Me, carrying fresh Pandan leaves just after cutting from my grandfather's back garden during my home visit in Januray 2017.
My little story
Jin Yee Chung
I was a novice baker prior to 2014, at Boxing Day sales 2013 I bought myself a stand mixer. Since then, I challenged myself to pick a new recipe and bake/cook at least once every fortnight, and I did for 2014. The more I baked the more I fell in love with baking. In 2015, I entered the Cambridge Bake Off competition, little did I suspect that I would win the competition! It gave me a massive confidence boost.
Being raised in Borneo, Malaysia, I like to blend my cooking with an Asian touch. I am creative, artistic and have an eye for attention to details. With an Engineering degree, I sometimes use a scientific approach in my baking.
I suppose the baking part is always 'in' me, but I did not realise it until few years back! My mum is a great baker, she did a lot of baking for family and also commercially, all of my childhood and teenage birthday cakes were baked by her. Growing up in such a baking environment, I used to watch my mum bake a lot, but I never baked with her, not even once when we lived under one roof, I only sat around in the kitchen, saw her mix, saw her bake, and secretly licking off many buttercream from her mixing bowl! When I moved to the UK, unless I go to China town London, I cannot find any Far Eastern type of baking locally. I miss her baking so much, so I decided to recreate her taste and bake it myself in Cambridge, it started off as a hobby and experiment during my spare time.
The Baking Jin
Creating The Baking Jin, and baking for a bigger audience, I believe it could enable me to take the things that I am really passionate about to the next level. The Baking Jin was established part time while I kept my day job as an engineer. In 2020 the day job had to go.
Right from the beginning, I wanted to recreate the flavours and memories of my childhood in Malaysia.
With The Baking Jin, people can have a taste of Malaysia, if you come to The Baking Jin, I can bring alternative bakes, something different, something fusion, readapting the old classics in a new way, something slightly out of the ordinary, something 'oriJINal'!.
Some of the recipes have been handed down by mama Jin and taken many years to develop and perfect. It's been amazing to be able to share my creations with everyone here, and the amount of support over the years has been overwhelming, thank you for all your support.