My Breakfast With 40 Hands

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

Tiong Bahru is one of Singapore’s oldest estates built in the 1930s. After my visit to Flock Cafe with my family, I fell in love with this charming and quiet neighborhood. The low-rise estates with the French doors windows and curved architectural designs makes them rather special. With the food culture blooming in Tiong Bahru today, I have decided to head down to this district for a good early breakfast and a warm cup of coffee.

So, what’s on my breakfast list? I have decided to visit this cafe called 40 Hands, which is one of the pioneer cafe in Tiong Bahru owned by Harry Grover back in 2010. Meaningful enough, “40 Hands” is derived from the average pairs of hands used right from the coffee plantation to a cup of coffee on our table.

 

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

 

With no service charge to my receipt, the brunch menu starts from 8am to 4pm daily which includes Salmon Hash ($19), Banana Bacon French Toast ($17), Eggs Cocotte ($17) and Big Boy Breakfast ($22). Additionally, the 40 Hands’ main menu is served from 8am to 6pm which includes Pork Katsu ($18), Pesto Chicken Panini ($16) and 40 Hands Cubanos with Tiong Bahru Bakery’s baguette ($18). This cafe also served two Asian food delights to their customers, which are the Tau Sar Pau ($2.50) and Kong Bak Pau ($7.50). Therefore, if you are not hungry and want a light bite for breakfast, the Tau Sar Pau might sounds like a good idea.

The coffee served by 40 Hands’ baristas are beans roasted by Comman Man Coffee Roasters located at 22 Martin Road. A decent range of coffee selections such as Latte ($5), Cappuccino ($5), Mocha ($6.50) and Espresso ($4) are available to their customers. If you love their beans and want to bring them back home, the coffee beans are packed in boxes of 250 grams at a price of $16.

 

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

 

Here comes my favorite morning coffee, the Flat White ($5). Nicely done latte art, the coffee was smooth and creamy. I would say pretty decent taste.

 

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

 

For a change from my usual bacon and bread toasts, I decided to try the 40 Hands’ Homemade Granola ($14) for my breakfast. Bowled with fresh cut fruits such as berries, pineapples and strawberries, the granola topped with Greek-style yoghurt will definitely sweeten everyone’s day. For those like myself who preferred to have their cereals and grains soaked with fresh milk, this bowl of Homemade Granola might be dry for the taste buds.

 

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

 

Probably, the Eggs Benedict with organic bacon and spicy roasted potatoes ($17) is a better choice compared to my bowl of Homemade Granola. With the red sauce made up of tomato and well coated onto the potatoes, these roasted cubes of potatoes are really soft with a small hint of spiciness. A little disappointed that the eggs were not runny, nevertheless this brunch still taste delicious.

 

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

 

Open at 8am, 40 Hands serves many early birds with freshly brewed coffee and decent tasty food. The ambiance is cosy but might be a little cramped for large size gathering. I would say 40 Hands is a good spot to sit down, have a cup of coffee, read a book and relax your day.

 

Address of my visit
40 Hands
Blk 78 Yong Siak Street
Singapore 163078

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00am to 7:00pm
Closed on every Monday

Telephone: 6225 8545
Website: http://www.40handscoffee.com

 

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The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

Everyone is familar with the popular UNO card game, where these 108 cards are well concealed by each player on their hands. The game play is all about matching the correct colours or numbers and sabotaging the next player. The player with the last card have to shout “UNO!”, else there will be a penalty given. Well, this game is designed for age range 7 and up. How about children between the age range of 3 to 6, where their analytical and response skills are already developing?

Thanks to Mattel games, they have developed the UNO Moo! game for these preschool children which is good for up to four players. With the use of 28 cute farm animals with the usual UNO colours: yellow, red, blue and green, all these animals are well-kept in the Play-and-Store barn.

 

The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

 

The rules of the game is almost similar to the usual UNO, but much more simpler and fun. The Farmer, or I call it the Farm Boy, is the wildcard which it represent any colours and animals. Therefore, it comes in really handy. The Skunk is another wildcard which will cause the next player to drawn 2 more animals from the Play-and-Store barn.

 

The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

 

To start the game, each player will take a standing cardboard haystack to hide their farm animals from the eyes of other players and draw 5 cute farm animals from the barn without looking at it. After which, the youngest player will pick an animal in the Play-and-Store barn and place it on top of the barn. Turn by turn, each player will replace the top animal with accordance to same colour, same animal or wildcard. The player with the last animal have to shout “UNO Moo!”, else the penalty is to draw another 2 more animals.

 

The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

 

Limit to the age range from 3 to 6? I don’t think so. This is a really fun game not just for preschoolers, but also for the whole family. It is a fantastic learning game for the children to learn about colours, animals and strategy. No wonder UNO Moo! is rank the finalist for the 10th Annual Toy of the Year Awards.

 

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Bakery And Bar ST. Marc

Bakery And Bar ST. Marc

Managed by the National Parks, Parkland Green is a newly built-up area in East Coast Parkway and accessible by the underpass from the NTUC Finest in Marine Parade conveniently. Heading off to Parkland Green, I have decided to bring my family for a Sunday weekend brunch in the Bakery and Bar ST. Marc.

Getting ourselves outdoor seats , we can get to see the vast coastal area with huge vessels resting on the sea. Internally, the Bakery and Bar ST. Marc is spacious with comfortable back-cushioned seats. It took quite a while for the service staffs to hand us the menu and take our food orders.

 

Bakery And Bar ST. Marc

Bakery And Bar ST. Marc

 

Serving up to twelve mains such as the Caramelized Banana French Toast ($10.80), The Bakery Wagyu Burger ($21.80) and Salmon Cream Cheese Pancake ($14.80) as well as milk shakes, juices, wine and beer in their Weekend Brunch Menu, the choices are plenty. Further more, there is no service charge in Bakery and Bar ST. Marc.

 

Bakery And Bar ST. Marc

 

Here comes my ice cold Matcha Latte ($6.00) and Royal Milk Tea ($6.00) to cool off the hot Sunday afternoon. With the Hokkaido milk used, both tea lattes are equally good and best of all, they are unsweetened. If I were to make a choice between them, I will recommend the Royal Milk Tea as it is very smooth and refreshing.

 

ST. Marc Bakery And Bar

 

The Fish & Chips ($18.80) is served with crispy fried fish, French fries and homemade tartar sauced. The kid’s version is available at a price of $12.80. Crispy on the outside, the white fish meat was juicy, not oily and not overly seasoned. The homemade tartar sauce tasted typical but it still goes well with the fried fish and French fries.

 

ST. Marc Bakery And Bar

 

Plated up with scrambled eggs, cherry tomatoes, slices of pork ham, fried skinny French fries and butter croissant, this is the ST. Marc Breakfast ($13.80). Besides the butter croissant, you can also choose to have either whole grain toast or sliced champagne.

 

ST. Marc Bakery And Bar

 

A simple weekend brunch, this is the Ham Platter ($12.80). With the crispy toasted bread served with salad and cooked ham and mortadella, this is a light hearted meal and goes pretty well if you are not very hungry.

 

ST. Marc Bakery And Bar

 

Creamy spaghetti topped with fresh egg yolk, this is the popular ST. Marc’s Spaghetti Carbonara ($15.80) and kid’s size is priced at $10.80. The thick, creamy and cheesy sauce was simply fantastic.

 

ST. Marc Bakery And Bar

 

The food served on my family weekend brunch was good and the overall ambience was cheerful and lively. The downside was the service in taking up food orders was slow and the staffs seemed to be disorientated. Nevertheless, the food served to us was fast. With the location of Bakery and Bar ST. Marc located in East Coast Parkway, it will be an enjoyable experience to head down to the beach after a meal with the whole family.

 

Address of my visit
Bakery & Bar St.Marc
Parkland Green @ ECP
920 East Coast Parkway
#01-09/10
Singapore 449875

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Friday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 9:00am to 10:00pm
Closed on every Monday

Telephone: 6342 1786
Website: http://saint-marc-sg.com

 

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Tai Yuen Street

Tai Yuen Street

Looks like any other ordinary street in Hong Kong from the outside, the Tai Yuen Street is definitely a place for all ages. Listed in the discoverhongkong.com and many other travel websites, I decided to make a trip down and share with my readers in my blog about this tourist attraction. So, what is Tai Yuen Street all about? Toys.

Shopping for toys in Tai Yuen Street is a totally different experience compared to many popular toy stores in Singapore. With all the shops internally cramped up with toys, shopping in these shops is like a “one-way one-lane” traffic, which the U-turn is only at the inner end of the shops. As the size of the shops are small, not all the toys are able to be placed on the racking shelves. There are toys which are hung onto hooks attached to the ceilings, while others are placed in large opened carton boxes.

 

Tai Yuen Street

Tai Yuen Street

Tai Yuen Street

 

Despite the messed up toy stores inside, many of the toys displayed could be gems to toy collectors around the world. There are many classic toys which could have kept for ages, limited edition toys, collectors’ edition toys as well as toys sold in today’s major toy stores. During my visit, I happened to see my favorite Japanese Tomica toy car series, which most of the models are not found in Singapore. Talking about Lego series, be amazed that some series which are sold out in Singapore could be found here in Tai Yuen Street.

 

Tai Yuen Street

Tai Yuen Street

Tai Yuen Street

 

Although many toys are made in China today, you should check out the toys which are made in Japan. Excellent quality I would say.

 

Tai Yuen Street

Tai Yuen Street

Tai Yuen Street

 

If you are going to look for some toys for yourself and loved ones, do add this toy street in your travel itinerary. Take the MTR to Wan Chai and exit on A3. In an overview, there are less than eight shops in this attraction. Have fun exploring the toys as you might end up spending three to four hours there.

 

Address of my visit
Tai Yuen Street 灣仔太原街
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island, Wan Chai

Website: http://www.discoverhongkong.com

 

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Evening Coffee At Elephant Grounds

Evening Coffee At Elephant Grounds

Need a nice place to chill down during the evening in Hong Kong to have a cup of coffee? Then, you can visit the Elephant Grounds’ cafe located inside a fashion store called Woaw. With indoor and outdoor bar top table seatings, this small cafe fits well for twelve people. It’s nearest MTR station is Sheung Wan and walking to Elephant Grounds took me about fifteen minutes. Do keep a lookout on the unit numbers and signages to reach this “not-so-prominent” cafe.

The orange lights brightened up the interior ambience of Elephant Grounds, warming up the cold season in Hong Kong. Serving up to nine different brewed coffee, the selections of coffee is good enough for casual coffee drinkers. They also served drip coffee ($60 HKD = $10.50 SGD) and their popular ice-cream sandwiches. Also selling their own Elephant Grounds’ merchandises, you can buy them as souvenirs for your family and friends when you are traveling in Hong Kong.

 

Evening Coffee At Elephant Grounds

Evening Coffee At Elephant Grounds

Evening Coffee At Elephant Grounds

 

Dark and smooth was the beautifully crafted Flat White ($40 HKD = $7 SGD). The latte art was nicely done and I love the iconic elephant legs printed on the Elephant Grounds’ cup.

 

Evening Coffee At Elephant Grounds

 

Tasted directly the opposite of the Flat White, the Elephant Grounds Ice Coffee ($36 HKD = $6.30 SGD) has a much lighter and sour aftertaste.

 

Evening Coffee At Elephant Grounds

 

Sitting outdoor with a cool temperature of 18 degrees Celsius and watching the quiet district, it was a peaceful and slow coffee drinking experience. Despite the Elephant Grounds Ice Coffee was not up to my liking, I sure love their Flat White.

 

Address of my visit
Elephant Grounds
(Inside Woaw Store), 11 Gough Street, Sheung Wan
上環歌賦街11號 (Woaw Store內)

Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday: 11:30am to 9:00pm

Saturday & Public Holiday: 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Telephone: 2253 1313
Website: https://www.facebook.com/elephantgrounds

 

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Capital Café 華星冰室 at Wan Chai

Capital Café 華星冰室 at Wan Chai

Before flying to Hong Kong, I have planned my way to try out the food and beverages such as milk tea and macaroni soup in the cha chaan ting or bing sutt of Hong Kong. With that, I decided to have my breakfast in Capital Café 華星冰室 at Wan Chai. Open at 7:00am, this dining spot is one of the Hong Kong’s favorite breakfast place.

From Wan Chai MTR station, walking to the Capital Café took about 15 minutes and be ready to queue outside especially during the busy morning. Stepping in, pictures of Alan Tam, Leslie Cheung and Eason Chen portrays their love and support of local music industry.

 

Capital Café 華星冰室 at Wan Chai

Capital Café 華星冰室 at Wan Chai

 

In Hong Kong’s food culture, it is very common to share tables with other people. By doing this, they can packed more people and speed up the waiting time. The food menu are overlaid by a layer of glass on the table and the atmosphere is buzzed with people. To keep my food decision making simple, I have decided to order their breakfast set ($28 HKD = $4.90 SGD) which comes with macaroni soup with ham, bread toast, scrambled eggs and coffee or tea.

 

Capital Café 華星冰室 at Wan Chai

 

Served first was my hot cup of milk tea. The ceramic cup kept my milk tea warm. Smooth, creamy and tasted a lot like my usual teh-c kosong but a lot more richer in the taste of tea leaves. The macaroni soup with slices of ham was really tasty. The broth was nicely done.

 

Capital Café 華星冰室 at Wan Chai

 

Really soft and chewy on every bite, the bread toast has a unique mouthfeel of it’s own. With a little spread of butter on the bread, it is nice to eat the bread on it’s own.

 

Capital Café 華星冰室 at Wan Chai

Capital Café 華星冰室 at Wan Chai

 

The scrambled eggs topped with bits of black truffles, also known as 黑松露炒蛋多士, was a simple and delightful breakfast side ($35 HKD = $6 SGD). Mix them up well to enjoy the truffle scrambled eggs.

 

Capital Café 華星冰室 at Wan Chai

Capital Café 華星冰室 at Wan Chai

 

The breakfast gave me an exceptional Hong Kong experience. Love the food, the lively atmosphere and the food served was pretty fast. A must try bing sutt to enjoy breakfast the Hong Kong’s way.

 

Address of my visit
Capital Café 華星冰室
Shop B1, G/F, Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard Street, Wan Chai
灣仔克街6號廣生行大廈地下B1號舖

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 7:00am to 11:00pm

Telephone: 2666 7766

 

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