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.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

27 thoughts on “My favourite…”

  1. Interesting… haven’t seen one tee peang before and 40 cents each is not expensive. One piece of miserable kuih is selling at 90 cents each here in pg *roar*

    A Foochow delight. I dunno but people say they call them oyster cake in Singapore or Taiwan though I really wonder why since no oyster is used in the making. Maybe theirs, they have oysters inside. Penang, Georgetown’s a city mah. People there all so rich one. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  2. Same with Mel, I don’t fancy these crusty hard-looking buns.. They look hard and chewy.. If I have to finish these up, I’d dunk in Milo or spread them with kaya, peanut butter, or fry an egg with cheese to go with them, for ‘easy swallowing’, hehe.. But those vanilla/chocolate muffins look good though, very moist, and the chocolate one looks very chocolatey loaded with chocolate chips, nice..

    Hard? Not at all. She just doesn’t like the chewy bit or anything sticky and rubbery – mochi, onde onde/kuih Melaka…all those kuehs that they use tapioca flour to make. Otherwise, she would have loved these. And no, they are not hard – crusty is not hard…and it’s just the thin exterior. Very nice and that is the very reason why I like these all the more. The rest are all chewy, none of the crusty crust outside.

    Those muffins? Can get anywhere lah…all more or less the same, the good ones and many people even make their own, and some may even be nicer. What’s so special?

    1. Hehe, sometimes things just taste nicer when others cook.bake for us.. Just ordinary chocolate muffins, but I guess it taste nicer when others bake for me πŸ™‚

      I am always waiting for something like that too… Guess some people have better things to do than to feed me. 😦 Hehehehehe!!!!

  3. I liked it. But better to eat when it is warm. Once cold it is more chewy and hard to eat. Hehe. Thanks for the treat.

    My sil actually went to search it but not sure she finally found the place or not. She and her hubby “ronda-ronda” in one of the evenings.

    Evening? No hope lah… 10 something already all sold out, no more for the day. Well, you can ask her to check out this post – shouldn’t have any problem locating the place. Sometimes if you drive past, you may not notice the shop owing to the blinds.

    You can always heat them up if you like them hot, heat…not toast. I had some left over one time…so I switched on the oven and turned it off once it got very hot. Then I put in the buns to heat them up in the residual heat till nice and warm on the outside and no longer cold inside. Very nice also, as good as new…and you can enjoy them warm.

    1. Btw my cousin is a teacher in Su Lai. ^^

      I prefer a crispier chai peah. Thinner and crispy. Hehe.

      The ones at the stall at Rejang Park in the afternoon are very nice…next to the Chinese medical store, somewhere there. These are crispy along the sides, not flat and crispy throughout.

  4. Since your previous post about the mochi buns, I have been on the lookout for these over here, and still I have not found any shop that sells them.
    40 cents for a decent piece of kueh, never gonna happen again over here, how I miss the good old days 😦

    They vary between bakeries here and somebody did say he tried them in KL but did not really like them. He loved the ones from here. It’s catching on fast – most bakeries here have them already – they told me about one where customers had to queue up to buy. I went, no queue…and not very nice. These are much nicer.

  5. Korean buns, give it a pass. Love chai peah (with cripsy edges) more than the tee peang. Best in chilli dippings & a cup of hot coffee to go with. Muffins looks good too.

    You tried before? Well, not all are THIS nice. The rest, I too would give a pass… I’d have these anytime instead of muffins.

  6. slow down………slowly does it…one day buy a bit then can taste all the things that the shop offers.

    Nice to eat for teatime too

    These things, best eaten hot. But available only in the morning, will have to eat for breakfast. By afternoon, already cold so not as nice and when reheat, must do so gently and lightly. Overheating makes them very hard, not nice…and must eat right away. Cooling down will also make them hard.

  7. Would love some (what you call as) “tee peang’ with lots of chives πŸ˜‰ I’ve eaten this (didn’t know what it was called) and something that’s also quite similar to this…with prawns and chives (but don’t know what they’re called also)!

    Prawns would be nice – maybe they’re a substitute for oysters. Not easy to get oysters here and even if we can, they would be mighty expensive. I checked some photos and videos on this and I saw that they do have oysters in their version of this Foochow cake in Singapore and Taiwan. Ours, here…not even prawns though they do have meat filling (like char siew pao ones) at some places here but look on the bright side, these plain ones are very cheap…and nice.

  8. At 7am I am still in dreamland! I’ve never eaten mochi bun. I don’t think there’s such a thing here in PJ or KL?

    Got lah. Can even get the DIY kit there to make your own., Nice or not, I wouldn’t know lah! Wahhhh!!!! This towkay neo, life so good. 7.00 a.m. still sleeping. Some people have all the luck in the world! πŸ˜€

  9. Ahh, these mochi buns, I think they’re called Korean buns in KL. One is enough for me because two pieces will be quite filling. It cost RM1.60 at a bakery here. 😬
    All kinds of buns and pastry smell SO good when they’re fresh from the oven, rite? I can’t resist the aroma of kuih bahulu fresh from the oven! πŸ˜‹

    Yup! They’re called Korean buns here too….but I googled and found that they’re usually called Korean mochi buns. I love these…even though I am not a fan of the sticky-sticky mochi. Some people seem to like them a lot. Ya, everything is best when hot, that goes without saying.

  10. I know I know! The mochi buns were good especially with a cup of chocolate drink..or kopi. Thanks for getting them for us to try.

    Most welcome. Nope, no chocolate, no kopi for you…hope you recover from your flu soon. πŸ˜€

  11. Oh wow! These buns look amazingly fresh and delicious! I’d probably eat 4… One with jam, 2nd with tuna, 3rd with peanut butter…4 would be just for my pleasure, I wouldn’t add anything, I love to enjoy bread just separately πŸ™‚

    Yes, these are definitely good on their own…but the usual bread, I would need something with it – egg…or better still, ham or bacon, the whole works. πŸ˜›

  12. I love to eat bread and chewy food so I guess I would love these Korean mochi buns that you sang praises of in this post. So far I have not seen them in KL or PJ bakeries but I read that some of the comments say they are available but no bakery names are given. Would appreciate those who have seen them in KL or PJ to please name those bakeries so that I could go buy some to try. Thanks in advance.

    You can try Tous Les Jours at Bangsar and I think they’ve an outlet Pavilion area. It’s a French -Korean bakery franchise. I checked their bread menu – their Korean black rice pulut bun seems similar but no, I don’t think that’s it.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, I looked through their website, it does not look the same at all. 😦 The outer layer does not look crusty). I googled for more but all that came up are recipes to bake this crusty mochi buns. Seems that it is very easy to bake, just need to buy the Korean mochi bread premix flour. I guess you can also bake this at home if you have the premix flour.

      Yup, some people have told me about the DIY kit. Haven’t seen it around here though.

  13. Wow! Those must be incredibly delicious to sell out so quickly. I have to be in the mood to eat the chewy breads. I usually prefer them soft.

    I’m not fond of anything chewy myself but this is an exception. This one’s not too chewy unlike one that I got from a bakery elsewhere – so chewy it was so hard to bite through – like eating rubber. I did not like it at all.

  14. Korean bun? hahahha, my mum did mention about those korean bun quite sometime ago, now they all “muat” eating it already. WIll be in my eating list.

    Hahahahaha!!! I only buy once in a long while – so lazy to drive over to buy, old already…but look on the bright side, I still enjoy them whenever I do. Your mum bought from here? The ones from the bakery next to Medan Hotel, Uncle – they said people queued to buy but I bought to try and I did not like. Those from Farley Bakery and Aroma, so so – would not buy a second time. Melissa had the one from Breadsense but I did not get to try.

  15. I remember you told me about the mochi. So this is how it looks like?
    Reminds me of the tee peang with minced pork filling you bought!

    The tee peang’s the one and the same – just that the ones I bought for you had meat filling inside. More expensive, of course.

    Mochi’s not the same – those are sticky sticky things…something like tangyuan balls – yet to go and sample the ones in Sarikei. These are Korean (mochi) buns, sort of chewy, and somewhat elastic, the bread texture inside.

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