Thursday, July 30, 2009

Chinatown Chinese Bakeries : Philadelphia

This post is to summarize my thoughts on the Philadelphia Chinatown bakeries as I get to them. At this point, none of bakeries I've tried stick out as a destination location (as in a visitor to Philly *must* visit the place), so I think this is more geared towards the Philly newbie who likes Chinese bakeries.  (Btw, if you're brand new to Chinese bakery, Wikipedia is the best link I can find right now as an intro.)

But who knows, Philly's restaurants have proved me wrong in the past and I'm hoping one of the remaining ones will blow my socks off and I'll have to rescind that comment.

As an fyi, compared to Chinese bakeries in other cities, Philly's seem to be slightly but relatively cheaper.

In the map below, the pointers with dots in them mean I've visited them and the ones without, mean that I haven't.

View Philly Chinatown Bakeries in a larger map

Green Land Tea House
210 N 9th St Philadelphia, PA 19107-1813 (Map)
(215) 238-1688
- Currently my favorite for their honest and not overly sweet flavoring and baking technique. Particularly dig their buns. Full Review

K.C.'s Pastries
145 N 11th St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Map)
(215) 351-1177
- My old go-to bakery. Liked their Egg Tarts and thought their buns while nothing outstanding weren't anything most would complain about.

St Honore Bakery
935 Race St Philadelphia, PA 19107-1805 (Map)
(215) 925-5298
- Am partial to their glutinous rice pancake with red bean (siu bang). Think their egg tart and buns are ok as well.

Mayflower Bakery
1008 Race St Philadelphia, PA 19107-2306 (Map)
(215) 629-5668
- Very light buns, both in texture and in flavor. Interesting pineapple bun. Good technique, but light flavor made it unsatisfying for me. Full Review

New Harmony Bakery
901 Race St Philadelphia, PA 19107-1805 (Map)
(215) 923-7400
- Decent sesame seed ball with red bean (Ji ma gok), but I thought the buns were average. Full Review

Star Shine Cafe
902 Arch St Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Map)

- This seems like it should be more popular than it is.  While, some of the buns are not to my personal liking (mayo in ham/egg?!?), others were fairly decent.  Full Review.

Hong Kong Bakery Shop
917 Race St Philadelphia, PA 19107-1805 (Map)
(215) 925-1288
- Strangely, the egg tart may be my favorite of Philly, but the other buns we tried were unmemorable/average  to needing some work.  Full Review

International Bakery
232 N 10th St Philadelphia, PA 19107-1819 (Map)
(215) 627-5831
- Running much more on the plainer side, even more so than Greenland. Quality not too bad, so if plain is your thing, this might be the bakery for you.  Full Review

Asia Bakery
115 N 10th St Philadelphia, PA 19107-2402 (Map)
(215) 238-9295
- Hooray for serving steamed buns.  No bun uniquely stood out and ranged from "wouldn't order again" to average/accessible bun.  Full Review

Zhong Gang Bakery
127 N 10th St Philadelphia, PA 19107-2402 (Map)
(215) 923-8268
- Interesting custard glutinous rice cake. Buns slightly lighter than avg, but more or less your standard quality. Full Review

Mongkok Station
153 N 10th St Philadelphia, PA 19107-2414 (Map)
(215) 928-9228
- Never wrote a full review of them, but I wasn't a big fan of their buns.

Bread Top House
1041 Race St Philadelphia, PA 19107-1810 (Map)
(215) 925-3802
- Was not a fan. Either too sweet, artificial, generic or dry.  Full Review

($Bakery, $Chinese, $Philadelphia)


  1. nice- any updates? Have any of these bakeries bitten the dust or changed their style/recipes?

  2. Do you know of any tea houses or restaurants in Philly, Chinatown that serves a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony? I think the Arch Street Tea House used to but they are now out of business.