If it’s true that adding chocolate makes any food better, then this has to be the ultimate in coffee buns. Roti Mum, Manila’s premier coffee bun purveyor has just come out with their ”“ chocoholics, hold your breath ”“ chocolate buns.
Layers of dough fragrant with that middle pocket of butter are still there, as is the characteristic crispy outer crust that coffee bun devotees believe is a coffee bun’s reason for being. What changes though is the chocolate bun’s color ”“ it’s obviously a darker brown, more “hot cocoa” brown than the golden brown of the original coffee bun.
And the chocolate flavor? Taking off from the success of their original coffee buns, Roti Mum’s chocolate buns are also a revelation unto themselves. Unlike the customary chocolate hit that comes with anything chocolaty, this bun is a study in subtlety. Instead of a chocolate that confuses with its overlapping undertones of smoke and fruit and spice and what else have you, Roti Mum’s chocolate bun is a shy little chocolate thing. Bashfully offering just a linear chocolate flavor, it’s straight and subtle at the same time, like lips brushing your cheek instead of an outright smooch. Sometimes the understated is unmistakable.
These chocolate buns also herald Roti Mum’s brand-spanking-new boxes made by Scala. The boxes are awesome in orange, with tiny corner vents to allow for what I like to call “aroma ventilation.”
All good things come to an end, however. As Roti Mum co-owner Emil Sitjar tells me, “[The chocolate buns] will be available only during the Christmas season. We made them available beginning last Saturday (November 17), and based on our 4-day sales, we hope to still have them by December 25.”
Sounds like you’d better get there ASAP.
P50/ chocolate bun
P40/ coffee bun
SM Megamall A,
Edsa Cor DoÃ±a J. Vargas Ave.
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
+63 02 6384250
Roti Mum Philippines