The pineapple bun

Hong Kong’s best comfort food

The pineapple bun with a slice of butter

The pineapple bun with a slice of butter

Its ubiquitous in Hong Kong’s bakeries, cafes and bread shops. It has a thick, crusty and sweet topping made from flour, eggs and sugar. But the so called pineapple bun, boh loh baau in the vernacular, doesn’t have any pineapples in it. It’s the golden, checkered crust that gives it its name.

But what makes this a comfort food? Hot off the oven, it is usually served with a slice of, oh, so delicious butter that just melts in the hot bun. Something that you just have to savor with all that creamy buttery goodness. Fatty and cholesterol laden? Who cares! I had it many times when I last visited Hong Kong. Prices range from HK$3.50 – HK$6, depending on the location.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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