Where can you find the best steamed paus (buns) in Miri? A lot of Mirians will tell you it is Sau Pau Bakery Café. But I beg to differ.
I do like the pau at Sau Pau Bakery but my top choice is the buns sold at the makeshift stall in front of Toni & Guys Unisex Saloon near the Piasau roundabout.
The stall usually starts selling at about 12.30 pm. If you go at around this time, you will often see a queue of people patiently awaiting their turns to buy the buns. Sometimes the queue can be quite long. The char siew buns (RM1.60) usually sell out fast and you then have to wait for the next batch to arrive. They make their buns in a few batches each day so you can rest assured that the buns are super fresh.
You often find a queue of people awaiting their turns to buy the paus. The char siew pau is their top seller as it is probably the best in Miri. They also sell mushroom meat pau (RM1.90), vegetable meat pau (RM1.90), red bean pau (RM1.20) and butter milk pau (RM1.20).
Even though it isn’t flawless, the char siew pau will delight even the most finicky tasters’ palates. The BBQ pork filling is moist and tender and has a savoury and slightly sweet taste. My only complaint is that occasionally I do find the char siew buns a tad too salty.
The mushroom meat pau has a big lump of minced pork with mushroom whereas the vegetable meat pau has a filling that is predominantly shredded strips of jicama (turnip), some minced meat and a small portion of a hard-bolied egg. One thing about the paus at this stalls is that they all come with generous fillings, whether it is red bean paste, butter milk, or shredded BBQ pork and the stall only sells steamed paus.
You can rest be assured that their paus are very fresh. They sell their pows in batches, starting at about 12.30 pm till 5.00 pm or until the paus are all sold out whichever comes earlier.
This Miri pastry is a definite must try!