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Sink your taste buds into Singapore’s latest food craze – the salted egg yolk croissant
The sky truly never seems to hit its limit when it comes to salted egg pairings. The craze has brought us from liu sha baos to crazier dishes such as salted egg yolk ice cream, salted egg yolk chips, salted egg yolk pizza, and now, a new kid on the block, the salted egg yolk croissant.
It is exactly as you imagine it to be. Oozing creamy salted egg yolk filling encased within thin flaky layers of the sweet pastry roll. The inspiration for this pasty undeniably stems from the liu sha bao and surely warrants a comparison. In place of the plain bao dough is a richer pastry. And because the former is sweeter, heavier, and crispier, it is important that a balance between the pastry dough and its filling is established without compromising on taste, consistency and texture of either elements— a challenge considering how the bao dough is a blank canvas that can handle almost any ingredient.
The coveted pastry first appeared in Hong Kong (at Urban Bakery, which also created the po lo bao-croissant hybrid), eventually popping up across our shores in Johor Bahru, before making its way into Singapore— an initiation by Flavour Flings, a brunch café in Hougang. Also on this salted egg yolk croissant bandwagon are, Antoinette, Do.main Bakery, Flavour Flings, and Da Paolo Gastronomia. Some of these establishments purchase their croissants from elsewhere while others have them made in-house. Also, most of them pipe the Holy Grail into the croissant through the ends or the bottom of the pastry and bakes it before serving.
These delicious croissants are quite filling, no pun intended, so we reckon that they are better to have for an afternoon snack (as opposed to dessert) with a sugar-free cup of coffee or tea to offset the indulgence. We always say moderation is key, because rumour has it that each of these saltedegged pastries is at least 500 calories and packed with saturated fats. But every once in a while, do get down and dirty, tear apart that croissant, and slurp that salted egg yolk dribble up before it hits your hands. We can’t imagine a better way to savour the buttery goodness.