Swung by Chinatown on my way in to work and went into Hing Shing Pastry (right next to the Chinatown arch). They always have four or five types of buns in the case, of which the hidden fillings are impossible to determine unless you ask. I pointed to one, "Beef," said the mostly unfriendly but efficient woman I always see there. I asked if they had any sweet fillings, and yes, there was coconut and custard. I chose custard and ... wow.
I took my little wax paper bag out to the sidewalk and meant to just nibble a bite but once I started there was no turning back. It was still warm from the oven (at 10 AM), in fact the custard inside was hot enough to almost burn my mouth. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever eaten, especially as such an unexpected pleasure and on a cold sunny fall morning, this steaming hot fresh sweet pastry and hot custard inside, the ultimate comfort food, while standing on a sidewalk surrounded by the bustles and smells and noises of Chinatown. And for 70 cents. Beats a donut anyday. BTW, also had to pick up some tofu pudding at Super 88 and a tofu banh mi for lunch at the Mix -- something to look forward to!