Can BreadTalk?

Bread, staple nutrition in many different cultures across the globe, is one of the world’s oldest food.

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Post WWII, modern agricultural technology has greatly improved food production. The introduction of infinite combinations of different flours and the usage of varying proportions of secondary ingredients in recipes have transformed a simple dough of flour and water into an assortment of shapes, sizes, and textures.

These days, the breaking of breads are not just meant for religious rituals or sustenance. Affluential societies have taken bread beyond mere nutrition; they are no longer simple and cheap. Choosing the “right” kind of bread is used to show off their social status, i.e., a person buying artisanal bread is financially secured while the person buying whatever type of bread that the current trend regards as most wholesome is a health-conscious consumer.

Did you know that Germany lays claim to over 1300 basic varieties of breads, rolls, and pastries?

Below are some of the varieties available from BreadTalk Singapore. The shop I bought from was not very organised and food name plates were missing from the counter so some of the names of the items were made up by me, can you guess which are the ones? 😉

Charcoal Bread with Mochi and Black Glutinous Rice Filling.

Charcoal Bread with Mochi and Black Glutinous Rice Filling.

Soft Roll Snails

Soft Roll Snails

Ikan Bilis is one of the signature breads.

Ikan Bilis is one of the signature breads.

Choco Mexico

Choco Mexico

Pear Danish

Pear Danish

Coconut Tart

Coconut Tart

Berry Puff

Berry Puff

Cocoa Swirl

Cocoa Swirl

Claypot Chicken in Charcoal Bread

Claypot Chicken in Charcoal Bread

Claypot Chicken

Claypot Chicken

Ebony & Ivory

Ebony & Ivory

BreadTalk Group Limited (Chinese: 麵包新語 or 麵包物語; pinyin: Miànbāo Xīnyǔ or Miànbāo Wùyǔ) is a listed bakery based in Singapore that was founded in July 2000. It operates a chain of retail outlets through its subsidiary BreadTalk Pte Ltd, selling a wide range of bread, cakes, buns and pastries. The group has a chain of 38 retail outlets island-wide in Singapore, with presence in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and India. – Wikipedia

There are many BreadTalk outlets in Singapore.

Click here to view the locations near you.

I like items 1, 2, 3, 5 and the last one from the above collection.

Item 1 is charcoal bread with mochi and black glutinous rice filling. This is sweet and has nice chewy texture. The bamboo charcoal powder used gave the flat bun its distinctive colour but it has no strong smell or taste.

Item 2 is actually soft dinner rolls with some chocolate paste rolled into crescent shapes. These are not too sweet. I liked the small bite-size for snacking in between meals.

Item 3 is one of BreadTalk’s signature buns with spicy savoury filling. I like this much better than their other signature Claypot Chicken which I found too dry and the filling bleh.

Item 5 is my all time favourite (not just from here but any bakery). I’m a sucker for soft dough and raisins.

The last item is a very light cake similar to sponge.

Bread is synonym for money and it is also often used as a synecdoche for food in general in some languages and dialects. So can bread talk? It certainly speaks my language… I can eat bread daily and be thankful for it.

Happy snacking 🙂

See other places to get your dough cravings fixed:
Baker & Cook
Barcook Bakery
Chin Mee Chin
Good Morning Nanyang Cafe

Lord Stow’s Bakery (Macau)

Borek Bakehouse (Melbourne)
Gözleme @ Borek Bakehouse (Melbourne)
Cupcake Family (Melbourne)
Hopetoun (Melbourne)
Massimo’s Tigella (Melbourne)
Mart 130 (Melbourne)

Recipes:
PBT
Curry Tuna
Tuna Baguette
Singapore Brekkie

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Comments
10 Responses to “Can BreadTalk?”
  1. Melisa R says:

    I love bread! I’m really curious about the charcoal bread with mochi and black glutinous rice filling bread. It’s a very beautiful color.

  2. LFFL says:

    I’ve never seem some of these types of bread before.

  3. Lignum Draco says:

    These style of bread shops seem to be everywhere now.

    • Sam Han says:

      Yes they are and it’s very competitive. In the end only big co survived. Recently a lot of F&B closed down due to rent and manpower issues. Sgps are getting very egdy. The income/wealth gap is widening.

  4. Nhi says:

    I really love Charcoal Bread with Mochi and Black Glutinous Rice Filling (black pearl). Can you tell me how many calories it has ? thanks a lot

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