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Chinatown: Crown Royal Bakery, Xinh Xinh

StriperGuy | Feb 24, 2008 11:50 AM

Reports of Xinh Xinh's death are greatly exaggerated... was open today at noon.

I hit another bakery in Chinatown recently. Crown Royal on Beach Street is a bit up from the arch. Large place, very nice and clean, big granite tables. Very different then my usual spot, Mei Sum where I love cramped quarters and often share a table with the regular crowd of mostly elderly Chinese men. Everyone pretty much has the same fair, Mei Sum's good strong coffee, and a bun or two.

At Crown Royal the crowd is a bit more mixed, Chinese women and some other non-Chinese. 5 times the space of Mei Sum. On the food front, Crown Royal does not have Banh Mi, or rice noodles, but the buns were notable.

I ordered char siu bao (what is usually BBQ pork) and a steamed pork bun (dai bao I think).

The char siu bao was not char siu (lacquered pork) but rather minced sauteed pork and maybe a smidge of veg in a glossy baked bun. I have never had a bun with quite that filling. It was delicious and now on my list of top buns in Chinatown. The very large steamed pork bun was also excellent with ground pork, chinese sausage, and hard boiled egg. The over effect of the steamed bun was a bit more delicate and refined then Mei Sum's version which can be just a bit funky, which I like. Also the sausage was a bit milder. I didn't notice anything else notably out of the ordinary, but Crown Royal is now on the permanent rotation.

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