If you love old school treats like the banana cakes and coconut buns from Hiap Joo Bakery, you may also want to check out Salahuddin Bakery while in Johor Bahru.
Salahuddin Bakery is located on Jalan Dhoby, which is about a 2-minute walk away from Hiap Joo, right on the next street.
If you don’t look carefully, you will probably miss out this unassuming bakery. No catchy signboard. No fancy shopfront.
But once you step right in, you’ll be impressed by the array of pastries and buns that are neatly arranged on trays with labels and prices clearly indicated.
And on the back wall, we can see a huge display of old photographs and newspaper clippings that reveal the history, the background, the people and the stories behind Salahuddin Bakery.
Remember those triangular-shaped curry puffs with layers of flaky pastry and spicy fillings?
What we can find here is not what you can get from regular bakeries. In fact, I’m not even familiar with some of the items as I’ve not tried them before. The only thing that really catches my eye is the triangular-shaped curry puff, which is also known as the Bengali curry puff. Used to eat them quite often when I was little but it isn’t easy to find them these days.
Traditional baking with charcoal
One unique thing about this bakery is that they use a charcoal oven for baking.
We selected a few pastries to try – mutton curry puff, chicken curry puff, cream roll and butter puff. While I wouldn’t say these pastries tasted spectacular, they definitely brought back some fond memories. Being in this bakery is already quite an experience on its own. It’s like visiting a museum and having a walk down memory lane. Worth visiting if you are in the vicinity!
Closed on Fridays
+60 12-766 8380