MELBOURNE | There’s been an explosion of Asian-style bakeries and patisseries opening up across Melbourne this year, one of which is Yummy Bear Bakery. Located just outside of the the CBD on Elizabeth Street, Yummy Bear is the creation of pastry chef Pafun Sinpichetkorn, and her partner Daniel Negritas. The duo decided that they wanted to open their own shop last year, and a few month ago, their plan finally came to fruition. I popped in for What’s On Melbourne to grab some shots a few weeks ago.
It’s a small place, bright and colourful with lots of pastel colours and cute characters dotted around the venue. The high quality baked treats are also cute and colourful, baked fresh each day with an emphasis on Thai flavours. Ingredients are locally sourced where possible, with fresh produce coming from nearby Queen Victoria Market. Cakes are light in texture and not overly sweet.
It’s only been a few weeks since Yummy Bear officially opened, and already some crowd favourites have emerged. Things like soft layered crepe cakes with flavours like pandan, and Thai milk tea; coconut ice-cream wrapped with a thin Thai crepe and topped with Thai milk tea sauce; and buttery thick cut kanom pang (Thai toast). The latter comes topped with things like caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, fresh banana, and whipped cream; and pandan custard, coconut ice-cream, and crumble.
And yes, there’s mango sticky rice. Yummy Bear’s version replaces straight mango slices with mango ice-cream that contains chunks of fresh mango. To drink, it’s things like Thai iced tea, butterfly pea soda, and taro lattes.
It’s not just baked goods here either. If you’re in the mood for something savoury, check out Yummy Bear’s lunch specials. A rotating selection of a few Thai classics like pad thai, pad see ew, and pad kaprao.
Yummy Bear Bakery
599 Elizabeth Street
Mon – Thu: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Fri – Sat: 10:00am to 8:00pm