So people are still queuing for the fluffy and jiggly Castella Cakes, that became trendy in this part of the world recently.

Original Cake 源味本鋪, said to be the first cake store in Taiwan’s Tamsui to specialize in this version of Castella Cakes, has expanded with a few branches in Malaysia.

It will open its Singapore outlet at Level 2 of Westgate on the 23rd of September (Saturday).

I made my way to Johor Bahru City Square Mall to try it.

The ‘adventure’ turned out to be a 1.5 hours travel time from Woodlands, and 20 minutes in shop queue during a weekday afternoon.

Castella Cakes in Japan do not look like this, but it was Original Cake which started offering these large pieces of light, pillow-soft pieces in Taiwan. That was in 2011.

A large part of its appeal is the ‘drama’ in which the cakes will be cut right in front of you, while you are waiting in line.

The steam that dissipates out, and that eggy cake aroma is rather enticing. I initially wanted to just get ONE cake, but after the long wait… might as well get more.

Note: The shop is not halal-certified, but it has no pork or lard added.

Three types of Castella Cakes are sold here – The Original Flavour at RM15 (SGD$4.80), Cheese at RM20 (SGD6.40) and a Frozen Chocolate at RM25 (SGD$8.50).

As for the verdict, it was ALL RIGHT.

Not the ground-breaking, life-changing taste that would make me wait in line long-long for this. That was lack of the eggy-flavours and accompanying ‘oomph’ that some of the other Castella brands had.

However, I liked that it was light and airy though, and it was surprisingly not that sweet at all. I could have more than one piece without feeling jelak.

The Chocolate version turned out to be my favourite, added with Hershey’s chocolate bits.

The taste reminded me of my child-hood favourite Sara Lee cake, except that this was much fluffier and not as heavy-tasting.

On the opening day of Original Cake in Singapore, the Westgate branch will be giving out FREE Castella Cakes till stocks last. (Partly to drive up the publicity and show the social media world the long lines?) It is on a Saturday, so…

You know lah, free things we will go and queue. Confirmed long one. The true test, is what happens after that.

Original Cake 源味本鋪
Lot MF-18, City Square Mall, Level 3, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Darul Ta’zim, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10.00pm

Sunway Velocity
Lot 3-29, 3rd Floor Sunway Velocity Mall
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10.00pm
Contact: 016 996 9831

Sunway Pyramid
F1.78, First Floor Blue Atrium, Sunway Pyramid
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10.00pm
Tel: 016 996 9831

Gurney Plaza
170-B1-16, Plaza Gurney, Penang
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Tel: 012 237 8696

Queensbay Mall
F-23, Queensbay Mall, Penang
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm
Tel: 012 237 8696

Original Cake Singapore
3 Gateway Drive, #02-24 Westgate, Singapore 608532

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  1. This is one of the worst and overated cakeshop. Besides, the staff are rude. They don’t accept coins, When asked why ? reason given, was our boss feel too much hassel to count coins.


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