08072018 / Chong Wen Ge Cafe, Singapore

Our itinerary for last Sunday was actually brunch at Double Durian for char grilled durian. Sister called few days earlier to confirm with them if they would be having Musang King durian for the specific day that we wanted. We were being assured that it wouldn’t be a problem but we would have to call back a day before to double confirm our reservation.

Sister then arranged King to make the final reservation the day before. Unfortunately, he received a text message from Double Durian to inform us that they wouldn’t be able to accommodate us at 11:30AM but 12:30PM because one of their chefs had called in sick and the next one would only be arriving an hour later.

I was already starving at that point of time so we decided to cancel the reservation and went ahead with our next itinerary in the list – Chong Wen Ge Cafe located at Telok Ayer. Sister and I had actually planned late lunch at the said cafe for Saturday but we couldn’t make it due to time constraint. Luckily, we managed to make time the next day.

Chong Wen Ge Cafe is a Peranakan cafe located next to Thian Hock Keng Temple. The said cafe is located in within walking from both Telok Ayer and Raffles Place MRT stations. As it was a Sunday when we visited Chong Wen Ge Cafe, the cafe was empty at the time we walked in.

Chong Wen Ge Cafe offers an assortment of Nyonya kuehs and the above were the few which were available on the day we visited. The plates are readily available on top of the display counter, pick what you want and proceed to the counter for payment.

Without further ado, let me show you what we had at Chong Wen Ge Cafe for brunch the other day!

Teh-C Special | S$4.20

Teh-C Special is one of Chong Wen Ge Cafe’s signature beverages. It is quite common for us here in Brunei whereby we could get it for half the price and of the same portion if not more. It was nothing extraordinary for me but it can be a thirst quencher on a hot day.

Nyonya Curry Chicken | S$10.80

bone-tender chicken and soft potato chunks braised in a medley of local spice and coconut milk, choice of accompanying bread or rice with achar

King ordered this for himself and had rice with achar. The achar looked very appetizing to me. He was served with chicken mid-joints and a few potato chunks. He commented that the curry gravy was good but the portion of meat was rather too little for him. LOL!

Nyonya Mee Siam | S$10.80

rice vermicelli with prawns, bean curds, fresh bean sprouts and eggs, seeped in tangy tamarind gravy

Sister and I shared a bowl of Nyonya Mee Siam since we had picked some of their Nyonya kuehs to try. The rice vermicelli wasn’t al dente enough in my opinion. Sister on the other hand loved the texture of their rice vermicelli.

However, we both agreed that the gravy was good. It wasn’t very spicy but with an appetizing kick that came from the sourness of the tamarinds. I would highly recommend their Nyonya Mee Siam as one of the to try food items.

Verdict: Customer service at Chong Wen Ge Cafe was good enough in my opinion. There was no extra tax and service surcharge on top of the price printed on the menu. However, the collection of eating utensils would be on self-service basis.

Chong Wen Ge Cafe
168 Telok Ayer Street,
Tel: +65-90993535

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