Dirty dirty…

I cannot remember who was it who said to me once that I was old and that was why I would never for the dear life of me understand the ways of the younger set today – he or she said that it is the lifestyle, among other things, to go and queue at any new outlet of some famous restaurant in Hong Kong or Taiwan or elsewhere or if there is some very popular product from those countries like when this cake came to town, for instance. We have it here too as well as our own versions from the local bakeries and no, I did not go and queue for any of them but yes, I’ve tried and I guess it will suffice to just say that I was not impressed.

When my friend, Annie, was home from KL for the Ching Ming Festival that day, she shared photographs of this…

Annie's zang zang bao
*Annie’s photo on Facebook*

…on her Facebook page – another craze from Taiwan, the zang zang bao (脏脏包), literally translated as dirty dirty bread – that she got from a bakery here. She just said it was all right and she did not seem very excited over it so no, I did not rush out to go and buy and try.

Well, it so happened that I saw these…

Aroma Bakery zang zang bao

…at this bakery here (I don’t think that was the one where Annie got hers from) so of course, I bought one of each flavour, RM4.00 each, to try to see what the hype was all about.

They both looked like coated croissants and to me, the chocolate one was all right, sweet with the chocolate cream both outside and inside…

Aroma Bakery zang zang bao, chocolate

…but I would think it would be nicer with cake…like the 100% gluten-free flour-less chocolate whipped cream and raspberry roulade

Melissa's chocolate whipped cream & raspberryroulade

…that my girl made during the long weekend break last week. Hers was so very nice, sweet but very nice and despite the fact that no flour was used in the making, it had that lovely soft cake texture.

No, I did not get my hands/fingers all dirty while eating the zang zang bao as I cut the buns into slices using my kitchen scissors and ate with a fork but I do think that if I had not done that, it could get real messy eating that thing.

I am never a fan of anything matcha or green tea but I thought this one…

Aroma Bakery zang zang bao, matcha

…was not too bad. I don’t know what they had for the filling, not anything green tea, and that helped to save the day.

Still, for RM4.00 each, personally, I do think that it would make a lot more sense to go and enjoy a plate of kampua mee and still have change or our very nice Foochow fried noodles instead of one of these.

AROMA BAKERY (2.311151, 111.831515) is located at No. 36 (G/F), Taman Damai along Jalan Dewan Suarah, the second shop in the block on your right as you enter from Jalan Melur, after the Maju Tyre shop.

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