Expect the unexpected…

Actually I’ve long given up on the char siew pao available at the bakeries in Sibu – most of them aren’t worth the calories at all, so to speak. My favourite would be the ones from Kai Joo Lane in Kuching and more recently, I got these really very nice mr.siew bao ones from my ex-student, Xavier, who brought them back all the way from KL…

mr.siewbao's char siew pao

The other day, however, I dropped by this bakery near the centre where I’m presently attached too. The chicken pies there are great but they’ve increased the price by 20 sen and now cost RM3.00 each. Normally, they would all be sold out by late evening or at best, there would only be one of two left but that day, I saw quite a lot on the counter, no less than 10. I’m sure it was not because of the increase in price…but more likely, times are bad and people are a bit more careful these days with their money.

Anyway, I decided to give the char siew paos a try…

Aroma Bakery char siew pao 1

…and I was pleasantly surprised. They were really good!

I wouldn’t say that they’re better than mr.siew bao‘s but they’re very good and for one thing, they’re definitely bigger by at least one-third and they’re very generous with the filling…

Aroma Bakery char siew pao 2

…and they’re only RM1.40 each. I don’t know how much each of mr.siew bao‘s costs but I think I can safely assume that they’re not so cheap, correct me if I’m wrong.

I’m not sure what meat they use but coming from a bakery, I would guess that it’s chicken. Well, never mind! Whatever it may be, you can expect that I will be dropping by there time and again for more. Anybody want some?