Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Breads @ Dough & Grains Bakery, Tiong Bahru

During my Tiong Bahru estate roaming tour, I came across this lovely bakery just opposite the Tiong Bahru Market after whiffing a slight aroma of chinese herbs as I was walking past it. I then realised that this must be the (first) bakery in Singapore that specialises in various healthy breads that are made of different traditional chinese herbs for overall wellness.

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Though the variety is not huge, there is a good assortment of interesting new flavours that you probably won’t see in other established bakeries.

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There is also a beverage counter where you can order a cup of your favourite tea to go with the bread you have bought. From where I was taking this picture is a short stretch of tables and chairs so you can just pop in for a little tea & snack any time.

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I like how they put up little signs to explain the health benefits of each special bread they make. I had fun just reading up on every bread and finally arrowing on my 3 choices to purchase.

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Homemade Sweet Potato $1.90

Shaped just like a roasted sweet potato. I love the combination of the purple sweet potato and Japanese potato that is naturally flavoursome and sweet. And the pumpkin seeds on top just lends an extra crunch to the texture. The best part is that the bread is very fluffy and airy inside. This is definitely one of the best breads I’ve had in a long while. I don’t know if sweet potato really helps to lower cholesterol and the risk of colorectal cancer but I do know it is great in easing constipation and help improve bowel movement. So no harm in eating more of this!


Eight Treasures $2.30

It looks like a nutty tart filled with overflowing portions of pine nuts, walnuts, macadamias, sunflower seeds, almonds, cranberries, black and white sesame seeds. A total of 8 toppings, no wonder it’s named ‘Eight Treasures’. If you’re a big fan of assorted nuts, then this bread is for you.


Black Pearl $1.90

I admit I got this is because I was convinced by its benefits i.e. helping to retain youthful looks, preventing hair loss and greying of hair. It just sounds like a wonder bread that can make one young! They use He Shou Wu (an anti-aging herb!) and bamboo charcoal in the dough to create this black looking bun with bits of walnuts. It is a very fluffy bun like all the other bread I have tried but I wish there is some filling in it as it tastes a little plain to me.

Overall, I think Dough & Grains is worth a visit for its innovative range of TCM breads. The buns are not cheap but with the wholesome ingredients that go into baking them, it’s a worthwhile treat once in a while. For those who are less adventurous in trying TCM breads, don’t fret as they do carry a range of standard breads and pastries too so there’s always something for everyone.

Dough & Grains
71 Seng Poh Road
#01-35, Tiong Bahru Estate
Tel: 6225 5223
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Open: 7.30am to 9.30pm daily


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