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July 6, 2017

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Shop/Food Review

Ms Teatime Says:

I first tried Herbal Crystal Buns as a treat from Mina, the friendly lady chef of YY HK Food. Mina is my guy friend’s neighbour and she often treats him to her home made food. And he became a fan of her herbal buns, which he says is a delicacy rarely found elsewhere. Hearing that I am food blogging, he introduced us. And that was how I ended up travelling from Jurong East to Bishan one morning to taste her buns. I even caught her in action!

 
Herbal Crystal Buns

Mina is from Hong Kong, where her family is in the restaurant business. With this background, it is hardly surprising that she enjoys cooking and does it well. Since moving to Singapore many years back, she has been making these one-of-a-kind herbal buns at home. Strongly believing in the health benefits and good taste of the herbal buns, Mina wants to share them with more people. Initially, she made them for her friends and neighbours during celebrations. Gradually, with their encouragement, she also started to sell the herbal buns at a nearby kueh kueh store.

Paederia Foetida Leaves

Mina shared that the herbal bun skin is made from a mixture of glutinous flour and the leaves of a greenish plant Paederia Foetida (Chinese Fever Vine/Stink Vine). When bruised or cut, raw Paederia Foetida leaves tend to be stinky (hence the name). But interestingly, the unpleasant stinky sulphur smell disappears after cooking.

Colour Changing Bun Skin

ln addition, as the leaves cooks, the green colour will turn into black to give the cooked crystal buns a classy black appearance. So there are no additives or colouring added! Cool right? Do you think this can join the ranks of colour changing drinks as a trendy food?

Fillings of Herbal Crystal Bun

Beneath the colouring changing exterior, the herbal crystal buns are filled with a tasty fragrant fried mixture of Chinese mushrooms, fresh turnip and quality dried shrimps flavoured with Hong Kong style seasoning. I personally enjoy the herbal crystal buns very much since they remind me of my favourite Mang Kuang Kueh (Turnip Dumpling). However, the crystal bun has a thinner and chewier skin, more flavourful fillings and a cooler look.

And that’s not all! According to Mina, due to the presence of Paederia Foetida, her crystal buns supposedly also help to lower cholesterol, relieve indigestion and constipation, etc. Since I am no nutritionist or herbalist, I will leave you to Google and make a decision on the medicinal benefits of the Paederia Foetida plant on your own. But taste-wise, I think these Herbal Crystal Buns will not disappoint especially if you like kuehs. Other than the Herbal Crystal Buns, Mina also sells home made Radish Cake, which I have yet to try. If you tried, let me know what you think!


 

Food Photos

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Herbal Crystal Bun (S$16.80 Nett for 12pcs)

Chef At Work (Making of Herbal Crystal Buns)
Ingredients for Bun Skin- Glutinous Flour & Paederia Foetida (Chinese Fever Vine)
Blending Paederia Foetida into juice
Blending Paederia Foetida into juice
Combining Paederia Foetida & Flour
Kneading Paederia Foetida & Flour Mixture
Completed Dough for Bun Skin
Ingredients for Bun Filling- Turnip, Mushroom and Dried Shrimps
Ingredients for Bun Filling- Turnip, Mushroom and Dried Shrimps
Ingredients for Bun Filling- Turnip, Mushroom and Dried Shrimps
Uncooked Herbal Crystal Buns
Half-cooked Herbal Crystal Buns
Fully Cooked Herbal Crystal Buns

Outlets

Dine Inn – YY HK Food @Bishan (Self Collection/ Delivery Only)

242 Bishan Street 22, HDB Bishan, S570242
Map     Directions     Website     WhatsApp Share
Getting Here

Take Bus 13/52 from Bishan MRT station. Alight 3 stops later 'Blk 257, Bishan St 22'.

Opening Hours

Order from Host on Dine Inn - Self Collection or Delivery (Delivery is subjected to additional charges)

Value Added Service(s)

None

Payment Terms

Nett Prices (Credit Card Only)



Shop/Food Review

Ms Teatime Says:

I first tried Herbal Crystal Buns as a treat from Mina, the friendly lady chef of YY HK Food. Mina is my guy friend’s neighbour and she often treats him to her home made food. And he became a fan of her herbal buns, which he says is a delicacy rarely found elsewhere. Hearing that I am food blogging, he introduced us. And that was how I ended up travelling from Jurong East to Bishan one morning to taste her buns. I even caught her in action!

 
Herbal Crystal Buns

Mina is from Hong Kong, where her family is in the restaurant business. With this background, it is hardly surprising that she enjoys cooking and does it well. Since moving to Singapore many years back, she has been making these one-of-a-kind herbal buns at home. Strongly believing in the health benefits and good taste of the herbal buns, Mina wants to share them with more people. Initially, she made them for her friends and neighbours during celebrations. Gradually, with their encouragement, she also started to sell the herbal buns at a nearby kueh kueh store.

Paederia Foetida Leaves

Mina shared that the herbal bun skin is made from a mixture of glutinous flour and the leaves of a greenish plant Paederia Foetida (Chinese Fever Vine/Stink Vine). When bruised or cut, raw Paederia Foetida leaves tend to be stinky (hence the name). But interestingly, the unpleasant stinky sulphur smell disappears after cooking.

Colour Changing Bun Skin

ln addition, as the leaves cooks, the green colour will turn into black to give the cooked crystal buns a classy black appearance. So there are no additives or colouring added! Cool right? Do you think this can join the ranks of colour changing drinks as a trendy food?

Fillings of Herbal Crystal Bun

Beneath the colouring changing exterior, the herbal crystal buns are filled with a tasty fragrant fried mixture of Chinese mushrooms, fresh turnip and quality dried shrimps flavoured with Hong Kong style seasoning. I personally enjoy the herbal crystal buns very much since they remind me of my favourite Mang Kuang Kueh (Turnip Dumpling). However, the crystal bun has a thinner and chewier skin, more flavourful fillings and a cooler look.

And that’s not all! According to Mina, due to the presence of Paederia Foetida, her crystal buns supposedly also help to lower cholesterol, relieve indigestion and constipation, etc. Since I am no nutritionist or herbalist, I will leave you to Google and make a decision on the medicinal benefits of the Paederia Foetida plant on your own. But taste-wise, I think these Herbal Crystal Buns will not disappoint especially if you like kuehs. Other than the Herbal Crystal Buns, Mina also sells home made Radish Cake, which I have yet to try. If you tried, let me know what you think!


 

Food Photos

See photos of food that My Food Story has tasted. Recommended food are marked with ().
Herbal Crystal Bun (S$16.80 Nett for 12pcs)

Chef At Work (Making of Herbal Crystal Buns)
Ingredients for Bun Skin- Glutinous Flour & Paederia Foetida (Chinese Fever Vine)
Blending Paederia Foetida into juice
Blending Paederia Foetida into juice
Combining Paederia Foetida & Flour
Kneading Paederia Foetida & Flour Mixture
Completed Dough for Bun Skin
Ingredients for Bun Filling- Turnip, Mushroom and Dried Shrimps
Ingredients for Bun Filling- Turnip, Mushroom and Dried Shrimps
Ingredients for Bun Filling- Turnip, Mushroom and Dried Shrimps
Uncooked Herbal Crystal Buns
Half-cooked Herbal Crystal Buns
Fully Cooked Herbal Crystal Buns

Outlets

Dine Inn – YY HK Food @Bishan (Self Collection/ Delivery Only)

242 Bishan Street 22, HDB Bishan, S570242
Map     Directions     Website
Getting Here

Take Bus 13/52 from Bishan MRT station. Alight 3 stops later 'Blk 257, Bishan St 22'.

Opening Hours

Order from Host on Dine Inn - Self Collection or Delivery (Delivery is subjected to additional charges)

Value Added Service(s)

None

Payment Terms

Nett Prices (Credit Card Only)



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