We commit ourselves to offer safe and quality food at reasonable prices while incorporating some Japanese style. We recognise that food safety and quality is of the utmost importance, so we adhere to our policies as stated below:
Policy One: Safety over cost
Would you eat rice if you knew there were added preservatives? How about bread then? Do you think bread is fresh when it's very soft? The answer is NO. It is simply unnatural.
Haikara Style uses no bread softener, which is commonly used in bread making in Malaysia, nor any antiseptic, coloring, preservatives, emulsifiers or stabilizers in our bread making process. We do not use it because it is not good for health
A little more about bread softener
"Bread softener" is a mixture of emulsifier and yeast nutrients which can be produced at low cost and is a combined additive used to make bread with a longer shelf life.Such additives are available merely for convenience of bread making, not to either make good bread or be used for the benefit of customers.
"Emulsifier" refers to an additive used to mix water uniformly with oil. This helps retain moisture in bread so that the softness of bread can last for a long time. Glycerin fatty acid ester and Calcium stearoyl lactylate are commonly used in bread making; however, the use of calcium stearoyl lactylate in bread is prohibited in Japan.
The term "yeast nutrients" sounds just like nutrients required for the growth of yeasts, but as a matter of fact, these are used on the part of manufacturers to increase their production efficiency. More specifically, they are a combined additive used to maintain the appearance and fluffiness of bread, to cut the manufacturing time in half and to improve the mechanical tolerance of mass-produced dough, and consist a number of inorganic chemical food additives (ammonium chloride, diammonium phosphate, partially potassium bromate etc.) and organic food additives(amylas, protease, enzyme etc.)The
ammonium chloridecontained in yeast nutrients is highly toxic and may cause vomitting and other adverse effects if consumed in large amounts and potassium bromate is a highly mutagenic carcinogen which is, surprisingly, the same substance as a neutralizer (the second solution used after perm lotion in hair salons) for hair perms.
Bread softener is very useful for bread-makers beacause even with the use of low-quality floor, it can still raise their bread, make it fluffy and long-lasting, and also can cut their manufacturing time almost in half.
While softener is still used in all mass-produced bread in Japan, more and more street bakeries have stopped using it in recent years. The usage is restricted in Japan.
However, in Malaysia, almost all bread-makers including street bakeries use it in larger quantities than in Japan because there are no restrictions put on its usage. And generally because people prefer inexpensive bread which looks big in appearance.
Our bread, baked without bread softener, is much heavier than other bread of the same size because it is solid and filled with a lot of substance. Some people may find it hard, especially its crust.
Nevertheless, we doubt the safety of inexpensive, long-lasting, soft and large bread and simply find it horrifying.
Policy Two: Quality over cost
Haikara Style Cafe use only carefully selected raw materials even if it costs us more and make our own fillings to be used at the cafe and bakery as far as possible even if it requires more time and effort, so that our customers can enjoy our food safely.
We proudly use home made products at our cafe. The red bean paste, various creams, various fillings, croquettes, hamburgers, 2 types of curry (chicken and seafood), beef stew sauce, tomato sauce for pasta are among the home made items.
We do not use margarine in Haikara! The reason being that a large amount of emulsifier is used in margarine.
Although many people are under the impression that butter is high in cholesterol and margarine is healthier, as emulsifier poses a higher risk, in our opinion, we use no margarine at all but use only genuine butter despite its costliness.
For the same reason, we use only fresh milk from Australia, not full-cream long-life milk (commonly sold in Malaysia).
All the salt we use is organic rock salt which is rich in minerals and has a mild taste. No refined or processed salt is used.
Our main ingredients
- Flour (Australia, Germany)
- Rice Powder (Japan, Malaysia)
- Organic Salt (Himalaya)
- Yeast (France)
- Butter (New Zealand, Denmark)
- Fresh Milk (Australia)
- Milk powder (France, Australia)
- Fresh Cream (France, New Zealand)
- Shortening (Malaysia)
- Olive oil (Spain)
- Canola Oil (Malaysia)
- Sugar (Malaysia, Japan, Belgium)
- Chocolate (Indonesia, Belgium)
- Cheese (New Zealand, Australia)
- Maple Syrup (Canada, Japan)
- Raisin (USA)
- Agar (Japan)
- Powdered green tea, "Matcha" (Japan)
- Sugared bean "Amamitsu" (Japan)