Category Archives: Tanjong Pagar Area

Tuckshop

Interior of Tuckshop Steak Sandwich
Tuckshop
21 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-05
Tel: 6534 9287
Website: http://www.tuckshop.com.sg/Site/Welcome.html
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to Midnight, Mon to Thu; 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 3am, Fri; 5.30pm to 4am, Sat 

TUCKSHOP, a minimalist, blue-walled sliver of a shop space in Tanjong Pagar, is the sort of eatery you would want to write, call or SMS home about. Except you might not know what to start with.

Should it be the steak sandwich – a real steal at $12.50? The truly excellent fish and chips ($8.50)? The simple, sleek look of the place? Or those lovely, lovely fries ($4)?

I shall start with the fries. When two friends and I lunched at the two-month-old eatery the other day, we got three servings of fries with our orders. Although one portion might have spent a few seconds too long in the fryer, the other two were just perfect.

The test of a good fry: It should still taste terrific cold. Tuckshop’s lightly salted fries had a slight chewy resistance to the bite after they cooled but were beautifully mushy inside. So low-carb diet or not, I couldn’t leave any of my fries uneaten that afternoon.

The other things we tried boasted the same, sure touch of turning simple recipes into gold.

The steak sandwich – a big cut of juicy, grilled beef, caramelised onions and a portobello mushroom on crusty focaccia – was highly succulent. One friend would have liked the flavouring more robust though.

The other friend tried the chicken sandwich ($7.50), a barbecued chicken chop sauced with a mix of mayo and barbecue sauce. These juiced up the slice of chicken breast, making it sublime.

But my fave was the fish and chips. The pacific dory was lightly flavoured, lightly fried and still creamy inside. It was a dream to eat.

Besides food, Tuckshop also has live music. Singaporean folk-country band The Bandits rock the place on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Jazz nights are on the cards too, says manager Brandon Lau, 27.

Food-wise, the 12-item menu is a work in progress and will be expanded, he promises. Well, how about desserts? That, in my book, would make this the place to chase weekday blues away.

Anyway, check their website for the full menu and other details.

Note: This review was extracted from Wine and Dine.

Fancy Delight

Fancy Delight Egg Tarts
Fancy Delight
Outlet 1:
1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-04
Tel: 6323 0913
Opening Hours: 8am-7pm (Mon-Fri), 8am-5pm (Sat), closed on Sundays and Public holidays
Outlet 2:
#01-K05, IMM Jurong East
Tel: 6469 4606
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Outlet 3:
#01-140F Suntec City Mall (Tower 3)
Website: http://www.fancydelight.com.sg/ (Under Construction)

This shop is famous for its egg tarts. 

They turned up in cute little cup-shaped pastry shells. It is filled with Hong Kong and Portuguese-style egg custard fillings. Each stood about 6 cm-tall and 4 cm-wide. The pastry was, as Mr Ewe said it should be, ‘crumbly and crispy’.

The filling isn’t as smooth as Tong Heng’s and is egg-ier to the bite, but ‘it suits this pastry and, very importantly, it is not as sweet as theirs’, said Mr Ewe, referring to the well-known Chinatown egg tarts.

Using a lot less sugar for the local palate was a main chapter of reference in his own makan sutra. It did very well.

The dainty laptop-toting office crowd around the Shenton Way area were buying in bulk for their in-house motivational talks at tea break (the motivation cost just $1.20 per tart).

The observant innovator, flushed with confidence from the response, began whipping up even more fashionable versions, like chocolate chip, banana, strawberry, chicken mushroom and even pepper chicken.

Now, sales of these tarts have overtaken Mr Ewe’s cookie sales and have become ‘our rice bowl’.

Today, a little over a year into business, he already has two outlets. It’s not difficult to realise why when the tarts are so easy to eat.

The crispy, crumbly pastry doesn’t fall apart when you chomp in. The various types of fillings have a firmer but still comfortable bite.

And it feels so cute between your fingers and tastes more like a quiche, especially the chicken and mushroom version.

Now, to keep at bay the soaring demand from these handmade tarts, Mr Ewe has a sign in the shop above the warm glass display shelf that says ‘due to overwhelming response, we are unable to take any pre-orders for this month’. It doesn’t say which month.

It’s timeless, and I hope Mr Ewe’s creations do not go the way of the roti boys, floss breads, bubble tea and soon, the psychedelic doughnuts.

Please click here for Fancy Delight’s menu (Fancy Delights Tarts).

Note: This review was extracted from The New Paper dated 1 October 2007.
Post-Makan Note:

This store is located directly behind NTUC Fairprice.  I was here on 24 November 2007.

This egg tart is different from the one from Tong Heng.  The crust here is more like a biscuit crust whereas Tong Heng is more flaky and pastry-like. The egg tart filling is less sweet and has more egg-y taste compared to Tong Heng.

I like the innovative tastes that are available at this store, e.g. blueberry, mushroom, melted chocolate etc. At S$1.20 per piece, go for it!

Chewy Junior

Chewy Junior
Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-18
(Next to Chocolat N’ Spice)
Tel: 6222 8867

The shop sells a kind of little puff (something similar to that papa puff), with a topping on the top. There are 10 types of topping to choose from (see Chewy Junior Menu).  They also have an additional flavor:- CJ Almond Cookies Crunch (@ S$1.00 each).

Prices range from S$0.80 for the chewy original to S$1.00 for the rest of the flavors.  Buy 6 @ S$5.00 (save S$1.00) or buy 9 @ $7.50 (save S$1.50).

I had the kaya flavored one last Saturday.  The kaya topping is not bad but the vanilla filling in the puff is way too little compared to Beard Papa.  You barely got to taste the vanilla filling until mid-way through the puff and it’s really little.  Overall, a good snack to have but I won’t go for it again and again and again. 😀

Ji Xiang Confectionery

Ji Xiang 
Ji Xiang Confectionery
Blk 1 Everton Park #01-33
Tel: 6223 1631
Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm daily

This ang ku kueh specialist takes over two shop units in the sleepy neighbourhood of Everton Park, off Cantonment Road. It has a crew of at least five aunties preparing the kueh at any one time.

Pieces are often sold out by lunch time, so you are advised to place advance orders and pick them up the next day.

Their kueh, which comes in six flavours – green bean, peanut, salty bean, corn, coconut (50 cents each) and yam and durian (seasonal; 60 cents each) – boasts a firm consistency and a drier filling than most other shops.

Note: This review was extracted from ST Foodies Club. Thanks to Sharon Toh for the better picture and price update.

Nasi Lemak @ Tanjong Pagar

Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak
Blk 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #02-40
Opening Hours: 6am to 2pm; closed on Sundays & Public Holidays

One of the tastiest nasi lemak I’ve ever tasted can be found in this stall at Tanjong Pagar. It’s managed by an old couple. For S$2, you can get the fragrant nasi lemak rice, egg, otah, chicken wing & kuning (a type of small fish; typically deep fried and comes with the nasi lemak).  Plus a delicious dolop of chilli.

Tai Hwa Pork Noodles

Tai Hwa Pork Noodles Minced Pork Noodles
Tai Hwa Pork Noodles
Outlet 1:
Blk 466 Crawford Lane #01-12
Opening Hours: 9.30am to 9pm, closed on alternate Mondays
Outlet 2: 
#01-16 Bestway Building (TV12)
12 Prince Edward Road
Opening Hours: 9am to 3pm, closed on Sunday & Public Holidays
Website: http://www.taihwa.com.sg/index.htm

Yes, this is the famous minced pork noodles formerly from Marina Square that I queued for ages before I could get a taste of it.  Both brothers used to operate the one at Marina Square but they’ve since split their time at each of their own stalls.

But somehow, the taste has changed coz I felt the standard has dropped somehow. The owners/chefs are still the same but…. maybe my taste bud has changed.

For a few dollars (S$4/S$5), you get a good portion of springy noodles tossed with a punch soy and black vinegar sauce (tip: ask for extra vinegar) and topped with minced pork, sliced pork, pig liver, a piece of fried flat fish and spring onions. I love the soup that comes with the noodles as it’s cooked with pork bones and you also get the taste of the pig liver as the chefs cooked the pigs’ livers in this soup too.

Muffins from Chocolat N’ Spice

Chocolat N’ Spice
Outlet 1:
Blk 320 #02-12 Shunfu Road (Shunfu Mart)
Tel: 9383 0413
Opening Hours: Tue to Friday: 9.30am – 2.30pm
                              Sat: 10.00am – 2.30pm
                              Closed on Mon & Sun
Outlet 2:
Blk 1 #01-18 Tanjong Pagar Plaza
Tel: 9276 2110
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 8.30am to 6pm
                             Sat: 8.30am to 3pm
                             Closed on Sundays
                             From October 2007, opening hours are from Tue to Sat: 8.30am to 4.30pm 

Helmed by Mary Chan (with help from her 2 sisters), who once was a pastries chef at Hotel Intercontinental and The Oriental, as well as supervisor of pastries in the now-defunct The Lighthouse restaurant at Fullerton Hotel, Chocolat N’ Spice draws long queues every day.

People come far and wide to have a taste of the delicious muffins, seafood quiches, pizzas, cheesecakes, peach flan and brownies.  Prices for the delicious muffins go between S$1 to S$1.20.  My advice? Go during off-peak hours or else, as usual, be prepared to wait and wait and wait.

Chocolat N’ Spice @ Tanjong Pagar Plaza (tel. 9276 2110) also accepts phone orders after 5.30pm (min. order 25 pcs).  Chocolat N’ Spice @ Shunfu (tel. 9383 0413) accepts phone orders only on Tuesday & Thursdays between 4 to 8pm (min. order 25 pcs).  Also call them at least 3 days in advance for regular size cake orders.

Also not listed on the their menu (Chocolat N’ Spice Menu) for muffins is the carrot & raisin (S$1.00).

Chocolat N Spice has released its Chocolate N Spice Chinese New Year Menu. Please place your order before 31 January 2008 (Thursday).

Na Na Homemade Curry

Na Na Homemade Curry
Tanjong Pagar Food Court
Level 4
165 Tanjong Pagar Road
Amara Shopping Centre (next to Amara Hotel)

Anybody who eats with me would know that I’m crazy about this Na Na Homemade Curry.  I’ve been eating there for at least 10 years already.  Their standard has remained the same except that they make their curries less spicy these days, probably to suit the majority.

They offer mutton curry, fish curry, and vegetable curry, but the best-selling one has got to be the chicken curry (which has 2 pieces of chicken and a potato soaked in the heavenly curry), which goes for S$3.50 (including 1 rice or 1 plate of toasted french bread).

They usually start from 11am from Mondays to Saturdays and closes at about 2-3pm, depending on that day’s sales.  They’re not open on Sundays and public holidays and if the public holiday falls on a Saturday, they will not open on the following Monday too.