Shunfu Market (Char Kway Teow and Muffins)

Shunfu Market is known for the long queues and good food so one has to expect to find a crowd there especially on the weekends.

I have tried the tapioca kueh and nasi lemak to chee cheong fun and have to admit that the food quality here is much higher than most hawker centres in Singapore. I will be reviewing some of the food at the market.

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The muffins from Chocolat N’ Spice are very popular. They are one of the best I have ever had. Not to mention it is from a hawker centre. The muffins are so moist inside and crunchy on the edges of the muffin top. We had the Orange Peel with Raisins muffin which is similar to a fruitcake, Cheese muffin which is just cream cheese in the middle of the muffin and the Mocha muffin which is coffee flavoured cake with chocolate chips. I would recommend the Mocha one as it is unique although all the other flavours were equally amazing. They also bake amazing cakes like Earl Grey Chiffon and brownies. The chiffon was so aromatic and…OMG the fluff was perfect! Their brownies were amazing too. Moist, sticky and not very sweet.

20160625_092030.jpgThe char kway teow from Lai Heng Fried Kway Teow. It was very fragrant and the noodles were soft. It was basically a plethora of favours exploding in my mouth. You have to try it to understand! Do note that they they give a lot of cockles, like 20…I am serious.  If you don’t want any cockles you can opt to not have them.

20160625_105241.jpgWe also had the tapioca cake which was quite oily and crumbly. Not recommended. Forgot the name of the store, but I know it’s from the store beside/on the right of Mei Zhen Hakka Cuisine.

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We also tried the slice fish bee hoon from Marsiling Teochew Fish Soup. It was definitely not up to expectations. One distinct feature would be their thick fried egg.

Shunfu Market is a place where you can get cheap quality food (which explains the long queues). I, however, would not join the queue just to buy the food here (I would come here at a non-peak time to avoid the queue).

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Yahava KoffeeWorks (Upper Thomson, 10 minutes walk from Bishan Park 2)

We heard that this cafe is a franchise from Perth and thus had to try their specialty coffee. The baristas will recommend different blends by asking the customers’ coffee preferences. The blends here are unique.

We ordered Guatemala blend Latte large ($5.50), Zumo blend Flat White large ($5.50), Carrot Loaf ($7) and Yorkless Cheesecake ($7.50).
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The Latte Guatemala was quite acidic but drank with milk was not that bad. It’s like kopi O with milk. Strong bean aroma and more bitter compared to Zumo blend with a strong coffee aftertaste. Guatemala was the day’s specialty blend and Yahava charges additional $1 if you order their it.

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The Flat White Zumo blend was less acidic and less aromatic than the Guatemala blend. The milk brings out the flavour. It has a strong cream/milk aftertaste. This Zumo blend was medium roasted.

The coffee here do not contain sugar. You have to add them yourself.

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The Carrot Loaf had a strong cinnamon aroma with a spongy QQ texture. The walnut bits on the butter cream added texture to the cake. The cake melted in my mouth, exploding with flavour. Disappointingly, I did not taste much carrot in the cake.

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The Yorkless Cheesecake was quite small. It was light and fluffy with a notable sour cream flavour.

7% GST is charged here.

20160618_125647.jpgThey do have have individual menus for customers, you have to order from the wall menu behind the cashier.
Their cakes are outsourced and a tad too pricey in my opinion. I would definitely be back for their coffee though. This place is really quiet and spacious- conducive for studying- even on a Saturday afternoon.

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Tang Tea House Hong Kong Cafe (Near East Village)

We were at East Village and didn’t know what to eat, so we we decided to walk along the shop houses across the road hoping to find something delicious to fill our stomachs.

Tang Tea House was the first shop that came to sight and seeing the crowd there, we decided to try the food there. Tang Tea House is a Halal certified Dim Sum place.

We ordered Fried Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion ($12), Crispy Bee Hoon ($10), Noodle Soup with Sliced Fish ($7) and Homemade Barley Drink ($2.80).

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The beef slices had too much tendon and had a very different flavour as compared to the typical beef dishes you eat at Chinese food places. I think it might be because they didn’t use lard and the spices used are similar to those in Malay/Indian food. A bit of turmeric and curry flavour was evident in the gravy. The ginger was not very spicy.

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The Bee Hoon dish was a huge disappointment. It was bee hoon fried with eggs to the point of crispiness.

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The fish noodle was below average. The fish was tender and soft despite the high temperature of the soup.

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We had hot barley which was a tad too sweet for us.

From my observation, the waiters and chefs are from China. Even though they have great customer service, I felt the chefs were not very skilled. The cooking standard was just not there. To add, they charge GST here.

I probably won’t be back here again, however, I will be on the lookout for palatable Halal Chinese food in Singapore.

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The Coriander Cafe (Thomson Plaza)

My parents recommended this Zi Char place to me, praising its the “home cooked” style of cooking.

I was surprised to find that it’s located in a shopping mall (and not at the typical shop houses in the heartlands). This is one of the reasons why I had to try this place.

The plus point of this place is that you can request the chef to whip up a dish that is not on the menu.

We ordered Kailan Beef ($12), Hot Plate Tofu ($10), Sambal Eggplant with Dried Shrimp ($10) and Pork Ribs ($12).

20160612_181058Although the beef was not very fresh, I like the Cantonese style kailan gravy very much.

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The tofu dish was not bad. The egg and tofu was doused with the hor fun gravy. Just look at the steam! So delish!
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Although the eggplant dish was not on the menu, the chef offered to whip it up for us. I felt that this dish was a tad too pricey for the portion.
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The pork ribs were really lean. They tasted almost like chicken cutlets. I, however, could not taste the “sweet and sour” element in the meat and sauce.

Plain rice cost $0.50 per plate.

I will recommend this place over the Kopitiam food court at level 1 . It cost around $11 per person here (and also depending on what dishes you order).

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Table Manners (Changi City Point)

We wanted to get supper and we ended up at CCP. We walked one round at level 1 (it was 9.25pm on Sunday) and Table Manners caught our attention. It has a peaceful ambience with quirky furniture and “The Only Exception by Paramore playing in the background.

The kitchen closes at 9.30pm so we hurriedly picked our food. We wanted Mocha but they said that they are not serving coffee anymore. So, we went with a pot of Earl Grey Tea ($6). You can ask for reflll of hot water. We also had the Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel Tart ($7.50) and Rum Infused Crème Brûlée ($6.50).

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The Earl Grey Tea’s tea/oil blend has a therapeutic effect on me. I would recommend this drink to go with desserts or alone to relieve stress.

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The Sea Salt Choate Caramel Tart was not impressive. It has elements of sour from the berries, sweet from the milk chocolate and salty from the salted caramel below the chocolate filling fusing to produce a taste similar to black forest. The tart’s pastry is a too hard and brittle.

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Their Crème Brûlée is unique. There’s a layer of rum infused glucose biscuit on top of the custard. The custard confused my taste buds.

I like chewing the mint leaf garnishes as it was refreshing.

I would not come back here for their desserts but I would love to try their main courses and coffee which is their niche.

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Orh Nee at Expo Food Fair (27 to 31 May 2016)

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20160528_114934This is one of the best I have ever had.

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The Orh Nee was scooped into smalls with an ice cream scoop.The yam paste was smooth, creamy and thick. I know they probably used lard to make the paste as I could taste that “pang” flavour from every spoon I had.

The corn bits in the creamy gravy was juicy and crunchy. The sweet gravy has a similar texture to the Bo Bo Cha Cha’s coconut milk dessert soup. It complements the paste very well.

Trust me, two scoops were more than enough to satisfy your belly.

What’s more, it cost only 2 bucks per bowl!

I still remember the Orh Nee I had a Teochew Restaurant in Chiang Mai Thailand in 2011. I thought it was the best Orh Nee but now this one has overthrown the Chiang Mai one.

I don’t remember the name of this Orh Nee store which is quite sad, but I am sure they will be at the next Expo Food Fair. My fingers are crossed.

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PS: If any of you know the name of this Orh Nee store, please comment below. Thanks!

Refuel Cafe #2 (Bedok)

Today, we went to Bedok Reservoir for a walk and it started to drizzle.  It was cold and raining non-stop, so we decided that Refuel was a perfect place to for us to stay dry and enjoy some warm delicious food.

We order Seafood Marinara ($13.90), Meaty Mac & Cheese ($13.50), Soup  W Toast ($5.50), Dark Chocolate Pistachio ($7.90) and Mocha Latte ($5.50).

20160604_133058The Seafood Marinara was interesting. It has the taste of the sea with a sour blend from the marinara soup. This dish includes prawns and mussels. Very flavourful but the portion is quite small.

20160604_133842The Meaty Mac & Cheese was a bit overwhelming. Too much cheese for me. It was quite disappointing to find that “meaty” element in the dish is the beef flavoured sauce.

20160604_132649Soup W Toast was delicious. I enjoyed the soup the most. It was similar to the one I had at Fuel Plus (same owner). I like the creamy consistency and the crunchy texture of the soup.

20160604_135420Dark Chocolate Pistachio was awesome. I love the fresh cake aroma of vanilla and nuts wafting from the butter cake. The dark chocolate icing added sweetness hard and brittle cake. (I know what you are thinking. The cake came with a “hole”. This was the second time. We asked for another cake as the previous one also had a “hole”. Somehow, the kitchen crew do not know how to properly cut/ serve a slice of cake.)

20160604_135546Mocha Latte was heavenly. It was creamy and fragrant. You have to try it for yourself. I am not a caffeine person but I have fallen in love with this coffee drink.

I stay quite far from Bedok but I would totally travel the distance to get quality food. I will definitely be back to try the other goodies on their menu!