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Apr 21, 2013 07:33 PM

Yeh's Bakery – You Want Me To Go To Flushing To Get A Boston Pie? Yes.

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Yeh’s is a Taiwanese bakery that’s been recommended to me for a long time, but it’s taken me years to finally getting around to trying it. When I decided to revisit Main Street Imperial, which you can read about here (, I decided I should do lunch so that I could try Yeh’s as well.

Yeh’s is located near Main Street Imperial which is not in downtown Flushing and is closer to the LIE. The bakery is very small with just two glass display cases. Unlike most Chinese bakeries, they have a much more limited selection consisting with a few types of cakes, cake rolls and traditional Chinese pastries such a sun cakes and moon cakes.

Sun Cake (Tai Yang Bing):
Sun cakes are a traditional Taiwanese pastry from Taizhong / Taichung. They are difficult to find outside Taiwan and last time I was in Taipei they were actually even difficult find to there with one bakery even jokingly telling me “go to Taizhong if you want those”. I believe they’re not that popular amongst younger generations. Anyhow, it’s a circular flaky pastry that looks similar to a wife cake (lao po bing) with a filling made of malt sugar. At Yeh’s the English name says “honey cake” or something like that and while the flaky exterior is normal, the filling does taste like honey which is not normal. However, I liked the honey flavor and it was much better than other sun cakes I’ve had in NY. It isn’t close to a real good one in Taiwan, but it’s a decent version and worth checking out. 7.75/10

Boston Pie:
This is what they are known for. It is a cake with cream custard filling and powdered sugar on top. The cake is extremely light and fluffy literally one of the lightest cakes I’ve ever had anywhere. The cream custard in the middle is also really light with the perfect level of sweetness (i.e. its sweet without being really sweet). While it’s really simple this is one of the best cakes I’ve had in Asian bakery even in Asia. I highly recommend you try this, it is really good. 8.75/10

Green Tea Roll:
This is another specialty. It’s a cake roll with green tea flavoring and vanilla cream in the middle. The cake is more dense than the Boston Pie and similar to pound cake. The green tea flavor is very light so you will barely notice it and the vanilla cream is again only slightly sweet. While not amazing I thought it was solidly good especially if like vanilla cake rolls as I do. 8/10

Overall, I really enjoyed this bakery a lot and if you like Asian style cakes then I highly recommend you try this place. I look forward to trying the rest of their cakes and pastries.

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    1. We've been getting those Boston pies from the get-go from all of my Asian clientele. They are definitely excellent. In fact when we closed on our newest home two years ago, the people we sold to brought us a Yeh's Boston pie.

      In general, I prefer the confections at Sun Mary and Iris.

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      1. re: ZenFoodist

        How about Apollo @39 th?( 阿波蘿麵包)

        1. re: diprey11

          Zen Foodist:
          - Iris: i still haven't been, but meaning to go
          - Sun Mary: ive been pretty underwhelmed by Sun Mary despite alot of praise i've heard about their dan ta and other pastries. What in particular do you find good there? it's possible ive just got the wrong things

          Diprey: I generally like apollo, ive never really had anything standout, but everything was generally fairly good. they sell tai yang bing there as well, but Yeh's version is better

          1. re: Lau

            I had this "brown sugar cake" from Apollo today. The texture was quite dense and pasty, but if you can get past that, it was pretty good. I don't know if the batter wasn't mixed properly or if it was on purpose, but each bite was a bit different, sometimes sweet, sometimes molasses-y, sometimes salty, with some raisins and almonds thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed it even though it was really heavy,

            1. re: bmorecupcake

              hmm the brown sugar cake you got might be a lao po bing? sort of sounds like one

      2. Love their boston cream pie. So light and fluffy. I love to eat it with strawberries as the tartness goes really well with the cream.

        Their sesame wife cake is also great. Filled with nuts, fruits and coconut and dotted with sesame seeds, it kind of reminds me of a loaded rugelach.

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        1. re: Miss Needle

          ahh i haven't tried those, ill give it a try next time

        2. Lau, you really need to schedule a Chowhound Asian bakery crawl. I'm sure I'm not the only one who is driven mad with hunger by your posts.

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          1. re: foodiemom10583

            Thanks! glad you enjoy the stuff i write!

            you know the thing about bakeries is that i actually don't like most of the bakeries in Flushing, i think the bakeries in the city are just as good or better than the ones in Flushing. Yeh's is an anomaly as it is very good maybe one of the best Chinese bakeries in NY as a whole.

            Congee is also in this category as I think its generally better in the city.

            1. re: Lau

              I'll have to try the Boston Pie, sounds good. I have only gotten curry chicken and curry beef filled pastry there. I enjoy these very much. It's my go-to spot when I go to the car wash.

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                ah havent tried those, def try the boston pie...its so good

                1. re: Lau

                  I was looking at my recommendation for curry chicken and curry beef. The curry beef is great. I had one this morning. The chicken is not curry chicken , it's chicken with some sauce like a chicken stock inside . Both are in pastry crust.
                  Today was the first time I had their dan tat ( egg custard). I usually get their in the afternoon and they are sold out of those. Today I was there early and the dan tat were hot out of the oven. The New World Mall has a place with a great assortment of flavors of dan tat. But Yeh's has the regular style, but hot ,fresh out of the oven. Best ever.