Lunch @ Keng Eng Kee

January 28, 2015 in Chinese

I love big gatherings. Cause that means we can order a lot. Like a lot! Haha. And so… With a ‘half day’ from crossing over from 2014 to 2015 (I love public holidays. Even if it’s just half days! Keke), my colleagues and I decided to get together for lunch. Yes, it’s not easy for us to meet for lunch since we are not stationed together.

And with that, reservation was made to dine at Keng Eng Kee because we were intrigued by their 月光河粉. And reservation is a must if one wishes to dine in the air-conditioned room. Basically, Keng Eng Kee is a tze char stall within the coffee shop of block 124. But cross a short linkway and they have a fully air-conditioned room at Blk 123 for patrons to eat in comfort. But do note the food is delivered from the kitchen at block 124 to block 123. Food were covered for hygiene, of course.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Mingzhu roll, $12 (8 pcs) (above) – Fried tau pok stuffed with salted egg yolk, prawn, ham, mushrooms and parsley. This was said to be one of their signature items. However, I thought it was a overload of too many ingredients. Served in various servings. $9 for 6 pieces, $12 for 8 pieces and $15 for 10 pieces.

2) Mixed vegetable (vegetarian), $8 (small) (above)

3) Fried horfun (月光河粉), $8 (above) – For a group of 6, we were recommended to get the $8. Of course, out of curiosity, I asked how many yolks would a $8 be given. And for the 4 prices available, $5 and $8 has 1 yolk while 2 are given for $12 and $16. And this was so good. Sinfully oily. I could feel my arteries clogging with every bite. But now that I think (back) about it, it might not be that sinful. The ‘oil’ that coated the noodles could be the raw egg. Nonetheless, a must try!

4) Salted egg sotong, $18 (small) (above) – Calamari are pretty addictive on its own. But with salted egg mixed the batter? So good! A must try.

5) Prawn paste chicken, $10 (small) (above) – One of the dishes I always order when I do tze char. And these were good. Skin was crispy and fragrant while meat was tender and juicy.

6) Marmite pork ribs, $10 (above) – We originally wanted to order coffee pork ribs and marmite chicken, but the staff advised us not to as the two would be almost similar. Hence, heeding her advise, we ordered the marmite flavour, but requested for it to be done with pork ribs (since we were already ordering the prawn paste chicken). And this was so good. I quickly preferred this flavour (marmite) over coffee. And the pork ribs were meaty and juicy. A must try.

So yes, Keng Eng Kee is one place I will recommend for tze char. Even if one can’t come in a big group, one may want to buy their 月光河粉. It’s almost like our Chinese hor fun, but cooked in our char kway teow style.

And I was impressed with the staff who was stationed in the air-conditioned room. We had originally booked for 7 people. So when she was taking our orders, she placed ‘medium’ sizes for all our dishes. However, when we updated her that there was a change from 7 to 6 people, she took the initiative and changed the sizes of our dishes from medium to small before sending the orders to the kitchen. So nice!

But cause the kitchen was in a different block, the only con was that when she was away (sending order slips to the kitchen), there would be no staff to attend to the customers within the air-conditioned room. But we were fine with that cause she was back in a jiffy.

Would definitely try their salted egg crab on my next visit.

Blk 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-136, Singapore
6272 1038, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 12:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sun : 17:00 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 6
Service: 8

Brunch @ The Bakery Chef

September 20, 2014 in European (cafe)

With The Bakery Chef conveniently located near my workplace, I’ve managed to visit them a few times. Yeah!

The Bakery Chef is not near to any MRT station. However, one can hop onto a bus that’s headed towards Bukit Merah Bus Interchange or Bukit Merah Central from Tiong Bahru or Redhill MRT stations.

And because The Bakery Chef is located near to offices, the small cafe is packed even at non-peak hours. Went once at 3pm to take away a cup of coffee and saw most of the seats within the cafe taken! The best time to visit on weekdays is probably at 1.30pm when most have returned to work after lunch or at 5.30pm when most are preparing to head home from work. Cant comment much about weekends though.

And from the menu, my colleagues ordered:-

1) Rainbow slice, $5.80 (above) – We were drawn to the layers of pastel-colored sponge despite its size. And what took me by surprise was how soft and light the cake was. It was moist without being too sweet. But what I felt was redundant in the presentation was the coloured ball sprinkles which were so hard. It’s slightly pricey for a small slice of cake which I could easily finish with 3 big mouthfuls. Or was I able to finish it in so few mouthfuls cause it was good? Hmm… Haha.

2) Carrot cake, $10.90 (above) – From the tower cakes series, the carrot cake was really moist. I liked that the cream cheese was just right in terms of sweetness and how additional crunch was introduced into the cake from the walnuts and shredded carrot that were sparsely mixed into the layered cake’s batter. Although I wondered if the cake was really moist or a little mushy as I ate. But I liked it nonetheless.

3) Red velvet cheese cake, $5.80 (above) – This was really good. The sponge was really moist yet light. Perhaps due to its porous sponge texture? I initially thought it would be an overload of the cream cheese since the layer of the cream cheese was really thick, but it worked out well.

4) Opera cake, $5.80 (above)

5) Red velvet waffle, $13.90 (above) – Waffle was nicely done with the interior being fluffy. However, a plain(er) flavour of ice cream would have been better because the thick chocolate ice cream overpowered the red velvet taste. I almost failed to realise there were chocolate chunks in the waffle batter, especially when the ice cream melted. So yah, in a way, it was as though I was eating plain waffle with chocolate ice cream instead.

6) Latte, $4 (above) – I drank their latte in-house and take away. The take-away ones were too milky. I say, stick to drinking the coffee at the cafe and enjoy the cute latte art!

7) Latte, $4 (+ $1, green tea)

The Bakery Chef is definitely recommended for their cakes. And that shouldn’t come as a surprise as I have seen a few other cafés getting their supply of cakes from The Bakery Chef too. If not why would they get their supply from them, right? =)

For better value, come with a big appetite or in a group and order their dessert platter at $22.40 which allow one to enjoy 3 counter cakes, 1 cupcake, 2 macarons and 1 glass dessert (lychee mousse). The dessert platter unfortunately does not include the tower cake series.

Blk 161 Bukit Merah Central, #01-3711, Singapore
6273 9211, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon : 10:00 – 21:00
Ambience: 6
Tues – Thur : 10:00 – 19:00
Value: 7
Fri – Sun : 10:00 – 21:00
Service: 6