Popular 59-year-old heritage bakery, Balmoral Bakery, may close permanently by next year

Among the many old-school bakeries that hold a special place in Singaporeans’ hearts, Balmoral Bakery is undoubtedly one of the most cherished. I mean, it’s been baking up a storm since 1965; how could it not be?

Sadly, as this beloved heritage establishment nears its sixth decade, it faces the possibility of permanent closure.

Balmoral Bakery - Storefront
Balmoral Bakery - Storefront

Balmoral Bakery has a rich history that can be traced back to pre-independence Singapore. Established in 1965 by a band of Hainanese brothers, it began humbly as a street stall that catered to British soldiers with a plethora of traditional Eurasian bakes.

Today, the bakery operates as a full-fledged shop in Clementi, where it has stood since 1985. The baton of ownership is currently held by second-generation owner Mr Lim Ming Noong. The 78-year-old, who double-hats as head baker, divulged the possibility of his bakery’s impending closure in an interview with CNA.

“Give it another year or so,” Mr Lim said in the 16 Jun article, alluding to the bakery’s future. He mentioned retirement, citing the physical demands of the job and his declining health as factors for the closure in view.

Nevertheless, this may not spell the end of the road for Balmoral Bakery. Mr Lim expressed his openness to seeking a successor, even if they aren’t from his own family. Still, he reflected that he would not harbour reluctance or regret when he lets the business go.

Balmoral Bakery - Bakes
Balmoral Bakery - Bakes

At the moment, it seems like Balmoral Bakery’s future is in the air. On that note, I’d say that there is no better time than now to swing by for a trip down memory lane or a taste of nostalgia.

Expect to see a literal myriad of baked goods once you step foot into the bakery. Picture an assortment of creamed cakes, tarts, puffs and buns stacked on shelves in every nook and cranny. You will be spoilt for choice.

As a die-hard sweet tooth, I gravitate towards the vibrant selection of Mini Cupcakes (S$0.60) adorned with brightly-coloured icing and sprinkles. A good old Pandan Chiffon Cake (S$1.60) would absolutely hit the spot, too.

Of the extensive selection on offer, Balmoral Bakery is perhaps best known for its range of puffs. Think Chicken Pie (S$1.80)Beef Curry Puff (S$1.60)Chicken Samosa (S$1.60) and Sausage Rolls (S$1.60). Grab a couple, if not all of these.

Balmoral Bakery - Napoleon & Sugee Cake
Balmoral Bakery - Napoleon & Sugee Cake

While you’re there, you most definitely should snag yourself a hefty slice of Sugee Cake (S$7). For the uninitiated, it’s an almond-vanilla cake laced with brandy, an Eurasian delicacy that is quite a rarity in Singapore.

Another must-get is the Napoleon (S$1.60), a not-too-sweet (!!!) treat that features layers of puff pastry and vanilla custard, topped off with white and dark chocolate.

You know what? I might’ve just persuaded myself to check out Balmoral Bakery before it’s gone. If you’re a die-hard fan of bakeries and baked goods like I am, you absolutely should as well.

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