Garden bakery has customers hooked
After just one year of operation, the sweet taste of the cakes, pastries and croissants produced by Bakery By Boris has dessert lovers hooked.
The recipes for these delicacies come from France where Mr Kaloun Luangkhot, the owner of the bakery, was based for 10 years. There he learnt and refined his techniques before deciding to open a bakery in a quite spot in central Vientiane.
The popular bakery sells almost 20 kinds of cake, as well as savoury goods and croissants, plus a tempting range of coffees and teas.
The cakes on offer change according to the fruit in season. This way, customers can enjoy different flavours depending on the season, keeping them interested and making them want to come back for more.

Mr Kaloun Luangkhot shows his baked goods and coffee.

The cakes sell for 25,000 to 30,000 kip according to size and ingredients. Other items sell for 10,000 to 25,000 kip, depending on size.
New items are regularly introduced and customers can enjoy new desserts that become popular. These include vanilla mascarpone, which has a vanilla smell and is crunchy inside.
Then there’s strawberry cake, which contains strawberry sauce mixed with vanilla cream. The flavour is not too sweet, but it’s very soft. And don’t forget to try the chocolate orange and pine choux choux - this consists of vanilla cream mixed with chocolate.
Before he opened the bakery, Mr Kaloun made sure his products would suit the Lao market and sold them at various restaurants and coffee shops in Vientiane.
When he observed that the number of customers was on the rise, he decided to open his own outlet and produced a wonderful array of cakes and other goodies that he felt would suit customers’ tastes. 
After a year he saw that his customer base was continuing to grow and decided to add coffee to the menu. 
Mr Kaloun believes it’s the variety of items he offers that brings in the punters.
His staff are also an important part of his success story. 
“If we have a good chef but do not have good staff, we might not be able to succeed,” he said. “Without staff to back me up, I will not be able to work alone to manage the business.”
To ensure the cakes and other goods are up to his high standard, Mr Kaloun teaches his staff how to make them and reveals all his recipes.
He says he would be happy if one day the young people working for him gave up their jobs and opened their own business.
Even though he has been baking in France for many years, he believes his products should be adjusted to suit Lao tastes.
As the business grows, Mr Kaloun said he plans to expand and improve the quality of his goods as much as possible.
Bakery By Boris also accepts orders for parties and birthdays, and aims to increase the number of orders it gets from restaurants and coffee shops.
Bakery By Boris distributes its goods to customers in Vientiane and the provinces of Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, Khammuan and Champassak.
The bakery is in a delightful garden setting down a quiet side street between Setthathirath and Samsenthai roads in Sisattanak district, Vientiane. There is parking and it is open daily.


By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 17, 2018

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