I LOVE baking.
I make my own breads, pastries and cakes. In fact, from an enjoyable pastime, I managed to make baking now into something that keeps me busy and an income earner. Yes, I have my own baked goodies business, but I’ll talk about that in a separate post. This will be all about where to find your baking supplies in Phnom Penh.
When we moved here almost 8 years ago, I gave up baking for a couple of years coz I found it hard to source baking supplies in Phnom Penh. But I think once you are a ‘baker’ you’d always be one. There are lots of treats that are not easily available here (or if they are, they can be too expensive for me), so baking at home made sense.
It’s still not easy to find complete baking supplies here, one reason maybe coz homebaking is quite new here and most Khmers I know are not very keen on it (yet!). But with a little lookaround I discovered that yes! there are basic stuff available. So I’m listing out shops and suppliers I have found to help out those on the lookout for baking supplies. These are not complete, so if you know any place selling baking tools and equipment in Phnom Penh not listed here, please do drop a comment, it might be a big help to us oven mitt lovers.
- Bayon Supermarket – Decent stock of baking ingredients like baking chocolates (compound). While not the best, its okay quality and its affordable. The kitchenware shop upstairs is a must-visit. Plenty of cake tins, whisks, liners etc. Bayon is located at No. 33-34, George Dimitrov (St. 114), Phnom Penh
- Thai Huot – great baking source, lots of baking ingredients available. They also stock good quality baking chocolates, small packs of toppings like chocolate chips, sprinkles, nuts. It’s also one of the better places to source dairy, and their butter and cheese selection is good. If you are also on the lookout for cake and pizza boxes, they have it available. They have branches in Monivong, BKK1 (St 63), and Tuol Kork.
- Aeon Supermarket – at first I was not particularly impressed with Aeon’s baking section but they continue to add stuff to their inventory. They also have pans imported from Malaysia. And just recently, I found Wilton icing coloring there and very cute cupcake liners. So it’s worth a visit.
- One & One Market – this is a small grocery but I find items here cheaper,especially dairy. If you are in Beoung Tompun/Tuol Tompong area this store is worth checking out. They also have a good wine selection (a must while baking, you know, while waiting for the cheesecake to chill.. Hahaha). Located along St. 271 across Phnom Penh Sports Club
- Super Duper – this 24 hr supermarket stocks lots of imported items. I saw Crisco here. Ha! And frozen phyllo pastry. They also have a nice stock of disposable party supplies like paper plates, aluminum pans and I once got a 6-hole cast aluminum muffin pan here for less than $2.
- Ahhoo Megastore – this shop is like home/kitchen ware wonderland. A surprising find really when I thought it just carried small electronics. If you’re crazy about mugs, this shop is worth a visit. They have about 3 aisle all just mugs. But I’m including it here as one source of baking equipment coz they have inexpensive inventory of baking pans and baking glassware. Also small items like measuring spoons, cups, steamers etc etc. **Update** Old Ahoo is now closed but a similar store called JJ Megacorp have the same inventory. Its located along Monivong Blvd corner Kampuchea Krom.
- Sand Bakery – my absolute favorite for baking supplies. They have mostly baking stuff from Thailand. My go-to place for boxes of assorted sizes and cute prints. If you’re on the lookout for packaging, silicon bakeware, piping tips, practically everything you might need for basic home baking, this must be your first stop. If you don’t find what you need, they can also source items for you and I find the service extremely good. Sand is located near Hotel Intercon, St. 402. Check out their FB Page.
- Japanese 1.90$ shops – cute items. I’m crazy about colorful measuring spoons, cookie cutters, even kawaii baking paper. I even found good loaf pans there. (Daiso in AEON, MI-A in Aeon and all over the city)
- Local markets – if you can speak Khmer (or have a friend who does), the local markets can yield a lot of baking finds, so don’t write them off completely. It was in a market that I found my supplier for high quality flours from Vietnam and Thailand, buy wholesale and you get it a lot cheaper.
- LSH Cambodia – this is a wholesaler. Worth checking if you are looking to buy for restaurant or bakery.
- Guang Hong Kitchen Equipment – all sorts of stainless steel equipment and restaurant supplies can be found here. I bought a lot of pans, piping tips, sheets here. They also sell commercial ovens, refrigeration, display cabinets, customized stainless steel cabinets and all sorts of equipment for restaurants and bakeries. Guang Hong Kitchen is located along Mao Tse Tung near Chinese Embassy. There are also other similar shops along Mao Tse Tung, between Wat Tuol Tompong and Stop Bokor.
- KSLM – another one stop shop for your baking, kitchen and restaurant equipment. Visit their website – KSLM Investment.
Online Sellers: (I discovered these online FB sellers. Products are usually updated on their page regularly. Most offer free delivery within the city for a certain purchase amount) **updated July 21, 2017
- Khmer Caker – retailer and wholesale of non-dairy whipping cream. They also supply major supermarkets but I compared the prices, buying direct and in bulk from them is so much cheaper. They also have some pre-made toppings and offers basic cake decorating courses. Owner/page admin is prompt in answering messages and very conversant in English.
- The Cake Supply Shop – this shop carries lots of cake decorating supplies at affordable prices. They offer free delivery for purchases worth $30 above. Owner/page admin takes a few hours to reply on messages but is very friendly and accommodating.
This post by Move to Cambodia about Best Supermarkets in Phnom Penh is worth checking out too. If I find more places worth checking out, I’ll be updating this regularly.