The Bao Makers – Café and Bakery @ Horne Road
We’ve seen many cafés come and go and shifting locations across our little sunny island. With Windowsill Pie moved out to Upper Thomson, Bao Makers has joined the league of Jalan Besar cafés and is the current occupant of this space. Being another all-white interior café, many would describe the design as minimalist with a touch of industrial due to the cemented walls. The style and offerings of these two cafés are entirely different.
As the name suggests, the specialties here are their fusion “bao” concepts revolving around Mantou buns with various fillings. There are a total of six flavours offered here, which are the Classic (pork belly), Bulgogi (pork), Salted Egg Shrimp, Chili Crab, Teriyaki Chicken and Roasted Veggie. Each of these buns came in sets of two. However, you are able to get a Bao Platter ($28), consisting of Classic, Bulgogi, Chili Crab and Teriyaki if you want to savour different flavours. There are two types of bao – the steamed and the fried. We prefer the latter as the former was a tad too dry for our liking. As for the fillings, although it seemed sufficient, we wouldn’t mind having more!
Besides their specialty buns, simple mains are also available here, such as Fish & Chips, Teriyaki Chicken Chop and their Buta Yaki Don ($12) which we tried. Bao Makers also serve up side dishes like these chicken wings ($8) with a homemade spicy dip that we had. It’s fragrant and crispy on the outside and tender inside but we’ve had better chicken wings elsewhere.
Even though the prices are on a steep side based on the portion size, Bao Makers has came up with a very good concept, infusing local flavours into the bao concept. This is something that would help them differentiate and stand out from the other cafés and they offer something more refreshing and different unlike the usual Egg Benedicts and waffles served at cafés.
Address: 78 Horne Road, Singapore 209078
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon-Fri). 10am – 10pm (Sat). 10am – 6pm (Sun).
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