Flushing is not short of bakeries, but I've not been happy with any until yesterday's exploration into the Assi Plaza, at 131-01 39 Ave. It's situated in a quiet neighborhood, away from the busy part of Flushing, off College Point Ave.
There's a large supermarket with mostly Korean groceries, plus a small food service area with 7 or 8 things on the menu, and a good size selection of panchan bulk sale. Strangely enough, it was here in the snack section that I found some plum pellets that had the taste I've been searching ever since coming to the US over 20 years ago. Their Chinese snack selection included some stuff from Daoxian Cun, one of the oldest and most reputable food name in China.
Anyway, after eating a bowl of the boiled beef bone soup(the milky, salt-less kind) with rice, and a large ear of corn in the mini food area, I finished my shopping and stopped by the little bakery. Everything looked good. So far, I've tried and liked the bread with peanut creme, which really had a peanut taste in the creme and chopped ones sprinkled on top, unlike the Chinese bakeries around town that offer ambiguous flavors; the Corn Buche, which is a perfect corn bread sandwich with real, fresh, tasty sweet butter in the middle; the chestnuts buns, whose egg and milk marzipan-like top had a great carmel-y taste,(this is the style of topping/cover that you find in some mexican bread, or on those special Almond croissant. I don't quite know how to call it.)and inside the bun had actual chestnut pieces.
All three items were baked perfectly, not like the usually under-baked stuff in the Chinese bakeries. I don't know if I'm just finding this out too late, that Korean bakeries are the ones to go to, or if this particular one is especially good. In any case I'll definitely be coming here more often. I don't understand why a Korean bakery would satisfy a Taiwanese palate more than a Taiwanes bakery, but it just goes to show that one has to look outside the box sometimes.
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