Classic Chee Cheung Fun

The classic old-school plain chee cheung fun can be one of the good choices for breakfast in Singapore. However, I did not always see it available everywhere. I would like to share these stalls that I found in the Singapore hawker centres that served decent chee cheung fun.

Background

A rice noodle roll is a Cantonese dish from Guangdong Province. The rice noodles themselves have little flavour. Usually, it serves with sweet sauce, soya sauce, and some chilli paste. Also, they will add vegetable oils to ensure the chee cheung food are not sticky.

It is different from the Hong Kong-styled chee cheung fun.

Hong Lim Food Centre

Address: 153 Traditional Cuisine #01-53, Hong Lim Food Centre, 531A Upper Cross St, Singapore 051531.

Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre

Address: #02-183 Chee Cheong Fun. Pork Dumpling. Yam Cake. Nonya Dumpling, Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre, 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 588215.

Richton Cafe

It is a cafe located at one of the HDB blocks in Pasir Ris that serves chee cheung fun too. The cafe has plenty of Malays eating there. Although Google did not mention that it is a Halal cafe, I think they have the Halal sign, therefore, the Malays are visiting the cafe.

I visited the cafe during the morning time and ordered a plate of chee cheung fun with a cup of hot teh-c kosong (tea with evaporated milk without added sugar).

Address: 476A Pasir Ris Drive 6, #01-600, Singapore 511476.

Please share with me where I can have chee cheung fun in the other parts of Singapore.

Cafe Hopping In Joo Chiat

It is just a little blog page that compiles some of the cafe hopping activities in Singapore. On this page, I share some of the cafes that I tried in the Joo Chiat area.

Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee

I visited the cafe sometime back in September 2020. It is a small cafe with, a limited seating area, and it is a takeaway concept. It is good enough to spend time with loved ones or friends while having a cup of drink or a piece of dessert. They are still operating at the same location till now.

Address: 446 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427659.

Kōhī Roastery & Coffee Bar

I came across this cafe after watching a Youtube video that introduced Joo Chiat’s food. Then, I introduced this tiny hole cafe at Joo Chiat to a colleague in May 2022, and we visited the cafe twice so far.

I liked their hot Hojicha latte during my second visit to the cafe. I tried the normal cold flat white too on my first visit.

The stall is located at the corner of the back lane. I think it is hard to spot the cafe name from the road. There are two more cafes at the front of the same building on level one.

Address: 283 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427535.

Good Intentions

It is not far from Choices Cuts Goods + Coffee. I liked the ambience in this cafe, especially because it has tables at level two. Although my view is not next to the windows, I am still able to see the view from afar. I ordered the normal flat white from their menu. It comes with a cup of ice water too. Good service!

Address: 45 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428765.

Forty Hands East Coast

It has 4.2 stars on Google rating, however, this cafe is closing soon on Sept 12, 2022. Both the East Coast and Tiong Bahru’s branches will be closed. It is famous for its fluffy red bean bun, and customers love to pair it with a coffee to watch the world go by.

I tried it once when my friend brought me to the cafe on one of the public holidays. We were lucky to get a table without waiting for long. The cafe was super crowded, so I believed it served the people from the neighbourhood well, especially since this area has plenty of cafes.

Address: 226 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428923.

References

Wheeler’s Yard

After my weekend visiting the TCM near the Wheeler’s Yard at Jalan Rajah, I explored the Whampoa neighbourhood with a friend from the IT industry who stayed at Whampoa for a coffee break before heading back home.

Wheeler’s Yard is located right along with the Whampoa park connector. It is a hidden bicycle-themed cafe along with the park connector. I am unsure if the bicycle workshop is still operating because no one was around during my visit.

I ordered the iced expresso and the nacho fries. My friend ordered the flat white. The fries portion is big; it is suitable for sharing with friends. I loved the nacho sauce; however, I did not enjoy the meat. The overall taste is acceptable and combination; it just does not have the kick that I will order again. Maybe, I would prefer the nacho sauce with the fries only.

The iced expresso is good; however, it is pricey. I did not pour so much milk to dilute the ice because the coffee tastes milkier than coffee bitterness. The coffee and milk ratio is essential.

Personal opinion, I think the standard long black or flat white will be good enough. Moreover, the barista will be the one who knows better the ratio between coffee and milk. The espresso ball seems to be a gimmick for young people to take photographs or videos.

Google reviews show it has 4.0 stars, a pretty good rating.

Address: 28 Lor Ampas, Singapore 328781.
Google link: https://g.page/wheelersyard?share

VCR, KL

Right behind the Three Years Old Cafe is the VCR Cafe. We tried our luck, and the waitress told us that there was a table on the upper floor. So, we checked in and proceeded to the table based on the direction given by the waitress. They do not usher us to the table; some weird service.

We scanned the QR code and browsed the menu. Then, we had to go down to make our order and payment. It would be good if they offered someone to take the order so that we do not have to walk up and down again.

The upper level’s environment was noisy, with people talking. There are more tables upstairs, so the ambience is not so pleasant. Also, I could feel the steps when people walked on the upper level while I was sitting on the chair. So, it is best to avoid sitting on the upper floor. I am not sure whether the view on the upper level is better than on the ground floor.

While waiting in queue to make my order, my friend told me that she had changed the table and seated on the ground floor. The table was right next to a big window, and it gave us a natural light for our photographs.

They served the drink first, the flat white and iced chocolate, followed by food. It did not take long to wait for the food to be served. The portion of the big breakfast was huge, so my friend could not finish all of them. It consisted of chicken sausages, scrambled egg on top of the sourdough, some chicken hams, vegetables and mushrooms. My order was avocado toast with egg. It is delicious, and I liked the sourdough. Their food is flavourful, and we did not request additional salt or pepper or chilli sauce. As for the flat white, it is a good choice too and reasonable price.

Address: 2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 8

It was a beautiful Monday morning without having the morning blue feeling. The sky was clear and sunny, making it an excellent day to go out and get my things done. Remember that I have a few things that I have to do before leaving Malaysia.

Morning activity

Yes, I headed to the city to close the bank account that I opened when I started working. It was the 3rd time that I had headed to the town during my stay in Malaysia. Today, I travelled a little further because the bank has moved to another building down the road.

There was a waiting time before I reached the waiting lounge to get the assistant to work on my account closure. The cafe is called Ted Boy and is located within the bank, and I think it does not serve walk-in customers. If you are a priority holder in this bank, you may enjoy complimentary coffee from the counter.

No, I am not a priority holder. I went to the counter and checked out the price. It is relatively cheap to drink coffee in Kuala Lumpur compared to Singapore. For a cup of hot flat white, it is SGD4.00 to SGD5.00. I left the place once I got everything done. I did not get a cup of coffee and try.

I leave the address of the cafe in the reference section below.

Buy lunch

I wanted to eat pork noodles so much that I told my aunt that I would go buy and eat them as lunch. Initially, I thought of buying it from Lot 10 Hutong’s Imbi Road Pork Noodles stall at the basement food court. After settling my banking stuff, it was the nearest place to get a bowl of delicious pork noodles.

However, my aunt has another idea to buy pork noodles from the hawker stall at Taman Maluri. Yes, the place that my aunt went to on Sunday to introduce food around the area. I did not know the chances of buying pork noodles on Mondays because most of the butchers did not work on Sundays.

I bought two packets of pork noodles. The portion of the noodles is very generous with green vegetables too. Many pork noodles do not come with green vegetables. I ordered lean meat and minced meat only; my aunt and I did not eat the liver and innards. My surprise, the ingredients were generous enough, and we split each of our portions into two servings.

The above is just half of one pack of pork noodles. I finished all the noodles as it would not be nice to keep them overnight. I reheated the other half of the portion the next day for lunch.

I share the location of this stall located in Taman Maluri in the reference section below.

After heavy lunch

I headed out to the town again. Yes, again! This time I roamed the place alone. My earlier plan was to drop by the chicken rice stall at Jalan Bukit Bintang to find out why it is so famous. The stall is called Nasi Ayam Hainan Chee Meng. I did not manage to walk down from the Bukit Bintang MRT station to check out the place because I made a stop at Sports Direct.

I leave the address of the chicken rice stall in the reference section below. There were a few other cafes that I wanted to go to, but I found my time was limited to exploring many places.

I will plan to buy my sports shoes here next year. It has a wide range of selections at a reasonable price. It is a good avenue to source a good pair of running shoes.

McDonald’s crossing

New installation in the Bukit Bintang traffic light crossing near the McDonald’s restaurant. I took the photograph of it when I crossed the road to visit Sports Direct.

I did some shopping and walked around before settling down at a cafe while waiting for pick-up.

Coffee break at Eden


I bumped into some bloggers’ posts promoting the cafe on the rooftop of Lot 10. It is located next to the Bukit Bintang MRT. So, I decided to go up here to check out. Affordable drink, well agreed. They have both indoor and alfresco seating. I ordered a cup of matcha latte.

The view up here is pretty nice and serene. I did not manage to roam around to another side of the cafe to check out the interior. However, based on some bloggers’ photographs, the place looks great.

Prepare dinner as usual

Probably this was the most straightforward dinner of my entire trip in KL. I did not prepare many dishes. I cooked a plate of vegetables with sliced pork and a plate of vegetarian. Maybe, I was tired of the day.

Again, I ate rice!

Working on my blog

After taking a week of break, I continued blogging at home whenever I was free. The initiative to start the VTL blogs began during that time when I was in KL. I did not manage to finish after Day 3’s story and delayed the publication. A lot of things ran into my mind 0n that Monday evening after a few colleagues contacted me via WhatsApp and asked me to advise them on some of the issues.

It was my most active day on WhatsApp for my entire trip. The messages came in even after 8PM at night, and I carried on to reply to some other messages from colleagues regarding the issues and fixes that I needed their help to do. I did not bring my laptop back to KL, and I could not work on it.

There was a moment when I missed someone too. I wanted to talk with a person while I was away. After dinner and showering, I felt alone at night, and the house was so quiet. Since I was on WhatsApp, I texted and asked questions like, “how are you doing?” or simply dropped a hi to tell them that I am in KL or away from SG.

I did not draw anything that night, mainly focusing on the blog contents. Let me check out my photo album on my phone to find out whether there are more drawings to share.

Reference

  • Ted Boy: Lot 1.4, Ground Floor, Menara AIA Sentral, No. 30, Jln Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Nasi Ayam Hainan Chee Meng: 50, Bukit Bintang St, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Pork noodles: Ground Floor, 51 & 53, Jalan Jejaka 9, Maluri, 55100 Cheras, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 6

Day 6 in Kuala Lumpur is mainly all about food and more food. The morning breakfast was light because I would meet my friend at 12.30PM for lunch. So, I just had more oatmeal with milk and fruits as breakfast. I skipped the bread that I warmed up for my aunt.

It was a sunny Saturday, with no rain, lightly windy in the late afternoon.

Three Years Old Cafe

Mandy, my friend, wanted to try this cafe called Three Years Old Cafe. Based on the Google rating, it has 4.2 stars. It offers a pretty good range of food and drinks. It is located somehow nearby an old neighbourhood at Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

Actually, I do not know where is this place at all. It is somewhere behind the Swiss Garden Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The nearest LRT is Hang Tuah station. However, there is no public transport from the LRT station to the cafe. It is a six-minute walk from the LRT station based on Google Map. Be careful when choosing this location as a gathering if you do not drive to town.

However, we did not manage to visit this cafe after we secured a parking space nearby the neighbourhood. It was a full house when we reached there about 1PM. We placed our names on the waiting list and walked to another cafe nearby. Refer to the link in the reference section below for the cafe’s review done by another writer.

Address: 1, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

VCR

Right behind the Three Years Old Cafe is the VCR Cafe. We tried our luck, and the waitress told us that there was a table on the upper floor. So, we checked in and proceeded to the table based on the direction given by the waitress. They do not usher us to the table; some weird service.

Sitting on the upper floor

We scanned the QR code and browsed the menu. Then, we had to go down to make our order and payment. It would be good if they offered someone to take the order so that we do not have to walk up and down again.

The upper level’s environment was noisy, with people talking. There are more tables upstairs, so the ambience is not so pleasant. Also, I could feel the steps when people walked on the upper level while I was sitting on the chair. So, it is best to avoid sitting on the upper floor. I am not sure whether the view on the upper level is better than on the ground floor.

Changed the table later on…

While waiting in queue to make my order, my friend told me that she had changed the table and seated on the ground floor. The table was right next to a big window, and it gave us a natural light for our photographs.

Food and drink are delish

They served the drink first, the flat white and iced chocolate, followed by food. It did not take long to wait for the food to be served. The portion of the big breakfast was huge, so my friend could not finish all of them. It consisted of chicken sausages, scrambled egg on top of the sourdough, some chicken hams, vegetables and mushrooms. My order was avocado toast with egg. It is delicious, and I liked the sourdough. Their food is flavourful, and we did not request additional salt or pepper or chilli sauce. As for the flat white, it is a good choice too and reasonable price.

Address: 2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ensembled brick head

A day before our meet-up, we bought some brick heads to ensemble together after eating our lunch and waiting for Vincent to join us for dinner at Pavilion Bukit Bintang. After we finished our lunch, we asked the waiter to clear our table and plates. We started ensembling the liberty icon. It took me quite a while to complete it because I made some mistakes in the early stage.

Vincent called us and told us that he could not join us for dinner. So, we slowly moved to Pavilion Bukit Bintang and dropped by Sungei Wang. It was a pretty good walk and exploration for me to see the current state of Bukit Bintang after two years.

We dropped by Daiso to check out some display boxes to hold the brick heads. I did not get one because I would prefer to place it right on the shelf. I walked around Daiso to search for a small pouch for my aunt but in vain as they do not sell those pouches with zipping.

Dinner at Ippudo

As we were not too hungry and only two of us, we went for something simple and went to a ramen restaurant called Ippudo.

I think their menu is all the same between countries. We both ordered the same ramen after browsing through the menu. I tried to eat less spicy food during my trip to Kuala Lumpur.

If I am not mistaken, I ordered the classic soup, shiromaru motoaji, the original tonkatsu broth with the secret dashi. We can choose our noodles’ texture and whether you want to exclude black fungus, green onions, and beansprouts. Sesame seeds and chilli powder are available on the table to add some flavours. The ingredients are generous, with whole eggs, four pieces of char siew, and all the sides. The broth is delicate; I added sesame seeds and some chilli powder for extra flavour. The noodle texture that I chose was just right, not soggy.

Address: Pavilion Bukit Bintang, Lot C4 . 07 . 00, 168, Bukit Bintang St, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I did not take many photographs when I was at Pavilion Bukit Bintang and Sungei Wang. I share it in my later post when I was at the same place to run my errands.

Skipped cooking dinner at home for a day

It was a whole day outing with Mandy, and I did not cook dinner at home for my family. They managed to get their lunch and dinner. I do not find it very happy that I did not need to cook for a day. To be able to cook for loved ones or anyone is a blessing. I always love to see that dinner is ready when I back home from work when I was in KL.

Reference

Refuel Cafe

The content of this post was created before Singapore went back to the no-dine-in period starting from 16 May 2021 to curb the increase of the Covid-19 cases.

It’s Friday evening, after a long day of work, troubleshooting the problem, and nagging. We rewarded ourselves with a decent dinner together at a cafe near Bedok reservoirs. My colleague recommended it, and this place is always hard to get a table during peak hours. Since my colleague wanted to try it, so decided to make a reservation at 7pm to meet up for dinner. And, I can try their food too!


After settling down, I got myself an iced tea, the Fuel Iced Tea. The drink is quite suitable for my preference that is low in sugar. With lemon and lime slices, the iced tea was refreshing. I was trying not to be fancy and choose a healthy meal with a bowl of salad, Salmon Avocado.

The toast on the salad is slightly soft. I’m fine with it, and I think it would be nice if the crust is harder. The avocado portion is enough for 1 toast only, so I paired it with salads and smoked salmon. My order came fast as most of the ingredients are ready-made. While my friend has to wait a little longer for another salmon dish because there was a pick-up order too before our turn.


I tried their pancake too, which is quite a big portion, and it is good for sharing. Unfortunately, I did not manage to take a photo when it was served.

Address: 744 Bedok Reservoir Rd, #01-3029, Singapore 470744.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/fFgB5tX1xXXV8Ju46

Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee

I was at the Joo Chiat neighbourhood few weeks ago to look for an artisan bakery shop called Petit Pain that sells croissants that sold out very fast within one morning. According to some bloggers, it is one of the best croissants in Singapore. Unfortunately, I did not get to try it. However, I have another mission in this trip. I knew this area has plenty standalone cafes. The one of the few suggestions from the Google web search is the cafe called Homeground Coffee Roasters. I read through the reviews, and decided to try this cafe if there is available seat during this COVID period.

Luck was not by my side, there was some queue in front of the cafe. Unwanted to join the queue, I opened the Google map for other options and found this takeaway concept cafe called Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee that is located a few shops away from Homeground.

The cafe is quite small, limited seats on the left side and two standing bar tables. One of the tables is facing the window, where I took the picture of the coffee and dessert.

I asked the waitress for their recommendation, and she recommended me to try their tiramisu. Then, I asked for a recommendation for their coffee. I think it is quite a standard answer when I described my preferences to her. She suggested me to go for a cup of latte and ordered a hot latte. Due to the takeaway concept, the food and drink served in paper plate and cup.

It is a strong coffee taste tiramisu, and it looked drenched. I wondered why… Since it is strong with coffee, I would say it is less sweet than the normal tiramisu. My personal preference is still the normal tiramisu, but this one gave me a new kick.

They do serve T2 brand’s tea as well if you are not a coffee lover. Other than dessert, they serve other main dishes.

Address: 446 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427659.

DePizza

The Nasi Lemak Pizza, a locally inspired, nasi lemak favor pizza. You can try this pizza at DePizza, which situated next to the Singapore River at Raffles Place. The restaurant is on the second floor facing the Singapore River.

The pizza comes with sambal paste as the sauce base of the thin crust pizza. So, it is a little bit spicy for some of the people. It topples with cucumber slices, some chicken meat, slices of an egg, and some anchovies.

According to a food blogger, the homemade sambal sauce was impressive, that is quite okay. The blogger mentions that “the fragrance of the pandan and coconut cream was also strong enough to cut through the denser cheese.” I did not entirely agree with it because I did not get the taste of having some coconut cream together with sambal paste. (Reference: https://sethlui.com/depizza-singapore-fusion-pizza-singapore/#ixzz661WzpCKA)

I am not sure whether the cheese has overtaken the pandan and coconut cream smell. Besides that, the waiter took very long to serve us the Nasi Lemak Pizza. I think they need to improve their services a lot.

We ordered the mushroom-based pizza that is most likely is a vegetarian Additional order is the truffle fries. The texture of the fries is quite hard, maybe it deep-fried too long. It did not taste good, and it was such a waste with truffle on top of the fries. Maybe, if you can find a pizza crust from the supermarket, you can do it yourself at home.

This experience made me recall the days when I was in Tasmania, where I bought the pizza dough and made my pizza. If I can find the thin pizza crust from the supermarket, I am sure I can try to make a pizza with my oven. It is because the ingredients used to make these pizza seem to be simple, just like the mushrooms pizza below. I quite like this pizza as compared to the Nasi Lemak pizza.

Address: 35A Boat Quay, Singapore 049824

Cafe Salivation

One of the TechLadies’ team meetup at this vegetarian cafe at Little India, Singapore. It features Western-style food such as pasta, lasagna, pizza and etc. An interesting item in the drink menu caught my attention and one of my teammates tried it too. The sugarless sweet potato latte. There is no trace of coffee but very strong sweet potato smell, even after mixed with the cinnamon powder.

The presentation needs a lot of improvement as the place and cup holder look very redundant and the table is quite small to put so many things on it when the food is served. We shared the potato skins which is strong with spices taste.

The pizza looks quite good and big in portion. It is not supposed to be in thin crust but we requested it to be thin crust instead. It can be shared with a few people.

Another great dish good for sharing is the spinach lasagna which I cannot manage to finish it all by myself. I did not expect it to be such a big portion and we did not think of sharing it initially. Generally, it tastes good but a little too cheesy for me. It is really filling.

Address: Cafe Salivation, 176 Race Course Rd, Singapore 218607.

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