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
Hours: 7:30am to 7:00pm (closed on Sunday)
Date visited: 11 May 2012