Mama Bagel

Chewy, New York City-style bagels in Singapore? Be still my beating heart.

When Jennifer Harrison, a New York native, moved to Portugal in 2001, there were no bagels to be found. “After a couple of years of waiting for friends and family to visit—and bring me bagels—I finally got fed up and learned how to make them myself,” she says. “I moved from Portugal to Singapore about six months ago and quickly learned that there were no (decent) bagels here either. So I carried on baking.”

Two months ago, she popped by Sarnies, a cafe on Telok Ayer Street. “They had bagels on the menu but they were those sad, little ‘NY Bagels,'” she says. “I immediately took over their bagel contract and Mama Bagel was born. I figured it would be no problem—20 to 40 bagels a month. Now, however, they sell about 80 a week!”

This week, Harrison will be baking at Sarnies on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night. Her first batch will be ready by 7pm, so stop by for some fresh-out-of-the-oven bagels. Her baked goods can also be found at Group Therapy on Duxton Road and The Fringe in Bukit Timah Plaza.

“Plus, I sell several hundred bagels at the Loewen Gardens Farmers’ Market [every other week],” Harrison says. “Mama Bagel is tired! But, it’s a great problem to have.”

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I’m off to my beloved hometown soon but I promise a proper taste test upon my return. In the meantime, check out Mama Bagel’s plain, onion, cinnamon raisin, multiseed (sesame, linseed, and chia), and garlic and salt bagels. She has new flavors in the works and she takes special requests.

(Additional credits: Photo layout via Pugly Pixel; special thanks to Desiree Koh.)

8 responses

  1. Oh goodness, Sarnies is run by my friend, Jennifer! She takes amazing care with her baked goods. I remember how she was trying to source for good sourdough in Singapore :).