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Buttercream and Cheese Asian Sweet Bun

February 28, 2013

Butter Cream/Cheese Sweet Bun from Satay-2-Go by aharste
Butter Cream/Cheese Sweet Bun from Satay-2-Go, a photo by aharste on Flickr.

I’ve raved before on this blog about how much I love Corrina’s curry puffs and buns from Satay-2-Go in Apple Valley. She makes some of the best Asian pastries you will ever taste! They are baked from scratch every morning.

This morning I was in the area so I stopped by to pick up some pork bbq buns and chicken curry puffs for dinner. They have a deal when you buy 10 buns you get one free, so I asked the woman at the counter to give me her favorite sweet bun as the bonus.

She gave me this buttercream and cheese sweet bun, still warm from the oven. As I was driving away I took a bite, and it was so good that I stopped the car and ran back in to tell them how delicious it was.

A pillowy soft, light-as-air bun topped with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese is sliced horizontally and spread with silky vanilla buttercream. And I mean real buttercream! This was honestly better than a slice of cake, which is pretty much my favorite food.

Her pastries are available daily until they’re gone and if you arrive around 11 a.m. they should still be warm from the oven.

Satay-2-Go

December 2, 2009

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There’s a little place in Apple Valley called Satay-2-Go where I can pretend I’m in a Singapore hawker center.  Everything I’ve ever had at Satay-2-Go has been wonderful, and my particular favorites are their laksa and mee goreng.  But the one thing they have that really transports me back to Singapore is their case full of buns and pastries.  

In Singapore food is everywhere.  But the one thing I loved was that you could find a pastry case in the most unlikely places, like the middle of a department store.  Imagine going to Herberger’s and munching on curry puffs  and custard buns while you shop.  Bliss! 

Unfortunately, it’s a lot harder to find freshly made Asian pastries here in Minnesota.  If you find them in Asian markets, they’re usually cellophane packaged and trucked in from another state.  Keefer Court bakery at Cedar & Riverside is good, but not convenient for me to go to. 

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So to say I was ecstatic the first time I walked into Satay-2-Go and saw their bakery case is probably a bit of an understatement.  They’re made in-house and they even make the hot dog rolls, which are in just about every pastry case in Singapore. 

When confronted with the selection at Satay-2-Go it’s always so hard to choose.  Soft yeasty buns filled with bbq pork, chicken curry, kaya coconut jam, red bean paste or buttercream; puffs of crispy, flaky pastry filled with bbq pork, chicken curry, lemon custard.  I usually throw in the towel and buy a box full. 

Homemade Laksa + Satay-2-Go

April 28, 2009

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I found a quick and easy recipe for shrimp and mushroom laksa at mediterrasian.com. I didn’t have mushrooms in the fridge, but I did have a pound of halibut, which I cut into cubes and added with the shrimp. As is, this recipe isn’t too spicy. You could certainly serve it with some sriacha on the side and ratchet up the heat! On this day I was just looking for comfort food.

I know the cilantro adds a needed color contrast, but as I detest cilantro, that will have to wait until summer when I can sprinkle on some holy basil or parsley from the garden.

Don’t fear the fish sauce. Just don’t stick your nose in the bottle for a big whiff. The laksa wouldn’t taste the same without it.

And if you REALLY don’t want to make it, you can’t go wrong at Satay-2-Go in Apple Valley. Their laksa (and everything else) is fabulous and you can get a bbq bun to go with it! It’s like a little corner in a Singapore hawker’s center.


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