This unique little shop is located at Scape was started up by a young couple, Ken and Yvonne. Only opened in October this year, Chimney has made it’s way to the hearts of Singaporeans with its traditional Hungarian pastry. The couple first had chimney cakes 5 years ago when they were in Budapest, Hungary. They fell in love this delicious snack and decided to bring it to Singapore. Due to the limitation of capital they had as fresh graduates, they had to put this plan on pause. This year, they finally opened up their first Chimney stall.
They went back to Hungary to look for suppliers and learn how to bake from the locals. This traditional Hungarian snack is popularly seen at carnivals and family parties. They are very famous for their Christmas markets or day markets so whenever there is a carnival, there will be a few booths selling chimney cakes.
Chimey cakes are given the name because of its appearance. The product looks like a chimney and when it’s fresh out from the oven, you see the smoke coming out. In Eastern Europe, chimney cakes only have the sweet versions, so when you say cake, it makes sense. However, when Ken and Yvonne brought this product over, they created savoury renditions of this traditional sweet treat and calling it cake confuses people because cakes are sweets. So they decided to just stick to the main word, ‘Chimney’.
Their best selling sweet product is their Cinnamon Sugar with Nutella and if you don’t like it too sweet, you can choose to have Cinnamon Sugar with Cream Cheese as well. So cinnamon sugar is the hot selling topping here. For the savoury ones, Turkey Bacon is their signature.
Their weekends are the busiest because they bake to order and then there is just the 2 of them! So, there’s an average waiting time of around 20 mins and if there’s a queue, the timing may stretch. Weekdays between 12pm to 2pm is less crowded but the people starts to pour in at around 4pm, and a queue forms from around 7pm to 9pm.
Ken suggested: “For people with a smaller stomach, you can even have it for a meal. You can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s suitable for any time of the day, sweet for snacks or savoury for lunch.”
They are proud of the dough they make as it is very different from the usual churros or donuts. They flew ingredients in from Eastern Europe and when you eat it, you will realise that you can’t find it from any other bread shop because the flour is very different. It’s also healthier than churros and donuts, because it’s baked. The oil they use is like lesser and it’s not deep fried.
“If you try the sweet one, it’s crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside. If you compare it to churros, churros are fried, but ours is baked, so it’s also different. It’s the first in Singapore. You have to try it to really see and taste the difference.”
For all the sweet ones, Chimney will coat it with sugar before baking. So when the sugar caramelises in the oven, it gave the pastry a crunchy outer. This also makes it easy to stick the toppings on it. So when you taste the savoury ones, it’s less crunchy because to doesn’t have this crispy crust outside. So even though its from the same dough, the texture is different.
There’s a special way to eat this pastry. As it is swirled up before baking, all you need to do is to ‘un-swirl’ the spiral and tear it apart to enjoy!
We tried both their signatures: Cinnamon Sugar with Nutella and Turkey Bacon. The Cinnamon Sugar with Nutella was super crispy as promised and the dough was chewy! A texture we did not expect at all. If you think it’s just normal bread texture, it’s not! Tearing up the layers, you can see that the dough inside is very different from the breads you buy outside. The Turkey Bacon was also super fragrant thanks to the garlic herb butter. This savoury chimney was not only swirled with turkey bacon, but also mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese.
We also got to try their softie version. We had the Oreo with Vanilla Softie which was surprisingly still crispy despite the ice cream. Even after the ice cream melts, you can tear a piece of the chimney and dip it in the liquid. From December onwards, they going to add in “presents” at the bottom for the softie cup to avoid leaking of the ice cream. In addition, it’s like a Christmas present coming down from the chimney!
So visit the Chimney today and enjoy this traditional Hungarian snack with a twist!
Where: Scape, 2 Orchard Link, #02-02, Singapore 237978
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday – 11am to 9pm, Saturday to Sunday – 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm
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