Move aside The Loaf, there’s a new Japanese bakery in town with better variety, taste and wallet-friendly prices to boot!
Located at the LG level of Mid Valley Mega Mall, this little outlet is busy and bustling with energy. Trays of freshly baked breads whizzed past us to replenish the fast disappearing displayed loaves. Customers mulled and picked at the breads, as everything looked delish so it was understandable that is difficult to just pick just a few!
A long queue snaked from the cashier to the back of the store. The cashiers; efficient and friendly, packed customers’ purchases with well-oiled competency.
These Creamy Custard Krones are Kumogi’s signatures. For RM4.80, each freshly baked pastry are ONLY piped with the thick sweet custard upon purchase.
The same goes for their Cookie Cream Puffs (RM4.80). Similar custard, but softer puffs. If you prefer crispier shells, go for the krones.
The standard sized store makes full use of its compact space. Right at the back is the kitchen with see-through glass where you can peek at the little army of bakers working their nimble fingers on dough and rolling out delectable baked goodies.
Iin the middle of the store is a long table displaying baskets of hard crusted loaves; and on all sides of the store rows and rows of buns stuffed with all manner of sweet and savoury options are displayed in display cases. Then I walked over to the cake chiller counter and nearly jumped in glee at the sight of the luscious cakes, all so pretty and gorgeously decorated.
These medium sized crusty loaves are reasonably priced between RM4 – RM6 each. The compact size reduce wastage as you’re more likely than not to have devoured it before its expiry dates. The least bulk also allows customers to buy a greater variety at one go.
BELOW: Orange loaf, studded with orange peel and the loaves has a lovely citrusy fragrance.
Cranberry Lemon (RM6.00).
Sausage and cheese. RM4.80.
Mini chocolate croissants (RM1.20).
This was labelled Walnut and Cheese (if my memory didn’t fail me) but that’s a lot of poppy seeds on top!
The ubiquitous Japanese swiss rolls, green tea cakes and berries tarts are tantalizingly displayed. I’m eyeing them for my next round of purchase but I did picked up the bite-sized Kumogi’s Hanjuku Baked Cheese (RM3.50).
It’s probably 2 mouthfuls at most but it’s really rich and creamy! A thin layer of soft sponge lined the bottom and the top is the cream cheese. In fact, it’s just exactly like a baked cheese cake but much smaller.
Over at the soft breads section, these cute buns literally begged to be bagged; pun fully intended.
There’s something to suit everyone; from raisins to cheese to sausages and corns. ..
….to green tea and plain rock melon buns as well as sweet potato buns!
For those who fancy mentaiko, Kumogi bakes the mentaiko bun too!
Do you remember the Royce’ chocolate post I wrote a while back? This Nama cake made me wonder if it’s made from the same chocolate.
Though I was tempted to buy everything on sight, I had to make do with a selection of hard and soft breads that keeps well in the car till the evening as I had a whole day of appointments.
BELOW: My loot – Sausage Cheese, Mini Chocolate Croissant, Honey Pumpkin, Tomato & Olive (the crescent shaped one), Chestnut Loaf and lastly the Noa Camembert (flat disc).
This is the chestnut loaf with chunky walnuts. The chestnut is pureed and added into the flour thus you don’t actually get to bite into any chestnuts but the sweet, nutty flavour of chestnut was present for sure. This is one of my favourite pick of the lot.
And just FYI, at Kumogi they refer to chestnuts as “Noa”. So if you see the word “Noa” on the labels, it means there’s chestnuts in the loaf.
The Tomato and Olive (RM2.20) has plenty of fat olives inside!
The mini chocolate croissant wasn’t too oily and has delightful flaky layers. But be forewarned that texture-wise it was more bready rather than the crispy French croissants kind.
Sausage and cheese (RM4.80) – worth the price as it came with good quality meaty sausages & generous amount of cheese.
Here’s my cute honey pumpkin (RM3.50).
I love the soft bun and the sweet pumpkin filling. Well, I love pumpkins so it’s a no-brainer for me.
The Dutch Bean (RM3.50). Generous, thick, non-overly sweet azuki (red bean) paste; perfect for Azuki lovers.
Last but not least, my mini disc!
It’s called Noa Camembert (RM2.60) actually.
There’s so much more to sample at Kumogi. I’ll be eating my way through the pastries and cakes next; especially the Nama Choco Sand and the Swiss rolls.
Mid Valley and Pavilion is not very convenient for me so what I usually do is buy a week’s supply of breads at one go.
Not when you loves breads and cakes as much as I do!
Komugi (Mid Valley), near Precious Thoughts/Speedy Video.
LG 078, Lower Ground Floor (Tel: 03-2282 1994 Fax: 2282 1995)
Kumogi (Pavilion) - 6th Floor. Tokyo Street.