“Blooming” buns of golden-brown bread, oozing with creamy, cheesy filling – have you seen these cream cheese garlic bread buns on your feed yet?
The cream cheese garlic buns, inspired by the popular South Korean street snack, is a extra version of your typical garlic bread – cheesier and sweeter.
Local bakers have been playing around with their own takes, but typically, this treat uses brioche buns, first cut into easy, pull-apart wedges. The inside is then stuffed with a sweet-salty mixture of cream cheese and some sugar, with some even including whipped or heavy cream.
And on top, the grand finale – a mixture of fresh garlic, melted butter, parmesan cheese, eggs, condensed (or regular) milk, and fresh herbs lathered in and outside the bun. Once baked in the oven, the crunchy bread takes on a golden-brown color and a creamy, sweet-savory-garlicky-herby flavor profile.
Curious to try it out? Here are some local bakeries to check out!
Bread & Batter
This home bakery located in Malabon City sells their cream cheese garlic buns at P70 for the classic, and P80 for the truffle variant. You can also get 3 classic pieces for P200, and 3 truffle pieces for P225.
Bread & Batter operates on a pre-order basis. They’re open from Mondays to Sundays, 9 am to 8 pm – just message their Facebook page.
This dessert shop’s Korean-style buns, which are soaked in butter and fresh garlic and stuffed with sweetened cream cheese, cost P220 for a box of two huge servings.
D’Joli Treats is based in Antipolo, but can cater to Metro Manila pick-ups. They’re taking orders via their Facebook page from 9 am to 5 pm every day.
Makati-based home kitchen 245 Bakery veers away from the usual by serving it pandesal style. 245 Bakery’s homemade garlic butter pandesal is stuffed with cheese, and costs P230 for 6 pieces and P460 for a dozen.
Baking days are every Monday, Friday, and Saturday. You can place your advanced orders via their Instagram page.
This Quezon City bakeshop’s homemade buns are stuffed with cream cheese and soaked in a savory garlic-butter sauce. Sift MNL sells them for P230 for 6 pieces.
You can place your orders via Sift MNL’s Instagram page.
Comfort food kitchen Kuh Meal can serve their cream cheese garlic buns either crunchy or soft – your choice. Their brioche buns are filled with cheese (that isn’t cream cheese), smothered in a garlic butter sauce. It costs P95 a (huge) piece.
Bulacan-based Kuh Meal can deliver within Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal and Cavite. Just order through their online form!
This Quezon City bakery’s homemade buns are filled with herbed cream cheese, brushed with a savory-sweet butter mixture. Lola Ester’s cream cheese garlic buns cost P250 for two, and P500 for 4.
Lola Ester’s pastries are made fresh every Tuesday and Friday, so make sure to order before then via their Instagram page.
Mandaluyong-based ChewBaker’s baked goodies may not be exactly like the Korean snack, but this lighter, airier version is worth trying out, too. It’s called the Garlic and Herbs Pão de Queijo, a chewy, herby, Brazilian cheese bread.
These chewy, pull-apart pastries are slightly sweet but mostly savory, topped with aromatic herbs and with a garlicky filling inside. A box of 6 costs P340. If you want just their original flavor, that’s P320.
You can pre-order yours 1-3 days before delivery via ChewBaker’s Instagram page.
Quezon City-based bakery Garlicks PH offers their cream cheese garlic buns in 3 flavors: original, mozzarella, or bacon. Each 6-piece bread uses imported cream cheese and fresh garlic, and is topped with potato flakes and fresh parsley.
A box of two originals costs P250, while 4 costs P450. For the other variants, a box of 2 costs P300, and a box of 4 P520. You can pre-order via Garlicks’ Instagram page.
Meekael’s Homemade Goodies
This Bacoor-based home bakery’s sweetened cream cheese-stuffed bread buns are coated in a savory-sweet honey-garlic sauce, baked until crispy on the outside but soft on the inside.
Meekael’s cream cheese garlic buns are available in boxes of 4 for delivery within and outside Metro Manila. You can place your orders on Instagram.
The Makati-based bakery bakes their Korean cheesy garlic bread upon pick-up, so expect it to still be fresh and warm upon delivery! Cheesu’s bread is coated with French butter, fresh garlic, and parsley.
A box of these crunchy-soft treats cost P390 for 4 pieces. You can place your orders via Cheesu’s Instagram page. – Rappler.com
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