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Chew Sher Mein
Chew Sher Mein

I loved this bread. Its not sourdough based and definitely isn't cheap at $9 but it's just bursting with almonds and cranberries embedded in the dough. You get the crunch and earthiness of the nuts and the sweet, tart flavor of the cranberries. I'm sure it would be good toasted and with butter but I couldn't wait for it to be done so I just ate it by itself every time I walked past the bag haha. It fills me up perfectly and is just really good with coffee.

It's been so so so long since I ate a proper donut. Was so excited to try these fluffy dough rings from Korio since they appeared on Instagram sometime last year.
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Managed to try most of their flavors, pre-ordered through their Oddle website:
😋Pandan Gula Melaka
😋White Chocolate with Hazelnut and Coconut
😋Dark Choc with Oreo Crumbles
😋Peanut Butter and Chocolate Drizzle
😋Original glazed
😋Peanut Butter and Jam
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They're all so good, it's super hard to choose a favorite. But if I had to, I'd go for the peanut butter with choc drizzle, with is definitely strange cause I'm usually not a fan of peanut butter. But the balance of the salty peanut butter versus the chocolate is irresistible.
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A close second is the pandan gula melaka. The pandan flavors come through so strongly and is so unique

Their Easter special, I made sure I pre-ordered this (1 for $5, came in 3 or 9) so I could try my very first hot cross bun.

And yes. It was everything I expected and more. On sourdough brioche dough, there were dates and valrhona milk chocolate and a sticky orange glaze on top. I popped it in the microwave for a couple of seconds to heat it up, and out emerged from the oven the fluffiest, warmest pillow of joy.

The sweetness of the dates paired with the glaze perfectly and there's that slight tanginess from the sourdough base. It's just so, so good.

9/10

Having tried and fallen in love with the sourdough at other well-known bakeries, I had high expectations for Fine Dining Bakery. Unfortunately, they were not met.

The bread is kinda chewy and very dense. It's really moist in the center as well. Which is fine, but it just didn't have that airy crumb which I expected sourdough to have. Nor did it have that classic fermented sourdough taste which I was hoping for.

I did like the sweet pop of the raisins and the crunchiness of the pumpkin seeds. But it tasted kinda like a roll form of Gardenia raisin bread. Which is delicious, but not worth $4.50 😅

5/10

Look at the cross section of that egg mayo soaking into the bread! This was the epitome of Japanese taitai indulgence; two super fluffy bread slices with egg mayo jam-packed between them. ($8.50 ala carte)

I love how the egg is not evenly smashed...there are still large chunks of egg yolk and the egg white chunks is chopped into uneven chunks which give it such a homemade feel and taste. The bread isn't soggy and the egg mayo to bread ratio is generous yet proportionate. It's just so comforting biting into one of these super fluffy babies.

9/10

Yet another incredibly satisfying post-workout refueling ❤️

This sandwich ($10) is a sourdough burger bun instead of their sourdough roll, and I like it just as much. It's much softer but with the same tanginess and fluffiness.

It's stuffed with a large omelette, avocado, lettuce leaf and tomato slice. I really liked how all the simple ingredients came together in the bun. They were definitely generous with the ingredients. There's also a smear of spicy mayo inside which elevated the sandwich from 'nice but boring' into 'delicious and flavorful'. Especially when paired with their fantastic sourdough.

8/10

I know I shouldn't fill up on their bread service. But this is so good and ya girl just loves her bread too much. Fresh and warmed to order with a perfect ratio of soft and fluffy to crunchy and crusty, exactly how I like it. :) it's flavored with some rosemary among other herbs and finished with a sprinkle of cheese.

And the marinara sauce is obviously home-made, it is delightfully tangy and there is none of that artificial syrupy sweetness to it. I spread the sauce like butter and it just gets soaked up by the bread...so delicious. 🤤

This soft, flaky bun ($3.50) is filled to the brim with thick and milky Hokkaido cream.

The bun itself is really pillowy and delightfully layered, like an Asian version of a croissaint. The cream literally erupts out of the bun with every bite, and is sweet and rich but not overly so. I like how the cream harmoniously balances out the airiness of the pastry.

It's quite big too, but doesn't fill you up too much cause of how airy it is.

This is their February weekend toastie ($14) and consists of two slices of sourdough, one spread with cheese and the other with homemade tomato chilli jam, sandwiching some arugula.

Now I love my sourdough generously buttered and toasted as much as the person next door, but the sandwich was a little too greasy for me with the cheese and butter. I loved the chilli jam though. Sweet and mildly spicy, it went perfectly with the sharpness of the cheese.

I wasn't too impressed by the sourdough though, it's got a nice texture but hmm. I feel like I have had better 🤔 Maybe I just prefer a denser, more chewy sourdough.

7/10

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This glorious pastry appeared from the kitchen just as I had finished ordering and I immediately squealed and changed my order to include it. It literally was fresh out of the oven, I could see the steam escaping as I tore into it.

I don't use the words 'worth every calorie' lightly. But this bun is worthy of The Last Supper. It is just SO fluffy and pillowy-soft, the caramel is warm and gooey and literally drips down the sides of the bun. The dough is lightly flavored with cinnamon and basted with butter, so super decadent and rich. And the pecans give that crunch and earthiness to break up that sweetness.

Goodness gracious me. I'd literally come back and queue for twice as long just for this. (the queue is reallyyyyy long when I went there on a weekend afternoon).

10/10

I love their sliced sourdough so much. And they warm the sandwich up for you too if you are eating in. Two slices of gloriously buttered and toasted sourdough sandwiched cheddar cheese, roasted vegetables and pesto.

It's just such a beautiful mix of textures and flavors. The crusty crunch of the sourdough and the soft, dense, sticky center of the bread. The salty sharp cheddar and the earthiness of the pesto. The tang of the tomato base that made up the roasted vegetables (kinda like a ratatouille).

It's just a really simple and well executed sandwich with a delicious medley of flavors. My only gripe was that the sandwich wasn't sufficiently warm to melt the cheddar, but didn't really compromise on taste.

A sourdough roll is roughly hewn open and stuffed to the brim with a cheddar omelette, lettuce and caramelized onion. ($9)

As usual, their sourdough rolls are amazing. Perfect tang with the crunch from the exterior and the pumpkin seeds. I love how generous they are with the cheddar. Granted, it's not melty any more since it's been out for a while, but there's such a generous amount of cheese that I didn't quite mind that.

The sharp saltiness of the cheddar cuts through the more one-dimensional flavor of the omelette. The omelette has really good texture though; nice and fluffy. The only complaint I had would be that it's slightly watery. The caramelized onion injected some sweetness which went perfectly with the cheddar. The lettuce leaf was strategically placed to prevent the inside of the bread from getting soggy and also just gave a touch of freshness to the sandwich.

It's a really good sandwich with nice flavors. The execution could be better (eg. Assembling the sandwich to order) but given the scale and the amount of effort it takes I really cannot complain.

7.5/10

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