Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ugly Sue at Strictly Pastry

With a pool of ardent fans, Strictly Pastry's incarnation as a brick and mortar confectionery has long been awaited. Known for her fine customised cakes for that special occasion, executive pastry chef Hannah Wong's passion and skills have finally found a home in the heritage enclave of Joo Chiat. The former Chef de Partie of The Patissier was part of the award winning team at the Food & Hotel Asia Salon Culinaire and had won the Cacao Barry scholarship to Paris at the World Gourmet Summit.

Old school biscuit tins form a pretty feature wall. The lions
walked in during the soft launch with bakes in limited quantities.
Strictly Pastry operates as a takeaway joint due to the area's strict
licensing issues. It would have been perfect as a sit-in cafe.
Oh well, the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship here... ...
Cupcakes in flavours like Yuzu & Candied Orange, Stout, Blueberries,
and Chocolate ($5 each). Whoopie pies are spotted as well.
Limited range of cakes. We grabbed the Caribbean Sunrise and Strawberry
Velure over the Hey Hey Devil's Chocolate Cake. ($7 each)
Choux and meringue pastries. We grabbed the Ugly Sue ($7 for 3) over the
Butter Choux-ger Toast ($5 for 3)

This baby was in Young Parents Magazine.
along Joo Chiat Road.
Calamansi Handmade Marshmallows. Is this in vogue now?
Shortbread Cookies.
No seats so off we go for wine at The Straits Wine Company.
A rainbow of heritage shophouses.
Ugly Sue made of  baked meringue, passion fruit mousse, fresh strawberries,
blueberries and raspberries. The texture reminds the lions of the brazo de
mercedes at Carry On Cafe. This was a heartier version chockful of ingredients.
The Strawberry Velure was a mild affair with chiffon sponge, strawberry
mousse, fresh cream, diced strawberries and chocolate feuilletine.
Not really a winner apart from the fluffy fresh cream.
The Carribean Sunrise fared slightly better with baked cheesecake,
crushed pineapples and chocolate biscuit.

We were not given any forks and had to grab some emergency wooden
ones from neighbouring Simply Eden, a new gourmet takeaway joint.
Babich Riesling from Marlborough, New Zealand.
"Outdoor" seating.
Main area to chill and drink.
Teriyaki and Buffalo Hot Sauce
chicken wings tapao-ed from neighbouring
Wings World. Finger-lickin delish.

We love the Ugly Sue but are not too enamoured about the cakes though. For CNY, you might like to try their east-meets-west version of the Kueh Bulu called the Ulu Bulu.

Strictly Pastry
267 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427521

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