Posts Tagged ‘Teh’

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.

1983 A Taste of Nanyang MBS Foodcourt (3)

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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

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.



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.

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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/

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