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Singapore: Tiong Bahru Bakery - Anyone been?

makanputra May 28, 2012 10:58 PM

I've been reading some rave reviews about this place from Wine & Dine and 8 Days. Tiong Bahru's quite off the beaten track from my place in Oei Tiong Ham Park and I prefer popping down to the bakeries in Holland Village. Just wondering, any fellow Chowhound been to Tiong Bahru Bakery - Klyeoh? M_Gomez? FourSeasons? Akated?

Shall we have a Chowdown there? ;)

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    klyeoh May 29, 2012 07:08 PM

    Back in Singapore this weekend - Sat morning brunch?

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    1. re: klyeoh
      PTG May 29, 2012 10:48 PM

      Be prepared to wait. It is incredibly popular and queues 30 pax long are common, even at 8:00am which is pretty early in a Singapore cafe context. For me, the pastries and bread are OK but not phenomonal however a close friend in the industry can't get enough.

      1. re: PTG
        k
        klyeoh May 30, 2012 06:21 AM

        30 pax long at 8am?!! Singaporeans are so "kiasu"!

        Sorry, makanputra - next time then, when all the euphoria dies down.

        1. re: klyeoh
          huiray May 30, 2012 07:22 AM

          Fascinating.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiasu

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            p0lst3r May 30, 2012 06:55 PM

            Wow, how did I not know that word?? This describes HK so well too!! Now, after all these years, I can finally replace my usual diatribe of frustration with just one word :-)

            The frantic queues for anything new isn't as bothersome as the other aspect -- the art of conveniently "not seeing" the other person. That's quite offensive in other cultures and in Australia it's taken very personally. It's so engrained (on both sides) that I'd say it's one of the biggest adjustments an immigrant (in either direction) has to face.

            Scary thing is, when I go back to Australia now I notice I've become so pushy - I've been living too long in a country where the nice guy comes last.

          2. re: klyeoh
            makanputra May 30, 2012 07:22 AM

            True. No point joining the masses at this point.

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              akated May 30, 2012 07:45 AM

              would be interested to join in! but yes; probably we should wait until the craze dies down.

            2. re: klyeoh
              M_Gomez May 30, 2012 02:34 PM

              Agreed.
              Indulge me, klyeoh - what's your most 'kiasu gourmet' moment? Mine's queuing 2 hours for donuts at the height of the craze at Donut Factory, Raffles City,

              1. re: M_Gomez
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                klyeoh May 30, 2012 04:08 PM

                1.5 hours in a queue for Saint Cinnamon's sticky rolls - Caltex Tower, Raffles Place, back in 1995. I was "young" & foolish then. Never again.

              2. re: klyeoh
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                klyeoh Jun 1, 2012 07:57 AM

                Okay - curiousity got the better of us - fellow Chowhound, FourSeasons, and I were at Tiong Bahru Bakery this afternoon for coffee and a piece of kouign amann each (post-lunch). The pastry was delish - buttery,caramelly ;-)

                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
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