Wheat Baumkuchen @ Toa Payoh Central
The name of this restaurant, Wheat Baumkuchen, is quite a mouthful to pronounce, spell or remember for the local tongues; not exactly the smartest naming choice for a Singapore business.
Nonetheless, the restaurant still thrived and that’s thanks to the quality of the food they serve, particularly their signature Baumkuchen cakes (where the restaurant’s name came from).
Baumkuchen is a kind of layered cake. It is a traditional dessert in many countries throughout Europe and is also a popular snack and dessert in Japan. The characteristic rings that appear when sliced resemble tree rings, and give the cake its German name, Baumkuchen, which literally translates to “tree cake” or “log cake”.
Baumkuchen is one of the most popular pastries in Japan, where it is called バウムクーヘン (baumukūhen), or often erroneously, バームクーヘン (bāmukūhen). It is a popular return present in Japan for wedding guests because of its ring shape.
This Baumkuchen cake is quite a novelty item isn’t it?
It is pretty tasty too. I find it like a richer version of the Nonya Kueh Lapis; fancier with various toppings and flavourings.
Other than the Baumkuchen cakes, the restaurant also serves five simple cold noodle dishes, cutely named as “Penguin”, “Polar Bear”, “Dolphin”, “Reindeer” and “Seal”.
The restaurant is not air-conditioned, hence I find it pretty smart of them to serve cold noodles instead of hot stuff that would make diners perspire more. After all, the restaurant’s key highlights are its deserts, not the main courses.
Rachel and I quite like their noodles, peppered with lots of veggies and healthy ingredient. They were an eclectic fusion of east meets west in taste, but blended pretty well.
We also tried their Durian Meringue which was really pretty to look at, but a little too sweet for out liking.
Like it’s neighbour restaurant, My Peranakan Spice Box, prices are quite reasonable with the noodle dishes all priced at $4.80 each and the Baumkuchen cakes priced from $2.80.
It is likely for me to visit this restaurant again or one of the restaurants situated beside it. This hidden stretch of small restaurants in Toa Payoh Central at Block 190 all offers pretty good food at reasonable prices; that is if you do not mind that all of them are not air-conditioned. 🙂
Address: Blk 190 Lorong 6, Toa Payoh, #01-530 Singapore
Tel: +65 6356 5529
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 9pm