Kee Wah Bakery
, which just last week opened its doors in Cupertino, is the best of what looks like an up-and-coming trend for Asian-style bakeries.
Like other Bay Area beachheads of larger chain bakeries from Hong Kong and Taiwan, Kee Wah offers traditional red-sugar or bean-filled cookies, pineapple shortbread, and even sticky moon cakes when the time is right.
honey sponge cake + berries = breakfast
But it's the perfectly fluffy sponge cake and the meat-based pastries that will keep me coming back. Coconut, orange, matcha (green tea), honey or vanilla cakes are all marvy, and a bargain to boot. $1.50 for a 4-inch roll of sponge cake (which can easily be shared), or $3.25 for a whole cake, which is the size and shape of a small bundt cake.
The Ham and cheese roll, bacon and egg roll and the curry pork pastry will undoubtedly end up as lunch when the kids go back to school.
They also creates these lovely European-inspired/Asian-flavored, absolutely ethereal cakes and pastries. In other words, the perfect hapa bakery. Cakes are impossibly light and fluffy, and fresh-fruit filled with mango, peaches or strawberries. There are also unexpected combos like the matcha mousse cake.
While other Asian-style bakeries may have similar offerings, Kee Wah just has a good vibe
. It also offers greater breadth (traditional Asian/American-Asian, sweet/savory and Hong Kong imported/locally made), is spotlessly clean, and bakes onsite
--so you know the stuff is fresh. You can even watch them work their magic in their open-view kitchen. And their unfailingly polite and honest staff means I leave happy and will return often.
For more information on Kee Wah
locations and as well as a couple other of my favorite bakeries, click here
Red-bean or sugar filled traditional treats
Eat Well. Be Well.