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Bakery’s beloved treats make a comeback

A La Carte

January 6, 2019

Story By: Don Robbins | Photos by: FILE PHOTOS

Squash Soup ($7.99)

Customers eagerly flock to the tasty products at Fendu Boulangerie, the European-style bakery located at Manoa Marketplace.

Niel Koep, chef and owner, notes he opened the bakery in 2009 after working more than 18 years as an executive pastry chef at resorts on the island of Lanai. He had a longing to open his own bakery for many years, and when the chance to start one in Manoa beckoned, he seized the opportunity.

Bostock ($3.25. PHOTO COURTESY FENDU BOULANGERIE

Koep stresses that he uses the finest, all-natural ingredients in his baked goods, which include breads, desserts, scones, Danish pastries, croissants, sandwiches, rustic gourmet pizzas and other delicacies.

For example, items such as Basil Pesto Panini and Chicken Curry Sandwich have been longtime best sellers.

Additionally, the bakery constantly is offering daily specials to give customers a tasty variety and keep them coming back for more.

Bossola ($8.75)

Now that the holidays and Fendu’s seasonal treats have come and gone, the bakery has welcomed back some other wildly popular items that hungry customers have been clamoring for.

Among the returning items putting smiles on customers’ faces is Bossola ($8.75), an Italian sweet bread which is available on Saturdays and Sundays only. It takes an intensive process of at least 24 hours to make Bossola. This very buttery exquisite item has a denser texture than Hawaiian sweet bread.

“It has a nice, moist texture,” notes Koep.

Another yummy item making a comeback due to popular demand is Bostock ($3.25), which is available on Sundays only. This scrumptious treat is a French brioche pastry using bread that is baked, sliced, dipped in almond syrup and topped with an almond cream. Then, it is baked again for the final touch.

A third returning item on the hit parade is Squash Soup ($7.99), with curried shrimp and brioche croutons, available daily.

This yummy bowl features shrimp marinated in a special curry, butternut and kabocha squashes, and a lush herb-spiced chicken stock.

So, when you are in the mood to take your taste buds on a culinary tour of Europe — without having to pay for an airplane ticket or hotel — stop into Manoa’s Fendu Boulangerie for a flavorful experience to remember.

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