Residents staying in Serangoon will be familiar with Teck Chye Terrace, a row of shophouses with restaurants serving a variety from Thai seafood, Taiwanese cuisine, Korea BBQ to Laksa steamboat.
Taking over the space previously occupied by Scissors Paper Stove, Two Bakers is located right opposite Paya Lebar Methodist Church and diagonally across Amber Ember.
This is their second outlet, the first at Horne Road in Jalan Besar.
You may recall that Jalan Besar is one of the first hipster cafe clusters during those days, alongside iconic Chye Seng Huat Hardware and The Tiramisu Hero.
The layout in Two Bakers at Serangoon is somewhat similar to Scissors Paper Stove, except that rainbow-coloured zig zag lines and pastel coloured furniture has transformed into a MUJI-like white and earthly tones.
The menu is exactly the same as their outlet in Jalan Besar: Brunch ($14 – $18) available till 3pm daily, Mains ($14 – $18) available all day except from 3-6pm and their cute selection of nostalgic desserts ($7.50 – $9.50).
Visiting their outlet on a weekday afternoon (3pm – 6pm) will mean that there is only coffee served, with limited selection and quantity of desserts available.
I wanted to try out both their “Bao Zi” ($8.50) shaped like a white bun and made from chrysanthemum white chocolate, yuzu, lemon and matcha; and the Raspberry Litchi Ripple ($8.50) made from litchi aka lychee mousse, raspberry and vanilla.
Unfortunately both items are not available during the time of visit.
I ended up with both the “Paddle Pop” Cheesecake ($8) and the “Ming Jian Kueh” ($8) which sounded familiar and relatable.
The “Paddle Pop” Cheesecake ($8) comes in various pastel colours, randomly splashed across the surface to create a fun and playful visual.
Made up of raspberry, lime, passionfruit and blue pea, cream cheese with almond crumble shaped like a cloud, it was surprisingly soft, light and fluffy, easily sliced apart with a single fork.
The first bite was filled with citrusy-ness from both the lime and passionfruit, followed by the milk and creamy-ness of the cream cheese which wasn’t as overwhelming as I expected.
Even though the almond crumble “cloud” was slightly on the soggy side, I was literally on cloud nine as this “Paddle Pop” Cheesecake was not as gimmicky as it looked and was quite a pleasant surprise.
The “Ming Jian Kueh” ($8) was a twist from our local traditional “Min Jiang Kueh” also known as a “Singaporean pancake”, commonly found in our local hawker scenes.
Made into a 8-layered crepe with salted caramel Chantilly, peanut butter and roasted peanuts, the entire combination was rich and flavourful.
Even though the “Ming Jian Kueh” was not as light and fluffy as other crepe cakes available in the market and looked more compact in size, it had a moist texture.
That complemented well with the textural crunch from the crushed roasted peanuts.
With a nutty flavour and sweetness from the peanut butter and salted caramel Chantilly, it certainly transformed our traditional dessert into a hipster and trendy version.
For the drinks menu, there are the usual suspects such as Black ($4.50), White ($4.50/ $5/ $5.50), Mocha ($6) and interesting options such as Coconut Latte ($6.50), Chendol Latte ($9) and Baileys Cold Brew ($10.80).
Unfortunately, the Coconut Latte ($6.50) tasted like a cup of normal latte, with coconut taste almost non- existent.
On a side note, the latte art was well drawn, at least better than what many new cafes are churning out.
Two Bakers has maintained their standard throughout the years and evolve and develop their selection of pastries to keep up to the trend.
Looking forward to see more exclusive items at their second outlet and more creations in the future.
Two Bakers – Serangoon
9 Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545720
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat), 10am – 6pm (Sun)
88 Horne Rd, Singapore 209083
Te: +65 6293 0329
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.