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Haji Munchit & Hajah Dayang Rapiah Complex
Kg Jaya Setia, Berakas, BD2713
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by Jia Ying Chia

The crispy, the crunchy, flaky, sweet and salty — oh boy do we love baked goods here at BIG! Whether you’re partial to a curry puff or tersliur (craving) the fattiness of a buttery tart, our island’s complex history and diverse cultures mash up together to make for some beautiful culinary history. Our only criteria for this search? pastry dough. No cakes, bread or buns here. From the deceptively simple Dan Ta (egg tart) to perfectly layered French croissants, let us take you on a curated tour of where to find the most delicious pastries in Borneo-land. 





As one the the first to bring gourmet desserts into Brunei’s restaurant scene, Alter Ego has continued to bring a sense of luxury with its premium casual dining experience based on Modern Asian Fusion and contemporary global food trends. Luxurious desserts are standard, fuelled by the owner’s passion for classic French pastries, and bringing the world to Brunei. Their food is as artful as the restaurant cafe, which is designed to make you feel as if you’re no longer in Brunei. The Salted Caramel Eclair is the perfect marriage of savoury and sweet, with a delicate but flavourful buttercream. Fans of lemon tarts should definitely give the Key Lime Eclair a try – refreshing and balanced in its sour-sweet profiles, this is such a nice treat on a hot day.

IG: @alteregofoods   |   Unit No. 2 & 3, Block E, Ground Floor, Setia Kenangan II, Kg Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan




“Life is sweeter when you share a plate of Churros”. according to Alan himself. But we have trouble wanting to share these! He’s spent years perfecting the recipe and cooking process to achieve the crunchy exterior that is perfectly cooked throughout, so you’ll never get any soggy centres here! They’re surprisingly less sweet than we’d imagined, even with the icing sugar and sauce combinations, and good value for money too. 

We love the white chocolate and peanut sauce that has a slightly savoury edge to it and the butterscotch sauce is filled with rich flavour but feels surprisingly light when munched on. The churros here are inspired by the original Spanish version and are a perfect example of why the best things in life are simple

IG: @alans.churros   |   Ground Floor, Unit. 5, Block A, Little Soho, Simpang 73-5-8, Batu Bersurat, Bandar Seri Begawan




One of the most obvious choices when the curry puff cravings hit. Super flaky and rich pastry casing with a generous amount of filling in every flavour. 

IG: @kedaikopibn   |   No. 12, Simpang 150, Bangunan HABZA, Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan 




This European-styled cafe and microbakery has self-taught pastry chef and certified barista, Eunice Lo at the helm. The Pain au Chocolat is flaky, choccy goodness. 

IG: @lanemicrobakery   |   25E, Jalan Pretty, Kuala Belait  | Lorong Gerai Barat, Bandar Seri Begawan




Created by a Cordon Bleu graduate pastry chef, this reservations-only spot has a distinct contemporary style. The afternoon tea set currently includes their famous boba tart and eclairs 

IG:   |   Kg Mata-Mata, Home-based cafe by appointment only. 




The strudels here have a reputation for a reason — think chunky fresh mango or apple confit sandwiched between layers of crisp, puff pastry layers and whipped cream YUM!

IG: @fleurdelys_bakeshop   |   L1/1, Seri Qlap Mall, Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan




Walking into Crumb feels like a dream; Head Baker Wendy Tsang, trained under Michelin-star pastry chef Gregoire Michaud, before moving to Miri. Her expertise and Crumb’s unwavering commitment to quality means the monumental task of making everything in-house where possible. They use imported French butter, giving their baked goods an extra level of quality. You’ll find items infused with a Borneo flair, such as pies filled with local red rice , savoury-ish Bario salt, and the sweet earthiness of Sayur Manis, alongside their ever popular croissants, Pastel De Nata (Portuguese Tart), BBQ pulled chicken danish, and Pain Au Chocolat with Gula Apong. Their beverage selection includes delicious specialty coffees and locally-inspired mocktails. 

IG: @mycrumbbakery   |   D-6-13A, Miri Times Square, Marina Parkcity, 98000 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia







    Craving pastries in Kota Kinabalu? You’ll find a great mix of European and Asian pastries at Crown Bakery, which is modeled on the Taiwanese style of bakeries. They do plenty of bread varieties and aside from the usual items like butter croissants and oozy cheese danishes, there are more unique pastries here. The Polo Danish features the sweet crumbly biscuit topping of the Hong Kong ‘Polo Bun’, a top a perfect bed of multilayered croissant dough. The buttermilk ‘piang’ are a wonderful play on the classic Chinese pastry better acquainted with a sweet mung bean paste filling.  

    IG: @crown_lintas   |   Lot 23 (DBKK 13-0), Ground Floor, Block C, Lintas Square, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia




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