Cream puffs oozing with rich custards
As a child, the only type of cream puff I knew of was tiny custard puffs sold at six for $2 at the bakery near my house. But today, the variety of cream puffs and buns available is mind-blowing. Whether you enjoy soft buns or choux pastries with a cookie-like choux au craquelin top, this list of cream puffs and buns filled with an array of flavoured custards and creams can satisfy your craving.
Hattendo brought Soft Cream Buns ($2.50) to Singapore all the way from Japan. Made in Singapore to retain freshness and quality, these pillowy buns encase a variety of thick custard creams, including flavours such as Azuki, Matcha, Chocolate, and Vanilla. The newest addition to the Hattendo Cafe is French Toast ($9), which is made using a cream bun soaked in egg mixture and bruleed, instead of the traditional brioche bread.
Address: 7 Wallich Street, #01-05, Tanjong Pagar Centre, Singapore 078884
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 9pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 8pm
2. SHUU by KOKI Tamagoyaki
Another Japanese gem to hit our shores is SHUU by KOKI Tamagoyaki, selling choux puffs at $4.30 per piece. Rotating their flavours regularly, one of their bestsellers is Chocolate, although they also occasionally have limited edition flavours, such as Rose, Black Sesame, and Coffee. While it is slightly pricey, the crisp choux pastries are generously filled to the brim with the flavourful custards, making it well worth it.
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-54, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Famous for their Double Fantasy Cream Puff ($1.90), which is filled with both custard and Hokkaido fresh cream, Chateraise is the third Japanese cream puff store on this list. Also making use of crispy choux pastry instead of soft buns, their puffs are some of the most affordable ones around. They also sell a variety of seasonal flavours, including Vanilla and Sweet Potato.
4. Choquette by Ollella
A home-grown brand, Ollella has two sections: Choquette, which focuses on choux pastries, and Gula that does traditional Indonesian kue. Choquette by Ollella sells chouquettes as well as choux tarts, which are tarts topped with numerous choux puffs, perfect for sharing. They have a range of flavours for both chouquettes and tarts, starting at $4 for their vanilla and lemon chouquettes.
Address: 3 Pertain Road, #01-01, Residences@Somme, Singapore 208108
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 12pm to 6pm
Tel: 9139 9871
5. Beard Papa’s
Beard Papa’s is a global brand, selling numerous flavours of cream puffs that are always on rotation. Their seasonal flavours now are Ya Kun Kaya Pie Cream Puff ($3), Earl Grey Pie Cream Puff ($3) and Chocolate Pie Cream Puff ($3). They also have their classic Custard Pie Cream Puff ($2.50), and have all of these flavours in varying crusts, including cookie crust and chocolate eclair crust at additional costs.
6. Chewy Junior
For cream puffs that are chewy rather than crispy, Chewy Junior trumps the competition. With a large selection of both sweet and savoury puffs at all their outlets, their cream puffs are some of my personal favourites. They sell puffs with delectable flavour combinations, such as Strawberry Cheesecake ($1.80) and Caramel Apple ($1.80). Any of their cheesecake-flavoured puffs are sure to be a hit, as they have best cream cheese filling I’ve ever had.
7. Dulcet & Studio
Dulcet & Studio is a cafe at Liang Court that sells choux au craquelin (choux puffs with a cookie-like exterior). Vanilla ($2.80+) is their only permanent flavour, although they do sometimes put out other flavours such as matcha and sweet potato. Their puffs are larger than most, generously filled with a flavoured custard, and topped with a cookie crust in a colour that matches the filling!
Address: 177 River Valley Road, #01-41/42, Liang Court Shopping Centre, Singapore 179030
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 11am to 10pm, Fri 11am to 11pm, Sat 10am to 11pm, Sun 10am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6338 9248
Konditori is a bakery run by Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro, and they have brought their own traditional version of a cream puff to Singapore. Semla Buns ($5.90) are sold in a variety of flavours, including Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla. They have limited pieces daily, so be sure to head there early to get your fix of this Swedish treat!
Address: 33 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199451
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 8pm
Tel: 6209 8580
9. Pulse Patisserie
Adding a twist to choux puffs, Pulse Patisserie rose to fame selling Salted Egg Yolk Choux Puff ($12 for six pieces). Their puffs are also choux au craquelin, giving them a crispy, crunchy, cookie-like exterior encasing a sweet, creamy salted egg yolk custard.
Address: 180 Depot Road, #01-06, The Interlace, Singapore 109684
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 11am to 7pm, Sat 9am to 7pm, Sun 9am to 5pm
Tel: 8339 4648
Another Japanese-style cafe selling puffs is Pantler. Putting their own spin on cream puffs, they sell choux a la creme ($5.50++). These crispy choux pastries are filled with both pastry cream and crunchy nougatine, resulting in a delicious combination of textures and flavours all in one bite. Although they only have one flavour, it’s still worth trying!
Address: 198 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068637
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am to 7pm, Sat 11am to 5pm
Tel: 6221 6223
Creme de la creme
With all the options available, switch it up this weekend and go for a cream puff with your coffee instead of cake. Let us know which of these puffs is your favourite!