A Social Science grad with a never-ending appetite and lust for Sydney life. Community and Social Media Manager @ProjectFutures www.projectfutures.com
Published May 30th 2012
Since I moved to Sydney some years ago my taste buds have been tantalised and tingled by the never-ending variety of culinary delights spread across the city. Living in such a multicultural city with so many diverse culinary traditions is exciting and I love exploring and experimenting as much as I can.
One of the most enjoyable discoveries I have made are the delights that Sydney's many Asian bakeries have to offer. And there are a few. From the tiny little holes in the wall to state-wide chains like BreadTop, me and my stomach are constantly on the look out for more baked goods to chow down on.
Some of the traditional favourites & the famous Puppy Cake at BreadTop
One of my favourites so far has to be BreadTop. I fell head over heels in love with BreadTop when I moved out and found it was just a small hop, skip and a jump from my apartment and it's enticing display of the weird and wonderful was too much to resist. My boyfriend and I walked out of there with a bag full of treats, some which sounded delicious and some which had us confused but excited all the same.
The Green Tea & Red Bean Puff for a modest $1.90 is my ultimate BreadTop sweet, with the bun always so soft and sweet and the flavour from the green tea nicely fragrant. My boyfriend can't go past the Peanut Twist, also a mere $1.90, and we inevitably walk home with both of these in our carry bag. They have a host of both sweet and savoury treats, and some that walk the line, and even some more traditional favourites like sponge cakes but often with an Asian flavour twist.
Delightful Green Tea & Red Bean Puff & Peanut Twist
Eastwood is lucky enough to have quite a few Asian bakeries so I really am spoilt for choice. One of the smaller bakeries that I've found myself quite taken with is Plaza Cake Shop situated in the plaza on Rowe Street. Quite a bit smaller than BreadTop it nonetheless has many wonderful baked goods to choose from. I scored these yummy Caramel & Sultana buns for only $2.20 for the lot!
Walking down past BreadTop in Eastwood, along Lakeside Road, you will come to Miho Japanese Bakery. One of my favourites from this little bakery are the Green Tea Cookies which are just $3.00 for a box. They also have some delightful-looking rice-cakes, lovely and soft chiffon cakes, as well as the ever-yummy green tea roulade.
And then you also have the 85° coffee, cake and bakery store with branches across the city. They always have an amazing array of cakes and have an amazing variety of Asian and European treats you're problem will only be deciding what you are going to get. When in doubt, get it all. And I've never seen this place without a crowd so that's definitely a plus.
85° Bakery & Cafe in the city
So now it's over to you. Which do you think is Sydney's best Asian bakery? Which has the biggest variety, the most amazing flavours, or the best value? Tell us where your favourite is hiding.
I regularly walk past the Breadtop at World Square - a little while back they changed the dog (cake) eyes from brown to red smarties (or whatever they are) - immediately customers were - whoa, that's one freaky angry dog !
They've changed back to brown eyes - I guess the freaky angry dogs didn't sell that well ...
I love Japanese bakeries and there's one on Goulburn between George and Sussex - but somehow it just doesn't work for me - I think they've tried to appeal to Chinese tastes and have lost any appeal to me - I walk past, look in the display window, but haven't bought anything there for ages - pity ...