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 MRT station.
(Yup, there’s no need to scan the Safe Entry QR code to enter Junction 8 for takeaways from Korfe as the takeaway booth is not within the shopping mall itself.)
With just a small display shelf filled with 6 items from their menu, they are usually 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.
And all priced at an opening promotional price of $2.
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.
Perhaps they can come out with a pastry box containing all 6 flavours for those who are interested.
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 queueing now? The answer is “YES”.
If there is any particular bread that you are interested in, do join the queue even though the item are not on the shelves yet, because high chance it will be sold out by your turn as it happened to me twice.
As there was no limit on the number of purchases, my heart sank seeing people sweep quarter or half the tray at one go (yes, they only made one tray per batch), AND the person right in front of me took the last piece of everything.
Leaving me with nothing…
The service staff was nice and friendly, sounding apologetic and helpless when people waiting in the queue ended up empty-handed and had to wait even longer.
It is not difficult to understand why the Korean Garlic Bun ($2) 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) and Nutella Cookie Bun ($2) come 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) 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), Butter Croissant ($2) 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.
Bishan Junction 8, 9 Bishan Pl, #01-40, Singapore 579837
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.