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This is Melon Soda . Japanese, Korean are my favorite cuisines. I also love Bakery, Café and Desserts and Cakes, Dim Sum, Ice Cream and Gelato, Cake and Chocolate.
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Vegetarian Kway Chap Smile Feb 16, 2014   
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Categories : Coffeeshop

The Tanaka Vegetarian Food stall has quite a number of vegetarian dishes being offered on their menu, such as Kway Chap ($2.50/$3.00), Nasi Lemak ($2.80), Mee Rebus ($2.50), Chicken Rice ($2.80), Laksa ($2.50) and Lor Mee ($2.50). Like an economy rice stall, there is also quite an array of add-on dishes being offered if you want something extra to go with your food, like vegetables, mock char siew, mock fishballs, and so on.

We decided to come here for a late breakfast on a weekend morning and it was brisk business at this self-service stall. I was rather glad to see that the Kway Chap was available. But there was a rather long queue and we had to wait for quite a while until it was our turn.

 
Vegetarian Kway Chap for 2 ($4.00) + Mock Ham Add-on ($0.50)
The kway chap is priced at $2.50 or $3.00 for a single serving, but we got it for 2 person, which cost us $4.00. The kway chap noodle is quite smooth and I like that the soup is flavourful but not oily. The kway chap comes with firm beancurd, fried beancurd, and a braised egg. We only realized that the mock "intestine" was missing from our plate when we brought the food to the table. Serving size feels a little small for two person, but the portion of noodle given is quite plentiful. We also added the mock ham at the rather affordable price at $0.50 for a whole slice, which is quite chewy and tasty to boot!

Overall, the food is quite decent in taste, and the prices for both main dishes and add-on are quite reasonable. I wouldn't mind returning again for another round, but maybe when they are slightly less busy.

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Kway Chap,Mock Ham
 
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Min Chiang Kueh Smile Feb 16, 2014   
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The "Pancake King" stall at this coffee shop is just a small stall, with only the Min Chiang Kueh and Crispy Pancake on their menu. We went on a weekend morning and it was brisk business here at the stall. Each pancake costs $0.80 per piece, while the crispy pancake costs $1.40. If you wish to add additional ingredients, it will cost an extra $0.20 each. Other than peanut, there are also other flavours like red bean paste, coconut, and cheese. But the original peanut version is still the popular one.

 
Min Chiang Kueh / Peanut Pancake ($0.80 each)
These tasty pancakes are thick, but soft, slightly moist and spongy! The crushed peanuts filling is not too sweet and there is a nice roasted peanut aroma. We thought it could do with a little more peanut filling though. Best eaten hot to enjoy the crispy edges!

The pancakes, especially the peanut version, are really quite fast selling so there may be a need to wait for quite a while for the uncle to make a new batch if there is not enough supply to meet demand. But on the plus side, this means that you get to enjoy the pancakes piping hot and freshly made! Certainly worth the wait! lol


 
Recommended Dish(es):  Peanut Pancakes (Min Chiang Kueh)
 
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Bubble Tea at Sweet Talk  Smile Feb 16, 2014   
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Categories : Taiwanese | Bubble Tea/ Tea

The weather has been pretty hot lately and it is one of days when we are so glad for bubble tea shops like Sweet Talk in the heartlands!

This is just a small, nondescript shop located next to a coffee shop but they have the usual bubble tea series of Green or Red Tea, Milk Tea and Ice Blended in a variety of flavours like Strawberry, Banana, Caramel and so on. There are also bubble tea versions of Desserts like Mango Sago ($1.60) and Chendol ($1.60). People wanting a respite from the hot weather can also consider the series of Fresh Juices like Watermelon Juice ($1.80) or Traditional Beverages like Bandung ($1.20) and Chin Chow ($1.00). Prices are mostly $2.00 and below here, and additional toppings like Aloe Vera, Black Pearls, Green Apple Jelly and so on is just an additional $0.30 per topping. I think they really give the coffee shop beverage stall next door a run for their money!

 
Chendol ($1.60)
Local dessert in a cup! This is quite milky and sweet. We enjoy the taste of Chendol in this refreshing drink. There is a fair amount of tasty ingredients like jelly and red bean included at the bottom and it is also quite filling for a drink.

 
Blue Coral Ice Blended ($1.50)
Like the Chendol, this is equally refreshing. It is also fairly milky but is a little too sweet for my taste. We love the shade of blue with the frothy ice on top though!

Service is quite good, the staff is quite friendly and made sure to double confirm with us the orders to make the drinks exactly the way we want it. Prices are definitely affordable at this outlet and I'd recommend getting a drink here if you want more beverages choices than the coffee shop next door offers!

 
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Categories : Coffeeshop | Pasta | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches | Kids-Friendly

Astons is one of those well-known names known for offering tasty, quality western fare at competitive prices, giving many of the more pricey restaurants a run for their money. They have an "Express" branch at Woodlands, at a nondescript coffee shop just a stone’s throw away from Marsiling MRT. I must admit that I was rather surprised at the choice of location, but I am rather glad for it. More quality food in the heartlands? Why not? lol

 
Chargrill Chicken ($7.50) - with Baked Potato and Onion Rings
At first glance, we thought that the portion size of the chicken is pretty small. However, the chicken meat, which is slightly pinkish, is really very tender and succulent. The sauce is light, but goes well with the chicken meat. You can choose two sides to go with the meat so this actually has the potential to be a healthy meal depending on the sides you choose. We initially wanted to get the Pasta Salad as a side but it wasn't available so we swapped for the not-so healthy onion rings. On hindsight, we should have gotten the potato salad instead. Nevertheless, the onion rings are quite decent although it'd be perfect if the rings are slightly crispier. The soft baked potato would make a healthy companion to the chicken as well if not for that big dollop of butter on it. We only smeared a pinch of the butter on the potato to add a little more flavour and ditched the rest of it.

 
Hickory BBQ Chicken ($7.50) - with Mashed Potato and French Fries
Like the Chargrill Chicken, the chicken here is equally tender and succulent. But of the sauces, the Hictory BBQ sauce wins hands down. It is sweet and very flavoursome and both of us like Hickory BBQ Chicken more. However, we both agree that there should be more of the sauce to go with the meat as we ran out of sauce to dip the chicken in even before the end of our meal. The mashed potato is also quite good and we enjoy the smooth, creamy potato with its tasty sauce. The french fries are quite okay, we like that it is flavoured with powdered seasoning instead of salt, but it'd be better if they are served piping hot or even warm rather than cold.

 
Cream of Mushroom ($3.00)
The Cream of Mushroom is thick and very creamy, with generous bits of chopped mushroom in it. It also comes with two slices of crispy garlic bread which are quite tasty when dipped and eaten with the cream of mushroom. I adore the texture of this soup but some might find it too creamy after a few mouthfuls. The portion is not big either, but it will make a wonderful complement to their grilled chicken for a more tasty and filling meal.

Overall, I’d recommend getting the chicken from their "Grillworks Chicken" series, especially the Hickory BBQ Chicken for the flavoursome sauce. Sides worth getting are the mashed potato, potato salad and baked potato, sans butter. It is also worth getting the Cream of Mushroom to pair up with the meal, especially if you are a big eater as the portion of the chicken can be a tad small.

Prices may be pricey for a coffee shop but definitely value for money for quality western food, and there is no service charge to pay here (GST is already included in the prices). That you can also get to choose your own sides is another bonus point for us. However, the food may take quite some time to prepare even during non-peak hours, but the service is generally quite decent and the staff are friendly and helpful with queries and recommendations. Environment is so-so, considering this is located at a coffee shop, but in our opinion, the food is worth coming for!

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Cream of Mushroom,Hickory BBQ Chicken,Chargrill Chicken,Mashed Potato
 
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Desserts at St. Marc Smile Feb 15, 2014   
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Categories : Japanese | Café | Desserts and Cakes | Ice Cream and Gelato

 

 
We heard so much about the Chococro here, so when we were in the area, we took the chance to check out the cafe when we passed by before lunch. Warmly decorated with classic wooden tables and chairs, the place seems cozy and inviting enough for us to chill out here. But we decided to come back later after completing our shopping instead. Bad mistake. By the time we came back at tea time, the place was crowded and fully seated and we had to wait around for quite some time for an empty seat, and then we had to join a long queue for our food.

 
On the bright side, desserts lovers will love it here. There are quite a variety of beverages, breads and pastries, and desserts here, such as the chococros, parfaits, and ice cream! We were spoilt for choice as there were so many items that we wanted to try, but in the end, we just went with a few of their signature items instead.

 
White Chococro ($2.60)​ & Chococro ($2.40)
Both Chococro are smaller than what is expected for the price, but they are quite a treat to have. The croissants are flaky and crispy with a rich buttery flavour and the chocolate filling for the original Chococro is quite rich and slightly bittersweet to taste. The White Chococro is slightly sweeter due to the icing powder which add a touch of sweetness ​to the croissant, but I personally prefer the original Chococro for the richer chocolate taste.

 
Choco Banana Fuji ($7.30)
A perfect combination of soft serve ice cream on freshly baked butter danish pastry topped with smooth chocolate sauce! The soft serve ice cream is smooth, creamy and milky while the delicious butter danish pastry is very crispy on the outside but fluffy and buttery on the inside. This dessert is also topped with banana slices as well, which are a little too sweet for both of us, but otherwise we both find this Fuji pretty good!

 
Matcha Latte ($6.00)
The Matcha Latte here is quite thick and creamy and I find the aroma and taste of fresh milk quite strong. It is just the right amount of sweetness for me though, with a tinge of bitterness and the distinct taste of matcha!

On the whole, we find the food here pretty good based on the few we had. The latte is fresh and aromatic while the chococro and fuji are sweet and delightful. I'd definitely love to return again to try the other desserts on their menu, like the parfaits.

Prices are quite standard for a cafe, but there is a further 10% e-coupon discount if you sign up as a member by going to a link scanned from a QR code at a sign near the counter. Service is quite decent and despite the queue, the staff remained friendly and helpful with our queries regarding the 10% sign-up discount. I only regretted that we didn't dine in earlier when we had the chance to, when the place is less hectic and the ambience more relaxing to chill out in.

 
Recommended Dish(es):  Chococro,Choco Banana Fuji,Matcha Latte
 
Date of Visit: Dec 21, 2013 

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