These symbolic buns with their distinctive cross across the top is a common sight in the lead up to Easter, a celebratory bread that many attribute to honouring Good Friday, the day of Christ’s crucifixion. In some circles, however, the hot cross bun is more of a tribute to Eostre, the goddess of spring and light (yes, her name eventually lent itself to ‘Easter’); the Saxons would bake buns marked with crosses, with each quarter representing different quarters of the moon. Whatever version of history you subscribe to, the humble hot cross bun—soft and pillowy and scented throughout with spices, moreishly speckled with raisins—is a highlight of spring. Here’s where to find the finest in Hong Kong, with a few surprises along the way.
1. The Baker & The Bottleman
Our go-to for some of the best British-style bakes, The Baker & The Bottleman ups the ante with their buttery brioche buns rich with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, and rum-soaked raisins.
HK$35 for one or HK$490 for 15 pieces