Sunday, 29 March 2015

Baking for a Good Cause

Yummy assorted cookies from iBakery
Last spring I was introduced to delicious matcha cookies and the social enterprise that made them, called iBakery. Operated by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, the bakery was started in 2010 to train and employ people with disabilities.

The rectangular cookies had such a great green tea flavour, and my great aunt loved them so much that I kept buying boxes whenever I passed by their pop-up store in Windsor House.

It was their first collaboration with Hyatt Regency Kyoto, that gave iBakery the recipe. And then a few months ago, Hyatt Regency Sha Tin presented them another recipe, this time for yuzu madeleines.

They are similar to the traditional French recipe that calls for lemon, but instead they are replaced with yuzu that isn't as tart. These are available at their current pop-up store in Hopewell Centre in Wan Chai.

I also tried their tin box assortment of cookies. It featured seed and raisin flavour, hazelnut, cashew nut, double chocolate, wholewheat almond and chocolate cashew nut. The box was also beautifully decorated with a colourful parrot hand drawn by someone at Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.

iBakery's bakery is actually in Kennedy Town, though each time I visit the store, the cookies I want -- particularly the green tea and biscotti ones -- are not available! The store there sells the basic baguettes, sliced bread, and basic Hong Kong-style pastries, as well as some cookies.

Nevertheless it's a good cause to support, particularly in helping people with disabilities learn a skill and have a job they can be proud of.

Shop 2, G/F, Block 2, Centenary Mansion
1 Victoria Road
Kennedy Town
2816 5233

iBakery Gallery Cafe
Tamar Cafe at Tamar Park
2352 2700

iBakery Express (Tamar)
Promenade at Tamar Park
2511 8230

iBakery Express (HKU)
Run Run Shaw Podium, Main Campus
University of Hong Kong
5402 4546

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