Tiong Bahru Pau Hot
Selling variety of dimsum food with lots of outlets in singapore.
a. Peoples Park Complex Food Center, New Market Road, 32 #01-1038, 050032
b. Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, Upper Cross Street, 531A #01-126, 051531
c. New Upper Changi Road Block 207 Food Centre, New Upper Changi Road, 207 #01-31, 460207
d. Tiong Bahru Market, Seng Poh Road, 30 #02-18 to #02-19, 168898
AXS, Jurong East Street 24, Jurong East Street 24, 252 #01-107, 600252
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Good quality fillings
I got the chance to try Tiong Bahru Pau at their original stall and there was no queue on a weekend lunch time. I bought a char siew pau and a red bean paste pau. Could not remember exactly how much it costed but I do remember how it tasted.
I will start on the char siew pau first. I am not a fan of char siew pau as I prefer my pau fillings to be sweet. However, I actually really liked Tiong Bahru Pau's char siew pau. The char siew filling was generous and the colouring was more towards a dull red and not the bright crimson red that I saw and attempted to eat from other stall that I have tried. The char siew was sweet, juicy and the skin of the bun was soft and not flaky nor airy.
I really liked the red bean paste pau. Personally, I love red bean paste pau and this pau was really one of the best I have tried in Singapore. My favourite has to be from a dim sum stall in Hong Kong and so far, I have not tried any red bean paste pau that can be compared to that. Tiong Bahru's one reminded me of the one I tried in HK. Though it was nowhere near the same, I thought that the red bean filling was very generous, not too sweet and it was smooth and creamy. I really enjoyed it alot!
Absolutely recommend this if you're looking for a nice pau to pair with a hot cup of kopi.
Best Char Siew Pau
Not a fan of pork, it is quite difficult to get me started on Char Siew Pau. However, Tiong Bahru Char Siew Pau is one of the only few stalls that would ignite my Char Siew Pau cravings.
The Char Siew Pau sold here are not the usual ones drenched in red colouring. They are braised in the slightly brownish sauce; carrying the fragrance of the black sauce used. Before you even get to the filling, you'll be greeted with the fluffy and soft white skin of the bun that stays this soft even after putting it out for a day.
I have yet to try other buns from this stall, but the Char Siew Pau is a must-get if you ever patronise.
Tiong Bahru Paus aren’t as spectacular as what I’d thought it’d be. It tasted ordinary. There didn’t seem to be any special recipe involved. It was cooked evenly. I wasn’t addicted to it unlike the paus that I ate from NTUC when I was in primary school. Those paus contained some sort of mysterious additives for I kept grabbing for more.
Soft, Fluffy Pau
The paus that they sell are always sold out. Even then, I love the taste of the soft, fluffy skin when I bite into the freshly made paus by Tiong Bahru Pao. With their heartland outlet in Toa Payoh, it makes me a frequent customer of their paus - in fact, I actually even buy some to eat on the spot and some cold paus to steam for the next morning. Call me a glutton but I'm just addicted to their lovely taste!
Prices wise, it is always kept reasonable. For something as filling as pau, I find it crucial that it is not only well made, the ingredients are also generous. In this case, Tiong Bahru Pau seems to have met both criteria. Now you know why I'm a fan of theirs!
Average, not-worth-the-hype paus
I've read it online somewhere that whatever food that has the 'Tiong Bahru' name pegged to it usually becomes popular and well sought after. Well, this Tiong Bahru pau stall isn't an exception. I used to like it a lot as a kid. When I was younger, my father would stop by there to get some paus and "Zha dan" (fried hard boiled egg with meat stuffing) and siew mais/har gaus. I remember enjoying the food a lot. Probably because I had lower expectations for food when I was young. Fast forward N years later, I am an adult and I went past there one day and bought one big pau and 2 har gaus to snack on because it was still 2 hours to dinner and my stomach was protesting.
One bite into the pau and I didn't find the taste that I was accustomed to when I was younger. The skin was thick and the meat had a "smell". It wasn't pleasant at all.. I was quite taken aback by the drop in quality. The pau wasn't yummy at all. The "har" (prawn) in the "har gau" (prawn dumpling) was not there. I felt like I was just eating seasoned meat in the har gau crystalised skin. I will not go back there again. Seriously over hyped place. I gave it 2 stars because it USED to taste nice. It must be thankful for the "tiong bahru" name attached to it otherwise I don't think people will actually buy their food.
If u were to look at how they handle the food....
This maybe a mediocre pau that you buy to just satisfy your hunger but here's an observation that I made pertaining to the one at Outram. I found out that they handle the food is really unhygienic. Just take a peep at the backdoor or even the front.
You will realize that they leave the paus near drains and cars before they bring them into steam. The thought of the dust and stint from the drain getting to my pau simply ruined my appetite.
Nevertheless, the size of the pau is average and not surprisingly small compared to many other stores.
But something that made the whole buying experience bad is the cars that park outside the shop. The inconsiderate drivers that park their cars at the road side to get pau created traffic congestion at that area.
So never drive to get pau there, you will find a hard time finding a parking slot especially when the pau store is not the only shop that sell food.
Not in Tiong Bahru only
I am seeing more of Tiong Bahru stalls but I have never bought from any of these stalls. I only believed in the original stall. My mahjong kaki was a fan of this store and whenever we went over to this place for mahjong, he would have driven to Tiong Bahru to buy some snacks from this shop.
Normally, he would but the big pau, siew mai and the beancurb wraps. The pau was nicer when eaten hot so normally we would finish the big pau before we start our mahjong session. After that, as and when we had our breaks, we would take the siew mai and beancurb wraps. Really nice snacks especially during those long sessions of mahjong.
Traditional tasting snacks
Tiong Bahru Pau was the standard Sunday breakfast with my family when I was still young and we were living in Jurong East. Besides Toa Payoh and Tiong Bahru, they have an outlet at Jurong East as well, and they have done pretty well, moving from being a stall in the coffeeshop to become the main stake holder there.
It is a must to go early if you want to get a large variety of the dim sum. Although the queue is acceptably long, the waiting time to get a seat at the coffeeshop is usually longer. But of course the wait is always worth it for the large variety. There have things like big pau, small chicken pau, porridge, braised chicken feet, black bean pork ribs, siew mai, har kou, malay cake, beacurd wraps and so on and so forth. There are also fried stuff to choose from.
My favourite currently is this little flour pau filled with some pork meat and a slice of egg. When hot, the dough smells fresh and tasty. It is not oily when you bite into it. The pork meat is pretty nice as well. It is probably only 2 bite size, and usually I get a minimum of 2 pieces. But again, maybe just that I am old, not many young people like this though haha.. they never know what they have missed.
Used to love the red bean pau
I used to crave for the red bean pau a lot. But just a few months ago, I realised the standard dropped upon the first mouthful. The red bean used to be thicker and blacker, but now the filling has become almost the same as the kind you can buy at 7-eleven.
Refusing to believe so and thinking that it might just be that one pau which was different, I decided to buy one and try again after a few weeks. But that led me to disappointment once again.
As for the rest of the snacks, I have tried the fried yam, siew mai and lotus paste pau before, they still taste better than the outside.
I would suggest you to grab these snacks at Tiong Bahru Pau if you do pass by, but to specially travel all the way there might not be needed.
Consistency is the key
I have been a loyal customer of Tiong Bahru Bao and I am glad to say that this stall kept their standard after so many years. Highly recommended would be their char siew bao. Unlike other char siew baos, the filling is juicy and you can actually taste the filling. Their large pork bun is also good, the hard boiled in the filling makes it even more tasty and delectable. Do eat while it is hot as the pau skin tends to be very hard and dry when it is cooled.