I just spent a few weeks in the Fremont area and was really impressed with SOGO Bakery in the Chinese Plaza at the corner of Mission and Warm Springs (Warren Ave exit off 880).
I especially liked their flakey taro pastries filled with taro paste. Subtle in taste and the lovely pastel purple and white exterier is very attractive. There is almost a raw dough taste to them, so if you like uncooked cookie dough, you will like these.
They also make a delicious mango pudding with slices of mango sitting on top of a white gelatin-like pudding.
They have clever little cookies wrapped beautifully like gifts.
They have good white breads like the coconut bread.Although I am not a fan of walnut breads because the walnuts are bitter, I loved the walnut bread at SOGO.
There are some beautiful cakes. I tried the Japanese cheese cake which is lite in texture and slightly dry, similar to a Polish Cheese cake.
There were quite a few good Taiwanese bakeries in the Fremont area, but I thought SOGO excelled. They have a number of locations. Shee Kee was ok, but not worth going out of my way for when I'm in the area. Is there anyplace better in the South Bay?
Is there anything similar in SF? The bakeries in the city seem more oriented to sponge cake and cookies with some dim sum items as well. I don't recall any SF Chinese bakeries that made bread.