The Best Salted Egg Croissant In Singapore Is … Yes, We Tried All 5 Of Them
There are so many Salted Egg Croissant places in Singapore it is not even funny anymore. This craze first appeared at Urban Bakery in Hong Kong, followed by Le Bread Days Café in Kuala Lumpur and Seven Oaks Bakery Café in Johor Bahru. (Read: 16 Unique Salted Egg Yolk Food In Singapore)
Flavour Flings in Singapore followed suit, and met with resounding success. Sold out in half an hour. When such things happen, businesses will go with the flow (pun intended). Both the good and the copycats.
Trends come and go, and this liu sha in French croissant may just leave us quite speedily in a matter of a few months. (By the way, do people still drink those Over The Top Milkshakes anymore?)
The first always stand at an advantage. So it’s either you do it better, or sell it cheaper.
The Best Salted Egg Croissant In Singapore Is …
30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188 (Lavender MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Thu), 11am – 11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)
333A Orchard Road Mandarin Gallery, #02-33/34, Singapore 238897 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Sofitel So Singapore
Lobby Level, 35 Robinson Road, Singapore 068876 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Available at the Penhas outlet starting 1st February, the salted egg croissants will be available at the remaining outlets (Mandarin Gallery and Sofitel) come 10 February 1pm.
Antoinette’s Salted Yolk Lava Croissant ($6.50+) created by Chef Pang Kok Keong was made using traditional French method (French butter and dough) to produce a crispy, flaky crust and layering, in the shape of a bull’s horn.
Each bite into the crust was filled with a crunchy and buttery sensation. The liu sha mix is made with real, natural salted egg yolk, sugar and milk to produce a smooth and flowy texture.
Compared to Flavours Fling, Antoinette’s version has a more savory slant, making the overall taste closer to that of a real salted egg, and not as sweet as the former.
Probably the best in Singapore so far.
121 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1348, Singapore 530121(Kovan MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 9pm (Mon, Wed-Fri), 9am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 9pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Tue
Flavour Flings can be said to be the first shop to release Salted Egg Croissants in Singapore. Demand was so huge that the croissants were sold out in half an hour.
Currently, these croissants are only available as takeaway (no dine-in) from Mondays, Wednesday to Saturdays 5:30pm till while stocks last.
$7.50 for a Salted Yolk Croissant? Hmm, probably a tad expensive.
In comparison, the ones at Urban Bakery in Hong Kong set us back at HKD$22 approx (SGD$4) and RM$5.90 (approx SGD$2) at Seven Oaks Bakery Café in Johor Bahru.
The croissant bought from a supplier, though flat, was still rather crispy, buttery and flaky.
Fillings were to the sweeter and milkier side, and could do with more of the sandy salted egg component.
Black & Ink
168 Changi Road #01-01/02, Singapore 419730
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Wed – Thurs), 10am – 9pm (Fri – Sat), 10am – 7pm (Sun)
Black & Ink had a Salted Egg Yolk muffin. Moving to Salted Egg Croissant seems like a convenient and logical move.
The salted egg yolk filling is injected into the croissant instead.
While we thought that the inside was acceptable, the croissant was unfortunately dry, doughy in the centre.
The two felt like an unfortunate couple forcedly brought together, just because the rest thought that there were compatible. As the common saying goes, “勉强是没有幸福的.” Some love cannot be forced.
1 Zubir Said Drive, School of The Arts, #01-01, Singapore 227968 (Dhoby Ghaut or Bras Basah MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon-Thurs), 8am – 10:30pm (Fri-Sat), 10am – 8pm (Sun)
So… the café has introduced Kokolava Salted Egg, Peanut, and Custard filled croissant at $6.50 each. When we saw the colour, we thought that the pale yellow flow was somewhat off.
It tasted like the salted egg sauce used in zhi char stalls but with a sweet slant, and the entire combination ended up tasting weird and unpleasant. Another commented that she would rather call this Cream of Chicken Croissant, not in a good way of course.
Croissant was crispy and lacked the buttery fragrance. Maybe they would get better in days to come.
31 Seah Street, Singapore 188387
Tel: +65 6333 4454
Opening Hours: 3pm – 11pm (Tues – Thurs), 3pm – 1am (Fri), 11am – 1am (Sat), 11am – 5pm (Sun)
Modern restaurant Bridge has introduced both a Salted Egg Lava Croissant ($5.90) and Truffle Custard Croissant ($6.50).
The croissant itself was unfortunately one of the weakest, neither crispy nor flaky enough. The price at the current $5.90 is the cheapest in comparison, though considered much smaller in comparison.
The inner salted lava tasted more buttery, without an obvious savour of the salted egg yolk.
Some bridges are not meant to be crossed.
(Photo credit: Hannah Chia @mshannahchia)
So overall, we would say:
For croissant: Antoinette > Flavour Flings > Kokomama > Bridge > Black & Ink
For salted egg lava fillings: Antoinette > Flavour Flings > Black & Ink > Bridge > Kokomama
We make a bold prediction that it won’t be long that we find at least 10 places in Singapore selling Salted Egg Croissant. There is something called the bandwagon we all love to jump.
And why do we get this strange feeling that even BreadTalk will end up selling as well one day. Who knows.
* Compiled by Nicholas Tan @stormscape, with further input by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Hannah Chia @mshannahchia
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