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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. . .

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

The Bakery Chef Facebook

The Bakery Chef Website

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BAKE Cheese Tart is finally in Singapore!

BAKE Cheese Tart Singapore | Ion Orchard | Yellow Display Boxes

Bake Cheese Tarts

So the wait is over. The famous BAKE Cheese Tarts are finally here in Singapore! But perhaps what’s standing between you and the delicious cheese tarts is… a 90 minutes wait time (at least). The queue starts from the event area right outside Watson’s.

[Tip: we heard that if you go just before the shop in Ion closes for the day, you might be able to get them within 10 minutes! Provided the cheese tarts are not sold out, of course.] Read on. . .

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. . .