Bolo buns are a textural delight that are best paired with a cup of frothy milk tea. Their name derives from the Chinese word for pineapple, thanks to a distinct crackly crust that resembles the surface of the fruit. However, you won’t find any traces of pineapple here – flour, sugar, eggs and lard are the main ingredients used to make these tasty treats.
While bolo buns hail from Hong Kong, you’ll now find them in Chinatowns the world over, and in places with a significant population of immigrants from Hong Kong. In Singapore, you can get them at a range of artisanal bakehouses, specialty cafés and neighbourhood bakeries. Here are a few to check out.