Japanese soft cream buns Hattendo has arrived in Singapore, with a Hattendo Singapore Café at Tanjong Pagar Centre (right opposite Japan Rail Cafe).
Just how good they are? I was initially half-skeptical, expecting them to taste well, not bad… but…
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After that the first bite, I went ”Wow wee” and didn’t regret getting a few at one go.
There are five flavours to choose from, from Custard, Fresh Cream, Azuki (sweet red bean paste), Matcha and Chocolate. The most popular flavours are the Custard and Fresh Cream.
They all go at $2.50 for a piece. I say, get the drink set which is a steal at $5.00 in total with a beverage.
The cold cream bun by Hattendo looked so unsuspectingly simple, like a plain white round dough smaller than a child’s fist.
Although this would remind some of a choux puff, the layer of fluffiness was “not a puff”, but had a bread-cake texture, soft like an expensive good quality pillow.
Beyond the soft outer layer was tantalising smooth fresh cream.
The inside was cold, smooth and mellow, in the right proportion of sweetness and viscosity.
The Azuki fillings are made with Hokkaido-grown qualified Azuki sweet beans, simmered carefully for a pleasing flavour.
I also liked the Matcha, which used a Fukuoka brand powdered green tea for light bitterness in the cream.
The bread-making, cream preparation, and wrapping are all done by hand. Accordingly, the cream buns are so soft they will be torn if wrapped by a machine.
Special mention of its coffee too, which uses an original blend created by Itsuki Coffee, a specialty coffee shop on Miyajima, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Hattendo Singapore Cafe
Tanjong Pagar Centre #01-05, 7 Wallich Street Singapore 078884
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 8pm (Sat – Sun, PH)
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