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Bite into different animal-shaped breads at this bizarre bakery in Ho Chi Minh City

Saturday, May 20, 2023, 13:17 GMT+7
Bite into different animal-shaped breads at this bizarre bakery in Ho Chi Minh City
Octopus-shaped breads are steamed for 20 minutes and later coated with butter before being baked at 7.7 Bakery at 91 Ly Thuong Kiet Street in District 11 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

The animal-shaped breads at 7.7 Bakery at 91 Ly Thuong Kiet Street in Ho Chi Minh City are fast becoming a big hit in the city’s food scene.

7.7 Bakery in District 11 is the Ho Chi Minh City branch of a namsake facility in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.                                                           

Open from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm, the 7.7 bakery sells bread shaped like crocodiles, crabs, frogs, turtles, dragons, carp, squids, and more.

Two breads shaped like crab and dragon at 7.7 Bakery at 91 Ly Thuong Kiet Street in District 11 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre New
Two breads shaped like crab and dragon at 7.7 Bakery at 91 Ly Thuong Kiet Street in District 11 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Each loaf of bread sells for VND25,000 to 120,000 (US$1.07 to 5.12) depending on its shape and sizes.

Shaping the bread take a particualrly high level of sophistication, otherwise the bread looks funny, according to staff member Tran Van Duoc.

Staff at 7.7 Bakery typically start their working day at 2:00 am.

A staff members shapes bread into fish at 7.7 Bakery. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News
A staff members shapes bread into fish at 7.7 Bakery. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News
A staff member prepares breads for baking. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News
A staff member prepares breads for baking. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

“It takes around an hour to shape and bake the animals breads,” said Trinh Trieu Vy, the shop's manager.

“We sell around 600 animal-shaped breads a day on average,” she said.

A crocodile-shaped bread at the bakery. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News
A crocodile-shaped bread at the bakery. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

According to Vy, customers are often curious about the bizarre breads when they find themselves stopped at the red light in front of the bakery.

“I drove by the bakery and thought the animals were cute, so I bought a crocodile and a crab for my family,” said Ho Le Thuy Phuong, a resident of District 5.

Customers buy animal-shaped breads at 7.7 Bakery. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News
Customers buy animal-shaped breads at 7.7 Bakery. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

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