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Sugar Junkies and Pushy Old Ladies Flock to Jardin de Jade

Posted by Emily / May 21, 2007

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When I enter Jardin de Jade on a bright Sunday morning, I feel like I’m walking onto a battlefield. The small bakery is packed with about two dozen elderly Chinese women, elbowing dawdlers in the ribs to secure their places in line. Patrons have to squeeze their way to the counter to capture their prize: warm, fresh pastries which emit scents of butter and jasmine. But believe me, the sweet rewards are worth the bruises.

Jardin de Jade features several savoury options like pork bao, but its most popular delights are its sweet, cream-filled buns. The buns are always fresh and flaky, even in the afternoon. The bakery also offers plain sweet buns and smaller treats like moon cakes with moist red bean filling.

The bakery is located in the heart of Chinatown, near the corner of St. Laurent and La Gauchetière, and is operated by several Chinese women who seem to be there seven days a week. There is no place to sit down inside, but some benches outside make a perfect spot to munch on treats and people-watch. And since many of the pastries cost less than a buck, the bakery is an economical way to get your sugar fix for the day.

As a frequent customer of Jardin de Jade, I can offer some tips from my own experience. Firstly, never go on a Sunday morning. I bruise too easily to escape the Sunday morning rush unscathed, and I would advise avoiding the Sunday crowds unless the direst of sweet-tooth emergencies strikes. Secondly, don’t bother trying to learn the names of anything you order (unless you speak Mandarin). My first and last attempt at pronouncing the name of a particularly tasty bun only resulted in a lot of laughing and a very red face.
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Moon cakes. These are extremely tasty but they come in bags of six and consuming the whole bag makes me feel like I've just OD'd on sugar.
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My fave – chewy bun with coconut cream filling. And they sure don’t jip you on the filling.
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Jardin de Jade Poon Kai ; Chinese Restaurant ; 67 de la Gauchetière W. 514-866-3127 ; Chinatown

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9 Comments

rrrobyn / May 21, 2007 at 07:10 pm
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red bean bun 4 life

(but will eat all others too)
Kevin / May 23, 2007 at 02:23 am
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The top picture has to be a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple_bun";>pineapple bun</a>, no? If not, I hope this place has pineapple buns. I don't even like sweets but even I think they're good.
Kim / May 23, 2007 at 10:50 am
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Their lotus buns are my favourite. Dense and sweet and perfect.

But avoid their dumplings. At all costs.
golu dolls / March 11, 2019 at 07:07 am
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nice post
Herbal Powder / March 11, 2019 at 07:07 am
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nice post
Kanchipuram sarees / March 11, 2019 at 07:08 am
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nice post
Kanchipuram sarees / March 11, 2019 at 07:08 am
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nice post

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