Category Archives: Healthy breads

Making Your Own Healthy Sandwiches At Home

A friend tagged me a photo (on Facebook) of his homemade healthy sandwiches made from our Low GI bread recently bought at our Batu Bersurat branch. A “simple yet delightful sandwich” indeed. Our Low GI bread now comes in loafs which is available at both Batu Bersurat as well as JPMC branch.

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Healthy Restaurant Program Officially Launched

Brunei’s Health Promotion Centre, under the Ministry of Health, has officially launched the “Healthy Restaurant” program last weekend with the aim of encouraging restaurants and eateries around Brunei to come up with more healthy options in their menu. The launch was officiated by the Deputy Permanent Secretary of MoH, Dr Hjh Rahmah Hj Md Said, and attended by several Heads of Department including Dr Awang Zainal Ariffin bin Haji Awang Yahya, General Director, Ministry of Health.

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All participated restaurants will be given a certificate, marketing materials such as posters and table stand. For more information, please contact @HPCBrunei or visit them at Commonwealth Dr.

So far, 3 restaurants have been selected to participate on this pilot program and it is an honor that Mr Baker’s Cafeteria is one of the chosen ones. To be eligible, certain criteria must be fulfilled including the screening of food recipes and ingredients used in our products. When asked by Dr Hjh Rahmah what are the popular dishes in our menu, I explained that we only serve healthy sandwiches, muffins and salads. Our sandwiches are so easy to prepare that our customers can actually make them at home, saving the hassle of eating out. Dr Hjh Rahmah, a bread lover, asked for my recommendation and without any doubt, I recommended Jan Shim‘s most favorite bread, the Muesli bread. Both Dr Hjh Rahmah and Dr Awg Zainal Ariffin sampled the muesli bread and they are impressed.

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Jan’s favorite muesli bread with smoked salmon sandwich for morning breakfast or lunch.

 

Climbing Mount Kinabalu – The Greatest Achievement in 2013!!!

Every beginning of the year, I would look back and ask myself what I had achieved in the past 12 months. Year 2013 had been a great year for Mr Baker as a whole. We developed specialty muffins under Muffins&Co., collaborating with Brunei’s Health Promotion Centre on their healthy restaurant program and months of products development with an international franchise establishment landed us a deal which is going to keep our production line busy for a good period of time. However, my greatest moment in 2013 is none other than reaching the summit of Mount Kinabalu on 18th December 2013.

I started training for #MountKK2013 in August last year after the month of Ramadhan. Most of my training was at Bukit Shahbandar. The first attempt was a nightmare as I could barely catch my breath right after the first concrete steps. If you are a regular of Shahbandar, you would know exactly which concrete steps I am referring to. It was then I realized that I had to work harder in order to reach the summit as I know there isn’t going to be any easy way. I was pretty much determined (and disciplined) that I literally set a 90-day #MountKK Challenge on my personal Facebook account and monitored the progress on daily basis.

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Day 1 of 90-Day #MountKK Challenge. This is the day that I finally realized the prerequisite for a healthy lifestyle is not only the diet we need to watch out for but fitness through regular physical exercise as well.

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Training with my other Mount Kinabalu teammates. From Left to Right ~ Brunei’s famous food blogger Thanis, Jan, myself and our group leader Cyril. The four of us (together with another 3) made it to the summit.

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Jan has been a big part of my training without whom I wouldn’t be who I am today (referring to my love for hiking).

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What’s more meaningful than celebrating Mr Baker’s 5th Anniversary the healthy way ~ a group hike at Bukit Shahbandar with the management, staffs and family members  .

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Day 60 of 90-Day #MountKK Challenge.

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I personally feel that “Shahbandar 14 Hills” is a very good training ground for Mount Kinabalu as the entire route covers approximately 7KM with a duration of 4hours hike (my speed). The total distance from Kinabalu Park to the peak of Mount Kinabalu is 8.5KM.

The big day has finally come. I only had one thought in my mind before the climb i.e. to make it to the peak.

The big day has finally come. There was only one thought in my mind at that very moment i.e. to make it to the peak.

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This is the first part of the climb i.e. from Kinabalu Park to Laban Rata which was challenging in terms of long distance (about 6.5hours my speed) and slopes.

After few hours of hike, I had to rely on the stick as my legs started to feel soreness

A few hours later, I had to rely on the stick as my legs started to feel sore (You can tell from my facial expression).

Finally reached Laban Rata 6.5hours later.

Finally reached Laban Rata 6.5hours later at around 3:30PM. We had our dinner early, slept for few hours before the alarm sets off at 1AM.

We started the 2nd part of the climb at around 2:30AM. We were in total darkness and the cheap but reliable headlight I bought (from Supersave) was the only source of light.

We started the 2nd part of the climb at around 2:30AM after taking our super early breakfast. The rope climbing is definitely not my favorite.

I was the last one in our group to reach the summit but I am very proud of myself nonetheless.

I was the last one in our group to reach the summit but I am very proud of myself nonetheless.

My dream of becoming the "top baker" in So

My dream of becoming one of the “top baker” in South East Asia finally came true LOL.

To read more about our Mount Kinabalu unforgettable experience, do visit Cyril’s blog HERE.

Smoked Beef Honey Almond Bread Roll

I recently fall in love with the smoked beef sandwich which we called “Healthy Beef Roll”. Customers may request for the type of bread to be used for their healthy rolls such as wholemeal, low gi, multigrain, focassia rosemary and rye bread etc. My favorite bread has to be the Honey Almond roll which is my usual post workout meal.

You may request for the bread roll to be panini toasted, warm or simply serve as it is. Price: B$5.80

You may request for the bread roll to be panini toasted, warm or simply serve as it is. Price: B$5.80

Healthy Muffins By Muffins&Co – Just The Way We Like It

Had an impromptu conversation with a food scientist working for an international food industry yesterday who complimented that the muffins by Muffins&Co are very unique which taste just like the good old traditional recipe of English muffins. The texture is compact and heavy unlike other muffins sold elsewhere. Her favorite is Coconut Almond Muffin amongst the others. And today, while I was discussing a potential business collaboration with a young entrepreneur who just returned from the States recently, she told me how much she loves our muffins and totally didn’t expect to see this type of muffins being sold here. Her thoughts of the muffins: Healthy and Natural. Her favorite is Pistachios and Granola muffin.

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Coconut Almond muffin @$3.50

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Pistachios and Granola muffin @$3.50

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There are 10 varieties to choose from namely Coconut Almond, Pistachios and Granola, Oreo Creamcheese, Banana and Walnut, Chocolate Ganache Sour Cream, Swiss Style Muesli, Low GI, Apple with Oatmeal, Cranberries Cinnamon and Chocolate Muesli Raisins

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Dissected view of Swiss Style Muesli muffin. Notice the heavy and compact texture of the muffin.

Celebrating Our 5th Anniversary The Healthy Way!!

When I shared the idea of celebrating our 5th anniversary hiking at Bukit Shahbandar, I didn’t expect to get a positive feedback from the staffs. Instead, everyone seems to be very enthusiastic and looking forward to it. So this is it, we closed all our branches today (including Muffins&Co) for a good workout session.

We have come a long way to be who we are today and we couldn’t thank you all more for the continuous loyal support in believing that Mr Baker is the healthier choice. We are officially 5 years old tomorrow which also marks the first anniversary of Mr Baker’s Cafeteria. We choose to celebrate it today in order for children and parents to be able to participate together with us as today is a day off for them due to the national celebration of Teacher’s Day.

Last but not least, I would like to dedicate this post to my family, friends and relatives for the moral support all these years. Not to forget those working at Mr Baker, especially Chef Abe, Chef Lezel and our supervisor Siti Sarah who have been with us since Day 1. Thank you Jan Shim for the inspiration, Shaun Hoon and Datin Rafeah for the words of wisdom, Amirul from The Brunei Times, Ridwan and Thanis for the good food and the social media big brothers Tiger Lim and Rano Iskandar. Special thanks go to iCentre, JPMC, DST Communications, Telbru, BIBD, Asia Inc Forum, Health Promotion Centre (The Ministry of Health) and The Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.

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Big shout out to Amirul from The Brunei Times for this memorable photo.

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It was Amy’s first hiking experience and she managed to complete 4 hills together with her little one.

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Second time here with Shaun. As usual, it is another great hang out together. Thank you for coming.

After the first hill, some gave up and some continued to hike until the end.

After the first hill, some gave up and some continued to hike until the end.

Siti Sarah completed the 4 hills. Well done!!

Siti Sarah completed the 4 hills. Well done!!

This is the part where some decided to turn back but after much encouragement team mates, they decided to move on.

This is the part where some decided to turn back but after much encouragement from team mates, they decided to move on.

"Sap sap sui" for the Filipinos Team

“Sap sap sui” for the Filipinos Team.

Mission accomplished.

Mission accomplished.

Hiking at Bukit Shahbandar would not be complete without a pit stop for coconut water :)

Hiking at Bukit Shahbandar would not be complete without a pit stop for coconut water :)

DST Corporate Raya Open House 2013

We are back again this year at DST Corporate Raya open house which was held on Thursday (22/08/2013) at DST Headquarters, Tungku Link. The theme for this year is “Garden”. We were in charge of their main desserts last year but this time, the organizing team would like to have healthy sandwiches in their menu. To make it interesting, these sandwiches were made to order at the venue itself from the selection of breads which include rye bread, multigrains, Low GI and wholemeal bread. We brought along our 6′ chiller to ensure the ingredients were refrigerated properly as the whole event ran from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

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I love the table setting of our sandwiches counter. The breads appeared in this photo are sovital bread, vienna, rye bread rolls, wholemeal baquette, fresh bread and bread sticks.

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Chef Abe and Jainah are back again this year with the addition of Dayat (Middle).

We arrived DST lobby at around 6:30AM to get ourselves prepared as we anticipated, based on experience last year, guests would come earlier than scheduled. Other caterers for this event are Fratinis, Misato Teppanyaki, Countrypatch, RBC, Mulaut Abbatoir BBQ, Dreamcones and The Colony Tearoom.

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The girls looked relax throughout the whole event.

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Smoked beef with olives and avocado in rye bread.

Smoked salmon with creamcheese

Smoked salmon with creamcheese in wholemeal bread.

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Breakfast beef with sauteed mushrooms and onions in Low GI bread.

Sandwiches were moving very fast. The smoked salmon with creamcheese was the popular item.

Our sandwiches were moving very fast especially during lunch time. If you happened to be there, you’d know exactly what I meant.

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Still showing happy faces after 8 hours of work. This is what happens when work+passion combines.

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Group photo with the CEO and DST Management.

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ASEAN Year Consumer Fair Part 12, Brunei Darussalam 2013

Today is the official launching of the ASEAN Year Consumer Fair Part 12 which is currently held at Bridex Hall, Jerudong for 5 days until this coming Sunday. In this regard, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) for sponsoring us a booth to showcase our products. Panini sandwiches, muffins (from Muffins&Co.) and assorted cookies are among some of the products featured at our booth which is located in between BMC and DreamCone inside Dewan 2.

Throughout the exhibition, Muffins&Co. is giving “B$5.00 for 2pcs muffins” special deal, while stock lasts. Usual price is B$3.50 each. Note that this promotion is not available at The Souq.

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