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Bunalun coffee and cake

Every cafe in Dempsey Hill was packed to the gills yesterday so we escaped and made our way to Chip Bee opposite Holland Village for a cuppa. Bunalun is a small organic store specialising in organic grains, cereals and jams. It is the only place in Singapore I know off that sells organic brown basmati rice.

Even a year or 2 ago, it was pretty hard to find stores selling organic food, but now, even Cold Storage and Shop and Save have an organic section. With these big boys fighting for a slice in the organic market, I don’t know if stores like Bunalun, SuperNature and Four Seasons Organic Market will be able to withstand the competition.

One thing that Bunalun offers that the others don’t, is that within the Bunalun store itself sits a nice little cafe serving up all sorts of organic baked goods and coffee. When we arrived at 4pm yesterday, it was totally empty, although an ang moh lady subsequently came in after us. We ordered an organic banana tea cake and an organic flat white. 

Bunalun (2)Bunalun

Organic banana tea-cake about $4.50. Quite nice, but mine is better hehe.

Bunalun (3)   Organic Coffee about $5 – Very nice coffee. Strong and good tasting

Bunalun also serves an all day organic brunch menu, with items such as toasted crumpets, blueberry pancakes, brioche french toast, scrambled eggs and omelettes. The prices range from around $10 – $20…which seems reasonable given that the food is all organic.

 

Address : 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-70 Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278116 (Opposite Holland Village)

Telephone : 64720870

Fax:64792981

E-mail:chipbee@bunalun.com

Opening times :09.00-21.00 (Daily)

Zenxin Organic Park Lunch

After the scary start to the morning which caused us to only commence our tour nearly 1 hour late (details to come later), we did not have time for a breakfast pit stop. So we opted to have lunch immediately upon arrival at Zenxin. Lunch was served in the VIP room. Wonder if we were given the VIP room after the morning scare, because it seems despite there being other tour groups, none others used the VIP room. The VIP room is just a private room with no other frills except that it is air-conditioned. Nonetheless, it was appreciated.

For lunch, we were served 8 dishes + rice. If I am not wrong, all the food served was organic.

Zenxin - Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin Fritters – This was one of my favourites! Pieces of pumpkin enveloped in a super crispy crust. I think the black dots are dragon fruit seeds. It was really nice.

Zenxin Lunch - Egg and fried seaweed

Fried puffy egg with ultra fried seaweed thingy – This was my favourite dish of all. I love egg as you all know. The crispy green vegetable tasted like seaweed. I had heaps of those, although it seems like the other people didn’t. Or maybe the dish was conveniently located nearest to lucky me. Went really well with the rice.

Zenxin Lunch - Sweet and sour fish

Sweet and sour fish – Sweet and sour sauce was nice but the fish was too dry.

Zenxin Lunch - Mushroom, vegetable and tofu

Green gourd looking vegetable with enoki mushrooms and tofu – This was a nice light dish. Tofu was very tasty.

Zenxin Lunch - Steamed egg

Empty plate……From my angle, I wondered why on earth the waitress set down an empty plate on the table. Only when somebody asked what it was did I realise that there was steamed egg in that dish. It looked so smooth I thought the surface of the egg was the bottom of the plate! Egg tasted a little on the bland side and had a powdery feel to it, despite looking so smooth.

There were also 3 other dishes I did not take pictures of:- Sweet and sour chicken, Broccoli soup and a last one I can’t remember.

On the whole, I thought some dishes were really good while some were below average. The other tables polished off everything they were served. For me, my 2 favourite dishes were the pumpkin fritters and the seaweed egg thing. I hate to say this but I thought some of the dishes were too bland for me. I wonder if food in Singapore has been so over seasoned and salted that I’ve become accustomed to all these bad things? I certainly don’t want to give the impression that organic food is bland. In any case, bland or not, I believe that we should all strive to eat more natural and wholesome foods, and we will eventually adapt to the taste. Taste is just a matter of habit, which is why we often like the foods we grew up with.

Read about the rest of my Zenxin Organic Park Tour activities.

Singapore has a Farmer’s Market!

It’s incredible, I thought only the Western countries such as New Zealand and the UK has such things, but yes we have our very own Farmer’s Market in Singapore. It’s organized by The Pantry. The Farmers’ Market is held on the first Saturday of every month from 8:30 am to 2 pm. So this means it’s on this Saturday!!!

I can’t wait to go to take a look at what they have on offer. It will be interesting to see if they have a lot of organic produce available for cheap. There are hardly any farms left in Singapore, let alone organic farms. The farmer markets overseas that I am used to pride themselves on selling fresh locally produced food, food that is produced with love. If The Farmers’ Market imports lots of veggies from overseas, that would kind of be like defeating the purpose. We shall see.

I am also looking forwards to the baked goods section. I don’t know if there will be one this Saturday, but I am presuming that there must be one. If not, I’m going to book myself a stall for July 2010 to sell scones, muffins and brownies! Either way, it’s going to be a really wonderful Saturday. I can’t wait!

Here are some photos of the farmers markets I enjoyed in Hawkes Bay New Zealand. Tip: Go during the summer months if you want to have a wide variety of farmers’ markets to choose from.

Hawkes Bay Farmer's Market

Nothing beats a clear blue sky, a cool breeze and lots of open space to liven up your mood!

Hawkes Bay Black Barn Always eat Organic and GM Free when possible. And source for locally grown food.

Hawkes Bay Apple Seller at Farmers MarketApple Seller doing brisk business!

Jun 3, 2010 @ 22:43

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