Kien Kiang bakes traditional Vietnamese confections like Moon Cakes and other pastries and typical American offerings like birthday cakes with a photo airbrushed. Banh mi apparently is a rather recent addition and while not awe inspiring, quite a pleasant surprise. The bread is less delicate than the best of San Gabriel or that served at Atwater’s Viet Noodle Bar or the Soy Café on Hyperion, but at $3.95, overall the sandwiches exceeded my lowered expectations. There is a vegetarian version with shredded vegetarian pork, a bit stingy on shredded daikon and carrots and a bit overwhelmed by underwhelming bread but quite flavorful and satisfying. Co-workers gave similar report to Vietnamese version with real ham. There is also a California sandwich containing either turkey or ham with lettuce, cheese and mayo. For $6.00, the special consists of sandwich, soda and dessert. We sampled a very nice red velvet cake and a not too sweet cheesecake. They sell cupcake trees too, combined with real flowers and pretty cute. Service very friendly. A couple of outside tables but business mainly carry out.
Kien Giang Bakery
1471 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90026
Viet Noodle Bar
3133 1 2 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039