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Dr Leslie Tay
 • 23 Nov 2011 249 reviews 560 followers
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I first met Mimi, the boss of D'bun, at a church event. When she found out about my food blog, she got really excited and started sharing with me her new ideas. A couple of days later I was at her shop in Joo Chiat to try out some of her new creations.
While I was there, I got a chance to sink my teeth into the paus (buns) and they were yummy! The curry pau, which was selling quite well a few years ago but ceased production during the crisis with Malaysian pork, was back on the menu again. The curry was very mild, so even the kids could eat it. I think this could be even better if they could give the curry a bit more of an umami kick. Perhaps a nice creamy beef rendang might do the trick (4/5).
The chui pi toufu (crispy skin tofu) was basically egg tofu with lots of other ingredients wrapped in bean curd skin. It was quite light but very tasty and I couldn't stop eating it. It went really well with sweet chilli sauce (4.25/5). I am glad that they sell the yuan yang pau here as well (buns with double filling). Not readily available nowadays, the yuan yang pau is made from red bean paste, lotus paste and salted egg yolk. Here, they used a special layered skin for this pau which I felt was a tad too thick. Otherwise, the red bean and lotus paste were good (3.75/5). I haven't had a great char siew pau in a long time and their char siew pau really hit the spot for me. I think the char siew filling is one of the best ones around (4.5/5).
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Yummi Pursuits
 • 20 Mar 2011 66 reviews 1 follower
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I went to D'bun last week for the first time and had a difficult time deciding what to buy as they did not have a menu clearly listing what they had for sale in the store.

I had actually gone there to purchase roast pork n charsiew bun but it was no longer in production. I am not sure WHY though. A trusted blog I read said that it was super yummy!

I seldom buy baos because most have lots of the 'bread' part and rather articificial fillings! However, I bought Yuan Yang bao, mini char siew bun and some char siew dumplings. The yuan yang bao was pretty decent with its salted yolk and lotus paste filling. I really really loved the char siew bun though. It's roasted in house and was brimming with flavour.

Price wise, I found it slightly pricey that a small bun just over an inch wide was 70cents and the bigger baos like chicken/yuan yang/da bao were $1.50 (their so-called big buns are a bit smaller than the ones sold elsewhere too). Perhaps they can charge a premium because they have good quality fillings and great taste compared to other places?

Their kueh lapis was also rather unique in that it had only 4-5 THICK layers rather than the 35-30 thin ones in other bakeries elsewhere. The aunties keep telling me that their kueh lapis was very good but I did not feel like paying over $30 for such thick layers or $4 for a piece just over an inch wide, barely over an inch tall and 4 inches long.. After all, isn't the whole point of kueh lapis to have many many labour-intensive layers?!? Why else am I paying so much for it?

I would definitely go back again next time!
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I spent $25 per person.

Must tries: char siew bun!

I also recommend this place for:
Brunch, Take Away, Breakfast

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angel9
 • 26 Feb 2011 131 reviews 4 followers
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Setting - easy to get to if you can catch the no. 16 bus. Or a taxi. They stop right in front of the shop on Joo Chiat Rd.

Value - it's very expensive because the Lotus buns and the Red Bean Paste buns were VERY small. You could swallow each one it in one gulp! The Yuan Yang buns with the egg in it is double the size of the Lotus and Bean Paste buns - and it costs more of course.

Service - quite polite, fast and friendly. No complaints here. You ask them something, they give you an honest, quick answer without fuss or drama or attitude.

Food - EXCELLENT! The steamed bun pastry is soooooo good! No weird bleached flour taste or ammonia or whatever artificial crap. Best steamed bun pastry - ever! That's the starting point. Soft, pure, right texture, tasty and no awful aftertaste. The filling is great! Not overly sweet at all. Very smooth and very pure flavour. No artificial additives or crap either. Lotus tastes like lotus and red bean tastes like red bean. No gritty bits. I like a rougher texture, but these ones are so silky, it's fantastic!

Highly recommended, except for the price.
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