After dropping off JuJu and RBC at Brit, fresh from our brunch at the Alibi Room, I proceeded to head home. Whilst driving along Hastings, I quickly pulled into the 7-11 parking lot. If you were thinking of Slurpee, think again. Rather, it was a pit stop for some Chinese buns. Okay, okay, I know, Hastings and Chinese buns... I know what you're thinking. No, I didn't go for those type of buns. I'm talking about Chinese pastries. Although chain bakeries such as Maxim's, Pine House and Anna's fit the bill, I find that their bakery items to be getting to be boring. They seem to be shrinking in size (esp. Maxim's) and going up in price. Thus, it has led me to find other places for my fix. There have been pleasant surprises such as Karmony and 1st Ave Bakery. So, I though that it was time to give Golden Day Cake House a go.
While I was getting my order, of all people, JuJu walks in. Apparently he had the Chinese bun urges as well (that just sounds awesome). The first thing that struck me were how big the buns were! I love big buns! And they were very inexpensive. Cheap big buns! You gotta love that. So for only a measly $9.00, I got 6 Egg Tarts, 4 BBQ Pork Buns and 4 Pineapple Buns. Once I got home, I needed to try some. I was pleasantly surprised that the Egg Tarts were still warm (very fresh outta the oven). I really wish that the tart shell would've been flakier; but the filling was pretty good. Only semi-sweet while exhibiting some residual egg flavour, this was a decent egg tart. Then I proceeded to slice the BBQ Pork Bun in half. As you can see, there is only a modest amount of pork in the bun. Mind you, that modest amount was very good. Not over-sauced or over-seasoned, the filling tasted like BBQ pork. I also really liked the airy, slightly chewy bun.
That would be the same for the Pineapple Bun as well. It was large with the same great texture and of course the classic sugar topping (that only looks like a pineapple, there is no pineapple in the bun). So another random bakery and another pleasant surprise. The stuff is pretty good and the prices are low. It's nice to get big fresh buns for cheap along Hastings...
- Large buns
- Dough texture is not too dense
- Egg tarts were good, but I didn't like the tart shell
- It says it's a cake house, but the selection for that is limited