Sunday, January 6, 2013

Breakfast @ Swich Cafe, HP Towers, Damansara Heights

Back to Swich, this time extra-early, since breakfast begins here at eight & ends by eleven.
First entry on Swich Cafe: July 20, 2012.

Eggs in Baskets. By now, Swich's fans have come to realize that few recipes at this cafe are run-of-the-mill; instead of no-frills eggs with bread, this version features eggs with garlic bread, mozzarella, beef bacon bits & (drum roll, please) Marmite!

Reminded me of my grandfather, who had soft-boiled eggs with toast & Marmite every morning.

Eggs Atlantic. The surprise: these yolks rest on raisin-&-seed bread instead of plain muffins.

French toast. Tastes nearly homemade, partnered with lightly tangy orange-tinged butter.

Can't leave Swich without having some cake. We recently wondered aloud whether cafe mastermind Cheng Cheng would mind creating cakes built with some of our favorite ingredients. She took less than two days to work her magic & make our sweet dreams come true.

Avocado sponge cake, covered in avocado chantilly cream & topped with pistachios. Light & refreshingly subtle in flavor, but distinctively avocado all the same. Potentially available on order.

Mangosteen cake, with mangosteen frosting & fresh mangosteens, plus a touch of jammy pomegranate within the cake, which folks can purchase either in light chiffon or denser sponge (the latter's recommended for more potent flavor).

Every luscious bite of our No. 1 fruit in this beautiful cake is worth locking in our memories. Fans of under-appreciated fruits, rejoice: a ciku cake might be next.

Cheng Cheng never ceases to create. Buttery, sugary & nutty all at once: Burnt sugar cake, boasting burnt sugar frosting & almond brittle caramelized with burnt sugar. Not too saccharine for something that bears the word 'sugar' in its name.

We'll hum a happy tune with our bellies filled with this Hummingbird cake, a tropical fruit marvel comprising chunks of grilled pineapples & bananas, roasted coconut & coconut cream frosting.

Swich at HP Towers opens only on weekdays, 8am-530pm. But the countdown is mounting for the launch of Swich's Publika branch, barely weeks away.

Swich Cafe,
HP Towers, Jalan Gelenggang, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.

37 comments:

  1. Mangosteen cake! that's a first for me !

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    1. Wong: me too! it's been something i've been imagining for many years now, since mangosteens are my favorite fruit, and i'm so thankful that swich cafe has turned it into a reality! :D

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  2. Mangosteen cake? Sounds awesome...and a new idea! Haven't seen or heard of it elsewhere.

    Was just telling the hubster that I wanted to pop by to Switch after my run this morning and then I realised, they are only open during weekdays! Sigh....

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, when i suggested it, i honestly didn't think that swich was going to make it anytime soon. so i was pleasantly flabbergasted when cafe owner cheng cheng announced two days later that she had successfully created it. and i sincerely can't envision a better mangosteen cake :D oooh, there's also a swich pushcart at publika right now that serves a small selection of their cakes. it's on the same floor as eat food village. and there'll be a full-time swich outlet opening higher up in publika soon too, probably by the end of this month =)

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  3. I heard about the Publika outlet when I came across their cake kiosk there recently. Hope to see the mangosteen cake there, for accessibility reasons :)

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    1. Lifeasacynic: yeah, the publika outlet will definitely be more convenient for many of us, especially since it will be open during dinnertime too. i hope the mangosteen cake will make regular appearances there too, but according to cheng cheng, it might be relatively difficult compared to other cakes because it needs to be eaten immediately after frosting, and everything has to be extra fresh for this cake :D

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  4. Not familiar with all... I think I would love the avocado.

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    1. Suituapui: i adore avocado! can't get enough of it! :D

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  5. Would love to try their much touted Durian Mud Pie. Unfortunately, they do not open for business on weekends. Le sigh...

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    1. Chong: ooo, never fear! That should be available at some point at their upcoming publik outlet =)

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  6. So many delicious cakes worth returning for!

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    1. Baby Sumo: i think you'll enjoy the avocado one! :D

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  7. fuhh that mangosteen cake is just screaming to be tried! can't wait for swich to open in publika!

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    1. Bob and Julie: yeah, mangosteen finally has its day in the sun! and not a moment too soon :D

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  8. Had their Eggs in Baskets...love it =)

    Can't wait until their Publika branch opens...can slowly sample more of their offerings on weekends...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: cheng cheng's strict about quality control, so she'll be happy to hear you liked the eggs in baskets here :D oh yeah, we'll all be bumping into each other at swich in publika by the end of this month, hopefully! =)

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    2. End of this month...got it! =)

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    3. Ulric: just in time for Chinese New Year cake-eating :S

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  9. I want to try the mangosteen cake! But can't find that in their Publika kiosk... :P

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    1. CK: ya, that temporary kiosk has no chiller, so they can't offer certain types of cakes there like the mangosteen cake. But it should be OK once they have their permanent outlet upstairs soon :D

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    2. CK: Aiya...when you free and come by Publika, let me know in advance, I will try to send one over for you, but please must eat immediately, otherwise the cake will look likes sorry mess. :P CC

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    3. CC: or it could look like a beautiful mess =)

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  10. Hi Sean

    Thanks for writing such a lovely post of our breakfast and cakes! We really love making new stuff, especially when our friends and customers love eating them! Really makes all the work worthwhile :).

    PS - I hope you'll like the ciku yoghurt cake with roasted cashews. Thanks for the challenge! Who knew ciku could be so yummy. I've never given much thought to the ciku, it's one of those fruits my Mom insists is very healthy when we were kids...but wow, that fruit has flavour!

    See you soon!
    CC

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    1. CC: thank you for coming up with a ciku cake, in less than two days yet again! it's another fruit with special memories for me, since my grandfather had a ciku tree. I love its delicious flavor, and your recipe for it sounds particularly perfect for me since I love creamy cakes! Plus, cashews are among my top two favorite nuts (alongside almonds) :D

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    2. You're most welcome! When I googled ciku/sapodilla/sapota/sugardillies etc and can't find any cakes with them, it became an even more attractive challenge :) Plus people won't have certain preconceptions of what it should be. If you remember that ciku tree and your grandfather with such fondness, childhood must have been idyllic :). Did I say this is a great job or what?! Cashew's another under-appreciated nut...I'm hoping to give it more airtime! Come by to try the ciku cake when you have the time :)

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    3. CC: yeah, this could be the first commercially available ciku cake known to mankind! a lovely achievement, and i definitely hope to savor it sometime this month. heh, as for my grandfather's tree, i guess we all sometimes look nostalgically back at our past with rose-tinted glasses, at a slightly simpler and more carefree time. i wouldn't mind being back under that ciku tree on a sunny afternoon :D

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  11. Wish they did weekends! I shall count down to the Publika outlet :)

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yes, the unveiling of the publika outlet will be one of this month's highlights, i think! :D

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  12. Mangosteen...what a brilliant creativity. I am definitely excited over their "opening soon" outlet in publika. The cart that is currently there is horribly handled by some staff who is practically counting down to closing time. I am like 5 mins away from publika so I am. A regular there. I approached the cart and. The cakes that was bare with no cover lids often turns me off. Just today, a fly flew out from some sample they openly left it there. I walked straight right off and away.

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    1. Sycookies: yikes! That sounds like an example of how good staff is difficult to find!

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    2. Hi Sycookies

      Thank you for coming by Swich! It is sad and distressing to hear our lovingly crafted cakes and samples being in such condition, but it is not acceptable and will be remedied immediately. Staffing remains a challenge, as always. I am very much looking forward to having our outlet upstairs with more ideal display and storage facilities :). Please do bear with us.

      Cheers
      CC

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  13. Their cakes are special wor...
    Mangosteen, I like! ;-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, there are several one-of-a-kind cakes here that we can't find anywhere else. and even the fruit cakes and chocolate cakes here are made with more impressive ingredients compared to elsewhere =) heheh, nice to hear from a fellow fan of mangosteens :D

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  14. I really curious how dense the mangosteen cake is since the fruit really has light flavor~~ Interesting nevertheless ~

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, the mangosteen sponge cake texture is a bit lighter compared to some other sponge cakes, and you're right, the flavor is light. a very refreshing cake, easy to eat :D

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  15. "Reminded me of my grandfather, who had soft-boiled eggs with toast & Marmite every morning."

    This memory of yours made me smile. I wanna go get a jar of Marmite besok just for a stroll down memory lane myself. :)

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    1. Kenny: ooo, now i also feel wistful. too bad my paternal grandfather has passed away, otherwise i could buy him some marmite for this chinese new year =)

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