Another one bites the dust…

In my previous post, I mentioned that many stalls at the coffee shops in the Rejang Park commercial centre here have closed down. Looking around, it seemed that only the kampua mee stalls are left standing.

This shop…

…is no exception.

I was somewhat surprised that the bakery has called it a day and wrapped up its business completely. I used to go and buy their very nice butter biscuits and their ham & sour cream rolls were pretty good too even though in my opinion, the ones from Xiao Pao Wang in Padungan, Kuching had a slight edge over those here. Ah well! As they say, beggars can’t be choosers!

The kitchen at the back seemed to be closed too, all dark, no life whatsoever. All that was left was the kampua mee stall in front and the steamer by the side full of steamed paos.

I did try their paos a long time ago in 2010, only RM1.70 each at the time and again in 2014, still RM1.70 each then but I could not remember as to whether they were any good or not. That was why I decided to buy a few to give it a try.

According to the lady who came to talk to me, these (RM2.30 each)…

…were made by the lady boss, the lǎo bǎn niáng (老板娘 ) who also made the vegetable paos and another one, I can’t remember what that was now. The rest of the buns in the steamer were sourced by the boss from somewhere else – some other people made those and they just took from them to sell.

I tried one…

…and I found that the filling was all minced meat compressed into a lump…

…with a bit of egg in it, like those that my sister gave me the other day.

Yes, it…

…was nice but I prefer the ones from my sister but those were RM2.70 each. The ones here are very much cheaper.

I guess at the end of the day, it will boil down to where I would be and which would be more convenient for me to buy, no need to go out of my way to do that.

MASTER BAKERY CAFE (2.306820, 111.836234) is located in the main block of shops facing the main road at No. 26, Jalan Teruntum among the shops at the Rejang Park Commercial Centre here.

Author: suituapui

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10 thoughts on “Another one bites the dust…”

  1. Can’t tell from the appearance whether the pao is nice or not till you eat it. I am also not into bak paos where the minced meat are compressed into a lump but I love paos with egg and that little bit of hardboiled egg makes a difference. Having said that, I still prefer char siew pao…😊😊

    Hong Kong Puff char siew pao, not so nice anymore the last time I bought some. Dunno if the dim sum ones at the Chinese restaurant here still good or not, have not gone for so long. I am not into those so-called char siew pao…just the meat cooked with char siew sauce or whatever so it is red. What char siew is that? Bluff only!

  2. So sad that Covid has caused many small businesses everywhere to closed down. I like steamed baos. The bao with minced meat filling is referred to as “san yoke” bao. Some of them has ginger strips in them.

    I think I’ve had those with ginger strips before, not a fan of those as I am not so into eating ginger like that.
    Yes, very sad especially if they are really very nice eateries. The West Malaysian foodies who came before the pandemic, picked this one as their favourite and I just heard that it has called it a day too!!!

  3. I went there to buy its buns for kids’ snacks and tapau its chap fan before. Never tasted its baos.

    Yes, the chap fan from the kitchen at the back – looked like it is closed too.

  4. For this type of old school bao, I usually peel off the outer layer before eating.
    The ultra white one from the dim sum place, I usually eat the skin all together.

    But this one you showing today, the skin looks rather thick.

    1. Yes, not like the cotton-like skin of those dim sum paos.
      My missus would do exactly like you when eating these paos. Dunno why. I love the skin of such old school ones, that thin, smooth outside layer.

  5. It seems to be most places are having the same problem and forcing to close. So sorry to hear another one had to do the same in your neighborhood.

    Yes, sad, very sad indeed! These are terrible times.

  6. I am picky with my Bao’s as they are one of my favourite food

    Me too!!! Maybe I’m too fussy but so far I have not come across any here that I would say – this is it!!! Some o.k. ones but none that I feel is really very very good!

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