Home bakers gearing up to fulfil CNY orders

To cope with higher demand, they stockpile supplies, set limits on orders, work long hours

Mr Jonas Lim, 30, and his wife Soh Rui Yi, 28, who run home bakery Jo-Yi Bakery, with their Chinese New Year butter cookies, pineapple tarts and festive-themed bread. The couple have capped their daily orders at 20 to make sure they can cope with the
Mr Jonas Lim, 30, and his wife Soh Rui Yi, 28, who run home bakery Jo-Yi Bakery, with their Chinese New Year butter cookies, pineapple tarts and festive-themed bread. The couple have capped their daily orders at 20 to make sure they can cope with the demand. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Mr Derick Goh, 40, started home bakery Dream Hearts last May during the circuit breaker period. The full-time home baker, who specialises in fortune cat-shaped pineapple tarts, said he has made sure he has enough ingredients to last through the festi
Mr Derick Goh, 40, started home bakery Dream Hearts last May during the circuit breaker period. The full-time home baker, who specialises in fortune cat-shaped pineapple tarts, said he has made sure he has enough ingredients to last through the festive season.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Mr Derick Goh, 40, started home bakery Dream Hearts last May during the circuit breaker period. The full-time home baker, who specialises in fortune cat-shaped pineapple tarts, said he has made sure he has enough ingredients to last through the festi
Mr Derick Goh, 40, started home bakery Dream Hearts last May during the circuit breaker period. The full-time home baker, who specialises in fortune cat-shaped pineapple tarts, said he has made sure he has enough ingredients to last through the festive season.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Home baker Jacqueline Choo, 46, making mochi at home. She has prepared for the higher festive demand by stocking up enough ingredients to last about two months.
Home baker Jacqueline Choo, 46, making mochi at home. She has prepared for the higher festive demand by stocking up enough ingredients to last about two months. ST PHOTO: YONG LI XUAN

Last September, Ms Jacqueline Choo received an order for 700 pieces of mochi.

At the time, her home-based store Oh My Mochi was only five months old and she had to engage the help of both her husband and eldest daughter, as well as pull an all-nighter, to fulfil that order.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2021, with the headline 'Home bakers gearing up to fulfil CNY orders'. Subscribe