I had personally thought that other bakeries were slow to pick up on the salted egg yolk croissant craze after the initial uproar for the famed croissants at Le Bread Days.
The Bread Shop at Bukit Damansara rose to the occasion about 3 weeks after the chaos. Sadly feedback was negative from my trusted foodies friends, all citing poor quality for both the croissant itself and the salted egg yolk custard filling.
For the price it was reported to be a poor imitation of Le Bread Days’.
Just as quickly, I lost interest to try it, though I remained curious.
Just last weekend my good friend William alerted me of a similar croissant, this time in Bake Plan SS2.
I wasted no time to get my grubby hands on 3 on a hot Sunday afternoon and happily enough, the effort was it.
I was pretty satisfied with the croissant.
Then another friend gave me an idea. How about a lowdown on all 3 croissants simultaneously? I could then pass out a renewed verdict!
I had thought why not, since that would be the question on everyone’s mind now. Or at least for those who had been following the whole saga from day one.
Today I managed to secure 10 from Bake Plan SS2, 4 from Le Bread Days (max per customer is 4) and 1 from the Bread Shop.
From appearance alone the Le Bread ones were shocking.
It has definitely shrank in size from its earlier days and the croissants were pretty poorly shaped.
The one from The Bread Shop remained consistent while the Bake Plan’s shiny, golden crust ones was a sight for sore eyes.
BELOW: The ones with toppings are from Le Bread Days, the plain golden croissants are Bake Plan’s and the lone one in the middle is from The Bread Shop.
That was just the aesthetics part of it.
Tastewise, Bake Plan’s (RM6.50 + 6%) salted egg yolk croissant is in the lead for me.
The salted egg yolk custard was smoother, more pungent and certainly higher in volume compared to to Le Bread Days’ version per croissant.
Bake Plan’s croissants are crisper and bigger too.
If you prefer your croissant with its layers giving a bit of resistance to the teeth, then Le Bread Days’ should be your pick. If you love your croissants crispy and flaky, you are likely to enjoy Bake Plan’s croissants more.
BELOW: Top : Le Bread Days (RM6.90 + 6%) . Right: The Bread Shop (RM8.80 + 6%) . Bottom: Bake Plan (RM6.50 + 6%).
Le Bread Days’ croissants used to exhibit better honeycomb structure but as you can see from this one, the inner layers were stuck together in a doughy lump.
I was dismayed but to be fair, I quickly cut another one open to check since it is understandable that not all croissants turned out perfect.
Thankfully, the second one was slightly better. Ever so slightly, if I may add.
BELOW: Bad lumpy inner folds (Le Bread Days).
Second croissant from Le Bread Days (slightly better):
Well, I would cut open a third one if I could, but you would have to wait til I’m hungry later for I’ve had enough croissants for today!
Last but not least was the Bread Shop’s.
Now this was such a disgrace that it wasn’t really worth a mention but since I paid almost RM10 for it, here you go; a dry croissant with a creamy custard that was more milky with mild salted egg yolk flavour.
I used to rate Le Bread Days’ salted egg yolk croissant to be the top among the 3 mentioned here, but after today, hmmm… my to-go to choice would be Bake Plan.
Taste aside, the overall buying experience is so much more pleasant as well; no queues, no min or max croissant limit per order and their friendly staff are ever ready to assist.
Heck, you can even call in and reserve your croissants. Just be sure to pick up your order!
So for those of you who have not tried any of these, what are you waiting for?
There isn’t any queue at Bake Plan SS2!
1. Bake Plan SS2, (beside AMbank SS2)
36, Jalan SS2/61, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
2. Le Bread Days
NO. 68 JALAN SS2/72, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Hours: MONDAY – SUNDAY: 8.00 AM – 7.30 PM
+60 3-7932 0868
3. The Bread Shop
11 Jalan Setiakasih 5, Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone +60 3-2093 8734
Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm