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Where to get Salted Egg Croissants in Singapore

Apparently the Salted Egg / Liu Sha croissant craze has been going on for a number of months overseas including places like JB, but it’s only just begun on our shores a week back! If you’re a fan of anything salted egg, you must try Antoinette’s salted egg croissants. They are the real deal man. THREE salted egg yolks go into each of these babies.

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Yesterday was the launch of Antoinette’s liu sha croissants at 11am at their Penhas outlet in Lavender. By 12 noon, they were completely sold out! And it’s not as if Antoinette were just selling a couple of croissants. The staff had to start preparations in their 12 degree kitchen at 3am yesterday, painstakingly preparing the 900 salted egg yolks that would eventually be stuffed into the French style croissants. The salted egg yolks are combined with sugar and milk, and then sieved several times to reduce the grainy texture that is typical of salted egg yolks. In fact, if you ask me, there’s no need to apologise for the grainy texture because that’s what real salted egg custard should be like! We should in fact be aware of places that tout smooth salted egg custard (liu sha bao especially) because those are probably made with custard powder instead and contains little salted egg.

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Anyway to cut the long story short, Antoinette will be selling these liu sha croissants at $6.50++ daily at their Penhas outlet at 11am each day. From Feb 10 onwards at 1pm each day, they will also be available at the other Antoinette outlets. Hurry before they run out!

Cutting a croissant

BTW if you want a picture perfect salted egg croissant, you can get the staff to help you cut the croissant with a serrated knife. If you just use the normal knife, you will end up flattening the croissant.

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Assembly Coffee 2016

It’s been 2 years since Assembly Coffee opened at Evans Road. How time flies! I remember I was so happy to have a 3rd wave cafe opening near my work place, and since then, Singapore has been inundated, with cafes galore. What a difference 2 years makes.

Despite my love for coffee, I’m not one of those who needs a fix every day. I don’t get a buzz from drinking coffee, and I can have it even at night. It’s more of the idea of relaxing over a cup of beverage that perks me up, so I’ve only visited Assembly Coffee once in a while, when my colleagues have time during lunch to sit down for a cuppa, which is not all that often. I actually dislike doing takeaways as it just defeats the purpose for me.

Anyway, last weekend I was back in the office to do some clearing up and decided to indulge a bit by getting their waffles. Assembly Coffee is not just known for its coffee, they do a mean waffle too. There are currently 5 waffle options on the menu and the 3 of us decided to share the mixed berry compote with vanilla ice cream one.

Mixed Berry Compote Buttermilk Waffles (1)

Mixed Berry Compote Buttermilk Waffles $12.50

I must say the 3 of us unanimously agreed that the waffle was fantastic. The waffle was crispy on the outside, but still fluffy on the inside. We don’t really like waffles that are just crispy throughout, then it feels like we’re just eating crust or something. The generous dollop of vanilla ice cream and mixed berries went really well with the waffle, softening the crispy exterior. Being the sweet toothed me, I wouldn’t mind if it were just a little bit sweeter though. Even the taste of the waffle itself was slightly different from the more one dimensional versions that you get from average cafes. I guess it’s the buttermilk at work.

Mixed Berry Compote Buttermilk Waffles (2)

Another waffle picture just for the fun of it. Scroll down if you want to see Assembly Coffee’s 2016 menu.

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PAUL Singapore – New Savoury Dishes

They say there is bread, and there is French bread. In my opinion, few things are nicer than eating a well made baguette with a huge dollop of butter. It is good to know that every PAUL bakery not only makes their baguettes and pain de campagne on the premises, their bakers also creates their speciality breads fresh every single day. Even the bread flour used is special, over 300 French farmers grow wheat exclusively for PAUL!

Paul Singapore -  Baguettes and Breads

PAUL, which was established more than 100 years ago in 1889 in Lille France, has grown into a worldwide presence with 568 boulangeries in 33 countries. Although PAUL seems to strike the Singaporean as a little pricey and upmarket, thanks to their 1st outlet at Ngee Ann City, they are as ubiquitous in France as Breadtalk is to Singapore. The first thing I ever bought when I arrived in Paris was a bread roll from PAUL at the train station!

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The only grouse I have with PAUL is that they only provide Beurre doux, which is unsalted butter. I prefer Demi-sel, which is salted butter and have never liked unsalted butter, no matter the brand.

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Check out my friend who was positively swooning at the huge bread basket placed in front of us.

Anyway, PAUL Singapore recently introduce 28 new menu items to tantalise their loyal customers and entice new ones. We had a chance to sample several new items on the menu as well as a few refreshed ones. With all these savoury dishes, PAUL is beginning to feel more like a full-fledge restaurant rather than a cafe!

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St Marc Bakery and Bar

Most people know about St Marc Cafe as it can be easily found in popular malls such as Raffles City or Vivocity. But have you heard of St Marc Bakery and Bar at Parkland Green ECP? I believe it’s the only outlet that serves full brunch, lunch and dinner meals. At least i couldn’t find information saying otherwise on their website.

Ever since I tried their signature Pasta Carbonara more than half a year ago when they’d first open, I was smitten. I was hosting some event at Parkland Green so I managed to have a mouthful, but that mouthful was so wonderfully heavenly that it has been etched in my subconscious mind since. I don’t know why I haven’t been back earlier, but I finally did so last week.

Truth be told, I hardly ever order Pasta Carbonara at restaurants as I can never be sure if the sauce is too thick and cloying. If I say so myself, I do make a pretty good version using Jamie Oliver’s recipe, so I’ve always been a little risk adverse to ordering it. But I did so very much want to relive the taste I had remembered, so I took the risk this time round

St Marc Bakery & Bar - Carbonara $15.80 (Crispy Bacon, Parmigianino, Black Pepper, Egg Yolk)

Carbonara $15.80 (Crispy Bacon, Parmigianino, Black Pepper, Egg Yolk)

The Pasta Carbonara was exactly as delicious and creamy as I had remembered. This being a Japanese version, it’s slightly different from those you get from the Western restaurants. I don’t quite know what goes into the sauce but it was creamy, salty, and was just full of umami. I suppose the saltiness comes from the added Parmesan cheese. I did find it a tad too salty towards the end, but I fully enjoyed the dish for the most part. Love the bouncy texture of the Japanese pasta too, they say it is textured like a mochi.

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Percolate renovated!

My friendly neighbourhood cafe has grown up! It is now twice as big as what it used to be after the law firm next door moved out.

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The layout is such that the two sides are somewhat separated by a partition wall, but the huge hole in the wall still gives the illusion of space, and yet retains a certain cosiness to it. Guess what, the interior design firm that was in charge of the renovation is my cousin’s boyfriend’s firm. I had no idea about it until after Percolate closed for renovations!

Percolate - Curry Egg Mayo Croissant $7

Curry Egg Mayo Croissant $7

Glad to see that my favourite Curry Egg Mayo croissant was still on the menu! Still tastes just as good as I remember it to be.

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