FOODWISE: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf VS Spinelli Coffee Company



People often flock to Coffee Bean or Starbucks or Spinelli for a quick cuppa to start their day right. Some even go there for afternoon tea, allowing that splendid slice of cake transport them away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

But how many people actually go there for their food? More importantly, how’s the standard of their food? In chain cafes like these, the food is more often than not pre-packaged, and merely heated up in the microwave or toaster oven on request.

I decided to try Grilled Chicken Sandwiches from two cafes, to compare the standards. Here’s my verdict:

Spinelli Coffee Company
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At Spinelli, they call their Grilled Chicken Sandwich the Bountiful Chicken Sandwich (or something fancy like that). I was a little apprehensive before I ordered it since the sandwich looked rather stale sitting in the glass display.

Before heating my sandwich up, the barista added one or two measly slices of lettuce and probably squirted on some mayonnaise.


The bread was well toasted though, and crispy to the bite. In fact, it remained crispy right until the very end. The grilled chicken came in a generous portion, and even had the skin on it. My guess would be it was the chicken thigh. The chicken meat was a tad dry. The bread became a little soggy on the inside due to the mayonnaise and butter, but it was still flavorful. I would eat the bread on its own actually!

However, a major downside was that this cost $10.30. Just for the sandwich, no drink, no side salad. There are much better lunch sets elsewhere than this!

Beanstro/The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Note: Beanstro is run by CBTL as well)


This was from Beanstro. It cost $10.50, just a tad more expensive than Spinelli. I was really impressed by this Grilled Chicken sandwich though. First off, the dish was nicely presented as you can see. The ciabatta was crispy, and the chicken was moist and well-marinated. The ciabatta became pretty hard after awhile, and was a chore to cut through. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this sandwich, even more than Spinelli’s since the chicken was tender and tasty. The chicken used here is skinless and doesn’t have much fats on it.

The side salad was made with fresh crisp vegetables and the sandwich was filled with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. It was good 🙂


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
On another occasion, I tried the same sandwich again, but this time at Coffee Bean, rather than it’s cafe concept, Beanstro. This, unlike the earlier sandwich, was a complete disaster.

There was way too much gravy, the bread was soft and soggy. By the time I was halfway through my meal, the bread was utter mush, and the whole dish was an oily mess. It was far from appetizing. The side salad was overdressed which made the whole dish even soggier and disgusting. This was the worst sandwich I have ever eaten.

It’s funny how the same dish can differ so much at different outlets. 

So who does it better?

I would choose Beanstro as my first choice, but since Beanstro doesn’t have as many outlets, it may be less accessible. So if you can’t find a Beanstro near you, Spinelli would be a better bet than The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Well, there you have it! I hope FoodWise has helped you make the wiser food choice when you dine out.

Real Food: The name speaks for itself.

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I finally got a chance to try Real Food today, during a meet up with my fellow instagrammers and bloggers, Sophia and Serene for lunch at the Killiney outlet.

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Ladies who lunch 🙂

I thought the meetup may be awkward, since I’ve never met strangers before, and this girl is one awkward butterfly. But luckily we warmed up to each other pretty fast! Yay for fellow foodies who don’t judge when I take food photos. Its so rare to find fellow teenagers in Singapore who are into a healthy lifestyle in the long run, not those silly fad diets. Their commitment to healthy living and veganism (serene) is commendable! I feel so motivated to put in more time and effort in making my own meals look presentable enough to be shared on Instagram. I mean, Sophia is only 14 but she’s already a kitchen whiz, and Serene is amazing with her dedication to Veganism, and she’s even trying out raw food. It takes a lot of time and planning to create their masterpieces. Do check out their blogs!

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With 5 outlets around Singapore, Real Food has been making a name for itself as a healthy eatery. They offer a wide variety of food, with many vegan-friendly options as well. Although its a vegetarian eatery, the food still tastes good, so you won’t even miss the meat!

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I tried the Dumpling Soup ($7.00), and added Brown Rice Vermicelli ($1.50) 

Everyone raves about their dumplings, which are made with more than 10 ingredients, and are vegan! I was skeptical at first, since most veggie dumplings I’ve eaten don’t taste very good. After all, the main component of dumplings is the meat filling, no?

Well, I was impressed with Real Food’s take on Vegan Dumplings. These were so tasty, it would easily please the palate of meat-eaters. The medley of ingredients provided a nice combination of flavours and textures, similar to that of meat. The mushrooms, in particular, added to the meaty taste and texture.

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As for the broth, it was very flavorful as well, even though meat wasn’t used to boil the stock. I liked how they cut the carrots nicely… it shows that they bother about presentation. It’s always a plus when food looks good and tastes good. The bok choy was normal, you can’t exactly cook bok choy spectacularly anyway.

The brown rice vermicelli was nicely cooked. Not too wiry unlike some bee hoon. It tasted the same as normal vermicelli to me, so it was a good way to get some whole grains into my meal. They were extremely generous with the noodles though, I couldn’t finish it.

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On a side note, before I end off this short post, I don’t post edited photos on my blog, since it gives you readers a false idea of what to expect form the food. I try to capture the food as it is served, so you will know what to expect when you’re there. Rather than make the food look extremely picturesque, only for you to be disappointed in reality. I’m not being lazy, I would rather provide an honest review, then post beautiful photos. Editing photos does make a huge difference! (Compare the two photos of the same bowl above)

In closing, I will be back to Real Food, to try their other healthy items, and perhaps their breakfast menu as well. A suggestion to the frugal foodies, you don’t have to buy their alkaline water ($0.50 a glass), because it tastes just like normal water. For those with lots of moolah, you could try a drink, or order a side dish instead if you really wanted to spend some money 😛

Rating: 7/10 (+1 for health factor)

Qiji: Good food, and its halal too!

Hello everyone! Today’s post is special since I’m writing this from the SQ SilverKris Lounge.  I feel like a businesswoman, sitting here amidst the frequent travelers, busy typing on my laptop.

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I had the worst dream ever last night. I dreamt that I was late for my GCE A Level Economics Paper 2, and that for some reason, I forgot EVERYTHING. I was desperately trying to get to the exam hall, but I couldn’t get there. There were so many obstacles along the way, parents delaying, traffic jams, slippery wet floor from the rain. When I finally entered the exam hall, sopping wet for some strange reason, all eyes were on me, and there was this deafening silence. I hurried to my seat, but the examiners refused to give me the paper. I can’t remember what I said, but eventually they relented and passed me the question paper. Well, guess what. Before I even glanced at the questions, my mind went blank. I couldn’t remember any of my syllabus, my hands froze… Not that any of this mattered cause the examiner announced “Pens down, EVERYONE, pens down.” before I even had time to begin. They refused to consider my attendance, since my name was not even written. Do you know what that means? My A level exam would not even be considered, since I had ‘missed’ a paper. I was devastated. All my hard work had gone to waste.

And then I woke up, my heart racing like I had just sprinted across the track or something. I have never felt so freaked out in my life. This is what A levels does to you. :O

Anyway, enough about my dreams, on to the food!

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I’m sure you have heard of the chain, Qiji? They have quite a few outlets around Singapore, unfortunately located in the less central areas. I’ve heard rave reviews about their popiah, so being a huge fan of popiah, I decided to give them a try.

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Just a side note, for those of you who don’t know what popiah is, its a chinese spring roll, that isn’t fried. Similar to a burrito or a wrap, just that the base is a rice-flour skin, and the fillings range from turnips, carrots, prawns, nuts, crispy fried bits, shallots, chinese sausages, eggs and of course, sweet sauce and chili. We like to enjoy our popiah as a family, where you roll your own popiah, adding your choice of fillings from the prepared selection. When ordering popiah outside, you don’t have the choice as to what goes in, but you are often given the option of adding prawns for a slightly higher price. Although it sounds simple, every family or hawker stall has their own secret blend of ingredients which goes into the stock when stewing the vegetable base. Stewed turnips make up the main filling, but loads of other ingredients are added to the stewed vegetables to achieve a flavorful stock. I would say its healthier than a burrito!

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All I can say is that I love love love their popiah. Its longer than most hawker popiahs, and they charge $2 for one popiah, which is very reasonable. What’s even better is that their popiah can be kept for a long time, even up to 5 hours, and it retains it shape! The popiah skin that they use is very sturdy, and remains chewy, but not tough, no matter how long you keep it. I like how their popiah doesn’t fall to pieces when you pick up a piece with chopsticks. I think their secret lies in how they stuff the popiah skin with vegetables, and roll it up really tightly so the vegetables stay compact. The generous amounts of sweet sauce they use also help to act as a layer to prevent the popiah skin from softening from the moisture of the vegetables. There’s a science behind the construction of the perfect popiah. Whatever it is, they know the secret!

Qiji also offers other food, such as Tauhu Goreng, (pictured below), Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Mee Siam, Mee Rebus, and even snacks like Yam Kueh and Chee Cheong Fun. Considering that they are a chain eatery, I give them two thumbs up for consistent service, and good food. Their food is affordable and quality is guaranteed across the various outlets. Their success lies in the way they have Mcdonald-ized the way the way they run their eatery. One person prepares the popiah, another prepares the rice sets, another focuses on the noodles. Drinks are pre-packed, and are kept in a chiller where you help yourself. Service is efficient, and the food is affordable, honestly, what more can you ask for?

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Qiji is often bustling with life, with customers from all races, since Qiji is halal-certified, so Malays, Chinese, and Indians can all enjoy the yummy local fare. I would definitely recommend that you try Qiji’s popiah, as well as their other dishes of course, but to me, their popiah is a must.

Rating: 7/10

Freedom tastes so good.


Guess what? A levels are over!! Woohooooooo. I am so happy! To celebrate, I threw away at least 2kg worth of assessment books. Well, that’s not exactly my idea of celebration, but I didn’t have any space on my shelves, so to the bin it was!

While I have enjoyed the past 5 hours of freedom, I’m actually quite bored now. Freedom may taste good, but there’s a limit to it. I’m the kind of person who needs my day to be filled with activities if not I’ll just rot. So I decided to write a post on all the food places that I want to try/food related things that I am planning to do so that I don’t waste my holidays away. Hopefully I’ll get to try as many of these eateries as possible during my break. I’ll be posting reviews as I go along, so feel free to join me in my food escapades.

I suppose this is more of a personal list for myself to keep track of places I want to visit and the food that I want to try… BUT it could be useful for you foodies who want to join in the hype and go cafe hopping.

If you’ve been planning to try any of these places as well, do give me a shout out! We could organize a foodie outing together 😀



Cafes to try:
W39 Bistrobar
This cafe looks so pretty, and the food seems rather affordable. I’m quite keen to go there for a lazy Sunday brunch.

La Ristrettos
This hidden gem in Novena Square seems like the perfect hideout for one to enjoy a slow meal, while reading a book or just chilling!

Real Food
I’ll be going here sometime in December, so stay tuned for a review! They sell healthy, wholesome and tasty food. Well, that’s what I’ve heard at least. I’ll let you guys know once I’ve tried it. Signatures are supposed to be their Vegetarian Dumplings.

Cups N Canvas
Well, to be honest, this is on my list because of their Sweet Potato Latte. I saw a photo of the lilac beauty, and it was love at first sight. Hoping their other items are good too!

Arkadas Cafe
I’m just going there for their fluffy pita bread and hummus. Any one knows of eateries in Singapore which serve up awesome hummus?

Riders Cafe
Their french toast looks divine! Plus, what could be better than watching horses gallop by as you enjoy your breakfast/brunch in a chill atmosphere?

Nassim Hill Bakery and Bistro
Their Hot Reuben sandwich looks really good, and huge! Their egg white omelette and Egg Benedict looks rather promising as well.

Caffe Beviamo
I have a friend who’s a regular here and I’ve been meaning to check this place out. I’m planning to try one of their sandwiches. The only thing holding me back is that it costs $14.

The Rotiserrie
I just like the ambience here! I’ve walked past their Rochester outlet several times, but never stopped by to try. Their Roasted Chicken Leg and Paninis look like they have potential.

Buttercake N Cream
I can’t really remember why I noted them down, but I do know that they were an unexpected find when I was at Sunset Way some time back.

The Muffinry
Without a doubt, I’m all for their savoury muffin, “Green Eggs and Ham”. I mean, what can go wrong with anything related to Cat in the Hat right? 😛

O’Bean Soya Organic Store
Have you guys seen the size of their glutinous rice balls? The dish is called Black Marbles, and they look so amazing. I can just hear them calling out to me.

Pita Pan
Their Shakshouka and Hummus platter is definitely on my list of food to try

The Orange Thimble
This quaint cafe looks like a nice place to hangout… plus their cafe’s food looks decent as well.

Well, this isn’t a cafe as you might know, but its still going on my list cause it has all the amazing food in one place. Ooh yeah.

The Pantry at Loewen Road
I plan to try the Pantry and check out the farmers’ market as well! It looks more homely than Pasarbella so the experience will probably be different, even though they are both farmers’ markets.

So this isn’t a cafe either, but I’m dying to try their ice cream which always seems to be scooped perfectly and perched precariously on two crisp (looking) waffles.

Yet another ice cream place… but this is vegan! I’m eager to see if they can still make ice cream taste good even without dairy. Ooh, and I hear they have added new savoury items to their menu, hummus toasties anyone?

I’ve heard about their ginormous portions of sandwiches and salads. I think that speaks for itself 😛

Bakeries to try:

I’m not too sure about the name of this bakery, but I know its located in Chinatown, and that they sell yam buns. Well yam sounds good enough to me!

Barcook Bakery
Yeah, its been awhile since the hype, but I still want to try a freshly baked bun from them. I’ve tasted their famous Cream Cheese Bun, but it wasn’t hot… so I suppose that would be an entirely different experience.

Tiong Bahru Galicier Bakery
Their lemper ayam, ondeh ondeh and kueh dardar look really good.

Tong Heng
Need I say more? Of course I have to try their famous egg tart!


I feel hungry thinking of all these places to try! I’m going to have to eat quite a few skinny people if I want to make up for it. Haha. Nonetheless, I can’t wait to roam around and spend my holidays chilling at various cafes, signing up for random activities and meeting up with (old and new) friends. Hope this post gave you some good ideas for your next food outing 🙂

Freedom is strangely exhausting. I think I’m going to crash and make up for all the lost sleep this whole year. Good night, and keep your eyes peeled for loads of reviews which I have been piling up over the course of the year!

Hawker Heritage: Pau (Steamed Buns)

Good morning to you all! I’m back again.

I’m on a roll.. 3 posts in 2 days? That’s a rarity.
Studying must be taking a toll on me :O Well, blogging about food is the perfect way for me to destress.

Since today is National Day in Singapore, its the perfect day to launch yet another series, Hawker Heritage, where I will share more about a hawker food so that you can learn about a unique Singaporean dish you have never heard of. This will be a fun read if you’re a foreigner, or.. if you’re reading this in the future, and this dish has been lost, at least you’ll get to know about it. Even if you are a local, it’ll be interesting to read about the history of a certain dish for a change! Basically, what I’m saying is…I’m sure this will be an enjoyable read for everyone. 😛

I think its extremely sad that we are losing our hawker heritage. With so many young adults only looking at office jobs, there is no one to take over our hawkers. That being said, it is not easy teaching someone else the tricks of the trade, especially is the hawker has been cooking for 30 years. Its difficult to pass on the “wok hei” to a new cook.. after so many years, the hawkers have developed some kind of intuition of when the food has been perfectly cooked. Its no longer a recipe, or a job, its become second nature to them.

Sure, you may say that there are up and coming young hawkers who are setting up stalls here and there, but these few are far from enough to replace the older generation of hawkers. I shudder at the thought of losing the delicious and affordable hawker food to commercially produced food, over-priced restaurants and… *gulp* run-of-the-mill food courts. The concepts in food courts may be similar to hawker centres, but there is absolutely no way the ambience and the food can match up to our mouthwatering hawker food.

If we ever lose our hawker heritage, (please let that not be so), may this series serve as a reminder of what we had, and what we will always love.

To the parents out there, do not belittle family gathering or the making of traditional recipes.. these little things define our childhood. Who doesn’t love popiah parties, making love-letters, or crafting delicious bak zhang with your family and friends? And to the children out there, be willing to learn and try new things, find out as much as you can about Singapore’s traditional food, and pass on the tradition to your kids. It would pain me to see Singapore lose our hawker heritage like how we are losing our ability to speak in dialects.

Enough of the gloom doom, let’s start today’s post with one of my favorite foods, PAU. (or Bao, Baozi)

Pau or chinese steamed buns, are buns filled with all kinds of fillings, and steamed in a huge wooden steamer. Nowadays, most people use the modern steamers which look like metal drawers. The fillings range from meat fillings, like barbequed pork (charsiew), to vegetable fillings, either turnips or mixed shredded veggies, to dessert like buns filled with red bean paste, yam paste or custard. There are so many variations, I couldn’t possibly list them all out!

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This is a Tau Sar pau (red bean paste). As you can see, the fluffy white bun encases a sweet red bean filling. This was one of the best red bean paus I had.. you can even see the chunks of red bean, and a slight tinge of redness. Some commercially made paus barely resemble red beans, the filling looks more like a smooth black paste, and is overly sweetened.

photo 1 (68)My favorite part of eating a pau is tearing it in half and watching the steam rise out from the centre of your pau. Piping hot is the way to go! Everyone has their favorite pau, and my favorites would be yam pau, lian yong pau (lotus paste), and vegetable pau. Unfortunately, since I love these paus too much, I don’t have any photos of them, since they somehow find their way into my mouth way too quickly. All I have is the poorly taken photo of an average looking vegetable pau below.

photo 5 (38)For the health conscious, vegetable paus would appeal to you. Filled solely with cooked vegetables, you can get one of your five-a-day! There are even wholemeal options to healthify it even more. Since these buns are steamed, they can be considered relatively healthy too.

Paus were first created about 2000 years ago, believed to have been invented as a portable meal for soldiers in third century A.D, Now, paus are a delicacy enjoyed by all, in China, Another story goes that in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, mantou was also said to be associated with the famous strategist Zhu Ge Liang, 诸葛亮, who supposedly made ritual offerings of mantou stuffed with meat (meat pau) in place of human sacrifice. (Mantou is a steamed bun without any filling)

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This variation is the Charsiew Pau (barbequed pork), and is loved by many for its slightly sweet taste which compliments the charred meaty goodness. The best pau would have a thin casing and loads of filling, such that it is almost spilling out.

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Pau are commonly eaten for breakfast, and can be found at dimsum restaurants. These buns are about the size of a tennis ball, so two of them would make a substantial breakfast.

For the bigger eaters, there are even Da Paus (big pau) which are much larger, and are filled with meat. I love these paus as they are a meal in itself, sometimes even coming with an egg! The juices from the meat soak into the bun, without making the entire bun become soggy. Even Bruce Lee loved some good pau.

brucelee as touted by Johor Bahru Hand made Pau, who also sells giant paus (inspired by Amy Yip’s.. uhm.. assets).

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Everybody raves over Liu Sha Pau (salted egg yolk custard bun), which is fun to eat cause of the way the filling flows like a river of golden sand. Never bite straight into this or you risk burning your throat as the hot lava goodness rushes down. Honestly, I’m not too sure why everybody loves this, it was too rich for me, but as a foodie, I had to get some to see what the hype was all about.

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Some of the good pau stalls in Singapore include TIong Bahru Pau, Teck Kee Pau, Commonwealth Pau and Tanjong Rhu Pau. Sadly, a common trend I have noticed is the shrinking of the paus, and the rise in prices. Some stalls even try to add their own twist, such as adding Lor Mai Kai (glutinous rice and meat) into a steamed bun casing.. which was not very popular, probably cause it was a carbo-overload. Call me old fashioned, but I still love the simple, traditional flavours the best.

You can find paus at most drink/snack/dimsum stalls in the food courts, or you could travel specially down to the above mentioned stalls to taste the real deal. If you’re lazy, the supermarket sells frozen paus which you can just steam at home. Of course, commercialised paus can’t beat the handmade versions, but they are a close enough substitute given their convenience.

As I end off, I just want to leave you with this visual:

Imagine holding a fluffy, steaming hot bun in your hand… you gently tear the bun into half, watching the steam rise from the centre of the bun, as the smell of the sweet sweet red bean wafts into your nose. Oh, nostalgia. You bring the bun to your mouth, and take a bite. The soft bun gives way to the generous red bean filling.. so smooth, so flavorful, and perfectly sweet. Before you know it, the sweet paste has made its way to your stomach, before you know it, you’re reaching for another, and another.. Savory? Sweet? They all stand no chance. 

Have I made you crave pau yet? 😉 I think I’ll go and steam some for breakfast.

Product Review: Sunnyhills Pineapple Cakes

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Its a sunny yellow banana day… Sound familiar? Anyone else remember the hilarious commercial with the dancing cow advertising HL’s banana milk? Oh dear, looks like I’ve gone on a tangent before I’ve even started my review.

Well, I was blessed with the opportunity to try Sunnyhills Pineapple Cakes after winning a box of 10 Pineapple tarts in a giveaway by Palate. This box of 10 is worth SGD$25, and are individually wrapped. I was not paid to review this, and all thoughts and comments about this product are my own 🙂

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Their shop is located in a quiet stretch of shops on Level 3 of Raffles Hotel, do look out for it cause its rather easy to miss!  Sunnyhills pride themselves in freshly baked pineapple cakes made with natural ingredients and red-yolk eggs. In fact, they recently became Halal-certified, so this could be a go to place for Hari Raya gifts!

Honestly, I have absolutely no idea why its called a Pineapple Cake, when it looks and tastes like a Pineapple Tart, with the buttery casing and all. For those of you who have no idea what a Pineapple tart is, it is a small pastry either topped with pineapple jam, or in some cases the pastry encases the jam, which is commonly eaten during Chinese New Year.

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Each Pineapple Cake comes individually wrapped in paper, which allows for easy, mess-free consumption. I really liked their cardboard box which added a sort of down-to-earthy yet classy feel to the packaging. Since no preservatives are added, the pineapple cakes are good for 3 weeks at room temperature. My recommendation is to consume them as soon as possible as the quality does drop over time.

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The pineapple jam is surrounded with a flaky, buttery crust.. a rather sturdy crust I must add, since it kept its rectangular shape. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The crust was dry, and the pineapple filling did not fare much better, since it was dry and fibrous as well. One thing that I liked was that it wasn’t overly sweet, like many of the commercially made pineapple tarts.
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Perhaps it was due to the lack of preservatives, and the fact that the box I received was already a week old… nonetheless, despite their not-so-spectacular pineapple cake, I would like to commend them for their excellent service.

Since it was my first time to Raffles Hotel, Little Ms Blur here ended up at the back door of the shop. Yet, the shopkeepers gamely led me in from the back, all the while smiling, and not the slightest bit annoyed that I had entered their work space. They offered me a cuppa tea and a tart to try before I collected my box, but I politely declined since I had to rush off elsewhere. The two lovely ladies efficiently gathered my goods, while chattering away about how the pineapple cakes were made, and how soon to consume them. Their amiable service was much appreciated, and I definitely felt more than welcome in their cosy little shop.

If you plan on giving them a try, do take time to sit down in their shop and enjoy the laid back vibe and eclectic furniture as you have your tea and cake.
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For those of you who are more health-conscious, the nutrition facts are quite a shocker. Despite the short ingredient list, and the all-natural ingredients, one pineapple cake along will set you back 205 calories. That is one very calorie dense pineapple tart!

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Great service, but not so great food? It pains me to give them a bad rating, but its all about the food isn’t it? I would like to give them a raving rating like all the other food bloggers out there, but I have to be honest. Their pineapple tart/cakes were not up to standard. Nonetheless, I’m willing to give them another go, hopefully when its fresh, so I can taste it at its best! But for now, Sunnyhills loses out to L.E Confectionery’s golf ball sized pineapple tarts for sure. Buy it or fly by it? I’d go with fly by it. Its not worth 205 calories.

Rating: 4/10

Birthday Bash with Sun Moulin

Well, whaddya know? I completely lost track of time, but its already been a year since I moved this blog on to WordPress! I guess that calls for a celebration 😀

Now, what better way to celebrate than with cake?

Here’s what we’ll be enjoying today, Sun Moulin’s much raved about Strawberry Shortcake. This light, fluffy cake was both a treat to the eyes and my tummy. 

*drumroll please*


Look at that beauty. Fluffy white cream sandwiched between layers of light sponge, topped with robust and ohsosweet strawberries, finished off with sliced almonds as decoration. Ahh.. perfection.

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It looks just like the plastic Japanese toy you always see in doll h0uses or those adorable mini cooking sets. In fact, the presentation is so spot on, it makes me feel as if I’m in Japan. The Japanese do take pride in their work!

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Of course I couldn’t resist bringing out a ginormous plate of fresh strawberries, as red and as juicy as the ones of the cake. The more the merrier right? The fresh strawberries are there for more than aesthetic reasons.. I just love eating strawberries when they are in season!

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Okay this is the last photo of the strawberries as the star of the picture, I promise! I know what you are thinking.. We want cake!! Well, hold your horses, I’m getting there.. Patience is a virtue.

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Pardon the messy cutting, the cake was so generously filled with the chantilly cream, it just coated pretty much everything nearby (aka the strawberries on top), leaving me with a slightly less picturesque slice of cake.

As you can see, the cake is mainly cream, held together by two thin slices of sponge. The sponge was airy and light, without being dry. While the cream was fluffy, and had a light sweetness to it. In fact, the cake didn’t leave me feeling bloated or heavy unlike most other cakes. Just like most Japanese desserts, this was a delightful sweet treat that I didn’t mind indulging in.

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Pardon me for this little commercial break, but just look at the beauty of those strawberries. Time for a little fun food fact! Strawberries are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and Manganese, which means better eye health, stronger bones and a stronger immunity system. All the more reason to eat more of Sun Moulin’s Strawberry Shortcake 😛

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Just for the fun of it, I thought I would share some pictures of the birthday bash… So sit back, relax, and keep scrolling!

photo 4 (38)We started off by adding some strawberries… (above)

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Then some jackfruit looked pretty good too. For those of you who don’t know, jackfruit is a thai fruit, which can be eaten frozen, dried or canned. It feels a little rubbery, and has a fibrous texture when you bite into it. Its somewhat bittersweet.. I’m not sure how to describe it. But if you ever chance upon it, its definitely worth a try!

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We added some jellies bought from the Japanese supermarket, Meidi-ya, just to add more sweetness, you know, since fruits and cake aren’t sweet enough.

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There you have it! That’s what a birthday bash looks like in a food blogger’s house… food, food and more food.

Just a note, if you prefer more decadent cakes, like chocolate cakes, this wouldn’t appeal to you. Its suited to the people who like.. Angel food cake for example! I actually froze the last slice, to see if it would taste like ice cream.. and it was still as delicious. It didn’t taste like ice cream per se, more like frozen whipped cream. But topped with more strawberries, it was a yummy icy dessert nonetheless.

To end off, I’d like to say that Sun Moulin is one of my all-time favorite bakeries, and they have managed to uphoold a high standard of quality in most of their products, especially their cakes and puffs. Do give their other bakery breads a go if you are at Isetan Scotts 🙂

Sun Moulin [Singapore]

Shaw House
350 Orchard Road
Basement 1, Isetan Scotts
Singapore 238868
Tel: +65 6235 6093
Opening hours:
9:30am – 9:30pm (Daily)

Rating for the Strawberry Shortcake: 7.5/10

WIAW: (Southeast) Asian style

With so many of my favorite food&fitness blogs joining Jenn in the What I Ate Wednesday fun, I thought I’d give it a shot. Maybe I’ll bring the fun to Singapore! An Asian WIAW… now, THAT will be interesting.

Peas and Crayons

Peas and Crayons

So here goes!

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I don’t usually eat tarts for breakfast… but since my mother made the effort to buy them specially for me, I thought why not sweeten my day with a Mixed Fruit Tart from Delifrance for breakfast?

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Of course, as I always do, I had fruits alongside breakfast. Today, it was a nice bowl of strawberries. I love berries, but they are always so expensive in Singapore, so I do cherish every occasion that I get to eat berries of any form!


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I was feeling rather ‘snacky’ today, so I decided to go with the flow and make myself a snacky sort of lunch! I started off with 2 pieces of Wasa Fibre Crispbread topped with Wild Garden Hummus, with a side of cherry tomatoes. So simple, and so delicious! I’m definitely loving the hummus.

If you want to go get some Wasa crackers or hummus, here’s what they look like:
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Now, on to part 2 of lunch…

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Next up, was a small bowl of cereal with one Weetbix, and some Familia Swiss c.m cereal and multigrain cheerios thrown in for good measure. Cereal for lunch anytime 😛

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Finally, I ended off with my favorite snack, Leo’s potato and cheese crackers. If you aren’t from Singapore, you probably would not have heard of this… even Singaporeans may not remember this childhood snack, since they are extremely hard to find.

No matter how busy I am, I always make it a point to sit down for tea break. Its just something I’ve done since young.

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Today’s tea was Cherry flavored Greek Yogurt by Fruyo. (Parent brand: Fage) It was really rich and creamy, with a nice tart flavor from the cherries.


Well, I haven’t had dinner yet, but here’s what dinner will probably look like tonight…
It’s most likely going to be Japanese, but I haven’t decided if I’m having noodles or rice.

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This is a Teriyaki Chicken Bento from UmiSushi at Holland Village. Its a nice, simple grab and go meal if you don’t have time to cook.

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Maybe I’ll make some teriyaki chicken, with brown rice onigiri, and some steamed vegetables.

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Or have a nice bowl of chicken somen in pumpkin soup, and a side of tofu topped with radishes.

Peas and Crayons

I never thought that doing a WIAW would be so eye-opening! Haha, I never really realised how carbohydrate based most Asian diets are. And, it looks like vegetables will have to make more regular occurrences :O

Well. this concludes my first WIAW, and I definitely had fun doing it! I sure hope you had as much fun reading it 🙂

HEALTHY IN A HURRY: Chewy Fudgey PB-Naner bake.

photo (45)Its time for another recipe!

Chewy Fudgey PB-Naner Bake
Tweaked from the creative gingergirl

Here’s what you’ll need:
2 tbsp oats
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1 small banana (about 1/3 cup mashed)
1 tsp ground peanuts
1 tsp peanut butter

1) Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. (Or if you’re using a toaster oven like I did, just preheat it)
2) Grease your baking tin.
3) Mix the oats, flour, baking powder and cinnamon together before adding the mashed banana and ground peanuts.
4) Spread it out on your baking tin and bake for 10 minutes. (If you’re using a toaster oven, bake for <10mins)
5) Top it off with the peanut butter while its hot so it can melt nicely. Enjoy while its fresh out of the oven!

Disclaimer: This makes a very small portion.. So I recommend doubling it or even tripling it 🙂

Switch things up!
-You could make a double portion, and layer with PB and Jam.
-Add fruits between layers for bursts of sweet juiciness.
-Throw in some chocolate chips to up the decadence level.