To read my previous reviews on other Red Bean Buns I've tried, click here (it also has all the links to other reviews).
New Town Bakery & Restaurant
#4-6360 No.3 Rd, Richmond BC (the mall next to Brighouse Skytrain Station)
1:Yucks! 2:Improvement needed 3:So-So~ 4:Good 5:Very good 6:Heavenly
Food: 5.5 (based on their buns only)
Ambiance: 3.5 (Actually it's more like a bakery than a restaurant...)
- Mon-Sun 10am-7pm (closed on Wednesdays)
- Other branches are located in Chinatown (main branch), Surrey, and on South Cambie Street
- Run by Filipino
- All buns are baked and steamed fresh daily
- Other Filipino products are available in store
- They also have Filipino cooked foods, but their buns are definitely more popular.
- Simple setting; only about three tables and a few chairs available. But that doesn't really matter because most customers are here for their buns (take-away).
- These are just a part of the customers at that time. It was craaazy! Each customer order at least a dozen of buns (mostly steamed buns).
- At first, I thought I can avoid the crowd if I went there at about 10 sth. I did try; however, they only have #5 Chicken Deluxe (See menu below) in the morning :( Don't go too late though. I think about 11-12 is the best timing.
- Ta-da! This is the menu of their famous steamed buns. As you can on the bottom, you don't have to pay the GST if you buy 6 or more buns.
- All baked buns and pastries are sold half-price after 6pm.
- If you are not a fan of steamed buns, no worries. They also have other Chinese and Filipino breads and cakes.
- They also sell frozen steamed buns, so you can make them at home.
- There was a glazing on the top of the bun. Standard glazing: sweet and really sticky.
- The big steamed bun was served lukewarm. Apparently, it was bigger compare to the typical steamed buns I used to have.
- The bun was soft and chewy. Steam began to come out once I tore it into half. Yum.
- The steamed bun was loaded with filling! No wonder it is so weighty! ;)
- The red bean filling this time was more paste-y than the regular Red Bean Bun. I will certainly prefer this because its consistency stays longer in my mouth. Mmmmmmmmmm...
- The bun was also served lukewarm. Its size, weight, and texture were same as the red bean bun.
- Needless to say, the red "V" marking on the bun was a symbol for them to identify the bun.
- As I mentioned just now, this bun was as heavy as the Steamed Red Bean Bun. Steam came right out once I tore the bun and, the fully-loaded fillings started to emerge.
- I've also tried their Chicken Bun but did not get a shot of that. The Steamed Vegetable Bun was relatively less flavourful, of course; but it's still good on its own :)
I really recommend you to give their baked and steamed buns a try. They definitely taste different than the ones in the restaurant. I hate queues and hate to see people go crazy over something; but New Town Bakery is an exception. I will come back for their steamed buns without a doubt. Also given their location, it's another convenient way to grab lunch/snack when you are in a rush! ;)