My brother gave us a box of these tonight – char siew paus from the pretty famous Tanjong Rhu Pau shop. I think he goes to the Thomson Road branch. These are little morsels of yumminess. Key word being little. As you can see from the photo (that's my hand), their ‘regular’ sized char siew paus are barely a mouthful, and at 50 cents each they’re not cheap given how ludicrously tiny they are.
They’re delicious though – just the right skin-to-filling ratio, and the skin is just the right texture. It's tender enough, yet not so soft that it doesn't withstand being re-steamed. The char siew filling is also a perfect blend of savoury and sweet, and they’re quite generous with the meat chunks, instead of just skimping on meat and just filling the paus with gooey starch. A few flashes of pork fat make cameo appearances, and no kng chye in sight. I would gladly pay $1 for two of these, than 70 or 80 cents for a bog-standard normal char siew pau.
Apparently they do an amusing ‘Da Pau’ – amusing because it’s all relative; their idea of a ‘da’ pau is the size of regular paus. Stuffed with pork and egg, the ‘da’ pau is $1 – twice the price of the regular tiny char siew pau, and it’s apparently the reason for the snaking queues at the store every day. I’ve never tried it, but if their char siew pau is anything to go by, the Da Pau should be good too. *Big hint to my bro*
The small paus RAWK!
Tanjong Rhu Pau
(Chin Wah Bak Pau)
Block 7, Jalan Batu #01-113
72 Thomson Road
351 Geylang Road (Lor 21)