16 April, 2010

ADV: Toast@Work, Mr Prata, and Teppanyaki @ Food Junction, Century Square

Someone once said that “all happiness depends on a leisurely meal” – and if that statement holds true, HFB must surely be a happy man.

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Over at Toast@Work located at Century Square Level 3, one is able to unhurriedly savour the Beehoon Set with Egg, Ngor Heong, and Luncheon Meat at an affordable price of $2.90. What’s more, any additional sides cost only an additional of 70cents! HFB really enjoyed the fully flavoured beehoon – unlike the many tasteless versions elsewhere, besides, who can resist an oozing egg yolk?

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A nice twist to the usual Kaya Butter Toast, Toast@Work’s version came in the form of their Signature Roll ($1.80) – and what HFB enjoyed was the fact that the French roll was toasted crusty – chomp it and feel the kaya and butter goodness explode in one’s mouth! What an awesome feeling.

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A word to describe the Iced Coffee ($1.60) would be FANTASTIC! A concoction made according to the standards set by Chef Martin Woo, Group Executive Chef of Food Junction, the brew was really robust yet refreshing at the same time – HFB really enjoyed his drink on a warm weekday afternoon.

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Over at Mr Prata (just next to Toast@Work) the obvious choice was of course their prata. At $1.20 for their Plain Prata and $3.00 for their Egg and Cheese version, HFB took pleasure that the plain adaptation came really thin and crispy. And who can stand against the savoury combination of egg and cheese in dough? The two elements harmonised perfectly – tasty!

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And if you think that’s all the stall has to offer, you would probably be missing what HFB thought was the steal of the day – their Special Pandan Chicken Set! At $3.80 one is entitled to their pandan infused rice, along with a generous serving of chicken drumstick and yummy gravy. HFB really find the spicy and tad sour gravy simply irresistible – it really opened up one’s palate such that one would have no problems polishing up the fragrant rice. And if you really wished to give this dish a try, be quick cos HFB heard that it gets sold out before dinnertime each day!

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Dilemma – can’t decide between Chicken and Salmon at the Teppanyaki stall? Why not settle for both at a really affordable price of $6.80. The 2-in-1 set came with a bowl of steamed rice and liberal serving of bean sprouts as accompaniments. The glistening salmon fillet with a dash of cracked black peppercorns ensured that the fish was flavoursome. HFB also enjoyed the fact that the fish was not too dry and flaky from over-doneness. The chicken was succulent and the slightly char-grilled skin provided that added texture and smack to the dish.

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2 Tampines Central 5
Level 3, Century Square
Singapore 529509

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09 April, 2010

Truffs @ Telok Ayer Street

If truffles were truly opulent gifts from God, then Chocolate Truffles must be their finest replication.

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And over at Truffs, located at the 2nd storey of a shophouse – just a stone’s throw away from Amoy Food Centre – one could find perhaps the richest, and conceivably the most natural chocolate truffles around.


A self-confessed purist at heart, chocolatier cum owner Teng Ei Liang believed that chocolate truffles are the purest way to consume chocolate. Therefore one would only be able to find the truffles at Truffs with traditional Chocolate Ganache center – and none other fanciful fillings such as liquor, fruits or nuts.

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For a true dark chocolate lover, the 66% Antilles Dark Chocolate made from a combination of cocoa beans from the Caribbean, revealed a nutty aftertaste that HFB thought would made a lovely accompaniment to a cuppa.

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Unexpectedly, the 70% Honduras Dark Chocolate though supposedly to be more intense, tasted lighter on the palate to him – perhaps due to the fruity and floral smack that was lacking in the former. Brilliant!

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More surprises awaited HFB when he was also introduced to their Chocolate Cake ($70.00 for 1kg). In comparison to Lana Cakeshop and Awfully Chocolate, HFB thought the slight lacked of sweetness in Truffs’ version was a blessing in disguise – one is truly able to savour the chocolatey goodness of it all. HFB liked the fact that the sponge cake within was well moist, giving it a richer bite and texture.

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Considering that the retail outlet was furbished like a luxury kitchen with nice bar stools, it was perhaps disappointing that one is unable to linger around and have a cup of beverage while indulging in their chocolates and cakes (HFB was told they do not have the necessary license to operate as a café, plus operations is an issue).

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However one should definitely consider having their Hot Chocolate ($6.00) for takeaways. A smoother version of a very rich Italian hot chocolate, this was perhaps one of the best versions HFB has tasted in Singapore.

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And while one is at it, why not pamper the people around you with a lovely packaged box of original handmade chocolate truffles as gifts – $24.00 for a box of 9 and $43.00 for a box of 18.

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Extravagant perhaps, but guaranteed divine.

Disclaimer: No ratings would be given, as this is an invited taste test. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ei Liang, Indra, Hui Ying and Truffs for their hospitality.

179A Telok Ayer Street
Singapore 068627

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