Just Dough – Healthy Colourful Steamed Baos with Delicious Fillings
A piping hot bao for breakfast, anyone? Just Dough is conveniently located at Suntec City, just beside the Fountain of Wealth. It’s the perfect spot for the working crowd to grab a quick bite before work, as they open at 7.30am in the morning! They make their own fillings, and you can find interesting flavours such as Durian and Pumpkin Salted Egg. The colourful buns are so pretty!
Owner, Vincent Koh, believes in using natural colouring from vegetables to dye the dough. The dough and fillings are made from scratch in-house. The staff then wrap a generous dollop of filling in the vibrantly coloured dough before steaming the buns. The texture of the buns here is slightly denser as compared to the traditional cantonese baos, but the buns are equally fluffy.
Just Dough has a range of flavours that cater to those with a sweet tooth, and those who prefer something more savoury. We tried a few of their most popular flavours.
Their best-seller is the Purple Sweet Potato ($1.90). Purple sweet potato mash is encased in a light green and black coloured bun, with a walnut on top. The quirky colours come from green tea powder and bamboo charcoal powder! We liked that the sweet potato mash was not overly sweet and tasted natural and light on our palates. This flavour is especially popular among the older generation and those who prefer something more traditional.
The Banana Chocolate ($1.90) is favoured as a dessert after meals. Rich chocolate filling is encased in a green and yellow bun. The decadent chocolate is slightly molten after being steamed, and is extremely satisfying when paired with the bun. Our bun only had one slice of banana and the staff told us that it is primarily a chocolate bun. This means that it is perfect for an afternoon snack or an after-meal dessert. It might be a tad too rich to have for breakfast unless you’re a chocoholic!
If you’re looking for a grab-and-go meal, the Curry Potato Chicken ($2.60) is the bun for you. Grouped under their ‘Big Bun’ category, it is larger in size as compared to the Banana Chocolate bun. It is filled with a generous portion of chicken, half a hard boiled egg, and mini potato cubes. The curry is creamy and rich. After being steamed, the fragrance of the curry that wafts out after you take a bite is captivating! Those looking for a healthier meal will be pleased, as there are no fats or skin on the chicken bits inside.
Just Dough has a cafe-restaurant style concept. They offer both takeaway options (steam it for 10 minutes before enjoying it) and dine-in options. If you’re having your buns on site, the friendly staff will prepare a freshly steamed bun for you. Do get their Chilli Crab Soup ($7.90) which is only available in store. It comes with a plain mantou, so be careful not to over order!
They frequently update and change their menu. Currently, their other flavours include Pumpkin Salted Egg, Coconut, Wolfberry, Yam, Durian, and Peanuts. They also have a new menu which includes items like Chicken Burger Set ($6.90) with sweet potato fries.
By the way, this is the complete list of the natural ingredients that Just Dough uses to get the unique colours for their buns.
Yellow: Carrot juice
Black: Bamboo charcoal powder
Green: Green tea powder
Red: Red yeast rice
Dotted black: Black sesame
Chocolate: Cocoa powder.
During other seasons, they might bring back tomato juice which is slightly pink, and chilli juice which is orange in colour.
This place might be called Just Dough, but it definitely has more than ‘just dough’ to give. Do drop by Just Dough for a healthy and delicious snack or meal.
Address: #B1-169, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 7.30am to 9pm Monday to Thursday, 7.30am to 10pm Friday, 8.30am to 10pm Saturday and Public Holidays, 8.30am to 9pm Sunday
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