September 30, 2016

It’s been termed “eating in misery”: the now-famous and very viral photo of the Taiwanese woman insistently eating her pork bun in the Typhoon Megi that has hit the nation recently, umbrella all askew in the violent winds but a look of determination on her face as she chews her bun.

Since the Associated Press published the photo, plenty of other news agencies have picked it up as well, splashing the photo all across international news sites. And soon enough, this pork bun-toting lady became the newest internet sensation, because now everybody wants to know: Where did she get her pork bun? Because if it warrants eating it through a typhoon, it must be some life-changing pork bun.

Well, we know steamed pork buns are commonplace enough – your neighbourhood kopitiam should be well-stocked with them – but damn, have we got a strong craving for pork wrapped in bread now. Thankfully, there’s a whole variety in Singapore to choose from, ranging from Cantonese bo lo buns with the char siew inside, to the Hokkien-style kong bak baos. We’ve rounded up some options here: only the best, i.e. the ones we’ll be desperately clinging on to through a typhoon, will do.


Crystal Jade MyBread Bakery

Think bo lo buns with pork, and these guys are the go-to. The pastry on top is just the right amount of flaky, but the best part is undoubtedly the honey-flavoured char siew inside: sweetened roasted pork enclosed in soft and fluffy bread. There aren’t that many places in Singapore where we can find legit bo lo baos, so we’re thankful for the good guys at Crystal Jade for making them pretty accessible across their numerous conveniently-located bakeries.

Crystal Jade MyBread, see crystaljade.com/mybread for full location listings.


Kam Boat Chinese Cuisine

For an indulgent dim sum lunch, we like to turn to Kam Boat at Orchard Parade Hotel. Char siew baos are standard fare, but Kam Boat’s version is of exceptionally high quality. The bun is ridiculously soft, and the char siew’s flavour is on point.

Kam Boat Chinese Cuisine, 1 Tanglin Road, #01-13 Orchard Parade Hotel. Open daily from 11.30am to 3pm, and from 6pm to 10pm. Call 6733 6755 for reservations. kamboat.com.sg


Tim Ho Wan

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Everyone knows these Michelin-winning buns, of course, but to break down just why they’re so good, the pastry is light yet crispy, a perfect contrast to the tender, juicy barbequed pork on the inside. Honestly, we’re not too excited about the rest of Tim Ho Wan’s dim sum menu, but we can always count on these to be good.

Tim Ho Wan, see full location listings at timhowan.com


Full Of Luck Club

If you like it fatty, the way to go is the kong bak bao. While you can get these at any random kopitiam, we find the atas version by Full Of Luck Club intriguing: slow-braised pork belly made with pickled lotus and fried shallots, with spicy kick thanks to the bird’s eye chilli; served up burger-style.

Full Of Luck Club, 243 Holland Ave. Open 11am to 11pm daily. Call 6208 6845 for reservations. fullofluck.club



Chinese pork buns at a ramen restaurant…? Yeah, we were surprised too, but even more surprised at how good Ippudo’s version of the kong bak bao actually is. Probably cause the very tender braised pork belly is covered in Ippudo’s own signature sauce. Bonus points for the incredibly soft bun.

Ippudo, see full location listings at ippudo.com.sg.