Chicago: Chiu Quon Bakery

In-between the Asian grocery store and Pho 888 was this:

Every time I'd passed by Chiu Quon Bakery in the past, it had been closed for the night. The lights (on for once) and the sight of pastries in the window was just too much to resist. I dragged my friend in so I could gush over everything.

Unfortunately, the pickings were slim, given how it was only an hour until closing. But nonetheless, I managed to score some goods and bring it back home to share with my roomie.

I'd never seen almond cookies so big and fresh-looking before:

It'd been years since I last had an almond cookie and they looked so beautiful in the display counter that I had to take one with me. When I took the cookie out of the bag, my roommate immediately grimaced and said she didn't like these kinds of cookies because in her experience, they were always greasy. Not this one. Oh no. Chiu Quon single-handedly changed my roomie's opinion on almond cookies forever.

I don't usually like steamed BBQ pork buns because they tend to be more bun than pork. But the ones at Chiu Quon smelled too good for me to pass up:

Sadness. As I feared...too much bun:

The best BBQ pork buns have big pieces of fatty pork. This one had more of a pork paste.

If I ever get to Argyle early enough, I want to check out Chiu Quon's full bun selection (cocktail buns, pineapple buns...ahhh). There simply aren't enough Asian bakeries in this city.

Chiu Quon Bakery
1127 W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 907-8888


  1. We should split pork buns. I only like the bun. On second thought, I should just get a Man Tou.


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