Yin's Sourdough

Unlike Western countries, there aren't many sourdough bakeries in Penang. Therefore, it is pleasing to visit Yin's Sourdough Bakery & Cafe today to check out its wares. This bakery at Claimant Place (Pesara Claimant) is operated by Su Yin, who was introduced to sourdough recipes while staying in the United States several years ago.
Sourdough is inherently sour due to lactic acid produced by Lactobacillus bacteria during the fermentation process. Compared to yeast bread, sourdough allows easier breakdown of otherwise-indigestible phytic acid in bread.
At the display counter, there are many types of sourdough bread for take-away. In addition, there is also a menu for dine-in customers. The number of tables is limited, so expect a full house during lunch hours.
For starters, the Toasted Bread With Yin's Jam And Butter (RM4.50) is a great way to enjoy Yin's homemade pineapple preserve.
The sourdough bread is carries mild sourish sensation and medium coarseness in a delightful manner. This bread works harmoniously with the sweet-tangy pineapple jam. Jars of jam are also available for sale here, but this jam is sourced from elsewhere, not made by the proprietor herself.
For something more filling, Banana And Cheese (RM8.90) is a panino with grilled banana slices and melted cheese sandwiched between sourdough slices.
In addition to the panino, mixed fruit salad is also served on the side.
A bowl of Mushroom Soup (RM13.00) includes two slices of toasted sourdough bread. The soup is very thick in consistency and is saturated with mushroom chunks. Two pieces of truffle are also included.
As for drinks, a glass of Ice Latte (RM11.50) is ideal in consideration of the hot weather outside. This coffee contains two shots of espresso.
Meanwhile, Mango Kefir Smoothie (RM11.00) is a fruity alternative to chill the body. Kefir is a yogurt-like drink made from milk have been laced with kefir grains (culture of yeast and bacteria). This microscopic culture traces its origins to the northern Caucasus Mountains (present day Russia).
While sourdough is commonplace in Europe and America, it is relatively new to Malaysians. Does its sour taste strike a chord with the local palate? It works for me, at the very least!

Address: 11, Pesara Claimant, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 011-2419-5118
Business hours: 7:00am-6:00pm (Monday-Friday), 7:00am-1:00pm (Saturday), closed on Sundays