Shortly after the Dalgona Coffee craze, Garlic Bun the soft and fluffy bun filled with oozy cheese and bits of garlic toppings, has become the next trending item on Korean SNS.
Korean noodle restaurant Huluruk Myeon House has jumped on the bandwagon and opened a takeaway kiosk right at the exit of their restaurant, facing in the direction of the Bishan MRT station.
The bakery shop has also quickly opened two other outlets at AMK Djitsun Mall #01-10 and ION Orchard #B4-63 – though there was no queue when I visited.
During the opening period at Bishan when there was much fanfare, I actually made 3 separate trips down in order to get all 6 items as they do not have a fixed timing for each flavour, which can be pretty confusing for first timers trying to get their hands on their preferred breads.
With just a small display shelf, items were initially sold out pretty quickly as all pastries are made in small batches at different timings of the day.
Think Korean Garlic Bun, Injeolmi Redbean Bun, Matcha Cookie Bun, Nutella Cookie Bun, Almond Croissant and Butter Croissant. Each priced from $2.40 to $3.00.
The selection has increased of late to include Chicken Bulgogi Bun, Taro Bun, Pumpkin Bun and Oreo Custard Bun.
I was told that “Garlic Bun will be ready in 15 minutes, the rest will be ready in half an hour’s time!”
So, do I have to start queuing now? The answer is “YES”.
It was not difficult to understand why the Korean Garlic Bun ($2.80) would become popular of late – it had that sense of familiarity, also rather comforting with its pillowy-texture.
The buttery and fragrant buns were filled with smooth and velvety cream cheese and bits of savory onions for extra crunch and sweetness.
The outer crust was more chewy that resembled the garlic bread that we are familiar with with, sprinkled with bits of garlic crisps for the additional textures.
Packed with 3 different types of textures, from the soft buns to the smooth and silky soybean cream and finally to the chewy mochi of the right balance.
There was slight sweetness that came from the sweetened soybean powder dusted on, as well as the layer of red bean at the bottom of the bun. Jinjja mashisoyo!
Both Matcha Cookie Bun ($2.80) and Nutella Cookie Bun ($2.80) came with two different textures – a soft bun with a layer of cookie crumble on top, mixed with chocolate chips.
Each bun is piped with generous amount of cream that can be really messy when you take a big bite, especially when the cookie crumble breaks apart easily.
I enjoyed the Matcha Cookie Bun ($2.80) more with a distinctive bitterness in the matcha which balanced well with the sweetness from the buns and cream.
Apart from buns, Korfe also offers Almond Croissant ($2.80), Butter Croissant ($2.40) and Dalgona (Hot $4.20, Cold $4.80) on their menu.
Both croissants are decent, flaky and buttery and probably keep you full while waiting for the buns.
With more outlets, queue subsided and trend quickly diminishing, it is much easier to get your hands on a piece now. Hopefully a cafe concept soon?
Bishan Junction 8, 9 Bishan Pl, #01-40, Singapore 579837
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
AMK Djitsun Mall #01-10 5 Ang Mo Kio Central 2, Singapore 569663
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
ION Orchard #B4-63, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.