June 17, 2012 00:00 By Pattarawadee Saengmanee
That's right! Belgian waffles are now in Bangkok. Try one topped with fruit, chocolate or smothered in ice cream
When pals Nhon Ma and Bertrand Lempkowicz decided to introduce authentic Belgian waffles to hungry students at Harvard Unversity, little did they realise that their bakery Zinneken's would be such as success that its products would soon be selling on the ohter side of the world.
Zinneken, which means "someone of mixed origins" in the Brussel dialect, is an apt discription of thier little bites of heaven. The waffles are based on special recipes that make them crunchy on the outside yet soft on the inside.
The ingredients include pearl sugar and yeast imported from Belgium to make caramelised dough and the best seller is the signature Liege, a sugar waffle that is sweeter , smaller and denser than the waffles sold by street vendors.
The pair recently teamed up with six Thai entrepreneurs to open a branch in Siam Paragon. Rents are high so the space is small as befits a take-away style bakery but there's still a pleasant European-style ambience.
Customers will love the combo sets that feature waffles with such fresh fruits as strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and blackberry from America with sweet local banana, along with caramel, chocolate and maple syrups from which to choose. Or you can design your own waffles, adding whipped cream, chocolate syrup, camarel, Oreo, peanut butter and Nutella.
"All the ingredients as well as the waffle irons come from Belgium. It ensures the quaity," says general manager Supattra Mahe.
For an energy boost, feast on the delectable strawberry glamour in chocolate syrup for Bt120 or the chocolate dream in chocolate syrup that's served with a hot chocolate drink for Bt170. The Sin is a waffle topped with sliced banana and Nutella for Bt120 while the Double Delight offers double waffles in chocolate syrup served with double hazelnut ice cream and chocolate chunks for Bt260.
Or just order a waffle with home-made ice cream in vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut and pistachio flavours for Bt50 a scoop.
"For an easy breakfast, just put some waffles in the microwave about 5 seconds. We guarantee that they're still delicious," says Supattra, adding "we plan to add an eat in space for customers soon."
A shop also offers hot and iced Belgian chocolate, coffee from Australia and imported soft drink like strawberry coke, root beer and Dr Pepper.
HAVE A BITE
Zinneken's on the ground floor of Siam Paragon. It's open daily from 10am to 10pm. More details can visit www.Facebook.com/ZinnekensThailand