Located within a coffeeshop, Specialise Homemade Pau Dian is a stall that doesn’t look too assuming, and just like any other stall within a coffeeshop that sells dimsum.
When you reach the stall, you would find out that they actually do their dimsum by hand every day. They were preparing a new batch of Lotus Pau while I was there. Apart from traditional Paus, this stall also serves up modern variants such as the Coffee Pau, as well as other dim sum such as Fan Choy and Siew Mai.
Coffee Paus generally use a tau sar paste as a base. It tasted evidently so for the one here, but it has managed to strike some sort of balance by invoking only a small touch of sweetness behind the coffee flavour, which is pretty strong too. The end product was somewhat similar to Kopiko coffee-flavoured sweets, with a soft touch of tau sar at the end.
The Lotus bun here had a slight thicker skin than the rest, but I still loved it for its neutral flavour. It was on a balance as it was not too cloying sweet, and therefore not too sickening to have. The paste itself was also thick and sticky as well.
(Char Siew Pau)
I love their variant of the Char Siew Pau; wasn’t too sweet nor did I feel like having clumps of honey as well. The well-marinated meat had its meaty taste partially retained, while the honey managed to cover off the gaminess well. Also loved how the paus here are generously filled, leaving no gaps within while the skin were of the right thickness.
A spot generally overlooked, it makes this stall a hidden find, especially when it is situated not too far away from Old Airport Road Food Centre. This is definitely a place to check out if you love simple, non-nonsense local takes of dimsum.
Specialise Homemade Pau Dian
Blk 34 Cassia Cresent