Saturday, September 12, 2009

Monterey Park- Diamond Bakery

Diamond Bakery
744 W Garvey Ave

Monterey Park
, CA 91754
(626) 289-5172

Whenever I go to Monterey Park, I always end up making two bakery stops for my egg tarts.  Kee Wah Bakery makes the giant original egg tarts the way they used to be made, with the buttery crust.  However, I'm not a big fan of their Portuguese egg tarts. They are much smaller, and pricier.  Diamond Bakery offers some beautiful large Portuguese egg tarts for a little more than a $1 each.  Luckily the two bakeries are pretty close together so it's not hard to stop off at both.

Portuguese egg tarts are sweeter than traditional chinese egg tarts and have a creme brulee-like surface.  I remember the first time I was introduced to Portuguese egg tarts when I was younger.  I remember being very confused as to why these egg tarts cost more and were so popular.  Why would people want burnt looking egg tarts? Of course, now my culinary palette has expanded and I've learned to appreciate these delicious treats.

Diamond Bakery is very similar to Kee Wah Bakery in terms of the bakery goods it offers.  They are a bit pricier than Kee Wah, so I generally prefer Kee Wah for my chinese breads and cakes.  The only thing that really stands out for me at Diamond are the Portuguese egg tarts.

 

4 Responses to “Monterey Park- Diamond Bakery”

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    joanh — September 15, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

    those look good! i’ve never seen them in LA (haven’t tried hard to look) but the first time i had them were in Macau and of course now in Taipei.

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    Kirbie — September 16, 2009 @ 10:05 am

    Really? I feel like I see them everywhere now, but not everywhere makes them well.

  3. 3

    gaga — September 26, 2009 @ 12:16 am

    Burned egg tarts, haha. I thought the same thing the first time I saw them!

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    Kirbie — September 28, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

    heehee. I remember when my mom told me what they were and how they cost more than regular egg tarts and are super popular, and I thought that seemed so stupid that people would pay more for something that looked like that

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