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Looking For Custom Cakes and Sweet Treats? The Cakery Malaysia Has Got You Covered

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Malaysian stand-up comedy producer Vinodh Menon found himself left in the lurch. There were no events to host, no shows to produce. But rather than sit around and wait for the situation to get ‘better’, Vinodh saw an opportunity for business: so he sets up an online bakery.

Since it started earlier this year, The Cakery has been gaining a steady base of followers, delivering over 200 cakes across Kuala Lumpur and Selangor in the first three months alone. Customers are spoilt for choice, as they have over 40 different types of desserts to choose from, including cakes, cupcakes, brownies and cookies.

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Founder Vinodh Menon, with a delectable spread of sweet treats from The Cakery

“The pandemic has forced us to look outside our comfort zones to create alternative sources of income. After the events industry came to a halt, I had to turn to other ventures as sources of income, and as a result, The Cakery was born. These past months have been very encouraging as we have seen our order count rise steadily, and our aim now is to keep this upward trend going,” says Vinodh.

Aside from classics like butter cakes, chocolate cakes, cheese cakes and brownies, some of The Cakery’s bestselling items include The Happy Box, which contains an assortment of delectable pastries, as well as the Pandan Gula Melaka Cake and Cupcakes, Moist Chocolate Cake, Orange Butter Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Belgian Mousse Cake, Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, and more.

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The Cakery’s pool of talented and passionate bakers means that they’re able to cater to any occasion, whether it’s an intimate family tea session or a grand wedding.

Outside of its menu, The Cakery also creates custom cakes with designs that suit specific themes. Planning to surprise a family member who’s a Manchester United fan with a special cake for their birthday? The Cakery’s got you covered.

Currently, The Cakery delivers within Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Orders must be made 12 hours in advance. Customers can opt for their cakes to be delivered right to their doorstep, or pick-up themselves from their The Cakery’s bakery at Brickfields.

Now, I’ve got a treat for my readers!

Order using the promo code TCERISGOESTO to get 10% off of all orders from now until 31st December 2020. Just use the code when ordering from any of The Cakery’s social media platforms at facebook.com/thecakerymy or instagram.com/thecakerymy, or via Whatsapp at 012 750 2810.

The promo only applies for deliveries within the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor area.

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malaysia Presents Alice In Wonderland-Themed Treats This Festive Season

Holiday season is just around the corner, and after a year filled with challenges, I think we’re all in need of some festive cheer. To spark some holiday joy, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ® is presenting an array of whimsical Alice in Wonderland inspired treats, which are a feast for the eyes as much as they are delicious to eat.

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Winter Wonderland

For an unforgettable Christmas party with friends and family, the Winter Wonderland (RM250 for 3kg) makes a wonderful centre piece for any gathering, with its intricate, handcrafted gingerbread detail and delicate frosting on a base of chocolate fudge. Complete the setting with Hatter’s Winter Log (RM 13.95 per slice, RM139.90 for a whole cake), a delightful dessert featuring luscious chocolate mousse and ganache; Cheshire’s Cherry Bundt (RM 8.90 per slice, RM52.00 for a loaf), stuffed with cherries, lemon and butter cream; or Stollen of Hearts (RM 6.90 per slice, RM48.00 for a loaf) with its hearty mix of Swiss dark chocolate, almonds and hazelnuts. Of course, a visit to Wonderland would not be complete without The Red Queen (RM12.95 each), a luscious pastry filled with caramel, coffee and chocolate mousse concealed under a rich red crust of almond chocolate.

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The Red Queen and Minted Ever After cupcakes (left); Hatter’s Winter Log

There’s more for the sweet-toothed dessert lover: choose from an assortment of cakes such as Minted Ever After (RM 7.90 per cupcake, RM 50 per petite cake, RM139.90 for a whole cake), a decadent concoction of dark chocolate and mint topped with cream, fresh redcurrants and rosemary, and Velveteen’s Wish (RM 12.95 per slice, RM129.30 for a whole cake), a red velvet cake topped with crunchy cookie bits and cheese mousse.

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Alice’s Tea Party

For a bit of everything, go for Alice’s Tea Party (RM109 for 20 pieces), a selection of bite-sized treats of Hatter’s Winter Log, Jolly Breadman, Tweedle Tart and Minted Ever After. Top-up as needed with Jolly Breadman (RM7.90 per piece) or Once Upon A Door butter cookies (RM9.90 per piece).

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CF & TL is known for its delectable beverages, and there’s no shortage of exclusive specials to try this season. Indulge in a Chocolate Cookie – a combination of premium espresso and decadent chocolate cookie notes – available in several varieties: the Chocolate Cookie Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18), Pure Chocolate Cookie Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18) or hot / iced Chocolate Cookie Latte (small RM16, regular RM17.50).

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Cherry Bundt (whole)

Making a comeback for a limited time only is the ever-popular Double Chocolate Peppermint beverages, available as Double Chocolate Peppermint Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18), Pure Double Chocolate Peppermint Ice Blended® drink (small RM16.50, regular RM18), hot / iced Double Chocolate Peppermint Latte (small RM16, regular RM17.50) and Peppermint Nitro Latte (RM15.95 at selected stores). Best of all, kids get to enjoy their own coffee-free version, as a hot / iced Double Chocolate Cocoa (small RM16, regular RM17.50) and tea lovers can enjoy the hot Peppermint Tea (RM9.60/cup or RM12.50/pot). While you’re sipping on your holiday beverage, upgrade to a complete meal by trying out the brand’s new Black Pepper Chicken Sandwich (RM19.80).

Stollen of Hearts (loaf & slice)
Stollen of Hearts

Even if you’re not dining in, there are plenty of new retail items to celebrate the season on-the-go, or in the comfort of one’s own home. Take your pick from dark-roasted Holiday Blend (RM55 /12oz), Peppermint Tea in a green tea blend (RM45/tin), Limited Edition 8oz Powders in French Deluxe Vanilla Powder, Peppermint Chocolate Powder and Hazelnut  Powder (RM40/tin). Also available are new designs for the Hydro Flask Series (RM205 each) and Frost Tumbler Series (RM128-138).  They also make for great gifts.

Jolly Breadman & Once Upon A Door [cookies]

In line with the season of giving, CB&TL’s popular Gift Tags return with new designs, with proceeds going towards the Caring Cup initiative. This year, the beneficiary is the Assunta Integrated Social Services programme by ASSUNTA Hospital, to help raise funds for equipment upgrades and essential supplies for their new mobile clinic. With the added support, they will continue to provide much-needed medical and healthcare assistance to marginalised groups.

For more info, visit http://www.coffeebean.com.my.

*Photos courtesy of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malaysia.

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Suzukien X Nanaya @ Asakusa, Tokyo – The World’s Strongest Matcha Ice-Cream

What do you get when you marry a venerable tea house with over 150 years of history, with a popular confectionery chain? If your answer is the world’s most intensely flavoured matcha ice cream, then you’d be right.

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Suzukien, located in the Asakusa neighbourhood of Tokyo (just across the road from Sensoji Temple), prides itself in serving Premium No.7, aka a gelato so packed with the flavours of matcha, your tastebuds will do a stop, drop and roll.

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There are seven ‘degrees’ of matcha flavoured gelato served here, each more intense than the last. You can tell by the colouration itself, with the no.7 boasting a rich, almost dark green hue. The store can get pretty crowded, but they do have a small space at the back where you can indulge in your ice cream for a bit (standing room only).

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I was a little apprehensive to go all the way, so I picked something in between – probably a 2 or a 3. The matcha flavour was pretty pronounced, but mildly sweet, cool and refreshing – perfect for the summer heat.

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Aside from ice cream, you can find a variety of matcha products and tea souvenirs for sale here.

Suzukien @ Asakusa

3 Chome-4-3 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

Opening hours: 10AM – 5PM (daily)

 

Australia’s Most Photographed Cake: The Strawberry Watermelon Layer Cake @ Blackstar Pastry

Like a sweet but fleeting dream, famed Sydney-based patisserie Black Star Pastry swooped into Melbourne… and made its exit just as quickly after a short stint as a pop-up store in the hipster neighbourhood of Carlton. The famous patisserie, which opened its first outlet in 2008, is the brainchild of Sydney chap Christopher The, whose philosophy on food design is for customers to taste fresh, wholesome ingredients through creative and innovative flavours.

I was fortunate enough to be in town in April to check out their Melbourne gig, and their signature Strawberry and Watermelon Layer Cake, dubbed ‘Australia’s most photographed cake’. Our little excursion led us down a quiet alleyway along University Street, where they were sharing a space with Cafe Italia. It was near closing time, but there were still lots of customers popping in and out for sweet treats.

The space was airy and well ventilated; despite the enclosed space the plants gave it an alfresco dining feel.

Glorious pastries and cakes on display, each seemingly better than the last. Their Chocolate Eclairs (centre), a classic item on the menu, looked beautifully coated in a shiny chocolate glaze, its insides filled with Valrhona chocolate creme.

We watched from behind a glass counter as one of the staff members laid out a huge slab of their signature – the Strawberry Watermelon Layer Cake – onto the stainless steel countertop, before proceeding to trim the edges into perfect, neat lines. The vivid colours, the richness, the visual appeal of the contrasting layers of red and cream was enough to send my mouth watering with anticipation.

We got a plate of their bestselling desserts to try. Of course, their signature Strawberry Watermelon Layer Cake was not to be missed. The cake was made up of two layers of almond dacquoise, with rose-scented cream and a sweet refreshing slice of watermelon in the centre. This was then topped with strawberries and garnished with pistachios and dried rose petals. Not your typical combo, but it worked surprisingly well together. There’s varied textures and flavours: crunchy pistachios, lightly creamy dacquoise, tart strawberries and sweet, crisp watermelon, all carrying the faint smell of roses which complimented the flavours rather than overpower them. A wonderful dessert – proving that it’s not just looks that make it popular among fans.

Other cakes also held their own. On the right: Raspberry Lychee Cake, which consisted of layers of raspberry marshmallow and vanilla cream atop a rich chocolate biscuit foundation. The lychee has a clear sweetness which contrasted well with the slight sourness of raspberries, the creaminess of the vanilla and the solid, decadent flavours of chocolate.

It’s hard to pick a favourite because they’re all so good! (Foreground – left) The Orange Cake with Persian Figs had an equally beautiful aesthetic, its circular shape distinguishing it from its square and rectangular cousins. Made from whole boiled oranges and almond meal, the lovely colour comes from it being doused with orange blossom syrup right out of the oven, giving it a deep, honey-like shade. The cake was then garnished with dried Persian figs, cranberries, rose petals, pistachios and candied coriander. I liked the texture, which was firmer and more solid, and the flavours were a nice balance of sweet, sour and tangy.

Meanwhile, the Black Sesame and Yuzu (foreground, right) was an awesome marriage of Western and Eastern flavours: a base of black sesame butter cake was  inlaid with creamy coconut mousse and topped with yuzu jelly and dai dai peel for a burst of citrusy flavours.

Another absolute must get at any Black Pastry Star outlet – their Custard Flan; reminiscent of the egg tarts one finds in former Portuguese colonies like Macau and Hong Kong. The baked pastry had layers that flaked off with each bite, filled in the centre with soft, bouncy vanilla custard and baked for a caramelised crust on top. A bit on the sweet side but being a sweet-tooth, the level was just perfect for me.

I was really impressed with the cakes and pastries at Black Star Pastry: no wonder they have such a good reputation among foodies, both inside and outside of Sydney! The pop up in Melbourne may have been temporary, but since it did so well during its stint, perhaps Melburnians can look forward to a proper expansion and store in the city soon? Fingers crossed. 🙂

In the meantime, drop by their (three!) outlets in Sydney at Rosebery, Sydney CBD and Newtown if you’re ever in the city!

blackstarpastry.com.au 

 

 

 

Mister Donut, Sunway Pyramid

Update: This outlet is permanently closed.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It’s a long weekend here in Malaysia (four days!). For those celebrating the occasion, I hope you’re having a great time with your loved ones.

Mi wanted to go shopping for clothes, so we went to Sunway Pyramid. The place was packed with crowds of holiday shoppers – parking as a nightmare. We bought some stuff, then bought some snacks for tea.

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Ever had chewy doughnuts?  They sell these at Mr Donut, which is located within the mall’s Aeon Jusco store.

Here’s an interesting story: Mr Donut was originally from America, but the brand wasn’t doing so well there and it was finally bought over / absorbed into the Dunkin Donuts franchise. Meanwhile, Japanese investors bought over rights to the original brand, brought it over to their island. Boom – it became the largest doughnut chain in the country. Goes to show that tastes in different regions + marketing tactics vary. Today, the brand mostly has a presence in Asia in countries such as Phils, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and South Korea. The Japs have done a good job in turning the humble doughnut into a class of its own with a very special form of pastry: the chewy doughnut.

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Their signature is the Pon De Ring, which is shaped like a donut but with round ridges. The texture is chewy and fluffy, like a cross between soft mochi and airy bread. On its own, it has a slight saltiness, but as you can see, the doughnuts are often dusted over with sugar and other toppings, just like a regular one. If you know me, you’ll know I like eating chewy stuff (mochi, squid, isaw. lol) so this was super addictive. It’s a shame I don’t come to Sunway Pyramid more often.

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Green tea-flavoured.

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They also sell regular doughnuts, ice-blended drinks and some other pastries. Each mochi doughnut costs Rm2.50, Rm12 for a box of six.

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Pon de Rings, ‘White Christmas’ which had white and dark chocolate frosting with fairy sprinkles, and chocolate-flavoured pon de ring

MISTER DONUT 

AEON, Lower Ground Floor 2, Sunway Pyramid Mall,  Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. 

Opening hours: Daily 10am – 10pm

Anyway, back to actual Christmas day. I went back to my so-called college routine of staying up until 4am reading Manga online lol. Spent the day playing Dungeons & Dragons, because it’s Steam’s Winter Sale and a lot of games are going for cheap. ._. Someone please give me a gaming laptop for Christmas.

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Mi baked tuna and cheese quiche for lunch. Yay!

Strangers at 47, Section 17 PJ

 

I. Love. Crepes. I like how versatile they are, how they can be either sweet or savoury depending on how you pair it, and how simple yet delicious it is.

Strangers at 47 is a cafe in SS17, PJ, which specialises in.. guess what? Crepes! They have both sweet and savoury flavours to satisfy every palette. Tucked in a quiet corner of a suburban neighbourhood’s commercial area, the place is perfect for a chill session or hangout with friends. The name, according to it’s owner/chef Sean Ooi comes from his desire to have a place where ‘strangers’ can meet up, bond over food and forge new relationships.

So how’s the food here?

I have to say it’s one of the most excellent places I’ve been to. Almost every dish that I tried was superbly prepared with fresh ingredients paired perfectly. Nothing is overdone – its simplicity is what makes it so yummy.

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My favourite was the Lethal shrooms  – with portobello, shimeji, baby king oyster mushrooms, spinach and caramelised onion stuffed into a lightly herbed crepe, topped with tomato relish, poached egg and balsamic reduction. At first glance, the balsamic reduction resembled chocolate drizzle so I was a little confused, lol. The egg was done perfectly and when cut open, drenched the crepe with golden yellow yolky goodness. The moist, juicy mushrooms were also cooked just right, the soft texture contrasting with the crunchy onions. One of the best crepes that I’ve tried – I highly recommend it to hobbits, people who love shrooms, or just anyone who is visiting this place in general.

Crepes are usually thought of as light snacks, but this was filling enough to be a meal on its own.

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The interior is decorated with wooden tables and cinder-toned walls accentuated by soft white lights,  giving it a cosy feel.

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I had the matcha latte. Foamy, milky and with a thick green tea taste, this was a winner in my books. The drinks are prepared by Sean’s girlfriend and she also mans the counter. It’s quite amazing how these young entrepreneurs run the place – everyone has a role to play, so the cafe runs efficiently. Kudos! (PS: Not everyone likes green tea, so for those who prefer something more conventional, they also have coffee and chocolate).

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Moving on.. more savoury crepes! ‘A Hen’s Crush’ has pan-seared chicken, sweet capsicum, golden hash brown, citrus-cucumber-onion salad and house made tangy sauce in a chilli-flaked crepe. Despite the spices, the hot factor on this one is not very high. I guess the chilli is just for an extra kick. While I don’t like veggies on their own, when paired with the juicy, meaty chicken, it came together well as a whole. I like how they left the skin on so it was slightly crispy on the outside. Another thumbs up!

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Last but not least of the savoury crepes was ‘Shore to Please’  – a marriage between Eastern and Western ingredients and cooking styles. The shrimp is marinated Cajun style with salted egg yolk (a common Chinese seafood pairing), cooked with battered squid, spinach, caramelised onions and roasted cherry tomatoes. Squid and shrimp, my two favourite seafood in the world? Bring it on! The squid was particularly lovely – so fresh and springy to the bite.The shrimp was slightly overdone but well-flavoured with spices.

Okay, you know what? Just get everything on the menu because they’re all good. Lol.

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Sweet-tooths, rejoice. You have found your dream desserts. The sweet crepes served here are equally good in terms of flavour and ingredients. For those who like Asian ingredients, go for the Purple Rage – a sweet potato crepe filled to the brim with creamy Japanese sweet potato, coconut sago and pandan-infused gula melaka (palm sugar).The flavour is subtly sweet without being overpowering, and you can really taste the natural sweetness of the ube.

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My favourite (well I’m biased because I like chocolate over anything else) is the quirkily named Dark Side – chocolate crepe, dark chocolate spread, white chocolate curls, orange caramel topped with vanilla ice-cream. The orange caramel gives it a slightly fruity tang that goes well with the creamy chocolate and vanilla. The chocolate spread was love. You know how some places have ‘faux’ chocolate that is mostly sugar and chocolate flavouring? Not so here. The spread was rich and creamy with dark chocolate. And again, not too sweet and made just right. Wow.

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For snacks, try these seriously addictive sweet potato fries. They’re like regular fries, but sweet. Dunk them in tomato sauce for a sweet-savoury mindblowing experience.

The service here is super friendly, true to their spirit of being a ‘neighborhood cafe’that aims to make patrons feel at home. I highly recommend this place for the food, ambience and the nice people running it. What are you waiting for? Go grab some crepes 🙂

Strangers at 47

47, Jalan 17/45

46400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Weekdays: 3pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun : 11am – 10pm (Kitchen closes from 3pm-6pm. Bar and desserts remains open.)
Closed on Tuesdays.