Some restaurants are hidden in plain sight, as evidenced by Yi Mei Chinese Pastries. I’ve eaten next door to Yi Mei twice, most recently at Silver and Gold Amazing. Strangely, Yi Mei didn’t register. It took Genevieve Ko’s recent Gourmet article to learn about the bargain Taiwanese deli that’s been a San Gabriel Valley favorite for 30 years.
Twin cases were jammed, the counters were packed and almost everything looked incredible. It was tricky to narrow down which flaky wonders to select. With a selection this healthy, Yi Mei’s owners should expect several return visits. They have a printed English menu, but it’s more fun to just point and pay.
Yi Mei features dozens of options at outrageously cheap prices, especially given the high quality ingredients. It’s almost like the owners haven’t grasped the concept of inflation. I won’t tell them if you won’t.