When I travel to a different country, I always like to check out its local bakeries (besides supermarkets) because I love bread and I eat it all the time. It’s something that I can easily make a meal out of it and I can have it whenever I feel like it. 🙂
While exploring the streets of Ba Dinh district in Hanoi, we stumbled upon this humble bakery that looked like the regular neighbourhood bakery here in Singapore. The smell of freshly baked goods was just so enticing. Even saw some of their local people left with bags of fresh-from-the-oven baguettes – exactly like those used for banh mi.
Yenyen Bakery is located on 74 Nguyen Truong To which is very near to Truc Bach Lake and West Lake (Ho Tay Lake) so if you’re heading there for a walk, you can come by this bakery to grab some tea-time snacks.
The bakery specialised mainly in French-style bread and pastries like baguettes, croissants, profiteroles, pain aux raisins, pain au chocolat and more. There were also the familiar favourites like chocolate donuts and muffins (in various flavours).
The Custard Danish had a really light and flaky texture. It wasn’t overly greasy but it had ample flavour of butter. However, the custard was quite dense and tasted almost like a kueh.
This Almond Twist was incredibly delicious and moreish – the best one I ever had so far. It was so flaky and crunchy and the sliced almonds provided extra crunch and aroma. Yum! Very likely to make a mess when biting into it so use your other hand to catch the falling crumbs ‘cos you wouldn’t want to miss every single bit of it, lol.
The Fried Donut with Pastry Cream was another delightful treat. The pastry cream would only be piped into the donut upon order. There were crispy crumbs on the outside (a little similar to tempura) and the bread itself was just soft and fluffy. The cream filling was also very well balanced and wasn’t too sweet.
We paid 37,000 VND (SGD2.30) for these 3 items which were very affordably priced. I have to get that Almond Twist again next time. ???