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Big Thumb – pictures pending!

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.

White bread

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


These are the little green hemispheric cakes which seem to be shrinking with time. I am quite sure that they used to be twice as puffy. A pack of 5 costs RM2.00 (Jan 2017).

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

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!).

Scones

They’re usually even smaller.

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.

Kampua

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!

Advice

Don’t bother with the sandwiches. At those prices you’re better off having a bowl of noodles.

Posted in Bakeries, Sibu

Breadsense

You can find Breadsense outlets opposite Wisma Sanyan, near Delta Mall and at a few other locations. Breadsense is altogether not very impressive. The food is mediocre at best, but one has to give them points for generally being quite well-stocked. The fact that the ingredients are listed under the prices is also a (small) plus point.

Soy milk

Kitty cup
Panda cup

This is really the only thing that I would go for here. I would not say that their soy milk is particularly any good, but if I only need to fork out a ringgit to be able to have a quiet corner to sit and relax for the duration of the library’s lunch hour, then I am willing to do so. It tastes a bit powdery and it is usually cold by lunchtime but the cups are just too adorable!

Steamed buns

I have only had the veggie bun and the red bean bun, but I was not impressed by either. They are average; edible but not a must-have. For those prices and quality, I’d much rather stop by the bakery opposite SMK Sacred Heart where the buns cost only 50 cents.

Mini buns, assorted flavours

They have got red bean, kaya, butter, butterscotch and garlic.They are nothing special but they do only cost 70 cents each so I suppose they are alright for a quick cheap meal. There is a little girl who often comes in with her grandfather after school; she seems to have a penchant for the butter buns.

Sweet fried dough twists

Mini fried dough twists

Their “fried dough twists” come in two sizes. The larger ones come in bags of RM5.50 (Jan 2017). The miniature version pictured above come in cute little jars of 15. They were RM2.50 when I first bought some in December 2016 but they are now RM3.00 (Jan 2017).

These are actually quite promising. They are not oily and have a nice crunch to them.

Posted in Bakeries, Sibu

Cake Times

Cake Times is relatively new. It is a bakery/café located within the town area, within reasonable walking distance of town square.

Sponge cake. The plastic container also makes the perfect salad bowl.
Sponge cake

The sponge cake is to die for. It is light, fluffy and moist. My only issue with it is that I suspect the moistness comes from oil. But RM5.50 is a decent price for a cake of this size and quality.

Walnut bread

Walnut bread

According to the lady who owns the place, her walnut bread is extremely popular. It is with a twinge of guilt that I issue these three words: not that great.

It is pleasant enough. The slices are over an inch thick, but there is a marked lack of walnut. Soaking it in cold milk makes it slightly more palatable.

Cheesecake

Baked cheesecake with oreo base and toppings

There is also quite a selection of cheesecake. This is a slice of the oreo cheesecake. It was just alright, but not quite compelling enough to tempt me  into another slice.

Posted in Bakeries, Sibu

Bakelicious Bakery

White bread

The first thing I noticed about their white bread was the crinkly crust. It makes a nice change – rather aesthetically pleasing. As of December 2016 a loaf costs RM3. The slices are small and thin, and very square.
In terms of taste it is nothing out of the ordinary: pleasant enough, but nothing more and nothing less than what you would expect from a loaf of bread.

Red bean bun

These cost RM 2.80 for a pack of six (Dec 2016). In terms of size they fit in the palm quite nicely.

The buns are soft and light, ideal for a quick snack but a little bland. (Or perhaps it is my preconception of red bean buns as a sweet, high-sugar guilty-pleasure food that leads me to this conclusion.)

The red bean filling is not very sweet (which I suppose makes a nice change once in a while) and its texture is a little grainy. There are whole adzuki beans in the mix. It is the sort of filling that I would choose to eat without the bun, in lieu of rice/potatoes at lunch or dinner.