Taiwanese Bakery Kazo at Chinatown Point (nearer Hong Lim Food Centre side), offers a selection of Polo Buns, Cream Puffs, and Kazu Kazu which are long choux pastries.
The brand is supposedly popular in Taiwan, with a different name of Nichifu 日芙洋菓子 with stores in Taichung. (My Taiwanese friends have never heard of it though.)
Having just returned from Taiwan, I was inevitably curious towards Kazo and its products.
Offerings included Premium Ice Cream Polo ($5.50 for 2 scoops, $3.80 for 1), Hokkaido Cream Golden Lava ($3.00), Crispy Cream Puff ($1.80), Kazu Kazu ($3.50), Cheese Tart ($3.00 for original, $3.20 for chocolate or matcha) and Kazoman Beverages ($3.00 – $3.50).
This is like many things trending / instagrammable all in one store.
The Premium Ice Cream Polo ($5.50) could remind some of Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff, in which you could choose from Hokkaido Cream, Matcha, and Chocolate.
The former boosted a more crusty puff pastry and creamier quality ice cream, but lacked of that buttery fragrance.
While I wished I could eat the Polo with my hands (like how the photos featured). In reality, the ice cream would start dripping within seconds and scooping from the provided plastic box would be cleaner.
I was curious how the Kazu Kazu would match up with the famous Japan’s Zaku Zaku – which by the way has opened in Taipei and ‘inspired’ many other versions.
This Kazu Kazu had a firmer crusty outer layer which I did not mind, though its filling of Hokkaido cream was mild and pale in comparison.
My sense is the Hokkaido Cream Golden Lava ($3.00) could land up being its most popular item, as local consumers are still fascinated by the idea of flowing lava.
Mine was indeed very molten. Though I suspect some might come expecting the salted egg grainy texture, this version was more sweet, smooth and creamy. Not bad.
Customers were tickled by the Kazoman Soya Bean ($3.00) and Matcha Latte ($3.20) bottles. Check out that torso with abs – a body I hope to have, but this blog is stopping me from achieving that goal.
The Soya Bean was lightly sweet, beany and tasty – I like, though the Matcha Latte was too sweet and overpowered the green tea component.
I wonder if some Singaporeans would complain about these bottles. I hope they have a sense of humour.
133 New Bridge Road, #01-30 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: 8am – 9.30pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 9:30pm (Sat – Sun)