Saturday, 19 October 2013
Johor Best Cakes - The Sugar Pantry in Permas Jaya, JB
Good words about Sugar Pantry in Permas Mall (near JUSCO Permas) has been spreading fast, though the cake shop is less than a year old. I visited Sugar Pantry at the invitation of the owners, Heng and Yen.
Sugar pantry is a small, simply laid out shop. Air conditioned, bright, very clean and neat. The decor is minimalist yet cosy. It has a few very inviting, dark blue velvet high back arm chairs which I forgot to take photos of :P
Sugar pantry is like a cake showroom. Their cakes are very appealing visually. You could tell they are premium cakes just by looking at their vibrant colours, carefully sculpted designs and the pride in displaying them in the best light. Clearly a lot of heart and soul as well as hard work have gone into creating these works of art. The best thing is, Sugar Pantry's premium cakes are also reasonably priced.
Yen is the artist behind these works of art. Yen is a Le Cordon Bleu Paris trained pastry chef.
She was the chef in charge of Les Amis' pastry section and a partner in Pavé Chocolates and Confections in Katong (Singapore) before returning to JB to open Sugar Pantry with her husband Heng.
To me, sugar pantry is like a jewelry shop with beautiful handcrafted trinkets on display. The owner is like an artist making the pieces of art. Only difference is Sugar Pantry's artwork is edible, wrong, they are delicious. The thing is, they look so beautiful I did feel a tinge of heartache when I stabbed the cake with my fork.
Yen takes great pride in her cakes. Everything is made at the shop from scratch even the Blueberry and Strawberry jam. This is possible only when there is passion.
Yen uses only natural ingredients like their vanilla which she makes from vanilla pods from Madagascar.
We tried a few of Yen's cakes. They were just the right sweetness and not sugary.
I love tea scones, that quintessentially English pastry because I like the blend of sweet homemade jam and savoury butter flavours as well as the warmness and soft graininess of the pastry.
Éclair au Confiture de Fraise. Don't worry, that whipped cream has body without being heavy and greasy.
Yen is proud of this Nutty Putty (RM11.90) made with milk chocolate and coconut topped with peanut.
Miso, Blueberry and Matcha flavoured macaroons. Yen is a big macaroon fan. She used to eat macaroons for her main meal when she was in Le Cordon Bleu Paris.
We have no more stomach space left to try the following but take a look at Yen's art. Don't they look like jewels?
Bundle of Sunshine RM9.90
Mont Blanc RM14.90
Paris Brest RM11.90
We shall definitely be back to sample these.
I always love a robust Cappuccino with my sweet cakes.
Sugar Pantry also serves fresh juices and cocktails to go with their cakes. This one named Kiwi Bird and Pandan Bear (RM11.90) is made with Kiwi fruit, lime, Pandan syrup and fizzy (no alcohol).
The Sugar Pantry is a nice place to chill out with good cakes and coffee.
Date visited: 16 Oct 2013