Most people in the U.S. don't realize that some of the best bakers in the world now are in Korea and Japan, rather than just Paris. They've taken the techniques of the French and adapted them with Asian ingredients, incorporating things like melon cream, red bean paste, and matcha. I had one of the best hungover pastry breakfasts of my life when I stumbled across a busy street in Gangnam, South Korea and devoured probably a pound incredible baked goods.
St. Louis is lucky enough to have one of these bakeries, but you probably didn't know that. Kim's Bakery is located close to the original Kim Cheese on the Creve Coeur/Chesterfield border, right off 141. It's a small shop, but there are plenty of snack options. There's a counter the length of the store that's covered with individually wrapped goodies, ranging from melon pan to Swiss rolls to loaves of bread. If you've never been to an Asian bakery before, you probably won't recognize a lot of the items, but be a little adventurous and load up. The lemon cream is particularly delicious.
Opposite the wall o' snacks is the cake case, with beauties like the ones below. We went for the fruit cake, a yellow cake layered with whipped cream and fruit, and their chocolate cake. Both were good, but the winner at the end of the night was the chocolate.
They look great, don't they? Here, I'm going to help you plan a day: you're going to drive over to Creve Coeur and eat lunch at Kim Cheese. You're going to get the Kim Cheese burger and your friend/S.O./children will get the burrito with either spicy pork or beef bulgogi. Then you're going to get back in your car and drive 1 minute over to Kim's Bakery. You're going to get a bunch of snacks and one of their intricately designed mini-cakes, then go home and eat them all.
13357 Olive Blvd
Chesterfield, MO 63017