Paul wrote ------
"While on the subject . Chinatown bakeries are for the most part "Same Day" scratched baked goods. Considering the sorry state of "Sweet Bakery" these days I think they are one of the best alternatives. Although you cannot buy a "Bismarck" they have a good selecting of ridiculous low priced fresh baked goods. By the way does anyone know where to get a real good Bismarck? I am talking fresh doughnut pastry (usually fried) filled with real whipped cream and a decent jelly."
Paul and friends --- an interesting topic for me. There are many small, storefront Chinese bakeries spread all around Chinatown. My wife and I just visited one this evening. This one is called the "Double Rich Bakery" on Lincoln St. in the old Leather District. It's a sort of "café" with a few tables and serves coffee and other drinks. If you get there around 6 PM -like we did - all the pastry is half off.
Yes - the Chinese do make a sort of "Bismarck". It is called a Naiyo -and is the same shape with a visible cream filling and usually a coconut paste inside at the bottom. They also make very French style Millfuille pasties, chocolate cakes and a huge range of sweet or meat filled pastries. I like the curried chicken. My favorite sweet pastry is the gai mai bow.
Anyway -- we can start with the Double Rich and keep a review of many of these small bakeries in or near Chinatown.
PS - there has been a lot of progress on the complex of shops coming in on Lincoln St. Apparently they are setting up a ground floor food court. Chinatown is expanding.