Dough Magic (People's Park Complex) | Burpple - 20 Reviews - Chinatown, Singapore

Dough Magic (People's Park Complex)

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~$5/pax
Dough Magic 扑面而来 specializes in handmade buns made with Taiwanese traditional recipes. Signature items include Golden Pumpkin Cake (金瓜发糕), Steamed Purple Taro Bun (紫薯馒头), Taiwanese Meat Pie (香酥肉饼) and Potato Cake with Bacon and Ham (马铃薯培根饼), just to name a few. Dough Magic 扑面而来 aims to serve the best quality food at affordable prices. Be prepared to be delighted by our tempting range of handmade buns and classic Chinese snacks which will definitely tantalize your taste buds.

1 Park Road
#01-K99B People's Park Complex
Singapore 059108

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Tuesday:
09:00am - 09:00pm

Wednesday:
09:00am - 09:00pm

Thursday:
09:00am - 09:00pm

Friday:
09:00am - 09:00pm

Saturday:
09:00am - 09:00pm

Sunday:
09:00am - 09:00pm

Monday:
09:00am - 09:00pm

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same for the Tiger Red Bean Paste Bun. While I enjoyed the cosrser texture of the red bean filling, my experience was sadly hampered by the drier bun texture, which clung onto my teeth after a few bites.

THESE ANIMAL SHAPED BAOS ARE THE CUTEST! 🤩 If you are in Chinatown, pop by @dough_magic_official for their assortment of steamed buns, fried doughsticks and flower rolls! For $1.50 per pop, you can get your hands on this derpy-looking Yaya Salted Egg Custard Bun, served piping hot and pillowy from the steamer. 🐤💛The salted egg custard was decently flowy, though it leaned towards the milkier & sweeter side rather than the savory salted egg tones.

Dough Magic might be one brand that some might find especially familiar — the brand is perhaps best known for their operations as a takeaway kiosk, offering patrons with a wide variety of mainland Chinese-style buns; their location at People’s Park Complex perhaps being the most prominent one of their various locations around since they are situated in one of those outdoor kiosks that are just right outside Chinatown MRT Station. Perhaps best known for their adorable buns that are shaped just like animals, Dough Magic actually does retail dumplings as well. With that being said, their newest location is a slight departure from what we know them as for all these while; while the kiosk at People’s Park Complex still remains, Dough Magic had opened a new dine-in concept that is situated in the ground floor of People’s Park Complex itself — they had taken over the former premises of 二师兄猪脚饭+肥肠想你, which had since moved into a new food court within People’s Park Complex which is named Mong Kok Food Court. Much of the furniture and fittings left behind by the previous tenant remains; even the layout of the space does seem pretty much the same as per what it had been before. Since this is the very first time Dough Magic has ventured into being a full-service, dine-in concept, it seems that they had also ventured into serving up oteher dishes apart from their bun and dumpling offerings — patrons can also find a variety of Chinese noodles such as the Signature Beef Brisket Noodles and Lanzhou Beef Noodles available as well. They also do serve up starters like the Spicy Sichuan Chicken, as well as Lady Fingers with Spic Sauce that can be shared around the table. Desserts like the Oriental Lotus Seeds Soup can also be found at this location of Dough Magic, while beverages available here include a variety of hot brewed teas, as well as bottled / canned drinks.

There were a few items that have caught our interest when we first went by this location of Dough Magic by chance whilst going around People’s Park Complex — these also ended up being the dishes that we eventually went for; while the selection of the noodles seem particularly attractive since they were main courses and pretty much newly-introduced, we were admittedly more drawn to their bun offerings that comprises of items like the Pan Fried Pork Buns and the Black Gold Salted Egg Yolk Buns that we had also ordered. Amongst the three dishes that we had decided to go for, it was surprising that the Banana Bao with Banana Mousse filling was that item that left the strongest impression. One cannot deny that the aesthetic of the Banana Bao with Banana Mousse filling is actually pretty joyful; brightly coloured yellow that no doubt captures one’s attention — but we really liked how they had paid some attention to detail with the addition of the brown “marks” that replicates that of bruised bananas somehow. Giving it a go, this wasn’t the best Bao we had ever had even when it comes to the flavour, though it could be said as one of the more inventive ones that we had seen — the bun comes with a banana mousse-filling within. The Bao itself was actually worth commending; probably one of then lightest and fluffiest we have had, though the banana mousse that largely seems to comprise of a weak note of banana essence actually meant that the flavours are rather bland — could definitely do with a bit more sweetness even though they seem to be controlling it a fair bit here perhaps to strike a balance for those whom are not too much into sweet stuff.

The other dishes like the Pan Fried Pork Buns and the Black Gold Salted Egg Yolk Buns weren’t much to comment on; no doubt they are comparatively bigger-sized than most other similar offerings elsewhere, though they are also a little pricey as well — one would also have to commit to a serving size of three pieces per order as though in a dim sum restaurant. Both the Pan Fried Pork Buns and the Black Gold Salted Egg Yolk Buns were a little dry; the former lacking a steaming hot broth for flavour, while the latter is missing out on the molten lava action and gets a little jelat too quickly. Not sure if the other Pao items are worth checking out, but I guess we are still likely to give their noodle dishes a go some other time if we really do get curious about those that they have to offer. Wouldn’t really recommend this to a dim sum connoisseur per se, though those stylised Bao offerings are certainly items that would capture the attention of children and hipsters alike; and item which also inevitably sparks some joy for its patrons and brighten their day while at it.

🍞 Black Sesame Bun
📍Dough Magic (@dough_magic_official)
📌 Chinatown
💰 $1.50

I would like to blame my trust issues on bakeries that make "black sesame" and "chicken floss" pastries that are mixed with other ingredients, with mung bean being the usual suspect.

When I first came across this bun at Dough Magic, I was super impressed at the display image showing a super thick and gao black sesame filling. Imagine my excitement to cut it open and see how generously stuffed it was.

But alas, upon tasting, I realised that once again, I had been TRICKED. CATFISHED. I felt like a naive old ah beh who got scammed by a sexy young lady on the internet once, swore that he would never fall for a scam again, then a few months later, getting his money SUCKED by another chiobu that slid into his DMs. YOU WANNA KNOW WHY??? THIS BLACK SESAME FILLING WAS MIXED WITH LOTUS PASTE!!!!!!! LEGIT!!!!! MIXED WITH LOTUS PASTE!!!!! IT AINT PURE BSSM LIKE I HAD HOPED!!!!!

Im still patiently waiting for the day that a bakery doesnt completely cheat my fillings by "diluting" their black sesame with some other weird ass ingredient. First it was green bean, now lotus paste. The lotus drowned out the black sesame taste a lot. I could still taste a faint nuttiness from the sesame, but majoroty of it was just sweet lotus.

For $1.50 this is still hella worth it as its generously stuffed and pretty hefty, just that you gotta be mentally prepared for the fact that its not pure black sesame. If you go into it with an expectation of lotus with a bit of bssm nuttiness, you'll probably enjoy this. This is a great bao minus the false advertising.

Anyways if anyone knows where to get real, catfish-less black sesame buns, pls hmu because everyday we stray further and further away from non-misleading marketing and it pains me to my black sesame loving soul.

⭐ Rating: 8/10 filet mignon adubidubiduba nyon
🤑 worth the price: yes
🦖 would I buy again: yes but not for the bssm element
💍 would I marry: we would get engaged but then we would break it off the moment I learn that when he said he was a millionaire, he meant that he had a million rupiah in the bank

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sesame cake with brown sugar paste (“black sugar, 黑糖”) ($2.50)
⭐️ 5/5
a mUSTTT try. the texture of the bun is pretty reminiscent of its hot cousin, butterfly fritters. a crispy and slightly oily shell with a fluffy interior. the sweet filling is ugh just heavenly, think of a gooey, warm, generous filling of black sugar (essentially brown sugar but cooler) + sweet ( red )bean filling?? with some toasted sesame seeds!! absolutely a mUSTT TRY

little hack for y’all if u takeaway the buns from here. air fry / bake them on high til they get crispy and fragrant and the filling gets all warm and gooeyy without any soggy oily bun :))

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pancake was veryyyy starchy and dumpling skin was super thick.

we thought the dumplings would have some sort of sauce (maybe chilli oil) but it was served ice cold and dry. may not return :(

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