If you're looking for affordable, yet delicious baked goods, look no further than Chinatown. This section of Philly is home to numerous Chinese bakeries which offer the ubiquitous BBQ roast pork buns, among others. Bread Top House is one of the ones that gets it right.
Don't be alarmed by the Chinese lettering. Most items, if not all, are written in English as well.
Just grab a tong and get to picking and choosing between all the goodies.
And talk about affordable! I got all of these for $5.55!
Egg Custard Tart
The egg custard tart was interesting, the innards were subtly sweet with a crispy crust.
I've always enjoyed the curry buns at Korean bakeries like Koryodang which are admittedly infinitely better. But those outposts are limited to NY and NJ. The curry buns here are decent, with a small mix of onions, potatoes, and small bits of curried chicken amidst a soft bun.
Roast Pork Bun
But really, we're here for the sweet BBQ roast pork buns, which are good here. The roast pork isn't plentiful, but the mix of onions and sweet pork leave you wanting more. Guess the solution is to get two or three of these, especially at these cheap prices. I got two on this trip.
The dough on the raisin twist is subtly sweet and eggy, with nuggets of raisins interspersed throughout.
Pineapple Custard Bun
The dough is airy and the pineapple custard is not overly saccharine.
Sesame Red Bean Ball
The outside contains fragrant, toasted sesame seeds, the middle is glutinously delicious, and the innards consist of a sweet red bean paste. One of my favorites.
I still can't get over how cheap it was for all seven of these baked goods. If you're feeling adventurous and have a few dollars on hand, don't hesitate to step into Bread Top House to try some Chinese pastries.