New Home-Based Bakery In Singapore Is Selling The Trending Japanese-Style Cat-Shaped Bread

New Home-Based Bakery In Singapore Is Selling The Trending Japanese-Style Cat-Shaped Bread

Lifestyle Food
By Karmen on 11 Dec 2021
Digital Editor

Neko Neko Shokupan, a bakery in Japan, first launched their adorable cat-shaped milk bread in 2020. As expected, it became an instant hit, spawning inspired creations by Japanese bakers that flooded Instagram.

After months of seeing recommended posts of neko pan (cat bread in Japanese), only to be disappointed that it's in Japan, I recently tapped into one photo to find that it was from *gasp* a home-based bakery in SingaporeCai Mama Shop.

Keep reading to find out more!

Newly opened in October 2021, Cai Mama Shop is a home-based bakery that specialises in preservative-free milk bread.

Milk bread is a Japanese-style bread that's popular for its rich milky flavour and soft, fluffy texture. It's also has a slightly QQ texture compared to traditional bread.

A loaf of cat-shaped bread by Cai Mama Shop
Photo from Cai Mama Shop

Cai Mama Shop's most noteworthy item is, of course, the Neko Pan ($10.90), the trendy cat-shaped milk bread. But what sets their bread apart from that of Neko Neko Shokupan is that each slice has a face!

Every cat face is painstakingly hand drawn with chocolate "ink" by the baker, Cai Mama, who picked up drawing skills while helping with her kids' art homework.

Cai Mama Shop cat-shaped bread with faces
Photo from Cai Mama Shop

Cat-shaped milk bread by Cai Mama Shop
Photo from Cai Mama Shop

Each loaf comes with six pieces of thicc bread made with flour, milk, egg, butter, sugar, salt and yeast. The designs are made using natural colouring from dehydrated fruits, edible flowers and vegetables.

These adorable pink and orange "cats" below get their colour from pumpkin and beetroot!

Cai Mama Shop orange and pink Neko Pan with faces
Photo from Cai Mama Shop

There's also a traditional version without painted faces, Kaonashi ($9.90). We love its minimalist aesthetic and the wholesome feels it has when served on a wooden plate.

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Cai Mama Shop loaf of Neko Pan
Photo from Cai Mama Shop

Sliced Neko Pan loaf by Cai Mama Shop
Photo from Cai Mama Shop

A new member of the bread animal family is Kuma Chan ($10.90), which is the same milk bread but with a bear face instead. You can choose from two flavours: chocolate or coffee.

Kuma Chan bread from Cai Mama Shop
Photo from Cai Mama Shop

Cai Mama Shop bear-shaped bread with faces
Photo from Cai Mama Shop

This cute sliced bread is best enjoyed toasted. Since it contains no preservatives, it can last a week and should be stored sealed in a cool, dry place.

When making an order, you can indicate any special dietary needs like allergens and even request for a custom design.

Delivery costs are $5 for the South-West area (e.g. Jurong East, Queenstown, Holland) and $10 everywhere else.

To place an order, fill out the order form @cai.mamashop on Instagram.

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