It’s so good…

I went to this bakery in the centre of town that day because I wanted to buy the mee sua.

Sure we have a lot at the shops round the corner from my house, factory packed in plastic with all kind of brands or those nameless ones sold in plastic bags. I usually buy one of those, some are good, some are all right and some may chao hoon – they have that stale smell of flour that has gone a bit off and of course, I would avoid those.

I never bought any from this bakery though and I did not know how it got into my pantry and I only saw it when it was about to expire at the end of the month. We probably got it from my sister for somebody’s birthday – they would give us the chicken soup plus the noodles and the eggs, uncooked and we probably had our own mee sua at the time so we just cooked our own.

I bought two big packs, expiring at the end of March next year – that should last for quite a while and at the same time, I grabbed two packs of these honey puffs…

Big Thumb Bakery honey puffs

…that my girl enjoys a lot. Oh? No butter in those? Never mind! They taste really great and are soft and cushiony…

Big Thumb Bakery honey puffs - inside

They should be a bit careful when placing them on the racks after baking though as those lines look rather unsightly…

Big Thumb Bakery honey puffs - lines

– they never had those before, always nice and smooth and round, absolutely perfect.

I also bought this flavour…

Big Thumb bakery mango chiffon

…and it was good too. They have durian as well but I don’t think anybody in the house would enjoy that.

I bought their bak pao (steamed meat bun) with egg (RM2.30)…

Big Thumb Bakery bak pao with egg

once at their branch in Ulu Sg Merah, RM2.00 each only at the time and the filling sure looked a whole lot nicer. It was all right, still, a little peppery but nice – the egg was definitely a lot bigger than what you can find in paos all around town but no, I did not think it was anything to get me going back for more.

The char siew pao (RM2.00)…

Big Thumb Bakery char siew pao

… was nicer but smaller and did not have any egg inside. Wowww!!! That was only RM1.40 ten years ago in 2010. Personally, if I were to pay the same, RM2.00 each, I would much sooner go for the dim sum-like char siew paos from here – same price and so much nicer!

I saw these packs of chai kueh (RM4.50 for a pack of 5, 90 sen each)…

Big Thumb Bakery chai kueh

…on the counter beside the cash register and I asked the old lady manning the counter if they made those themselves but she said no – they were homemade and left there for sale. I asked her if they were good and she unconvincingly replied that they were quite all right.

My girl loves these but we do not get very good ones here – the skin especially is not quite there and they are never generous with the filling. Anyway, I decided to buy and try and there were two packs left so I took both.

I tried one when I got home and was VERY impressed. My missus tried TWO and started praising them to the skies. My girl was going out with some friends for dinner and did not want to try so I put them in the fridge and steamed them…

Big Thumb Bakery chai kueh, steamed

…for breakfast the next morning. The skin was so soft and smooth, so translucent that one can see the filling inside so clearly and there was hay bee (udang kering/dried prawns) in the filling too, not too much and too over-powering like the ones my cousin brought for me me once from Kuching – more like those Lulu Nyonya Kueh ones in KL that I enjoyed very much too, definitely a whole lot nicer than these more expensive ones that I bought from another bakery here – those aren’t worth a try even, I assure you.

I had another one that morning and I dunno how many the mum had but when my girl woke up and was through with it, there was none left. In her own words, “Now we know where to go and buy very nice chai kueh!”

BIG THUMB BAKERY (2.293889, 111.826492) is located at No.71-73, Jalan Tuanku Osman.

Author: suituapui

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

11 thoughts on “It’s so good…”

  1. The chai kueh sure looks delicious! I have never eaten char siew bao with eggs in them.

    Yes, I was trying to justify the 30 sen extra for the bak pao – a little bigger plus a bit of egg.

  2. Chai Kuih looks really good. Even the wordings on the plate say so. I like the bak pao and char siu pao from Kenyalang Yong Kwang kopitiam. Bak pao and char siu pao both with 1/8 slice of egg cost RM3.50 and RM2.00 respectively.

    My favourite! Used to go at around 3 p.m. to buy, hot from the steamer – those days in the mid-70’s when I was living in Kuching. Sad that since then, I have never had the chance to go back again. Must KIV, will have to do that next trip to Kuching. Don’t remember them having char siew pao at the time…but I think I bought that from the petrol station at Batu Lintang, those days. Nice also.

  3. my state of mind now wants the pau, it’s almost 12 and I haven’t had breakfast…

    What have you been doing all morning? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I must have my breakfast…AND coffee…or I’ll be sleepwalking like a zombie all morning.

  4. The dumplings indeed look good, since there were only 2 packets left, the signs showed positiveness of being tasty!

    Yet to go back there to grab some more. It’s in the town centre, parking is near impossible, such a pain! I’m not sure if you were with us but some of you dropped by here to buy the mochi – very popular take-home-stuff for visitors.

  5. I love chai kueh but when I was a child, I disliked it immensely. Tastebuds do change with age!

    My girl is not a fan of a lot of local kuehs – she is one kind of a banana but she loves these…and sui jiao!

  6. That mango chiffon flavour sounds interesting, I love mangoes

    It was nice but not sure if it was the essence or fresh mangoes, most likely the former, so cheap. The honey puffs were great too.

  7. I don’t really like cake but I do love the flavours of both mango and honey.

    You don’t? I love cake, plain, old school, butter pound cakes – not all that fond of the trendy ones.

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