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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Arbitrage: Le Beurre Bordier

Ever since my lunch at Caprice in Hong Kong, where they use Bordier butter for the bread service, I have been wanting to buy some to use at home. The butter by Jean-Yves Bordier is often considered to be the best. The butter is made from organic cream of grass-fed cows, folded and tempered by handheld wooden paddles.

Just out of curiosity I did a google search and, to my surprise, it is actually available in Taiwan via 博客來. Unfortunately, the price is ridiculously high: NT$235 for 125g of butter.

In Hong Kong one can buy 250g of Bordier butter for HK$58, in other words, roughly NT$110 for 125g; less than half of what it costs in Taiwan. Of course it is still the cheapest to buy the butter in France, where the price for 125g is around 1.8 euro or NT$73.

I love Le beurre Bordier, but I cannot justify paying more than three times the price in Paris or double the price in Hong Kong. So, no gourmet butter for me anytime soon.


  1. Well well well, sucka Moi bought this butter in Taipei before. at the Pekoe shop, and, I gotta tell ya, I didn't like it. Somehow it was too creamy and heavy milk aroma, which was too strong for me for some reason. It tasted different from the one at Caprice I must say. I bought the sea salt one. I used to mostly eat Olive oil being the Italian fan that I am, until, I got hooked with butter when I tried this other brand in HK, Beurre D'Isigny. I have no idea of its origin or any stats but it sure tastes good.

  2. Love Le Bordier butter...and in Las Vegas, only Robuchon and Gagnaire have it.

    Nice post, thanks for the info...

    John Curtas

  3. Don't mind paying extra for this glorious treat. We use it regularly.