Butter Sugar Bun
I think it’s a waste to skip breakfast. And i’m not even saying this from the it’s-good-for-your-body point of view. Nono! Because while we’re still sound asleep in bed, before the sun rises, heck, before our public transport even starts, hawkers from all over Singapore would have already started preparing breakfast for this hungry island. And for a taste of hearty goodness, that’s where the ‘waking up early’ part steps in.
And that’s why i think it’s a waste to skip breakfast. By noon, many of the good breakfast stalls in Singapore would have already sold out their dishes. Think of all the missed opportunities! I’m always more inclined to skip lunch because stalls that open during lunch time are more likely to operate all the way till the night.
Serangoon Gardens Market and FC is a hawker centre that comprises mostly of breakfast stalls. If you drop by the place in the late afternoon, quite a number of stalls would have already closed for the day. And one of the stalls that will definitely call it a day the earliest is Serangoon Garden Bakery and Confectionery.
Ham & Cheese in the making
As early as 4am, the team at Serangoon Garden B&C start their day by preparing their bread dough for their spread of buns. One dough to rule them all! What varies is the content of the buns. From coconut shavings to grounded peanuts, to their popular ham & cheese and luncheon meat buns. My favourite out of the lot is the butter sugar bun. This little bun looks almost like a mini sampan with a golden interior. And i love how the sugar granules don’t completely melt in the oven, leaving some crystals behind for that added crunch.
Clockwise – Peanut, Luncheon meat, Banana cake, Butter Sugar
Granted, all these buns are best eaten fresh at the bakery, while the bread is still fluffed with air. But if you must da bao some home to share, opt for them to be put in a box, because the bread is so soft that they’ll get flattened if squeezed together in a plastic bag!
The bakery also sells cakes, namely banana cake, and walnut cake. When asked what’s their top seller, ham & cheese takes first place, followed by the butter sugar. But turns out, some of their bakers love the butter sugar bun the most! For me, the butter and sugar spread makes me feel nostalgic for the early mornings i had in the army, when the popular kaya spread ran out:<
Butter Sugar (before the oven)
Moral of the story; the early birds do get the good worms, well, and good bread!
Opening Hours: 7:30am till about noon or when buns are sold out! , closed on Mon
- Buns range from 60 cents to 90 cents