After lunch at Serangoon Gardens yesterday, I bought some old-school buns home for today’s breakfast.
Serangoon Garden Bakery & Confectionery takes up two stalls at Serangoon Garden Food Centre. They bake their breads and cakes on the premises. Business is very good, with long queues during lunchtime. Their goods are super fresh since turnover is high.
I really miss this kind of old-school bread and cake. They’re so refreshingly unpretentious. No fanciful names like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Bacon”. And what’s “Mount Fuji Swirl”? Oh, it’s kaya bun? Say lah! Why waste our time playing “Guess What’s Inside The Bun?”
There were so many of my childhood favorites here: butter & sugar, cheese, coconut, red bean, kaya, hot dog. In the end, I picked two most favorites — luncheon meat and curry (potato).
All the buns are made using the same sweet and airy dough. The “hamburger” comes with a surprisingly thick slab of luncheon meat. And the curry was generously stuffed with curried potato. Hubby and I each had two buns for the price of one BreadTalk bun! Now that’s what I call priceless!
I was expecting the walnut cake to be buttery. But it turned out to be more chiffon-like instead. The cake was lightly flavored with coffee, and was richly studded with walnut, chocolate rice, and sesame seeds for extra crunch. The texture was light, yet very nutty. Tastes like what Mom would bake, if Mom could bake.
How I wish there could be more old-school bakeries like Serangoon Garden Bakery. Sadly, many of them (those in HDB estates) are morphing into BreadTalk copycats. The buns look similar, but taste like inferior imitations. Sigh. Instead going for a half-hearted attempt at modernization, why can’t they just stick to doing what they did best?
Serangoon Garden Bakery & Confectionery
49A Serangoon Garden Way
#01-45/46 Serangoon Market & Food Centre
Tue to Sun: 6.30am – 5pm (earlier if sold out)
Closed on Mondays