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  • No more eggs at 10am?

    Read this article about MBS conference woes in the Straits Times this morning. Recent news about the Integrated Resorts have been focused on whether they were allowed to open too early, before everything was in place. It is like a software company releasing beta versions of applications and passing them off as public release.

    A similar incident happened to me over the Labour Day weekend. Initially, we wanted to have breakfast at Old Town Coffee in Playground @ Big Splash. When we arrived, the place was full and the only table left was alfresco, and in the hot sun. Since, the car park there had a 30 minutes grace period, we decided to go somewhere else. After much deliberation, we decided to try Killiney Cafe at Marina Square. On our way there, we drove past Suntec and a new Old Town Coffee outlet near the Promenade CCL station caught our eye and we decided to try that instead. A decision that we soon came to regret.

    The first impression I had when I first stepped in was that the place was new, even the high chairs from Ikea were white and shiny, definitely not the state they will be in after being in use by toddlers. We signaled to the staff that we wanted to order and were informed by them that we had to fill out the order form found on the table. So, we started filling out the form with our orders, which consisted of two breakfast sets. When we passed our order to the staff, they informed us that the sets were not available on weekends and public holidays. This was stated on the menu and not on the order form. Anyway, we proceed to change our orders. I ordered the Tom Yum Mee Siam and an Iced White Coffee, while my wife ordered a Nasi Lemak Special and a milk tea for herself. We also ordered some kaya toast and 2 half-boiled eggs (Omega eggs, according to the menu) for the boy.

    To our dismay, the manager came back 5 minutes later to inform us that they had no more eggs left for the half-boiled eggs. Mind you, this is at around 10am in the morning at a restaurant supposedly specializing in serving breakfast. The first thing that popped into my mind at that very moment was to rebutt “Can’t you get some at Carrefour (which was just next door)?” There was nothing much we could do except to forgo the eggs.

    The breakfast itself was disappointing. The Tom Yum Mee Siam tasted like instant Tom Yum soup cooked using paste and hot water, with bee hoon, 2 crab sticks, a few slices of fish cake and some strands of vegetables all thrown into a pot and left to simmer. Definitely not worth the $5.50 price tag. The iced coffee was much better. It was nice and fragrant and didn’t taste watered down like some iced coffees tend to taste. However, the serving was small for $2.50 and left me wanting.

    Though I didn’t try the Nasi Lemak Special that my wife ordered, I found it strange that they actually served half a plain hard-boiled egg with nasi lemak. And the egg was so overcooked that the yolk was hard to the extent that it didn’t dissolve when I tried to scoop some of it into my Tom Yum Mee Siam.

    Our ordeal didn’t end there. After we finished the breakfast, I brought the boy out first because he was getting restless. When my wife proceeded to the payment counter, she was informed that they didn’t have any form of electronic payment set up, not even Nets. There was no notice of this at the entrance or at the counter. And the staff didn’t even inform the customers when we first stepped in. Thankfully, we have the habit of carrying a bit of cash and the total cost of the breakfast was not that high. It would have been embarrassing if someone was dining alone and did not carry enough cash to pay for the meal.

    We are definitely not going back to that outlet in the short term until they have sorted out all their logistics.


  • 2 Scoops, A Set and A Milkshake

    I’m loving my leave so far, really feels good being able to go around my business without worrying about the time or meeting deadlines.

    Last week, I was able to try out some new food places around town. They have been around for quite some time, but this is the first time I’m trying them out. I happened to pass by the first while running an errand, the next was a second chance and I made an effort to get to the third.

    Udders @ West Mall

    I was at West Mall last Tuesday to transfer my home phone line back to SingTel fixed line after about a year on Starhub Digital Home. The wife still prefers the tried and tested. Might blog about it in another post.

    The opening hours was supposed be from 11am to 10pm, but I was ‘lucky’ enough to choose the day when they delayed opening by an hour for annual financial year consolidation. So with an hour to burn, I roamed around the mall to do some window-shopping.

    The first thing that caught my eye was the ad on the first floor escalators. Udders was having 10% off single scoops.

    Having read Justin’s post on Little Ice Cream Kafe, I recalled his reference of the Lychee Martini ice-cream from Udders. Being the lychee fanatic that I am, I couldn’t resist checking it out.

    The outlet is situated on the second floor in between the escalators. Though it is in a corner, it has a sign along the walkway that you can’t miss. The table tops at the outlet have hilarious cartoons of cows and udders.

    The staff there were friendly and offered me free tasting of their various flavours prior to purchasing. They even allowed me to take a photo of their price list.


    Their flavours are classified into 3 ranges, Classic, Premium and Connoisseur. The prices varies according to range.

    In all, I tasted 4 flavours,

    • Bailey’s & Burbon (Premium) – Nice creamy flavour, can’t taste the burbon though
    • Earl Grey (Classic) – Rich taste of Earl Grey
    • Vanilla Beanz (Classic) – Classic taste of Vanilla
    • Strawberry Fields (Classic) – Full of strawberry bits and pits

    After tasting, I settled for a Classic and Connoisseur combo of Strawberry Fields and Lychee Martini. It is a good combination if you like fruit flavoured ice-cream. The two flavours of lychee and strawberry blended well together.

    The Lychee Martini was palatable with a nice refreshing lychee flavour. However, I was unable to taste the alcohol that Justin mentioned (probably due to my occasional swigs of vodka). d8

    The Strawberry Fields, on the other hand, was heavenly. I could taste the bits of strawberries with every spoonful. If you look closely, you can actually see the strawberry pits in the ice cream. Definitely a must try if you love strawberry ice-cream.

    They have other outlets in Bukit Timah and Novena. Do check out their website.

    Kaffe & Toast @ SGH

    I mentioned in my post last week that I would try out the otah bun from Kaffe & Toast the next time I visited my dad at SGH.

    So on Wednesday, I had the otah bun set for lunch. The set came with an otah bun, 2 half-boiled eggs and a hot drink. I had the coffee with my set.

    I’ve always had a soft spot for otah with bread. I usually pair the small 40 cents otah and with Gardenia sliced bread. This is the first time I tried bread with mackerel otah (the bigger $1.50 type with fish chunks), and I wonder why I never thought of this combination before. The bun that came with the otah was nice and fluffy and it complemented the spicy and firm texture of the otah very well.

    The eggs that came with the set were cooked just right, which should be expected of any respectable kaya toast and eggs makan place. The coffee, though fragrant, lacked the caffeine punch that coffee junkies, like me, require.

    The otah bun set is a refreshing change to the kaya toast breakfast set which is commonly found in various breakfast places and coffee shops. I would recommend it to anyone who has a soft spot for otah.

    Once Upon a Milkshake @ Tanjong Pagar

    Ever since reading tweets about the milkshakes from DK and posts by myfoodsirens and claudswu, I have been looking for a chance to try out the milkshakes at Once Upon a Milkshake.

    On my way back from SGH, I decided to pick up the ASUS UL30A I got for recontracting with Starhub. The collection outlet was in China Square Central on Cross Street, which was not too far off from Maxwell. It was a warm and sunny day, a day which made slurping down a cool milkshake all the more tempting. So, armed with Nokia Maps on my trustyN97, I decided to hoof it to Maxwell Chambers to try out the milkshakes.

    When I got there at around 4pm, what greeted me was a quiet little outlet with white tables and wooden chairs that seats about 20-30 people max. And because it was late in the afternoon, there were only a couple of customers around. It would have been a nice place to sit down and chill out, if I wasn’t in such a rush to get back and pick my boy from childcare.

    The milkshakes have very unique names.  There are 10 flavours to choose from.  The flavours are,

    1. agent strawberry – Strawberry
    2. chocolate truffle castle – Chocolate
    3. nutty peanut butler – Peanut Butter
    4. spooky mocha – Mocha
    5. pirate queen peach – Peach
    6. sir cookies & cream – Cookies and Cream
    7. vainilla pot – Vanilla
    8. grumbling raisins – Rum and Raisins
    9. cerious maple – Maple
    10. litchi otokonoko – Lychee


    Ordered a regular chocolate truffle castle. Have been craving for a chocolate milkshake for ages. It didn’t disappoint. The milkshake was very chocolaty with lotsa chewy chocolate bits and it was topped off with chocolate chips. Delish!

    I am already planning what to have on my next trip here. Eying the litchi otokonoko and grumbling raisins. Two of my other favourite ice-cream flavours. Can’t wait!


  • Egg tarts from KFC

    I was never a big fan of egg tarts. To me, they were just another form of dessert.

    After reading a tweet from DK, I was intrigued that KFC would sell something so different. You can reason that eggs come from chicken and all that, but come on, oriental desserts from a fried chicken chain?

    The urge to try was reinforced by an advertorial post from Sheylara. It seems that this menu item is not new and has been sold in Hong Kong, Taiwan and some parts of China.

    I chanced upon a KFC branch on Friday at Bukit Panjang Plaza after dinner and decided to buy half a dozen for $7.50 ($1.25 each) to try them out.

    Here are some photos of the packaging and the egg tarts.


    I don’t recall fancying any of the egg tarts I previously had, so I can’t really make any comparisons.

    On the whole, the tarts were quite good and I had two of them about an hour after dinner. The custard filling was firm and fragrant and not too sweet. The pastry was just nice, flaky and crisp, but not enough to leave a crumbly mess. It was on the smallish side, hence the need to inhale two. d8

    I had another after brunch the next morning. It felt a bit more oily than I remembered, but the texture of the custard and the pastry was not compromised.

    It could be due to the hype that I noticed this and tried it out, but I would definitely go back for more if I have cravings for egg tarts in the future.

    Likes:

    • Firm texture of custard filling
    • Frangant and not too sweet
    • Crisp and flaky pastry

    Dislikes

    • Small
    • Oily if left overnight