The Salted Egg Yolk Hype: Singaporeans love Salted Egg Yolk, otherwise known as “Liu Sha”, in everything. From fries to pizza to buns to eggs benedict, we are not sure what dishes have not been exploited by Salted Egg Yolk. The latest craze in the last few weeks is Salted Egg Yolk Lava Croissant, which first retailed at Flavour Flings, a neighbourhood cafe in Hougang. Antoinette is the second restauarnt and cafe to offer Salted Egg Yolk Lava Croissant since 1 February and we head that the response has been overwhelming so far at Antoinette’s Penhas Road outlet. The salted egg yolk croissant is not a new idea, as we have tried a similar offering back at Urban Bakery (HK$22) in Hong Kong last year. This is what we had back at Urban Bakery, you get the idea.
Antoinette’s Salted Egg Yolk Lava Croissant ($6.50): We went early on the weekend morning in our “kiasu” spirit after hearing so much rave reviews about it, and was pleasantly surprised to see that the bakery at Lavendar was without a queue. The salted egg yolk croissant here is quite large, which I will recommend to share between two unless you are feeling ravenous. As the salted egg yolk taste is very rich, I had mine with black coffee which was a good balance.
The exciting action of cutting the croissant began. All eyes on it if the salted egg yolk were to flow, and indeed it did flow without the initial disappointment. I like the croissant, which was flaky and firm, even though we wished it was more buttery. The salted egg yolk flavour was definitely luscious enough for us, as apparently the chef used three salted egg yolk per croissant (some facts we wished we didn’t know). My gripe is that the salted egg yolk wasn’t warm enough, probably a case of being taken out of the oven for too long.
Overall verdict: If you are a big fan of salted egg or liu sha, you definitely want to try this salted egg yolk croissant at least once. At S$6.50 per croissant, it is extravagant to us and certainly not an everyday affair. As of press time, there are at lest five cafes and restaurants dishing out their own versions of the salted egg yolk croissant, which leads us to think how long this fad will last. At least for now, Antoinette has launched their version with a bang and this craze will probably not subside anytime soon.
Antoinette Penhas Road
30 Penhas Road (off Lavender Street)
Tel: +65 6293 3121
Monday to Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday: 11am to 11pm
Saturday: 10am to 11pm
Sunday: 10am to 10pm