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Tai Cheong Bakery & Cafe

This post was first published in 2016.


A couple of months ago in 2016, 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… Read on. . .

Must-Eats in Bangkok?

Roast The Commons | 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. . .

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. . .

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

Dutch Baby Cafe Facebook

Dutch Baby Cafe Singapore Website

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Truly Test Kitchen – Food Made With Love

Whoever said good food cannot be cheap and affordable… has obviously never tried Truly Test Kitchen. Despite being located in the Industrial Estate at Kampong Ampat, between MacPherson and Aljunied Road (ulu in other words), this modern coffee shop has proven themselves, drawing customers from all walks of life.

(Literally… see the auntie walking towards you?)

Food Hidden Treasures in Singapore | Truly Test Kitchen | Coffee Shop

Spot the curry rice feast in the foreground

I’m not gonna lie – the place is not exactly the most accessible and definitely not the regular hipster cafe with fancy decor nor air-conditioning. It took us awhile to find the lift even!

Food Hidden Treasures in Singapore | Junjie Industrial Building

Hidden Orange Cargo Lift

And as we made our way up to the coffee shop, we kinda questioned if this was worth the scorching 12 pm afternoon heat and getting into eerie cargo lifts… but we soon found out!

 

There are three stalls at Truly Test Kitchen; the Homemade meatball porridge, Truly Western (food) and Curry Rice. Each of the stalls specialises in different areas as you can easily tell from their names.

Food Hidden Treasures in Singapore | Truly Test Kitchen

Truly Western Stall

Food Hidden Treasures in Singapore | Truly Test Kitchen

Curry Rice Stall

Food Hidden Treasures in Singapore | Truly Test Kitchen

Homemade Meatball Porridge Stall (Seriously, dude?)

Whilst ordering our food, we overheard one of the bosses talking to one of his staff about how service doesn’t just solely mean getting the food to the customer and blah. He sounded really passionate about what he was doing.

How many of us can say that about our jobs?

Food Hidden Treasures in Singapore | Truly Test Kitchen

Curry Chicken Chop Noodle: $3.50

Truly enough (see what we did there), the curry noodles not only looked and smelled good, the taste was exceptional, different from your regular curry noodles sold everywhere else. If passion and love could be tasted, this would be it. <3

Cheap and Good Food in Singapore | Junjie Industrial Building | Homely Noodles Menu

Homely Noodles Customisation Menu

You have the autonomy to choose the type of noodle, type of soup and type of meat you’d want with your noodles, and I think that is a very good idea. (Especially for picky eaters like us)

Cheap and Good Food in Singapore | Truly Test Kitchen | Homely Noodles

Springy maggi mee, succulent and juicy chicken chop, fresh cabbage soaking in the essence of the fragrant curry. Need we say more?

We chose maggi mee with curry and chicken meat. The curry was very fragrant and there was this tinge of assam-like taste to it, making the dish very addictive. Now, it makes us wonder what the assam soup base would taste like. We have always thought of curry noodles as a very oily and unhealthy dish, but this did not make us feel like that at all! Oil, yes, definitely there would be, but it was surprisingly little. No idea what kind of sorcery went into this dish, but we were super satisfied. We could tell that careful thought was also put into the presentation, something that we would not expect much in a coffee shop.

Disclaimer: Food came in a huge bowl that pretty much left our mouths agape when it arrived at our table. Good things food are meant to be shared! Read on. . .