LINES OFTEN FORM outside the entrance of Lucky Bakery & BBQ, located in a strip mall along with the dynamite Sze Chuan Chinese Restaurant (11078 W. National Ave., 414-329-2688). Inside, with its shelves of fresh baked goods and menus written in Chinese and English, you’ll feel transported to Chinatown. If you’ve never tried Chinese sweet-savory baked goods or Cantonese barbecue (including roast suckling pig!), prepare for some dazzling discoveries. Here are three Lucky finds:
BBQ (Char Siu) Pork Buns
The sweet, tender shiny-top baked buns – each the size of a hamburger bun — are a divine contrast to the generous filling of savory, smoky pork with the delicate imprint of Chinese five-spice powder.
Fried Red Bean Paste Sesame Ball
Made with glutinous rice flour, this crispy ball has a soft, chewy, sweet center and a creamy filling of sweet red bean paste, a flavor that’s subtly reminiscent of sweet potato.
Roast Whole Duck
Crispy skin encases plentiful juicy, tender meat. The fowl could easily feed three or four diners, but I wouldn’t blame you for keeping it all to yourself. It’s exquisite.