Custard Bun from Man Fu Yuan
The problem with having good food is that you have a standard and it often results in the never-ending hunt for something better, if not equally good.
I have a love affair with custard buns. It is not a secret that I have been on a quest to find the best custard buns in Singapore.
A good custard bun (also known as Liu Sha Bao) has soft pillowy dough which is filled with egg custard and salted duck egg’s yolk. There are plenty of dim sum restaurants in Singapore that serve it, but most of them are only mediocre. Where can you find good custard buns? Where can you go to satisfy your cravings for this popular dim sum?
Here’s my list of the Best Custard Buns in Singapore.
Man Fu Yuan
The newly renovated Man Fu Yuan at Intercontinental Hotel serves two kinds of custard bun ($12 for 6) – deep fried and steamed. Both are equally good, but I prefer the latter.
80 Middle Road
2F Intercontinental Hotel
Tel: +65 6825 1062
Custard bun from Paradise Pavilion
This is the best custard bun in Singapore.
8A Marina Boulevard
#02-01 Marina Bay Link Mall
Tel: +65 6509 9308
I love the custard buns at Peach Garden. I really do. But the problem is, most of the dim sum items at Peach Garden are rather ordinary, so I haven’t been there for quite some time. Maybe I should give them another chance and go back again.
65 Chulia Street
#33-01 OCBC Centre
Tel: +65 6535 7833
Mandarin Court Restaurant custard bun
At $12 for a basket of four, Mandarin Court’s custard buns are not cheap. I was quite hesitant to pay $3 for a bun, but the waitress convinced me that they are well worth the price.
Looks-wise, I’m very sure that this basket of custard bun would win any dim sum pageant. Taste-wise, I thought that it would be perfect if it had a stronger salted egg yolk flavour. That said, they are still one of the better ones that I’ve had, and it is a bonus that they are so pretty.
333 Orchard Road Level 35
Orchard Wing Mandarin Orchard Singapore
Tel: +65 6831 6262
Custard Bun from Royal China
“I poked a hole into the liu sha bao to take a peep at the magnificent custard fillings. The Salted egg yolk custard buns ($4) were too hot to eat, but I put it into my mouth anyway. The golden liquid burnt my tongue, but it felt so good.”
The ones at Royal China came with enough oomph to elevate it to something better than your usual custard bun. You must try them when you are there for lunch.
1 Beach Road
#03-09 Raffles Hotel
Tel: +65 6338 3363
Custard bun from Taste Paradise
Both Taste Paradise and Paradise Pavilion serve the same custard bun ($5.5 for 3). If Marina Bay Financial Centre is too inaccessible, go to Taste Paradise at Ion Orchard to satisfy your cravings for the molten custard bun.
2 Orchard Turn
#04-07 ION Orchard
Tel: +65 6509 9660
Custard bun from Tung Lok Signatures
For something different, Tung Lok Signatures has a pan-fried version of Custard Bun.
1 Harbourfront Walk #01-57
Tel: +65 6376 9555
For more recommendations, read my list of dim sum places in Singapore