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Rainforest Bakery, That is What I Call a Bakery.

Posted by Jason Wong On June - 1 - 2009 |

It was a sunny morning somewhere in March this year that we were invited to interview the owners of an unique bakery located on the busy Chulia Street in the Georgetown area, Rainforest Bakery. The bakery has been in operations since year 2000/2001 which at those days were only supplying their breads wholesale to eateries, etc. But as time goes by and from the request of their ‘door-knocking’ customers, Rainforest began to plan for a retail outlet which was finally materialised at its current location on Chulia Street in year 2008. At Rainforest, one could see that customers from all walks of life and nationality wondering and choosing their pick of the day from the selection of continental breads that are baked daily.

At current the bakery is being managed by a pair of identical twins, Jerry and Jesse Tan(short spiky hair do). Jesse whom entertained our question and answer session was actually MIA from Rainforest Bakery for approximately 3 years not for fun, but to work in London and travel around Europe to acquire the skills and knowledge that they require to differentiate their breads from the localised bakeries and to provide better and healthier loafs of wholesome organic breads to its patrons. The daily fresh baked loafs uses the traditional or organic methods of preparing the dough for each individual type of bread that they offer today. Organic does not only mean that the ingredients are organic, even the preparation and baking process must be organic in every way that is what sets them apart from the rest. What they are selling at the bakery is not only bread, but also the concept of healthy organic traditionally baked and non-localised bread.

The daily fresh baked loafs uses the traditional or organic methods of preparing the dough for each individual type of bread that they offer today. Organic does not only mean that the ingredients are organic, even the preparation and baking process must be organic in every way and that is what sets them apart from the rest. Enjoy with assurance that no preservative, no MSG or enhancers and no essence are use in their bread. Even the yeast they used is self-cultured!

Not only the ingredients and baking take on the traditional concept, the packing or wrapping of certain breads also takes on the original ways that were used to pack them for customers which are still practiced in certain parts of the baking world.

Other than bread, one would also be enticed by their cakes, muffins and cookies that are on display at the bakery.

And if you need to add some savoury or sweetness to the bread that was just picked from the rack, you could also try out their homemade Kaya and Garlic Butter spread.

Their current business caters to the retail walk-in customers, wholesale deliveries to restaurant and hotels, and also residential home if it is located on the delivery routes. Other than the current retail outlet, there are also plans to expand their business by setting up their own branch. They are not looking into franchise because they want their Rainforest Bakery breads to be made fresh  and to keep the quality in check so as not disappoint their customers.

Average rating for this place:

  • 3.8/5 for value ( it would be a bit on the high side but the quality is what you are looking for, it is place to try out)
  • 4.0/5 for taste & texture (certain individuals may not be receptive to the kind of bread taste & texture.)
  • 4.0/5 for service (friendly and accommodating)
  • 4.2/5 for cleanliness ( everything is kept closed and clean)
  • 3.9/5 for atmosphere (what bakeries should smell of and feel like)

Address : 300 Lebuh Chulia, 10200 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact :+ 60 (4) 261 4641
Opening Hours : 10.00am-10.00pm (Closed Sunday)

enclosed with their in-house brochures

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15 Responses to “Rainforest Bakery, That is What I Call a Bakery.”

  1. Pictures do tell a thousand words, huh?? Nice shots.

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  2. J2Kfm says:

    yup, heard so much bout them. maybe i should drop by for some healthy pick-me-ups …

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  3. they hv the best breads for the prices they charge. I completely ditch Continental aft i found this!
    Even the kaya is good, tho not the best.

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  4. cariso says:

    You can cover Sungai Ara branch too . 🙂

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  5. I am a fan of bread and I love this shop 😀

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  6. Duckie says:

    everytime i go there, i’ll end up buying so much that it lasts me a week!!!

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  7. lingzie says:

    i love this place! one of my favourite bakeries! even though parking’s a bit of a hassle la…but actually i dont have to worry abt parking liao cos i discovered they can deliver to my place! yay!
    i love their foccacia bread and garlic butter spread.

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  8. buzzingbee says:

    they have such a lovely spread and the outlet looks so “English”!!!!

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  9. Judy says:

    hi, can anyone tell me where can i find such shops in Kuala Lumpur?

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  10. Yeah..I like the english muffin…my fav.

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  11. Zoomy says:

    Congratulation to Jerry and Jessie for continuing their family tradition of baking for both travellers and local residents alike. Their dedication speaks volumes, I wish you good fortune and hope that your new venture makes you even more good dough. Zoomy

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  12. Zoomy says:

    Congratulation to both Jerry and Jessie for the continuation and expansion of their traditional family business; the bakery is renowned around the world for the baking of bread, confectionary and pastries for travellers and local residents alike. True to its name, the Rainforest Bakery is to some would be patrons an undiscovered gem, whilst to others its existence is an open secret.
    Their sheer dedication and entrepreneurship speaks volumes; I wish you good fortune and hope that your new venture inspires you both to make even more good dough! Zoomy’s International Travelblog (Z.I.T)

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  13. Asvoria says:

    Just discover this great bakery few days ago while staying in a hostel nearby. Initially just want to get some food… just bought some bread and kaya… and I get surprised! The kaya is amazingly tasty! That’s some real kaya with fragrant of real eggs!!! Totally love the breads too! Should have ask the cashier not to cut it too thick, coz it finished fast.

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    Jason Wong Reply:

    We will forward your feedback to the owners so so that their passion will burn brighter. We have tried their Kaya recently and found it rich, eggy and not so sweet.

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