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Incredible chinese sponge cake:Kam Hing coffee shop

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Incredible chinese sponge cake:Kam Hing coffee shop

Aki | Jan 18, 2002 06:00 PM

I was wondering why this place hasn't been talked on this board(I did "Search",but no result).Kam Hing has been around for 19 yrs and famous for a sponge cake.Many chinese and japanese people know this place as a "Master of sponge cake".This is a tiny bakery.It's hard to spot.No tables,take out only.There are some chinese pastries in the showcase,everything is pretty good,but the thing is the famous sponge cake.Cakes are placed in the box behind the showcase,not in the showcase.Just ask for " sponge cake".It's only $0.50!!The cake is not too big and not too small,a perfect portion.Wrapped with waxed paper.And the taste is.....OH...It's unbelievable!!It has a proper crust on the top and the inside is so fluffy and perfectly moist.The texture is very soft and very very delicate,yet it has a very deep flavor of fresh ingredients(flour,eggs).The sweetness is subtle but it's perfect amount to create a whole flavor.None of the ingredients stands out in this cake,everything works for creating a perfect,beautiful harmony.The most amazing thing about this cake is the temperature.The outside is about room temperature,and once you bite,the inside is nicely warm,and it always CONSISTS!!This place looks like a small bakery plant rather than a regular chinese bakery.Kam Hing doesn't mass produce baked goods, cakes are always fresh made.People in here only care about the quality of their products.The lovely old lady at the casher who is the one of the owners always says,"We don't want get too busy.We wouldn't be able to keep this quality of work.That's why we chose this weird location."Kam Hing is truely a culinary treasure in NYC.
*Go before 3pm.Cakes are running out fast.
Kam Hing coffee shop
119 Baxter st. (a few doors north from canal st.)
open Mo-sat 8am-6pm *SUNDAY CLOSED

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