Must Tries – Baumkuchen, Reindeer Grey Soba, Penguin Green Soba
We were rather surprised to find the famous German Baumkuchen at this humble shop in Toa Payoh. Also known as the “tree cake”, Baumkuchen earned its reputation as “The King of Cakes” in Germany. Recently the cake has also become one of the most popular pastries in Japan as it’s commonly presented at Japanese weddings due to its ring shape, symbolising everlasting love.
The cakes at Wheat Baumkuchen are baked fresh daily. Other than the classic original ($2.50 each), there are other exciting flavours such as green tea, oreo cheese, valrhona chocolate, almond nutella and strawberry. Sized liked a donut, the cake, which tastes like a healthier version of kueh lapis, has 18 layers of batter in a ring, and makes a delightful teatime snack.
They also have a special flavour this season – durian mascarpone ($6.80) made with mao shan wang durian!
Wheat Baumkuchen has also just introduced a number of cool noodle dishes, named after animals living in cold climates, such as Dolphin, Penguin, Seal, Polar Bear and Reindeer.
The Reindeer is grey soba noodles with mushroom, edamame, seaweed and sunflower seed tossed in a light miso sauce. The cold soba is so smooth it simply slips down the throat. We definitely love this dish as it is lightly flavoured, healthy tasting, and packed with ingredients. At $4.80, it’s also good value-for-money.
If you like soba with a stronger taste, go for the Penguin - green soba noodles with shredded chicken, fried eggs, Japanese cucumber mixed in roasted sesame sauce. The overall combination is very refreshing and very delicious.