Thursday, October 10, 2013

Singapore Food Fest: Day 3

When we were living in Singapore, I used to go to Fair Price in Tiong Bahru Mall but never really explored the area, save for a seafood lunch one time with our friends Sara, Bob, Sherill, Dave and our little girls. Back then, it was a quiet neighborhood known for their hawker area, that had more of a residential, sleepy feel to it.

So when my friend Naomi told me that Tiong Bahru was so hip and happening now, we just had to see it for ourselves while we were in town.

First stop was  Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier. Naomi had been telling me about their croissants and baked goods since they opened May of last year. I was so jealous because I love French p√Ętisseries and it was a shame they did not open soon enough while we were there. Just take a look at the scrumptiousness:

I wanted to hoard croissants and kouign amanns to take back home, sadly we never found the time to go back. Their baked goods are nothing short of delicious and just looking at the breads, they were just beautiful. Beautiful, beautiful breads. Call me OA (overacting in case you don't know, haha), but Tiong Bahru Bakery has got to be the highlight of our trip for me, more than anything! I am definitely bringing home a box of their breads on my next visit!

Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier

56 Eng Hoon Street #01-70
Singapore 160056

252 North Bridge Road, #B1-11/12
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Singapore 179103

About a brisk 5 minute walk from Tiong Bahru Bakery is a cupcake store like no other. In fact, there is nothing plain vanilla about Plain Vanilla Bakery, "purveyors of good cake".

Right before the door to the actual shop is a communal dining area, that is just too pretty, in a scant, Scandinavian sort of way. It also hosts a flower bar/pop-up shop by the New Romantics on certain days.

just picture perfect

this was the "before" of the picture perfect shot, nothing wrong with it actually

a stylish water dispenser that I discovered with a bit of online sleuthing, is available at

an obligatory tourist shot with Naomi, of course

The selling space is just adorbs. If I had a store, the shelving would so look like this.

I like the flooring and the wall too actually, but I might go for real brick walls

chic pot scrubbers!

Tarts, tea cakes, cookies displayed so artfully and all baked using French butter, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, i.e. only the best, freshest ingredients they can get their hands on

of course, they are known for their moist, delicious cupcakes - the kind where you'd want to close your eyes so you can remember the sensation of flavors with every bite

If you are having a mild panic attack because of the inability to decide amongst these choices in front of you, I'd say go for the red velvet and salted caramel cupcakes. These two are just THE. BOMB. (ok, this expression just dated me, haha)

Plain Vanilla Bakery
1D Yong Siak Street
Tiong Bahru Estate
Singapore 168641
Phone: +65 6465 5942

As a suki of PS Cafe on Dempsey Hill, PS Cafe Petit in Tiong Bahru was a pleasant, pleasant treat. It would have been infinitely more pleasant of course if they opened during the time we were living in SG, haha.

take note! they are closed on Mondays!

was aiming for an outfit shot, but got too self-conscious, ahihihi!

As with all PS Cafe uhm, cafes, the interiors are a joy to take in. PS Cafe Petit as expected, is small, but it is a jewel box of a space. I loved the dark elements, with an oversized vase of blooms that would have been overwhelming for a dim, tiny bistro, but it works!

As if breakfast wasn't heavy enough, we still had to have this. OMG. So. good. The sweet, spicy chili topping was ugh! Too too too good. This pizza and my breakfast from Tiong Bahru Bakery allowed me to skip lunch and fueled me for an afternoon of window shopping, I swear.

Gotta love Tiong Bahru. It is just so great to get a taste of all our past and current favorites in one place.

P.S.Cafe Petit 
No.41, Blk 78 Guan Chuan St.
Tiong Bahru Singapore
Phone: (+65) 9226 7088
Hours: 11.00 am to 10.30 pm
Closed on Mondays

For dinner, we decided to revisit an old haunt close to Dada's office. Don Your Personal Pie Club in the Raffles Place area was our go to for piping hot chicken pies and black pepper crab bee hoon.

a hearty chicken pie shared with Dada

turns out they phased out their black pepper crab bee hoon and replaced it with black pepper prawn bee hoon. Thankfully, it was just as good in a way prawns can replace crabs

This combination always hits the spot. 

Don Your Personal Pie Club
#01-01, 25 China Street
Singapore 049567
Phone: +65 6536 0925

Day 3 of our Singapore food trip was spent just the way we liked it. 

To be continued...

1 comment:

cheekeegirl said...

Missing Singapore too! thanks for the feature Ms. Tin.

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