Old Hands Cafe, Petaling Jaya

May 7, 2021

Old hands, new cafe: Mr and Mrs Okamoto make mochi, bread and buns that offer a taste of teatime treats from their homeland, from Shizuoka to Sungai Kayu Ara with love. 

Fun fact: Okamoto-san is in his fifties, so contrary to the cafe’s name, he’s not that old at all. But he’s an experienced hand at preparing pastries and Japanese desserts, formerly serving The Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur.

Now available for pick-up and deliveries, highlights comprise wagashi, classic Japanese confections like Daifuku Mochi, plump sticky-sweet glutinous rice cakes stuffed with red bean paste (RM21 for three).

The mochi is magnificent, with a soft, supple stretchiness outside, yielding to a textured filling with plenty of whole beans. The kitchen makes it fresh every morning with shiratamako, a fine rice flour that promises smoother elasticity.

Once dine-ins resume, customers will enjoy lingering here over Ogura toast, served warm with a golden-crisp crust and topped generously with red bean paste and butter (RM8). 

Say hi to the neighbourhood cats outside while you’re here.

Old Hands Cafeteria

1-13, Glomac Centro, Lorong Masjid 1, Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. instagram.com/oldhands.cafe

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