This nondescript shop is a treasure trove full of ingredients. Top pastry chefs and baking enthusiasts all flock here to get the best ingredients for their baked goods.
Peter Wong, who started Sun Lik in Seah Street in 1985, has been in the wholesale and export business since his early 30s. He started out by helping out at his father’s shop, the now-defunct Sin Lit, in Middle Road.
Wong shares that Sun Lik started out as a provision shop. Over the years, the business has refi ned its inventory and gone into specialising in baking supplies. The quality and variety of its products have garnered the store the support of many customers.
Besides a range of bakeware, fillings and pastes, the shop carries an extensive variety of exquisite chocolates. The most popular chocolate items here are the Callebaut and Valrhona baking chocolates. As Sun Lik is a distributor of Valrhona in Singapore, the shelves are well-stocked with everything from the milky and delicate Opalys 33 per cent white chocolate to elegant and bittersweet Guanaja 70 per cent dark chocolate.
Besides offering the latest baking and cake decoration supplies, Wong also stocks traditional items such as kueh pie tee, love letter and kueh tutu moulds. “Throughout the year, we also bring in special items for festivals and celebrations,” he says.
“Lotus seed paste from Hong Kong is due to arrive in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival, and, come Christmas, we will be stocking Christmas decorations and our in-house candied mixed fruits, which is perfect for fruit cake.”
Should you have something in mind that you do not see on the shelves, check with the friendly staff and you might just be pleasantly surprised.
Sun Lik Trading, 33 Seah Street
If you’re wondering what are some of the ingredients and baking equipment they sell, take a look at the gallery below.
A range of Valrhona chocolate is available. Favourites are the Caramelia 36%, with notes of caramel and salted butter, and the dark Caraibe 66%, with hints of roasted nuts and coffee.
Aromatic fresh vanilla beans always elevate the deliciousness of baked goods. These lovely Tahitian vanilla pods are stashed away in the shop somewhere, so do ask the staff for help.
These colourful roses evoke many childhood birthday memories. Once commonly found atop classic butter cream cakes, these wafer roses add a dose of old-school charm to any sweet treat.
Curls, shavings and crunchy pearls – chocolate decorations of all shapes, sizes and colours (there are pink ones too) are displayed in the refrigerators at the back of the shop.
Sun Lik carries old- school brass and metal moulds used for kueh pie tee, kueh tutu and love letters. There are also moulds for making deep-fried honeycomb cookies, and putu ayu (coconut pandan cake).
In addition to the standard chocolate rice, and hundreds and thousands, Sun Lik carries a selection of pretty sugar sprinkles in an array of colours.
By Xie Hui Qin; This article first appeared on The Peak, September 2017.
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