Sunday, July 5, 2015

Tiong Bahru Bakery : NEW Savoury Croissants

After the successful launch of 8 classic French desserts, Tiong Bahru Bakery launches another new wave of experimental creations—Savoury Croissants with an Asian twist. 

Available in four different variations, these aren't the typical crescent-shaped croissants, but those shaped like inflatable water rafts on rapid rivers. "Rolling Dumpling", "Running Egg", "Jumping Fish" and "Flying Pig", these croissants definitely carry catchy names that will attract anyone at first sight.  
Speaking of the "Rolling Dumpling", I would not have guess that it was inspired from Xiao Long Bao if not for the menu description as it lacked the distinctive traits of this classic chinese dumpling such as the slurpy pork broth. Yes, there were pickled ginger and succulent minced meat but the black vinegar dressing could not lift up the dish.

Nonetheless, the sparkling chemistry between the subtly spiced chorizos and the sweet caramelized onion jam in the "Flying Pig" left me clamouring for more. Its miso dressing did not overpower the dish and I wouldn't even mind if the sausage was spammed with even more of the tasty onion relish on top. 

As a person with a soft spot for fish, I thought I would love the "Jumping Fish" the most but it turned out otherwise. A bite into this voluptuous croissant revealed an oasis of minced spinach and salmon filling. The smoked salmon was not too salty but the filling, which reminded me of the classic Greek Pie Spanakopita, needed a shake of herbs to bring it to life. 

Another calorie-worthy croissant is the "Running Egg" that was garnished with non-heady Japanese spicy flakes. While ramen egg gurus might insist that the "molten" egg yolk could be more gooey, I thought the current consistency worked well with the bonito flakes and mayonnaise sauce, which contributed to the tasty umami flavours.

Prepared fresh in batches and kept warm in hotboxes to retain the temperature, all the croissants, except for the Ramen egg, are baked together with the ingredients. This results in a croissant dough that are more moist and chewy while the external layer retains a delightful crunch.

Each croissant is retailing at $4.50 each or you can select any two flavours to go with the tangy salad with yuzu dressing, dried cranberry and mixed seeds for $12. My suggestion is to enjoy these savoury croissants at the outlets where they are served piping hot and fresh from the oven. 

It's alright if your stomach acknowledged the aroma of caramelized butter by making some embarrassing growls in public.

Mine did but so did everyone. 

Available 11.30am-3pm daily at all outlets

Tiong Bahru Bakery 

56 Eng Hoon Street
#01-70 Singapore 160056
Tel: +65 6220 3430
Daily: 8am – 8pm (closed on Tue)

252 North Bridge Road
#B1-11/12 Raffles City Shopping Centre
Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6333 4160
Daily: 9am – 10pm

310 Tangs Orchard
#L1-16B Singapore 238864
Mon-Sat 8am-10pm
Sun 8am-9pm

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