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The Best Pastries in Chinatown Right Now

Take a bite out of Chinatown’s bakery scene with these sweet and savory treats.


Pastries Chinatown Lychee Mousse Cake Bao Bao Bakery Cream Puff's Beard Papas, Portugese Egg Tart Great Taste Bakery Mooncake Ho Yuen Bakery

Bao Bao Bakery’s lychee mousse cake, a cream puff from Beard Papa’s, Great Taste Bakery’s Portuguese egg tarts, and a mooncake from Ho Yuen Bakery. / Adam DeTour

Lychee Mousse Cake, Bao Bao Bakery & Café

This shop may be best known for fondant-covered cakes and French-style macarons, but don’t overlook its lychee mousse cake—a delicate, jiggly little cheesecake with bright zing from the fruit.

84 Harrison Ave.,617-988-8191.

Cream Puffs, Beard Papa’s

Fresh and flaky, these palm-size morsels are filled to order with either earthy green-tea cream or classic vanilla.

31 Harrison Ave., 857-263-7169, beardpapa.com.

Portuguese Egg Tart, Great Taste Bakery & Restaurant

Showcasing a crisp shell and creamy, caramelized custard, these treats are a staple of Hong Kong–style bakeries, thanks to the city’s proximity to the former Portuguese colony of Macau.

61–63 Beach St., 617-426-6688, bostongreattastebakery.com.

Mooncake, Ho Yuen Bakery

Traditionally enjoyed during the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, dense, tender mooncakes are a year-round treat here. Hand-molded and filled with lotus seed or black bean paste, some also have nuts or salted whole egg yolks at their center.

54 Beach St., 617-426-8320.

Hot-Dog Bun, 101 Bakery

If you like your pastries savory (and maybe a little quirky), you’ll love this offering. Slices of salty sausage are enveloped in brioche dough, braided, and sprinkled with scallions.

56 Beach St., 617-451-9988.

Egg White Cake, Eldo Cake House

The only thing lighter and airier than the luscious whipped-cream frosting layered in these pretty, fresh-fruit-filled slices? The fluffy, slightly sweet cake itself.

36 Harrison Ave., 617-350-7977.

Boston Chinatown pastry crawl: Hot dog bun from 101 Bakery, Bao Bao Bakery's lychee mousse cake, sponge cake with strawberry and fresh whipped cream from Eldo Cake House, Great Taste Bakery's Portuguese egg tart, a cream puff from Beard Papa's

Hot dog bun from 101 Bakery, Bao Bao Bakery’s lychee mousse cake, sponge cake with strawberry and fresh whipped cream from Eldo Cake House, Great Taste Bakery’s Portuguese egg tart, a cream puff from Beard Papa’s. / Adam DeTour


This story is part of The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown, from the February 2019 issue of Boston magazine.