Despite not having a formal culinary education background, Chiria Leozha has proven her skillful hands through her creations at Crusty Loaf Bakery. What started as a hobby during the pandemic has blossomed into sweet memories and a new endeavor for the former banker. Now, aside from owning Crusty Loaf Bakery, Chiria is also the co-owner of MARKT.
With her passion for baking and food, as well as a penchant for Chinese and Indonesian cuisine, Chiria often seeks savory and sweet indulgences whenever she travels. In this interview, Chiria shares some of her unforgettable food experiences and her all-time favorite dining destinations.
Hi! Please tell us a bit about yourself and your day-to-day activities.
My name is Chiria, and I’m the owner of Crusty Loaf Bakery and co-owner of MARKT. My daily routine revolves around baking, cooking, and staying active.
What do you love the most about what you do?
I get to explore numerous new restaurants under the guise of work and indulge in travels abroad.
To you, what would make a perfect meal?
A perfect meal is a harmonious blend of the dish, the restaurant’s ambiance, and the company you share it with.
What is your favorite type of cuisine?
I have a penchant for Chinese and Indonesian cuisines.
What is your favorite food?
Bakpao steals the culinary spotlight for me.
Please tell us about your recent memorable food trips.
I recently ventured to Paris, where I explored countless pastry shops and boulangeries. Paris offers the delight of enjoying a delectable viennoiseries at practically any bakery.
What usually draws your attention to a place to eat?
The food itself is my primary attraction.
What is your most unforgettable food experience?
My unforgettable dining experience was at Studio Frantzen in London. It stands as the most exquisite fine dining restaurant I’ve had the pleasure of visiting.
What is the most unique or unusual dish you have ever tried, and where did you taste it?
Sweetbread stands out as one of the most unique dishes I’ve savored. It has a delightful taste reminiscent of brains, a truly exceptional delicacy.
What is your favorite street food, and where do you usually eat it?
Indonesia’s vibrant street food scene offers many favorites, including satay, gado-gado, and soto. Indonesian street food is a true culinary love of mine.
What food could you enjoy daily without getting tired of it?
A plate of scrambled eggs with toasted sourdough is something I could savor day in and day out.
Are there specific places you often visit for these dishes?
What’s your ultimate comfort food, and where do you usually indulge in it?
Chinese cuisine, especially dim sum and hotpot, holds the key to my culinary comfort. I love indulging in it whenever I get the chance.
Where do you like to hang out with friends or celebrate special family occasions?
My friends and I enjoy exploring new restaurants for hangouts, while family occasions are celebrated at various venues.
Could you share your favorite local dishes and the go-to places to savor them?
Indonesian nasi campur is a beloved favorite. For an authentic taste, I recommend Remboelan as the go-to place.
Which three dining places always hold a spot on your favorites list, and what dishes would you recommend from them?
Among my top three dining places, Taste Paradise is a standout for their dim sum, Osteria Gia offers a must-try Quattro formaggi pizza, and Shu Guo Yin Xiang for their hotpot.