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Back to Kenny Hills Bakers in the uber-chic Kenny Hills/Bukit Tunku suburb of Kuala Lumpur last weekend for our morning cuppa.

One of Kenny Hills Bakersโ€™ bestseller is the Peach Strudel - misnomer which started at a small Italian bakery in Perth, Western Australia, but which had spread to Singapore and now Kuala Lumpur. The pastry in question is, in actual fact, a mille-feuille.

How a mille-feuille came to be called a โ€œstrudelโ€ originated at Corica, a small family-owned Italian bakery in the Perthโ€™s Northbridge district. Back in the late-90s, Papa Giuseppe Corica came up with perhaps the richest, creamiest, most luscious apple mille-feuille anyone there wouldโ€™ve ever seen! But Corica calls them strudels.
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In those years, the hordes of Singaporeans vacationing in Perth would queue for hours to lay their hands on those โ€œstrudelsโ€. Youโ€™d see herds of airline passengers, each hand-carrying 4-6 boxes of these mille-feuille as holiday gifts, as they fly back to Singapore. It became so popular that by 2000, apple strudel bakeries popped up all over Singapore, specializing in only such apple โ€œstrudelsโ€ and nothing else: Reynaldoโ€™s, Ritz Apple Strudel, etc. The trend had faded away since, but a couple of these bakeries still remained till today. By then, a whole generation of Singaporeans have grown up thinking this is how a โ€œstrudelโ€ looked like.

Kuala Lumpur and other Malaysian cities had also followed suit. So, in the case of Kenny Hills Bakers, donโ€™t be surprised if you order their very popular peach strudel and get this โ€ฆ

The portion is definitely more than enough for one person, so be prepared to share.

Other pastries/cakes we tried were rather average - an apple cheesecake, and a strawberry tart.

The beverages here were the standouts: we really loved our latte and cappuccino here - thick & aromatic - some the best weโ€™d ever had in KL.

Kenny Hills Bakers is located on the ground floor of an apartment block which looked like it harked from the 1960s. Two doors away is its sister-eatery, Kenny Hills Bistro.

Address
Kenny Hills Bakers
63, Jalan Langgak Tunku, Taman Tunku, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-6206 4111
Opening hours: 8am-7pm daily

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Kenny Hills Bakers owner, Au Tai Hon, has changed the whole concept of its sister-outlet, Kenny Hills Bistro and renamed it My Humble Bowl.

Instead of its previous, eclectic East/West offerings (think, Oriental roast duck or Hainanese chicken rice platters, side-by-side with pizzas, pasta and burgers), it now specializes in Asian noodle and rice dishes (their signature Cantonese roast duck rice is being retained on the menu).

Despite its name, the eateryโ€™s prices are still pretty high: MYR24 (US$5.75) for a plate of Penang char koay teow, albeit a pimped-up version, with large prawns, etc. I pay only MYR 5 (US$1.20) for a plate of char koay teow at the coffeeshops in my neighborhood here in Penang.

Too bad, liked that mille-feuille. Strange to change like thatโ€ฆ

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