My favourite…

I’ve tried the ones from three different full-fledged bakeries in town now and my daughter bought some from another one. She did not like hers very much but then again, she isn’t really into these Korean mochi buns as she is not all that fond of its chewy texture. One that I had was tough and very difficult to bite and chew and the other two had the right taste and texture but they lacked the awesome fragrance and the very nice crusty surface that these…

Apollo Korean buns 1

…have.

I’ve blogged about them once and I did buy some for some friends to try here in Sibu and even as far as KL and they all loved them very much. Well, if anybody is interested in getting some to savour, they’re RM1.00 each – a bit more expensive than elsewhere (80 sen) but they’re a bit bigger and in my opinion, the taste would more than make up for the price difference.

These are sold outside a cake accessories shop at the corner of this building…

Apollo shops

…in the Jalan Apollo area at the back row of those blocks of shops across the road from Su Lai Primary School…

Map & GPS

Initially, all I was told was that they would bake the buns upstairs on the 1st floor and every hour, there would be fresh supplies piping hot from the oven. However, when I went at around noon, they were all sold out and a girl at the shop told us that we should go before 11.00 a.m. We did not have any problem getting those buns the next time when we went at around 9.00 a.m. but I have heard complaints that they went after 10.00 a.m. and they were all sold out and there would not be any more for the day. Well, it’s the early bird that catches the worm, I guess.

Anyway, I was real early that morning – past 7.00 a.m. and yes, they were available already, still hot/warm but half of the tray of those delightful buns had been sold out and these were all they had left…

Korean mochi buns 2

…of the first batch for the day.

On the way home, the wonderful fragrance filled the whole car and I had to resist grabbing one from the bag and eating it while driving. As a matter of fact, my missus did go over to buy some a week earlier and after she had finished one, I saw her going into the kitchen to get another…and another. She said they were so very nice that she just could not resist going for more.

Incidentally, they do sell these muffins as well – chocolate and vanilla (RM1.00 each)…

Apollo muffins

…and I did buy one each to try. Yes, they were nice but no, they did not sweep me off my feet and you would not catch me making the beeline back to the place to get more of these…but I certainly would be going back there again for those Korean mochi buns, and of that, I am pretty sure!

Incidentally, while you are in the vicinity, perhaps you may wish to check out a kueh (local cake) stall straight ahead to the right from this corner shop to the other very end of the lane at the corner of the shop directly opposite/right across the road from the primary school there. I hear that you need to go early in the morning as everything will be sold out pretty quickly. The old lady (well, she’s not young anymore, that’s for sure) makes most of what she sells at home and sells them there. That morning, I bought some of her tee peang

Apollo tee peang

…that actually had the taste of the pek tao (soya bean) used, unlike most that we find around these days, and she certainly had a lot of chives in hers too plus they were big and were selling for 40 sen each. I hear they are selling these at 50 sen elsewhere and of course, there are those selling at 3 for RM1.00 at some places but those would be much smaller and do not taste as nice. I thought these were very good but I would prefer a litttle less msg in them. The chai peah is different from elsewhere – to me, hers seemed like a very thin version of the tee peang and between the two, I think I enjoyed her chai peah more – crispy by the side with a bit of the tee peang taste in the thicker middle and I did not feel the msg as much in this one. Her deep fried or koi (steamed yam cake) was great too, very much to my liking and also priced the same at 40 sen a piece.

I certainly will drop by again someday to check out the rest of the things she sells at her stall – there are simply too many to buy all and try at one go.