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.

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Which Egg Tarts That I Have Tried?

I am not a great fan of egg tarts or Portuguese egg tarts. Occasionally, I will get one or two for a tea break in the afternoon. Recently, I got to try the egg tarts from two different famous shops in Singapore.

SL II Muffin

It is located at Hong Lim Food Centre, Chinatown Singapore. I loved their egg tarts because the filling is soft and the sweetness level matched my tastebud. The size is average, and its price is reasonable. I noticed that the egg tarts colour is lighter than in other shops. Besides egg tarts, they sell coconut tarts and various types of muffins.

Address: 531A Upper Cross St, #02-32, Singapore 051531.

Tai Cheong Bakery

Tai Cheong Bakery has branches islandwide, and I bought the egg tarts from Tampines One. Similar to SLII Muffin, the filling is soft and not sweet. The size is bigger than average, and of course, it costs more compared to neighbourhood bakery shops. However, I did not prefer the crust from Tai Cheong.

Address: 10 Tampines Central 1, B1-24, Singapore 529536.

Wan Dou Sek

 

When it is popping hot from the oven, the crispy pastry as the base with smooth filling egg tarts is one of the good ones at Geylang. It comes in an average bite size.

Address: 126 Sims Ave, Singapore 387449.

I’m Looking For A Good HK Polo Bun

Yesterday, I posted a status on my Facebook asking if any shops are selling Hong Kong-styled polo buns with slices of butter instead of char siew filling. It looks as below picture:

A polo bun is a kind of sweet bun predominantly popular in Hong Kong. It does not traditionally contain pineapple; rather, the name refers to the look of the topping that resembles the texture of a pineapple.

A food blogger shared ten (10) shops in Singapore that sell good polo buns. Most of the shops are located in City Centre, making it hard for me to have one without travelling down to City. Refer to the link in the reference section below.

Tai Cheong Bakery at Tampines

It sells polo buns with char siew filling; it is not what I wanted to get yesterday. I tried their egg tart and coconut tart some time ago and compared them with SII Muffin.

So Good Char Chan Teng

Based on Google reviews, this restaurant sells polo buns with sliced butter as its filling. I may visit the restaurant one day when I need to head to the city. The rating is 3.6 stars.

I can get the buns with a cup of drink as set too. Some reviews shared the polo bun tastes lovely sweet, and salty. Also, the butter melts in the mouth.

Address: So Good Char Chan Tang, 13 Stamford Rd, #01-17/18, Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178884.

If you know any shops that sell good HK polo buns in Singapore, please leave me a message in the comment box below.

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Burp Kitchen & Bar

Soon after my return from my holiday trip back to KL, Malaysia, I was called to join the farewell lunch of my colleague. His last day was at the end of March, and many people wanted to farewell him too. We worked from home, so we met for a slightly longer lunch at Bedok Reservoir.

The little cafe has a good rating on Google reviews. It has 4.2 stars, and many people give it 4-5 stars. Since I could not book Refuel cafe, I booked this cafe for a table of four people.

Grilled sausage platter

We ordered the platter as an appetizer. It consists of grilled beef and pork sausages mixed with green vegetables. It is pretty crunchy on the skin. The portion is large, but I do not think it is worth ordering because, with the same price, I could eat other food such as chicken wings. Their recommendation was fiery chicken wings.

Smoked Salmon Carbonara

I am not a real carbonara fan, but this carbonara pasta is light and easy to eat. Besides the smoked salmon on the side, the linguine was cooked with some bacon strips. It was not too creamy or too oily to eat.

The portion is good for one person or sharing. I think it is one of the recommendations too. We ordered another plate of paste, too, for sharing.

Grilled Unagi Aglio Olio

I find it unique, so I ordered this pasta to try it. Usually, Aglio olio goes with bacon and prawns. This cafe offers unagi at a reasonable price that I think is a must-try.

It is pretty flavourful; the taste is more toward Japanese style with bonito flakes, some chilli powder on the side, and cheese on another side.

Beefy Three Cheese

The waitress recommended we try the Hog. However, one of my colleagues did not eat pork, so we decided to try the beef burger. It turned out to be a generous beef patty and an amount of cheese. The flavour was not very strong, but it was still decent. I like their chips.

Good for sharing

During this Covid-19 period, food sharing can be a concern to everyone. I do not mind sharing good food together as long as we practise good personal hygiene whenever and wherever we go to. By doing that, we can try more food together, just like today.

I wish to bring my loved ones to visit this cafe one day. I think there is plenty of food we can try together for few times. They serve cocktails at night, if I am not mistaken.

Free half a waffle

It is their promotion; we spent above $50 and got half a waffle with ice cream. The dessert was ordinary. It was a Tuesday afternoon, so there was no crowd during our visit. The service was good, and the waiters were attentive to our requests. I am keen to return one day for dinner.

Address: 740 Bedok Reservoir Road, #01-3165, Singapore 470740.

Singapore Hawker Food – Part 2

I have been trying to blog differently recently by having a theme. To support local Singaporean hawker food, I set up a new theme called Singapore Hawker Food, tried out the local food shared by Singaporeans on social media and shared my opinions. I am sure you are the same as me, would like to know the views from a non-food blogger’s or Youtuber’s point of view.

I am glad that one or two people are willing to eat with me so that I can try different food and give more food reviews. I wish we could continue to try more food together and share our thoughts. Also, I am happy whenever we are together enjoying our food.

I may be active on Instagram and Facebook Page, and I try the food by myself without getting sponsorship or partnership. It is purely based on my opinions and preferences. No offences.

Cuppage Fried Guo Tiao

The fried kway teow is nice, delicious and fulfilling. They asked if I wanted chilli, and yes, it was with some spiciness on it. It gave a good kick. It is quite rare to be here for lunch too. It is my favourite so far.

Address: 34 Upper Cross St, #01-170, Singapore 050034.

Qinde Portugese Egg Tarts

Qinde Egg Tarts & Pastries at Whampoa Makan Place has a 4.9 Google rating. It surprised me. I checked the reviews, and I quite agreed with some of them.

The bottom of the pastry is soft; I think most are the same unless is pastry is hard-base. To make it crisper, I heated it using an air fryer at 100°c for less than 5 minutes after refrigerating it overnight.

The egg tart’s size, I think, is reasonable and standard size. The sweetness is acceptable, less sweet. I hope it can be less sweet some more.

It satisfies my taste, at least.

Address: Blk 90 Whampoa Dr, #01-42, Singapore 320090.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/pGWEmgWgqcUcki3T9

L32 Handmade Noodle

Their signature ban mian cooks in the thick, savoury soup. Usually, I will go for mee hoon kway. You can choose to go with pork, chicken or seafood. I prefer their dry version that comes with a small bowl of soup and an egg inside. If you want the egg to be well cooked, just let them know. The dark sauce dry noodle is not oily, it goes well with their chilli paste, fried anchovies and fried spring onions. The queue for this noodle stall during lunch or dinner time can be quite long.

For takeaway, I opted soup version because the handmade noodle would stick together. The only thing I do not like about the soup version is the fried anchovies turn soggy in the soup.

Address: Food Tempo, 10 Tampines Central 1, #01-60, Singapore 529536.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/AUkrTXeLdP6abVqaA

Economic Beehoon Mee

Whether it is a beehoon only or beehoon mee, it is one of my favourites and the most common breakfast options for me every morning. It is conveniently available at any hawker stall or food court in Singapore. Usually, the stalls sell other types of fried noodles too, and it serves with other dishes such as fried eggs, sausages, luncheon meats, fried chicken wings, fish cakes or fish fillets, vegetables and many more.

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to types of noodles and their ingredients. I had my usual fried egg as the default ingredient along with vegetables or a meat selection. This stall where I usually get my economic fried noodle sells vegetarian goose, one of my favourites. Personally, I think the chilli paste is a sweet-spicy type.

Address: 477 Tampines Street 43, Singapore 520477.

Old World Bah Kut Teh & Fried Porridge

It is sliced pork porridge. The fried porridge is smooth and thick, just like Cantonese porridge. It is my first time trying fried porridge, so it is pretty interesting to see porridge in dark colour. It is a fried porridge, so the porridge is filled with wok hei.

The portion and ingredients are generous, and I added you tiao after getting the food. I dipped it into the porridge. The taste is excellent and flavourful. You tiao is a softer type, so it is easier to absorb the flavour. There is a peppery taste presence; maybe they added too much. The saltiness level is a bit overwhelming, but it is still acceptable. I did not manage to take a photo of you tiao.

I ordered a bowl of plain dry mee sua. There is a strong oyster sauce taste compared to fried shallot oils. The taste is lighter than the fried porridge. It helps to balance both dishes.

Address: 204 Bedok North Street 1, #01-393, Singapore 460204.
Google link: https://g.page/hosay-mee-pok-204-bedok-north?share

Fish Soup At Hong Kong Street Jia Kee Coffeehouse

It is the best fish soup so far in Tampines, and it is worth the money. The coffee shop does not have many seats, and with two-person dining restrictions, I seldom visit this place unless I do not have much work to rush in the afternoon, then I can go for late lunch.

Address: 144 Tampines Street 12, Singapore 521144.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/dbnGapP4rC9pmL5y5

Mr Baguette

Just mouth itchy want to try it since I was at Golden Mile Food Centre yesterday. I intended to try the Adzuki Lava, a baguette with matcha lava filling and Adzuki beans. Matcha filling is slightly sweet, not bitter, and topped with the usual Adzuki beans pairing.

My baguette was left overnight in the refrigerator before I baked it at 180°c for 2.5 minutes to reheat. I reheat it following its instructions on the packaging box. It is not so “lava” as expected, maybe because I kept it overnight. The baguette is hard. Again, I think it is due to reheating it.

Yes, messiness is still there when the baguette is hard and the lava custard flows down. The rest of the description can be read from my Instagram video below.

Cinnamon lava filling because buying two pieces are cheaper. Since it is just a one-time thing, I guess it is okay. The baguette texture is slightly different. Surprisingly, the custard is not too sweet for me. I think it is below the average level of sweetness if I were to compare it with McDonald’s apple pie.

They give two big pieces of apple, close to a quarter-sized, mild cinnamon flavour. Again, I did not consume it on the same day it was freshly baked.

Address: 505 Beach Rd, Golden Mile Food Court, #B1-51, Singapore 199583
Google link: https://www.facebook.com/mrbaguette.singapore/

Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert

I used to have an old post of the Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert when I first visited the Ang Mo Kio branch in the year 2014. However, the links to the photographs uploaded in that post have been broken and cannot be repaired. Therefore, I would like to re-share my experience in this new post. I did not really visit this Hong Kong restaurant often in Singapore even it has branches in the city too.

Wanton Noodle

In my first post, I wrote about my eating experience at Ang Mo Kio branch, which is still around in Ang Mo Kio, that the wanton noodle was one of the good selections in the menu. I added that the noodle texture was springy and the wantons were in average sizes. The broth was not very oily but it was a bit tasteless for my preference.

I presumed back then I tried wanton noodle in the soup base. Fast forward, December 2020, I went to the branch in Tampines One for lunch and ordered the wanton noodle dry version.

Back then, I commented the wanton noodle soup was a bit tasteless for my preference. So, did it improved? I’m unable to comment because on the 2nd visit, I ordered the dry version that I felt it was lack of sauces. The noodle texture was still al-dente and generous in portion with 5 medium-sized wantons and green. For a healthier choice, this may be a better option, I guess.

XO Fried Rice

Next, the XO fried rice was lightly tasted. I’m unsure whether it is most Hong Kong restaurants’ style when using XO sauce for cooking. The plus point is the fresh medium-sized prawn.

Last but not least, I quite liked the salted egg custard buns. It is something worth getting again. 

Salted Egg Custard Buns

Address: 10 Tampines Central 1, #B1-K12, Singapore 529536.
Google Link: https://g.co/kgs/MwT5kq

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

Stricter COVID-19 Safe Management Measures Works In Singapore – Foodie Will Still Cook at Home

Stricter COVID-19 safe management measures are working for now, and there is no need for a “further tightening of posture” at this point, said Mr. Lawrence Wong on Friday. More updates will be given on next Monday.

This is my third post sharing on home-cooked food during the Phase 2 Heightened Alert (P2HA) in Singapore from 16 May 2021 through 13 June 2021. You can check out my first post, Pre-Phase 2 Heightened Alert, to share how I cooked salmon with an air fryer and made turkey ham sandwiches. In the second post, Foodie Cooks When Dine-In Is Not Allowed, I shared how I prepared chicken drumstick using an air-fryer and tried one of the popular minced meat noodle stalls at Tampines Street 43’s Kopitiam. I will continue in this post and stay-home dine-in experience with some good food that I bought home in this weekly post.

Korean Japchae

I followed ahjuma’s recipe to make japchae. The first photo looked like making bibimbap. The photo was taken before mixing the ingredients together. It tasted delicious and flavourful. I added extra ingredients into the japchae, the kimchi and seaweeds. The recipe link, https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/japchae For the meat, I used sliced pork and prepared it using the bulgogi recipe link, https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/bulgogi

Mala Xiang Guo

I was trying to cook mala xiang guo at home by using the lao gan ma chilli sauce but the taste was totally different than the expected taste. Guess, I will try it again next time with pre-packed sauce for mala stir-fry that I can get it from any supermarkets.

ChiCha San Chen

It is established in 1998, and my first try is in the year 2021. I’m not a really true fan of milk tea. Only on the occasion where I wanted to try out. It is a new drink on the menu to promote taro. Taro milk tea with taro pearls or fresh milk with taro and taro pearls.

What interested me the most is the teapresso machine and the tea aroma at this stall. It is something that I do not mind sitting down and enjoy my tea. The story of the teapresso machine can be found on their website, https://www.chichasanchen.com/en/about/39/

There was a queue before us during dinner time when I dropped by to get my first drink. Surprisingly, the Google rating at Tampines One is 3.4 stars only, while branches located in the city rated between 4.1 and 4.5 stars.

After having eaten so much, it is a good time to do some walking. On Saturday’s morning, I took a walk before it started raining. It was a relaxing walk with no target location, distance and timing. If you are keen to follow me on Instagram, you can check out the link below.

Alright, that is all for this week. Let us catch up again in my next post. Stay home, stay safe.

CUT – By Wolfgang Puck

A good try at a fine dining restaurant in Marina Bay Sands, and Singapore. It is listed as one-star Michelin restaurant that serves wagyu beef from Japan and USA. I went for a conservative selection for my virgin visit by ordering the aged 21 days USDA prime, Illinois corn-fed beef, and American Wagyu, both filet mignon 170g.

It cooked medium rare and served with their in-house sauces that I cannot really tell much what they are. Some of it consists of dijon mustard taste. Initially, I thought I would not feel full with 170g of meat, it is a wrong thought. The amount of meat was just right after we finished our dinner.

Besides that, I ordered a starter, prawn cocktails. It tasted quite refreshing with a trace of calamansi. The prawns are fresh, crunchy and properly cleans. The green paste on the plate is the avocado mousse, and I think the base should be the wasabi panna cotta. I just try to guess based on the description on the menu.

I did not order dessert as I thought to look around in MBS for other desserts, but they are mostly closed at 9PM during the Covid-19 period. However, the restaurant knows how to do business, they served me with the miniature of their dessert selection. I made me feel I will consider their dessert next time.

As I read some reviews mentioned, the sides can be quite a big portion and shared, but I can try to get some of the sides next time. Do make a booking before heading to the restaurant because the restaurant opens from 5.00PM to 10.00PM.

Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue B1-71, Galleria Level The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972.
Google Link: https://goo.gl/maps/1XQgfJxjFYFZhAUS8

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