One of the less explored meals is breakfast and for those interested in delving deep into Taiwanese morning meals, we recommend starting at Huge Tree Pastry in Monterey Park.
The small dining room is usually full and may require a short wait to be seated. Simply add you name to the list and you will find the turnover quick and efficient.
Besides what’s on the menu there are also pastries lined up on the counter to choose from.
Trays of green onion stuffed puff pastry and curried pork crescents beacon and if chosen are heated before being brought to the table.
We found gua bao, sitting on the counter. The famous pork belly stuffed buns are accented with pickled vegetable, cilantro and crushed peanuts. Served hot, the pork is a layered combination of melt in the mouth fat and meat. Be sure to eat it as soon as possible to get the full effect of the melted fat before it cools down. We hit ours with some chili sauce to add a little zing.Be sure to remove the thin paper stuck to the bottom as soon as it arrives.
Another Taiwanese breakfast delicacy is fan tuan. A sticky rice outer layer wrapped around a variety of ingredients. We chose the purple jasmine rice which adds a sweet, sticky component. Filled with egg and pickled vegetables, it creates a sweet and savory Asian style burrito that satisfies on every level with its mix of flavors and textures.
Fan tuan is served in Saran Wrap which is slowly peeled away as one picks up this big boy and feasts on it one delectable bite at a time.
As the name Huge Tree Pastry implies, there are quite a few pastries on the menu. We chose the sesame seed crusted, beef pastry with pickled greens which melts in the mouth like a meaty, flakey cloud.
Condiments on the table include soy sauce, vinegar, chili oil, chili sauce and an onion sauce.
We also indulged in the green onion pastry which is full of greens and glass noodles.
The cong you bing omelet is also known as a pan fried green onion pancake with egg.
As we lift up the top layer, we are delighted to find a savory pancake inside which we splashed with chili sauce to add yet another layer of complexity to the egg dish.
The crowd is primarily Asian and beyond adorable from the youngest patrons,
to the most seasoned of customers.
For authentic Taiwanese specializes, especially breakfast dishes, Huge Tree Pastry is a fantastic addition to any brunch rotation.
Huge Tree Pastry, 423 North Atlantic Boulevard, Suite 106, Monterey Park, CA 91754 Phone – 626-458-8689