Tanjong Rhu Pau can still be found in Tanjong Rhu, which is something you cannot take for granted nowadays in Singapore. However, the shop that you have to look out for is Chin Sin Huat Eating House. There you will find the delicious small pau which they call Tua Bak Pau or Big Pork Pau. Tanjong Rhu Pau also has outlets in Geylang and Thomson.
Chin Wah Bak Pau
Chin Sin Huat Eating House is an old school coffeeshop on the ground floor corner unit of a HDB block in Jalan Batu. The famous Tanjong Rhu pau shop occupies half the shop space. The other food stall there is the Tanjong Rhu Prawn Noodle stall.
The Tanjong Rhu Pau shop in Jalan Batu is known as Chin Wah Bak Pau and the paus are handmade on the premises.
You can enjoy the Tanjong Rhu paus in Chin Sin Huat Eating House or buy them to takeaway.
Tanjong Rhu Pau (Guillemard)
Tanjong Rhu Pau has an outlet in Geylang. It is located in a shophouse at the junction of Lorong 34 Geylang and Guillemard Road.
The Geylang outlet is for takeaway as there is no sitting area. There is a wider range of paus and dim sum in the Geylang outlet.
Tanjong Rhu Small Big Pau
Tanjong Rhu Pau is most famous for their Tua Bak Pau or Big Pork Pau. The rather remarkable thing about the Big Pau is that it is in fact not big at all. It is really the size of most small paus sold in other places. So it should come as no surprise that their small paus are tiny. The photos below showing a regular size siew small, a small pau and the big pork pau should give you an idea of the size, or lack of it, of the Tanjong Rhu big pau.
Tanjong Rhu Pau’s big pork pau ($1.40 each) may be small but it is delicious. The skin is soft and has just the right thickness. The savoury filling is moist and tasty. You can finish the whole pau in 2 or 3 mouthfuls but each bite is a treat for the tastebuds. We would say that it is one of the best bak paus we have tried in Singapore.
Bolo Bun, Siew Mai & Paus
Some of the items from Tanjong Rhu Pau we have tried are their Bolo Bun ($1.50), Char Siew Pau ($0.70), Lotus Paste Pau ($0.60) and Siew Mai ($0.50)
The Bolo Bun has a nice flaky crust and the sweet savoury char siew filling was moist and delectable.
The char siew pau has the same filling as the bolo bun. The skin is soft and nice. You can eat the tiny but yummy pau in one mouthful.
You can tell that the siew mai is handmade beacuse it looks irregular and there is no beauty to it. The taste is average.
The lotus paste pau looks small and cute. The filling is quite generous. It not bad as a dessert or snack but it is best eaten when it is hot.
Small in size big in taste
We like the bolo bun and char siew pau of Tanjong Rhu Pau but the Big Pork Pau is definitely the star. It is not cheap, considering it is something you can finish in two mouthfuls but it is really delicious. Perhaps that is why they can get away with calling a rather small pau Big Pork Pau – small in size but big in taste; another one of those small things that can bring much happiness.
Chin Wah Bak Pau #01-113, Block 7 Jalan Batu Singapore 431007