Bread is one category we are absolutely fastidious about in my house, and we’ve been loyal to Infinity Sourdough for more than a decade. While we have found Asian breads, presented at chains like Breadtop, fascinating, none of them had really cut through and become part of our weekly grocery spend until the last year. We're now addicted to Japanese breads from Bake Kobo in Enmore, and pretty much everything you’ll find in the well-illuminated glass display cabinets at The Dough Collective.
Sandwiched in the middle of fast-food hell on George Street, this fancy Asian bread shop might well be this strip's culinary saving grace. It’s a visually pleasing space, decked out with hanging oversized rolling pins and thematic floor tiles. Mood lighting cleverly centralises your attention where it should be - on their orderly rows of today’s breads. They’re selected from a range of more than 60 different products, and are replenished regularly throughout the day and night.
By fusing Western bread styles with Asian flavours, the range here extends to unique offerings like sweet and creamy Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Rolls ($3.80/each) and the red bean and cream cheese filled Matcha Infinity Rolls ($4.20/each) with their distinctive colour provided by matcha green tea powder.
You’ll also find sesame and sunflower seed topped Chinese Goji Berry Roll ($3.80/each) with raisins, almond slices and goji berries, and Hokkaido Azuki Toast ($5.80) - a milk bread filled with sweet mixed beans that makes excellent morning toast.
If that all sounds a bit avant-garde, you’ll also find more familiar flavour combinations like the Cranberry & Walnut Pull-Apart ($4.70/each).
There are also samples in front of each selection that allow you to road-test more unfamiliar flavour combinations before you commit to buy. If there’s a general rule of thumb, it’s that the Asian breads here tend toward being lighter and fluffier than the chewier French baguettes you might be used to. This softness is achieved with a nine day long process that involves natural yeast made from raisins. The end result is a delicate, soft, pliable dough that you can see is quite easy to shape into just about any bread shape you can imagine.
These breads freeze well for future use, or are enjoyable to consume without accompaniments straight away. This store also sells hot chocolate, tea and Single Origin Coffee.
NOTE: If you’d like a more thorough introduction to The Dough Collective than this blog post provides, consider visiting as part of Through Asia. Run by social enterprise, Taste Food Tours, this guided food tour of Haymarket will run on the 7, 12, 19 and 28 October. Over the course of three hours, it will introduce you to some of the best Asian inspired food this city has to offer, for $79 a person.
The Dough Collective
Shop G5, 614 George Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9264 6608