Home Sweet Home is a column devoted to the gifted folks baking up a storm at dwelling.
As a pastry chef, Melissa Ong has fairly the colourful resume. She has clocked stints in top eateries in Singapore and all around the globe – for some a few decades, Melissa properly trained in the kitchens of the now-shut Cafe André, Whitegrass, and even one particular-Michelin-starred Ralae in Copenhagen. Whilst equally adept at applying both of those the stove and the oven, Melissa swiftly discovered out that her passion lies with building sweet treats and bakes. “I individually experience that pastry-creating is additional intricate, and requires a higher degree of precision,” she shares. “While bodily tiring, I really feel certainly satisfied when baking.”
Sad to say, with the ongoing global pandemic, Melissa’s entire-time task was afflicted. But a wish to continue on doing what she liked fuelled the resilient baker to kickstart her possess household-based mostly organization. Devoid of the commitments of getting tied down to a job, Melissa realized that she wanted to use this option to translate her experiences and recollections into her own bakes. So in July 2020, Melissa started out No Name Bake Shop.
It’s a identify that retains exclusive meaning for the baker. “We called ourselves No Name bake Store as I did not desire to established a boundary,” claims Melissa. “I want to be cost-free to utilise all the awareness and ordeals that I have attained and extend my creative imagination.”
“I want to offer bakes with out any limitations,” she provides.
On the bake store’s debut menu is the Pastry Box V.1 ($30) – a collection of four distinctly distinct pastries that Melissa has designed. Inside, there’s a fluffy kaya butter Japanese cake roll, blueberry and lemon curd tart, creamy cheesecake that comes topped with brownie cubes, and dim chocolate cake crowned with crunchy hazelnut praline. “It was created to showcase distinctive preferences and textures,” she clarifies. “I drew inspiration from the spots I’ve labored at, the ordeals once again, and my travels.”
Also on the menu, and a personal favourite of Melissa’s, is the selection of roll cakes. Japanese-inspired sponge cake ($24) arrives rolled with fresh fruits and flavours, which include mango, Nama chocolate, coconut caramel, and maple cream cheese. “It may be created up of just a standard sponge and cream, but at times, the easiest matters can be the most tricky to bake,” she shares.
Just about every thing at No Name Bake Retail outlet is manufactured from scratch Kaya, Speculoos cookie spread, praline, Nama chocolates, and extra are prepped clean and without the need of the use of preservatives. It is a labour of adore, 1 that Melissa insists on undertaking to make certain highest high quality.
She adds: “I rely myself privileged that I can adore what I do, and do what I adore.”
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