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I love the smell of freshly baked Mexican Buns, it has this amazing aroma of coffee, bread and butter. The crusting topping is also what makes this so, so good. It’s like this cookie of sorts on top, so if you haven’t had this yet I do recommend trying it at least once! While I love the original Mexican Bun, of course I had to try making a green tea variety and I found a great recipe from Little Corner of Mine which came out quite well!

Green Tea Buns (adapted from Little Corner of Mine)
Makes: 18-20 buns
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Passive Time: 80 minutes

Ingredients
Green Tea Buns
1 tbsp milk powder (7g)
110g sugar
1 tsp green tea powder (7g)
460g bread flour
150g plain flour
1 tsp salt (4g)
1 tsp bread improver (4g)
1 tbsp dry yeast (7g)
1 large egg
230ml cold water
70g unsalted butter, softened

Green Tea Topping
45g plain flour
5g cornstarch
35g icing sugar
55g unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tsp green tea powder (7g)
black sesame seeds for topping

Fillings (Optional)
Butter
Red Bean Paste
Cream Cheese

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Method
Green Tea Buns
1. Sift the milk powder, sugar, green tea powder, bread flour, plain flour, salt, and bread improver into a medium sized bowl. Then add in the dry yeast.

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2. Whisk the egg in a small bowl.
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3. Create a small well in the dry ingredients, and add in the egg mix. Use a fork to combine.
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4. Add in the cold water and combine.
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5. Once the dough is mostly combined, place onto the table. Add in the butter, and knead together until combined and the dough springs back after you press it.
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6. Place the dough into a clean bowl for around 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.
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7. Once doubled in size, knead the dough for a few minutes and separate into 18 to 20 pieces.

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8.  Roll out the dough into balls, flatten to add in your filling (if any) and then seal it.

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9. Place the balls onto a baking tray and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for another 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.

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Green Tea Topping

1. Whisk together the sifted icing sugar and butter until combined, and light and fluffy.
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2. Add in the egg and whisk until combined.

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3. Add in the sifted green tea powder, plain flour and cornstarch and whisk again until combined.

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Assembly

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2. Once the dough has risen again, place the green tea topping into a piping bag and pipe the mixture in a spiral form.

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2. Sprinkle a few black sesame seeds on top for colour.
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3. Place the baking tray in the oven for 10 minutes or until slightly golden.
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Ingredients
Green Tea Buns
  • 1tbsp Milk Powder
  • 110g Sugar
  • 1tsp Green Tea Powder
  • 460g Bread Flour
  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 1tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Bread Improver
  • 1tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 1 eggLarge
  • 230ml Cold Water
  • 70g Unsalted ButterSoftened
Green Tea Topping
  • 45g Plain Flour
  • 5g Cornstarch
  • 35g Icing Sugar
  • 55g Unsalted ButterSoftened
  • 1 eggLarge
  • 1tsp Green Tea Powder
  • Black Sesame SeedsOptional
Fillings (Optional)
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Red Bean Paste
  • Cream Cheese
Servings:
Units:
Instructions
Green Tea Buns
  1. Sift the milk powder, sugar, green tea powder, bread flour, plain flour, salt, and bread improver into a medium sized bowl. Then add in the dry yeast.
  1. Whisk the egg in a small bowl.
  2. Create a small well in the dry ingredients, and add in the egg mix. Use a fork to combine.
  3. Add in the cold water and combine.
  4. Once the dough is mostly combined, place onto the table. Add in the butter, and knead together until combined and the dough springs back after you press it.
  5. Place the dough into a clean bowl for around 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.
  6. Once doubled in size, knead the dough for a few minutes and separate into 18 to 20 pieces.
  7. Roll out the dough into balls, flatten to add in your filling (if any) and then seal it.
  8. Place the balls onto a baking tray and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for another 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.
Green Tea Topping
  1. Whisk together the sifted icing sugar and butter until combined, and light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the egg and whisk until combined.
  3. Add in the sifted green tea powder, plain flour and cornstarch and whisk again until combined.
Assembly
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Once the dough has risen again, place the green tea topping into a piping bag and pipe the mixture in a spiral form.
  3. Sprinkle a few black sesame seeds on top for colour.
  4. Place the baking tray in the oven for 10 minutes or until slightly golden.
Recipe Notes

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  • These buns can be made plain, or with a filling of your choosing!
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PappaRich fever has hit Australia. It seems like it’s the sister franchise to PappaRoti (Update: I’ve been informed they are completely separate entities). With its first franchise opening up in QV where Old Town Kopitiam Mamak was, earlier this year. They have quickly opened up two more stores, one in Doncaster and the latest one in Chadstone Shopping Centre (Outside but close to Aldi) with probably more to come. If you haven’t guessed already, they serve Malaysian food and quite a good variety of food at that.

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We ordered Nasi Briyani with Eggplant, Curry Prawns and Fried Chicken and Pappadam. I don’t think very many places serve Nasi Briyani, so it was a pleasant surprise to see it on the menu. The Briyani was fantastic, it had a very strong but not overpowering flavour, nicely cooked with all the spices. I’m not a big fan of sultanas in Briyani though, but it is a staple for most.

The Curry Prawns aren’t overly spicy, it’s mostly sweet actually and these prawns are the bite sized kind. I prefer the King Prawns but these little prawns suffice. The eggplant adds a nice spicy flavour to it to. Overall, it’s definitely a good meal, with a wide variety of flavours that all work well together. A must for Briyani lovers.

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Their Curry Laksa is very different to the popular Laksa’s around. It tastes very home-made and it also lacks that huge punch of coconut milk/cream. Which is a good thing in my book! Sometimes I prefer a milder, less rich Laksa and this hits the sweet spot. There are a couple of Laksa varieties of the menu, Chicken, Vegetarian, and Seafood. I chose the Chicken version and it is served with chicken (of course),  fried bean curd, bean curd, eggplant and a hint of mint. It also only has Hokkien Mee (no Bee Hoon as some Laksa’s have) so it really depends on your preferences. There is a lot to like with PappaRich’s Laksa as mentioned above, the curry soup is delicious as it retains a nice curry flavour but also adds a kick of spice. Overall, I’m pretty happy with this dish it is a definite change of pace.

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You can’t go to a Malaysian restaurant and not see Nasi Lemak, here we ordered the Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken and Sambal. I’ve got to say that Sambal is superb. It’s sweet, and my golly does it have a huge hit of heat. I’m in love, best Sambal I’ve had in a while. The Curry Chicken is slightly sweet, but it’s nice. I’d order this dish just for the Sambal to be honest.

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Their Drinks menu is quite large too, here we ordered the Soya Bean with Grass Jelly. I liked this because it has a strong soya flavour but also it isn’t too sweet so for those that would like a nice refreshing drink but not overly sweet. Here it is!

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PappaRich’s Teh Tarik is pretty good too, has a nice tea flavour but not overwhelming. Same with the sweetness, although I still prefer Chilli Padi Mamak‘s Teh Tarik. It’s also a tad smaller then what you’d get elsewhere, so there is a bit of a trade off.

Impressions

PappaRich has definitely made an impression on me. It’s menu is full of things to try, from their Roti’s and snacks, to Noodles and Rice dishes and a great selection of desserts and drinks. Although their ABC Ice Kacang is definitely the most expensively priced item I’ve seen, priced at roughly $7  I didn’t even try it. I’m a bit wary of the portion size but also if it leads to disappointment as I think it would.

I do have to warn you for first timers that you order by writing down your selection on the pads found on the side and once you’re down you wave down one of the staff to take your paper. They then give you your receipt which you pay at the end of your meal at the receipt counter. I don’t think some of the staff do tell you that so best be warned before sitting there for minutes waiting for service.

Other than that, the service was surprisingly good. We had to wait roughly 10 minutes to get seats as PappaRich still is affected by the “new/curious” diners (like me) but once we ordered, food came within another 5/10 minutes. Pretty good actually for a full house.

Overall, I would dine again just to try their other items and it means there is actually some good Malaysian food in Chadstone, apart from Chadstone Shopping Centre’s Chilli Mama (Located in the Food Court) and Nudle (Near Nandos/Cinemas). It actually makes me want to go to Chadstone more often!

PappaRich (Chadstone Shopping Centre) on Urbanspoon

PappaRich Chadstone
Shop F029
Chadstone Shopping Centre
Chadstone VIC 3148

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PappaRoti is a popular franchise/bakery in Malaysia. Probably not as popular as RotiBoy but still these Mexican buns are sold in many shopping centres in Malaysia and now we have a couple of stores down here in Melbourne. The first one I’ve seen to pop up was on Kingsway, Glen Waverley but there is also another one that recently opened on Elizabeth St (Across from Melbourne Central) in the Melbourne CBD.

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These buns have a sweet crunchy crust on top, and you can smell these buns baking in the ovens far away. The crust I believe has a coffee taste to it but it’s more delicate. It’s sweet, but that’s a good thing since it stops you from having too many!
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Inside they place some butter before they are cooked, so when it’s done. The inside is nice and soft, with a rich butter texture to it. It’s actually quite nice but you definitely can’t have too many.

Compared to RotiBoy’s variety of buns, who sell these buns with butter, cream cheese and blueberry cream cheese, Papparoti only sells this one particular bun with butter. The store in Glen Waverley also sells coffee and ice cream but I haven’t taste tested them yet. I might try their ice cream once this winter finally passes.

Not everyone will like these buns, and for me personally, I’ve had my fair share for the year, but definitely try it because you just might like it!

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Their ice-cream selection is actually quite decent. They have the usuals like Rum & Raisin, Strawberry Jam, but then they venture into the Asian favourites like Durian, Black Sesame, Lychee and Red Bean.

I tried Lychee and Black Sesame on my first go, and whilst the Black Sesame was too sweet and lacked the nice bitterness of black sesame, the lychee was an instant favourite. It had an authentic lychee flavour and was smooth and creamy. I haven’t seen many places that sell Lychee ice-cream, and one that tastes good too, so whenever I’m feeling like a cold treat (nearly always) this will be the first place I visit.

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PappaRoti

105 Kingsway,
Glen Waverley. VIC

Mon-Thur: 9am-9pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-Late
Sunday: 10am-9pm

 

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