It seems like Singaporeans can’t get enough of the pastry and creamy filling combination—what with numerous Japanese concepts like BAKE Cheese Tarts, Hattendo soft cream buns, and Chateraise cream puffs taking the island by storm. But the newest creamy snack concept is not from Japan but Taiwan. Kazo first hit the scene in Taiwan under its parent brand, Nichifu, when it served its first cream puff in 2014. Since then, the brand’s popularity has skyrocketed and it opened its first Singapore outpost on 5 January 2018 at Chinatown Point. Known for their cream-filled crunchy packages, Kazo’s baked goods are made fresh on the spot with ingredients regularly flown in from Taiwan. Their confections have a distinct Japanese influence: simple yet indulging.
Here are 4 goodies you should be queuing up for:
Danish Polo with Ice Cream ($2.50 to $5.50)
The highlight of this treat was its crumbly, golden brown exterior, which gives way nicely to the soft ice cream beneath. A twist on the classic French Croissant, the warm Danish Polo hummed with notes of butter and dairy when held in hand without being too overwhelming. A good way to put it would be that it fills in the gap between a light waffle and a rich brownie. Seeing that both the former and latter go well with ice cream, it is no surprise that the Danish Polo goes down a treat with the cold stuff as well. If you’re not looking for ice cream, the Danish Polo is also available in Original, Salted Egg and Hokkaido Cream variations.
Kazu Kazu ($3.50)
Named after the brand itself, the Kazu Kazu is best described as an éclair on steroids. It has a crunchy bite that gives way to a rather generous amount of filling of your choice. The exterior, in all its flaky goodness, can misleadingly large because once you get through the outer layer, you find a light, airy interior. What pleasantly surprised us is how Kazo Bakery haven’t gone down the convenient route of overloading on sugar or cream in its fillings – this results in a filling that is both balanced and wholesome at the same time. Be careful though: this is still an indulgent snack that can pile on the calories, especially if you order more than one. The Kazu Kazu is available with both Hokkaido Cream and Chocolate fillings.
Cream Puff ($1.80)
Kazo Bakery’s Cream Puff is its bestseller to date and the item that made it famous in the first place. The ingredients for this success are pretty self-explanatory: bite-sized morsels filled to the brim with their signature cream. We looked to mix things up by ordering the Chocolate Cream Puffs instead, and were again pleasantly surprised when the chocolate filling that we got had notes of bitterness, which points to a more balanced profile of sweetness.
Cheese Tart ($3.20)
This Cheese Tart shows off Kazo Bakery’s Japanese influence once again. The cheese in each tart is generous but never threatens to overwhelm or be too sweet. We had the Matcha Cheese Tart, and the notes of Matcha cut through the richness of the cheese rather satisfactorily.
Kazo Bakery might have expanded overseas, but it has not lost its roots. Its items are authentic and pay homage to its Japanese influences. Sweetness is at its best here: in moderation. Come take a bite at its Chinatown Point outlet or visit
133 North Bridge Road, #01-30 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413.