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Breakfast Buffet at Conrad Oscars

Breakfast was included as part of the Conrad Singapore Hotel package we booked for my birthday last month. I have a love hate relationship with breakfast buffets. In order to get a good seat and have lots of time to go for several rounds, one is required to wake up early. But that is so against my philosophy on weekends! In fact, it’s against my philosophy everyday!

The Partner is more of an early bird so he’s the one summoning the energy to drag me out of bed. Overt tactics such as “IF YOU’RE NOT GETTING OUT OF BED, I’M GOING DOWN FIRST AND ALL YOUR PHOTOS WILL BE OF UGLY LEFTOVERS” usually works well too.

Conrad Oscars Breakfast Ice Cream

I find it really strange that there’s actually ice cream for breakfast. I suppose the freezer glass display is permanently there so why not just offer the ice cream. But seriously, who eats gummies for breakfast?!?

Conrad Oscars Waffle Guy

The guy will also whip up waffles for you with toppings of your choice. I don’t have a sweet tooth  in the morning. Things like kaya toast, jam on bread and even milo will instantly cause me to be so sleepy, I rather go hungry than to risk it. Kind of like the sleepy feeling after lunch, except it happens in the morning.

Conrad Oscars Cereal containers

Cereal counter with a selection of normal as well as organic cereal!

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Yoghurt and fruits. Healthy healthy healthy!

Conrad Oscars Breakfast Line

Hot items like ee fu noodles, fried rice, sausages, hash browns. The unhealthy side of the buffet line

Conrad Oscars Egg Lady

Egg lady whipping up eggs – omelettes, scrambled, sunny side up

Conrad Oscars Omelette in the Frying Pan

It must be quite stressful having to take orders, cook 2 or even 3 servings at the same time and as fast as possible, and have the customer watching your every movement.

Conrad Oscars Omelette (2) Conrad Oscars Omelette

Mmmmm egg. I love egggggg! Best omelette I had was still the one in MovenPick Resort Phuket. I remember it till this day even though it was 5 years ago.

Conrad Oscars Chawan Mushi and more

Conrad Oscars also has some Asian dishes such as porridge, dim sum and Chawan Mushi. The Chawan mushi was surprisingly quite good and not overcooked, like buffet types are apt to be. The dim sum was as expected, over cooked since it was all sitting in the steamer.

Conrad Oscars Bread Basket

European type breads

Kaya in a disposable packet!

I have never in my life seen kaya and peanut butter in a packet like this before.

Conrad Oscars Buffet Line

ToastBox VivoCity

When times are lean and you have to make every penny count, it pays to know where the cheapest deals are. Price doesn’t always have a correlation with quality. Today a few friends and I decided to forgo the $3.50 dessert cafe for ToastBox at VivoCity. It only cost us $2.50 each to enjoy a cuppa each plus buns and toast.

ToastBox Boluo Yao

Boluo Yao – A crunchy top bun with kaya and butter

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Kaya Toast with Butter, only 2 slices though. Yakun serves up a bigger portion. I think I still prefer the kaya at Yakun, only problem is, at Yakun, they tend to give you a very thin layer of kaya, whereas I like my toasts to be richly covered with kaya!

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Thick toast with butter and sugar – ToastBox is still my favourite place to have this after all these years. They are one of the few places that spread the butter evenly on the bread, such that each square of bread tastes good. Other places give you lumps of unmelted butter and expect you to do something with it.

ToastBox Chocolate Cherries CakeToastBox Banana Cake

Chocolate Cherries cake and other sponge cakes. Have never tried them although the price looks very tempting. It’s good to know that we can still enjoy cake for only $1.20 in Singapore.

ToastBox Seating Area

Yakun Kaya Toast

When in Singapore and Malaysia, it is a must to try the national snack – KAYA TOAST. It’s pieces of toasted bread with coconut egg jam. Everyone in Singapore has heard of Yakun. I still recall the 1st time I tried it. I was interning at Citibank and a colleague bought some for breakfast and shared a slice with me. It was the 1st time I had ever eaten bread so crispy, with such a decadent and aromatic spread of kaya in my entire life. In fact, I probably didn’t even realise it was kaya toast because it was nothing like I’d ever tasted. I was literally in bliss for several seconds.

I’ve not turned back since and have had Yakun’s kaya toast countless times. These days, because there are so many branches/franchise shops, standards can be a little inconsistent. I find that in order to guarantee you get a good serving, you have to ask the staff to give you a thick serving of the kaya. If not, in their haste, they sometimes spread the kaya so thinly you can see empty patches on the bread.

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Mmmmmm, I want some right now!

Yakun Teh C

And of course, you need a cuppa tea or coffee to go with the dry kaya toast. I don’t know what Yakun puts in its tea or milk, but there’s just no mistaking Yakun’s signature Teh /Teh C taste. I know of NO other establishment that has been able to replicate the taste that Yakun offers. And I don’t understand it! If you go to any other coffee shop and order tea, they all pretty much taste the same. Yakun’s tastes different! Can someone tell me what the secret ingredient is?????

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The last 2 photos are of the Yakun outlet at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on separate occasions. The 2nd last photo was taken yesterday at about 11pm. It’s amazing how crowded the airport still was at this hour and actually, even when we left around 11.30pm, it was no less crowded. I love it that Yakun and many of the establishments at the airport operate 24hrs, but just what does this say about our country and people? I suppose this is not necessarily a bad thing because we are still spending time with family and friends.

 

Other Places for Coffee/Tea and Kaya Toast

Killiney Kopitiam

Chin Mee Chin

Y Y Kafei Dian

Old Town White Coffee

Chef Icon Nature Bakery revisited

After having nasi beriyani and ayam penyet at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, our usual habit is to go for coffee next. The nearest place is either the Highlander, or Chef Icon. After last week’s disastrous trip to Arbite, where the coffee was so bad it’s best forgotten (I shall however post about it soon) I didn’t want to come up with more new places to visit. So it was back to the tried and tested.

We like Highlander, but the seating sucks there. It’s very crammed and almost always full. Chef Icon is just a few shops away and the coffee is also very good. In fact, Chef Icon buys its coffee beans from the Highlander, so the taste is almost the same. But, as mentioned previously, there is a little recessed room which is very nice to relax in while sipping the cuppa. Once again, Chef Icon was totally empty so we got the little room all to ourselves. I wonder why people don’t know about Chef Icon and rather squash themselves at the Highlander. People do know about Chef Icon’s chocolate Trovona cake though. I saw the stack of receipts the boss had at the cash register. One day’s worth of orders. Looked like at least 50 receipts!

Chef Icon - Flat

Damn good coffee flat white – $3.90

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Kaya puff thingy with sesame seeds. It was puffy, crispy, flaky, light, airy and damn tasty. Just wish there was more kaya in it!

Chef Icon - Seating Area

Read my earlier post on Chef Icon Nature Bakery.

Chef Icon Nature Bakery

5 Kampong Bahru Road

Singapore 169341

Order Hotline :93373900

Email: enquiry@cheficon.com

Website: http://www.cheficon.com/

Mon-Sat 8.30am – 8.30pm

Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays

Chin Mee Chin Confectionery

One of my favourite kaya bun places. These buns are soft and somewhat dense, which I think is a good way to enjoy kaya. I don’t really like the fluffy types because I feel like I am eating air. They are open everyday except Mondays. They often run out of buns on Sunday afternoons because they don’t want to have left over buns which will not be sold on Monday. You still can get the flat square breads (like the Gardenia types) if the buns run out. I prefer the flat ones because they toast them longer.

Apart from kaya buns, Chin Mee Chin offers cream buns, Swiss Rolls, chiffon type cakes and cupcakes. The cupcakes are tiny little things that come in several different flavours:- Chocolate icing, almond, and plain. Other than these, CMC doesn’t offer much else. People still flock here nonetheless because this place is just so old school. It brings back memories of a simpler time. My father has been coming here for more than 30 years and knows the staff well. He was once even interviewed on TV when they happened to be doing a documentary on CMC!Chin Mee Chin Kaya Buns

 

Chin Mee Chin Confectionery

204 East Coast Road Singapore

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