So I’ve been out of the country for the past few days; I was attending a conference with my lab members down in Washington State. Since the location was relatively close to Vancouver, we all carpooled and drove our way down there. The drive was going to take several hours and I didn’t know if/when we’d make any stops for food, so I headed over to Maxim’s Bakery the day before to get some food. They are a pretty big bakery with a really large selection of Chinese/Asian-style baked goods. I got a Chicken Pie, Pineapple Bun w/BBQ Pork and Curry Beef Bun. Now I was a bit worried that the guards at the US border were going to confiscate my food but the guard we got, while quite grumpy and hostile, didn’t inquire whether we had any goods to declare and I was able to make it across the border with my lunch. I subsequently ate them during the remaining 3-4 hour drive down the highway to the Mt. Rainier National Park where the conference was being held. My apologies for the poor photos below; it was a bit hard taking pictures while sitting in the back of my boss’ car and trying not to get crumbs everywhere.
Chicken Pie ($2.25):
The crust of the pie was quite tender and flaky, with a slight hint of sweetness. It was filled with a generous amount of flavourful, tender chunks of chicken, as well as a few carrots and peas.
Pineapple Bun w/BBQ Pork ($1.75):
The bun was really soft and fresh. It had a really generous amount of bbq pork. Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of the filling: it was a bit too savoury and I actually prefer my bbq pork to be a bit sweeter, but I think that there are a lot of other people who’d prefer this style of filling. I also wished that the topping would be a bit more crispy.
Curry Beef Bun ($1.45):
Again the bun was soft and fresh. There was a good amount of curry beef that was fragrant, mildly sweet, and flavourful.
The buns (plus several chocolate bars) were sufficient to keep me sustained until we stopped by an Italian place called Primo in Tacoma in the evening for dinner before making the final leg of our trip to the mountains (review on that coming up). It may be because I was quite hungry at the time, but I really enjoyed all of the food at Maxim’s. Although their prices are a tad bit higher for an Asian bakery, the quality I think is well worth it. I also really like the system that they have where you get to select your own goods (and place them on your tray) and they wrap them up for you at the country.
Recommendations: Chicken Pie, Curry Beef Bun