New Asian American bakeries find bicultural sweet spot



Pastry chef Elaine Lau holds a Dim Sum Cookie at the Sunday Bakeshop in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. From ube cakes to mochi muffins, bakeries that sweetly encapsulate what it is to grow up Asian and American have been popping up more in recent years. Their confections are a delectable vehicle for young and intrepid Asian Americans to celebrate their dual identity. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


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Pastry chef Elaine Lau holds a Dim Sum Cookie at the Sunday Bakeshop in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. From ube cakes to mochi muffins, bakeries that sweetly encapsulate what it is to grow up Asian and American have been popping up more in recent years. Their confections are a delectable vehicle for young and intrepid Asian Americans to celebrate their dual identity. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For some Asian Americans, the dim sum cookie at Sunday Bakeshop here will taste like childhood.

It looks like a typical sugar cookie except with sesame seeds on top. But bite into the creamy, red bean center and it’s reminiscent of the fried, filled sesame balls served at a Chinese dim sum restaurant.

The concoction is pastry chef Elaine Lau’s nod to her grandmother, who would often make them. The baked goods that Lau’s

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America’s Largest Asian Chain Is Selling Out of This New Chicken Dish

A beloved Chinese food chain recently took a risk when they introduced a progressive protein dish to their menu. It turns out, that move was a success—so much that they’re looking to take this item wider.

Last month, in collaboration with Beyond Meat, Panda Express introduced a vegan version of their bestselling Orange Chicken dish, calling the plant-based remix “Beyond the Original Orange Chicken.”

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Their aim, as they confirmed with Eat This, Not That! last month, was to test the plant-based item only in 10 Southern California and New York locations to help determine whether it could resonate across more markets. Based on the response, that seems likely.

This week, Insider reported that Panda Express sold through 1,300 pounds of the product on the launch’s first day. Meanwhile, the California locations that served the new dish sold out entirely “in

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NJ’s Kam Man helped pioneer Asian supermarket wave

EAST HANOVER —The smell of barbecue and pan-fried buns radiates throughout the food court at Kam Man Food Market.   

It’s Saturday morning at the Chinese supermarket in Morris County. Chef Tony Huang and his staff are busily serving up roast pork buns, ducks, congee and other delicacies. A multiracial line of customers waits for the fresh, hot treats coming out of the kitchen.    

“It’s first-come, first-serve,” said Kam Man President Bill Woo. Delicious baked goods like egg tarts and pineapple buns are usually sold out by late afternoon, Woo said. If there are any leftovers, they’re given to the staff at day’s end – never resold the following day.

“In business, your reputation is most important and that reputation is accumulated through years and years of positive interactions with your customers,” said Woo, the trim, second-generation owner who’s also a councilman in Englewood Cliffs. 

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88 Marketplace is an Asian food wonderland hidden just west of Chinatown

Just west of Chinatown, the historic neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, a strangely shiny building has landed along a row of old brick warehouses.

Jefferson Square takes its name from the building’s street address. Technically it stands in East Pilsen. To the outsider, little reveals that the glass-fronted facade hides an Asian food wonderland, with what’s touted as the largest Chinese supermarket in the city.

88 Marketplace sprawls across the second floor of the cavernous center. When the store celebrated its grand opening last year on the auspicious date of Aug. 28 (eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture), the food court mostly had yet to open. Shoppers indulged instead in the delights of imported Lay’s potato chips, exotic fruit and live seafood.

New Chan, a real estate development company based in McKinley Park, owns the building, market and parking lots across the street. Unlike H Mart,

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