Chinta Manis at myVillage

April 24, 2011

*Bloggers’ Invite*

I feel like an ambassador of myVillage. After 3 months, I am still not done with the posts of my numerous visits there, and guess what, I was there again today. After this post on Chinta Manis, do keep a watch out for reviews on Daikokuya, Bakerzin, Obolo, Da Paolo Gastronomia (coffee visit), Old Hong Kong Taste (2nd visit!) and Shin Kushiya (2nd visit!).

Ok so back to Chinta Manis. Everyone has heard of Bengawan Solo, which is famous for its kuehs and Chinese New Year goodies such as love letters. You may even have heard of Kedai Kue Kue, which also sells kuehs, although I have never tried it. Chinta Manis is the new kid on the block, just about a year old with 3 outlets already, the latest one being located at the basement of myVillage.

Meaning “Sweet Love” in Malay, Chinta Manis combines both heritage and innovation by serving a range of Nyonya Kuehs and Desserts, all hand made and without any preservatives at all! Chinta Manis prides itself on being modern. To keep up with the changing tastes, they’ve even come up with things like Chendol Agar Agar. Apparently they are quite sellable. One of the business partners of Chinta Manis told me many of the people who buy the Chendol Agar Agar are youngsters who love the idea of trying out new things.

I have to admit I am not an expert at kuehs so I’ll be keeping my comments short. I hardly eat any these days although when I was younger, my grandfather used to buy lots of them, especially my favourite Pulut Seri Kaya. I still love Pulut Seri Kaya but these days I like ondeh ondeh too because of the gula melaka liquid inside them.

Chinta Manis - Chocolate Ecstacy (2)

But the one thing you definitely have to try, and you must listen to me because I’m a self-proclaimed expert on chocolate cakes Smile, is the Chocolate Ecstasy Cake. It’s really damn good. For only $4.50 for a small chocolate cake, it’s a bargain, when similar looking cakes from Canele are going at almost double the price. This Chocolate Ecstasy Cake is deliciously chocolatey with a good combination of sponge in between the fudge layers.

Chinta Manis - Chocolate Ecstacy

After trying out the single serve, you can consider buying the whole chocolate cake, for a birthday or for days when you need to ward off depression.

Chinta Manis - Goodies!

See the 2nd tier, that’s the Chendol Agar Agar. Is that creative or what?

Chinta Manis - Rempah Udang

Rempah Udang $1.20 — Some prawn thing with rice I believe

Chinta Manis - Pulut Seri Kaya

Pulut Seri Kaya $0.90 — The top part is kaya jelly while the bottom part is sweet rice. I am so used to the Bengawan Solo or the traditional ones which are rectangular. Those sweet tooths (or is it sweet teeth) amongst us would love it that the ratio of kaya to rice is higher than the traditional type. The yellow one is durian I believe. The ones I sampled there were fine, but the rice on the ones I bought back home was kinda of hard. I wonder if it’s a no no to keep kueh more than 1 day?

Chinta Manis - Pulut Inti

Pulut Inti $0.90 — That’s the green one.Didn’t get to try this one.

Chinta Manis -Kueh Lopis (Green), Ondeh Ondeh (Yellow Round), Kueh Koswee (Brown) and Ubi Kayu (Yellow Cube)

Clockwise starting from the green one Kueh Lopis $1 for 2, Ondeh Ondeh $0.70, Kueh Koswee $0.70 and Ubi Kayu $0.70 – Tried these at home. Didn’t like the Ondeh Ondeh because it didn’t have the squirty gula melaka liquid in it. The Kueh Lopis rice was also rather dry. The Kueh Koswee and Ubi Kayu tasted fine but texturally were not as bouncy as the ones from Bengawan Solo. I have no idea which is supposed to be the authentic style, you decide.

Chinta Manis - Ondeh Gula Melaka

Ondeh Gula Melaka $2.50 for 6 — I love eating this because of the gula melaka liquid in them. The more liquid the better. I just love it when the liquid squirts out with the 1st bite. It’s always a wise idea to close your mouth when eating this! I tried some this evening. They were also little hard and dry but thankfully still retained enough of the gula melaka.

Chinta Manis - Goodies! (2)

Chinta Manis - (9)


Chinta Manis @ China Square Food Court
51 Telok Ayer Street #01-03
Singapore 048441
Tel: +65.6225.4754 | Fax: +65. 6225.4729
Business Hours
Mon — Fri | 8:00am — 8:00pm
Sat — Sun | Closed

Chinta Manis @ myVillage Serangoon Gardens
1 Maju Avenue, # B1 -05K
Singapore 556679
Tel: +65.6634.5424
Business Hours
Mon — Fri | 10:00am — 8:00pm
Sat — Sun | 10:00am – 10:00pm

Chinta Manis Kiosk @ Daily Toast
65 Killiney Road
Singapore 239524
Tel: +65.6235.0065
Business Hours
Mon — Fri | 7:00am — 7:30pm
Sat — Sun | 7:00am – 3:00pm


  1. Haha, I stay pretty near Serangoon Gardens but have yet to check out any food outlets at MyVillage. Somehow I always end up at Chomp Chomp, Pow Sing or Ice3.

    But that chocolate cake is looking really good though! Looks like I have to make a visit soon!

    • Yes the Chocolate cake is quite good, the kuehs still have room for improvement though. On the contrary, I should check out the other parts of Serangoon Gardens. I’ve not been to Chomp Chomp!

  2. Kuehs look beautiful! Indonesians write ‘kue’ for sweets/pastries/cakes. I was excited to know that I could read “Chinta Manis”. In Bahasa Indonesia, it’s “Cinta Manis” and it is pronounces as “chinta manis”. Sweets in Indonesia seem similar to what you can fin in Malaysia or Singapore. You don’t eat much sweets these days? How can you stay away from them? 🙂 It’s very hard for me. I wish I could quit eating sweets… Kaho

    • I think there’s lots of spelling differences between Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Melayu which is what we use in SG. I can understand simple bits of Bahasa Melayu my friends speak, but never the Indonesian version.

      I do eat lots of sweet stuff like chocolate cake and chocolate! I just happen not to have eaten that much kueh recently 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by my blog!

      • I didn’t know that you call it Bahasa Melayu. Yes, I noticed that there are a lot of spelling differences. I love that Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia, and Bahasa Malay are similar. Now I speak some Bahasa Indonesia, I am curious to know more about Bahasa Melayu and Malay. Japanese is so different from any other languages that we don’t have benefits like that although some people say that Korean is similar to Japanese. You like chocolate, too! Yay! I love chocolate. That’s my weakness… I’m going to try to stay away from sweets. Intentionally. Not sure if I can survive longer than a day.

        • Hehehe do tell me what you find out. You know, chocolate is good for health! If you love dark chocolate, all the better. I think cake is fattening, but chocolate is okay 🙂

  3. Hmm I never notice the existence of Cinta Manis. Have been looking for a good rempah udang so it’s time for me to drop by 🙂 thanks for telling us about it 🙂

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