About me

Hi there! I’m Tomoko. I’m Japanese and live in Malaysia with my husband and baby daughter. Baking has always been my passion since I was young, and I believe this was an influence from my mother who loved to cook and bake. I remember helping her in the kitchen when I was still a toddler. In junior high I joined the cooking club and later became the club’s president! I have continuously baked in the meantime and in 2009 I graduated from Cafe’s Kitchen, a pioneer and one of the most established cafe business schools in Tokyo, Japan. I am a Japanese trained patisserie and I also hold certificates in coffee making and have various experience in tea making.

In order to pursue my dream, I am setting up a shop called Caramel Factory here in Malaysia. At Caramel Factory, I will be teaching French and Japanese influenced pastries as well as coffee and tea making. I will also be taking orders and selling some pastries in the near future. Caramel Factory’s goal is to let others experience the joy of baking in an intimate and cozy setting. Imagine a quaint Tokyo cafe right here in our shop!
~Caramelmoko~

 

 

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59 Responses to “About me”

  1. Paik Ling July 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    What a wonderful blog you have here! I’m going to add you into my Google reader 🙂
    P/S: Hanae is a big girl already since I last saw her during chinese new year, so pretty!!!!

    • caramelmoko July 5, 2011 at 9:49 am #

      Thanks a lot Paik Ling!!! Hope my blog makes you happy~!

  2. Anna September 2, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    Hello! Your blog is lovely – your baking creations look soooo YUMMY. Which part of Malaysia are you in? My family and i moved to Perth (Australia) a few years ago (we’re from Malaysia). My little girl was born here last March.

    Anyway, I look forward to updates on your blog. Gambate! 🙂

    • caramelmoko September 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

      Hi Anna! Thanks for your message and so sorry for my late reply! I live in Shah Alam^^. You moved to Perth? Sounds great! How is the life there? You are newly mother, too! Must be busy taking care of your baby daughter. My daughter is going to be 9 months old so we seem to have lots of things to talk about!
      I’ll be posting my blog more frequently (hopefully…^^) so look forward to talking to you soon! Thanks!

      • Anna October 4, 2011 at 1:55 am #

        Hi Tomoko! 🙂 The lifestyle in Perth is so very different to KL. I was in KL for a short holiday with my daughter in July this year (she was 15mths old then). So glad to hear that you are setting up a shop – all the lovely goodies you will have available, and the classes you’ll be conducting sounds so exciting. Hanae looks soooooo adorable. Babies grow up so fast – my little Isabelle is so cheeky now, and a handful but she is such an affectionate child and I feel very blessed. Best of luck with your new business venture! ^^ I’ll check in for new updates on your blog every so often.

  3. angeline March 7, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    Tomoko, Hajimemashite. I came accross your blog from Adrine. You have such a wonderful blog. I wish to attend your class too but unfortunately I’m too far away.

    • caramelmoko March 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      Hi Angeline,

      Thank you so much for your comment! Your blog have lots of attractive pastries too~. Hope to see you one day when you come down from Taiping!

  4. Zarina Zainal March 15, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    Hi Tomoko-san,

    I love your website and I have seen your shop (just from outside) and it’s so cute.
    I am interested to join in your baking school…may be I will start in April. How can I become a member so that I can enjoy the cheaper fee…hihihi…?

  5. christina sudjie April 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    hello. my name is christina. i would like to ask about baking courses in August. Thank you

    • caramelmoko May 15, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      Hi Christina,

      Thank you so much for your message! So sorry for my late reply! I will email you soon^^.

  6. Helen Mah May 8, 2012 at 5:45 am #

    Hi Tomoko, heard about your baking class from a friend who is baking crazy!!! Love to attend your classes, please advise details…. thanks! Helen

  7. site June 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Awesome post ! Cheers for, commenting on this blog page man! Ill email you again. I did not know that.

  8. Tricia Koh June 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi Tomoko san,
    1st time came to know your baking class. Wanted to join but dunno where it located.
    If u dun mind, pls let me know if it is nearby PJ area

    Tks so much.

    Tricia

  9. vicky July 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Hi Tomoko-san,

    I just come across you website and love it some much. May I ask which baking school did you attend in Japan?

    • caramelmoko July 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

      Hi vicky, thanks for your message. I actually attended various courses in Japan. One of the school is called Cafe’s Kitchen, which taught me how to open a cafe and so forth. Tks!

      • Vicky July 24, 2012 at 5:42 am #

        Good day to you Tomoko-san, Really nice to hear from you and thanks for the name of the school.

        Can I communicate with you off line? My email is vickytan0812@yahoo.com.sg.

  10. Gurmeet August 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    where is the location. When the class will start

  11. Sam Wong August 31, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    hi Tomoko, do you kids baking classes in dec2012 or early jan2013? My children are aged 4 and 6. I would like them to learn traditional Japanese desserts if available or any baking will do, I am sure it will be of great fun to them. 🙂

    • Sam Wong August 31, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

      Sorry, typo. I meant do you have kids baking classes. Thx.

    • caramelmoko September 2, 2012 at 9:38 am #

      Hi Sam Wong,

      Thank you for your message. Yes, I think I will be having children baking class in December during school holiday. (Age 4yrs-12yrs)
      I will post schedule on my blog in the middle of November so hope you can check them once it’s updated. Thank you!

      Tomoko

  12. venus chong October 23, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    are you supplying to the tea party ?

    how to place order from you?

    Thanks…

    • caramelmoko October 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

      Hi Venus,

      Thanks for your message. I currently take limited orders for macarons and cheesecakes, but if you are looking for some items for the tea party maybe I can discuss with you? If you are interested in please drop email at caramelmoko@gmail.com. Thanks a lot!

      Regards,
      Tomoko

  13. Maria November 14, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    i was enjoying every bit of her class.. she is simply the best pastry chef ever.. the way she conducting the class is so simple, yet easy to understand and very hands on too. i can’t wait to join her next classes… thank you for sharing your wonderful baking tips and recipes.

    • caramelmoko November 14, 2012 at 6:56 am #

      Hi Maria,

      Thank you so much for your comments^^. During class I am quite focused and sometimes might look serious, but I am happy to hear such feedback from you all. I will see you soon again!!!

      Tomoko

  14. Alice December 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Hi Ms. Tomoko,
    I know that u r back to Tokyo till 7th Dec. Can I check with u any children class available after u r back frm Japan. My kids will like to attend at this school holiday before Jan school reopen. 3 of the kids here. Pls let me know of the availability and time slot.
    Tq

    Alice

    • caramelmoko December 8, 2012 at 2:44 am #

      Hi Alice,
      Thanks for your message! So sorry but we won’t be conducting children class for the time being. Will let you know once I have another class in future. Thanks!
      Tomoko

  15. En Qi December 16, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    Hi Ms Tomoko, I’m really envious of you! (Baking as a passion and a career, your own shop) ^_^ I’m currently deciding if I should proceed on with my university studies in a baking school.. Just curious, are there any international baking schools in Japan? I’m currently studying the Japanese language in Singapore and have always wanted to head over to Japan to visit! The thought of just staying there to study is already making me excited XD! But I’m curious about the study costs and living expenses over there though.. :X

    • caramelmoko December 26, 2012 at 7:51 am #

      Hi En Qi,

      Thanks for your comment and sorry for my late reply! As you know, a lot of Japanese don’t speak English and I don’t think we have baking school held in English in Japan. Too bad! We have Coldon Blue, but even that school is all in Japanese or French… Do you live in Malaysia now?

      • En Qi December 26, 2012 at 9:28 am #

        I’m living in singapore! 🙂

  16. Tomoko January 17, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    HI Dear,

    I really interest Baking class, how much couses. im staying PJ area.
    my email add kogi_vany@hotmail.com, pls reply soon.

    Thanks

    Regrads
    kogila

    • caramelmoko January 18, 2013 at 7:56 am #

      Hi Kogi, thanks for your message & you called me yesterday right? I will email you shortly. Thanks! Tomoko

  17. amirnawawi January 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Seem like I want to go to your baking class. I want to learn how to bake cake for my mom.

  18. Judy March 12, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    I live in san francisco.. and am about to graduate university with five years of food service and french. I was wondering if your school is a training program/school instead of just a one day workshop. I really want to open a Japanese Bakery in San Francisco

    • caramelmoko March 12, 2013 at 7:07 am #

      Hi Judy,

      Thanks for your comments! Very exciting to hear from you. Right now my school is more like a one day thing where students enjoy baking for their hobbies. Hope I can make my school a bigger scale in future, haha, but for your purpose it might not be suitable. Anyway, thanks a lot for dropping message!

      Tomoko

  19. Aida July 18, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    Hello,

    I am a muslim girl. I would like to know if you do use halal ingredients in your baking. Care to share your experiences and challenges when you were facing throughout your journey of setting up this shop from the beginning till you have setted up this shop?

    Thank you. Looking forward to your reply! 🙂

    • caramelmoko July 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

      Hi Aida,

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, I do have many limits but since I get all the ingredients from halal supplier, it’s been okay for me to control the materials. Thanks!

      Regards,
      Tomoko

  20. Mei Yien July 23, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Hi Tomoko, do you supply cake to restaurant?

    • caramelmoko July 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

      Hi Mei Yien,

      Thank you for the message. We currently supply only macarons and Japanese cheesecakes to cafes/restaurants. If you are interested, kindly email me at caramelmoko@gmail.com so that we can further discuss. Tks!

      Regards,
      Tomoko

  21. wee sun October 25, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    hello. my name is Wee Sun. i would like to ask about baking courses in November. Thank you

    • caramelmoko October 28, 2013 at 3:41 am #

      Hi Wee Sun,

      Thank you for your message. I still haven’t decided when to start the class again (as I am currently on maternity leave), but will keep you updated on my FB and blog. Tks again!

  22. Ivonne Saw April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    Hi Tomoko, am planning to look for a cake for my daughter’s 1 yr old party, may I know do u take cake order?

    • caramelmoko April 25, 2014 at 2:42 am #

      Hi Ivonne, tks for your message. Sorry but I don’t take cake orders for now. Tks! Tomoko

  23. Zaneefa Mohammed June 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Dear Tomoko,

    Are you having any classes between 14th June to the 19th June. Or between 2nd July to 6th July?
    I am interested in Japanese desserts only.

    Regards

    • caramelmoko June 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

      Hi Zaneefa,

      Thanks for your message.
      Sorry but my last class for this month will be on 12th June (Thursday) as I will be going back to Japan the next 2 weeks.
      I will come back by end of the month so possible have a class on 1st weekend of July again.
      Will post the schedule on this blog on 14th June, so please check it out! Thanks and looking forward to seeing you.

      Regards,
      Tomoko

  24. Chelsea July 12, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    Hi, I would like to know if you’re still giving classes? and may i have the details about your next class is if you are 🙂 thanks.

  25. Ivy Cynthia Lim July 24, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    I would like to know the fees

    • caramelmoko July 25, 2014 at 7:36 am #

      Hi,

      The fee is stated together with each class schedule. Tks!

      • Ivy Cynthia Lim July 25, 2014 at 8:27 am #

        Could you please send to my email about the fees and class timetable, so that I can arrange my time well. Thanks.

  26. Tina Woon October 22, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Hi tomoko
    Do you have classes that only teaches macaron making? Other than the master class for coffee and macaron?
    I’ve tried making my own and failed 6 times using different recipe and different method. But everytime when I see the pretty pictures of macaron I still feel like making them but when it failed it feels so sad. Really hope that you have classes that only cater for macarons
    Hope to hear from you soon

  27. Fazilah November 22, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Hi there! Do u hv any baking classes for children during this school holidays? Like u did last year. Wld appreciate ur feedback. Tq

    • caramelmoko December 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

      Hi Fazilah,

      Sorry but I won’t be having children baking this year. Thank you for contacting me anyway!

      Tomoko

  28. Sharon Ting March 14, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Pls add me for schedule

  29. Janavia February 22, 2017 at 5:38 am #

    Hi Sensei Tomoko,
    May i have your contact no please, i lost your no

    Thank you

  30. lois March 2, 2017 at 3:05 am #

    HI Tomoko may I know ur location ?

    • caramelmoko March 2, 2017 at 4:38 am #

      Hi, louis. We are located at Seksyen 9, Shah Alam.
      Here is the location map and the address. Thanks.

  31. Janavia April 13, 2017 at 7:15 am #

    Good day Sensei Tomoko,

    Would you please send me your contact no, i have lost your no and i have some plan to discusss with you.
    You can send me via email or contact me at 0105661117

    Thank you very much Sensei

    Best Regards,
    Janavia

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