Friday, October 10, 2014

Kurtos Spiroll @ Pavilion

Pavilion is packed with snack-serving places, but one spot in particular stands out for us: Kurtos Spiroll, which specialises uniquely in kürtőskalács, the traditional Hungarian 'chimney cake' delicacy that deserves to become better known in Malaysia.

Kurtos Spiroll was originally launched in Penang by three Malaysian entrepreneurs - Gun, Lim & Ernie - who became intrigued by kürtőskalács, with its centuries-old history (the first known recipe originated in Transylvania in a 1784 countess' cookbook), its traditions (the pastry is popular for weddings & special occasions) & its sheer tastiness (which we can absolutely attest to).

 Gun, Lim & Ernie took no short-cuts in making sure their product is top-notch - the trio established contact with makers of kürtőskalács in Eastern Europe to ensure their recipe & preparation methods proved authentic, taking a year before launching the first Kurtos Spiroll in Penang's Queensbay Mall in February 2013. Another outpost at Gurney Paragon Mall followed five months later, while KL finally welcomed Kurtos Spiroll at Pavilion this year.

Kurtos Spiroll's chimney cakes are handmade from scratch at their outlets - we visited at noon on a weekday & saw a team of workers busy baking with purpose-built ovens while customers were ordering. Every piece takes three hours to complete, from the kneading & rolling to the coiling & baking.

The kürtőskalács here come in both savoury & sweet varieties. The former includes temptations like Seafood Sensation, Cheesy Chicken Salami, Ham Olive & Cheese, Smoked Salmon & Veggie Lover (mostly between RM7.50-RM8.50 per piece). 

Our choice: The Spiroll Dog, with a chunky sausage encased within warm, wonderfully fresh-tasting pastry that strikes a delicious balance between being fluffy-soft & crispy-crunchy, with a lovely flavour that fans of bread & pastries will likely enjoy.

The 'Sweet Series' is equally enticing - Cinnamon Sugar (RM5.90) works for folks who want something simple but satisfying ... 

... but there are also more elaborate options including Honey Nestum, Sunflower Seeds, Chocolate Rice, Vanilla Almond, Nutella Walnut, Peanut Butter Choc Chips, & even Chicken Floss or Pandan Coconut (perfect for Asian palates).

These chimney cakes are ideal for on-the-go eating; they're hearty enough for lunch & convenient for sharing. Besides the kürtőskalács, 'spiroletto' chocolate truffles & Australian-roasted Jack And The Bean coffee are also available.

Kurtos Spiroll
Lot 1.12.01, Level 1, Pavilion, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

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18 comments:

  1. I want the peanut butter and chicken floss one! :D

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    1. CK: when you're back in kl and working near pavilion soon, you can go grab some! :D

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  2. haha, i would like to try the chicken floss one too~ XD

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    1. Happy walker: heheh, hopefully you can check it out the next time you're at pavilion :)

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  3. Used to be good but now they premade everything and store them in the oven, no longer as fresh as it used to be...

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    1. Ken: ooo, it was still freshly baked here at the pavilion kl outlet ... maybe things are different at their penang outlet...

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    2. Dear Ken,

      It's great to hear from you again, thank you for your feedback. The sweet kurtos in the display warmers at Penang & KL outlets are all for display purposes and are not for sale. We still bake them fresh before serving to customers to ensure that customers always get the freshest possible kurtos kalacs.

      Your feedback is important to us and we will be looking to improve by putting a label on the display warmer clarifying that the sweet kurtos are for display purposes only. Sorry for not being clear on this! :)

      Thank you and have a nice weekend! :)

      Ernie

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    3. Ernie: thanks for the clarification, ya. and yeah, the kurtos tasted totally fresh when i got them :)

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  4. Not bad .. might attempt one if I'm in Pavilion! :)

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    1. Rebecca: hope you enjoy it! i think it was quite well-made and tasted good :)

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  5. I should've gone for Sunflower Seeds instead of Nutella Walnut, but maybe I should sample this flavor and Vanilla Almond when I'm in Pavilion again. =D

    Anyway, I like how the dough comes off in curls every time I try to tear into bite-sized pieces. =)

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    1. Waverly: all the flavours sound pretty appealing to me ... it'd be tough for me to narrow it down ... and yeah, it's fun to eat, heh, and convenient to tear off and keep :)

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  6. Interesting! They look like they'd make really nice flower vases. LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: haha, that's an interesting perspective! :)

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  7. Wow! Never even heard of this but they look so fun! And tasty too...a great variety of flavours on offer.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: the next time you're back in kl, make a beeline to pavilion to try these chimney cakes ... they're addictive in the most fun way possible, you're right :)

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  8. Time to pay a visit to Pavilion KL edi! :-D

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    1. Melissa: heheh, hope you enjoy the chimney cakes at kurtos spiroll :D

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