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Fine Food and Healthy Living Asia


Join Aussie Ian Nenke and American Todd Lejnieks as they navigate throughout Asia, talking to great chefs, eating fine food and exploring healthy lifestyles.

Jan 3, 2018

Sharina Ali, owner Baker's Garden.

Sharina shares her story of starting a business in Malaysia. She was familiar with all the choices in Singapore but didn't see the same in Malaysia. Her daughter was having health issues and wanting to eat gluten free and Sharina couldn't find much. She met her partner Judy Millar and the business grew out of conversations they had while helping each other with rescuing cats and dogs. We want to offer something for the residents of the neighborhood. We do everything in house. Different menu daily based on fresh ingredients and what's in season. We try to source all our ingredients locally, including our coffee. There are a lot of pockets of organic farmers we are trying to connect with. Everything is real ingredients, no coloring, not highly processed. Discussion of local Malaysian customers ability to purchase organic, fresh food. The impact of the local economy on healthy food purchasing. Opening a business as a woman in Malaysia. Soft bread vs. real bread. Considering baking bread but still working on sourcing the proper ingredients. Sharina worked in food R&D. Most bakeries add an aroma to the air to make it more enticing. Sharina's cat rescue efforts. Visit www.bakers-garden.com

Hours 10am - 5pm. Considering opening for breakfast. Closed Sunday, Monday.