One of the most famous tau sar paus in Singapore comes not from a hole-in-the-wall hawker stall, but shabby chic café Forty Hands. Yes, that unapologetically trendy coffee specialist by the Spa Esprit Group that kick-started the hipster movement in Tiong Bahru. The bun caused a mini stir in the makan world back when it was launched almost a decade a go. Not just because a cool angmoh-style eatery was serving this traditional Chinese snack alongside cups of single-origin Arabica kawfee, but also ’cos it was bold enough to sell the humble snack at a rather pricey $2.50 each. As a rough comparison, Tiong Bahru Pau and Nam Kee Pau sell their versions for 80 cents (albeit smaller ones) a piece.

  


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