Category Archives: Ang Mo Kio Area

The Yoghurt Place @ Ngee Ann City

Yoghurt from The Yoghurt Place
The Yoghurt Place
Basement 2, Ngee Ann City
391A Orchard Road
Singapore 238873
Website: http://www.theyogurtplace.com/

 Bf and I visited The Yoghurt Place at Ngee Ann City after our dinner.  Service was friendly; they actually let us taste the yoghurt before we even said that we wanted to buy.  Sort of a marketing strategy:- try before buying!  We tasted at least 2 flavours (raspberry and strawberry) before we finally decided to buy (coz they were having a 50% discount on the 2nd cup). We paid something like S$5.10 for 2 small cups of yoghurt.  

One thing I like about the yoghurt place is that you can choose 2 flavours for each cup of yoghurt, regardless of its size. 

The Yoghurt Place claims that its yoghurt “contains less fat, less sugar and no preservatives yet delightfully smooth and creamy and that it is freshly made.” I thought that yoghurt simply contains less fat and less sugar than ice cream and that’s why diet-conscious people eat yoghurt in place of ice cream?   Freshly made or not, it’s a matter of opinion.  To me, freshly made means they have to make the yoghurt in front of me.  I spotted at least 3 tubs of plain yoghurt in the freezer.  Perhaps what the company meant was that they do not keep the yoghurt for too long and that’s why it’s fresh compared to the yoghurt you get in the supermarkets. 

Although the yoghurt is indeed soft and smooth, I don’t like the yoghurt.  It’s simply plain yoghurt with toppings.  The strawberry yoghurt is not strawberry flavoured; rather, it is plain yoghurt with something like strawberry jam on it.  True, the topping is not sweet and if you mix everything up, you do get strawberry flavoured yoghurt. 

Skip the ordinary flavours like strawberry, blueberry etc.  These you can get similar quality in the supermarkets at a lower price.  Instead, go for the other flavours like blackforest, cappuccino, chocolate hazelnut, choco beans and cookie crumbs.

Creme Confections

Florentines Aux Chocolat New York Philadelphia Cheese Cake Baked Classic Cheese Cake Vanilla Genoise Loaf Summer Love Tart Aux Fruits
Creme Confections
Website: http://thatcakeboy.blogspot.com/
Note: Creme Confections would not be accepting any more orders until Dec 2007.

I first saw a recommendation for his cakes and tarts in The New Paper dated 20 Oct 2007.

An NS serviceman by day, a baker by night (or whenever he’s free), Creme Confections’s baker, Mike, bakes beautiful cakes and pies as shown in the pictures above.

And he’s another of those who do not have shopfronts (which is really unfortunate) but according to the recommendation, his cakes are delicious!

Personally, I’m looking forward to ordering some Florentines Au Chocolat (bite-size confection with crunchy Almonds and a well-balanced mix of zesty Citrus Peels and a coat of Chocolate makes this everyone’s favorite decadent treat).  They cost S$0.60 a piece and there’s a minimum order of 15 pieces.  Great for Christmas and Chinese New Year if you ask me! 😛

Please note that delivery is only to limited areas and is charged at S$10/trip for orders below S$80.  Otherwise, pick up your orders from Ang Mo Kio MRT.  Delivery and collection times are stipulated in his blog.

Tip-Top Curry Puff

Tip Top Curry Puff
Tip-Top Curry Puff
Blk 722 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8 #01-2843
Opening Hours: 9.30am to 9.30pm, daily

Each curry puff costs S$1 each and personally, the look and taste is just like Old Chang Kee’s now (according to the older folks, the Rex Old Chang Kee tastes much better than the now).

I find the pastry a tad dry, the chicken bits too minute and the spices not enough.  And I don’t think I’ll ever buy from them again, since I can’t get the satisfaction of a good curry puff.

Red Lips Kueh Pie Tee

Red Lips Kueh Pie Tee
Red Lips Foods
Outlet 1:
Blk 3017 Bedok North St. 5 Gourmet East Kitchen, #06-32
Tel: 6448 1048
Fax: 6448 8439
Email addy: contact@redlipsfoods.com
Outlet 2:
Blk 429, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #11-2576, Singapore 560429
Tel: 6456 5928
Fax: 6552 3257
Email addy: rochkoh@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.redlipsfoods.com/products.htm

If you are having a party or just want to have kueh pie tee, go order the kueh pie tee from Red Lips.  They have a party pack which offers an all-in-one, ready to eat package of Kueh Pie Tees complete with traditional peranakan vegetable filling, their famous “Got Kick” chilli sauce and parsley topping.

If you just want to have the Kueh Pie Tee cups, you can get them from their distributors stated here.  Their KPT cups come in 2 sizes:- mini or normal.  For ideas on fillings other than the traditional vegetable filling, you can also go here.

Price list for their Kueh Pie Tee Cups:

Normal-size:
30 Cups – S$6.00
50 Cups – S$9.00

Mini-size:
50 mini Cups – S$7.50
80 mini Cups – S$11.00

Note: Thanks to Roch Koh for the information! And thanks for visiting too! 😀

Mellben Seafood

Mellben Seafood Claypot Crab Bee Hoon
Mellben Seafood
Branch 1: 
#01-1222 Block 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3
Tel: 6285 6762
Branch 2:
Blk 211 Lor 8 Toa Payoh #01-11
Tel: 6353 3120

This shop is famous for their crab bee hoon / noodle soup. The dish is very much like fish head bee hoon except that it’s crab they use instead of fish. The crabs will set you back about S$40 per kg.

They have spun off a branch in Ang Mo Kio Block 233 (opposite the current one) called Uncle Leong’s Seafood (apparently opened by a disciple but not as good as this one). Again, don’t be deterred by the long queue.

Note: Thanks to KP for the recommendation!

Pine Garden’s Cake

Pine Garden’s Cake
Pine Garden’s Cake
Block 529 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-2329
Tel: 6457 6159
Opening Hours: 8.30am to 9.30am daily
Website: http://www.pgcake.com/

Pulut hitam, or black glutinous rice, is usually made into a pudding with rich coconut cream drizzled on top.

Pine Garden’s Cake in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 has turned it into a Pulut Hitam Cake. Soft vanilla sponge cake dotted with black rice is sandwiched with pulut hitam mousse. The cake is topped with the luscious black rice pudding, which manages to stay on the cake instead of sliding right off it.

It’s quite a feat and the result is a light and yummy cake that is a refreshing take on an old-time dessert.

Just as good is Cocotero, with an ever so slightly salty coconut custard pudding sandwiched between vanilla sponge. It’s like a cross between a classic Nonya kueh and a heavier version of a chiffon cake. The custard is shot through with strips of young coconut that add some texture and there’s more sprinkled on top. People who are put off by desiccated coconut, relax. This is quite different. Fresh young coconut just can’t be beat.

A 500g cake costs $24, and a 1kg one is $35.  Call the above number at least 2 days in advance to order.

Note: This review was extracted from ST Foodies Club.

Botak Jones

Cajun Chicken U Crazy Wat Chilli Dawg 

Check Botak Jones’ website at http://www.botakjones.com/ for the locations and opening hours.

 The website says it all, “Damn Good Food at a Damn Good Price” – Authentic American Food.  Need I say more? Go check them out!

Post-Makan Note:

I finally went to their Clementi outlet on 10 Oct 2007 to try their food.  I had the Cajun chicken and originally, I wanted to try their apple pie but alas! They didn’t have it.  So I tried their Mango Tango cheesecake.  First I got their menu from the counter which is printed on yellow A4 paper (they even have the menu in Chinese which is printed on the blue A4 paper). Then I joined the queue.  One of their staff will approach you to ask which table you’re sitting at (please note that all the tables are not numbered, so there’s no way you can tell which table you’re sitting at except to point it out to their staff).  She’ll magically write a number on a small piece of paper.  With this piece of paper, present it to another staff who will take your order.  What I love most is that the staff know their food very well and can make excellent recommendations.  At the cashier, they also ask if they want a larger portion of fries at no extra charge! But take it only if you think you can finish all the food (I’ve seen a lot of sides like the coleslaw and fries being dumped into the rubbish bin; such a waste!).

You’ll also be told how long you need to wait for your food (of course I’ll wait for my food; having been in the queue for 20 minutes already! Duh! But it’s good to know though. :P).  You’ll also be asked your name and you may then proceed to your seat.  Another staff will come along in a couple of minutes, verify your order and put the relevant condiments (I got tomato sauce, chilli sauce and mustard) on your table.  Then comes the long wait for your food.

Another interesting bit about Botak Jones is I didn’t even pay for my food until I’m almost through with my dessert.  Another staff (I think they have an army of staff there coz I saw different staff for different needs) came over and ask if I could settle the bill and took my money and gave me my change back. 

Overall, I give the food 8 thumbs up for its quality, quantity and excellent service despite it being in a coffeeshop (1 thumb less coz I asked for my cheesecake to be served immediately but they only gave it to me after I finished my main course and 1 thumb less because the cheesecake was too ordinary).  GST and service charge is already added to the price shown on the menu. And yes, the food looks exactly like that in the menu, which you can view from their website.  I’ll definitely be back, bringing more pple next time.  My parents are my next target!

Note: Thanks to Charlene for the recommendation! 😀