C-Jade HK Cafe, Bugis+

One afternoon, the colleagues and I headed to Bugis for lunch, and thought we’d try something different. We would usually just head straight to Ramen Champion in Bugis+ where we could all choose whatever type of ramen we liked, whichever was available anyway. This day, we had wanted to go to this place that sells Taiwanese street food, or something like that, but as we were walking past we saw that the eatery was completely devoid of customers, so instead of giving it the benefit of doubt we chose to walk on, until we reached the end of the level where C-Jade HK Cafe was. C-Jade, I presume, is meant to be some attempt at modernising the Crystal Jade name because I don’t see how abbreviating it this way makes it any easier to read. There are less syllables to read yes, but it really does not make much difference.

The items do look rather nice on the menu, to be honest, and we saw some people having the mini steamboats which looked rather appetising too. But I am typically a boring eater, and when it comes to HK cafes, my usual choice would be noodles, and to be exact, fried/dry instant noodles. It is odd, that I don’t even eat instant noodles at home these days, but I would order instant noodles when I am out. I am not opposed to it, or it is not because I don’t like it but it is just that I don’t normally eat much at home, and if I am actually at home for lunch/dinner, it would be food that my mother has cooked.

I liked the fried instant noodles at the Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe, and also the Indian versions at the various prata stores around, so since they have this on the menu, it was an easy choice for me.

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I was quite disappointed when my food was served, because just by looking at it, I could already see that there is a difference from what I usually have. They have somehow drenched the noodles in an overkill (to me at least) of a gooey sauce, maybe it’s oyster sauce, Hoi Sin sauce, or whatever, I cannot remember now, but it just made the whole plate of noodles soggy, and made eating difficult. The sogginess also affected, in a bad way, how the noodles tasted. The fried egg was done pretty ok, a sunny-side up egg with its yolk still in liquid form, so that was a compensating factor because I don’t like sunny-side ups that have a solidified yolk. Because the sauce was also spread over the luncheon meat, it also made it soggy, and that’s not how I like fried luncheon meat. Diced luncheon meat stir-fried with potatoes in tomato sauce sits well with me even though they are both fried and then fried in sauce, but fried luncheon meat soaked in some gooey sauce is not nice.

Being in a Hong Kong cafe of sorts, I wouldn’t miss out the HK Milk Tea of course. Nothing spectacular but it wasn’t bad. I like the HK version of milk tea because it is not sweet and is generally much stronger than our teh-c (kosong), the closest comparison that I can think of. The one I had here had the tannic taste of tea but it lacked in the fragrance of the milk. So maybe the next time we go to Bugis+ I should stick to having ramen instead, and save HK cafe food for Hong Kong, or Xin Wang that is closer to home.

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the sin of gluttony

More photos to break the monotony of words.

It is no news that Orchard Central is sort of a failure where shopping malls are concerned. Honestly, it is the place I would go to simply because is usually not crowded there. As it is within close proximity to the office, I go there for lunch occasionally. On one of such days, I went to the Crystal Jade Hong Kong cafe for lunch, and as expected it was fairly empty. I guess the crowds typically pour in on weekends or during dinner times, which I cannot verify because I am seldom there at such timings. But I went to a Japanese place for dinner once, and we had to wait ages. The food at the HKG cafe is pretty decent, but what impressed me was how they served the iced yuan yang that my friend ordered. Don’t you think this is really cool? The “shot glass” contraption that you see next to the flask is tilted at an angle perhaps to make it easier to drink out of it, and both of them together remind me of Chemistry lessons in school.

Thai food is yummy but we usually make do with the pricier and not-so-nice versions that we find in Singapore. I am not particularly fussy and picky with the food that I eat, so Thai Express’ paad thai does it for me mostly. I only don’t like it if the noodles is overcooked and becomes a tad too wet. Anyway, I tried Siam Kitchen at Suntec since I was in the area and couldn’t decide on what to have for dinner. Their paad thai is different from the one that I was used to from Thai Express, mainly due to the type of noodles used, but I prefer Thai Express’ version, although the crispy crackers served as an appetizer were really nice. If only they had spicy belachan paste to go along with it.

I know this is a very poorly-taken photo but I kind of like how it turned out, blurry lines and images, possibly reflecting my constant state of mood these days. Please pardon the low quality of the phone camera and my futile attempt in trying to keep my hands stable as I was making this shot.

Check out the ultra large cup of latte that Tully’s serve! The cup next to it is the usual one they use for espresso, so you can just about imagine how bloated I was after the grande-sized latte. Value for money, if you ask me. And Bakerzin impressed me with the coffee art on my coffee! I think I should forget about cutting down on coffee and tea because I will just end up breaking one more resolution.