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Kooka Cafe

There is a new cafe on the block, this time at Purvis Street! Opened just after Christmas! Chanced upon it when I went to the famous Chin Chin coffeeshop for Hainanese food. It’s right next door to Chin Chin and just 2 doors away from YY Kafeidian, which serves one of the best kopi in Singapore.

Can’t ever resist when I see a new cafe, especially one with a Christmas tree in it (even though it was already more than 12 days past Christmas), so I had a cuppa there and a bite to eat. The place is started by an Australian Lauren Chambers and her Chinese partner. Lauren also has another establishment called Chalk Restaurant at Old School along Mount Sophia.

You won’t miss the dessert showcase when you walk in. A lot of the stuff is very Australian themed, naturally. They have things like Yo-Yos, which is a shortbread cookie with cream cheese filling. I’ve never heard of them and neither has the Partner, who is from NZ. Anyway you all should go check it out, cuz Kooka is having a little promotion right now. You can choose a coffee and a cake for only $7.50. It’s a good deal coz the cakes/desserts cost about $5-6 each on their own already.

Kooka Cafe - Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream $5.90 – I wasn’t that keen on dessert actually because of a heavy lunch at Chin Chin next door, but the Partner wanted something so he chose this. Turned out to be a very good choice. The apple crumble was very tasty. The crumble is made with lots of nuts and isn’t overly sweet or buttery. There are some out there that is mostly pastry and no nuts at all. This was a much healthier version and equally tasty. The vanilla ice cream was creamy and paired very well with the hot apple crumble. Between the 2 of us, we polished off the whole thing.

Kooka Cafe - Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte – Forgot the price but I recalled it to be pretty affordable for a town area cafe. Coffee was strong and smooth. No complaints.

Kooka Cafe (3)

Apple tart, Citrus Cheesecake, Chocolate Apricot Tart, Carrot cake, Chocolate Brownie etc are amongst some of the desserts offered at Kooka Cafe. The cafe also has some hot food, but doesn’t seem to be a lot at this point in time.

Kooka Cafe (4)

Kooka Cafe (2)

Read about other eateries along Purvis Street

Kooka Cafe

18 Purvis Street, Singapore, Singapore 188597

Tel : 64670288

Kooka Cafe Facebook

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?

Purvis Street

Jun 5, 2010 @ 21:25

I was back again at Purvis Street Bugis so I decided to take some better shots of the place. Don’t want to run the risk of the government or some commercial entity pulling down the old shop houses before I’ve had a chance to record them down properly.

There are lots of interesting shops and cafes along Purvis Street. The big name restaurants are Garibaldi, Gunthers, Yhing Thai, Restaurant Ten to name a few. Garibaldi and Gunthers are very expensive Italian and French restaurants respectively. A main course there would cost above $30 at least, although there are cheaper dishes to order too, if you want to sample the place but not overspend. Yhing Thai, is not surprisingly a Thai restaurant. I’ve not dined there before. As for Chinese cuisine Restaurant Ten, click here to read the review of Restaurant Ten I did a few weeks back.

In addition to the restaurants, there are also the local favourites YY Kafei Dian, Chin Chin (think Hainanese food and pork chops), Killiney Kopitiam, Yet Con (famous chicken rice) etc. Click here to read my review of YY Kafei Dian. Also, there is a motley assortment of other shops like furniture shops and spas.

Purvis Street Shophouses

Purvis Street Shophouses

Purvis Street Garibaldi

You are looking at the Garibaldi restaurant

Purvis Street Shophouses, Restaurants and Cafes

View of the entire Purvis Street, with the National Library in the background

Purvis Street Chin Chin Eating House

Chin Chin Eating House, the one which serves good Hainanese pork chops, so I hear

Purvis Street 3a Chin Chin Eating House close up shot

And Chin Chin also serves Hainanese chicken rice

Purvis Street Corridor View

View of the 5-foot way in front of Garibaldi. 5-foot ways used to be a very important aspect of Singapore in the early days.

YY Kafei Dian

Right at the end of Purvis Street where it meets Beach Road, there is a somewhat old-style cze-char coffeeshop called YY Kafeidian. I’m not going to talk about the cze-char, because I haven’t tried it. Rather, it’s the breakfast and coffee I am going to talk about. Every morning, the place prepares a huge tureen of beehoon and mee. I always take the beehoon and it costs only $1 plain (with some shreds of vegetable in it). It’s light and tasty already just like this so on days when I don’t feel too hungry, I simply order this.

If that seems too spartan for you, ask for a fried egg. They only have 1 type of fried egg, which is the sunny-side up fried to a runny perfection. The best fried egg! This is the only way to eat fried egg and if you like your egg-yolk cooked to stone hard, go away.

Beehoon and fried egg suffices for me, but for those with heartier appetites, there is the usual luncheon meat, hot dogs, fish cakes and even tau kwa squares. If noodles are not your cup of tea, there are curry puffs and kaya toast. Ask for the fluffy toasted buns, which are quite substantial in size, almost like a burger shape. I would suggest the peanut butter toasted bun. They give you so much peanut butter, it is literally dripping off the toast. Make sure you have a piece of tissue to wipe your fingers or face, that’s how much peanut butter there is.

Finally, the best part. The coffee. Different people have different preferences in coffee. Suffice to say that we will drive there just for coffee even if we’ve had breakfast elsewhere. Oh another thing that’s sure to please drivers. Parking is free before 8.30am.

YY Kafei Dian

37 Beach Road

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