Category Archives: East Coast Area

Gluten-Free Tiramisu Log Cake

Gluten-Free Tiramisu Log Cake
Cedele Depot
Website: http://www.cedeledepot.com/home/xmas07.asp

Great news for those who are intolerant to gluten and have to avoid the delicious log cakes every year! Cedele is proud to introduce the limited edition gluten-free Tiramisu Log Cake this year. Savour the smooth gluten free log cake with satiny mascarpone cheese and pistachios. Made with Belgian couverture chocolate and an indulgent thick layer of chocolate truffle in the middle, anyone can enjoy this log cake, including those who are not gluten intolerant. Always thinking for the customers, Cedele makes this cake with no trans fat and only using organic unrefined sugar so it is not so sweet.

This cake costs S$65 for 1.1kg.

Stewhaus

Stewhaus
695B East Coast Road
Tel: 6445 5037
Website: http://www.stewhaus.com/index.html
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm, Tue to Sun; closed on Mon

Our Makansutra Seetoh visited this place in an episode that was aired on Channel 5 on 13 November 2007. 

With a name like Stewhaus, of course you should expect the house specialties to be stew! A must try dish is the Hungarian Goulash Stew (S$14.80).

Service here is good and friendly. And prices are really reasonable here.  Apparently the food served here is healthy – less salt, less fried stuff, etc.

So what are you waiting for? Head on down to Stewhaus today!

Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks

XXL Crispy Chicken Crispy Floss Egg Crepe Handmade Oyster Mee Sua

Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks
Website: http://www.shihlinsnacks.com.tw/sg/index-sg.htm

This popular taiwan street snacks can be found in most major shopping centres in Singapore.

My absolute favourites from here would be their XXL Crispy Chicken (fried and seasoned with salt, chilli powder, pepper and five spice powder. The skin is very crispy and is covered in the seasoning) and the Crispy Floss Egg Crepe.

Another popular item here would be their handmade oyster mee sua (noodle).  I’ve tried numerous times to get a taste of it but was unsuccessful.

Ice Cream Chefs

Ice Cream Chefs 3 Oz Ice Cream 3oz Ice Cream Shots
Ice Cream Chefs
520 East Coast Road
(Ocean Park – Besides St. Patricks School) #01-06
Tel:  6446 6355
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 1-10pm; Friday – Saturday & Eve. of PH: 1-11:00pm
Website: http://icecreamchefs.blogspot.com/

Have your very own creation!
1) Select your Flavors and Size
2) Choose your Mix-Ins
3) Watch us smash your Mix-Ins into your chosen flavors on the Chef’s Rock!

Free Hersheys Chocolate sauce with any mix-ins! Witness in front of your very eyes Live Ice Cream making and have your very own flavors customized just for you on the Chef’s Rock. The Chefs will smash your mix-ins into your flavors creating in a fresh, personalized and crunchy ice cream creation.  Click here to see the video.

They even have a delivery menu (click here to see the menu).  Cost of each pint is S$9.50. 

They also have the 3oz “Ice Cream Shots”, which is just the right size for a single dose of ice cream (a typical scoop of ice cream is about 3 oz) Perfect for office functions, kids parties, house warming, gatherings, etc.

  • Free Delivery for orders $50 and above. Delivery surcharge applies otherwise.
  • Min order of 25 shots for the 3oz ones.
  • Their Live Ice Cream Experience costs S$5.80 per person for a minimum of 20 persons.  They will have an ice cream making machine on site and will make the ice cream on the spot, which takes about an hour to freeze.  Only 3 flavours will be available.  The whole Experience will lasts about 1.5 hours to 2 hours.

  • They accept cash on delivery and Internet bank transfer (POSB/DBS and UOB). Please call them for banking details.

Post-Makan Note:

I sent an email to them to order 25 of the 3oz shots and they responded within the next working day.  And they managed to deliver my orders within the time period stipulated.

Wow! All my friends loved the ice cream.  It was comparable to Haagen-Daaz’s ice cream.  Packaging is a bit different from what’s shown on their website.  The 3oz shot came in clear plastic container with a Ice-Cream Chef sticker outside it (see last picture above).  Flavor of the ice cream is then written on the container itself. Packaging was simple but hey, why should I pay for something that I’ll be throwing away anyway!

We had the Chocolates & Hersheys, Peach Mango Fuzz (more like sherbert), Chippy Mint (peppermint with dark chocolate chips), Rum the Raisins and Mocha the Madness.

Definitely a must-have for any parties you have in future!

Ponggol Nasi Lemak

Ponggol Nasi Lemak Nasi Lemak
Ponggol Nasi Lemak
965 Upper Serangoon Road
Tel: 6281 0020
Opening Hours: 6pm to 5am; off on Thursday
238 Tanjong Katong Road
Tel: 6348 3303 / 6287 0020

The die-die must try at this nasi lemak stall is their chicken wing.  For a packet of rice with chicken wing, egg, ikan bilis and otah, it’ll cost you S$3.90.

I had the honors of tasting the food here on 6 Oct 2007 and what we had were:- 1 fried chicken drumstick, 1 fried chicken wing, 1 piece of otah (this is the big version, not the teensy weensy kind you get at the usual stall), a tablespoon of ikan bilis with peanuts, 3 pieces of kuning (a kind of small fish which is very popular with nasi lemak), 1 fried egg (sunny side up) and 1 piece of luncheon meat with 2 plates of rice (normal portion) and these cost us S$8.70!  But my friend and I gave the thumbs up for their fried chicken.  The rice is also very fragrant with a coconut-y taste.  Overall, great! Except for the price. 😛

Only gripe here is that it is pretty pricey for nasi lemak but hey, where else can you get delicious nasi lemak at ungodly hours? 😀  And oh, the queue never ends at this stall.

No Signboard Seafood

Chilli Crabs
No Signboard Seafood
414 Geylang Road (off Lorong 24)
Tel: 6842 3415
Opening Hours: 3pm to 2am daily
Website: http://www.nosignboardseafood.com/

Huge crabs arrive smothered by a volcano of orange-coloured gravy. Served with soft white bread, the gravy is spicy, eggy, garlicky and full of crab flavour. It’s unlikely that a drop of it will be left by the time you’re through. Two other pluses: There is valet parking, and the service is efficient and very friendly.

This family-run business started out as a humble hawker stall in Mattar Road close to 30 years ago. The founding hawker was so poor that he couldn’t afford a signboard, which explains the restaurant’s name.

Check their website for more outlets information.

Durian Puffs @ Puteri Mas

Puteri Mas Puteri Mas Box Puteri Mas Durian Puffs
Puteri Mas Pte Ltd
475 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: 6344 8629
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 6.30pm, Tuesdays to Fridays; 10.30am to 5pm, Sat & Sun; closed on Mondays
#01-187B Suntec City Mall
Tel: 6235 8768
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm

Durian lovers unite! And go try these D24 durian puffs (20 pcs for S$10!). The pastry is pretty tasteless but the durian puree is pure gold.

The durian puff is rather tiny (slightly bigger than the Singapore’s 50 cents coin). 

Sakura, International Buffet Restaurant

Sakura Sakura 1st Storey Food Area 2nd Storey Food Area
Sakura
Opening Hours: 12 Noon to 2.30pm (lunch) & 6pm to 9.30pm (Dinner), Daily
Website: http://www.sukigroup.com.sg/sakura.htm

They have 8 outlets over in Tampines Safra, Toa Payoh, Pasir Ris (halal), Jurong Town Hall, Clementi Road (halal), Orchard Road (halal), Marine Parade & Jurong West (halal).  Check their website for details (look under the heading “Subsidiary”).

Buffet prices are:-

  • Lunch (Weekdays): S$21.40
  • Dinner (Weekdays): S$25.65
  • Kids (Weekdays): S$11.65
  • Lunch (Weekdays – Orchard Outlet Only): S$23.55
  • Dinner (Weekdays – Orchard Outlet Only): S$27.80
  • Kids (Weekdays – Orchard Outlet Only): S$12.75
  • Add additional S$2.15 for weekends, eve and public holidays

For the prices you pay above, you will get up to 100 different varieties of Japanese, Western and Oriental foodfare everyday. To briefly entice you, appetizers include baked oysters, lobster salad, mussels, cold prawns and sashimi. The main entrees encompass an assortment of dim sum, Teppanyaki (including lamb chop, salmon and beef, etc.), tempura and grilled items. A wide selection of mouth-watering sushi will also be prepared for all consummate sushi fans. Last but not least, deserts such as cheesecakes, fruits, ice cream and beverages complete the buffet with a satisfying touch.

Update on 10 March 2008:

After a 2-year hiatus from eating at Sakura, we finally made our way to the one at Clementi Woods on 10 March 2008.  How dining works here is that you pay at the counter on the 3rd level and then you will proceed to either Level 1 or 2  for your seating.  On your table, you will see some small clothes pins which has your table number printed on them.  These you can use to order some of the dishes that require some cooking time, eg. fried vegetables, seafood, satay, otah, squid, tau pok, etc. which will then be served to your table once it is ready, which basically saves you waiting time.  Excellent idea I must say!

First the price almost crushed us.  It used to be S$22 nett but now we have to pay S$24+ (which amounted to S$25.65) per person.

Then we were appalled by the drop in food quality and some of the missing good food such as the paper-pot steamboat with live prawns, frozen strawberry with stuffed yoghurt in it.

I ordered the dou miao with abalone and some bamboo shellfish with black pepper  – both were served cold, although they were prepared on the spot.  Portions are tiny – although this is alright with me as I can go for unlimited rounds.  But because quality is not good, I never went for seconds.

Another of my used-to-be favourite dessert was their durian cream puff.  Used-to-be favourite now because the pastry is hard and you can hardly taste the durian paste.  Thumbs down!

I’ve always skipped the dim sum, pizza and pasta corners because having tried them once, the quality was really bad even way back then.  I think it is unlikely that they have improved.

Skip the deep fried stuff at table no. 7 (refer to 1st storey food area map above).  Deep fried stuff must always be eaten hot – if it’s cold, it really tastes bad.

I also tried the oat prawns at table no. 13 – the prawns are not fresh and because the prawns had been deep fried earlier, the crunchiness was seriously lacking.

Sushi and Sashimi were still good – I had unlimited helpings of salmon & tuna.  You can also try their silverfish sashimi but my friend said it tasted a bit fishy, so I gave that a skip.  They also have other sushi – but I’m a bigger sashimi fan.  Standard here remains the same, although I noticed that there were more varieties of sushi available this time.  You can also have edamame (a green vegetable more commonly known as a soybean – usually boiled and lightly salted).

Another item that I love very much is the laksa (from table no. 5).  The gravy was thick and tasted great! It was served in small bowls but again, since this is a buffet, you can have as many bowls as you want.

You can also have free flow of beverages – soft drinks, green tea, brewed coffee, etc.  Also, do try the ice cream with the various toppings – great fun for the kids.

Unfortunately, I am very unlikely to visit this restaurant again – memories of good and cheap food that I had here are alas just a memory.  Still, for the price we paid and the varieties they serve, if you don’t mind quality but want quantity, you can always drop by this restaurant.  By the way, it’s halal so you can also invite your Muslim friends there.  But please note that not all Sakura restaurants are halal, so do check their website for details.

Eng Seng Restaurant – Pepper Crabs

Eng Seng Restaurant Eng Seng’s Pepper Crabs
Eng Seng Restaurant
241 Joo Chiat Place
Opening Hours: 5pm to 10pm, closed on Wednesdays

This is THE place to go if you want to eat pepper crabs.  But you’ll queue up for more than an hour and some, for a table at this coffeeshop off Joo Chiat Road. Well known with East Coast denizens, Eng Seng attracts even locals from far-flung corners of Singapore with its signature Black Pepper Crabs. Call it crazy, but the 50 crab fiends who queue up to feed here every night can’t be all wrong, can they? Well Eng Seng die-hards swear the wait is well worth it. Bring along a couple of friends to stave off the waiting time, and before long you’ll be tucking into a well-deserved crab dinner.

Try to go at 5pm to avoid the crowd at this place.  Or be prepared to put up with the abuse from the employee here. 😀

Secret Recipe – CheeseCakes

Chocolate Mud Cake Blueberry Cheesecake Oreo Cheese Cake Chocolate Banana Cheescake 
Secret Recipe
Website: http://www.secretrecipe.com.sg/Default.asp

Secret Recipe has cheesecake, cheesecake and more cheesecakes.  They have outlets at Holland Grove Road, Plaza Singapura, East Coast, Suntec City, Vivo City, etc. (check their website for more details).

I like their cheesecake for not having that heavy cheese taste (unlike some places which I shall not name). It’s light and yet cheesy enough so that I can take 2 slices at any one time.  A slice of cheesecake will cost you around S$5 per slice and a whole cake goes for S$45.

Personally, I only ate once at a Secret Recipe at Marina Square here.  I always get my fix in the City Square (City Square, MB-02, Level B1, JB City Square, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru, tel: 07-2248110, Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily) coz it’ll cost me RM5.50 per slice there. Instant 50% discount. 😛

Oh, did I mention that you must try their chicken cornish (RM6.80) too? The spicy one tastes a bit like our curry puff but with more chicken bits. To fill yourself up, you can have a chicken cornish and a slice of cheesecake for a grand price of RM12.30 (excluding taxes and service charges)!

Secret Recipe is well known for their cheesecake and cakes, which means you should never try their main courses, e.g. western food or something. I did try once and well, I’ll stick to their cheesecake. 

Their cake order policy and practices are as follows:

  1. Orders can be made through phone-in, walk-in and self-collect.

  2. They deliver cake orders worth $200 and above, and there is a delivery charge of $20.

  3. You may choose to order On-Line through our website. Please visit
    www.secretrecipe.com.sg for further information on their products and assistance from their Outlet-In-Charge.

  4. All advance order lead time is 4 days (normal)  and 5 days (online) inclusive of weekends and public holidays.

  5. Delivery of cakes shall be confined to main-island Singapore only.

  6. Mode of payment: By Cash, Nets, Credit Cards, and On-Line (E-Nets).

  7. SR shall deliver cake orders as in whole and uncut cake only.

  8. For cake sizes 1.5 Recipe (3 – 4 kg) or $75 and above, the outlet manager may require some amount of deposit whereas through On-Line Order (OLorders) payment shall be made in full by credit cards through the ENETS system. However, you need to log into the registration field.

  9. Cake writings, candles and its decoration is F.O.C!

  10. For icing picture cakes, please email your photo to this emails:
    OLorders@secretrecipe.com.sg or jeffwang@secretrecipe.com.sg and they will then forward the details to their factory.