About the Book
Chef Zan’s passion for baking is contagious. All who walk through the doors of her baking studio leave inspired, having discovered their baking talents, eager to realise their dreams and ready to share their creations with family and friends.
Baking with Chef Zan: A Collection of Cakes, Cookies & Tarts combines Chef Zan’s boundless enthusiasm for baking with her innate passion for using favourite Asian ingredients including pandan, gula melaka and coconut, to bring out the quintessential flavours of traditional Malay desserts in her baked treats. Within this exciting collection of recipes, you’ll fi nd tantalising creations such as her Ondeh-ondeh Cake, Pandan Gula Melaka Cake, Cendol Cheesecake, Bandung Lychee Cupcakes and Crumbly Durian cookies that taste as good as they look.
“Chef Zan’s pastry work for both modern and traditional desserts is
intricate yet rustic. A treat to the eyes and the palette.”
—Chef Shahrizal Salleh (Chef Bob), Culinarian and TV Personality
“Always presenting unique and creative pieces... Chef Zan always
produces masterpieces. She’s a precious gem from the Lion City!”
—Dato’ Fazley Yaakob, MasterChef Celebrity, Malaysia
“Chef Zan is Singapore’s baking sweetheart. She has a unique
personable charm, impressive talent and the WOW factor!”
—Chef Mel Dean, Culinary Host and Food Columnist, Berita Harian, Singapore
“Chef Zan inspires hope, ignites the imagination and instils
a love of learning in all her students. Keep calm and teach on!”
—Chef Amri Azim, Restaurateur and Celebrity Chef
About the Author
Chef Zan saw the world during her fifteen-year tenure as a flight stewardess with a leading international airline. One of her favourite destinations was Paris. She adored strolling down the streets, gazing at the exquisite desserts prominently displayed in the windows of quaint sidewalk cafés and patisseries. It was there that she realised her true passion — cakes and pastry.
Shortly after leaving the airline, Chef Zan embarked on a learning journey, enrolling in baking and cake decorating courses in local schools before heading to the US to attend a series of courses with acclaimed baker and chocolatier, Richard Festen of Baking Arts in San Mateo, California. Her relentless pursuit of learning also brought her to the Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School in Melbourne, Australia and Le Cordon Bleu in London, UK.
In 2012, Chef Zan finally realised her lifelong dream of opening Zan’s Treats, a baking and cake-decorating academy in Singapore. As a result of her enthusiasm and passion for teaching, Chef Zan developed a strong following among home bakers and is frequently invited to judge cooking shows on television and interviewed in the local media about her baking.