I thought the salted egg craze was on its decline when I wrote up my Ultimate List of Salted Egg Dishes (trust me, it’s ultimate), and was still even worried that everyone would get bored of salted egg soon. Guess what, it looks like the trend is not dying off any single bit, and seems to be picking up especially with the rise of the SALTED EGG CROISSANT WAR in Singapore- here and here.
Guess what? Asanoya is the popular Japanese bakery and cafe which has been around in Japan for a longgggg while, and in Singapore for almost 2 good years. I have noticed them for their Chocolate Lava Cube previously but have yet to try their breads as they are pretty out of the way for me to get there. No, don’t get me wrong, they are not difficult to locate, in fact they are just 2 minutes away from Bras Basah MRT, and a 7 minute walk from Bugis MRT station, I just don’t frequent the place enough.
I guess Asanoya might make their mark with their seasonal Salted Egg offerings like the Salted Egg Cube (which looks amazing by the way), Salted Egg Choux Puff and their Salted Egg Croissants. Just writing about it just made me salivate a little. I headed down for these items on a fateful Saturday (i.e. Yesterday) and they ran out of the first 2 items (available after 12.30pm), and were only left with the Salted Egg Croissant and Matcha Salted Egg Croissant (available after 11am).
If there’s no salted egg, you know what’s the best alternative? MATCHA. DATS RIGHT. Asanoya not only has a variety of salted egg breads, they do have their very own matcha creations as well. I was being recommended the Matcha White Chocolate Cube, and I chose the Matcha Salted Egg Croissant just for a good twist from the usual.
Matcha White Chocolate Cube ($4.50)
The staff would help you to heat up the bread before serving it so that it is enjoyed at its most ideal temperature. This was a matcha bread with white chocolate filling. We initially expected the bread to be more toasty, meaning crisp crust and molten within but it turned out to be just BREAD-ISH. You know, like soft fluffy bread lor. Would’ve liked it if it was crisper on the outside. Nonetheless, the flavors of matcha was so rich, it took us by surprise.
The combination of the sweetness of the white chocolate and the hint of bitterness in the bread was surprisingly good. Wow. The Japanese really know their breads well.
Matcha Salted Egg Croissant ($4.90)
I didnt tell my partner about the matcha salted egg croissant that I picked. She knew it was salted egg, she just wasn’t informed about the matcha part, so when we were doing our video, she had to stifle her gasp of horror when the green salted egg sauce flowed out.
Hahaha! Yes, I admit it looks a little freakish. But i wish I could show you how her face lit up when she had the first mouthful of this croissant. Not only were the fillings generous, it tasted pretty unique and good as well!It had the salted egg texture – grainy, flavor and smell, yet it also had that bit of matcha after taste. This unlikely combination worked! The salted egg flavor was not overwhelmingly sweet or gelak, paired with the clean matcha flavors. Wow. Just wow. We were surprised.
Although I’d think the texture and taste of the croissant itself could do with some improvement, i.e. flakier and slightly more buttery, this was really good and well-priced as well. $4.90 is pretty reasonable, and its salted egg counterpart only costs $4.50!
Okay to reward you guys for reading till so far, here’s the VIDEO OF THAT FLOW.
I’d say try it if you’re in the vicinity, and if you’re mad about salted egg croissants, I’m pretty confident this wouldn’t disappoint you!
How to get there?
15 Queen Street
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis
Croissant after 11am, other salted egg items, 12.30pm
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Opening hours: 9am to 8pm daily