by Anne Das
Indulge in a delightful journey down memory lane as we explore the heart-warming world of Bahulu, a beloved traditional snack that brings back nostalgic memories for many. These bite-sized wonders have long held a special place in the hearts and taste buds of Malaysians, evoking a sense of joy and nostalgia with every bite.
Kuih Bahulu, a delectable sponge cake with a slightly crunchy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior, has been a cherished treat for generations. The word “Bahulu” is derived from the Portuguese term “bolo,” which means cake. This denotes the influence of Portuguese culinary traditions in Malaysian cuisine. While the exact date of the first Bahulu made in Malaysia is unknown, it is nevertheless a cherished traditional snack enjoyed by Malaysians for many decades.
In my family, the Bahulu was an anticipated snack. Ah! in those younger years, it was a race against time to grab as many of these golden nuggets before they vanished and would only reappear when celebrations or festivities were in full swing.
But today, we are fortunate to have the Bahulu at our fingertips. No longer confined to special occasions, this delightful snack has made its way onto the shelves of countless stores, ready to satisfy our cravings whenever the mood strikes. A delightful temptation that we can enjoy anytime, anywhere.
And speaking of delightful temptations, there’s a charming little stall in the vibrant street of Old Town that’s taking the beloved Bahulu to new heights. Welcome to Bahulu Bakes by Rosehill’s Bakery, where they have mastered the art of crafting fresh, oven-baked Bahulu and now trying out something different.
Bahulu Bakes adds a playful twist to this nostalgic snack. They have created Bahulu Sundaes, a delightful concoction that pairs this traditional snack with a symphony of flavours. Imagine soft Bahulu mingling with creamy ice cream, decadent chocolate bits, luscious strawberry sauce, and/or heavenly caramel. Your taste senses will tingle with delight as a result of this experience.
Also available here is the ultimate Bahulu combo, for just RM 8. It gets you a plate of 6 warm mini Bahulu goodness alongside a cup of aromatic Che’ Nah coffee. A match made in Asian snack heaven.
This small stall has big plans and will take you on a delightful journey, where the enchanting flavours of Bahulu and its playful twists await. So, when you are strolling through Concubine Lane, let your curiosity guide you to Bahulu Bakes. Customers can dine in or Take-away.
Location : Entrance of Laksa-Mana (Bahulu Bakes by Rose Hill’s Bakery)
Address : 6, Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Operations : Open daily from 10am – 7pm ( Closed on Wednesdays)
Contact : 013-793 9489