When April’s Bakery was first launched in Singapore at Tampines (outside the MRT train station), queues formed and many of their freshly baked pies were sold out fast.
If Tampines is too far for you, April’s Bakery has arrived in the CBD at One Raffles Place basement.
This shop looks like it has space for more offerings, and NEW things you can expect include an exclusive Tokyo Banana Pie, drinks of Thai Milk Tea and Matcha Latte.
For those who have yet try these Cantonese-style pies, April’s Bakery originated from Thailand with more than 60 outlets, including those at Siam Paragon, Terminal 21, Centralplaza Pinklao and Emquartier.
Singapore’s outlets (Tampines, One Raffles Place and Chinatown Point coming next) are its first international outposts.
The story of April’s Bakery is an inspiring one. Owner Nathanaporn Euawanthanakhun was a former flight attendant who was determined to create her own style of pies after trying roast pork pies in Hong Kong.
She named her shop “April” as she was born in April, and it was also her English name while working at the airlines.
While business didn’t take off easily at the start, her perseverance and dedication to create new recipes and flavours gained acceptance among the Thais.
What you get now in Singapore are what I can describe as Hong Kong style “wife cake” aka lou po beng with custardy fillings.
The flavours are varied and exciting, from taro, red bean, Thai milk tea, green tea, black sesame, custard, coconut, pumpkin, purple sweet potato, to sweet egg floss.
The Singapore-exclusive flavour is Tokyo Banana Pie, inspired by Singaporean’s enthusiasm over the famous Japanese cake. You know which one.
Most of the pies are priced at $2.
The pies are all hand-made – you can tell that every piece is kind of different and not perfectly shaped. They are air-flown from Thailand regularly, then baked freshly in-store.
When one flavour runs out, you may have to wait for 45 minutes to an hour for the new batch to come.
Thai Tea Pie
Green Tea Pie
Black Sesame Pie
Purple Sweet Potato Pie
Tokyo Banana Pie
Interestingly, my friends, colleagues of friends, my auntie who stays in Tampines all told me they liked different flavours.
Some would prefer the more traditional-tasting taro and red bean, others loved the softer fillings of the custard and green tea, and there were those who enjoyed textured-fillings of the coconut where you get shreds of coconut.
These are what I like – the Thai Milk Tea pie and Tokyo Banana pie.
I usually buy a box, place them in the fridge and consume them cold. Though some flavours could work well hot, right out from the oven (or microwaved for a couple of seconds).
The Thai Milk Tea pie almost reminded me of the actual drink – I felt closer to Thailand already. (Perhaps I need a holiday.) The smooth, almost-sticky texture when eaten cold was quite pleasurable.
Friend A texted me that it was ”life-changing” and ”the best new thing I tasted this year”, while Friend P said it could be too sweet. I do recommend pairing the pies with unsweetened tea.
The good news for CBD friends is, April’s Bakery at One Raffles Place also offer Thai Milk Tea ($3.90) and Matcha Latte ($3.90).
I preferred the Thai Milk Tea for its obvious smoothness, and perhaps I just like this drink to be milkier. However, I did think the sugar level could have been brought down two notches.
Have I forgotten to mention that the promo now is Buy 4 pies and get 1 FREE.
April’s Bakery – Raffles Place
One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place #B1-38, Singapore 048616 (Raffles Place MRT)
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 8:00pm (Mon – Fri), 9:00am – 3:00pm (Sat), Closed Sun
April’s Bakery – Tampines
Tampines MRT Station, #01-31, Singapore 529538
Tel: +65 8122 7604
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm, or till sold out (Mon – Sun)
April’s Bakery – Chinatown Point
Chinatown Point #B1-35, 133 New Bridge Road Singapore 059413 (Chinatown Town MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with April’s Bakery.