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就在4月23日晚上8、9点时分吧，犹记得大人尚在府里挑灯夜审公文，夜的宁静刹那间让密探的一则讯息声响给划开了。不开则已，一开诱人！配图是一长串的法式蛋糕，再搭上数颗心形符号，「大人快来快来！觉得你一定会爱上 Whoops 的法式甜点！就快所剩无几啦！」密探还帮大人打了包票，饿魔此刻召唤，大人心痒难耐，却又回想这么迟了哪赶得及！「大人这儿营业至深夜12点！等你噢！」备轿！
23 April 2019 is just one of our many never-ending rush day to meet our project deadlines, but little did we know a WhatsApp tip-off message, and an endless string of images of delectable French pastries around 9pm would change all that!
“Your honour, I think you would love these,” Mandy texted. “Come down to Whoops now, and there may be still a few pieces left!”
“Are you sure it would still be opened by the time we arrived past 10?”
“Yes Sir,” she insisted. “They are opened till 12 midnight!”
Needless to say, our food & beverages investigators (FBI) arrived at the “crime scene” in no time at all…
“This, this and that, and that one at the far end too!” Even though we are mindful of the timing of our visit, we couldn’t help but still point our fingers at every piece of whatever that remains on display at the glass counter. And don’t be fooled by our apparent letting down of our guard against late-night indulgence.
There’s still the French pastries section to check out, and we have barely even started with the gateaux de voyage! 😂
大人口中的常温蛋糕「这个，这个，这个和那个。」正是带有淡淡伯爵香气的 Madeleine、湿润度宜人的 Carrot Cake、小巧略带酸甜的 Lemon Bar 与浓郁的法式巧克力咔士达派 Flan，大人在开张首四日，就光顾了三回，简直成了忠粉，某日还有幸品尝到了偶尔才现身的限量法式千层酥 Classic Mille Feuille ！「他们家的甜点总是轮番上阵示人，任何时间到访都能有惊喜。 这法式千层酥工序繁琐，据悉今日只推出四份，大人我有幸抢得最后一份！」
Speaking of the gateaux de voyage, the Madeleine and Carrot Cake were our top picks for 3 consecutive visits in four days, while the Lemon Bar and Flan also made it to our hit list. Lady luck was even smiling on us on day 2 as we managed to sink our teeth into the Napoleon as we grabbed one the final of only four pieces of Classic Mille Feuille available on any day! “What luck!”
大人其实并非嗜甜之人，平日若品尝了浓甜的食物，咽喉间极易产生不适感，而 Whoops 的法式甜点，甜度相当宜人，正中大人下怀！大人频频光临乃因自通报府中人这儿的甜点目前高居心中三甲之列，众人耳闻盛赞后竞相邀约前往，入口后再以猛点头的姿态回报，「大人您所言甚是，这儿的法式甜点深得我欢心！」 可见 Whoops by Soulless Patisserie 的甜食力度掌控确实得当，或许食材们不见得独树一格，所呈献的滋味却相当有诚意，即便吃多了也不觉得过腻，确是我心水之选。
Admittedly, we are not what many would call a dessert person, as we rarely get cravings for anything sugary, but the baked treats and pastries have indeed won us over in a matter of days and shot straight to the top of our list of favourite patisseries. With many reciprocal and positive responses from many of our foodie fans and friends, we are even more convinced that we can now enjoy life with less sugar and more flavours, thanks to the folks at Whoops by Soulless Patisserie!
白天不懂夜的黑，黑夜不懂昼的美。第三回的光顾，大人总算看清了 Whoops 的粉色系全貌。「其实看得太清晰，大人内心也是有点惧怕的。」两回的夜访，一回点得比一回多，这回白天到访，岂非招架不住那以颜值著称的法式甜点？
仔细瞧瞧粉红招牌上的署名 Whoops by Soulless Patisserie，这 Soulless Patisserie 好生眼熟！「原来主人家就是在线上屡获饕客点名盛赞的法式甜点！」在一回无心插柳的缘分下选址於新山彩虹花园设了实体店，不必预约即可尝到每日新鲜推出的甜点，光用想的，心里就觉得甜滋滋了。
We finally get to see Whoops in its full millennial pink glory on our third visit in broad daylight and boy, aren’t we very impressed. Timeless and yet so now, the name Soulless Patisserie also rings a bell, before it has drawn upon us that this popular online bakery has now made this corner shop lot (formerly Sugar On Top) along Jalan Kuning 1 their brand new home. Music to the ears (and mouth) indeed to us, and their regular customers, who can now satisfy our sugar cravings at will. This speaks volume of their popularity, coming from some not-so-dessert-person, isn’t it? 🤣
What’s even more amazing is the fact that the man behind the petite bakery is QiLong, a self-taught pastry chef still only in his mid-twenties. Gone are the days when chefs are just in the kitchen cooking a meal. Since the age of disruptive technology and social media, food has become multi-sensorial and is no longer created just for the palate, inspiring home cooks, aspiring chefs and sweet-tooth gourmands like QiLong to emulate these heavenly desserts. “Damn it, to think we’ve actually spent hundreds of Ringgit just learning how to bake a decent cake,” we silently lamented.
人世间最恼人的事儿，就是有的人不光比你努力，比你有天份，还比你年轻许多！啊，大人在得知 Whoops 的两位前台后场主脑才廿有几，满心妒忌得不得了，更别说那携手渡过了九年的甜蜜默契，绝对难能可贵，「齐隆真的非常努力，开店后的这几天，他天天忙至晚上11点才吃第一餐，瘦了好多。」负责前场的女主人 Mika 眼里尽是怜惜，大人不必享用甜点就被他俩撒了一身蜜糖。
Not only are these pastries beautiful and intricate, but they are also a labour of love. If there’s anything we love more than a decadent dessert, it’s gotta be accompanied by a good backstory – and the sweet story between QiLong and Mika stretched nearly a decade. The young couple just loves doing things together, and it’s the simple things in life like baking that make them (and us) happy. Sometimes, the long hours could take its toll on them too. “In fact, QiLong was working so hard that he could only find time for his first proper meal of the day, after 11pm!” Mika quipped fondly.
尚未开业前的小俩口，最初乃透过网络推出蛋糕，「齐隆的姐姐不忍见弟弟长年在新马奔波，数年前便献议不妨将其位于北干的设计公司部分店面隔租当作我们的烘培空间。」有了自己的烘培小天地，他俩便以 Soulless Patisserie 的名号在网络闯荡，从一开始仅有的1、2款蛋糕，经过不断改良调整增加口味，在毫无张扬的情况下，品项却随之受落，短短数年间即建立了一众饕客不吝惜所给出的好口碑。创业终归是一条不归路，「从事网络销售绝对不如想像中轻松，每天从早上8点就得一直制作蛋糕至傍晚6点，然后赶着外送，到家后几乎都是凌晨时分了。」让大人最为诧异的是，虽然每日的奋战早已让他俩的身躯疲累不堪，唯研发新品项的不屈精神仍旧不灭，我想这全仰赖他们所信仰着的「越努力，就越开心」这真理吧！
对于自己所经营的甜蜜事业极有想法的 Mika，绝非汲汲营营之人，回想起往日兢兢业业累积实战经验与资金的艰苦，依旧侃侃而谈，大人此刻着实无法联想她年仅廿出头！「2017年堪称是 Soulless Patisserie 的转捩点，渐渐有了起色的事业与一群默默支持着我们的顾客，是让我们持续不断鞭策自己的动力。」
Thanks to QiLong elder sister, who couldn’t bear to see his brother losing precious hours to the daily commute across the causeway, she offered to covert part of her design firm space in a shop lot in Pekan Nanas to help fulfil his baking ambition. Even then, the couple spent nearly 10 hours in the kitchen from 8am in the morning, before making their daily deliveries well into midnight!
While their baking experience and knowledge have grown steadily over the years, they also know how to bend the rules without losing respect for the original recipes. With countless and sleepless nights just to get the flavours right, Mika and QiLong have built a strong following for their sweet treats, with 2017 in particular, being a turning point for Soulless Patisserie.
这家以俏皮惊讶之意 Whoops 为名的实体店虽才刚面世，步调仍一如既往不疾不徐，毕竟当初选择展店就是想要更近距离接触喜爱法式甜点的人客，仅此而已。「昨天店里来了两位女生，一口气点了6种蛋糕，吃完后还外带了几份回家。」即便已在甜点业沉浸多年，面对人客的认同时仍难掩欣喜的 Mika，除了坚持守护男友所制作甜点的高质量外，不讳言在前场默默推广甜点文化亦是他们最在乎的一环。而法式甜点近年来亦渐渐迈入红海领域，竞争不可谓不激烈，「对我们而言，这圈子越大，可相互学习的就越多，良性竞争其实是成长的加速器。」
让大人最为流连的当属他们家亲切异常的待客之道，就如 Mika 所言，品尝蛋糕其实深受环境与心情影响甚巨，「我们很幸运能遇见那么努力能干又有热忱的共事伙伴！」
Call it an old-fashioned bakery, where everything is made by hand, from scratch, in small batches but that’s enough to make their customer went wow and “Whoops” that gives the Soulless Patisserie a new name for people to remember. “I could still remember two young ladies who ordered 6 cakes at one go and took home a dozen more that made them went whoops!” Mika recalled. It’s this much satisfaction that keeps the young couple going, even at a time when Johor Bahru is seeing more players in the market offering high-quality goods. “Competition is bound to be stiff, but with more brands creating more awareness for the enjoyment of pastry, we believe this will increase the overall demand for pastries here,” Mika concluded. Wise words indeed from a fine young lady whose wisdom seems beyond her tender age.
“Besides, the best part about working together is seeing each other, and it’s good to have a great palate we can each trust for tastings too!” Mika laughed.
Mocktail | Signature Coffee & Yuzucha
数次深夜造访，大人其实并无点选任何咖啡因饮料搭配甜点，「就怕睡不着。」这一回日正当中，大人绝不能再独沽一味，立即请 Mika 为咱们推荐当家饮料。
以野莓、通宁水、特浓咖啡精心调制而成的 Signature Coffee (RM16)，流过咽喉间后所留下的滋味超似花生酱与莓果匀和后的结晶品，「即特别又顺口，当之无愧的 Signature Coffee。」原来那位总是面带微笑的热情男生，调配起饮料真有两下子！
另一杯以抹茶、柚子与蝶豆花调配而成的诚意作品 Yuzucha (RM14)，有着特异的涩香，Mika 就明言这 Yuzucha 并非人人心里那杯茶，不过大人必须承认，「This is ‘my cup of tea’!」
Having refrain from excessive caffeine intake in our earlier visits at night, we also relish the chance to savour their signature drinks. A heady concoction made of wild berries, soda water and double-shot espresso, the Signature Coffee is worth every buck, not only because it’s kind to our wallet, but it’s also loaded with three potent ingredients that will either make us stay up past our bedtime or put us right to sleep! The bitterness wasn’t as pronounced, and we would liken it more to enjoying an iced coffee with a fair amount of booze to keep us lucid!
On the other hand, the Yuzucha will satisfy any lover of this delicious green tea. The aftertaste was similar to traditional matcha, but with slightly refreshing citrus and vegetal taste lingering from the yuzu and butterfly peas. This is definitely our cup of tea and we thoroughly enjoyed it as the tea was smooth and light too.
在 Whoops 的桌上，大人真心怕寂寞，「要是没点上四五种甜点，大人心里总觉得有道缺憾，幸好他们家总是没让大人孤单过。」甜点们！大人的味蕾都张开等着迎接你们啦！
The one-page menu is also promising at first glance with an adequate selection of cakes and beverages as we’re a firm believer in quality over quantity and we’re glad that Mika and QiLong seem to be going towards that direction with their menu.
Lemon Bar & Madeleine
模样质朴无华的 Lemon Bar (RM7) & Madeleine (RM3) 即是大人逢到必点的两道常温系列小点心。品尝香柠甜点时，总担心甜酸二味在嘴里一言不合而某方占优，那可就坏了口感。万幸 Whoops 的 Lemon Bar 经由齐隆妥贴揉合，「先释微甜而后露微酸，这一看似乐高模型的小柠砖，层次吃起来可真巧。」
For those who like tangy desserts, we simply love the sourness of the lemon that cleanses the palate. Topped with a creamy dollop of lemon mousse, the Lemon Bar had a smooth, silky and slightly tangy curd with a soft crust finished with a delicate balance.
On the other hand, the fluffy, buttery Madeleine has a soft interior that is both moist and has distinct earl grey notes. We’re intrigued at how they’ve managed to make something so light and yet so full of taste and texture, and for sure we regret stopping at only just two!
那把大人带入这甜蜜无底深渊的密探说，「这塔皮，我可以！」大人在品尝了水果塔 Frutti Tartlet (RM15, Fresh Fruit, Vanilla Custard, Almond Cream, Pate Sucree) 真身之后更觉密探所言甚是！若非顾及本大人在外的形象，只能小口啜食以保仪态，大人必定整颗摆入口中爽嚼！
A refreshing alternative from the usual calorie-laden cakes and pies, the Frutti Tartlet is a healthy assortment of fresh fruit toppings on a vanilla-infused custard base with almond cream and pate sucree. It doesn’t just look glorious, but taste just as great too. Highly recommended!
Grateful & Rose Litchi with Raspberry
这一日的 Whoops，甜点柜子里摆着许多以暖色系调色盘所着色的法式甜点，黄澄澄的 Grateful (RM17, Jasmine Mousse, Mango Cremeux & Compote, Coconut Jasmine Biscuit) 像极了放大千倍的黄宝石，套句俗话说说口感吧，「入口即化！搭着香脆饼座，软硬兼施，咀嚼后顿生让人措手不及的幸福感。」
与容貌绚丽的黄宝石同在一起，或许看官们会替那淡淡的一抹橙着急吧？那 Rose Litchi with Raspberry (RM17, Rose Mousse, Lychee Pudding, Raspberry Compote, Vanilla Sponge) 如此出众的气质，靠的正是内涵！「松软得让人不敢使出全力伤害它，温柔的外表里藏着淡雅的滋味，玫瑰与荔枝匀和后的羽量清甜，一点负担都不给你。」
We are also “Grateful” that the sweet and sour flavours combine flawlessly in this irresistible cake containing light, spongy coconut jasmine biscuit, a velvety smooth mango finish made of sweet mango cremeux, mango compote and a decadent jasmine mousse.
And, what a sweet surrender this is for our final cake of the day. The distinct fragrance of rose is also brightened by the refreshing sweetness of lychee in this aromatic Rose Litchi with Raspberry, with layers of light, delicate vanilla sponge and lychee pudding contrast with a soft raspberry compote, which makes for a delicious mouthful of textures with every bite.
食毕后的大人，心满意足后目光炯炯，双目正好投射向一旁那空荡荡的大冰箱，冷不防问了正忙得不可开交的 Mika， 「请问，这也是蛋糕柜子吗？」不问则已，一问之下又被撒了一身甜！原来齐隆平日一有时间便会研发新品项与口味，最近刚为女友生日而独家研制的蛋糕，之后也将以女友之名推出。「看官们是否也想拥有专属自己口味的生日蛋糕？」Mika 偷偷告诉大人说，「可以为你定制一颗全新山唯你独有的蛋糕哦！」大人顿时明白了，原来在 Whoops 的每一次呼吸皆是幸福的养分！他们家的甜度竟全都藏在空气中，「传令下去！大人今年的寿辰蛋糕你们该知道怎么办了是吧？」遵旨！
The French often say that the best bakeries are the ones closest to us. Well, we are lucky that in JB that there are now more than a few such quaint little bakery and cafes. Opened only weeks ago, Whoops has so far relied on “word-of-mouth” recommendations and can be considered something of a hidden gem in the local confectionary world. But after our repeated trips it won’t be too long before this best-kept-secret is out of the bag, with Whoops offering a good selection of humble bakes and occasional lavish gâteau served in a superbly relaxed ambience at brilliantly reasonable prices.
But, if you don’t want to get desserts that look like they are bought off the shelves, try getting them from Whoops and stand out from the rest of your friends!
Whoops by Soulless Patisserie
📍 No 1, Jalan Kuning 1, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor
📞 +6018-781 3466
🕛 12.00pm to 12.00am (Daily)
📱 Whoops by Soulless Patisserie
🍽️ NO PORK, NO LARD