The display case at Kiki Bakery. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel
Kiki Bakery: Taiwanese bakery in North Seattle and Redmond
Find it: 13200 Aurora Ave., Suite E, Seattle, 206-617-7688; 15230 24th St., Suite O, Redmond, 425-628-8100
There are a lot of fun and unusual flavors to take in at Kiki Bakery, such as a polo pineapple raisin bun, a green tea red bean bun and a macha red bean bun. Some of the smaller pastries are displayed in a plexi-covered counter island that resembles a display case in a jewelry store. The hard-to-find pineapple cakes are worth searching for. Kiki’s prices are a tad higher than other Asian bakeries, but still affordable.
Don’t let the name of the pork floss bun scare you. It’s savory bread topped with dried, shredded pork. Pork floss, or “rou song” is a staple for Chinese kids, just like mac and cheese is for kids in the United States. Kiki also made me nostalgic for my childhood cartoons, with special-order cakes depicting Doremon, Hello Kitty and Totoro.
Pair it with: Kiki Bakery's North Seattle shop is located in a shopping plaza on Aurora Ave. at N. 130th St. It's right near the Asian Food Center, which is great for picking up tropical produce, such as dragon fruit and longan.
Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2017 and was updated in December 2020.