Friday, May 29, 2015

Cookwerx by Chef Taj

Eversince I joined this FB group: Halal Cafe & Restaurants in Singapore, I've been very much enticed to try at least one of the recommended restaurants/eateries/cafes.

One of the oft-mentioned place is Cookwerx by Chef Taj, located at East Village (also known as the mini Halal food hub). Have you ANY idea, just how many Halal restaurants, cafes, shops there are at East Village?!

First and foremost, I have to warn you that this is more of an eatery and not a full-fledged restaurant. Seats are minimal and can accomodate less than 30pax at most.  But still within air-conditioned setting. You make your order at the counter, choose your drinks and wait for your food to be served.

You can clearly see the chef at work, grilling/ frying away.

The setting

Menu board

Fave soda

With all that meat coming, something tangy will be nice.

Cajun fries - $3.80

Spiced fries, with crispy, herby crumbs. Makes for a great munch while waiting for food to arrive. There are other sides available like fellow spuds: Jacket potato and garlic mash, both $3.80 ea.

Coleslaw is $3.

Seasonal salad

Mixed salad greens, avocado, cherry tomato & 'daily premium topping' with balsamic vinaigrette.

That day, the premium topping are grilled salmon flakes! Whoa! Premium, alright.


The server then came by to serve us the avocado on a separate platter. I think they unintentionally left it out.

Now, this hearty salad looks more complete. One heck of a salad, this is. It's pretty much a meal on its own. And seeing that the 'premium topping' seems to vary daily, I guess, it will be a nice surprise?

Or you can always enquire before ordering. ;-)

Oven-baked Boneless Chicken Leg - $9.90

With homemade sauce and jacket potato. My colleague's order.

Simply put, chicken chop with darn good mushroom sauce. The jacket potato reminds me a lot like the one served at Eatzi Restaurant.

Baked Salmon Fillet - $14.90

With seasonal vegetables and garlic mash potato. 

The 'seasonal vegetables' here was some yummy ratatouille ( a traditional French dish, consisting of mixed cuts of veggies). And the sauce was some tangy cream sauce which paired well with the (nicely seared) salmon.

Beef Short Ribs - $29.90

Lo and behold, my order. The whole time before getting there, I was determined to get the Tender Roast Spare Ribs of Lamb with pineapple sauce ($19.90). I used to love the ones served at Charcos so I wanna see how the one here compares.

However, when I enquire at the counter, I was told that they were not quite ready at that lunch hour. I was recommended the Beef Short Ribs, instead.

It was feeling like a, "I-want-to-eat-lamb' kind of day and I was contemplating another 'Today's Special' instead: the Lamb Shank with Pasta ($26.90).

Then again, the Beef Short Ribs was a chef's recommendation. Chefs should know their stuff better shouldn't they? So I put my trust and ordered just that.

2nd view

So when the plate was served to me, I was like, "Are you kidding me?!

That was a huge chunk of meat! Am I eating this alone?!

The hunk of meat was served with side salad & pineapple slice, ratatouille, french fries and a splash of their homemade BBQ sauce.

I'm a big fan of bbq sauce and this one here is just sooooo delish! Meat was really, really tender. Fall-off-the bone kind. At some parts, I just flake away the meat with my fork.

And I love their ratatouille too. I'm a big veggie fan so having both cooked and raw veggies on my plate can just make me squeal with joy. I would prefer the jacket potato over the fries, here, but then again, that's just my preference.

I enjoyed this so much, my plate was clean in the end.


Yeap. Almost licked it clean. Thankfully my pride held me back.

Le Bone

The chef spotted me posing like this. And this pic end up on their FB page too. Pfft. 

I really enjoy dining there. Service is fast and friendly. And food is REALLY good. Carnivores should enjoy themselves… Non-fans of grilled meat, well you can always try their spring chicken. Was told that is good, too.

Plus, you can easily hunt down for Halal desserts within East Village, post meal. There are A LOT of option for that, there. No joke.

Cookwerx by Chef Taj
430 Upper Changi Rd
#01-60, East Village (Simpang Bedok),
Singapore 487048

Tel: 6702 1360

Their FB HERE.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Flavour Flings

My colleagues and I, we're somewhat 'egg-crazy'. We love, love, love runny eggs.

And recently, we've been seeing one too many posts on poached eggs/all day breakfast/egg benedict/egg royale and anything to do with runny, gooey egg yolks. We want a chance to kill some yolks, too!

And we find out about Flavour Flings, a Muslim-owned cafe tucked in a quiet corner of Hougang (quite near our workplace!). And they specialise in all-day breakfasts. With eggs.

Ok, let's go…!

Sign that egg-galore is coming

In case you didn't notice, those are egg trays. Lots of them. Wonder how many eggs they go through each day...


Whimsical black/white murals

Doesn't look child-friendly… =P





Truffle fries

Freshly-fried thick-cut fries with fragrant truffle oil & parmesan cheese.


Eggs Jupiter ~ $17

Brioche, Momotaro tomatoes, Avocado, Melted Gruyère, 2 Poached eggs, Nacho cheese, Baked potatoes, Chicken sausages & garden salad.

That's a whole lot of ingredients on a plate!


Royale V.2.0

Butter croissant, Smoked salmon, 2 Poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, Baked potatoes & salad green.

Their previous 'version' used brioche. This new version uses delightfully buttery & crispy croissant.

Marie's Baked Eggs

Mushrooms, spinach, mozzarella cheese in garlic-tomato sauce and topped with 2 eggs in a casserole dish.  Soooo sinful but sooo shiok!

This place.... really know how to do their eggs right!

Desserts was the Ice-cream quadruplet. 4 flavours + almond flakes & berries. We chose the 3 fixed flavours (vanilla, 3x chocolate, honey & figs) and 1 flavour of the day (spicy apple crumble). So we thought the apple crumble will have some heat. Turns out
Ice-cream quadruplet

We thought of sharing a dessert to cleanse our palates off the eggs. Checked their desserts menu which has a pretty small selection.

Since we just had a hearty meal, we took the least filling of the lot.

4 flavours + almond flakes & berries. Chose the 3 fixed in-house flavours (vanilla, 3x chocolate, honey & figs) and 1 flavour of the day (spicy apple crumble).

We thought the apple crumble will have some heat (Spicy?). Turns out the term 'spicy' refers to the use of cinnamon and maybe some thing else? Cardammom? Cloves? I dunno. But it's nice!

I shall end this post with a video of my attempt as an egg-killer (please ignore that 'quivering' knife):

Flavour Flings
Blk 121 Hougang Avenue 1
Singapore 530121

Tel: 6286 0051

Opening hours:
Mon: 11:00 - 21:00
Wed - Fri: 11:00 - 21:00
Sat & Sun: 09:00 - 21:00
Closed: Tue