I was intrigued by discussions about gai pie and egg custards (a few months ago), and I finally made my way to Golden Gate Bakery today to try theirs. I'm a true neophyte when it comes to Chinese pastry, so I was kind of overwhelmed, but I managed to get what I wanted.
I think I burned my tongue from gobbling the little devils down so quickly! Both the chicken and egg were delicious, but the egg custard was really a masterpiece. It was quivering and steaming deliciousness from my first bite--and not too sweet--lovely. I realize now what other dim sum versions I've tried could have been. Ah. Thanks, 'hounds! I definitely never would have ventured to GG Bakery without the tip. Unfortunately, I'm a little intimidated by Chinatown in general.
The question: What other things should I try at Golden Gate? It was hard to see what they had with everybody crushed against the display cases. What are those big coconut covered things--"vanilla creme" the sign may have said?
In New York's Chinatown, with the guide of an experienced friend, I was able to procure fantastic peanut cakes that were that I am at a loss to describe well (flat, peanut-paste-filled, white chewy rice flour cakes?). I'd love to find those here, especially at Golden Gate's quality.
Also, does anyone know of a resource where I could learn more about the basics of Chinese pastry?
Thanks in advance, MP.