By Wern Sze Gill
Many would agree that nothing beats the tantalizing smell of bread freshly baked from the oven. Fresh bread is prized for its taste, aroma, quality, appearance and texture. It is usually made from wheat-flour dough that is cultured with yeast, allowed to rise, and then baked in the oven. Wheat is commonly used because of its high levels of gluten giving the dough sponginess and elasticity, but bread can also made from other wheat species such as rye, corn and oats, which are sometimes combined with wheat flour.
Unless you own a bread maker or regularly bake your own bread in a traditional oven, you are most likely to buy commercial pre-wrapped brands off supermarket shelves. Commercial breads, however, usually have added preservatives in order to maintain a longer shelf life.
If you have always wondered where you can pick up a loaf of wholesome homemade bread in Ipoh, look no further! Below is a list of places offering an array of choices, ranging from those which are sugar-free or low GI (glycaemic index), to those high in taste, textures and flavours:
Clubhouse, Meru Valley Resort, Jelapang
A boutique deli cum gift shop offering a selection of gourmet foods, wines, fresh ingredients, gifts, coffee and cakes. Some breads they offer: Wholemeal (RM8.90), muesli with raisin (RM11.50), multiseed (RM12.50), rustic sourdough (RM11.50). Call for what’s available for the day. No preservatives of chemicals added.
Opens 8.00am – 6.00pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
DJS’ Cakecraft (Tel.: 05-5265129, Alice 012-5198056, Sebastian 012-5197297)
House located at: 8 Hala Jati Meru 11, Kg Jelapang Jaya, Jelapang.
Quality butter used & no preservatives added.
Wholemeal (RM5.00), low-GI rye bread (RM5.00), purple corn bread (RM8.00), wheatgerm (RM8.50) other multi-grain breads available.
Available through phone order, delivery service available.
Mama’s Home-Baked Bread (Kim 017-4633916)
Anika Selera, Ipoh Garden (near the last staircase)
No preservatives, chemicals, additives.
Wholemeal (RM3.00), multi-grain (RM4.90), raisin-sunflower-flaxseed (RM3.60), walnut-raisin (RM4.10), walnut (RM3.70).
Opens 6.00-10.00pm, Saturdays off.
Kampar Garden Cake House (Sam 012-5381266)
27, Jalan Leech, Old Town, Ipoh
No preservatives or chemicals added.
Walnut raisin wholemeal / assorted nuts wholemeal / cheese butter wholemeal (RM4.80) butter raisin wholemeal (RM4.00), walnut cheese wholemeal (RM6.00), raisin mixed nuts loaf / banana walnut loaf / mixed nuts red bean loaf (RM3.00)
Sugar-free, diabetic friendly variations: Wholemeal / wholemeal mixed nuts (RM4.80).
Opens daily 7.30am – 6.00pm.
Ray of Hope Cafe – Halal (05-5488796, Datin Mary Yeoh 019-5713229)
24 & 26, Persiaran Bercham Selatan 31, Bercham
The Ray of Hope Centre for children with learning disabilities runs the cafe that also bakes their own bread and buns. They have wholemeal raspberry loaf (RM5), butter cheese loaf (RM4.50) and butter raisin loaf (RM4.50). They also have wholemeal buns and buns with various fillings of cheese, chicken curry, chicken meatloaf, tuna, and also cheese tarts and siew pau – from RM1.60.
Sheng Cake & Café (Addison 016-5586215, Angie 016-5583304)
60, Jalan Ng Weng Hup, First Garden, Ipoh
No preservatives or chemicals added. Offers wholemeal, wholewheat, sugar-free and organic variations. Some of their offerings: organic sugar-free wholegrain loaf (RM3.80), wholegrain loaf with walnut, black sesame seeds, raisins & golden flaxseeds (RM4.80), wholewheat with pumpkin (RM3.30), wholewheat with golden flaxseed (RM3.20), wholemeal with brown rice and spirulina (RM3.30).
Opens daily from 8.30am – 9.30pm, Sundays close at 8.00pm.
Sum Mun Coffee House (05-5470687)
34, Pesara Ipoh 1, Ipoh Garden (behind Anika Selera)
Wholemeal / pumpkin / oat bran bread (RM3.90) multi cereal / eight grain bread (RM5.50). Preservative and chemical free.
Opens Tuesdays – Fridays, 8.00am to 4.00pm