PETALING JAYA: A bagel is more than just dough boiled in water and then baked. A bagel is more than just its sacred cream cheese, lox topping and served at breakfast.
This bakery in Subang has elevated the bagel eating experience by taking New York’s staple eats and converting them into a vessel to hold hearty, yummy ingredients, ergo the bagel sandwich.
Before you declare that bagel sandwich a blasphemy, why not tease your taste buds with these colourful, delicious creations at Christine’s Bakery?
Walk through their brightly lit doors at Sunway Geo and you would be greeted with display cases filled with freshly baked pastries, loaves of bread, cakes and of course, the highlight, Christine’s bagel sandwiches.
FMT met up with owner Christine to find out how this culinary goddess is taking over Instagram with her assortment of Willy Wonka-looking bagel sandwiches.
“I drew inspiration from the United States because bagels are such a staple food over there. I wanted to bring this food culture to Malaysia but spice them up with exciting fillings.”
And no, at Christine’s Bakery, you won’t sink your teeth into day-old bagels as the bakery churns up to 150 fresh bagels a day.
Christine and her team painstakingly go through a whole month of R&D for each bagel sandwich flavour before it’s introduced on the menu to ensure customers have an unforgettable bagel experience.
The bagels themselves come in five varieties, namely plain, sea salt, pumpkin, seeded, walnut and cheese.
The seeded and walnut bagels add an additional crunch to one’s bagels whereas their sea salt, pumpkin and cheese variants throw in a subtle addition to the flurry of flavours.
But talking about the bagels would be boring if one doesn’t discuss the many, many fillings you can choose from the menu.
A particular favourite of customers is the Incredible Hulk, a meaty bagel with beef, chicken and lamb further flavoured with eggs sunny side up and mozzarella cheese.
This bagel is sinfully savoury, with the meats inside cooked to perfection, oozing with juices and with crunchy vegetables to boot.
Don’t miss out on ordering this delicious meat-packed bagel, lest you turn green with envy watching someone else tuck into it!
For those who have a love for spice and all things nice, the Winner is just the bagel for you, with a tongue-burning piece of chicken being the highlight of the dish.
Not only is this bagel spicy but also sour as it comes with mango, pickled carrots and daikon, as well as creamy, thanks to a generous amount of guacamole.
If you are a fan of spicy chicken burgers, then this spicy chicken bagel will be clucking right up your alley.
Craving for something out of the sea? The Crustacean is the bagel right for you then, as it is a meal of tempura prawn.
Served with pieces of prawn, egg and cheese and drenched with chilli crab sauce, the bagel is also stuffed with avocado, pickled cabbage and other greens.
The prawn tempura is fresh with a crunchy exterior, but the taste is however somewhat overpowered by the strong taste of the pickled cabbage, which should be toned down somewhat.
Trying to avoid meat for the sake of health? Christine’s has several vegetable-based bagels, served with eggs, which are just as delicious as their meaty counterparts.
The Hangover is a favourite of the bunch, a simple bagel served with scallion scrambled eggs as well as soft spinach, juicy tomatoes and a comforting piece of cheddar cheese.
But simplicity does not mean mediocrity, as this bagel is still unbelievably tasty which makes a delicious and healthy breakfast bagel.
Do you have a sweet tooth that needs to be sated? Christine’s just has the bagel, for you, appropriately called the Christine’s.
Sweet to a fault, this bagel is stuffed with Nutella, strawberries, bananas, peanut butter and hazelnut, a delightful blend of sheer sweetness.
Just a single bite of this will likely send you straight to heaven with the sugar rush, with Nutella dripping down the sides of your mouth with sweet strawberries leaving juices in their wake.
Bagels aside, you can’t miss Christine’s Portuguese egg tarts which are best eaten while still hot.
The crust is unbelievably crispy and flaky, almost melting in your mouth upon contact, with a creamy custard centre that is the right amount of sweet.
And what better way to wash it all down than with a refreshing, even energising drink?
The salted caramel macchiato is the pride of Christine’s Bakery, and it’s not hard to see why.
For the uninitiated, a macchiato is an espresso coffee with a small splash of foamed milk, leaving the taste of the coffee strong but with a hint of creaminess.
The addition of the salted caramel simply adds to the taste factor of this warm beverage, giving almost anyone a boost of energy even after a long day.
So, come in for breakfast, lunch, tea or dinner; you’re always promised a good, warm meal at Christine’s Bakery.
B-02-01, Sunway Geo
47500 Petaling Jaya