My first visit to Oh My Pan Bakery and Tea in San Gabriel was in the late afternoon on New Year's Eve, lil' sis and I went with the oldest '87 and the older '88, since the latter two were skipping out on my brother's party that evening. The oldest '87 said Oh My Pan was her newest favorite tea house, pushing out her previous favorite, Half & Half Tea House - Monterey Park.
Oh My Pan replaces what was the San Gabriel location of Boulangerie Pierre & Patisserie - Garden Grove, which closed several years ago.
Cakes and cupcakes since Oh My Pan is a bakery too.
Chocolate panda cupcake, $2.65.
Cream puffs and mini cakes.
Taro cream puff, $1.95.
Black sesame cream puff, $1.95.
Green tea cupcake with black sesame filling, $2.35.
Taro cake, $2.75.
The array of freshly baked buns was tempting, but I was here mainly for tea on this visit.
Teas are $2.60 to $3.50. Get a business card to collect stamps. Buy 10, get 1 free. I can't remember what each person got, but I ordered the osmanthus green tea and the oldest '87 usually gets lychee tea. Really excellent, fresh-brewed teas.
I also ordered the brick toast since it came highly recommended by Tony of SinoSoul.
Butter milk thick toast, $2.75. I found it actually a bit dry, and much prefer the more buttery version at Tea Station - Alhambra.
On my subsequent visit to buy the black sesame cream puff for my sister-in-law, I paid closer attention to the freshly baked buns.
Green tea with taro and red bean, $1.60.
The sign said Top No. 1, so of course, I had to try it. Coffee bun with sea salted butter, $1.35.
I bought a regular green tea bun as well.
The green tea bun tasted a little bit soapy if you can imagine, but the coffee bun was heavenly. After dinner at Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa Vietnamese Restaurant - Rosemead with my childhood friend, I offered up my remaining half of the coffee bun for dessert. She wolfed that down, but only took a bite of the green tea.
After dinner at Ton-Chan Ramen - San Gabriel with Gourmet Pigs one evening, I mentioned the black sesame cream puffs for dessert so off we went again.
I just realized I have pretty sad pictures of the black sesame cream puff, but trust me, they're quite worth a visit to Oh My Pan just for that. In fact, my brother asked me several times for the name of my new favorite place since his wife liked the black sesame cream puff so much.
The happy little chocolate face on the green tea black sesame cupcake says bye!
Since Oh My Pan is just across the street and down a ways from Gabrielino High School, you'll see quite a crowd of high school students at peak hours. There's plenty of underground parking if the small lot is full.
I can't remember all the teas I've tried, but from yogurt green tea to the fruit-flavored blends, they've all been good. And the black sesame cream puff and coffee sea salt bun are definitely my favorite items from the bakery.
Other Chinese bakeries:
Happy Bakery - San Gabriel
Kee Wah Bakery - Monterey Park
Kiki Bakery - Alhambra
Kiki Bakery - Monterey Park
MoMo Bakery - Alhambra
Vanille de Patisserie - San Marino
Oh My Pan Bakery & Tea
801 E. Valley Blvd Ste. 105-106
San Gabriel, CA 91776
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
1 year ago today,
2 years ago today, Best of: Top 10 Recipes of 2007.
3 year ago today, vintage napkin holder from Tongue in Cheek.
4 years ago today, two soups for dinner.