Sometimes I need something different than my usual food adventure. On a recent Sunday morning, instead of searching for savoury, spicy, spontaneous street food, I came upon something that went beyond my expectations.
It was a decadent sweet. There was nothing fancy about it; it was just a brownie, a rather simple creation, one would think. But the first bite painted a massive smile on my face. It was destiny!
The brownie was made by Nainoi, a passionate baker who started her one-woman baking enterprise called Sticky Piggy about a year ago. The brownie didn’t have a traditional brownie’s crispy-crunchy outside and chewy inside. The quality of the chocolate was insanely luscious and its texture was firmer than cake, but not hard—more like a French bon bon. It had the perfect level of sweetness (How many perfectly good desserts are ruined by adding too much sugar?) and depended on the chocolate, rather than flour, for its texture. This little square of perfection elevated the brownie-eating experience to another level.
Nainoi was a pastry chef for The Restaurant at Meadowood, the Napa Valley, California, restaurant that received three stars from the Michelin guide. She returned to her native Thailand in 2014 and started baking on her own in Bangkok.
Using Belgian chocolate, she creates her brownies in eight flavours, including “original dark chocolate”; “black & white” (dark chocolate on the lower half and white chocolate on the upper half); “macadamia & white chocolate blondie” (Never in my life did I think I’d like a white chocolate brownie, but I was so wrong!); and “cheesecake brownie” (a marble of cream cheese with a dash of sweetness and saltiness resting on top of dark chocolate).
My favourite is the “café latte brownie,” with its harmonious blend of coffee and chocolate. Its strong espresso aroma reaches my nose before I make my move to taste it. Divine.
Besides brownies, Nainoi has also crafted her own recipes for granola, including one featuring dried tropical fruit and another more classic version. But don’t ignore her semi-soft cookies—they’re unforgettable!
To have your own adventure in this world of sweetness, you don’t have to go far: just open Facebook and, with a couple of clicks, send your order. Sticky Piggy delivers to your door.
Home-delivered treats—such a sweet way to celebrate the holidays!
Follow and order Sticky Piggy on its Facebook page. Or call Sticky Piggy at 09 3145 4646. Brownies come in boxes of four, six, or eight pieces at B60 a bar.