Archive for December 19th, 2010

Mr Teh Tarik


Mr Teh Tarik Pretty Shop CounterMr Teh Tarik Plain Prata (2)Mr Teh Tarik Plain PrataMr Teh Tarik is now open at Big Splash East Coast Park next to Old Town Cafe! Previously, I was lamenting the fact that there were so few affordable places to have a cuppa late into the night in the East Coast/Katong/Joo Chiat area. Old Town is an option, but I don’t really like the coffee there. Once again, my wish has come true, you will now be seeing me more often at Big Splash! It has quite a huge seating area, both indoors and outdoors, and it’s perfect for large groups. Last Saturday, the outdoor seating area was almost 100% occupied. Thanks to the really lovely cool night air, nobody sat inside. As for Old Town, business looks like it has dropped by at least a quarter.

Chef Icon Nature Bakery revisited

After having nasi beriyani and ayam penyet at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, our usual habit is to go for coffee next. The nearest place is either the Highlander, or Chef Icon. After last week’s disastrous trip to Arbite, where the coffee was so bad it’s best forgotten (I shall however post about it soon) I didn’t want to come up with more new places to visit. So it was back to the tried and tested.

We like Highlander, but the seating sucks there. It’s very crammed and almost always full. Chef Icon is just a few shops away and the coffee is also very good. In fact, Chef Icon buys its coffee beans from the Highlander, so the taste is almost the same. But, as mentioned previously, there is a little recessed room which is very nice to relax in while sipping the cuppa. Once again, Chef Icon was totally empty so we got the little room all to ourselves. I wonder why people don’t know about Chef Icon and rather squash themselves at the Highlander. People do know about Chef Icon’s chocolate Trovona cake though. I saw the stack of receipts the boss had at the cash register. One day’s worth of orders. Looked like at least 50 receipts!

Chef Icon - Flat

Damn good coffee flat white – $3.90

Chef Icon - Kaya PuffChef Icon (4)

Kaya puff thingy with sesame seeds. It was puffy, crispy, flaky, light, airy and damn tasty. Just wish there was more kaya in it!

Chef Icon - Seating Area

Read my earlier post on Chef Icon Nature Bakery.

Chef Icon Nature Bakery

5 Kampong Bahru Road

Singapore 169341

Order Hotline :93373900



Mon-Sat 8.30am – 8.30pm

Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays

Lei Garden at Chijmes

To make the most of our time before the dreaded office move, we’ve been revisiting all our favourite City Hall area restaurants. One of our favourites has got to be Lei Garden. When I first joined, I was even told that Lei Garden was known as the Office Canteen, such is the frequency that we go there!

Well they did a makeover earlier this year. The decor looks very European, with the big chandeliers and tall mirrors. I like it but some others may find it strange for a Chinese restaurant. The lunch set menu prices are slightly higher, but we got used to it in the end. After tax, it costs about $20/pax for 4. You get a variety of dim sum, vegetables, noodles, and a few other chef choice dishes. According to the Hong Kongers in my office, the experts at Cantonese cuisine, Lei Garden has the best double boiled soup you can get around this area. I think that is probably true, although I would say Royal China isn’t that far off either.

Lei Garden Crystal Dumpling (2)Lei Garden Crystal Dumpling

Crystal dumplings – Translucent skin with diced mushrooms, veges and meat. Very delicious, wish I could have 2 servings!

Lei Garden Fish with fried beancurd skin

Claypot fish with beancurd. The pieces of fish are really chunky. Today I thought it was a little dry. I definitely prefer the cod fish version available at Royal China. It seems Lei Garden used to use Cod fish too but they changed it to this fish.

Lei Garden Peking Duck

Peking duck. Slivers of crispy duck skin wrapped in egg crepe. Definitely not for those on a diet. Interesting they don’t give you the meat to go with the crepe. The meat is used for another dish.

Lei Garden Duck Plum Sauce

Dip the peking duck crepe in this plum sauce. Yummy!

Lei Garden Super Crispy Spring Rolls

Super crispy spring rolls

Lei Garden vegetables and mushrooms

Spinach and Enoki mushroom in flavourful vegetable broth

Lei Garden - Prawn Ee Fu Noodles

Prawns with Ee Fu noodles. I do love Ee Fu noodles. Too bad you can’t get them easily at any food court. They seem to make their appearance mostly in Chinese wedding banquets.

Lei Garden Double Boiled SoupLei Garden Double Boiled Soup ingredients

The double boiled soup. The waitress will dish out the soup for you and place the soup ingredients on a separate dish. I normally just focus on the soup because the meat has had its essence sucked out of it and is usually pretty tough and tasteless by now. The double boiled soup at Lei Garden is damn delicious and comforting and it is always consistently good. And there’s always enough for 2 bowls of it. I like to put a little bit of sliced chilli into my soup. Does anyone out there also do that?

Lei Garden Chilli dip

Chilli for dipping your dim sum morsels.

Lei Garden Live Lobster

Live lobster duty – Been seeing live lobsters and crabs on display for the last few months. The 1st time I realised it was still alive, I felt sickened. It was a crab the 1st time, and I thought it was dead because it was propped up vertically. As I walked past, I saw a gill move. I took a second look and the gills were really moving. I felt so sick I almost fainted. I think it is cruel and disrespectful to display live beings in this way. Yet now I seem to be immune to it already….

Lei Garden Stairs

Stairs to the 2nd floor. Bet you didn’t think that this could be found in a chinese restaurant.

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