Last week, I had an errand to run near Chinatown, so I decided to check out Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery.
I think this is the place my Aunty picked up the toong mai we tried earlier this year.
The reason I wanted to check out this place was because I was interested in trying their char siu jin dui.
I don't quite remember where I had heard about this, but it was intriguing to me because most jin dui I've tried was sweet not savory.
I bought 2 char siu jin dui and 2 ma tai soo. ($1-something each)
The size of these jin dui were impressive.
Upon cutting it though...big disappointment.
Little to no filling at all...total rip off.
On top of that these were really REALLY oily...blah!
The ma tai soo on the other hand were packed to the gills!
Ma tai soo is a savory pie crust manju if you will, filled with water chestnuts, char siu, green onion and other savories.
The outside was really flaky and the filling with it being a little on the sweet side was delicious.
I also bought some peanut candy.
This was really good, nice crunch from the peanuts, and it was chewy but it didn't stick to your teeth. ($.60/piece, I think)
And their egg tarts were fantastic.
I especially liked their flaky crust. ($1-something)
Other than that jin dui, I would definitely go back for other items.
I'll be back.
Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery
1027 Maunakea Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Open 6:30-17:30 daily