TBX The Baking Xperiment: Subang's showcase for schwirls, toasties, brownies & artisanal bakes
April 28, 2023
It's safe to consider this Xperiment a success: Now open for a year, TBX The Baking Xperiment has fast become one of Subang Jaya's prime places for fresh bakes, crafted with flair and full-bodied flavours.
This cafe goes beyond conventional croissants - from New York-inspired 'schwirl' croissant rolls to mushroom pillows and multi-cheese toasties, TBX brings playful thrills to its treats, alive with artisanal allure.
The selection is compact and confident, crisp and captivating. TBX meticulously harnesses a curation of top ingredients - it blends a variety of butters for its pastries, mixing and matching nearly 20 different kinds of chocolate for its sweet temptations.
Fun fact: Before becoming a cafe, TBX started in 2020 as The Brownie Xperiment, a Subang home-based brownie specialist. True to the name, its founders enjoyed experimenting with eclectic, eccentric flavours - fans will recall their Original Durian, Kinako Mochi and Fireside S'more brownies.
TBX's space in SS17's Wisma Dicor is bright and inviting, with a soothing contemporary stylishness. Choose your favourite corner to relish a relaxing meal on your own or with family or friends.
TBX's signatures include Schwirls (RM20, or RM72 for a box of 4), inspired by the circular, cream-filled Suprême croissant rolls made famous last year by New York City's's Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery.
TBX puts its own spin on these crisp, crackly schwirls, which promise a satisfying crunch to the final bite.
Flavours include the perenially popular Biscoff (white chocolate ganache with Biscoff on top), Milo (dark chocolate ganache, showered with Milo nuggets) and Earl Grey (creamy with house-made Earl Grey custard, made extra-decadent with dark chocolate ganache and cacao nibs for beautiful complexities).
Prefer a savoury schwirl? The Smoked Salmon with Herbed Cream Cheese Schwirl (RM25) is a full meal on its own, a hearty lunch that puts a fun twist on croissant sandwiches.
The sliced schwirl is stuffed with smooth smoked salmon, layered with paprika butter and cream cheese that's laced with a handful of herbs like rosemary and dill. The result: Heaps of huge flavours in each munch, complete with a perky side salad.
If you like your sandwiches hot and comforting, try the Mushroom Cheese Toastie (RM22). This starts out thick and tender in the kitchen before being pressed into a concentrated toastie, potent with crispness and cheesiness.
The multi-cheese mix is marvellous with mozzarella, sharp cheddar and American cheese, mingling a sense of smokiness with unmistakable umami, made earthy with mushrooms - perfect in brioche-style bread that stays nicely fluffy in the middle even after being toasted.
A pleasurable pairing with bread, TBX's Soup of the Day (RM15) is consistently slurp-worthy. We like the herbed tomato soup, honest and house-made with real blended tomatoes. The crouton-crowned soup is thick and chunky-textured - feel free to dunk a toastie into the bowl!
Pastry enthusiasts, check out the Classic Croissant, light and lovely enough to savour on its own as a teatime snack, buttery with a subtle crackle (RM8), and Pain Au Chocolat, bolstered by decadent dark chocolate with a gently bitter aftertaste (RM11).
TBX describes its Mushroom Pillow (RM11) as the ultimate umami bomb - that's absolutely apt, considering this beautiful croissant-like base is blanketed with shiitake mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes on a three-cheese mix. Fantastic for fans of robust savoury pastries.
Cake choices include the Moist Chocolate Cake (RM15), not a cliched choc cake. It's surprisingly nuanced, baked with four different chocolates for remarkable richness. True to its name, the textures are terrific - a soft, satisfying crumb and creamy, captivating ganache. Miraculously, it's a dairy-free cake!
The Lemon Poppyseed Cake (RM15) is ideal for reviving the palate - TBX never skimps on citrus component, so the lemon curd custard is naturally tangy and uplifting. It's a deserved bestseller that TBX enthusiasts keep coming back for.
TBX hasn't forgotten its brownie-loving roots - its bevy of brownies remains available at the cafe (RM8 per brownie, RM45 for a box of six, all the way to RM105 for box of 16 brownies).
Each ultra-fudgy brownie boasts the delightful depth of a dark chocolate base, relying on the chocolate instead of excess sugar for flavour. These are strong brownies with a soothing potency, well-balanced in flavours like Sea Salt (the salt really balances the brownie), Biscoff Speculoos, Peanut Butter, Fudgy Chocolate, Andes Mint, Salted Caramel and Ovaltine.
Of course, customers can have their caffeine fix here to complement TBX's bakes. The Latte (RM12) is enjoyably easygoing, excellent with Oatside oat milk (+RM3).
TBX - The Baking Xperiment
5, Jalan SS 17/1A, SS17, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-7pm. Tel: 011-6102-3004