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Published May 18th 2014
Look no further for sweet and savoury Chinese delicacies
I've been trying to find this shop for quite some time. It was one of my childhood favorites on the way back from Saturday school. Located on Sussex St, it is a small quaint bakery shop, seconds away from the busy Chinatown sector on Dixon St. By now, you might be able to deduce that it has a very Chinese ambience.
If you're wanting something fancy or renovated like the inside of a palace, this really is the wrong place but for pure nostalgia, on my part, it, more than suffices.
I particularly liked the Polo bun when I was younger.
I don't think Saturday school worked for me though. I'll explain why. I went exploring trying to find Saint Honore Cake Shop without the help of Google. To my surprise, I succeeded and it didn't look the same as it did before.
It was seemingly more run down with a not-so clean white wall appearance but nevertheless, I was actively grinning. Very quickly, I spotted the Polo bun. The Polo bun is simply a bad translation from Chinese to English of a Pineapple Bun and whenever, I step foot into a Chinese Bakery it is the first thing on my scavenger hunt. The problem is that I forgot this translation and at the counter, I didn't know how it was priced. I laid down coins of all different sizes and the sales lady was kind enough to just analyse each one and pick the right one pushing back the other coins to my side. It was only $1. Remarkably cheap.
The small white labels are written in both Chinese and English for convenience on both sides, but one, such as myself, might require a bit of assistance in deciphering what was what. Luckily, the staff was very nice and patient as I stared at other baked pastries. The cocktail bun was a recommendation and though I was pretty much full when I arrived, I smiled and bought both my Polo bun and the cocktail bun. It is a sweet delicacy which was scattered with sesame seeds and a delicious coconut spread inside.
It is perhaps my uncultured tastes or my childish implanted memories in which I am only satisfied at the crispy sweet taste of the Polo bun at the Saint Honore Cake Shop. It is mediated with a plain but tinged with remnants of sugar pastry and pineapple coated toppings which look analogous to a turtle's back.
The BBQ Pork bun was another one of my favorites. There are two types. The one served at Saint Honore uses a different dough to the steamed pork buns.
BBQ Pork Bun
It can be either cold or hot. Most people prefer it straight out of the oven which you might get once in a while, but it is equally as delightful at a warm temperature.
Despite my relatively negative comments about the appearance, I should know better than to judge a book my its cover and that the ambience is natural and an accurate glimpse of shops in Hong Kong or mainland China. I was transported out of Sydney if only for a short while. I was first greeted by a friendly lady at the door who pointed somewhat courteously at the white tray and clippers for which to handle the food.
I should think of trying the cakes as after all, it is a cake shop but visually, excuse my judgement of the cover, it is very attractive.
Saint Honore may not be as ornate as its title, but the baked goods are as good as they sound and perhaps even more confusing than their respective names. If in doubt, don't hesitate to ask.
The delightful cake shop has my vote. See for yourself if it has yours.