Bengawan Solo was founded in
1979 by Tjendri Anastasia, originally from Indonesia. Anastasia
came to Singapore where she met her husband, Johnson Liew.
After getting married, Anastasia's interest in Indonesian
delicacies continued in the little home kitchen of her HDB
flat. Gradually, word of the existence of her tasty goodies
got around, and, before she knew it, orders for her cakes
and kueh came rolling in. Her home-made specialties even made
it onto the shelves of some supermarkets and emporiums, albeit
produced without a food manufacturing licence.
When officials from the Ministry of Environment
finally caught up with her and her unlicenced food
production, she was warned and instructed to stop
her home baking business. The incident turned out
to be a blessing in disguise as it led to Anastasia's
decision to set up the very first Bengawan Solo
Cake Shop in Marine Terrace.