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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wing Lee Bakery's Egg Custard Cakes

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Wing Lee Bakery's custard-filled rice cakes. - LUIS CHONG
  • Luis Chong
  • Wing Lee Bakery's custard-filled rice cakes.
While colored hard-boiled eggs are probably in some people's minds at this time of year, SFoodie was craving the sweet and creamy yolk center of a different variety. One of our favorite snacks is the custard-filled sweet rice cakes (nai won gow) at Wing Lee Bakery.

The cakes are rare items available only every other day. SFoodie assumed that this was some brilliant scheme to create demand, but the staff tells us that's not the case. They explained that the baker's repertoire is so wide that they cannot make every item every day.

Check the top shelf of the rightmost glass display. In the morning, the baker stocks two long trays with three varieties of the disk-shaped rice cakes. The darker filling is sweet red bean paste, and the tan-colored filling is sweet lotus paste. The red bean paste version can be found at a few other local bakery shops.

It's the yellow egg custard filling that we drool over. Usually only a handful of the cakes are left after 1 p.m. We ordered half a dozen for a mere $3. Similar in size to silver dollar pancakes, these delectable and chewy glutinous cakes are addictive. You'd be a fool to buy only one.

Wing Lee Bakery

503 Clement (at Sixth Ave.)
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 668-9481
Hours: daily 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

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