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1983 A Taste of Nanyang

Just found out that a new food court has opened in Marina Bay Sands. It’s located below Carnivore, at the exact opposite end of Rasapura Masters Food Court and the Skating Rink. I think the Marina Bay Financial Centre people would be most happy as they now don’t have to walk to the far end of MBS to have lunch! When I was at 1983 A Taste of Nanyang, I saw a lot of office types wearing lanyards from various banks, so lots of people from MBFC must be making the hot and unsheltered trek to MBS.

1983 A Taste of Nanyang is owned by Koufu, who are also the owners of Rasapura Masters. I did a quick look of the place, and it seems that 1983 A Taste of Nanyang is somewhat more affordable than Rasapura Masters. If you’re in the vicinity of Marina Bay Sands and you want to find cheap food in MBS, 1983 A Taste of Nanyang’s probably a good bet. Speaking of affordability, ToastBox also has some affordable items like Laksa and Chicken curry for about $5 or so, but the selections are limited. So the secret’s out, now you know where to dine on a budget.

There are cosy booth seats available at 1983 A Taste of Nanyang. I actually like the look and feel of this food court more than Rasapura Masters. Rasapura Masters is good for those who want to watch the skaters while they dine, or if you’re at the skating rink / theatre / ArtScience Museum end of MBS.

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CNY Gathering at ToastBox

“For good health, eat cake and drink tea at least twice a day” ~~ Anonymous

My family likes to gather over tea and toast every single day and Chinese New Year is no exception. After escaping from the 1st house we visited slightly earlier than expected, we spent the spare time chilling out at ToastBox.

I’d read about this quaint little retail mall called Greenwich V, located in the Seletar Hills area and I knew I just had to visit. Even though I’d prepared this list on what shops are open during CNY, I didn’t check up on Greenwich V. We kinda took a gamble and were relieved to see the bright lights of ToastBox greeting us at the entrance of Greenwich V. BTW, Greenwich V is so small, there are only 2 floors. Cold Storage takes up half the space on the 1st floor. The 2nd floor is already the roof garden, but there are a number of eateries up there such as Coffee Bean, Cedele and Paradise Inn. There are also non eateries like Jan & Ellie English Language School, Home-fix the DIY Store and the Phoenix Medical Group. It kind of reminds me of myVillage, but even smaller! We got free parking today thanks to some guy who’d knocked down the gantry.

Today, we indulged a little and ordered the little traditional tea cakes from Toast Box. They always look so dainty and mouth-watering in the display cases, but I try not to eat them since the tea is already quite fattening too. But it’s Chinese New Year, so it’s okay for today. Besides, refer to quotation above.

Toastbox - Chocolate Cake

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Chocolate and cherry cake, quite good actually. I like the chocolate sponge but I removed most of the cream as there was too much of it. I like it that it’s mostly sponge, cuz I prefer a cake with a higher ratio of sponge to cream/mousse. For just over a dollar, I’d say it is really value for money. And the thing is, sometimes you just want to have a few bites of cake. Why pay $6 for a huge slice when $1.20 will suffice? Like that you can have cake everyday, or twice a day in fact. Seriously, where can you find cake for $1.20 in Singapore???

Toastbox - Banana Cake

The Banana Cake in my opinion is pretty bad. There is hardly any taste of banana at all. The cake is on the hard side too. My banana cake is loads better. The Partner thinks that for $1.50, the banana cake is okay, and since he doesn’t fancy any of the other cakes, he has no choice but to order banana cake at ToastBox. So I can tell you that this banana cake is consistently bad.

Toastbox - Peanut Butter Thick Toast

My father had this Peanut Butter thick toast. One good thing about ToastBox is that they always slather on lots of peanut butter or whatever topping you choose, onto their thick toast. My ultimate favourite thick toast topping is just plain old butter and sugar. It’s the BEST! And the middle piece is the best of the lot because there’s no crust to deal with!

Toastbox - Half Boiled Eggs (2)

My mother went for the healthier option…..half boiled eggs

ToastBox @ Greenwich V

The Toast Box branch at Greenwich V.

Well so that was afternoon tea break. In the evenings, we had another family gathering with my father’s siblings and their family at Changi Airport’s Toast Box. Thanks to my prior research, I knew that Yakun would not be open on CNY so we strategically chose to go to Toast Box at Terminal 2. We got a table for 10 people without any trouble. If you’re afraid of crowds, go to Terminal One or Terminal Two.

Toastbox - Peanut Cake

Cake number 2 for the day. Peanut cream cake. In my opinion, not as nice as the chocolate cake as the peanut flavour is a little weird.

Toastbox - Butter Sugar Toast

Wanted to order the butter sugar thick toast, but ended up with the butter sugar normal toast. Apparently they do not spread the butter nicely on the toast for you. As you can see, the slice of butter was way too thick for the bread, so I scooped most of it out. For the same price I think I’d rather go for the thick toast. I just realised Toast Box offers Buttermilk Thick Toast. I wonder if that can possibly taste good since buttermilk is sour!

Toastbox @ Airport

Toast Box at Changi Airport Terminal 2. It’s on the same level as McDonalds, just at opposite ends.

Click here for all my posts on Toast Box.

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.

Steamed bread place (2)

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.

Steamed bread place (9)

Steamed bread place (3)

Steamed bread place (10)

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?

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?????

YakunYakun (2)

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

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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