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Humble MRT bakery has artisanal bakes like Pistachio Croissants underneath S$4


Whereas many Northies in Singapore celebrated the opening of SMRT’s new Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) in April 2022, I celebrated the opening of On’Lee Artisan Bakery, situated in Woodlands MRT Station’s new TEL station.

image of on'lee artisan bakery's storefront

I've completely no disgrace in admitting that on the subject of new bakeries, my pastry-loving coronary heart would drop each single dedication I've simply to test it out. And so I hopped on the primary practice all the way down to Woodlands and located On’Lee Artisan Bakery nestled within the freshly constructed station.

With wood cabinets and tables adorning the small house, the bakery gave off a barely rustic but elegant vibe proper from the get-go.

image of on'lee artisan bakery's bakes

If there’s one factor you must learn about me, it’s that I’m an enormous cheapskate. Something that burns a gap in my pocket additionally burns a gap in my coronary heart. Therefore, you may think about my pleasure upon realising that mainly all of the pastries within the show cupboard have been underneath S$4. Rating!

image of on'lee artisan bakery's refrigerator section

The exception was the refrigerated part containing the cream puffs, swiss rolls and fruit tarts, which have been barely pricier at S$5 to S$8.50, however have been nonetheless comparatively inexpensive.

After an extended deliberation, I settled on just a few pastries and cream puffs that notably attracted my consideration.

The draw back to a takeaway bakery like On’Lee Artisan Bakery is that after bringing my pastries residence, they'd gone a bit comfortable and rancid. Nevertheless, I reheated them in my oven for a couple of minutes they usually grew to become crisp and recent once more.

What I attempted

image of on'lee artisan bakery's pistachio croissant

First, On’Lee Artisan Bakery’s Pistachio Croissant (S$3.80) intrigued me with its vibrant inexperienced cookie crust. I discover pistachio desserts fairly exhausting to return by in Singapore, so discovering this gem felt akin to stumbling upon a wild Chansey in Pokémon Emerald.

The croissant itself was unbelievable, with aromatic, buttery layers and a delightfully crispy golden-brown exterior (after toasting). The lamination of the croissant was completely attractive, making every chew gentle and crisp.

The pistachio cookie crust had an unexpectedly robust nutty aroma and an evident pistachio flavour. It jogged my memory of a crunchier model of Chinese language pistachio cookies. 

image of pistachio croissant cross section

Sadly, my praises for this pistachio croissant finish right here, as I encountered an enormous downside: the stingy quantity of fillings. The extraordinarily skinny layer of pistachio butter was simply drowned out by the buttery pastry it was encased in. With it being one in every of On’Lee Artisan Bakery’s pricier croissants, I used to be actually anticipating them to be much more beneficiant with the fillings.

image of on'lee artisan bakery's Japanese white sauce croissant

Subsequent, I attempted On’Lee Artisan Bakery’s best-selling merchandise, the Japanese White Sauce Ham & Cheese Croissant (S$3.80). Now this didn't disappoint.

The Japanese white sauce was creamy with milky undertones, which jogged my memory of carbonara sauce. The roll of ham, which had silky cheese oozing out of it, was tender and flavourful too. I felt like I used to be consuming the croissant model of spaghetti carbonara.

image of on'lee artisan bakery's japanese white sauce croissant

The most important accomplishment of this croissant was the way it managed to stability so many savoury flavours with out being too salty. Regardless of the creaminess of the white sauce and cheese, I didn't discover it jelak in any respect. The buttery, aromatic pastry, mixed with the milky and umami flavours of its fillings, made this the proper savoury croissant.

image of on'lee artisan bakery's oreo chocolate croissant

The ultimate croissant I attempted at On’Lee Artisan Bakery was their particular of the day, the Chocolate Oreo Croissant (S$3.20). I used to be stunned to search out that this croissant contained cream cheese, with the titular “chocolate” being relegated to only two sticks inside the cheese.

image of oreo chocolate croissant's cross section

Usually, I discovered this croissant fairly common. The cream cheese filling was barely tangy with not sufficient sweetness to stability it out. Truthfully, it tasted store-bought. The chocolate sticks weren’t all that particular both, however they did have a fairly wealthy cocoa style and have been closely paying homage to ache au chocolat.

I hoped for the cookie crust to be the saving grace however sadly, it paled compared to its pistachio counterpart. The cookie had fairly a nutty aroma however the lack of a buttery perfume made it fairly one-dimensional.

image of on'lee artisan bakery's banana walnut cake

Transferring on from croissants, I opted to attempt the Banana Walnut Cake (S$2.20)

It was as moist because it seemed, boasting a fluffy and barely spongy texture. Whereas the energy of the banana style was not as robust as different banana truffles I’ve had, it nonetheless had a stunning, fragrant perfume. The nutty aroma of the crunchy walnuts complemented the cake completely.

image of on'lee artisan bakery's cream puffs

To finish off my On’Lee Artisan Bakery journey, I loved a field of Combined Cream Puffs (S$5.80), containing the flavours of two unique, one matcha and one chocolate. Every little morsel of goodness oozed with dollops of tantalising cream on the floor.

image of cross section of cream puffs

The unique cream puff had a powerful, milky flavour with a touch of a buttery aftertaste. The skinny cookie crust layer on the floor of the choux pastry had sadly gone comfortable, however it was nonetheless aromatic and candy.

I moved on to the matcha cream puff, which inspired me with its robust matcha aroma. The cream was a tad bitter with out being too overwhelming. In comparison with different matcha cream puffs I’ve tried, the cream is just not as candy and milky, making it a unbelievable deal with for matcha purists.

The chocolate cream puff was my private favorite. It boasted a lightweight, barely malty flavour much like that of Milo. Inside the cream have been many tiny chocolate chips, which have been a delight.

Last ideas

image of on'lee artisan bakery's pastries

Inexpensive but artisanal bakes are exhausting to return by in Singapore. Fortuitously, On’Lee Artisan Bakery provides an inexpensive choice of baked items that handle to be atas with out burning a gap in your pocket. I used to be usually impressed by the standard of the bakes, particularly given their worth level, and will certainly return for his or her different bakes.

Anticipated injury: S$4 – S$8 per pax 

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Worth: $

Our Score: 4 / 5

On'Lee Artisan Bakery

11 Woodlands Sq., Woodlands MRT Station TE2, #B1-07, Singapore 737736


Our Score 4/5

On'Lee Artisan Bakery

11 Woodlands Sq., Woodlands MRT Station TE2, #B1-07, Singapore 737736

Phone: +65 6908 7069

Working Hours: 8am – 9pm (Day by day)



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