Remember when sourdough was all the rage during the Circuit Breaker period? The beloved bread is now a staple on the menus of cafes and restaurants all over Singapore — it has almost become synonymous with our local food scene, and for good reason.
Punggol has been hitting it out of the park with new food offerings, which include the likes of Anna’s, a Muslim-friendly cafe and lifestyle destination where the infatuation with sourdough has been taken to a whole new level.
Opened by founder Anna Lim, known affectionately as SouperChef Anna (AKA founder of The Soup Spoon — hence the name), the cafe is driven by the philosophy of being “Better For Me”, serving as an experiential and education space for mindful, health-conscious diners, as well as bakers embarking on their sourdough journey.
Anna’s boasts a warm and spacious air-conditioned interior that feels just like a European bakery — it is certainly easy on the eye.
If you prefer alfresco seating (the cafe is situated right by the waterfront in Oasis Terrace, after all), take a seat on the breezy outdoor patio surrounded by lush greenery and a hydroponic garden.
Anna’s shines a spotlight on the humble sourdough or bread made from flour, water and salt, fermented using lactic acid bacteria and wild yeast, which boast nutritional benefits for our gut and well-being.
The cafe is equipped with grain silo dispensers, a grain miller, and even a slow-proofing room, where up to 800 loaves of sourdough can be viewed as they mature via a glass window.
All sourdough loaves are baked daily using freshly milled flour, and you won’t go wrong with the signature Anna’s House Sourdough, which is made with a house botanical blend of over 10 botanicals and ancient grains, alongside flavoured loaves like Chocolate Rye, Sunburst (garlic confit with sundried tomatoes), and even Turkish Delight.
Tuck into a sourdough-forward menu featuring brunch mains like Anna’s Steak and Eggs (S$28), Anna’s BIG Brekkie (S$26), the cafe’s take on a classic big breakfast, and the Dribs and Drops Diversity Board (S$18), which comprises mushroom parfait with smoked maple syrup, cultured butter, beets miso hummus, a selected of sourdough slices, sourdough crackers, mixed nuts, and fruits.
Other menu options include the comforting Grilled Cheese Toastie (S$16) served with tomato bisque, but I’d go for the Grilled Kimcheese Toastie (S$17), which has the added bonus of housemade kimchi (more digestive benefits!), in a heartbeat.
And of course, what’s a cafe concept by SouperChef Anna without a selection of soups like the Chicken Gumbo OG Version (S$12), a spice-perfumed chicken gumbo chock full of vegetables, and the French Onion Soup with Cheesy Sourdough (S$15)?
You can find coffee, smoothies and refreshing fizzes (with sourdough starter incorporated in ’em — super unique) in the beverages menu, best enjoyed with sweets like the Chocolate Rye Raspberry Broffin (a brownie-muffin hybrid), Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Raspberry Cookie, and Earl Grey Fig Loaf.
Don’t forget to pop by the retail section, which is stocked with a wide selection of flour, bread, homeware, sourdough starter kits, and ready-to-eat soups and sauces, before you leave.
Do note that the cafe is in the process of obtaining its halal certification, but all ingredients used are already halal-certified.
Will you be sharing the love and swinging by for some superb sourdough anytime soon?
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