Polo buns or “bolo bao” in Cantonese is one of the most popular (baked goods) menu items in a cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style cafe). Interestingly enough, the word “polo” actually refers to “pineapple”, even though there’s no actual pineapple filling or flavour whatsoever. It’s just that polo buns are named as such due to their crusty pineapple-like exterior. Polo buns are typically served with a slab of butter but they also can be enjoyed with other savoury or sweet fillings. Below is our list of 7 Bite-licious Polo Bun Spots in Klang Valley.
1) Nanyang Cafe
A visit to Nanyang Cafe isn’t complete without sampling their famous polo bun or Pineapple Bun as written on their menu. Crispy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside, even when I tried their basic Pineapple Bun is already good enough on its own. The secret? Freshly-baked Pineapple Buns on a daily basis. Also, try the one with New Zealand butter and yes, they use the famous Anchor brand. No doubt a perfect combo best enjoyed with a glass of hot Nanyang Milk Tea or Coffee.
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Here’s a recently-opened little polo bun spot, where you can enjoy it as early as 8 am in the morning. Except that PoloMilk is pretty much a grab-and-go concept. They specialise in Taiwanese-style polo buns with different fillings available. This includes the classic slab-of-butter filling and even unique additions like Matcha Polo, Vanilla Polo and Choco Polo. You can buy them a la carte or better yet, go for their set that comes with a milky cold drink (Classic White/HK Milk Tea).
Address: 12, Jalan SS 2/67, SS2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Located in Bandar Puteri Puchong, Oriental Kopi offers regular comfort-food staples like Nasi Lemak, Mee Siam and Egg Tarts, just to name a few. One of their must-try items on the menu includes the signature Oriental Polo Bun. Here, you will get a crispy polo bun with side servings of not only slabs of butter but also a tiny cup of condensed milk. Combine them both and enjoy the savoury-sweetness on top of the already-aromatic polo bun. Best paired with a glass of cocoa-licious Oriental Mocha no matter hot or cold.
Address: 69 & 71, Jalan Puteri 2/3, Bandar Puteri Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.
HEJAU, which operates two outlets in The Gasket Alley and Arcoris Mont Kiara, specialises in assorted matcha beverages. And not surprisingly, they serve matcha-based desserts, namely Matcha Apple Crumble Cake, Matcha Brownie and yes, even Matcha Polo Bun. The latter has a nice, bittersweet taste of matcha and it certainly pairs well with a slab of aromatic La Belle butter.
(The Gasket Alley) The Gasket Alley, Unit 15-10, Lot 15, Jalan 13/6, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
(Arcoris Mont Kiara) Lot G-7, Arcoris Plaza, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
5) Foo Fee
Foo Fee’s contemporary-style kopitiam specialities include the likes of assorted croissants, toasted bread and of course, polo buns. The latter is what a good polo bun should be: crispy on the outside, complete with a flaky top and soft on the inside. Served together with a slab of butter, it’s a simple but heavenly snack best enjoyed during breakfast or teatime. Also, don’t forget to pair your polo bun with Foo Fee’s signature White Coffee or the mocha-style MK Coffee.
(Sri Petaling) 17G, Jalan Radin Bagus, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur.
(Bandar Menjalara) 41, Jalan 3/62a, Bandar Menjalara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur.
(Metro Perdana) Fortune Perdana Lakeside G27, Jalan Metro Perdana 1, Kepong, 52100 Kuala Lumpur.
6) Dai Cha Dim
Dai Cha Dim serves Hong Kong-style cha chaan teng foods and drinks and one of them includes polo buns. Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, their polo bun pairs well with a slab of savoury butter sandwiched in between. Coupled with a cup of Hong Kong-style hot milk tea or ice-cold bottled milk tea. Other than the original polo buns, Dai Cha Dim has other flavours including yam, custard and char siew.
(Pavilion KL) Lot 6.01.03, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
(Pavilion Bukit Jalil) Lot 2.38, 2.39, 2.79, Level 2, Pavilion Bukit Jalili No. 2, Persiaran Jalil 8, Bandar Bukit Jalil, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur.
(Da Men Mall) G-31, Ground Floor, Da Men Mall, Lot G21-G11 & G30, No. 1, Persiaran Kewajipan, USJ 1, 47600 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Rounding up the list is All Day Polo Bun and as the name suggests, this shop primarily sells polo buns. Different types of polo buns, to be exact. They have the usual polo bun and yes, it comes with a thick slab of salted butter from Anchor. But if you prefer something filling, they have other varieties like XL Chicken Chop or Pork Chop Bun and Luncheon Meat & Egg. Best paired with their bottled milk tea served in an ice bucket.
(SS2) 20, Jalan SS 2/10, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
(Taman Desa) 6, Jalan 5/109f, Taman Danau Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
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