The Kim Kee Wanton Mee and Kway Chap meal we had at Block 4A Jalan Batu Market & Food Centre was not bad but it was just ordinary. In my humble opinion, it’s just not worth queueing up for 20 minutes but that’s just me. As evidenced in my recent trip, there were people willing to stand in line for it and that’s what matters to the stallholder.
After the humdrum meal, we walked over to Chin Sin Huan coffeeshop, a block in front the market, where Benny goes for his Yin Yang Pau (阴阳包) fix.
My children grew up eating Honey BBQ Pork Buns (charsiu pau) from Tanjong Rhu Pau & Confectionery at the Novena/Thomson outlet. Till this day, those were the only nostalgia-styled bao they have eaten. The golf ball sized snack was a favourite item whenever we held a children’s party, especially on Valerie & Vanessa’s birthdays. As parents (my girlfriends and I), we loved the small bite-sized buns as we didn’t have to stuff ourselves silly with our children’s leftovers since most toddlers couldn’t finish eating a normal sized meat bun by themselves; no wastage equals money saved (and our waistlines). It used to be 50 cents a pop but prices have risen significantly over the years. Starting at 70 cents, these bao dian (dim sum) are, in fact, more expensive than those sold in eateries in Orchard Road.
I got reacquainted with the Tanjong Rhu Pau last year through Benny, who comes here so often that I am beginning to sense his unfaltering loyalty to this outlet. There is absolutely no doubt that Benny is a regular; the aunty knows him by his silhouette! He even dabao these baozi for us during the National Day Fireworks Rehearsal Photography Outings. Benny buys from Chin Sin Huan which is the only outlet that sells the Yin Yang Pau or so he claims.
So what’s a Yin Yang Pau? Well, it is a yummy Chinese baozi! The ambrosial filling is made up of a savoury salted egg yolk and a combination of sweetened lotus and red bean pastes.
The meat buns are equally delicious with just the right skin-to-filling ratio. Almost snow white in colour, all of the baozi’s dough texture is soft and smooth yet possess a slight chew when masticated. Tender, juicy meaty chunks with gooey hoisin sauce lay inside. There’s even a few slivers of precious fats detected in the charsiu fillings.
Another hot seller is their Big Pau which is ludicrously the size of a normal small pau to me. The Big Pau has hard-boiled egg in it. The meat is rather lean but the morsels, still succulent and tasty.
I do not find them outstanding but I think Benny can eat 10 of their Siew Mai in one go simply because they are so petite!
The Fan Choy seemed to be the only item that is normal in size (up till now, I had felt like I was the overgrown Alice In Wonderland), however, it is absurdly sweet to me.
A lot of people are complaining about the premium price laid on these dainty buns but at any rate, their business seemed good, especially when there are folks like Benny who is willing to travel from Bukit Batok (west) to Jalan Batu (east) to sample what Tanjong Rhu Pau & Confectionery has to offer. This will not be the last visit, at least not for Benny 😉
Tanjong Rhu Pau & Confectionery 丹戎禺包点
(Chin Wah Bak Pau)
Address: Blk 7, Jalan Batu #01-113.
Opening hours: 12.30pm – 8pm
(Closed on Sundays)
Happy eating 🙂
P.S. The *Kim Kee Wanton Mee used to be the neighbour stall in Chin Sin Huan Kopitiam (see day before yesterday’s post).