Update: This bakery is now closed.
The husband always says I’m very ‘atas’ when it comes to bread because I only buy expensive ones from posh-looking bakeries. While it is true to a certain extent that I do find most of those breads truly worth the calories but it’s also because I’ve not been wowed by any neighbourhood bakeries yet after several failed attempts to hunt for cheap and good buns.
A few weeks back, the husband and I came across the opening of a new bakery at Ang Mo Kio Central that took over the old shop space of KOI which has now moved a few units away across the road on the next block.
There wasn’t much hype going on despite it was their first day of opening. And it was all quiet with not many customers. But the whiff of freshly baked buns in the air had captured my heart so I stopped by to have a quick look at what the bakery had to offer.
An array of assorted buns, all under a dollar with the most expensive being 95 cents only. What a steal, really. Concept was like the Bun Master bakery located at the NTUC hypermarket in AMK Hub but I thought the flavours offered here were much more appealing.
What really caught my eye was this:
and a salted egg custard bun that was like the ‘liu sha bao’ from dim sum restaurants except that it was bread instead of ‘pau’.
So I told the husband who looked at me with an unbelievable look in his eyes that I was going to buy some buns from here, lol.
Sad to say, there wasn’t an explosion of butter lava from the bun which was what I expected anyway. Pictures and taglines are always deceiving! But the Butter Boom bun was quite tasty and it only cost $0.60! It was just like any old school butter sugar bun. A taste of nostalgia with no frills at all. The salted butter and the sweet sugar were a perfect harmony and the bun was soft and fluffy too. Definitely need a kopi-o kosong to go with this!
And this was the second bun that I was looking forward to try.
Surprising, surprising. The custard was smooth and flowy and had a really rich taste of salted egg yolks in it but it was quite oily too. This was probably the best bun I had among all that we bought. And at $0.90, it was absolutely value for money!
As usual, the husband would go for something cheesy and eggy.
I just found it to be a little plain. Very mediocre.
Looked soft and pillowy.
Quite a decent bun with a cluster of small chunks of soft cheese in the middle and a tangy lemon flavour.
This was just a plain bun with miserable bits of cheese on top. What is the ‘super’ referring to? Duh.
Over the weekend, I passed by the bakery again and grabbed this yam bun to go. Though there wasn’t a lot of filling in it, the yam paste which was like the Teochew ‘orh nee’ was quite tasty. Full-bodied yet not too sweet.
While the breads weren’t spectacular, I felt this bakery was still one of the very few decent ones around in Ang Mo Kio Central. And my recommended picks? Definitely the Golden Sands, Butter Boom and Yam Sands. I’d return again to try the other flavours too because the buns are fresh and they are just too affordable to miss.
Blk 704 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8
Opening hours: 9.00am to 10.00pm daily