Monday, December 19

Rich and Good Cake Shop


24 Kandahar Street. T.62943324

I still don't believe it. I have never been one to rave over traditional old-style bakeries. Sure, I loved the free smells, enjoyed the way each bite would rekindle yet another childhood memory for my parents and grandparents, appreciated the gumption to let the quality of the food speak for itself and not to give in to flashy marketing tactics. But I never imagined that I would find one that truly stirred me. After all, what could they put together that my grandma couldn't beat if she tried?

Tsk, such is the shame of arrogance. And in the folly of the disbelieving, I have been to the shop almost every weekend since I found it, bought the same kaya roll and, depending on what's available on the day and whom I'm with, durian roll, chocolate roll, mango roll or cream puffs. It's almost as if I'm searching for shortcomings, but each time I try to pin something on it, nothing sticks. The kaya roll, bright green sponge enveloping a thick layer of green kaya (egg/sugar/coconut jam), is just too light and luscious, the durian roll so rich and pungent. Sure, the cream puffs and chocolate roll don't quite make an impression, but for once, it just doesn't matter.

Each footlong swiss roll costs $5/US$3 (or $6/US$3.60 for the durian and mango). I carry the pricelist in my handbag.

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