Often when we mention anything about Bo Laksa King, we get emails and comments suggesting that we should check out the Latina bakery next door. We did and we were quite pleased that we did.
The Panaderia Latina Bakery is located just next door Bo Laksa King. If you go to Bo’s the next time, I would suggest you also drop by next door to check it out. You will not be disappointed.
Actually, I think you will be awed. The above is just a small section of what Panaderia has to offer. We were totally overwhelmed with all that they have. Pastries we had never seen before and every single one of them looked so delicious.
For a moment, we were quite uncertain how to go about it without asking stupid questions like “what is this?”. It is perhaps the same feeling like my Mexican friends asking the dim sum lady the same question.
The Panaderia is very South American. They are actually Chilean. And they are very friendly Chilean too. So we were glad they entertained our questions although most of the answers were totally lost in translations.
The young lady who attended to us told us that they had been running the bakery for the past 5 years having taken over from the previous owner.
One surprising thing I learned is that in the Chilean culture, these pastries are taken during our dinner time at about 6PM! This reminds us of how it was in Spain when we vacationed there last year. For the Chileans, their meal times are as follows:
- Breakfast: very light consisting of toast and coffee
- Lunch: Main meal of the day from 1PM to 3PM
- Afternoon Tea: Pastries and sandwiches from 6PM to 7PM
- Dinner: After 9PM
They make very elaborate cakes too. If you can ignore the reflection on the glass display above, you will find that the cakes are beautifully made.
With the help of the young girl, we had bought some to go. She was so sweet to even write down the names of each and every items we had when she saw that we were struggling with trying to remember them. We could get some of the names wrong below because we relied on our own assumptions when matching the written list with the pictures.
Each of them is very cheap too. The prices ranges from $1.75 to $3.00.
We couldn’t resist going home to eat them. So we stayed and ate a piece.
The above is called Cone Dulce de Leche (milk caramel) and custard. It is unbelievably … flaky, creamy and of course very sweet.
The mess was half the fun eating this. We got pastry flakes all over the table. The milk caramel was smeared on the side of the box. That was not to be wasted.
The only way to salvage that is to scrape it off with the fingers … yum, finger licking good.
Panaderia has a small eating area. They also sell food stuff from South America.
A small can of La Lechera costs $10. Suanne said it was expensive and she can get it much cheaper in the SuperStore. Maybe they are different. Maybe the ones here are the real deal imported from Chile. I don’t know.
What are these? These are tamale leaf wrappers aren’t they?
We know very little about South American food but we heard that the culinary of the continent is rich. They are not as well known as the more established cuisines but I heard that it can stand up to any cuisines in the world given it’s vast array of ingredients, seafood and meat.
I suggest you get this one above. It has a nice name … thousand layer with caramel!
This is another messy-to-eat pastry. We were debating how to eat this given that it is so tall. So we decided to squish it to a height that we can bite into it.
The other good one is the Dulche de Leche with Custard.
Flaky, flaky, flaky. Sweet, sweet, sweet. Rich, rich, rich, Nice, nice, nice.
You know, I was so impressed with Chilean (or South American?) pastries. Everyone of them can easily stand up to what the rest of the world makes.
The Shortbread Cookie with milk caramel and coated with shredded coconut was also amazingly good. Suanne said this is almost similar to the Alfajor recipe she posted on chowtimes before.
The Hojaldra is a crunchy pastry with caramel. They are cut like pizza slices.
Last but not least, the Empanada Dulce with pineapple jam. This one I did not eat.
So what do you think? Is this something you will like? For sure, they are really really sweet. It is something we will go back again and try whatever else they have to offer.
We like the prices a lot. We also like the fact that the young lady at the counter helping us understand more about their pastries. Pretty awesome.