The other tip from my auntie for Milpitas was the opening of Clement Bakery & Deli in the California Ranch Market. She recognized the name from the two-part store in San Francisco, and confirmed it with one of the employees. The address is actually in San Jose, just across the street from the Milpitas city limit, sharing a parking lot with Target and Walgreens.
Auntie recommended the baked pork bun, $1.25, here, saying it was comparable to SF’s Café Bakery. I picked up a couple yesterday and agree with her. These are big, about 4” wide and 3” high, and solidly packed with lean barbecued pork (char siu). They’re nicely browned and glazed, and the bread is less sweet than Café Bakery’s. The diced meat filling seems leaner, and a little harder in texture therefore, to me with a slightly sweet gravy pulling it together.
I also tried a daan taat (custard tart), $1, to compare with the one I bought from Golden Bakery. Golden Bakery won this taste-off by a mile. With limp and pale crust and starchy custard, I can’t recommend the one from here
“Yellow chicken” aka yellow-crowned chicken or wong mo gai was offered as a special at the barbecue stand: $11 whole or $6 for a half. This was a good version, cooked red at the bone with taut skin and showing off the firmness of the free-range bird. The counter man chopped and re-assembled it carefully in the box.
I’ve had the sense that this type of baked pork buns and take-away Cantonese barbecue stands like this are hard to come by in the South Bay. This piece of San Francisco in San Jose should be popular as the word gets out.
California Ranch Market
2115 Morrill Ave, San Jose, CA
30 S Park Victoria Dr, Milpitas, CA
Clement Bakery & Deli
2115 Morrill Ave, San Jose, CA 95132