It all started out out with a piece of cake. Right after baking and cooking for family members and good friends for more than 10 yrs, baker and theatre actor Juwanda Hassim opened his own cafe referred to as The Fabulous Baker Boy advertising his signature cakes together with fried hen and waffles. His initial cafe opened in Fort Canning but experienced to stop functions when circuit breaker measures kicked in April, coinciding with the stop of the lease.
Very well, The Fabulous Baker Boy has at last re-opened and it is positioned suitable at the coronary heart of the energetic, cultural and arts-focused neighbourhood of Kampong Glam. Nestled at The Aliwal Arts Centre, the cafe has expanded to grow to be a multi-principle, full-provider bakery, patisserie, cafe and cafe serving its famed signature cakes, all-day breakfast as effectively as healthful, soul foodstuff with a twist.
What twists? Nicely, the up to date menu has been influenced by Juwanda’s good friends, old spouse and children recipes and his travels above the yrs with a trace of fabulosity that is exclusive to the cafe-operator.
Staying real to the namesake of the cafe, The Fabulous Baker Boy serves up warm and fresh baked merchandise, patisserie and cakes that have been perfected with enjoy and care in the girls-empowered kitchen with Juwanda’s more mature sister Hanita Hassim as the sous chef. The assorted kitchen staff involves ex-cafe feminine cooks, refreshing female graduates out of Shatec, and females who have been monetarily slighted owing to the pandemic.
Coming out warm of the brand name new ovens are the Sourdough toasts baked each day,from handmade in-dwelling yeast created everyday by Juwanda almost ten yrs ago. By employing the very same recipes and approaches nowadays, the sourdough toasts are a person of the softest you can come across in Singapore, with the fluffy and airy sourdough centre surrounded by a remarkably tender slim crust.
The Sourdough toast set (S$4) will come with the selection of either a berry jam compote, butter or marmalade distribute. The sweet marmalade and berry compote are also produced in home, and pack a punch even when frivolously unfold throughout the toast. Fans of all matters sweet will appreciate the berry compote, and all those who appreciate a thing unique and diverse will come across it in the marmalade.
Head into any new cafe and the safest factor you could almost certainly attempt is French toast. No one can mess up toast and berries, but Juwanda requires it to the future degree. Aptly identified as ‘Heart Attack’ (S$16), this french toast is double fried, served with product on the aspect and paired with a generous quantity of combined berries or bananas – acquire your choose. The double fry method retains the toast comfortable and fluffy, and presents the toast a donut-like texture that is different from most french toasts. For those weary of sugar, observe that Heart Assault coms embellished with an overwhelming volume of sugar on the facet, so if you’re acutely aware of your health and fitness, you might want to steer clear… or at minimum steal a bite from your pal. But aside from the heightened sugar amount, Heart Assault is a very dish which is perfect for your up coming Instagram article and its donut-like texture will have you switching your notion of French toast being an quick, risk-free dish.
If you are craving for all-day breakfast, The Incredible Baker Boy serves up a hearty Western Fab Fry Up breakfast. Consisting of smokey beef sausages, confit mushrooms, house model roast potatoes, grilled tomatoes, eggs the way you want it and two slices of sourdough toasts, the Fab Fry Up isn’t low cost – S$28.50 – but it is bound to fill you up for the future foods. Now that is what we call an all-day breakfast.
Of class, the a single dish that enthusiasts have been lacking is The Fabulous Baker Boy Fried Rooster And Waffles (S$24), a nicely recognised Southern American dish that may well audio bizarre to those people not familiar with the admirer favourite dish that mixes very well, fried chicken a waffle, a typical breakfast or dessert staple. For starters, topping off the crispy waffles are succulent hen pieces in a delectable garlic marinade and are deep-fried to golden perfection. With soul food items being fairly a rarity in Singapore, fried chicken and waffles are certainly a particular take care of for individuals who appear and check out. The Fabulous Baker Boy utilizes only fresh rooster, and it demonstrates in the quality of the rooster when you dig in. The chicken is soft, tender and sweet on its very own, and when you pair that with their signature waffles and drizzle syrup all more than, it’s genuinely an explosion of all matters sweet and savoury. When delectable with each and every bite, our only would like is that the pores and skin of the fried rooster was crispier, to give the dish a very little little bit a lot more texture.
Retaining to the classification of meats, The Incredible Baker Boy serves up Duck Confit (S$24) that is delightful to the bone. Duck isn’t straightforward to cook dinner, and The Wonderful Baker Boy does it just appropriate. Cooked for pretty much 4 several hours, the meat of the duck is tender and quickly slides off its bones into a gentle top secret gravy.
If birds are not your favourite styles of meat, then give the BBQ Beef Ribs a check out. For S$30, feast on dry brined, gradual roasted grass-fed beef finished with a smokey, sweet and tangy BBQ sauce served with fries, onion rings and apple slaw. The ribs are cooked right away, for about 12 several hours, so we can not emphasise how delicate and tender The Amazing Body fat Baker’s Beef Ribs are. Again, they like to remind us that they’re far more than just baked merchandise, for the reason that they can do their meats nicely also. The smooth and moist BBQ Beef Ribs with each other with the crispy potato fries, onion rings and crunchy apple slaw marries the most effective of both equally textures and tastes of sweet and smokey. As a minor sidenote, the BBQ Beef Ribs flavor extra sweet than smokey and the sauce is really heavy. This is a dish that can make you truly feel queasy extremely simply if you gobble it all down. Get your time with the ribs and enjoy it little bit by little bit.
Pasta fans may perhaps not have substantially of a choice in this article at The Amazing Baker Boy – largely because it’s not a extremely well-known dish linked with soul food wherever meats, potatoes and darkish leafy greens reign supreme. On the other hand, like what Juwanda mentioned on the cafe’s formal web-site, he cooks matters that he enjoys to try to eat and a lot more generally than not they are impressed by his travels, aged secret recipes and persons that encourage him. And so, Ju’s Prawn Pasta was born. Inspired by a pal of his, Ju’s Prawn Pasta (S$24.50) sees tiger prawns cooked in a secret crustacean product (we’ll give you a hint, it incorporates prawn heads and additional) collectively with spaghetti, topped off with chilli flakes, garlic and grated parmesan. The spaghetti soaks up all the great cream so this is a thick, flavourful pasta dish with buttery-like textures that will deliver product fans straight to heaven.
Previous, and unquestionably not the minimum, are the cakes and seriously, a great rationale to check out if soul foodstuff isn’t your factor. With in excess of 20 cakes readily available, such as a banana chocolate sponge cake stuffed with a Swiss meringue peanut butter cream and covered with chocolate ganache (if not identified as the Nutty Monkey) and basic neighborhood cake – carrot cake – with a couple twists by introducing coconut, cranberries and vanilla, bitter product and cream cheese frosting fittingly identified as ‘Big Lub’s Carrot Cake’. Even though The Magnificent Baker Boy is the perfect location for cakes and coffee when catching up with previous close friends or for an escape from the bustling things to do down Arab Avenue, the cakes are named soon after celeb divas and divos like Beyonce (lemon and yogurt sponge cake), Barack Obama (coconut product cake filled with product cheese buttercream and pineapple jam) and even Singapore’s incredibly personal Hossan Leong (a 10 layer butter torte, stuffed with hazelnut praline included, lined in chocolate ganache and sea salt chocolate crumbs on best), the flavours are just as quirky as they sound.
If there is one factor you ought to get when you move foot into The Amazing Baker Boy, it’s 100% the FAB Red Velvet cake. Going for S$10 a slice, The Incredible Baker Boy’s pink velvet cake is prosperous and puts other crimson velvet cakes to disgrace. A legitimate traditional from the 1950s, this cake is sensitive however so total of flavour, with thick levels of product cheese amongst every layer of red chocolate cake. The further trace of fabulosity in the FAB Red Velvet Cake is the further layer of Chocolate Ganache that coats all around each and every slice. Using only Valrhona cacao – the type of chocolate powder ideal for earning truffles, mousses and sizzling chocolate – the FAB Purple Velvet Cake is lavish and is THE fantastic marriage of chocolate and product cheese that will fulfill your sweet tooth.
From new baked merchandise, delectable all-day breakfast, meats that melt in your mouth and cakes built to perfection, The Amazing Baker Boy’s reopening is some thing cafe-hoppers must rejoice for. The pink and white retro-styled and artistic interior of the cafe would make it a welcoming and stress-free spot for buddies and family members to catch up and dangle out on sluggish weekdays or calming weekends. The cafe at the moment seats 70 persons and even though stroll-ins are obtainable, reservations are advised. Be sure to come in early if you’d like to try out out well-liked dishes like the Duck Confit and BBQ Beef Ribs as they are inclined to offer out completely as early as midday sometimes.
Centering girls empowerment and local community creating, the cafe also takes on-line food items and cake orders in which pals and men and women who are out of do the job owing to COVID-19 can make finishes meet up with by way of shipping service fees. In time to come, the cafe has programs to develop its personal crops outdoors their cafe and host instructional systems on how to develop their possess make. Cooking courses for youngsters will also be offered some time in the foreseeable future for little kinds who love mastering and receiving messy in the kitchen with out mummy or daddy having to cleanse up after them.
The Fabulous Baker Boy is located at the Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal St, #01-01, Singapore 199918 and is open 930am to 630pm on Tuesdays to Sundays.