The hottest new bakery in Houston has just arrived. 85°C Bakery Café, the bakery so popular globally it’s often referred to as the “Starbucks of Taiwan” has created an unofficial battle of the Chinatown bakeries in Houston. At 85°C Bakery Café like many other Chinese bakeries, you use tongs to select as many pastries your heart desires, cafeteria style; we usually end up with far too many egg tarts and the like to carry.
With the grand opening of their 1,000th store on July 7, we’ve put together some recommendations on the best-baked goods to snag. Their incredible selection will make you want to drive all the way out to Bellaire for a unique baked treat. Are you looking for something more unusual than a red bean bun or milk bun? If so, we recommend the taro marble bread, a sweet bread made with mixed grains and their signature taro filling. The new squid ink bacon bread is a strange yet tasty baked good. The bakery makes this bread with a soft squid ink stuffed with cheese and bacon and coated with bread crumbs for a delicious crunch.
The founder named the bakery after the belief that 85°C is the optimal temperature to serve coffee. Each cup of coffee is brewed individually with Guatemalan coffee beans for a delicious taste. To beat the Houston heat, try the iced sea salt coffee, a chilled Americano with sea salt cream.
9750 Bellaire Blvd Ste 168, Houston, TX 77036 | (832) 831-1392
It wouldn’t be a battle of the Chinatown bakeries if we didn’t tell you about the competition.
With over four locations in Chinatown, this bakery is a creative heavy hitter. Their pastries come in all shapes and sizes: a crab, pig, turtle, lobster, or even a shrimp. Their special occasion cakes can be in the form of Hello Kitty, Angry Bird, or a cute teddy bear.
10623 Bellaire Blvd c120, Houston, TX 77072 | (281) 530-8883
This bakery comes with a unique twist (or swirl, in this case). Kamalan specializes in fish-shaped Taiyaki ice cream cones, swirled high with soft-serve and topped with treats – these cones will have all your friends screaming for it. In its original form, Taiyaki is a fish shaped waffle cake with red bean paste. At Kamalan Bakery, this treat is transformed into a tasty ice cream cone with the mouth of the fish stuffed with green tea, red bean, plum, or vanilla ice cream.
9889 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036 | (832) 831-2652
Our next bakery is originally from South Korea and considers itself a French-Asian bakery. Tous Les Jours means ‘everyday’ in French, and with over 1300 stores worldwide their name suits them well. With so many tasty baked goods, we recommend you try the milk bread, mocha-infused buns, or savory bread.
9896 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036 | (713) 360-3220
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