While we definitely advise against eating while walking, there’s sometimes a place to be right now. This sucks if you’re feeling peckish for a sweet snack, so a mouthwatering dessert bun might be perfect for when you’re in a hurry!
Small bakeries are a super common sight in Singapore, with a strong presence in malls and neighbourhood centres – you can even find them in public transport interchanges! The last location is definitely appropriate, because these baked bites they sell are perfectly designed to be eaten on the go.
One of the most popular varieties is the red bean bun, which comes either fried or baked with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. The dough can be a crisp and chewy affair or fluffy and bready, and the red bean filling is a bewildering blend of sweet and umami notes with the consistency of sticky, coarse paste. Other fillings include black sesame paste, which has an addictively roasty and sharply nutty flavour that feels like fancy peanut butter, as well as chewy coconut floss or fragrant lotus seed paste!
Many Singaporeans would be familiar with reliable chain names like Swee Heng, BreadTalk and Four Leaves, which are scattered across residential neighbourhoods and large malls alike. Some hawker centres have baked goods stalls with a literal smorgasbord of doughy delights, and plenty of small bakeries are parked in bus or train interchanges for busy commuters! You won’t have to look far to find one, and this could just be the appetiser you need for a day of feasting in Singapore!