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Food Picks: Natsu’s tempura nasi ambeng for Eid al-Fitr, Old Chang Kee Coffee House’s curry rooster, Tiong Bahru Bakery’s tea set , Food News & Top Stories


Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

If you might be planning a meal for family and friends or have to take one thing to a get-together over the following few weeks, how about Natsu’s model of Indonesian nasi ambeng?

The fuss-free rice platter takes the trouble out of internet hosting a meal, plus visitors may welcome the Japanese spin on it.

Natsu’s Tempura Ambeng ($39.90) is nice for 4 folks. The halal-certified tempura kiosk at Clementi Mall is providing Japanese short-grain rice with crisp prawn tempura, rooster tempura and kakiage, or shredded and chopped vegetable tempura discs, in addition to a mixture of Padang-style dishes together with beef rendang, sambal goreng and begedil.

The tempura will get barely limp, which is comprehensible due to the steam from the opposite scorching dishes, however I’m all proper with that – it’s nonetheless scrumptious. Ask to have the tempura packed individually if the limpness bothers you.

The platter comes with a beneficiant container of aromatic lemak curry gravy, which you’ll spoon over your rice and tempura. It is a little bit of fusion that works.

The fork-tender beef rendang has loads of flavour too. I really like that this nasi ambeng doesn’t shortchange you on the native favorite dishes.

It is fairly priced and the portion is sizeable, however add extra prawn and rooster tempura in the event you fancy.

WHERE: Natsu, B1-Okay18 The Clementi Mall, 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West MRT: Clementi WHEN: Till July 14. Pre-order a day upfront in-store or by way of WhatsApp OPEN: 10.30am to 9.30pm day by day PRICE: From $39.90 TEL: 8113-1596 INFO: Go to


You need to have afternoon tea. You do not need to be grasping, however need to attempt a little bit of all the pieces.

With Tiong Bahru Bakery’s new Afternoon Three Sum (picture, $25 at Eng Hoon Street and Tangs Orchard shops; $23.40++ at Raffles City outlet), you are able to do simply that.


The afternoon tea set launched final month and is available in a three-tier dim sum bamboo basket with 9 gadgets that embrace halves of three of its signature tarts, which additionally means half the energy.

You additionally get gadgets comparable to a miniature croque monsieur, and smoked salmon with cream cheese and rocket sandwiched in a mushy, savoury squid-ink bun.

The set is nice for 2 not-terribly-hungry folks, so add extra gadgets from the counter like a savoury roast beef croissant, a Kouign Amann and a tiramisu if you’re ravenous.

My favorite gadgets are the chocolate tart, the place a velvety darkish chocolate filling topped with lush dulce de leche and a chocolate disc is encased in beautiful pastry; and the mango coconut cheesecake – an ethereal coconut cheesecake on a French sable short-bread topped with tropical mango gel that makes me squeal in delight with every chew.

Wash all the pieces down with a cup of TBB Teh Tarik, a rooibos pink tea latte that I have been gaga about for the reason that day the Spa Esprit Group, which owns the bakery, first launched it at its now-defunct eatery Barracks in Dempsey eight years in the past.

The drink is just like a Teh-C, however this tea is caffeine-free and is claimed to advertise coronary heart well being and assist with complications.

Tiong Bahru Bakery opened a fourth outlet at Holland Village’s Chip Bee Gardens final week and the afternoon tea set will likely be accessible there quickly.

WHERE: Tiong Bahru Bakery’s afternoon set is on the market at three shops – 01-70, 56 Eng Hoon Street, tel: 6220-3430; B1-11 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, tel: 6333-4160; and L1-16B Tangs Orchard, 310 Orchard Road, tel: 6735-3787 MRT: Tiong Bahru/ City Hall/Orchard WHEN: three to 5pm day by day INFO: E-mail [email protected] or go to


Curry puff specialist Old Chang Kee has opened a flagship Old Chang Kee Coffee House on the similar location the place the business first started again in 1956, at a espresso store in Mackenzie Road reverse Rex Cinema.

Here, other than Old Chang Kee’s signature snacks, there are additionally gadgets from the chain’s Curry Times model comparable to its nasi lemak with dry rooster curry, varied curry buns and dishes unique to this location. The eatery is at present ready for its official halal certification, however the meals is ready in a halal-certified central kitchen and a few of its employees are Muslim.

Be positive to go for Hainanese-style curry rooster ($11.90), rooster stew ($11.90) or beef stew ($13.90, picture) served in Flower Bread.


Use your fingers to tear aside the nice and cozy, mushy and mildly candy sesame seed-studded buns. Dip a small fluffy piece into the stew or curry for optimum satisfaction. The flavours are healthful and old-school.

I just like the baked beef stew rice with cheese ($10.90) in a large number tin. Here, chunks of tender beef, carrots and radish are served on white jasmine rice – to absorb the gravy – and topped with stretchy melted cheese for an East-meets-West tackle beef stew.

A well-known style that took me again to my childhood.

WHERE: Old Chang Kee Coffee House, 01-01, 19-23 Mackenzie Road MRT: Little India OPEN: 11am to 9pm (Mondays to Thursdays), 10am to 10pm (Fridays and Saturdays), 10am to 9pm (Sundays) TEL: 6732-1665 INFO:

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