Featuring Petit Pain, Yi Jia Bakery House Cafe, Asanoya Bakery Singapore, Takashimaya Food Hall
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As a matcha fan, couldn’t help but try their latest matcha series and got our hands on the lava cube. The bread cube itself was nicely airy and fluffy (slightly fluffier than what we remember of Donq/ St leaven). While it encased a glorious flow of matcha, the filling was more prominent in white chocolate. This resulted in a sweeter and weaker matcha flavour profile that was less suited for our palette. For the size, we also found this relatively pricey although would say it’s worth a try for fans of white chocolate and those with sweeter tooth. (P.S we microwaved it for 10s to get the ooze!)


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The 𝐜𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐮𝐭 𝐛𝐮𝐧 ($1.50) was generously filled with fragrant desiccated coconut but leaned towards the sweeter side. We were less fans of the 𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐧 ($1.60) that we found too sweet for our palettes.

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Love traditional breads and popped by Yi Jia for our first dine-in since HA. They offer a wide range of breads, cakes, and pastries in a retro, quaint cafe space. Generally, their freshly baked breads are soft, fluffy, and with good ratio of fragrant fillings. We also like that they aren’t overly greasy or sweet, and additive/ preservative free.

Our favourites were the 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐧 ($1.50) and 𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐚 𝐛𝐮𝐧 ($1.50). The former had flavourful curry potato filling with a good level of spicy kick and the bun was topped with addictive crisp crumbs. The latter was hearty with its savory tuna and corn fillings. Pro tip: toast these savory buns if you’d like added textural contrast of a crisp outer layer while retaining a soft and fluffy interior.

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The Chowdown: Matcha chocolate bun
St Leaven (left) vs Donq (right) 🍵🍞

🍴When we saw that St Levean was now offering the matcha chocolate bun that had shot Donq to insta-fame, we couldn’t help but do a side-by-side comparison. We brought these babies home and microwaved them together for 20s to attain luscious matcha lava flow.

Filling-wise, they were pretty comparable. St Leaven was sweeter with a higher chocolate proportion whilst Donq’s was more bitter. For the bread itself, the textures were similar - soft, moist, and sprinkled with crisp matcha cookie crust. If we’re drilling down to the nitty gritty, we would say Donq’s was a little more “bready” and consequentially slightly fluffier. St Leaven’s had a higher ratio of the crunchy cookie toppings.

Price-wise, they’re also similar with St Leaven’s at $2.80 and Donq’s at $3.

Overall, the family gave 1 vote to St Leaven and 4 to Donq. Donq retained a marginal edge, mainly for its slightly earthier matcha and more airy bread texture. That said, these differences were really slight and both buns were close to 5 ⭐️. For those who prefer sweeter treats, enjoy more crunch in your bun, and fans of chocolate, you might even enjoy St Leaven’s version more. So maybe the next time you find Donq’s famous bread out of stock, consider trying St Leaven’s! Or just try anyway and let us know if you agree with our review 😜

📍@donq_depuis1905 / St Leaven, Takashimaya Basement, Ngee Ann City, Singapore

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Croissants ($3) ⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️
Raisin escargot ($3.60) ⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️
🍴Some have touted this as the best croissant in SG, and this famous store in the East sells out constantly. We like to joke that the ‘pain’ in their name is probably the stress that comes with trying to get them 😂. But my fingers were fast enough to secure the preorder and having tried these, I can safely say they deserve the hype. The outside layers are flaky and crispy while the interior managed to achieve a chewy texture, making them truly enjoyable. We would agree that this relatively affordable plain croissant is among the best in SG. However, if there’s one thing to criticize, because we are familiar with Lune and French croissants in France, we found that the creaminess (strong milkiness) of the butter became more pronounced with each bite which threw the taste profile slightly off balance. Also in love with their raisin escargot that was super crispy, well balanced with the sweet-sour raisins, and just the right sweetness level.
⚠️ Be prepared to queue for hours or join the crazy stressful preordering for weekday collection that opens at 4pm each Saturday
📍, 315 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore

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