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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Coffee Bun by Rotiboy Bakeshoppe

When I think of coffee bun, one bun comes to mind almost immediately....and that is Rotiboy's Coffee Bun.....the bun that started all the coffee bun craze (I think)!  Founded in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, in 1998, it made its foray into Kuala Lumpur in 2002 with its first shop in Wisma Central, Jalan Ampang, and have now expanded to 15 outlets in Klang Valley and beyond.

My first introduction to this coffee bun was through an ex-colleague many years ago.  Later, I found Rotiboy selling in KLCC.  At that time, you didn't have to know where the outlet was in KLCC, you just need to follow the scent of coffee to lead you there (although the scent is no longer apparent nowadays).  You can now find Rotiboy outlets in many leading malls throughout Malaysia. 

I think when Rotiboy first started, they sold only coffee buns but they've now evolved to include other baked buns, muffins, cakes, cookies, sandwiches, puffs and pastries, loaves and rolls.

Not only that but I noticed they've also added a few new "boys" (maybe not that new) into their repertoire...Buttermilkboy, Mochaboy and Kariboy in a recent 'reunion' with Rotiboy (of which I have not eaten for a while now).  So, when I was in KLCC recently, I got myself one "boy" each.

Their most famous bun is, of course, their coffee bun simply called Rotiboy @ RM2.65. 

The Rotiboy is a soft bun with a buttery filling on the inside and a coffee flavoured topping.  The sugary coffee topping is a bit crusty, crunchy and sweet with a good coffee aroma still (but just not as strong as yesteryears). 

But, on the upside, the bun is not as oily now as the bag seems almost oil-free.  I remembered that the brown paper bag that it used to come in would be rather oily (and your fingers too) after handling the bun.  The downside of it...it's also not as buttery and fragrant now!

This is the ButtermilkBoy @ RM2.85 with an abundant filling and aroma of butter inside (just like Rotiboy) and topped with a bit of chocolate chips outside. 

The filling is probably mixed with butter, milk and sugar to create something custardy.  I found this to be not as sweet as Rotiboy but I wasn't liking the filling as much.

This is the MochaBoy @ RM2.85 which has a chocolate (and maybe a bit of coffee?) filling in it that turned out to be not overly sweet either. 

If you're a fan of chocolate, then you might like this one.

The KariBoy @ RM2.85 is their savoury option for the bun but wasn't as successful.  It was filled with a scarce potato and onion filling inside. 

I could taste a bit of curry powder in the mix.  Overall, it wasn't a very good "boy"...and the least successful bun of the four! :(

Even with the "new boys" in town, my favourite bun was (and still is) their Rotiboy coffee bun even though the coffee flavour is not as intense now.  It's probably still their best seller...it's a bun like no other!  Nowadays, many bakeries have come up with their own versions of coffee bun but I think it was Rotiboy who first started this coffee bun craze so many years ago! :)
 

14 comments:

  1. I loved those Mexican coffee buns when they first made the scene long ago. Somebody bought me the Roti Boy when I was last in KL. Was o.k. Did not get me all excited.

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    1. The one you tried was quite recent...2013....by then it wasn't as good anymore! :(

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  3. You are right. Earlier this year when I was in KLCC, I tried to look for that coffee bun trail with my nose but could not find it! Ended up have to use my eyes to look for the exit to LRT at LG floor. They're really not as fragrant as it used to be. :(

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    1. Ah, so I see I wasn't the only one who used the nose trail to find the coffee bun! :D Those were the days when the coffee aroma filled the concourse level of KLCC.

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  4. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of Rotiboy even in the early days. It smelled good but the taste didn't wow me. Don't know why.

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    1. Is it because you're not a fan of coffee? ;)

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  5. Not a fan of Rotiboy, most probably I'm not a coffee drinker :P

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    1. Yeah, if you're not a coffee drinker, then it's understandable that you'll not be a fan of Rotiboy.

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  6. I don't know why but I always buy a coffee bun from Rotiboy whenever I am in One Utama but never in Midvalley Mall although there is a Rotiboy stall in Midvalley too. I have not tried the curry bun nor the buttermilk bun, just had the coffee and the mocha ones.

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    1. No need to try the other two buns....you didn't miss anything!

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    2. Haha, thanks for the advice. will not try them then. :)

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  7. I have to admit we had a mild addiction to these when we first arrived to KL. ;-)

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    1. Me too....when it first came out...but not anymore :(

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