Big Thumb bakery is undoubtedly one of the most successful family-owned baked good enterprises in Sibu. The main outlet is located in town, but there is also one near Wonderful Supermarket.
I am fairly certain that the green-and-yellow cream centred cakes that they used to feed us for breaktime at Sunshine kindergarten came from here. They do not seem to make them any more.
I would probably not eat this unless I had no other alternative. While the crust (my favourite part) is an attractive colour and the taste is pretty good, the bread is just a little bit too oily amd a bit too sweet for my liking.
Mini pandan cakes
Mini cakes (picture pending)
The prices of these mini cakes are spiking at an unforgiving rate. The pandan flavoured ones cost more, and rightly so, because I find that the chocolate ones have got a strange aftertaste to them. The variety of pandan with bits in it are an abomination.
They are a good size, and the plain pandan version is sweet but good.
The pandan ones are now RM4.00 (Jan 2017).
Mung bean pastry (picture pending)
A decadent heaven of sweet flavour carefully wrapped in a fragile, flaky pastry crust : this is the only way that I can think to describe this. The only thing that stands between me and this is the massive amount of calories per piece. That, and the fact that it costs RM9 for a pack of 5.
Steamed buns are a Chinese staple. The prices vary according to filling but the mini buns are 50 cents a piece.
I cannot say much for the char siew and other meat buns, but if memory serves me well the char siew is best eaten warm because it becomes quite stiff when cold.
The vegetable buns are filled with an oily mix of cabbage… So they are not as healthy as one might imagine.
I am altogether unimpressed by the steamed chocolate bun. I think that steaming chocolate, if not for a cake or for pudding, is just wrong. I don’t have a picture of this one but I am not buying another because I am not going to touch that stuff with a ten foot pole.
Mochi (picture pending)
Mochi are a sweet glutinous pastry with assorted fillings. Theirs include pandan lotus (my favourite), red bean and peanut. I quite like them but I can’t imaging that eating all that raw flour (the mochi are flour-dusted to mitigate the stickiness) doing the body any good.
They appear to produce these in bulk, and in fancy plastic packaging to boot. I imaging that these would make good New Years’ gifts. My only advice would be to keep them refrigerated (and to pick the pandan lotus!).
The scones are (for the moment) 90 cents a piece, which is quite expensive considering the size. If you’re expecting anything like the Devon scones from Marks & Spencers’ you would be sorely disappointed. They are dry and lack any sort of flavour.
They also make their own instant kampua, which for many Sibu folk out of town is a godsend. Their version is made from onion oil instead of pork lard, but is still pretty good. It makes me wonder why the kampua places in town don’t switch out lard for onion oil as well – that way I still get to eat it!
Don’t bother with the sandwiches. At those prices you’re better off having a bowl of noodles.