Today, we shall explore the top picks of sourdough bread in KL!
Right, if you haven’t yet heard, you’ve been eating bread kinda wrong.
I jest 😛 But yea, as someone who strives to live a healthy life, bread is something I try to avoid like the plague.
Because you know, bread we are used to today, is not good for our bodies.
They are full of additives and preservatives because of the industrialized nature of food manufacturing.
Because companies needed to make bread fast, once baker’s yeast was invented, the entire baking process was sped up, and the baking process changed completely.
So here’s me trying to go back to the basics exploring the sourdough bread in KL.
What is Sourdough Bread?
Alright, if you haven’t heard of sourdough bread before, it is bread made from the natural occurring yeast and bacteria in flour.
In traditional sourdough recipes, you’ll find three ingredients: sourdough starter (which consists of flour and water), salt and flour. There is no yeast, no milk, no oils and no sweeteners. It’s about as natural as you get when it comes to bread.
And when I say that modern baker’s yeast sped up the baking process, they did so by more than quadrupling it.
The traditional way of making bread required 8 hours of fermentation at least, for the starter (natural yeast) to flavor and ferment the dough.
Today, bread can be made in under an hour. The fermentation time is severely cut. And because there is less fermentation time, there is less natural flavor in the bread, and hence, there is a need to add artificial flavouring and other additives to create what we know as bread today.
What makes Sourdough Bread healthy?
What makes sourdough bread a healthier option is the lack of additives and preservatives, while still retaining its unique flavor and rise.
What contributes to its very natural and rich taste are the long hours of fermentation by the sourdough starter.
And indeed, sourdough bread, is extremely yummy, has multiple health benefits that will be too long to include here.
But two noteworthy ones are that it doesn’t spike blood sugar the way regular bread does, and that it aids with digestion due to the natural fermentation process.
And without further ado, here is the list of our favourite sourdough bread in KL!
Sourdough Bread in KL #1: The Kefir King
The Kefir King advocates the theme of healthy living through healthy food. One of those healthy foods happens to be sourdough bread!
The Kefir King has its roots in a quaint family of six, whose quest for the perfect healthy lifestyle led them to discover the joys of making and eating fermented foods like kefir and sourdough bread.
Through lots of trial and error, they have slowly achieved mastery of sourdough bread-making.
All of their breads are made by hand, start to finish, without the use of mixers, with each loaf lovingly shaped to perfection.
All loaves are made with no preservatives, artificial ingredients, additives or bread softeners.
Because their sourdough breads are subjected to a long fermentation process, most of the dangerous anti-nutrients commonly present in conventional, yeasted breads are broken down.
Through this process, The Kefir King restores bread to its rightful place as a healthy, nutrient-dense food source.
Though The Kefir King may be new, it has already built up a base of loyal customers who regularly reorder their sourdough bread in KL.
And no wonder, because their bread is so good!
It is light and airy, with a wonderfully open crumb, a beautiful golden-brown crust, and a lovely, springy center that is the result of the natural fermentation that the bread undergoes. Unlike most sourdough, it has a subtle, deceptively mild taste that lingers pleasantly in the mouth even hours after going down the gullet.
With how good it tastes, it is almost difficult to believe that this bread is only made with 4 ingredients: flour, salt, water, and of course, the sourdough culture.
Their main bestselling loaves are the Rye and Spelt Sourdough Bread (RM13), but they have other interesting sourdough options, such as Sourdough Kefir Bread (RM12) and Sourdough Chocolate Babka (RM19).
The Kefir King does not have a physical store as they function as an online delivery service, but they have been building their online presence and can be found on most e-commerce platforms.
So all in all, definitely a winner in terms of taste and price.
Address: 1681, Jalan Tebing Timor, Jinjang Utara, 52000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact Number: 012-9306108
Sourdough Bread in KL #2: Der Backmeister
Having been unable to find a decent loaf of bread in the city, Oliver Rollar began his own German food haven with sourdough bread in KL. Der Backmeister began operations in 2015 in TTDI.
Their mission it to craft food in a traditional and healthy way which is why there are no preservatives or additives in their loaves. Free of added sugar, Der Backmeister makes bread the way it was done in Germany for the past 100 years.
What that looks like are long fermentation times for most of their sourdough loaves. Most of their flour is imported directly from Germany.
Contrary to actual German food, their two outlets serve halal food which include German speciality dishes like Currywurst, Pudding Danish (RM7) and Leberkäse. And of course, sandwich options are a must with all the mouthwatering sourdough. Pastries and freshly brewed coffee complete the experience of Germany in KL.
The sourdough here definitely takes of a more European lean. Hard crust with a soft and bouncy but dense crumb really drives the natural flavor home. We quite liked the 3 Grain Sourdough (RM15) and the Backermeister Spezial Bread (RM15).
Address: 40, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact Number: 03-2856 0613
Sourdough Bread in KL #3: Smith – Breadsmith & Cafe
The pièce de résistance of Smith – Breadsmith & Cafe is clearly their rustic sourdough loaves baked in their in-house humungous cast-iron oven. The café has a breakfast and brunch menu emphasizing on sourdough, with coffees, teas, juices and kombuchas for drinks.
When you dine in, you should get the Mixed Sourdough (RM8) which includes the slices of Farmhouse and Country sourdough bread with sea-salt on French butter. The silky-smooth butter complements the freshly baked bread quite splendidly.
Loaves here are not the prettiest, albeit flavourful, with a thick crust and dense crumb texture without being chewy. We preferred the richer taste tones of The Farmhouse compared to the plainer Country sourdough. Characterized by a soulful char, the crust has a crunch unique to wood-fired bakes.
Meg Lee, the breadsmith at Smith’s explains that the oven’s wood-fire infuses a smoky aroma and complex flavours, definitely making it one of the yummier loaves on our sourdough bread in KL list.
Address: Wood-Fired Oven Breadsmiths, 71 Jalan Setia Bakti, Bukit Damansara, KL.
Contact Number: 03-20112682
Sourdough Bread in KL #4: Tommy Le Baker
Walking into any bakery is always a delight to the olfactory senses, and Tommy Le Baker is no different. The aroma of freshly baked bread wafts throughout the cosy nooks of this bakery-cum-cafe, capable of sending anyone into a frenzy of anticipation.
Tommy Le Baker was established 10 years ago, with the mission of introducing the love of sourdough, with all its considerable benefits, to the Malaysian public. Here at Tommy Le Baker, they take great pride in the breads they bake.
Tommy Le Baker sells its sourdough in loaves that are priced by weight, so you can take home as little as a quarter of a loaf, or a whole batard. If you choose to dine in their cafe, their menu features a host of different sandwiches (sourdough, of course) with scrumptious fillings of various meats and cheeses.
We really enjoyed the robust rye flavours of the Sourdough Auvergne Rye Loaf/Tourte de Seigle (RM22). Deliberately a little charred from the bake, the dense crumb and rich rye notes performed its way to the top of this list.
All in all, Tommy Le Baker offers sourdough bread in KL at its simplest and best, no frills attached. And it is for this reason that Tommy Le Baker has carved a place in the hearts and tummies of its many satisfied customers.
Address: 82, Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia, 50460
Contact Number: 012-207 1588
Sourdough Bread in KL #5: Kenny Hills
If you were to judge from the queue alone, Kenny Hills would definitely win the prize. Over the past few years, Kenny Hills has built a loyal following of customers. In everything they do, from the selection of the ingredients used in their delectable dishes, to the masterful crafting of their breads and pastries, passion and devotion to quality is clearly evident.
Apart from their main dishes and pastries, Kenny Hills also offers two types of sourdough bread in KL: Rye (RM28) and Spelt (RM32). They use imported, stone-milled flour in their sourdough breads and to the discerning sourdough connoisseur, this makes a world of difference.
The end result: a lovely loaf with a beautiful, dark crust and a wonderfully soft and flavourful center. It works well as part of a sandwich, but is equally as delicious with nothing but a spread of butter.
A word of caution to those with small stomachs: Kenny Hill’s sourdough loaves are humongous, so be sure to freeze whatever you can’t finish within the first few days, and you’ll have enough bread to last you a week!
Address: 241-B Lorong Nibong, Off, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Wilayah Persekutuan, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact Number: 03-4265 2020
Sourdough Bread in KL #6: Yin’s Sourdough Bakery and Café
This restaurant has a selection of healthy food options (of which include sourdough sandwiches and pizza) but it originally began with sourdough loaves.
So naturally we had to try them out.
Founded by Penangite, Chan Su Yin, bread here is made daily, in-house in their “Fermentation Lab” to produce delectable sourdough bread in KL.
The bread we tried is light with an open crumb and a thin crust. It has a pretty neutral flavour that harmonizes well with being toasted. It’s also much softer than the other sourdough loaves we’ve tried. I would say that this bread caters well to the Malaysian audience, borrowing from European loaves but crafted to suit local taste preferences.
Would recommend the Cranberries Walnut Whole Wheat Boule Sourdough (RM11.50) and Three Seeds Whole Wheat Sourdough (RM10.50). They are preservative-free loaves of goodness that pair well with almost anything.
Address: Yin’s Sourdough Bakery and Café, 41G, 37 Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, PJ.
Contact Number: 011-2419 5118
Sourdough Bread in KL #7: Huckleberry Food & Fare
This restaurant-cum-bakery has a multitude of freshly baked products like bagels, donuts, croissants and hot-crossed buns, all of which were enough to turn our heads, but we made a beeline for their sourdough.
All of their breads are made with sourdough starters baked with traditional methods. The longer fermentation periods result in a light texture albeit retaining the strong flavours. We enjoyed the Rustic French Sourdough (RM15.40) and Miche Sourdough (RM7.75). Great crust and a moist crumb, the natural notes of starter fermentation follow through creating a distinct yumminess with great mouthfeel.
But if you’re planning to dine in here, be ready to fight your way through the crowds. Not our type of scene, so we were happy to just get in and out for the bread.
Address: Plaza Damansara, 2G & 4G, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. G108 & GK2, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285, Jalan Maarof, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact Number: 017-239 9264/016-901 2682
Sourdough Bread in KL #8: Universal Bakehouse
Universal Bakehouse is another cafe that specializes in sourdough bread in KL, from Pullman to Seeded and Country varieties. It also serves various baked goods including scones, gluten-free brownies, quiches and donuts.
If you visit their shop, you’ll find their sourdough sandwiches (2 slices of sourdough for RM6) that are served with a choice of accompaniments, ranging from Gula Melaka (RM3) to Hummus & Pistachio (RM7) and Ikura Roe (RM12).
Pretty decent bread is made here, with a large open crumb, leaning towards a lighter mouthfeel. The Original Country Sourdough’s flavour, though not robust enough to our liking is suitably paired with the different interesting flavours adapted.
We enjoyed the Honey Oat Sourdough (RM16) which was made with a touch of honey rolled oats. Good crust and a wonderful honey aroma. Also what we thought was unique was their Apple Sourdough (RM13). Certainly different. If you’re looking for a unique sourdough venture, this sourdough loaf is laced with fresh apple juice and chunks of apple incorporated into the bread.
Address: Universal Bakehouse, 21 Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, PJ.
Contact Number: 011 3332 7581
Sourdough Bread in KL #9: Dough & Dolce
The first thing that will hit you as you walk upstairs to this cozy café, is the smell of freshly baked bread. Probably our favourite smell in the whole world.
Inspired by her travels, Elly set up this homey nook to serve both local and international cuisines.
Open for breakfast and brunch, Dough & Dolce offers breakfast and brunch, with a small selection of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and hot food with bread in various guises.
Now for the sourdough loaves. We tried both their sourdough loaves, the Country Wholemeal Sourdough (RM24) and Country White Sourdough (RM22).
Something unique we noticed was the bread crust, which was blistered. Loaves here have irregular air pockets, a denser crumb, and a chewy, crunchy crust.
Address: Dough & Dolce, 24A, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, TTDI, KL.
Contact Number: –
Sourdough Bread in KL #10: Bake Plan
For sourdough with a Japanese take, we tried out the loaves from Bake Plan. This bakery is filed with loads of pastry, cakes and bread selections. Bake plan prides itself on baking its products daily without preservatives or artificial colouring, and using flour imported from Japan for better taste and texture.
The team of bakers is led by a Taiwanese Master Baker who employs traditional techniques to create artisan sourdough bread in KL.
We gave their signature Classic Sourdough (RM10) and Rye Sourdough a try. The softer and chewy texture of this sugar-free bread is a definitely a more eastern combination, and I think it’s a very friendly introduction to sourdough bread in KL, especially for Malaysians.
Address: Jalan SS2/61, Petaling Jaya
Contact Number: 019-697 2588
I didn’t touch much on sourdough bread benefits in the article, but if you’re interested, here’s a pretty good video breaking the advantages of sourdough bread down. Enjoy!
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