Bee Sim's take on the Korean pizza hoppang is pretty good. The cheesy flavor is strong, with a nice sourish acidic tang from tomatoes that gives it a nice bite. The meat fillings could be a little more though, since it feels like it's more dough that filling. That said, it's not as bad as the Kong Guan Pork Bun. At least the Bee Sim Pizza Pau feels very satisfying.
- Key ingredients are chicken, mozzarella cheese, and tomatoes
- Steam for 8 to 10 minutes
- Chilled, two weeks, or frozen for up to two months.
Packaging: Made in Singapore, the pizza paus come in a packet of four with a stated net weight of 210g. My measurements show that each paus weigh around 55g to 58g, and my packet weighed 226g. That means you actually get more than stated. The main ingredients are chicken, wheat flour, onion, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese.
Cooking: You can store the Bee Sim paus either chilled for four weeks or frozen for two months. The recommended cooking time on the web says eight minutes, but the packaging states 10 minutes. I've also tried 15 minutes since I was worried it was too cold coming out of the fridge. The best time is 10 minutes, giving the bread a nice softness without being too mushy, and melting the mozzarella cheese inside perfectly.
Taste: The Pizza Pau is a tasty snack. While it's not exactly a pizza per se, you'll get familiar flavors in the form of the cheese and the sweetness of the chicken fillings. Having tried imported pizza hoppang from Korea, I'm pretty sure the flavors are similar, down to the slight sourness. I do like it, but your tastes may differ.
The Bee Sim Pizza Pau can be found online on Shopee, at S$5.25 for a pack of four.
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