One of the things I love about Chicago is the incredible cultural diversity, including that of our immigrant neighborhoods and the stores in these areas. While most are enclaves, Albany Park has been home to a diverse population of immigrants, and their stores often seem to spill over each other.
In Albany Park you can, on one street, walk by stores owned by Mexican immigrants, immigrants from other Latin American countries, Turkish, Koreans, Greek, and Middle Eastern Immigrants. Right over on Lawrence Avenue, in the heart of Albany Park, is a Korean Bakery called “New York Bakery.”
While I’ve had plenty of authentic Korean food, thanks to my Tae Kwon Do teachers who would order in Korean and often we’d have dishes not on the menu, I have never had Korean pastries. Thanks to a few Yelpers, I became intrigued and so Juan (Sean) and I decided to give then a try.
Juan picked up 3 of them. One was a mocha cream filling, another a red bean filling, and the third was a white chestnut filling.
The mocha cream was good, it wasn’t overly sweet so it was intriguing. The red bean reminded me of the red bean filled desserts I’ve had from either Japanese Bakeries of Chinese Bakeries. My personal preference are the two latter styles, but out of the three Korean buns purchased, I liked the red bean over the mocha. One thing I did like about the Korean red bean bun is that it was not overly sweet.
As I sat on this blog post, I started thinking about how I’d like to try some of their other items. I think Korean sweet buns are just in their own category, incomparable to others, even if some of the ingredients are similar to other Asian pastries. As I think about the mocha bun, it was good. What I liked is that it wasn’t overwhelming in any manner. Next time I’ll try the peanuty one. Check out Yelp for their reviews, too, if you need help regarding what to order.
The service, by the way, was very friendly and helpful, and the lady behind the counter was very (no play on words intended) sweet.
New York Bakery
3455 W. Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60625