Monday, June 21, 2010

Red Bean Bun Battle Cont'd #2

Right after I finished the buns from Maxim's, I went to the small mall next to the Brighouse Station (where Shanghai House Restaurant and New Town Bakery are), and got another red bean bun from La Patisserie.

La Patisserie
#2-6360 No.3 Rd, Richmond BC

1:Yucks! 2:Improvement needed 3:So-So~ 4:Good 5:Very good 6:Heavenly

Food: 3 (lack consistency)
Price: 4
Service: 2.5
Ambiance: n/a (it's a bakery)
Overall: 3

  • Parking available
  • Popular to Chinese
  • Apart from buns, they also have cookies, pastries, loaf cakes, bread loaves, and wedge cakes available.

Red Bean Paste Bun-2/6

  • $1.35
  • Topped with some black sesame seeds
  • The bun was soft; it was so soft that when I pressed the bun, it collapsed.

  • As the filling, I wish they can give me more! I tried to balance the filling in each bun when I tore it into half, but apparently, the result was not as good as I expected :/
  • I've also tried their Green Tea Red Bean Paste Bun ($1.50). It was like a Mexican Bun with red bean paste filling, and a greenish topping. Yes the topping was green colour, but it did not have any green tea flavour.
  • Aside from their red bean buns, I find their Chinese cupcakes/spongecakes are the best compare to other baked goods they offer. Those cupcakes have coffee, riginal flavours, and if you're lucky, you will see green tea flavour as well. They are really spongy and light! I like the coffee flavour the most ;)

La Patisserie on Urbanspoon

Finished another bun, I was already quite full. So I skipped the Canada Line, and started walking from the Richmond Public Market.

Michele Cake Shop
#140-6211 Buswell St, Richmond BC

1:Yucks! 2:Improvement needed 3:So-So~ 4:Good 5:Very good 6:Heavenly

n/a (I will try more next time!)
Price: 4
Service: 4
Ambiance: n/a

  • Park along the road, or you can use Public Market's parking
  • Main branch is in Kerrisdale (6033 W Boulevard, Vancouver BC)

Red Bean Paste Bun-2/6

  • $1.16
  • Topped with poppy seeds, which I love. Hm, looks like a good start :)
  • Before opening the bag, I could already tell the bun was soft, and yes I was right. However, the top of the bun, which resembled a Mexican bun, was super greasy! I could barely hold the bun, so I ended up using the plastic bag to tear the bun into two parts.

  • I apologize for the crappy photo. Aside from the bun, the filling was the regular red bean paste, but I was glad that they gave me quite a lot of filling.

Michele Cake Shop on Urbanspoon

Continued to walk and walk, I remembered that there's a small bakery near Save-On Foods. It used to be the place for me to buy bread loaves for breakfast :)

Wheat Garden Bakery
#155-8191 Westminster Hwy, Richmond BC

1:Yucks! 2:Improvement needed 3:So-So~ 4:Good 5:Very good 6:Heavenly

Food: 4
Price: 4.5
Service: 5.5
Ambiance: n/a
Overall: 5
  • Parking available
  • Comparatively not as popular as other Chinese bakeries in Richmond, maybe it is due to its location.

  • I'm not sure whether they have Taiwanese or Hong Kong style buns, but some of them are really unique; I only find them in Wheat Garden.
  • The owner is very friendly, and always give discount to the customers ;)
Red Bean Paste Bun-2.5/6
  • $0.85 (Original price: $0.95)
  • The small opening on the top seemed interesting to me. I think they purposely put an opening on top is for poeple to easily tear it into half when they eat. Anyway, I'm just guessing. Maybe it shows the dough is not done nicely?

  • Similar to other buns, this was very soft as well. However, the filling was definitely not enough.

Wheat Garden Bakery on Urbanspoon

Afterwards, I arrived Lansdowne and I immediately saw Anna's Cake House. Sadly, they don't have red bean (paste) bun; they have Hong Kong Style and Taiwanese Style Red Bean Pineapple Buns. Given that reason, I didn't try this bakery, and then I went to Langley Farm Market, which is right opposite of Anna's Cake House, to check out some fruits.

Suddenly, I noticed there's a bakery inside the market! So right away, I jumped to the bakery and found my red bean bun.

Langley Farm Market Bakery-4/6
  • $1.08
  • Topped with sesame seeds
  • All the buns are baked fresh daily. If you want to try their warm, fresh buns, you can try to arrive there at 10am. Then you will see all those buns will gradually fill up the empty shelves!

  • The bun was soft, really soft. Even though the bun was not FULLY loaded with red bean paste, I was already satisfied with the amount they gave.
  • Honestly, the bun was quite impressive, given that it is from a market. I will love to try their other buns/baked goods next time! :)


  1. Did you eat all of these in one day??? :O

  2. Yes, actually there are still others but I still haven't started writing yet. I'm spending my "Recovery Period" right now haha ;)
    Thanks for asking though!

  3. man, you aren't having any luck!! i want to find a solid bakery, or settle for T&T.....what to do.....!!?!??!?

  4. Hi Mare-bear,
    It's hard to find a solid bakery, really; however, it will be better for you to have a specific target! ;)

    P.S. T&T has good steamed buns though

  5. Great photos! Thanks for posting.
    Nice article, thanks for the information.
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