What to eat/do in Taipei: Part 1 (Blue Bannan Line)

We always find it easier to plan our travel activities according to train stations, given its convenience. Here’s our suggested food places along the blue Bannan Line…
*Places we wanted to try/go but didn’t manage to in the end, so try it at your own risk!*

 

Longshan Temple Station

Chen Ji Intestine & Oyster Vermicelli Store
陳記專業蚵仔麵線

Chen ji Intestine and Oyster Taiwanese Vermicelli | Taipei

Intestine and Oyster Vermicelli

We find this store’s oyster and intestine vermicelli better than Ay-chung’s (阿宗). Located within walking distance from Longshan Temple station, you can have your lunch here before heading to Longshan Temple and Bopiliao Historical Block for your architectural feast.
Chen ji Intestine and Oyster Taiwanese Vermicelli | TaipeiAddress: 108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Section 3, Heping West Road, 166號

Opening hours: 6.30 am to 7.30 pm daily

 

Longshan Temple

龍山寺
Longshan Temple | TaipeiA pretty busy temple, you will see people from different walks of life.

Address: No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853
Opening hours: 6 am to 10 pm daily

 

*Bopiliao Historical Block剝皮寮歷史街區
Bopiliao Historical Block | Taipei

Pity it was closed when we got there but you can catch a glimpse of what we missed from this picture…

Bopiliao Historical Block | Taipei

Bopiliao Historical Block | TaipeiIf you’re lucky, you might chance upon filming crew and some celebrity…

Address: Lane 173, Kangding Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

Opening hours: 9 am to 9 pm everyday except for Mondays

 

*Huaxi Street Night Market
華西街觀光夜市

*Guangzhou Night Market
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Must-Eats in Bangkok?

Each time we feel the need to travel yet don’t want to tax our wallets too much, we end up in Bangkok (right?). Usually we spend a couple of days there, and I am sure you would love to know which are the raved-about food places that are REALLY worth trying. Here’s our take on 9 food places in Bkk!

1. Ban Khun Mae
If you have never been to Ban Khun Mae, where have you been? This traditional Thai restaurant has been around since 1998, and they have live instrument performance daily from 7 pm to 9 pm.What we really love about this place is the dark-coloured wood decorum, the whole laid-back feel you get from this restaurant just helps your feet calm down faster after a long day of shopping and exploring.

Ban Khun Mae | Bangkok

Ban Khun Mae Menu

Another thing we love about this place is how easily accessible it is by train! It’s located in Siam Square area and you can spot the signature batik signboard easily from a distance away.

Ban Khun Mae | Bangkok

Signature signboard

You can order the steamed snapper with lime, the shrimp spicy tomyum goong, the chicken green curry, the marinated chicken wrapped in pandan leaves, the spicy glass noodles salad (yum woon sen) and the most important dish of all – raw prawns in fish sauce (gung chae nam pla)!

Ban Khun Mae | Bangkok

MUST HAVE: Raw shrimps with Fish Sauce

If you’re skeptical about eating anything raw in Bangkok, I’m telling you, this is the place for this lovely dish! There’s just something about the chilli sauce… I believe you can even opt to buy a bottle of it home!

Ban Khun Mae | Bangkok

Steamed fish with lime

Ban Khun Mae | Bangkok

Clear tomyum soup

Ban Khun Mae | Bangkok

Vermicelli salad – spicy, sour and shiok!

Table top view

Address: 458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Road, Patumwan District
Hours: 11 am to 10 pm
Verdict: Must try!

 

2. Red Ruby

Thub Tim Krop | Bangkok

Greeted by the huge bowl of gorgeous red ruby

Since we were on the topic of red ruby, the best bowl you can ever taste would be the one at Chatuchak – the weekend market.

Thub Tim Krop | Bangkok

View from the seats

Thub Tim Krop | Bangkok

Big chunks of crunchy chestnut, coated with pink tapioca jelly

Red ruby dessert, also known as Thub Tim Grob, is one of the most common Thai desserts you can find. It is made of water chestnut cubes, coated in ruby-coloured tapioca jelly, and served in coconut milk. These crunchy cubes of chestnut makes it so addictive, and especially refreshing in the sweltering heat of Bangkok.But, even though you can find it in almost every restaurant in Bangkok, the best… is really this.

Thub Tim Krop | Bangkok

Pretty in pink

Tub Tim Krob | Bangkok

WARNING: You will NOT stop at one bowl

Hands down.

First of all, instead of the usual ruby-coloured ones, it’s pink. Come on, so pretty in pink! Plus, they also throw in big chunks of chestnut in too, for that extra crunch that we all need. And! They use crushed ice which makes the dessert extra icy and cold and even better with the heat.

Verdict: Must try!

3. Roast

Roast The Commons | Bangkok

Roast @ The Commons

We love the outlet at The Commons, simply because you can take a queue number and then take a million photos at the green patch of grass and some seats on the same level. #cheapthrill

The Roast The Commons | Bangkok

Nice backdrop for photos while waiting

It’s the ambience. And there are more seats it seems. A more spacious setting.

Love the design of the menu

Roast The Commons | Bangkok

Brunch Menu @ Roast

Roast The Commons | Bangkok

American Pancakes with Crispy Bacon and Whipped Butter (S$9)

Roast The Commons | Bangkok

Crab Cake Benedict ($15): Potato Rosti, Onion Jam, Grilled Veggies

Corn & Zucchini Fritters ($12): Avocado Salsa, Tomato, Tzatziki, Bacon

Roast The Commons | Bangkok

Table Top View of Our brunch

Address: (The COMMONS) 335 Thong Lo 17 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110
Hours:
Monday to Thurs – 10 am to 11 pm
Friday to Saturday – 9 am to 11 pm
Sunday – 9 am to 10 pm
Verdict
: Try the brunch menu! There are a few branches so you can pick the one closest to you if distance is an issue for you. Maybeeee don’t get the crab cake benedict as it’s quite small portioned and it’s the most expensive out of the few items we ordered.

4. Tomyum UFO Mookata Hotpot @Sansab

Tomyum UFO | Sansab | Bangkok

Sansab in Siam Paragon

Tomyum UFO | Sansab | Bangkok

Tomyum UFO Mookata Hotpot

A fancy name is all there is to this. Instagram-worthy, tasted just like how your tomyum instant noodles would taste like, just with a fancier pot and some raw quail eggs to decorate.

Tomyum UFO | Sansab | Bangkok

Close-up

Tomyum UFO | Sansab | Bangkok

Tomyum UFO Menu (We ordered the 570 baht)

Address: 991 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 (Fourth floor)
Hours:
11 am to 9 pm daily
Verdict
: Nah. If you have absolutely nothing else to eat and would like a pretty pic for ig, this is your go-to.

 

5. Sabx2
The one Thai wanton noodles place that is frequented by mostly Singaporeans. Step into this restaurant and it would feel like home, truly. Except that there are signs everywhere exclaiming that they do not have an outlet in Sg.It’s quite a cramped place and be prepared to wait a loooong time for your food.

Sabx2 | Bangkok

Sabx2: Seats are pretty close to each other, so be prepared to squeeze!

Sabx2 | Bangkok

Khao Ka Moo: Braised Pork Leg and Rice

Be prepared to wait a long time for the wanton noodle to arrive at your table due to the overwhelming response. While waiting, you can share a plate of khao ka moo since it comes fast!

Sabx2 | Bangkok

Sabx2 Thai Wanton Noodle; comes with crab meat too!

Food tasted good, albeit small portion. But perhaps for the amount of time you have to wait, you should order more when you are there.

Address: 4/32-33 Prechburi 19, Prechburi Road Phayathai Ratchathavee Bangkok 10500
Hours: 9 am to 3 pm daily
Verdict: Try it once if you have never been there. If you have been… you can skip it. There’s really no big deal…

6. Cha Tra Mue Kiosk (Pronounce: Cha Tra Merr)
All that rave about this particular brand of Thai tea everywhere you go. Personally, I feel that you don’t have to go for the thai milk tea at the CTM outlets specifically.

Cha Tra Muer | Terminal 21 | Bangkok

Cha Tra Muer @ Terminal 21

Even the road side stalls use the same tea, and it’s for a fraction of the price.We tried the soft serve and definitely prefer it!

Cha Tra Muer | Terminal 21 | Bangkok

Cha Tra Muer Soft Serve <3


Address
: 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110 (Terminal 21 Mall)
Hours: 10 am to 8 pm daily
Verdict: Must try CTM but can be anywhere. Soft serve is yummy!

7. Pe’ Aor Tomyum Goong

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Sign | Bangkok

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Very Obvious Red Sign

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung | Bangkok

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung

This place is known for its pricey Lobster tomyum noodles, and when we say pricey, we mean SGD$50 onwards.

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Menu | Bangkok

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Menu

To be fair, t’s indeed a humongous bowl full of good stuff. Good stuff like the whole lobster, salmon, squid, mussels, fish, crab with minced meat, two eggs(with yummy soft yolk) etc. All types of seafood is included in a generous amount. 

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Jumbo Lobster Noodles | Bangkok

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Lobster Noodles – Jumbo size

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung | Bangkok

Pe Aor Jumbo Lobster

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung | Bangkok

Stuffed Crab Shells <3

So would you try this?

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Jumbo Lobster Noodles | Bangkok

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Jumbo Lobster Noodles – a closer look

Their tomyum soup is creamier than usual tomyum soups, with the addition of carnation milk. To us, it tasted like a hybrid of Thai tomyum and our island’s mee siam.

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung | Bangkok

Creamy soup – a cross between thai tomyum and our local meesiam soup

Only drawback we had was that our soup was not hot enough… and that they told us they were sold out of the regular and large sized bowls. We felt kind of compelled to order the jumbo, if not we would have travelled there in vain :/

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Entrance | Bangkok

Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Entrance

Address: 68 51 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Hours: 10 am to 9 pm daily except Mondays
Verdict: Try it at least once but be prepared to burn a hole in your kitty fund as it’s not exactly near a BTS station. Grab a ride with three other friends! You could also just go for the tomyum soup with river prawns going for 700 baht (about SGD$30).

 

8. After You Desserts
After You Desserts | Bangkok
Read on. . .

Tai Cheong Bakery & Cafe

A couple of months ago, we were just blogging about the arrival of Tai Cheong Bakery in Singapore.

 

Tai Cheong Bakery and Cafe Singapore | Holland Village

Tai Cheong Bakery in Holland Village

I am sure many of you would have known by now, that they are here to stay! Yay!

You could probably imagine our wide-eyed salivating faces waiting eagerly in line for the delicious egg tarts once again. Here’s the thing, it’s even better now because they serve Hong Kong cafe food, on top of the nomnom egg tarts. We don’t know about you but there’s just something about (authentic) Hong Kong cafes and its lovely, lovely food…

We especially love how the decor of the cosy cafe is inspired by tiny lil Cha Chan Tengs (cafes) in Hong Kong. Even the lack of space is replicated 😛 So don’t be surprised if you’re asked to share tables! Sharing tables is not uncommon in Hong Kong.

There are two queues, one for the egg tart takeaways, and the other for dining in.

Tai Cheong Bakery and Cafe Singapore | Holland Village | Takeaway Queue

Takeaway queue counter right outside the cafe

You are only allowed to order two egg tarts per person for dining-in guests. If you want to dine in AND takeaway… you’ll have to get in both lines. Split yourself into two if you can… or hey, just go with a friend. 😀

Tai Cheong Bakery and Cafe Singapore | Holland Village | Dining in Menu

Dining-in Menu

The menu for your perusal, you are most welcome.

Tai Cheong Bakery Singapore | Holland Village | Three Coloured Silky Egg with Roasted Pork and Prawns

Three Coloured Silky Egg with Roasted Pork and Prawns, with Kailan; $9.90

The one item that really called out to us, was the dish pictured above. Okay, it’s also because we eyed the other tables and it looked really good. And it tasted good!

We loved everything about this seemingly simple dish; from their unbelievable eggs to every grain of rice.

Tai Cheong Cafe Singapore | Holland Village | Three Coloured Silky Egg with Roasted Pork and Prawns

A closer look at the silky egg, noms.

We are guessing the three colours would mean the prawn, roasted pork and the kailan… but hey, what about the silky egg? #excuseuswethinktoomuch

 

Did you think that was the only star of our visit?

Nah.

Tai Cheong Eggs Toast Singapore | Holland Village | Scrambled Eggs With Toast and Chicken Chop

Scrambled Eggs With Toast and Chicken Chop; $9.50

And we can never understand how Hong Kong cafes work up such magic in their egg dishes so effortlessly. Think Australian Dairy Company.

The eggs. No words. <3

The bread was toasted perfect, soft yet lightly toasted at the sides.

The chicken chop was really juicy, and tasty!

 

And all three came together in a stack, atop some creamy mushroom mess. Not too much cream, but just nice for a light dip of your toast if you would like. Although some might deem this dish too pricy for its simplicity, we would say it’s worth every penny.

Tai Cheong Bakery Singapore | Holland Village | Scrambled Eggs

EGGS.

Tai Cheong Singapore | Holland Village | Bolo Bun

Bolo Bun; $2.20

We also had a go at the Bolo Bun, also known as pineapple bun, with a huge slab of butter wedged in between. Very fragrant, but perhaps a lil on the dry side.

Tai Cheong Bakery and Cafe Singapore | Holland Village | Bolo Bun

Cross section; we were not lying about the slab of butter

Tai Cheong Bakery and Cafe Singapore | Holland Village | Chicken Pie

Chicken Pie; $2.80

Chicken pie was not too bad too. The savory sorta pie for the salt-toothed(?). Just remember to eat it when it’s fresh from the oven, or when it’s hot if not it might get quite ‘jelat’.

Tai Cheong Singapore | Holland Village | Durian and Cheese Tart

Durian and Cheese Tart; $3.60

We also noticed a rather odd item on the menu. Durian and cheese, really? Kinda sounded like a concoction for diarrhea but we decided to take a leap of faith anyway! For you, we will.

Tai Cheong Bakery and Cafe Singapore | Holland Village | Durian and Cheese Tart

Close up

Turns out, it was actually quite nice! Acquired taste we would say. But if you’re a fan of durian AND cheese, why not give it a try? #yolo

Tai Cheong Dan Tart | Holland Village | Egg Tarts

Why, hello there.

And of course, a post on Tai Cheong Bakery wouldn’t be complete without these babies.

May your eyes feast away on these pictures (for now).

Tai Cheong Bakery and Cafe Singapore

Address: 31 Lor Liput, Singapore 277742

Opening Hours:

Mondays to Fridays; 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Saturdays and Sundays; 9:00 am  11:00 pm

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Cheap and Good Food in Singapore part 1

Want to enjoy some good food fare in Singapore while easing in on your wallet? We hear you!

And this is possibly/definitely only the first part…

(*You might have to queue for some of these eateries listed though…)

 

William’s Cooked Food

Cheap and Good Food in Singapore | Good Food in Toa Payoh | William's Cooked Food | Hokkien Noodles

Hokkien Noodles; $3.50

With a not so appealing signboard (the kind with faded photos, unintended sepia mode… HAHA), this food stall is manned by a very friendly and well-endowed auntie. We believe her husband should be the chef!

#sorrynotsorryabouthechili

The thing about their hokkien noodles is the very strong wok hei taste that we loooooveee, and of course the very yummy gravy that the noodles comes in. On top of that, their seafood tastes fresh too.

Cheap and Good Food in Singapore | Good Food in Toa Payoh | William's Cooked Food | Seafood Hor Fun

Seafood Hor Fun; $3.50

Smooth, soft kwayteow noodles drenched in starchy gravy, yumyum.

There’s something about this stall.

 

William’s Food Stall

Address: Kim Keat Palm Market and Food Centre, #01-52,
Block 22 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310022

Opening Hours:
Usually 11:30 am – about 2:30 pm or if they are sold out earlier, then they will reopen again in the evening about 05:00 pm – about 07:30 pm thereabout

Central Singapore:

Cheng Long Fish Soup 成龙鱼汤

Cheap and Good Food in Orchard | Cheap and Good Food Singapore | Cheng Long Fish Soup | Fried Fish Thick Beehoon Soup

Fried Fish Thick Beehoon Soup; $4

We have always been impressed by the size of the fried fish slices offered at Cheng Long.

A huge bowl of noodles in fish soup with thick chunks of fried fish, anyone?

 

Cheng Long Fish Soup

Address: Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, #06-15/17, Singapore 238839

Z&Y Western 

A little stall hidden in a pretty quiet coffee shop located right opposite the main entrance of Pei Chun Public School, we didn’t expect to find this quality of food here.

Cheap and Good Food in Singapore | Z&Y Western Food | Salmon Steak, Boiled Vegetables and Rice

Salmon Steak, Boiled Vegetables and Rice; $8.10

BUT WE DID. It’s amazing how their food looks so good and tastes even better.

Other than the orbiang plates they use, their standard of food is even better than some of the restaurants out there.

Cheap and Good Food in Singapore | Good Food in Toa Payoh | Z&Y Western Food | Grilled fish, mash potato and baked beans

Grilled fish, mash potato and baked beans; $6.50

Definitely worth giving it a try, especially if you’re in the neighbourhood.

PS: The uncle chef is pretty cool too!

Z&Y Western Food

Address: Block 8, Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310008

Opening Hours: Closed on Thursdays

Z&Y Western Food Facebook

Ah Chuan Oyster Omelette

They are only opened for a few hours everyday, and both their oyster omelette and prawn omelette is the bomb! But perhaps the oyster omelette would seem like a better deal – value wise.

Cheap and Good Food in Singapore | Good Food in Toa Payoh | Ah Chuan Oyster Omelette | Oyster Omelette

Oyster Omelette; $4 / $5 / $8

Cheap and Good Food in Singapore | Good Food in Toa Payoh | Ah Chuan Oyster Omelette | Prawn Omelette

Prawn Omelette; $4 / $5 / $8

You can easily spot the chef uncle with that very permed hairdo.

Ah Chuan Oyster Omelette

Address:Kim Keat Palm Market and Food Centre, #01-52,
Block 22 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310022 Read on. . .

Honolulu Cafe Singapore – Disappointing Egg Tarts

Honolulu Cafe has jumped onto the bandwagon setting up a store in Singapore, fueling the Hong Kong egg tarts craze. It is said that the famous egg tarts contains 192 layers of flaky crust and gets sold out by noon. Let’s see if this is worth the queue..Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Shopfront

Woke up bright and early as we anticipated a queue on a Sunday morning. Reached Centrepoint at 10.10 am and there were already a few people in line.

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Queue at 10 am

Queue at 10.10 am

Not bad at all.

At about 10.50 am, this was the queue. (Honolulu Cafe in Singapore starts operations at 11 am.)

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Queue at 10.50 am

Queue at 10.50 am

In no time, we were greeted by a waiter at the entrance, taking our orders as we selected our food items from a flimsy menu shaped like an egg-tart.

Overzealous as we were, we ordered quite abit of food.

Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Flaky Egg Tarts

Flaky Egg Tarts: $1.70 each

Of course, the famous egg tarts were a must. As the poster says, it has 192 layers of flaky crust. Did someone really count? How do we know it’s really 192? Does 192 layers make it yummier?

Hmmm.

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Maximum 3 Egg Tarts Per Person

Maximum 3 Egg Tarts Per Person

As the poster says, the purchase of these egg tarts are also limited to dine-in customers only.

Honolulu Cafe Singapore - 1 Flaky Egg Tart

Cross Section: Nomz eggy filling (boing boing)

Turns out, it wasn’t as yummy as we thought it would be. The eggy filling was pretty nomz, but the crust was… alright. Would we queue an hour again for this? Sadly, nope.

Tai Cheong Egg Tarts, anytime.

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Chicken Wings With Swiss Sauce

Chicken Wings With Swiss Sauce: $6 for 4 mid-joint wings

It was an instagram-worthy dish no doubt, but sad to say, it fell short of its looks.

Swiss sauce was pretty okay… but the wings weren’t the freshest. Quite frankly, $6 for 4 wings… was not worth it. Perhaps if it were yummy, it would have been a different story. Bah!

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Plain Pineapple Bun and Egg Tarts

Plain Pineapple Bun: $1.50

Somehow ours didn’t come with a slab of butter, it was plain… Looking back on the menu, I think we had to ask for the butter. SOBS

Plain, dry pineapple bun is just sad no matter how soft the bun is. (We miss Hong Kong, sobs)

In Hong Kong, scrambled eggs in Cha Chan Tengs are always insanely delicious. Initially, we thought it was only at the famous Australian Dairy Company, then we had another round of scrambled eggs at Tsui Wah and it was yums. So, bearing that in mind, we ordered one serving of scrambled eggs at Honolulu Cafe too.

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Eggs: $2

MISTAKE 🙁

I cook better eggs please.

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Macaroni Soup with Pork Chop

Macaroni with Pork Chop: $5

This was a decent bowl of comfort food. One of the better ones out of the lot…

We suspect they added butter into the soup so it tasted buttery/creamy. But it’s okay, you can pretend you didn’t read that. #lifestooshorttodietremember?

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Tender Pork Chop

Tender pork chop, nomnom.

Pork chop was pretty tender, perhaps the closest to the texture of pork chop we can find in Hong Kong. #welikey

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Luncheon Meat with Egg Sandwich

Luncheon Meat and Egg Sandwich: $3.50 for 2 (basically 2 slices of our Gardenia bread, then cut into rectangular sandwiches)

Luncheon Meat and Egg Sandwich: $3.50 for 2

Reminiscing on the soft and fluffy bread sandwiches in Hong Kong, we couldn’t help but order this.

Was probably one of the better-tasting items at the cafe, luncheon meat can rarely go wrong…right?

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Our Order Receipt

Order Receipt

We actually asked for a portion for two ($3.50), but the server gave us two sets of the double portion ($3.50 x 2 = $7 -.-). Basically, we were carb-full by the end of the meal. If only we had scrutinised the bill earlier. #ourbad

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Watercress Honey Drink

Watercress Honey Drink: $3.20 (Cold) $3 for Hot!

Speaking of order screw-ups, we also ordered the Watercress Honey drink, which was actually one of our favourite drinks to order in Cha Chan Tengs. And the server gave us Iced lemon tea. When we brought it up to her attention, she told us we ordered wrongly… when the drink item number is clearly H8.

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Drink Menu

Honolulu Drink Menu

Zzzz. Then she motioned for another colleague to come over, and repeated that we ordered wrong. IT’S YOU, NOT US. Seriously. #needtoworkonservice

But the drink is nice and refreshing so we felt a tad better after that. AND, I like my Yuan Yang drink 😀

Hong Kong Cafes in Singapore | Honolulu Cafe Singapore | Yuan Yang Drink

Yuan Yang: $3.50 ($3.30 for hot!)

In retrospect, the service in Hong Kong eateries have always been known to be… not good. Rude servers, grumpy cashiers. I guess that particular server has lived up to its name.

Rest of the servers were pretty okay though. #tobefair

But you know how they always say one mistake is enough to ruin an impression.

Sorry Honolulu Cafe, we ain’t coming back anytime soon.

But we are hoping for you that things will get better as time goes by. #wehavefaithinyou

Honolulu Cafe Singapore

Address: The Centrepoint, #01-33F, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843

Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Honolulu Cafe Singapore Facebook

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Bakery Chef – The Kingdom of Lava Toasts

In the recent months, lava everything has been blown out of proportion ever since the whole salted egg yolk croissant came to our shores. But, it doesn’t seem to deter anyone from trying out new places with any new dish related to salted egg yolk/lava.

Dessert Cafe in Singapore | Bakery Chef | Charcoal Toast With Nutella Lava Toast

Charcoal Toast with Nutella Lava Toast: $12.80

Naturally, chancing upon their video posted by The Insider would mean that we HAVE to give The Bakery Chef’s lava toasts a try.I mean, have you seen how gorgeous they are?

Dessert Cafe in Singapore | Bakery Chef | Cashier

It’s also a brilliant idea to allow us to customise the lava toast according to our preferences! 😀

You could choose the type of toast, the type of lava filling, and the flavour of ice cream to go along with it. For toasts, you can choose either the honey brioche, charcoal or matcha, For lava filling, you can choose either the nutella, the salted egg yolk, or the salted egg yolk matcha. As for ice cream, it’s the standard chocolate, vanilla or matcha flavour.This was our choice. How can we resist anything charcoal?

Dessert Cafe in Singapore | Bakery Chef | Charcoal Toast With Nutella Lava Toast Close Up

Close up of the flowy rich nutella goodness

The freshly prepared charcoal toast with its beautiful texture, coated with a layer of powdered snow sugar. Together, this monochromatic combination is soaked in the goodness of the nutella lava filling. Yumyum.

Dessert Cafe in Singapore | Bakery Chef | Charcoal Toast With Nutella Lava Toast Close Up

Cube of indulgence

Our only complaint would be that the double chocolate ice cream tasted of cheap and strange chocolate. Can totally ignore the scoop of ice cream and go ahead with the lava toast.

Dessert Cafe in Singapore | Bakery Chef | Brioche Toast With Matcha Salted Egg Lava Toast

Honey Brioche Toast with Matcha Salted Egg Lava Toast: $12.80

We were deciding between the honey brioche or the matcha toast, but decided that green toast seemed a little too ‘scary’ with the bright green colouring. 😛

So honey brioche, it is! Beautifully toasted, and glazed with a layer of sweet honey on its surface.

Perfect indulgence for the sweet-toothed too.

Dessert Cafe in Singapore | Bakery Chef | Brioche Toast With Matcha Salted Egg Lava Toast Close Up

Close up

We were too excited to cut it upon, and did not stick to a proper cube cut-out for this shot. Ahhhh, so mad.

But hey, it looks gorgeous doesn’t it?

Dessert Cafe in Singapore | Bakery Chef | Brioche Toast With Matcha Salted Egg Lava Toast Close Up

Close Up Cube Shot

You must be wondering why we would say it’s scary to have green coloured toast, yet we chose salted egg matcha lava filling. LOL

Well, how often do we have matcha AND salted egg in one dish. So we decided that we should give that a shot. Worth getting past the green.

The thing about lava toasts is that you would expect the taste of the filling to be diluted given that it had to be that flowy. But no, we were entirely wrong! The taste of the respective lava fillings were still pretty ‘gao’, or very intense still, in other words. The level of ‘flowiness’ did not affect the taste.

Dessert Cafe in Singapore | The Bakery Chef | Our Bill

Our Bill

If you’re a huge fan of desserts, then this is the place to go. Heard they have superb rainbow cake too, so we will go back for some one day.

Bear in mind, however, that it is a pretty small and cosy cafe, so should you visit during one of the peak hours, finding a seat might be challenging. Waiting for your food might also take some time as it’s freshly made. BE PATIENT, ERRBARDEE.

It’s also a pretty big serving as it’s a huge chunk of bread toast afterall. So if you eat like a bird, you might want to visit this place with more friends, if not you might leave feeling (filling) like a Shibuya toast. HAHA #seewhatwedidthere

The Bakery Chef Singapore

Address: Block 161, Bukit Merah Central, #01-3711, Singapore 150161

Opening Hours:
Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Fridays to Mondays, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Tel: 6273 9211

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Dutch Baby Cafe – Lightest and Fluffiest Pancakes!

A quaint cafe located in the basement level of Paragon Orchard, Dutch Baby Cafe is one of the newest cafe additions in town. Dutch Baby Cafe is yet another self-developed brand from Japan Foods Holdings. Other sibling brands include Ajisen Ramen, Botejyu, Menya Musashi etc.

New Cafe in Orchard Road | Dutch Baby Cafe | Menu Cover

Wondering about the name? Did you think it was a cafe meant for babies, specifically Dutch? 😛

Or did you think it was a Dutch cafe?

 

No, and no.

 

Dutch babies actually mean german pancakes. #nowyouknow
It is a type of pancake that is shaped like a bowl and made from a light batter. Does it sound good already? Well, it looks good too!

New Cafe in Orchard | Dutch Baby Cafe |Dutch Baby Pancake with Mango

Dutch Baby Pancake with Mango: $12.80/$15.80 with Choice of Drink

Pancake dishes tend to get a little overwhelming on the stomach due to it’s density of the batter. These Dutch babies are so light and fluffy, it’s almost like an omelette! Pancake omelette… hmmm, panclette! 😀

New Cafe in Orchard | Dutch Baby Cafe |Dutch Baby Pancake with Mango

Light and fluffy ‘Panclette’ <3

It wasn’t exactly bowl-shaped, except that it’s placed in a hot cast iron pan so it deceivingly looks like it’s shaped like a bowl. HAHA Pancake items on the menu were pretty limited, with some savoury options but we noticed everyone around us helping themselves to the dessert ones only.

New Cafe in Orchard | Dutch Baby Cafe | Pancakes Menu

We jumped on the bandwagon too, of course…

New Cafe in Orchard | Dutch Baby Cafe |Dutch Baby Pancake with Mango

Generous cubes of sweet mango

And we certainly did not regret it one bit. Look at the generous serving of mango cubes!
They were really sweet as they used thai honey mangoes <3

The pancakes were so yummy, yet not taxing on the stomach that we could have easily stomached another (but we didn’t). We could have even had the pancake plain. #justsaying

New Cafe in Orchard | Dutch Baby Cafe | Baked Rice & Udon Menu

Baked Rice and Udon Menu

We were pretty enticed by the Keema Curry Cheese Baked Rice on the menu, and it came looking as appealing as we thought it would be.

New Cafe in Orchard | Dutch Baby Cafe |Keema Curry Cheese Baked Rice

Keema Curry Cheese Baked Rice: $13.80

Keema curry basically refers to minced meat curry, typically used as a filling for samosas and naan. Japanese curry tends to be on the sweeter side, and this dish somehow managed to strike a wonderful balance between both sweet and savoury.

New Cafe in Orchard | Dutch Baby Cafe |Keema Curry Cheese Baked Rice

Glorious combination of colours

Love the sous vide egg right smack in the middle of the dish, to add that golden drizzle onto the baked rice. (Refer to our ig post)

New Cafe in Orchard | Dutch Baby Cafe |Stringy Cheese Keema Curry Cheese Baked Rice

Just look at that…

Ahh, and that stringy, stretchy cheese. What’s there not to love?

New Cafe in Orchard | Dutch Baby Cafe | Emptied Dish

Every single grain of rice…gone.

Serving was just nice, not too overwhelming a curry dish for the belly.

New Cafe in Orchard | Dutch Baby Cafe |Mango and Strawberry Fruit Tart

Mango and Strawberry Fruit Tart: $7.80 per slice

We also couldn’t take our eyes off the beautiful fruit tarts on display at the entrance of the cafe. Naturally, we fell prey. Gorgeous, glorious, breath-taking, alluring; thai honey mangoes with juicy strawberries on a custard base tart. Mmmmmm.

New Cafe in Orchard | Dutch Baby Cafe | Closer Look at the Mango and Strawberry Fruit Tart

Love the tart, the juicy fruits, the light cream custard… everything!

The thing about Japanese cream products like whipped cream, custard, cream etc, is that you never feel sinful devouring it. SERIOUS! Like it always tastes light and non-fattening, but of course we know it’s totally not. But don’t forget, #lifestooshorttodiet.

 

Perhaps our only complaint would be that the strawberries could be a tad less sour, but that’s quickly cured with the sweet mango cubes.

 

Overall, we liked all three dishes we had and we would definitely be back! As it’s a cosy lil space, do be prepared to queue should you visit during the peak meal hours!

Dutch Baby Cafe Singapore

Address: The Paragon, B1-13, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859

Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

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Foon’s Thai Recipe – Yummy and Affordable Thai Wanton Noodles in Old Airport Road

Even though Soi 19 is possibly the most famous/publicized Thai Wanton Noodles stall in Singapore, we prefer Foon’s Thai Recipe. It is located along the last aisle of food stalls in Old Airport Road Food Centre, nearer to the multi-storey carpark.

 

Cheap and Good Food in Singapore | Foon's Thai Recipe | Thai Wanton Noodles

Look at the lardddddddd

Our past visits to Soi 19 were terrible as we waited crazy long hours and there were times when our orders were forgotten. Perhaps all that wait and hassle made the noodles not as desirable as it is to everyone else.

We really prefer Foon’s Thai Recipe as the noodles are not as dry as Soi 19’s, plus their char siew (caramelized pork slices) is as tender as you can imagine, which makes it an utter pleasure to devour, along with their to-die-for pork lard bits.

Well, life’s too short to diet… right?

Cheap and Good Food in Singapore | Foon's Thai Recipe | Thai Wanton Noodles

Thai Wanton Noodles: $4/$5/$6

These eggy, stringy yellow noodes are chewy and cooked al dente. Tossed with special fish sauce, chili flakes, crushed peanut bits and of course, pork lard bits, the incredible combination of ingredients just made it all super delectable. <3

Like I mentioned earlier in this post, I like how the noodles are homogeneously moistened with the savoury sauce so I don’t have to drench the soup onto the noodles in order to mix it well. Ya know what I mean?

Cheap and Good Food in Singapore | Foon's Thai Recipe | Juicy Wantons

Generously filled wantons, juicy and delicious

Enough reason yet? Well, here’s one more. I’m sure all of us have had wantons that had miserably tiny fillings amidst the huge yellow sheet of wanton skin. Fret not! Foon’s Thai Recipe has wantons that are nowhere near tiny! Plump, juicy, worth it! 😀

Feeling adventurous? We like the other option Foon’s offers too; the Thai Wanton Spinach noodles!

Love the green, soothing emerald green springy noodles, coupled with the pretty red caramelized pork slices drenched in glistening yummy sauce. We wouldn’t say it tastes that different from the usual eggy, yellow noodles, just slightly less eggy. #HAHA #mightaswelldontsay

Cheap and Good Food in Singapore | Foon's Thai Recipe | Thai Wanton Spinach Noodles

Thai Wanton Spinach Noodles: $5/$6/$7

Right across the stall, you’ll find a sister store selling thai coconut ice cream managed by the same owners. Waan Waan Authentic Thai Coconut ice cream serves classic or jumbo bowl of ice cream with a generous number of toppings.

Desserts in Singapore | Thai Desserts | Waan Waan Authentic Thai Coconut Ice Cream | Classic Bowl

Classic bowl (1 scoop of coconut ice cream, 1 scoop of mango ice cream with chendol, red ruby, atap seed, nata de coco and roasted peanuts): $4.90

We didn’t really fancy the mango ice cream, so perhaps you can focus on the coconut ice cream instead. For some reason, we were given a few pieces of honey mango as well. Or maybe we forgot we added another topping, HAHA.

*We received feedback that they are no longer as generous with their toppings, so… you can still take a gamble if you want. 🙂

Foon’s Thai Recipe

Address: Block 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-65, 390051

Opening Hours: 09:00 am – 09:00 pm

Foon’s Thai Recipe Facebook

 

Waan Waan Authentic Thai Coconut Ice Cream

Address: Block 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-51, 390051

Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 09:30 pm

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