Listen to this week’s freshly baked episode here!
This week’s recommendation comes from our Makan Kaki Anthony Yeoh of Cocotte & The Provision Shop and is pretty close to his heart, seeing as it’s a beautiful bakery started by his one-time Pastry Instructor back in his cooking school days. Chef Frederic Deshayes has opened a wonderful French Boulangerie called Do.Main Bakery in Katong, where he and his dedicated team produce luscious pastries both sweet and savoury and possibly the best bread in Singapore.
Why? He uses a natural yeast starter for his dough, which he has been developing for quite a while – it’s alive, you have to feed it and nurture it and the longer you develop it, the better the flavour of your dough. That’s why many hard-core chefs travel with their natural starters and literally treat it like their baby! In fact, Many bakeries in France have had the same natural starter for hundreds of years and continue to produce some of the most amazing breads! In America, they refer to this type of bread as Sourdough, but in France, it’s just bread!
So what’s good at Do.Main? Virtually everything from savouries, to desserts to baguettes! But Chef Anthony recommends you try their Natural Starter Bread, which is so delicious, so flavourful and mind-bogglingly affordable! You can see a picture of their enormous 2kg version above, but their 1kg loaf is a mere $10, which in Chef Anthony’s humble opinion, is really cheap – such great value for money considering the amount of work and skill that goes into the making of said bread. You mustn’t leave without taking home a loaf!
But first, the little bakery/ cafe is a beautiful space, so stay… inhale the baking smells, watch the team in their glass jewel box making the breads and pastries by hand and of course taste!