Today I visit The Kowloon Bakery in London’s Chinatown. Kowloon is split into two separate stores. The door on the left is a Traditional Chinese bakery. The door on the right is a fixed price all you can eat buffet.
The buffet restaurant named after the northern part of Hong Kong serves Cantonese style food. The bakery serves traditional Chinese style cakes and pastries. You can buy cakes to take away or eat in the café at the rear of the bakery.
Buffet or Bakery ?
While the buffet is popular the bakery is the half that captures most passers-by and snap happy tourists. Kowloon bakery windows stay filled day and night with amazing looking cream cakes and pastries you will not find in British bakeries.
Fist of all to stand out in Kowloon’s windows are cream cakes in the shape of delicate cream hello kitty, pandas, dogs and pigs on pandan sponge bases. Also delicious Sweet and savoury buns. And fantastic custard tarts and some deep fried sticks of pastry. It all looks incredibly interesting and delicious.
Also firm favourites are the BBQ Pork Cha-siu buns, a sweet and sour combination of sweet sticky bun with a sweet and savoury pork bbq filling. And Kowloon is famous for its custard tarts.
Most of all today I’m here for Moon cakes. Because its Chinese Mid-autumn festival and the traditional cake to eat is mooncake. So today Kowloon have two types of mooncake. Either a choice of Red bean or lotus paste fillings. So I have to get one of each type of filling for this years celebration.
Moon cakes don’t look like they will be filling but looks can be deceiving. They are delicious but super dense with heavy filling so sharing small bite size slices of cake is best.
Finally check out my full post on Chinese Mid Autumn festival and trip to London’s Chinatown – Chinatown London Mid Autumn Mooncake Festival 2016
Kowloon Restaurant and Bakery 21-22 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JH
Visit Chinatown’s website here