Pure Pandan, Deliciously Chiffon Cake At Chinatown

My family, especially my brother has always love Pandan Cake. There is one shop that I usually go to for these lovely Pandan Chiffon, Pure Pandan.

Pure Pandan is a bakery that specialises in Chiffon Cake and particularly the Pandan Chiffon. It is a small shop located at basement 2 of Chinatown Point, opposite Le Cuisine by Chef Daniel. It is mainly a takeaway outlet with no dining in option.

Pure Pandan Shop
Pure Pandan Shop

Beside the Pandan Chiffon. There are others chiffon such as Durain, Orange, Chocolate (hardly seen available), Banana Walnut and Green Tea Honey. They sell it either in slice or whole.

Pandan Chiffon Cake
Pandan Chiffon Cake

I usually get the Pandan Chiffon Whole. You can request Pure Pandan to slice them for you if you wish. I usually do that, unless it is meant to be a gift.

The chiffon cake has a good amount of Pandan flavour. It doesn’t taste artificial like some. The Pandan flavour will linger in your mouth till you swallow the cake. The texture is soft and fluffy. It is so spongy till a depression is created when you lightly pressed onto the cake. I have once bought it to Hong Kong for my colleague there and they love it. It was a coincident that there was another brand from Singapore for them to compare. After having both, all agreed that this is best.

Pure Pandan has two outlets, both in Chinatown. One in Chinatown Point which I usually patronized, the other in Hong Lim Complex which is currently closed till further notice.


Pure Pandan
133 New Bridge Road, #B2-05, Chinatown Point, Singapore 059431
Tel: +65 6538 2238

Opening Hours

Daily 1100 to 2130

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast line or Downtown line – Chinatown station; or East West line – Outram Park station

By Bus:
– alight at New Bridge Road bus stop 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 80, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28;

– alight at South Bridge Road bus stop 61, 80, 145, 166, 197;

– alight at Eu Tong Seng bus stop, outside People’s Park Complex 2, 12, 33, 61, 63, 143, 197, 961, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28;

– alight at Eu Tong Seng, outside People’s Park Center 54, 124, 145, 147, 166, 190, 851

Rating: 8/10


Ham Bao Bao, A Burger Stall, At Beauty World Centre

The hawker centre at the forth level of Beauty World Centre, there you will find a stall sending burgers, Ham Bao Bao.

It doesn’t has much on its menu, very focus with five types of burgers. You can find the usual Beef and Fish burgers, 2 types of pork burgers and a chicken burger that is infused with local flavour, Ayam Buah Kerluak.  When there is burger, how could fries be missing.


Everything on the menu looks delish to me and I wish I could try them all. What attracted me most was the Ayam Buah Kerluak. I like fusion dishes. The burger has a pretty thick black chicken patty due to the Buah Kerluak. I find the Buah Kerluak a bit too much and has masked the chicken flavour. For the fries, instead of using frozen fries, they cut the fresh potato into strip and fried it.

Ayam Buah Kerluah Burger
Ayam Buah Kerluah Burger

The pricing of the food are reasonable. If you don’t mind the heat and the ambience, Ham Bao Bao is a good alternative to McDonald that can be found on the first floor of Beauty World Centre. I am keen to try the Classic Beef Burger and Pulled Pork next.


Ham Bao Bao
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Beauty World Centre, #04-49 Singapore 588177
Tel: +65 9667 5254


Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday 1200 to 2000; Closed on Mondays

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opposite Beauty World Centre along Jalan Anak Bukit or along Upper Bukit Timah Road 67, 75, 170, 171, 173, 184, 852, 961

Rating: 7/10

Kookie Krumbz At East Village

Earlier, I posted on Salty Gelato in East Village, Kookie Krumbz is another shop in East Village too. There are quite a number of cafe, eatery and restaurant at East Village.

Cookies Flavours Available
Cookies Flavours Available

Kookie Krumbz is a tiny shop that offers mainly kookies though there are also ice cream and milkshakes too. The day when we were at Kookie Krumbz, a total of 5 flavours were available. The “You Rock My Oats” Oats Cookies was out of stock. We tried four of the flavours, we like all except the Nuts N Maple.  We did not try the Rouge.


We got “Chip Rockin On!”, a Hershey Chocolate Chips Cookies and “Nutter Butter”, Chocolate Dough Cookies with Reeses Peanut Butter Chips. These cookies are so addictive. One you started, you could only stop when the whole pack is gone.

Chip Rockin' On & Nutter Butter
Chip Rockin’ On & Nutter Butter

Kookie Krumbz is currently no Halal certified but according to the website, they are in the process. And they uses either Halal ingredients or ingredients that does not contain animal derivatives.

We enjoyed the cookies from Kookie Krumbz, without doubt, I am certainly going to stock more of their cookies.

Kookie Krumbz
430 Upper Changi Road #01-97 East Village Singapore 487048

Opening Hours

Daily 1200 to 2200

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight at or opp Bedok Market Place along Bedok Road – 2, 9, 10, 48, 531

By MRT: East-West line – Tanah Merah station (take bus 2, 9, 48 from the bus stop next to Urban Vista)

Rating: 8/10

Salty Peanut Gelato At East Village

In recent months, there are a number of Halal cafe sprawling throughout Singapore and Salty Peanut Gelato is one of them, setting up at the East Village.


My brother was excited when he got to know another ice parlour with waffles. While I was still recovering from my flu, he dragged me along to test it out. I could never resist the charm of ice cream so I went along.

The cafe is rather tiny with very limited number of seats. When we arrived at the gelato cafe, the inside seats were fully occupied except for those outside. On the walls, there were some old retro cameras, and pictures of some retro cartoon characters.

Despite its small size in capacity, there is no lack in flavours selection. There were about a dozen of flavours. Each of us tried a number flavours before settling for our beloved. I tried the non-fruity while my brother is a fan of fruity ice cream, tried almost all that were available.

Sea Salt Gula Melaka
Sea Salt Gula Melaka

A few of the more outstanding flavours (among those we tried) were Salty Peanut (tasted very much like peanut butter), Sea Salt Gula Melaka and Mango Tango.  As for the texture, it was certainly smooth and creamy.

This round, I restricted myself to a single scoop. I went for Sea Salt Gula Melaka.

Double Scoops (Mixed Berries and Mango Tango) with Waffle
Double Scoops (Mixed Berries and Mango Tango) with Waffle

While my brother has the Mixed Berry and of course the Mango Tango on waffle. The waffle is slightly crispy, good amount of eggy flavour, soft and fluffy with a good denseness of texture and slightly sweetish. It kind of melted in the mouth. This is definitely the best we have in recent months. Though lots of chocolate sauce was drizzled over the waffle, we still missed the maple syrup.

As usual, beside offering gelato and waffles, the cafe offer some drinks, both hot and cold.

We enjoyed everything about Salty Peanut, the food, the warm, patient and friendly service as well as the decor. I am sure we will return.


Salty Peanut Gelato
430 Upper Changi Road, East Village #01-69 Singapore 487048
Tel: +65 8218 5776


Opening Hours

Daily 1200 to 2200

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight at or opp Bedok Market Place along Bedok Road – 2, 9, 10, 48, 531

By MRT: East-West line – Tanah Merah station (take bus 2, 9, 48 from the bus stop next to Urban Vista)

Rating: 8/10

Marigold Top 6 Kopi Finalist 2014

The first search for the best Kopi in Singapore was organised and conducted by Marigold last year. They have once again travelling to every part of Singapore to search for the best Kopi this year and the top 6 finalst has been selected.

1. Da Zhong Cafe (大众茶室)
Block 105 Hougang Street 1 #02-02

2. Broadway Coffee Shop
Block 862 Hougang Street 8 #01-300

3. Coffee Hut
166 Jalan Besar Stall 43 Singapore 208877

4. Coffee United
Block 325 Woodlands Street 32 #01-131

5. Fook Hai Coffee Shop (福海茶室)
Block 531A Upper Cross Street #02-68

6. Coffee & Toast
Citylink Mall, 1 Raffles Link #B1-40, Singapore 039393

Compound Coffee At Interlace, So …

Compound Coffee is newly opened within the Interlace, that is a condominium along Depot Road which was formerly the Gillmans Height Condominium.

I saw their Facebook page and knew they are having a soft launch with 50% off for food and drinks from 19 – 25 Nov and was excited so decided to dropped by for lunch on their first day. Unfortunately, I was told by the security at the guardhouse that the cafe is not opened to public. In short, I was denied access. I wrote on Compound Coffee Facebook Page and they responded to say they are working on it and apologised for it and offered coffee and pastry on the house on my next visit and they said they will let me know when it is settled.

After 2 days, I read about some getting access and in addition, Compound Coffee expressed their gratitude to those who turned up and as I did not hear from them, I wrote on their page again to ask about the status and at the same time expressed my displeasure. This round they responded saying that the cafe is not opened to public at this moment and requested that I do not make another wasted trip or attempt to “sneaked in” and I have checked with Interlace and the same is confirmed. With these facts, I am shocked that they are not putting up the announcement on their page to avoid more patrons from turning up with disappointment and inconvenience.

Personally, I felt Compound Coffee is not sincere about their apology and not planning any remedy for those who wanted to support them but got turned away.

Compound Coffee has mis-managed their marketing, opening and of the whole incidents. The upmost important task for Compound Coffee is to put up the announcement to inform that they are not opened to public. And to do something for all those who are sincere about supporting them but got denied.

In a nutshell, Compound Coffee is so insincere.


Visitors To Singapore To Note

Lonely Planet has named Singapore as the No. 1 country to visit in 2015. This is a great news for Singapore tourism but I urge visitors to Singapore to bear in mind and carry out some practices to help keep Singapore clean and green and orderly.

I have noticed that many foreigners are not familar with Singapore so I am listing some points to note to all. I certainly hope all will do what the Rome does when in Rome. And these certainly does not apply only to visitors but any foreigners to Singapore.

1. No Eating And Drinking In MRT And Station
Many countries allow the passengers to eat and drink but not in Singapore as accident does happen, no matter how careful you are. The crumbs attract insects and pests easily.

2. No Littering
There are lots of bins everywhere, please hold on to your waste and drop them when you see one. Do not leave the waste behind or anywhere other than the waste bins

3. No Spilting
I am pretty annoy when I see people spliting. It not only dirty the country but most importantly it is very unhygienic. This helps to spread diseases. I encourage all the split it into a piece of tissue and hold on to it till a waste bin is available and dump it there.

4. No Smoking Area In Prohibited Area
By law, there are a number of area which does not allow smoking, especially any where indoors, either air conditioned or non. Others include linkways, covered walkway, within 5 metres of bus stops, void decks, corridor, stairways, stairwells, lifts, lift lobbies, in public transport.

5. Stand On The Left Of Escalator
In many countries, it is common to stand on the right but Singapore is one rare country where we stand on the left

6. Guard Your Belongings
A common messeage from the police, Low crimes doesn’t mean no crime. Though crime rates in Singapore is low, you still need to be on guard.

7. Queue Up
In Singapore, we will queue up for everything, from taking the public transport to food. Please do not jump queue even if you are a child or elderly. And when entering a train, please allow passengers to alight first before boarding.

8. Reserved Tables and Seats In Singapore
It is a common sight to see tissue paper pack or tag, name cards and etc on the tables in foodcourt or hawker centre. This is how Singaporeans reserve their seats.

Lastly, I wish all visitors to Singapore an enjoyable stay.