Muffles – Sweet Treats at Hawker Prices by Ex Five-Star Hotel Pastry Chef
A reader, John, dropped me an email in November to recommend me to try Muffles – a new hawker stall run by an ex 5-star hotel pastry chef. Located in Berseh Food Centre, it serves cheap but hotel standard desserts and bakes.
So I visited Muffles before Christmas and met the owner May Chow who was in the midst of baking some cookies. With only one tabletop oven at the back of the shop, it’s quite hard to believe that she can churn out so many bakes in a day. “It’s all about organizing. You need to time your bakes properly.” That really sounds like what an experienced hotel chef would say. True enough, May worked as a pastry chef in Mandarin Orchard and Resorts World Sentosa. “It’s not easy, we have to bake much more than this in a day.”
Long hours in the hospitality industry has taken a toil on the skinny chef and she decided to venture out to open her own bakery in a hawker centre. It takes immense courage to move from a huge establishment to work in a small little space. However, May seems to be enjoying it and she has garnered many loyal customers over just four months. One of the signature items is the pandan ogura ($1.50) cake which I really like. Baked using the chiffon cake method, the meringue was beaten till soft peaks and mixed with fresh pandan juice. The batter is steam-bake at a low temperature till the cake turns soft and moist. No baking powder is added! I like this cake so much that I want to try baking it at home.
In addition, they also sell other bakes like traditional egg tarts ($1.20), apple crumble ($3) and brownies ($2.50). To be honest, the presentation was not exactly attractive but when you taste the bakes, they are really not bad. Another of my favourites is the apple crumble with a buttery topping and browned apple slices that aren’t too sweet. May also does muffins (from $1.50) that come in various flavours including yuzu, chocolate chips, banana walnut, blueberry etc.
Address: 166 Jalan Besar #02-54, Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: 8.30am to 6pm daily, closed on Tuesdays
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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