While we are familiar with Tiong Bahru Bakery and its flaky croissants, a new all day dining concept, Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner, has recently been introduced to the Funan and Raffles City outlets.
To start the dinner with something more healthy and green, one can opt opt Chayote kimchi & Ming Bean Salad ($18) which has ingredients such as mung beans, crispy buckwheat, chayote and turnip kimchi and green parsley oil as well as watercress, pea shoots and roasted peanuts. While I enjoy the different textural bites, I find it a tad heavy handed on the salt.
For something more substantial, there is Hot Chicken Salad and Caramelised Pumpkin ($20). The chicken breast is marinated overnight with spices such as turmeric, garlic and black pepper and slow-cooked at 62 degree for 50 mins. Hence it is more juicy and moist as compare to most chicken breast items else where. The herb pomelo salad with the wasabi dressing at the side was really refreshing and healthy with Chia seed and mint leaves added.
One of the item that I find it very interesting is the Super Green Warm Soup ($16) which has Chinese spinach, Bok choy, shanghai green, chye sum and lady’s finger cooked in a mushroom broth with potato and almond milk. Initially, I thought that it might be too green with so many different types of vegetables included but it surprised me with a burst of flavours. I like how there is a nice touch of tanginess from the beetroot pickled ricotta and a subtle creaminess from the potato, almond milk and green parsley oil. Best of all, you can also opt for a vegan option with the ricotta cheese remove.
For something more hearty, Miso Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Broccolini ($19) has whole wheat spaghetti served with miso local eggplant confit, broccolini and finely grated grana padano cheese. The miso eggplant is cooked like a ratatouille and I really like how the dish is served with a generous dollop of housemade basil and almond pesto to balance the whole dish.
When we saw Pulled Pork Creamy Risoni Pasta ($22), there were comments like “this dish is so hard to take a good shot”. But mind you, this is one of the crowd favourite of the night. The pulled pork is made with pork shoulder that is marinated with a spice mix of smoked paprika, brown sugar, mustard seeds, cummi and garlic with reduced pork jus and shiitake broth before it is slow cooked at 73 degrees for 24 hours. Then it is tossed in the pan a la minute with risoni and finished like a risotto with butter, broth and cheese. Hence, the dish is packed with flavours Oh yes, the sauteed king oyster also give it a crunchy texture which made the dish very addictive!
I kid you no that Tiong Bahru Bakery is one place that your vegetarian friend has more than 1 option to choose from on the menu. One of the popular item is the Portobello, Avocado & Humus Black Sandwich ($19) which has a thick and juicy slab of roasted portobello mushrooms that’s cooked like a piece of meat with rosemary, thyme and garlic then sandwiched between an avocado cream, housemade dhal hummus, shredded pickles and a seasoning of cumin, curry, lime juice and tahini which binds everything together beautifully like a match in heaven. Oh yes, not forgetting the side of housemade purple potatoes chips to complete the meal.
One of the highlight for me is 100% Sourdough Waffle made from a 158 year old starter! The entire process takes at least two days, from the fermentation after feeding the starter,to making the dough to batter, before leaving it in the fridge for 24 hours and cooked a la minute with pearl sugar in a traditional waffle machine. SO what you get is a gut-friendly waffle with a slight chewy yet airy textures and notes of banana and berries. You can either have it sweet ($21) or savoury ($23).
Just like the waffles, you have an option to have the Fluffy Brown Butter Pancakes either sweet ($21) or savoury ($23). What makes the Pancakes at Tiong Bahru Bakery different is that it is made using buttermilk instead of regular milk and ferment for 24 hours to give it that complexity in flavour. The savoury ones is topped with a sunny side up and crispy grilled bacon, lashings of smoked paprika infused maple syrup, goji berries and honeyed ricotta while the sweet ones has ripe Thai mango, caramelised almonds and salted butter caramel sauce, complete with lemongrass infused Chantilly with ice mint from the rooftop garden. To wrap the meal up on a happy note, I would highly recommend to order either one of pancakes and waffles. So do remember to leave some tummy space for it.
Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner
107 North Bridge Rd #04-22~25) Funan Singapore 179105
252 North Bridge Road #B1-11 Raffles City Shopping Centre Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6877 4866 (Funan)
+65 6333 4160 (Raffles City Shopping Centre)
Operating hours: 8.00am – 9.00pm (Funan)
8.00am – 10.00pm (Raffles City Shopping Centre)