BEST CHINESE PASTRIES Phoenix 2005 - 99 Ranch Market
There is one place in the Valley you can score authentic Chinese baked goods. 99 Ranch Market in the Chinese Cultural Center is the best alternative to laying your hands on a slice of Asian goodness short of driving hundreds of miles to the nearest Chinatown. Behind the glass cases, Taiwanese cakes, complete with light cream (instead of spackle-like butter-cream) frosting, shine as fresh fruit piled on the tops glistens under the lights. After tossing the cake into your cart, throw in some baos (buns of golden goodness) packed with exotic fillings like taro root, lotus seed and red bean paste. With the bakery at 99 Ranch, you have to wonder why so many settle for a fortune cookie when they can tuck into the real Asian deal for dessert.