Old ‘cake & bread’ shop in JB
I ‘finally’ found another great recommendation from The Sunday Star Metro again. I tried this ‘super’ old bread shop before and many times in JB and their banana cakes are so good that you can’t helping yourself to it. Read on……..
KEDAI ROTI & KEK HIAP JOO
13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Johor Baru,
Closed on Sundays (Baking starts after 12.30pm)
IF you have only a few hours to spend in J.B., make this one of your stops. For folks caught in the fast lane, this old-world bakery is a window to another way of life.
The over 80-year-old bakery was started by the late patriarch Lim Joo Ban. The bread is still made the same way he did it when he arrived from Hainan Island in 1928, although the business is now run by his children and grandchildren.
A huge woodfire oven dominates the small shop, the walls blackened by years of smoke. Here, tradition is written in stone: the writing in soot is baked into the red brick of the kiln. Regulars know when the breads will be out of the oven and start queueing up 10 minutes before baking is done.
Many have been enjoying the breads and cakes here since they were children.
The bakery is famous for its banana cake. Soft and moist with the intoxicating perfume of bananas, the melt-in-your-mouth cake is one of the best around.
Also available are French loaves and sandwich bread. All breads and cakes are sold directly from their shop.
The products must be consumed within three days of purchase because no preservatives are used.