7 of The Tastiest Baos (Chinese Buns) in Singapore and Where to Get Them

Tau Sar Pau, Lian Yong Bao (Lotus), Char Siew Bao (Pork), Dua Bao etc. Steamed buns are a quintessential part of Singapore cuisine. You can find everywhere from premium Dim Sum restaurants, Kopitiams, there is even dedicated Bao shops island-wide.

However, do you know all the Bao Singapore has to offer and where to get the best of each? Read on.

1. Tau Sar Pau (Red Bean)

These delicious red bean buns are probably the most common Pau you can find in Singapore. Within the steamed white exterior lies a delightful filling made of sweetened dark coloured red bean paste. These amazing confectioneries are the perfect delicacy to go with your daily shot of Kopi-O.

Recommended: Forty Hands Coffee Shop
Location: 78 Yong Siak Street, #01–12, 163078

2. Lian Yong Pau (Lotus Paste)

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Within the fluffy exterior of bread is a sweet and savoury paste made out of Lotus Seeds. These delicacies are an alternative to the famous Tau Sar Pau and are a staple in most types of Asian confectioneries. These delicious fillings are also commonly used in Mooncakes and Shou Taus (Longevity Buns).

Recommended: Tanjong Rhu Pau
#01–113, 7 Jalan Batu, 431007
389 Guillemard Road, 399788
72 Thomson Road, 307589

3. Yam Pau (Yam Paste)

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Another sweet mouth-watering bun you can find in Singapore which is slightly the Yam Pau. Similar to the Tau Sar Pau and the Lian Yong Pau, the Yam Pau encases sweet Yam Paste as its filling within it’s purple-coloured exterior. This uniquely Singaporean bun is one of the best things to wake up to in the morning.

Recommended: Khong Guan Yam Pau
Location: Pretty much any hawker centre or supermarket

4. Liu Sha Bao (Salted Egg Yolk Custard)

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Mastering the Liu Sha Pau is without a doubt an impressive culinary feat. Found almost exclusively only in dedicated Pau shops and restaurants, the Liu Sha Pau contains anexquisite buttery and liquid salted egg yolk filling that flows luxuriously out of the fine bun upon biting. It is best eaten warm to enjoy the full buttery taste of the salted egg yolk filling.

Recommended: Asia Grand Chinese Restaurant
Location: 331 North Bridge Road, Odeon Tower

5. Char Siew Pau (BBQ Pork)

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The Char Siew Pau is an all-time favourite. This irresistible steamed bun is not just soft and fluffy on the outside, but filled savoury sweet and salty roasted pork. This is a staple that goes well with traditional Chinese tea and can be found as a signature dish in the best Dim Sum restaurants or just your average kopitiam.

Recommended: Tanjong Rhu Pau
#01–113, 7 Jalan Batu, 431007
389 Guillemard Road, 399788
72 Thomson Road, 307589

6. Kong Bak Pau (Pork Belly Stew)

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Unlike traditional Paus that enclose their filling, the Kong Bak Pau consists of a flat white bread the is folded around a succulent slice of stewed pork belly meat that has been slow cooked in fragrant soy sauce to bring out the intrinsic taste of pork belly. This classic Dim Sum dish is found more commonly in Dim sum restaurants rather than your roadside hawker stalls.

Recommended: Teochew Handmade Pau
Location: Blk 127 Toa Payoh Lor 1 #02–02 Singapore 310127

7. Dua Pau (Big Pork Bun)

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The juiciest and biggest of em all. The Dua Pau is encased in a tender skin that holds the rich and meaty pork/chicken meat that is seasoned to perfection. The savoury meat juices that overflow within the Pau gives it its unique flavour along with the signature hard boiled egg in the middle. This Singaporean classic is the Big Mac of Paus and cannot be missed for the world.

Recommended: D’Bun
Location: 358 Joo Chiat Road, 427603

Baos come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The sweet ones can act as a perfect breakfast or even deserts whilst the salty and meaty ones can be a great midday meal or sink your teeth in. These delicious and versatile steamed buns are simply, terrific.

Which type of Pau is your favourite and why? Let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you!

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