Posts tagged: Milk Tea

Tong Shui Café (Zion Road)

By , August 1, 2008

54 Zion Road S(247779) Tel: 67376946

Shocking pink and lime green walls – if ‘clash’ is the word, then clashed it shall be. With interiors said to be inspired by the Shanghai-French experience, Tong Shui is all out to make that difference.

Raymond Khoo, Managing Director of Tong Shui says, “Whilst the recipes are all something that you can fix in your own kitchen, few would dream up the fun concoctions that we have”.

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Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe (Marina Square)

By , July 30, 2008

6, Raffles Boulevard #01-04/05, Marina Square S(039594) Tel: 63375297

The Mummy Returns at a Hong Kong Cafe.

Almost quite so. You can drop by The Marina Square’s Xin Wang with terracotta warrior figurines and plaster pictures of old Chinese officials around. It’s like the Red Cliff meets The Mummy Returns 3.  High score on the interior design.

This is my second write-up on Xin Wang Café. Open 24 hours on weekends and till 2am on weekdays, the café has become a popular hangout for cinema goers and ktv-poppers after a night’s out with good friends.

When my friends arrived from London, I thought that the red and comfortable circular booths, and the ontemporary meets traditional ambiance would quite interest them. Wrong move apparantly.

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Central (Vivocity)

By , July 28, 2008

1 Harbourfront Walk #B2-13/14 VivoCity S(098585 ) Tel: 63768270

It’s peculiar to see how the same brand name can differ so much in another location. Central at Takashimaya is always filled with crowds, but this branch outside Giant Vivocity is a lot quieter.

The Food
The unique feature of this branch is the Pick Up Sticks, signature of what you see in the street stalls at Hong Kong. They probably were ‘inspired’ by the people at Old Hong Kong Tea House at Marina Square.  

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Crystal Jade Hong Kong Café 翡翠香港茶餐厅 (Liang Seah)

By , July 25, 2008

#01-12 Liang Seah Street Tel: 63380198

My first question was: What took Crystal Jade so long?

Since it opened in 1992, Crystal Jade has literally stomped Singapore and the rest of Asia with its exquisite Cantonese cuisines. It has since expanded to serve cuisines of varying styles from Teochew,  Machau, Shanghai, to Korean. Other establishments have taken up a huge part of the HK café pie, and Crystal Jade has finally stepped in with this branch along Liang Seah shophouses.

How does this HK café match up to the other Crystal Jades?

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Old Hong Kong Tea House – Good only when you need a late night supper

By , May 30, 2008

86 East Coast Road #01-09/10 Katong Village S(428788) Tel: 63451932

I first came into contact with this Hong Kong café at Marina Square Food Loft, serving superb Hong Kong milk tea but sad looking trolley noodles. Opened by Victoria Lee, a Honger Konger who moved to Singapore, she brought in a team of Hong Kong chefs to ensure authenticity.

The truth is I did hesitate a little before traveling all the way to Katong, due to the bad experience at Marina. (Though the strange thing is I order the milk tea there regularly without fail.) It’s hard not to miss Old Hong Kong Tea House as it is located within the preserved Katong Village with white walls and striking maroon signboards.

The Ambience
Upon entering the ‘cha chan teng’, you feel like you traveled back in time framed pictures of Hong Kong celebrities from the 70s and 80s, such as Danny Chan, Leslie Cheung and Jacky Cheung. It is interesting yet ‘cheap’ because the décor designs are obviously torn from old magazines and records. This is what I call ‘fei wu li yong’ (recycling).

The Food
Customers patronizing such Hong Kong cafes often get spoilt for choice, as this particular one offers more 500 dishes! Old Hong Kong’s specialties include Trolley Noodle, Bamboo Basket Baked Rice, La Mian (hand-pulled noodles) and their drinks.

Trolley Noodles is one of the more prominent street hawker fare. You can choose a base noodles ($2.20) with additional ingredients costing between $1.00 to $2.00. Unfortunately, it is no where close to the piping slurping noodles you will have in the streets of Kowloon.

This café obviously does not care about the art of food presentation. The Braised Ee-Fu Noodle with Brown Sauce ($8.80) was sickly looking in its flaxen yellow, with curry sauces spilled at the side. The brown sauce was also obviously M.I.A. A through disappointment.

The dim sum was actually quite tasty, but unfortunately losing out in its appearance with undrained oil on the plate.

The signature is the Hong Kong Milk Tea, apparently made from 5 different tea leaves, filtered water and imported evaporated milk. The blend was perfect along with a smooth texture, ending off with a slight bitter tea aftertaste. So good that I ordered another round.

The Good To Know
If you crave for after midnight supper, rest assured this café is open 24/7 for the entire year. With no service charge included, prices are still rather affordable.

The Verdict
Good only when you need a late night supper. 2.5*

Other Related Entries
Crystal Jade Hong Kong Cafe (Bugis)
HK Kim Gary Restaurant (Vivocity)
Streets Cafe Restaurant (Raffles City)
Wong Kok Char Cahn Teng (Bugis)
Xin Wang Hong Kong (Cineleisure)
Xin Wang Hong Kong (Marina Square)
Central (Vivocity)
Tong Shui Cafe (Zion Road)
Wan Chai Hong Kong Tea Room
Old Hong Kong Tea House
C Nai Hong Kong Xpress (East Coast)

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