Tiong Bahru Bakery is one of those places that you’ll heard of even when you’re residing at Singapore’s neighbouring countries. In my case Indonesia. I blame Instagram and friends that are mostly food explorers for intoxicating me to try this joint out.
My first impression was it felt familiar. I’ve experienced this before, the smell, the atmosphere, the sound of people chatting and laughing in distance. Then I remembered, it is a dejavu of my Bourke Street Bakery moments. It sets me in a good mood right away and with a friend at the other side of the table, I know its gonna be a good day for me. However, is it going to be a good day for my belly? We’ll see.
Tika recommended to have their Kouign Aman. It’s her personal favorite. I find it a denser version of croissant catered to those who want something a notch more fulfilling and sweeter than croissant. However, it still feels ordinary for me. If there’s one thing that would make me come back to Tiong Bahru Bakery, it would be their Almond Croissant.
I enjoyed every bit of it. The créme de amandes is well immersed both on top and in the fillings, leaving a powerful smell of almond, vanilla and butter. Sprinkles of sugar dust not only makes the appearance more appetizing but also adds a good amount of sweet. I’d say this is the closest as it gets to my favorite Almond Croissant at Thorough Bakery. I also tried their plain croissant. Although its well made, and I really like the flaky exterior (you can literally tear the thin layer one by one) I believe I’ve tasted better.
Despite of conflicting comments I found online, I think Tiong Bahru Bakery or TBB as the locals call it is worth visiting. I don’t think it’s worth queuing though. So my suggestion, come here on weekdays for breakfast. Enjoy your cup of coffee and bread without the hassle. And don’t forget to bring a friend along.
Tika and me ended up having a long conversation. From politics to food to relationship. It will be a breakfast worth remembering. It was my first time seeing her in person after being in touch for a while. Who knows we’ll get along real well.
Here’s to many more impromptu meetings to come.
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Tiong Bahru Bakery Singapore (by Gontran Cherrier)
56 Eng Hoon Street
Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru or Outram Park
Phone: (+65) 62203430
Sun-Thu 8AM – 8PM
Fri-Sat 8AM – 10PM
Google Map Location:
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Nearest MRT: City Hall or Esplanade
Phone: (+65) 63334160
Mon-Sun 8AM – 10PM
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