From the street it was the large triangular slices of cake in the window of the Ying Du Restaurant & Bakery that caught my eye, all stacked up like that. Inside, studying the various pastries behind the glass, I overheard:
“When I’ve just got change in my pocket, I come here for one of these. Oohhh-ee, boy, one will fill you up.”
I’m sure my situation is a little different, but being that I’m in the middle of moving, that payday isn’t until tomorrow, that I’m sort of late for lunch but way too early for dinner (really, timing really is everything) — I decided to take their challenge.
My contender: an egg-custard filled pastry ($0.70), a whitest-of-white-bread, mildly sweet, oblong roll with a sugary, crusted topping. Perfect with a strong, black tea, I thought, and I had just the one in my desk drawer. Better yet, why not make an Asian-style milky tea with my Twinning’s Irish Breakfast! Now I was on to something. I detoured by a deli for a half-pint of nonfat milk at my local deli (look at those cartons there, like little soldiers, all lined up).
The verdict: Mildly sweet, yeasty, milky, cut by the mild bitterness of the tea. Yum. Nice tip, guys.