Got a serious bread craving to satisfy? Forget the usual eateries in UTown – you’ve probably got the Hwang’s menu memorised by now – and head out of campus to let loose that inner carb-monster. We recommend a trip to Tiong Bahru Bakery, be it as a solo adventure or a lazy weekend brunch with good company.
TBB is a quaint little place, nestled within a nondescript row of shop houses in Eng Seng Street. The quirkiness of the eatery shines through its décor, starting from its wooden revolving door to the green-and-white beach balls hung from the ceiling, incongruous to its otherwise very Parisian-like setting. Most of Singapore seems to be Instagramming a storm out of TBB, and so we decided to see if it is worth all the buzz; and believe us, it is.
Despite its rather plain exterior, the croissant is surprisingly delicious. The first bite gives a very satisfying crunch, but gives way to a delicate pastry underneath. It is buttery, though not overly so, making the croissant perfect for a light snack. Try it with the jam provided at the counter, as the sweetness complements the pastry, which enhances the buttery taste of the croissant.
Kouign Amann, $3.50
Definitely one of the stars of the bakery, this Breton-cake remake looks and tastes like gold. Every mouthful gives a mix of soft dough filled with butter and hard caramelized crust, with neither flavour being too overpowering. Unravel the swirls to be surprised by its hidden secret – a tender, buttery centre that seems to ooze caramel (that is almost sickeningly sweet) with each bite. Oh. So. Good. The only complaint is that one is so filling you won’t be able to get more!
Chocolate Almond Croissant, $3.50
An interesting reinvention of the typical croissant and reasonably priced to boot. This one tasted like a puzzle: flaky on the outside, its interior was pillowy and moist. One bite of its sugar-glazed layer and into the chewy almond paste is enough to incite a contented sigh. The chocolate is located right at its center, complementing the buttery folds in an impossibly sinful way. Still, it borders on the sweet side and appeals best to those who love, love their sugar.
Quiche Lorraine, $6
For cheese diehards, this savoury dish is a must-try. The custard filling that melts instantly – and delightfully – in the mouth boasts a surprisingly light texture and is speckled with springy ham bits. It tasted more like a cross between whipped cream and mozzarella puree, but I wasn’t complaining. Anchoring the flavour is its crust, a nice mix of crumbliness and dryness that went well together. TBB’s spin on the classic quiche may not pack a flavourful punch but if you’re feeling rich, why not indulge in this unpretentious pastry?
Part of the ensemble cast under Food Collective that comprises brands like Open Door Policy, Forty Hands and Skinny Pizza, TBB’s selection of pastries, tarts, cakes and coffee definitely score more hits than misses. You’ll be back for more.
If you’ve been there, let us know what you think about it!
1. 56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-70. Singapore 160056.
Opening Hours: 8.00am – 8.00pm daily (closed on Tuesdays)
Nearest MRT: Outram Park MRT. Take Bus 33, 63, 851 from the bus stop opposite Outram Park MRT, and alight after one stop (Blk 55).
2. 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-11/12, Raffles City Shopping Centre. Singapore 179103.
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 10.00pm daily
Nearest MRT: City Hall MRT.
by Lo Yee and Tang Rei-En