Hattendo’s Chilled Cream Buns Might Just Be Your Next Indulgent Habit

April 18, 2020

Japanese bakeshops and pastries are everywhere, really. We talked about Kumori, Uncle Tetsu, and now even the famed Pablo’s is coming to Manila soon. That’s why when we heard about Hattendo’s famous cream buns and saw photos of it everywhere, we were hardly surprised that it had now set up shop on our shores. Hattendo has been around in Japan since 1933, and in Manila since early this year, known mostly for one thing: their chilled cream buns.

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Overly-sweet bread ain’t my thing, which is why these things were better than I imagined. I heard whipped cream in a sweet, soft bun, and immediately thought that it would definitely be good, but there might be a risk of these things giving me a toothache. Flavor-wise however, the level of sweetness isn’t turned up to an unbearable notch–instead, I can imagine stuffing one after the other into my gob without realizing I’d polished off a box. The creams don’t really have incredibly distinct flavor, but they are fluffy and whipped to pastry perfection. Adzuki had a nice slightly savory tinge to it, while the Matcha’s floral notes went well with the light sweetness of the cream. Mango had a surprisingly bright, tropical touch to it as well.

If a place has a flagship menu item, it has to be really good or worth the hype. Imagine lining up all the way at Dominique Ansel’s bakery and finding that the original Cronut tasted like all the impostors that tried to cop the recipe. Thankfully, the buns are as soft as advertised.The bread rolls are more pillow-like than you can imagine. After biting into one, you can hardly tell the difference between the texture of the cream filling and its pastry casing.


The only real downside is that these are quite expensive; at PHP 118 per bun you might be inclined to go somewhere else to get your fix. Try it once at least, because you’ll never know–you might develop another bad habit.

Have you tried Hattendo’s Chilled Cream Buns? Which flavor did you like the most? Tell us your thoughts with a comment below!

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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12 responses to “Hattendo’s Chilled Cream Buns Might Just Be Your Next Indulgent Habit”

  1. diane says:

    Where though??

  2. クリステル says:

    Woah, P180 per bun?! 😮
    Still, I would love to try it though!

  3. Kate says:

    I love their custard, mango and chocolate flavors! But they’re 118/bun, not P180. And box of 6 is P600 🙂

  4. Hattendo Philippines says:

    Hi Ms. Pamela. How can we get in touch with you?

  5. Melody Buendia says:

    Chocolate and whipped cream <3 plus da.u.de mangonilla tea!

  6. Jeia Mdr Manantan says:

    I sooooo love their mango and whipped cream…. Php118/bun is sooooo worth it!!!!

  7. PJ says:

    It would help and be nice if you also tell us where there branch is.

  8. AC says:

    And i thought kumori was expensive! Damn, those buns better taste great! :)) #cheap-o

  9. Pamela Cortez says:

    Thank you for this! The article has been corrected. 🙂

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