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Best brunch in LA: Taiwanese

Next stop: Taiwan. Hit the San Gabriel Valley for the best brunch in LA with savory Chinese breakfast pastries.
Best brunch in LA: Huge Tree Pastry (Taiwan)
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman Best brunch in LA: Huge Tree Pastry (Taiwan)
By Jade Chang |

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Huge Tree Pastry
There's no question as to what you should order here: shao bing (baked wheat cake) ($1.20 each), you tiao (twisty cruller) ($1.20 each) and steaming hot bowl of soy! The only decision you need to make is whether you'd like the soy salty ($1.95 for small, $2.95 for large) or sweet ($1.50 for small, $2.50 for large), served milky or as a very soft curd. Our vote is for salty, which means that it also comes topped with chopped scallions and shredded dried pork (vegetarian substitute available). Wrap the cruller in the cake, dip, slurp, repeat. All around the cozy but utilitarian room, chattering Chinese families (and the occasional food-blogger) are ensconced in the same set-up, over a spread of pan-fried daikon cakes with egg, salted rice balls and green-onion pastries. Don’t forget to take a beef and pickle stuffed shao bing to go—it makes the perfect lunch.

Breakfast served daily 7am-7pm.

423 N Atlantic Blvd #106, 626-458-8689.

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