Posts Tagged ‘Chicken Chop’

To-Gather Cafe

I’ve always been envious of the people living in the Tiong Bahru, Everton or Duxton area because there are so many cafes there. All they have to do is slip on something casual, get out of their house, walk for 5 minutes or so, and voila, they’re having a cuppa at their “neighbourhood cafe”.

I kinda feel like the East has been neglected when it comes to cafes. I have to crack my brain real hard where to drive to, each time I wanna have a latte or cake, so can you imagine my surprise when a cafe actually opened in my neighbourhood?? Ok it takes me about 20 minutes to walk there, but still, beggars can’t be choosers! It’s such a nice feeling to have a cafe to call “our own” that my parents and I have already visited it at least 3 times since it’s opening in late 2013. I think all of the people living nearby feel the same way as well because it is always full during peak hours. Luckily there is a relatively large outdoor seating area, at the 5-foot walkway and with awnings so not to worry. You can dine amongst the cacophony of the birds from the bird shop nearby.

To-gather Cafe

Not bad huh for a neighbourhood cafe? The really great thing about To-gather Cafe is their affordable prices! Cafes nowadays charge an arm and a leg for the simplest of menu items. $15 for eggs benedict, come on, how difficult is it to bloody poach 2 eggs? Or $20 for all day breakfast? My grandmother can fry eggs and sausages with her eyes closed! Prices at To-gather cafe are only a few dollars higher than if you were to dine at the Western Stall in a coffee shop. For example, the mains are almost all below $10.

To-gather Cafe - Pork Cordon Bleu  -  $10.9 (Pork Loin Stuffed with Ham & Cheese, and served with fries & seasonal Vegetables) (2)

Pork Cordon Bleu  -  $10.9 (Pork Loin Stuffed with Ham & Cheese, and served with fries & seasonal Vegetables)

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Bark Cafe at Changi Museum

I’m on a quest to cover all the interest cafes and eateries in the East of Singapore! Last weekend, the Partner, the BFF and I decided to make a quick trip around the more obscure parts of the Eastern side of Singapore. Yes, even though we live in the East, Changi is a seldom visited area, especially because there is no MRT line coming down this way. Even when driving to the airport, Changi would be easily bypassed with the ECP or PIE.

Interestingly, Changi Road starts from around the Geylang/Eunos area, then becomes New Upper Changi Road near the Kembangan area. It then morphs into Upper Changi Road East and North. There is no Upper Changi Road West or South. And neither is there any Old Upper Changi Road, or Old Changi Road for that matter! I have this vague feeling that some roads which used to be known as the original Changi Road, and is parallel to the sea, has now been changed to another name. Maybe the history buffs can enlighten me.

Anyway, if you in the Changi / Loyang area, you may like to know that there is a huge cafe situated right next to the Changi Chapel & Museum. The best time to visit would I think be at night. Apart from the fact that this is a totally not air-conditioned place, there are not too many tall buildings nearby and you can gaze as the night sky more easily while the crickets provide their nocturnal accompaniment. It would be nice to sit here amongst the lush greens during the rainy season in December too. I love the smell of wet grass, don’t you?

Bark Cafe - Tomato Fried Cheese Salad $14 (1)

Tomato Fried Cheese Salad (Deep fried cheese with breadcrumb, on sliced tomato, drizzled with balsamic dressing) $14

We ordered a plate of these to share. I don’t usually order appetisers because I don’t normally need it, and also because I don’t want to be somewhat satiated by the time my mains arrive. But sometimes I just can’t resist! Last week was one such day. Fried cheese, caprese salads and melt in your mouth burratas really get to me and I lose all form of will power when they make their appearance in the appetiser section of the menu!

Bark Cafe - Tomato Fried Cheese Salad $14 (3)

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Man Zhu Restaurant at Chinese Swimming Club

The Man Zhu Restaurant at the Chinese Swimming Club is now officially open! After having undergone some renovations late last year, the place now looks so much better. The place looks refreshing and cozy, unlike the big cavernous impersonal mess that it was previously. There are even booth seats all along the glass walls if you are lucky enough to snag them.

After praying at 2 temples on the 3rd day of Chinese New Year, the 3rd Uncle’s family and us had a meal together at the Man Zhu Restaurant.

Man Chu Restaurant Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee $6.70 – When my hokkien mee arrived, everyone stopped eating for 2 seconds and stared at it. It was just chock full of ingredients from squid, prawns mushrooms and lots and lots of egg! Everything tasted very fresh and succulent. The broth was also quite light but would have been better if it had more kick. Something seemed to be lacking in the broth base, pork lard perhaps?

Man Chu Restaurant Chicken Chop

Chicken Chop char-grilled boneless chicken leg with potato cake $8 – According to my cousin, quite good

Man Chu Restaurant Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips – $7.60 – Tasty but oily

Man Chu Restaurant Broccoli

Broccoli with Mushroom $5.20

Man Chu Restaurant Fish Slices in Black Bean Sauce

Steamed Grouper Fillert with fermented black bean $9.50

Man Chu Restaurant Fried Omelette

Omelette $5.50 – Over fried to the point of tasting burnt

Man Chu Restaurant Stir Fried Vegetables

Shanghai Green $4.50

Man Chu Restaurant Iced Chendol

Chendol with red beans, green jelly, attap seeds, coconut milk and gula melaka – $3.10 I think I’ve never quite seen Chendol looking like this before. The coconut milk has kinda frozen on top of the pile of ice shavings. I have a really sweet tooth and often, I wish they would add more of the gula melaka but I never can bring myself to ask for more. Some how, the brain is wired to think that whatever the chef dishes out is maximum amount I can have for the day, and asking for more means going over the limit.

Man Chu Restaurant Seating Area (2) Man Chu Restaurant Seating Area

Get a seat by the windows and overlook the Olympic sized pools. You might spot a hunk or 2. Or you might spot a fat and hairy man.

 

*Man Zhu is open only to Members and Guests of the Chinese Swimming Club

Man Zhu Restaurant (located at the New Wing aka Sports Wing)

21 & 34 Amber Rd Chinese Swimming Club Singapore 439870

Mon – Thur- 11.30am to 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)

Fri & Eve of PH  11.30am to 10.30pm (last order at 10.00pm)

Saturday 7.30am to 10.30pm (last order at 10.00pm)

Sun 10.30am to 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)

http://www.chineseswimmingclub.org.sg/manzhu.htm

White Dog Cafe

White Dog Cafe (2)

Minestrone Soup

White Dog Cafe

Chicken Chop with Mushroom Sauce

Met up with a group of ex-class mates some weeks back and someone suggested eating at White Dog Cafe in Vivocity. Had vaguely heard of its existence but I had never tried it out before. It was totally full when I got there on a Sunday afternoon at 1pm. Luckily I wasn’t the first, so I didn’t have the task of getting a table for everyone!

Everyone chose the set lunch because it sounded pretty affordable at just over 10 dollars. Yes the set lunches are available even on weekends. For the price, you get a soup, a mains and a drink. The soup arrived all nicely plated and I was pretty impressed. It was only after the 1st sip that we all unanimously found the soup too salty. It wasn’t just the minestrone that was salty, even the other soup, I forget it was clam chowder or corn soup, was pretty salty too. Otherwise, I found the soup nice with just the right level of sourness, and the vegetables still had some bite to it. I liked the coleslaw salad on the side too. It tasted refreshing and had body to it. Coleslaw has had a bad reputation thanks to a certain fast-food chain that offers lifeless coleslaw.

I ordered mushroom sauce chicken chop. The chicken was nice and tasty, and it was quite nice to be able to eat it with fragrant rice rather than with the usual fries. I really liked the mushroom sauce. It was thick and mushroomy, I finished it all! The only thing is, when the mains arrived, everyone was a little taken aback at the size. It’s okay for me I guess, I was full at the end, helped along with the earlier soup and garlic bread I had. Big eaters may have to order more sides in order to feel full.  Well I suppose this is the reason why White Dog is able to keep its costs low.

White Dog Cafe

Vivocity 1 Harbourfront Walk #02-131/132
Singapore 098585

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