The best Chinese Bakery in Vancouver is La Patisserie in Marpole. Now I don’t make that claim lightly but I also have the backing of the Chinese Restaurant Awards who awarded La Patisserie with that title in 2011 and 2014. At first glance you may doubt that a French named bakery even serves up Chinese pastries but trust me they do. La Patisserie is a hybrid bakery filled with traditional cakes, cookies and pastries but it also has a fine selection of Chinese specialities like BBQ Pork Buns, Egg Tarts, and Preserved Egg pastries. It’s the best of both worlds and I’m checking it out today with my good friend Nancy Wong who knows a thing or two about Chinese cuisine. Who wants dessert for lunch? I do!
La Patisserie is located at 8278 Granville St at the corner of 66th Ave. Coming from downtown Vancouver it couldn’t be any easier to get to than hopping on the #10 Granville bus and 25 minutes later you are there. If you want a Richmond location then you have to go to their second shop at 6360 No 3 Road, which is just steps away from the Richmond-Brighouse Canada Line Station.
I’ve brought my friend Nancy with me today for two reasons. First she is always fun to hang out with and secondly because I want to order a wide selection of pastries and I’m afraid that if I was alone I would eat them all. So with Nancy at my side I will only eat 50% of what I buy and from the look of the cases there is lots that I want to buy.
Like a mad man I just start ordering one of all the treats that I see that I want to try, BBQ Pork Bun, Curried Beef Bun, and Green Tea Red Bean Bun to start. The buns are light and airy with a delicate sweetness to offset the savoury of the fillings. As for the fillings my absolute favourite, and Nancy’s, was the Curried Beef. All were very good but the Curried Beef was just perfect. I would probably pass on having the Green Tea Red Bean Bun again. Nancy loved it but for me the flavours just don’t blend well. Please try it for yourself, you may just like it and you’ll never know unless you try.
Our second round of treats covers both the sweet and the savoury. I order a Chicken Pie, Egg Tart, Curried Beef Puff and a Preserved Egg with Ginger Pasty. All of these were divine and because we ate them at a little table inside the bakery they were still warm.
The Chicken Pie is obviously inspired by English Pot Pies and French Meat Pies but the filling is all Chinese flavours, very tasty and the pastry is as flaky as I’ve ever had. Once again the Curried Beef Puff was the star, it must be that filling. The Preserved Egg with pickled Ginger was a surprise. The pastry itself was unbelievably flaky but the contrast of the earthy preserved egg against the sharp bite of the ginger was quite nice. I would have this one again. Last but not least the Egg Tart. All you need to know is that I bought two more to take home with me. Absolutely divine.
What a treat this lunchtime adventure with Nancy has been and only 30 minutes from my front door. Something tells me I may become a regular visitor to La Patisserie for Curried Beef Puffs and Egg Tarts. I can feel my waistline expanding as I write this, oh well you only live once! I’m sure I’ll be coming across more fabulous Chinese Bakeries on this adventure but I doubt anyone will be able to touch La Patisserie, I think they are the Best Chinese Bakery in Vancouver.
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