At this archetypal hole-in-the-wall Chinatown bakery, walk in with a dollar and walk out with something sweet, plus change.
The burnished disc below (70 cents, several years back) had been crudely scored, like its fellows, probably to release excess heat while in the oven. Folding it in two revealed numerous pastry layers and a smoky red-bean filling. Flattish glutinous-rice cakes (60 cents apiece) enveloped red bean or crushed peanut, each of them lightly sweetened; you can guess which was which. Ka Wah's egg tarts are also well-regarded, even if the larger ones will cost you a little extra coin.
Ka Wah Bakery
9 Eldridge St. (Division-Canal Sts.), Manhattan