Sunday, 21 June 2015

Cafe Find: MavRx Coffee Apothecary at 1A Duxton Hill, Singapore 089587

Yet another cafe has sprung up in the very caffeinated Duxton/Tanjong Pagar area, but MavRx Coffee Apothecary is worth its salt and expensive rent because of the awesome coffee the one guy working there serves. That's about all I can say. The space is really small, it is 1 coffee machine, 1 guy, a few cups and a bench inside and out. You go in, grab a java ($3 for espresso, $5 for double shot coffee with milk aka latte), take a few shots for Instagram, and get out.

The latte I had was phenomenal though. It tastes very similar to what I am used to at home by my brother -- smooth, non-acidic, sweet and just.. a good coffee. Once you're used to this, all other cafe coffees kinda taste a bit too bitter or strong.

MavRx Coffee Apothecary
1A Duxton Hill, Singapore 089587
Mondays to Fridays 8:30am – 4:30pm
(so it says on their Instagram but I went on a Saturday and it was open?)

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Ice Cream Parlor: Double Scoops at Blk 226A, Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 561226

I am so happy that there is finally an ice cream parlor in Ang Mo Kio good enough to rival Creamier and Salted Caramel! 3-week-old Double Scoops (because one is never enough!) at Blk 226A Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 (along Street 22) is hip, trendy and serves up house made ice cream and sorbets/gelato for a cool #sgneighbourhoods heartland treat.

The decor is very hipster. Cosy space that can seat about 20?

Ice cream starts at $3.20 for a single scoop and $5.60 for a double, with $0.50 add-on for premium. It's only $10 per pint and you still only add on $0.50 for a premium pint! There are about 20 flavours.

How the ice cream is made at Double Scoops is incredible. The milk used is double pasteurized. Real yam is steamed to make the "orh nee" yam ice cream, and the gula melaka used in the salted gula melaka ice cream comes from Malacca! Real strawberries are used in the strawberry sorbet, and you can see bits of tea in the Thai milk tea ice cream. I tried the D24 Durian flavour too and it is SUPER flavoursome. No durian was stinged!

If you order the waffle ($3.60 on its own), it will be served either with chocolate sauce, maple syrup or homemade salted caramel. I had the salted gula melaka ice cream with waffle drizzled in housemade salted caramel sauce ($6.80).

A pot of Twinings camomile tea ($3.50) went very well with it!

And there's an ongoing promo happening till 31st July! Buy 2 scoops of ice cream with waffle and get an additional scoop free!

I have found my new favourite ice cream parlor ever. I really do hope they keep the awesome standards up, and stay open forever! As you can see, I'm absolutely raving about the place and if you ever find yourself in the Northeast craving for some flavorsome smooth ice cream, go to Double Scoops!
Double Scoops
Block 226A, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, #01-627. Singapore 561226 
Mon - Thurs : 11am - 10pm, Fri & Sat: 11am - 1030pm, Sunday : 1030am - 10pm
+65 64520208

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Sunday, 14 June 2015

Cafe Hangout: AEIOU at 111 King George's Avenue, Singapore 208559

The cafe that probably can win the "Best Hipster Cafe Decor" award, AEIOU Cafe at Jalan Besar does not disappoint when it comes to serving up a good ambiance for a cuppa. I can't believe I haven't checked it out until now since I worked around the area when they opened in Jan 2015, but better late than never! Just like Chye Seng Huat, AEIOU kept the original shop front name, "Oriental Antique House" but looks completely unlike one when you examine the rest of it.

There are some outdoor sitting too, but when I was there on a Saturday late afternoon it was blazing hot! Otherwise it'll be nice to sit outside and shoot the breeze while having a coffee too.

Walking in, it's quite spacious and airy for a shophouse! There's also no smell of grease, good ventilation, excellent.

Very random furniture and brick-brats. I think they can be purchased.

AEIOU Cafe serves up, just like their furniture, an eclectic selection of food. I'm not kidding, you won't find your typical eggs benedict here... prices are slightly on the high side, but then again that's most cafes. The sides/breakfasts feels slightly Middle Eastern mixed with Mediterranean, while mains are mostly Western.

So their Avocado Coffee ($8) is probably the most famous drink there. It was according to my friend who tried it, good! I expect it to be quite creamy while the caffeine will punch through with an aromatic presence.

Their iced latte ($5.50) was decent. What's cool was that they are served up in glass cut alcohol bottles, recycling and all yo.

Then the food. Sad to say, the food paled in comparison with the decor/ambiance. All 5 dishes (1 not pictured here, the beef cheek pasta) were below what I would rate as tasty. 

The root vegetable fries ($7.90) were interesting and quite ok. Maybe just this. Even so, I found shelling out 8 bucks for a few fried sweet potato fries a little much. 

My friend's Garden Wrap ($8.90) was simple and reminiscent of Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Prawns were fresh, but it's not very filling though.

Then there was the Sunny Side Up ($8.90) which came out looking a bit too raw, with the egg whites still being transparent. It's essentially 4 eggs on a saucepan sprinkled with some seasoning. I hope I am not being too harsh, but I really don't see how this is something that would satisfy anyone.

Again, my Frittata ($12.90) was disappointing. It was really plain, dry and all I could taste was eggs, and not in a good way. The diced peppers did nothing to liven up the dish. Sigh. I had high hopes.

Verdict? Definitely check the cafe out if you are in the area and want to chill out somewhere with a book or iPad. Order maybe just their avocado coffee and perhaps a dessert to share. The rest are skippable. 

111 King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208559
Tue - Thu: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Fri: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm, Sundays: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Monday, 8 June 2015

Food Review: Legendary HK Dim Sum and Cantonese at Jurong Point, Singapore 648331

Ever dreamt of flying out of Singapore to Hong Kong for a good lunch? Well I have. But unfortunately air travel seldom works that way. However, I've discovered a place in Singapore that will transport you all the way to HK without having to step onto a plane! That secret is hidden well in the far West of SG in Jurong Point 2, in this HK-themed street section on the third level (opposite NTUC Fairprice) called Mongkok Street. Over there you will find gaudy signs and shops, among which Legendary HK is situated. Walking in and the decor immediately takes you to a HK Cha Chan Teng (teahouse) with the tiled floors and Chinese restaurant chairs. 

Legendary HK serves up about 20 types of dim sums and lots more authentic Cantonese dishes, which you can order from the paper. Prices are very reasonable, which is why the place is always busy even during lunch time during week days!

We sampled some of the dim sum, including the Mini Custard Crust Buns with Salted Egg Yolk ($5 for 3), which though tasty, was not really as satisfying as it can be because the custard did not really 'flow'.

The har gow ($5.50) were packed generously with fresh springy prawns. Skin can be thinner, but no complaining when it comes to value.

Highlight from the dim sum I've tried would be this unique Thick Rice Flour Roll with Deep Fried Shrimp Spring Roll ($5.50). Definitely recommend everyone to order this if you're having dim sum! My personal favorite.

The century egg and pork porridge ($6.80) is a must-have when having dim sum. Nothing fancy, just a good bowl of congee.

We also tried some of their savoury dishes, including the very definitive wanton noodles ($6.80), both in soup and dry forms ($7.80). It's on par with your Crystal Jade variety, except the noodles here are much more generous and springy!

Oyster sauce. Secret ingredient to a lot of noodles/veg dishes. The portions are really big so I'll suggest two to share if getting the noodles!

Then we come to the highlight of dinner. The honeyed barbequed pork aka char siew ($10) and roasted London duck ($14.80 per portion, $30 for half and $58 for whole)

I would wax lyrical about these meats... you can already tell from the photo how juicy and succulent they are right? They were absolutely delicious, and really seriously affordable.

The London duck apparently comes from Silver Hill Farm, the same farm that Fat Duck in London gets their Irish ducks from. These ducks are all free range and fed with the best ingredients so they develop that fat to meat proportion. Legendary HK is the only restaurant in Singapore to import ducks from Silver Hill so you won't be able to get this elsewhere. Really... if Jurong Point is not so far I'll go there every week just for the duck!

Lastly, we had some Tomato and Pork Slices soup ($13.80) because what's a Cantonese meal without some soup? It was comforting despite the strange combination of ingredients. A hearty soup for a family gathering type of dinner.

And these are the lovely companions I had for the tasting - 365days2play, Camemberu and SgFoodonFoot. Wishing The Hungry Cow all the best in his future adventures!

Legendary HK did a great job serving up a super hearty and delicious dinner enjoyed between friends and foodies. I would really recommend everyone to check out this restaurant for their affordable dim sums and that duck...!
Legendary Hong Kong
Jurong Point 2, 63 Jurong West Central 3, #03-80, Singapore 648331
Open from 8am to 11pm daily (closed from 2-5.30pm)
+65 67941335

Thanks to Food News PR and Legendary HK for the invite!

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