES are best with 85C. There is nothing like their bread as far as I've tasted (I've mostly tried bakeries in the San Gabriel area). So soft.

            Will see if I have a chance to try JP Bakery (mentioned below) tonight.

      2. sweet dried pork bread i have seen recently @ a new bakery in cerritos called JP BAKERY
        www.jpbakerycafe.com

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        1. re: glossyeye

          +1 this. JP Bakery's dried pork (sung) rolls are simply the best in LA. It obliterates anything from Kiki/Diamond/Momo/JJ ad nausea.