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Steamed bread place

This is one of several places where you might find me before I go to work each day. Not that I really need the coffee to wake me up. But it’s nice to be able to sit down for a while and relax, get my thoughts straightened before stepping into the office. If it’s a mad rush from the time you jump out of bed until you reach the office, that just sounds very sad.

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When I was younger, I abhorred coffee shops like these because they tended to be wet and dirty. Now, I find them exuding an irresistible air of nostalgia. It’s like taking a step back in time. I love finding gems like these.

Steamed bread place - Kopi (2)

Kopi here is quite good.

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Steamed bread with kaya and peanut butter spread

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Quite a number of people come here just for this steamed bread. The bread is fluffy and soft. The peanut butter isn’t the thick kind though, it’s been kind of diluted by the kaya. I’m sure some people like it, but I think I have to ask for pure peanut butter the next time as I’m not really that big a fan of watery kaya. Another good place to have steamed bread would be at Tong Ah in Chinatown.

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I don’t know about you, but I just love the idea of dining under the trees. Feels so old school! Did I mention that one used to be able to dine out in the open under the trees behind the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station?

Bedok Point is open!!

Bedok Point, or Bedok Mall, as some would call it is finally open! Bedok is now civilized! This has got to be the smallest mall ever. From the back door, you can see through to the front door! Most of the shops aren’t open, and there is a sickeningly strong turpentine smell there, especially in the basement and the 3rd floor. It’s less strong on the 1st floor due to the air coming in from the entrances I suppose. I marvel at the people who are able to eat there. Still, the smell didn’t deter the throngs of people checking out the Mall at 9pm at night.

We had a cup of coffee at the Killiney Cafe, but luckily that was near the back entrance so it was fine. While we were there, Killiney generated some kind of burnt meat smell, I hope it’s not going to be a permanent thing.

At this point in time,  the restaurants that are already open include the following:- Killiney Cafe, NYDC, Pasta Mania, Mos Burger. I see that Gong Cha will be opening soon. I wonder if it will see snaking queues like their branch at Raffles City. My father is super excited about the Sushi Tei too. I’m just happy that finally we have a kopi place we can go to in Bedok without having to start up the car.

Click on the image below to see the full list of tenants and shops. Where is Bedok Point? You can see it from the MRT train while travelling to and from Bedok and Tanah Merah. It is at the former Changi and Bedok Theatre site. If you are at Bedok MRT, just follow the same direction as the trains going towards Tanah Merah and you will reach it in less than 5 minutes. Or click here to see directions to Bedok Point.

Bedok Point Tenant Directory

Latest Update as at 6 Jan 2011: Most of the shops and restaurants are now officially opened. The only 2 big businesses not yet opened are K Box Karaoke and Paradise Inn. There is no more paint or turpentine smell anymore. Mall feels clean and tidy, although ventilation can still be improved. You can sometimes get a whiff of the cooked food smell at certain restaurants, but given that the Bedok Point Mall is largely a mall of restaurants, this I suppose is to be expected. The Gong Cha here even has a small sitting area. click here for Frasers Centrepoint Mall’s website for an official list of the shops, restaurants and tenants  at Bedok Point as well as phone numbers.

I asked the staff helping with the renovations when Paradise Inn will open. They told me Paradise Inn will officially open on 17 January 2010 at Bedok Point Mall.

Click here for my subsequent review on Bedok Point’s Sushi Tei.



Killiney Kopitiam vs YY Kafei Dian

YY Kafei Dian’s breakfast beehoon has fallen in standards. It used to be so good, I would drive to Beach Road almost every morning just to have it. The bee hoon costs $1, and a fried sunny-side-up costs another $0.50. YY’s coffee is also damn good. I used to look forward to waking up in the mornings just to go to YY Kafeidian!

But….some months back, the cook changed or the budget for ingredients changed. The bee hoon is quite horrendous now. It tastes oilier, like as if it has been cooked and left out for a long time. Worse still, there are black flecks in it, which means that the oil used must have been reused countless times. Do you know how carcinogenic that is? The bee hoon sucks, the service sucks since day 1, the only thing left keeping us going back is the coffee.

So for a long while, I haven’t had YY Kafeidian’s bee hoon. Actually, there are numerous coffee shops lining Purvis Street that sell bee hoon and other local breakfasts. I have tried a few of these coffee shops over the years, but the stuff they sell looks unappetising and tastes just as unappetising. And since YY Kafei Dian used to serve me well, there was no reason to go back to those coffee shops.

After a long haitus, we were back at Beach Road again. I decided to hop across the road to Killiney Kopitiam to try out their version of beehoon for the 1st time. The bee hoon didn’t look too bad. It had little bits of egg in it. I ordered a plate, plus the customary fried egg, and was shocked to be billed $2.70!!!!! I’m like WHAT THE HELL??? Is that daylight robbery or what? And apparently the bee hoon costs $2.20 already! It’s such a waste, because the beehoon tasted very good. It was QQ (or al dente if you will), and tasted light and refreshing. I would have loved to have this for breakfast on a more regular basis, but no I am not going to pay $2.20 for almost plain noodles! This is breakfast, hello!

And that wasn’t the end of it. My father ordered the French Toast set, which comprises of a slice of French Toast, 2 half-boiled eggs and 1 cup of kopi. The set cost $4.10!!!!!!!! Even Yakun doesn’t charge that much. What’s going on? And the best part? The individual components themselves added up to $4.10. So what’s the logic in calling it a “set’”????

Does the main branch Killiney Kopitiam know that this is happening in their franchises?

Old Town White Coffee

As I mentioned in an earlier post several months back, there is indeed a dearth of cheap and good places in the East Coast Park area to have a cuppa and a snack when hunger pangs strikes at night. I mean there is only so many times you can go to McDonalds, and the East Coast Park McDonalds happens to be particularly dirty thanks to the sand and mud brought in by the beach goers.

On the previous occasion, we’d originally agreed to go to Old Town White Coffee, but we made the mistake of veering into Starbucks, where we encountered the $5 coffee, and the nondescript muffin. This time round, Old Town White Coffee it was.

Old Town White Coffee is famous for its White Coffee (obviously…..) but they also have Old Town White Tea for teetotallers. The Old Town flavour is distinctly different from that of Yakun and Killeney Kopitiam. The coffee we ordered was really strong and intense. In all aspects, it probably was a good cup of coffee, but I think I happen to prefer the more Singaporean type of coffee, if there is such a thing.

The Old Town White Tea on the other hand, was really terrible to me. No amount of sugar I added could mask the nastiness of the taste. Maybe it is an acquired taste, of which I think I will never acquire. The manager was kind enough to offer to change the tea to another freshly made cup of coffee at no extra charge.

Old Town White TeaOld Town White Coffee 

One’s Tea and one’s coffee but the colour seems to be the same huh.

 Old Town White Coffee - Butter Sugar Thick Toast

We substituted the Kaya Butter Thick Toast for Butter Sugar Thick Toast, which also cost the same $2.50. Thought it was rather expensive even though the bread is larger than other coffee joints. I’m 99% sure the yellow spread wasn’t butter though, which is quite bad because I have a policy not to eat margarine. I still stand by my opinion that ToastBox serves the best butter sugar toast.

 Old Town White Coffee - Menu

Old Town White Coffee is like the Killeney Kopitiam chain, where you are able to get local meal delights such as Old Town Rendang Chicken Rice $8.50,  Hainanese Chicken Chop with Flavoured Rice $8.80 and Ipoh Chicken Hor Fun $6.20. They also seem to have a large selection of non traditional drinks like soda floats.

Old Town White Coffee Cafe at Big Splash

Old Town White Coffee outlet at Big Splash Singapore

Old Town White Coffee

Blk B, Unit #01-04/05 Big Splash, 902 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449874

Tel:+65 6344 4404

Mon – Thur & Sun : 8am –11 pm, Fri – Sat : 8am – 12am

Also available at Bukit Timah, Cineleisure, Far East Plaza, Jurong Point, Suntec City and Toa Payoh

http://www.oldtownwhitecafe.com/

The Sun Coffee Planet

Nowadays, in order to fuel the food blog, we are always on the look out for new places to try. After seeing an ad put up by Sun Coffee Planet in the newspapers, we decided to stop by after finding ourselves peckish while driving around the Great World City area.

With a cool sounding name such as Sun Coffee Planet, I was kinda expecting the place to be a western cafe operated by some young punk. It turned out to be the exact opposite, as was evident the moment we stepped in. Sun Coffee Planet looks, is, very local and traditional, very much like the ubiquitous Killeney Kopitiam!

Sun Coffee Planet - MenuThey have the usual kaya toast, eggs and kopi thing going on, in addition to main dishes like Fried Beef Hor Fun $5.80, Sedap Mee Goreng $5.30, Nyonya Laksa $4.30 and even Rendang Mutton with Rice $6.80. Interestingly, you can order Fish & Chips $4.80 under the Kids Menu, and cheese fries $3, if you must have something western. Not a bad idea if you’re there at 3am after a night of hard partying at Zouk, since Sun Coffee Planet operates 24 hours. Click on the photo above to see Sun Coffee Planet’s menu.

Well, since we were only merely peckish and not looking for a full meal, we decided to try out the kopi, kaya toast and french toast.

Sun Coffee Planet - French Toast with syrup and butterThe French Toast $1.80 looked very promising when it arrived with a huge blob of butter which quickly vanished into the French Toast by the time the shot was done. I must say it was not too bad, but it was a little too dense. My favourite French Toast is still from Crystal Jade, but it costs more.

Sun Coffee Planet - Kaya ToastThe Kaya Toast was also quite good. The toast was crispy and the kaya was aromatic. It was at least better than Yakun, which I have mentioned several times, has totally lost my respect in the Kaya Toast arena. The kopi was a miss though, so no photo as well hehehe.

Sun Coffee Planet - Seating Area

Sun Coffee Planet

54 Zion Road, Singapore 247779  (Opposite Great World City)

Opens 24 hours

Telephone: 67370562

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