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Steamed red-bean peach-shaped buns: A sign of longevity, these peach-shaped buns are typically gifted to the elderly in Chinese culture. I found this particular brand of pre-made, frozen buns in a Chinatown grocery store in Boston. Though a serving size is a single bun, I eat two for breakfast to feel satiated. The buns are surprisingly good steamed in a rice cooker; the amount of steamed white bread feels substantial, and the red bean filling is sweet, but not overpoweringly so. The air-brushed peach accents are impressive, e... (read more) 4.0/5.0

redbean chinese peach pastry bread recommended dessert 4.0 steamed red-bean peach-shaped buns
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Salt and Lemon Baumkuchen: Ever had a salted lemon flavored cake? I hadn't up to this point in my life, and I wish I had. This import from Japan is very well balanced, with a concentrated acidic flavor. Like most Japanese pastries, it's lightly sweetened. Texture is a bit dense but not dry. Honestly better than many fresh cakes I've had. 4.0/5.0

recommended hmart japanese baumkuchen lemon saltedlemon cake dessert sweets 4.0 salt
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Beard Papa's matcha cream puff: The Japanese cream puff chain Beard Papa's has made it to Boston, with a shop in the heart of Chinatown. I purchased a green-tea flavored puff, which was flaky on the outside and soft on the inside. The puff oozed cream, but the flavor was very light. So light there was basically no discernible green tea flavor. The color is the only indication of its supposed flavoring. Overall, it was not bad for a cream puff, but disappointing as a matcha dessert. 2.5/5.0

beardpapas pastry dessert creampuff matcha 2.5 boston chinatown cream puff
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Coast Cafe sweet potato pie: A pleasantly spiced pie reminiscent of pumpkin pie but made with sweet potato. Filling is smooth and on the sweet side, but satisfying nonetheless. Crust is fine. Portion is generous. 3.5/5.0

coastcafe cambridge dessert pie sweetpotato recommended sweet potato 3.5
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Paris Baguette oatmeal raisin cookie: Hard and crunchy, far too sweet, buttery but with no crumble. 1.5/5.0

parisbaguette cookie dessert sweets oatmealraisin oatmeal raisin 1.5
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Mango Mango mango pudding: Milky, creamy flavor and texture, prominent mango flavor with real chunks of mango throughout. Tastes fresh. Good level of sweetness. Cute glass container. 4.0/5.0

mangomango pudding sweets dessert mango recommended 4.0