Sunday, 20 May 2012

Big Pau @ MR Pau 包大人 in Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru

This is the first time that I have seen traditional Chinese buns or pau 包 made and sold right on the spot in a coffee shop. I was amazed and fascinated, watching the entire pau making process as I enjoyed eating my paus J

包大人 MR Pau is in the same Austin Food Zone coffee shop as 哥打泥鳅王, the King of catfish.

The dough is freshly kneaded and rolled at the coffee shop. 

Making braised pork pau 扣肉包 using big chunks of homemade braised pork.

Natural vegetable dye is used to mark the paus so that the different types of fillings can be easily identified.

This hot seller is a unique pau 臭豆包 that I have not seen any where else. The filling is made with belacan (spicy shrimp paste), ground anchovies and unions, and petai (stink beans) 臭豆.

The fillings for the chicken pau. Unlike the factory made varieties which use minced meat, MR Pau uses thick, well marinated fresh chicken slices.

枕头包 Chinese styled "Swiss rolls" - these come in many flavours including strawberry, chocolate, coffee, peanut, pandan, pumpkin, butter, lotus seeds, and mung beans.

Look at that tall steel steaming tower. The bamboo steaming trays with the raw paus are stacked one over another onto the drum of boiling water in the foreground. The tall stack of bamboo steaming trays are then covered over by the tall steel tower.   

This big pau 大包 with snowy white, airy, fluffy skin wraps a generous ball of tasty pork and mushroom fillings - this huge delicious pau costs a reasonable RM3.20 or SGD1.30.

The low mai kai 糯米鸡 was sweet and tasty.

Definitely a must try - good, delicious food, freshly made on the spot at very reasonable prices.

Restaurant name: 包大人 MR Pau
Address: 24, Jalan Mutiara Emas 5/20, Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.551393,103.769055
Hours: 7:30am to 7:00pm (closed on Sunday)
Non Halal

Date visited: 11 May 2012


  1. Hi, please do visit this place that is selling pau in Desa Cemerlang! It has one of the best paus i have ever tasted! They sell sambal petai paus and also 梅菜pau together with those that we often see. This is the contact number: 0167471358.
    They sell from their house by the way! :)

  2. OK Nicole. I noted it down and shall try. Thanks for the suggestion. If you got the address, it will be very helpful.

  3. Here's the address: No.1, Jalan Johar 11, Desa Cemerlang, 81800 Ulu Tiram. Do call them if you are unable to find the house.

    This is a house address and the owners will happily welcome you into the house to buy their paus. Their paus are freshly made every morning and if you want to get all flavors, the best time to go is between 11am to 12pm or call to order first. They are normally sold out by 2pm and they dont sell on Sundays.

    Hope this helps! :)

    1. Thanks Nicole very much. Appreciate it :)

  4. Visited Mr Pau
    The big Pau is really good so is the Lor Mai kai. Mr Pau and wife are very friendly couple. Price - slightly up-market rate - pay for the quality meat and cleanliness.
    (good slices of meat instead of minced)
    Also in the same coffee shop is the chicken and catfish stall. They too have very good chicken & cat fish dishes.

    Will be trying out the home-made at Desa Cemelang

    Avoid lunch hours.

    1. Ah yes, I want to go try that Deasa Cemelang pau soon :)

    2. Anyone hv the Mr big pau contact number?

    3. Michelle, I shall go and check it out at the stall next week. Hope to get you the tel number.

  5. Tried charsiew pau and lomaikai. Yummy.

  6. Hi JK,
    You should visit the night dim sum restaurant called Pun Heong at Kulai Besar, Kulai. Opens after 6.00 pm, everyday except Tuesdays and Chinese Festivals. The steamed char siew pau is the best you will ever taste. Just like Mok Gao, it is a 3 generation food shop in good ole Kulai. Kulaians working in Sabah in the 1980's and 1990's used to Ta Pau 100 pieces each time (special prior orders) to bring to KK via Senai airport. Dip the skin of the pau in their ever famous steamed pork ribs!!!!!! Let us know, heh heh!!!


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