Mr. Bready – You Can Have Your Huat Kueh And Eat It Too!
Jason (pictured left) and Rodney (pictured right) opened the business together around four years ago. However, when they first started, they were making bread. One day, when there was a surplus of sweet potatoes for their sweet potato bread, they decided to use them in steamed cakes instead. And thus, that’s how the steamed cake business blossomed. Now, they use sweet potatoes in all their steamed cakes, just in different ratios.
The process seemed simple enough, and was enjoyable to watch. Everything was straightforward and followed a SOP, so the time it took for Jason to complete the whole process was really quick.
There are six flavours that are the mainstay of the shop — Sweet Potato, Osmanthus, Matcha, Black Sesame, Gula Melaka, and Strawberry Milk. But, they actually have a grand total of around 30 different flavours of huat kueh that they rotate throughout the year! Most of them are novelty flavours that the owners themselves love to eat. I can only imagine how much R&D they must have done to get out as many flavours as they have.
We tried a few of the flavours they had available that day, Gula Melaka (top left, $1.30), Pulut Hitam (top right, $1.40), Osmanthus Sweet Potato (bottom left, $1.40), and Matcha (bottom right, $1.40). Contrary to popular belief, not all huat kueh are made for Chinese prayers. Some are actually made to be consumed, like the ones here at Mr Bready! These steamed cakes are softer and more moist compared to a lot of huat kueh out there.
They are also less sweet and healthier than most, as the sweetness of the cakes come from sweet potatoes.
I especially liked the pulut hitam and matcha flavours as I feel that they taste exactly like how they are advertised. I never expected the black glutinous rice taste to be so prominent, but I stood corrected. The matcha flavour was quite intense too, so I would assume they used a good amount of matcha powder in their cakes.
The osmanthus, I think, is a hit or miss kind of flavour. I didn’t find myself fancying it very much. But, my colleague loved it, as it had a very familiar taste, she said.
Other than steamed cakes, they also offer different types of bread. Their signature would be the Wintermelon Mochi Wholemeal Bun ($1.40). The bread itself was fluffy and light. I particularly liked the mochi in the bread, as it gives some of that wintermelon flavour as well as a subtle sweetness. The mochi stuffed in the bread was chewy and sticky. The varying levels of chewiness present in the bread made it fun to eat.
They also sell Chinese New Year pastries! They have so many unique and innovative flavours that will leave you pleasantly surprised (e.g. mala cookies). I shall not name the rest as there is simply far too many. Why don’t you come on down here and see for yourself? But first, you have to give the huat kueh a try!
Address: 159 Mei Chin Road, #02-31, Mei Ling Market, Singapore 140159
Phone: 9018 3083
Opening Hours: 7am to 3pm daily. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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