REVIEW: Good Cafe food in Singapore: Chong Wen Ge 崇文阁 Cafe at Telok Ayer Street

I think i visted this cafe during one of the Chinese New Year holidays last month. We went there when it was just opened so there's like no one there except us and the staffs. Always wanted to visit this cafe as everyone has been raving about the super instagrammable Peranakan tiles, but not so much on the food. I like the kind of old, vintage vibe the cafe is exuding. The cafe is just beside Thian Hock Keng Temple. Also in the same building as Chong Wen Ge Cafe is a small peranakan tiles museum and a music box museum. Be sure to check out the music box museum cos it is so cool~ 

Address: 168 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068619
Opening Hours: 10am - 7pm daily

We ordered some kuehs which cost $1.5 each. Overpriced much! We also ordered some main dishes like Nyonya Laksa and Satay Bee Hoon which cost us $8.80 respectively. Nothing special about the food here and i could probably have something more yummy at a coffee shop or hawker center. Bonus Ootd picture of me at the end. lol












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RECIPE: Good Risotto recipe in Singapore - Japanese Curry Risotto


JAPANESE CURRY RISOTTO

Recipe by Nicholas

I had 2 cubes of Japanese curry left and there's still alot of rice left because of Chinese New Year. Yes, my mother only cooks during CNY. Besides that, i also want to make something new instead of just pasta. XD Running out of ideas for pasta!?! Why not make a Japanese curry Risotto? Very uncommon for Singaporeans to make these kind of dish, in fact i have never seen these in restaurants before. 

Recipe adapted from http://www.marcosdinners.com
  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1

Ingredients
  • medium potato, diced
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 1/4 cup ham, diced
  • 1/4 cup portobello mushrooms
  • 4-5 pieces of prawns
  • rice
  • water
  • 2 cubes japanese curry
  • medium onion
  • olive oil
Cooking Instructions
  1. Prepare sides by dicing carrots, potatoes, hams and mushroom. Cook them in a pan with the prawns until cooked.
  2. Heat a Tablespoon and a half of olive oil in a pan and sauce onions, when translucent, Add rice in pan.
  3. Cook 2 cubes of japanese curry in 4½ cup of water. Cook until the curry is thick and fragrant. 
  4. Add enough of the curry to just cover the rice and cook, stirring, until the curry has been absorbed. Continue adding the curry 1/2 cup at a time, and stirring constantly, until it is nearly absorbed between additions. The risotto is done when the rice is al dente and suspended in a thick, creamy sauce, about 25 minutes.
  5. Assemble in a bowl and serve warm.


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RECIPE: Good Risotto recipe in Singapore - Balsamic Risotto (Risotto al Balsamico)

Balsamic Risotto (Risotto al Balsamico)

Recipe by Nicholas

Balsamic vinegar has always been my fav sauce ever since i have discovered it. It can used in many kinds of pasta recipe and i have already explored that. This time i have tried it with rice and making it into a risotto. This taste so good!! Only for people who like it slightly sour. hahaha. Recipe adapted from http://www.delish.com/

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1

Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 4 1/2 cup Vegetable stock/Chicken Stock
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Rice
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
Cooking Directions
  1. Boil the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over moderately high heat until reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 10 minutes. Make sure to keep a close watch on the pan and stir where necessary to prevent it from clumping together.
  2. Bring the vegetable stock to a boil in a small pot.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add your in own ingredients here. I have ham and mushrooms. Cook them for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until the grains are evenly coated with oil, about 1 minute.
  5. Add enough of the hot stock to just cover the rice and cook, stirring, until the stock has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock 1/2 cup at a time, and stirring constantly, until it is nearly absorbed between additions. The risotto is done when the rice is al dente and suspended in a thick, creamy sauce, about 25 minutes.
  6. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the balsamic reduction.
  7. Stir in the butter and the three tablespoons of cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of balsamic reduction. Serve right away.








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REVIEW: Good Cafe food in Singapore: Brawn & Brains Cafe at Mounbatten

Brawn and Brains is located at the former Singapore Badminton Hall and it is of walk-able distance from Mountbatten and Dakota MRT Station. The interior is bright and spacious. Wish they had more individual table at the sides instead of one long window side table. 

They Serve smooth creamy cold brew and is perfect for the hot weather here in Singapore, although it rained cat and dogs after i had that. I also had the over baked molten eggs ($12) on tortilla with melted cheese on top. The portion is generous and is more than enough for one person. They have salmon, cherry tomatoes, avocados and spinach as sides. I initially thought why the base of this dish so crusty one? Only realize it is tortilla after reading it online. XD Anyways i love to eat the tortilla with the avocados~ 

Address: 100 Guillemard Road, #01-02, Singapore 399718
Opening Hours: Tues - Fri 8:30am - 6pm 
Sat -Sun 9.30am - 6pm
Closed on Monday



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REVIEW: Good Hawker food in Singapore: 吃Western at Toa Payoh and The Wholefood Kitchen at Bishan

I am not sure when did 吃Western started their shop in Toa Payoh but so glad i researched what to eat and stumbled upon this shop on burpple~ This shop is located near to Braddell but i don't think it is getting enough business due to it's shop location. I was there twice in the evening for dinner and the dinner crowd at the coffee shop was pathetic. :( 

$6 for this chicken chop! Although i feel like it is quite reasonable for this price, but i wish they added more sides like fries. Anyways the chicken was grilled perfectly with the charred surface and the tender meat beneath. This was served with mashed potatoes and purple coleslaw. 

I have forgotten the price for the pasta but i think it was around the same? The pasta was Al Dente and the creamy pesto with baby tomatoes and mushroom complimented the pasta well. I don't know about you, but i think it is not easy to find this kind of standard in western food stalls.

Address: 206 Toa Payoh North
#01-1197
Singapore 310206
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 11.30 am - 8.30 pm
Saturday - Sunday 12 pm - 8.30 pm


I also went to this stall called The Wholefood Kitchen. It is situated on top of the bishan bus interchange on the second floor at the cafeteria. I feel like it is not really a 'cafe' but a stall in a food court setting. Nonetheless, they serve really healthy food from wraps to salads. This one i am having is the Dry Thunder Tea pasta? There's Udon, Tofu, Cashew, Sesame, Shitake, Turnip, Spinach, French Bean, Carrot, Xiao Bai Cai, Green Tea, Herbs, etc. I feel like this was served abit cold to me and also the portion is quite big! Isn't it a creative and healthy take on this classic dish? 

Address: 514 Bishan Street 13
2F Bishan Cafeteria
Singapore 570514
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12pm - 8pm
Saturday 11pm - 7pm
Closed on Monday & Sunday




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