Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tiong Bahru Bakery

Just what is the hype over this neighborhood bakery - i had to find out. Located at Eng Hoon Street, it is difficult to miss the bakery with a chinese symbol as their signage. They have also branched out to Raffles City Shopping Centre, which gives me the impression they are actually doing very well since rental there must be sky high.

I've heard so much about their plain croissant but was left disappointed as they were sold out. With quite a selection of pastries, bread and tarts, i found myself taking more time than i normally take to decide. They also allow you to taste some of their bread.

I found their latte to be mediocre, nothing special and a little too bitter for my liking. The Apple Crumble on the other hand, was good but a bit dry. I think it would have been better served warm. The sweetness level was just right for my palette and the bits of brown sugar on top of it was a bonus.

Because the Butter Croissant was not available, i was recommended the Chocolate Croissant, which i found nothing special about. The pastry was not buttery at all, and it did not help that the chocolate inside it was scarce and clumpy. I tried accompanying it with the jams and butter provided but somehow still couldn't find the taste that others rave about online.

I was also recommended the Kouign Amann, which has egg, salted butter and caramelized sugar. It was slightly better than the Chocolate Croissant, but also not fantastic or exceptionally good either. I don't expect a lot from pastries, but this merely passed the ordinary mark despite all the good reviews.

My conclusion? There isn't much to fuss about the pastries and tarts Tiong Bahru Bakery, but the hype about it just does not justify how they actually taste like. Unlike most food bloggers who have given them a positive review, i feel that unless you happen to be around Tiong Bahru or Raffles City, otherwise i don't think it's worth making that special trip down.

Tiong Bahru Bakery
56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-70
Singapore 160056
+65 6220 3430

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