Review: Santan

Santan, a Malay word literally known as coconut milk in English. Santan is a Bruneian made brand specializing in coconut ice-cream which they claimed to be “probably the best artisan coconut ice-cream you’ll ever taste”.

Santan happened to be doing a pop-up at the arrival hall of Brunei International Airport. Sister and I came across their stall as we were exiting the arrival hall. Being the curious me, I approached their kiosk and decided to get one for the both of us to share. There had been quite an amount of shops selling coconut ice-cream here in Brunei recently.

Santan offers their ice-cream in different types of servings. Cone, small cup and large cup. Sister and I went for the small cup as we will be heading for tea break with Jennifer at The Healthy Habit shortly.

Small Cup | B$2.50

All servings comes with complimentary toppings. You can have multiple toppings of your choice. I intended to go for Oreo but settled with Nestum and it was the right choice. Nestum went so well with the ice-cream. The server suggested that I can have Oreo together with Nestum if I like.

The moment when Sister had her first go of the ice-cream, she went “Wow! It really taste very coconut!”. The ice-cream ain’t as milky and smooth as the ice-cream we are used to, it’s more on the icy side. Nevertheless, it was still nice.

Santan is currently having a poll on their social media platforms asking the public if they should make their pop up permanent at the arrival hall of Brunei International Airport. What’s your say in this?


Miri Food Hunts / Cake Rush

As you all may have known, I was in Miri overnight over the last weekend. I drove to Miri with Mom to meet up with Andrea and then dinner with Alan and Emie in the evening. After our brunch at Koffee Brick, I drove my car back to Pullman Miri Waterfront and booked Grab to go Bintang Megamall. Traffic at Bintang Megamall is horrendous in my opinion so taking Grab is the most viable option at the time given that I hate queuing for parking space.

Both Andrea and I window shopped in Bintang Megamall for about two hours before we decided to leave. As we had our brunch quite late, we decided to go for desserts at Cake Rush as per my recommendation. We booked another Grab and it only costs us RM4 to reach Cake Rush from Bintang Megamall. If you’re wondering the whereabouts of Cake Rush, it is located on the same block as The Workshop Grill and Miri Taiwan Restaurant (台湾风味馆).

Without further ado, let me show you what the both of us had!

Uji Matcha Latte | RM10

As usual, I would go for non-coffee beverage if given the chance. Cake Rush doesn’t serve Chai Tea Latte but they serve Matcha Latte brewed with their premium Uji Matcha powder. Cake Rush serves one of the best Matcha Latte in my opinion. The taste was just perfect for me, well balanced bitterness with tad bit of sweetness.

Pavlova | RM6

Andrea isn’t keen towards sweets as compared to me but it surprised me when she ordered Pavlova. She asked me if I would like to share Pavlova with her which I declined. I have never tried Pavlova before but I can roughly guess how sweet it can be. Cake Rush serves Pavlova in both original and chocolate flavor. Andrea went for the former.

Uji Matcha Cake | RM10

I’m quite an avid fan of Matcha related food so it’s no surprise that I would go for their Uji Matcha Cake. When my colleagues return to Miri, I would request them to bring me a slice or two once in a while. Of course, the texture would be slightly compromised as they had been left refrigerated for days (I don’t eat them right after receiving them).

The sponge layers were fluffy and spongy, sandwiched with a thin layer of Matcha frosting. If you’re a big fan of Matcha flavored food, do give their Matcha Opera a try if it’s on display. Matcha Opera is my favorite dessert from Cake Rush but it’s not available on regular basis unless I order in the size of a birthday cake.

Cake Rush
Lot 862, Ground Floor,
Jalan Helenium,
Miri, Sarawak,
East Malaysia

Review: Happy Cream & Co.

I had finally tried out Happy Cream & Co. last Tuesday evening after work. I went to The Mall as I needed to stock up on my regular hair serum from Winmark. I had been hearing good things about the handcrafted ice-creams from Happy Cream & Co. . I’m even considering getting a pint of one of their flavors from Supa Save Mata-Mata but haven’t come around on deciding which flavor to get though.

Chee Fun, San Diann, Shew Hiang and I had tried three of their handcrafted ice-cream flavors from Games & Lattes last Sunday evening. We had Vanilla Bean, Matcha and Teh Tarik. We loved the Teh Tarik flavor the most. Having found out that Happy Cream & Co. is also serving Earl Grey flavor from their website, I decided to try it out.

Earl Grey | B$3.50

I’m not an Earl Grey person before. Having tried Earl Grey Lavender flavor from Creamier Gilman Barracks from Singapore earlier this month , I fell in love with the flavor. The Earl Grey flavor from Happy Cream & Co. is good in my opinion but I think I’d like it better if the flavor has been stronger. Honestly speaking, this is entirely subjective to personal preference.

They are serving in either single or double scoops. B$3.50 for single scoop and B$6 for double scoops. You can have the scoop(s) served in either cone or cup. Apparently, I had mine served on a cone for photography purpose and I didn’t eat the cone by the time I am done with the ice-cream. I like that scoop served comes pretty compacted if you know what I mean and it doesn’t melt as easily as soft-serve ice-cream does. I don’t mind returning again to try out their other flavors.

Happy Cream & Co.
Unit 1.35A,
The Mall Abdul Razak Complex,
Jalan Gadong,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam

18082017 / Little Audrey’s Café

After our dinner at BAKE 250°C, Jennifer was saying that she was craving for sweet desserts. We thought of getting our dessert fix at BAKE 250°C but the choice was limited. They had Brownies, Chicken Pie and Chocolate Nutella Cake but none caught our fancy. So, we decided to hop “next door” to Little Audrey’s Café for their Durian Cheese Tart.

Unfortunately, it was sold out but they did have some Fresh Durian Cake. However, I did not feel like having it at the time. Probably because I am not up to desserts with cream frosting? So, I thought why not choose a dessert off their menu? And we ended up having …

Morning Glory | B$9.90

brioche French toast with seasonal fruits, mascarpone, blueberry compote and maple syrup

Our platter was nicely presented and it looked appetizingly good! It came with two slices of thick brioche French toast. Seasonal fruits consisted of fresh mangoes, strawberries and blueberries, sprinkled with granola and some nuts. The brioche French toast was good with tad buttery taste in it.

Little Audrey’s Café
Unit 9, Ground Floor,
Block A, Q-Lap Complex,
Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8910711

08082017 / Cake Rush, Miri

After breakfast at Chua Café around Marina ParkCity, we headed to Bintang Megamall for some window shopping to kill time before heading to the next destination. It was still early in the morning and some of the shops were not open yet. 淡水缘味古早味蛋糕 hailed from Taiwan had opened up an outlet on the ground floor of Bintang Megamall. It was still early but the queue was long.

My colleague was tempted to try their cakes so I told her that if you really wanted it, you have to queue for it. She queued for it. I was not interested but Mom was. So, she got my colleague to help her buy a slice without queuing. Mom and I window shopped on the first floor until my colleague called when she got the cakes. The average queuing time was 45 minutes to 1 hour.

I cannot tell what flavors they have altogether as I did not queue for it. I knew that they have Original and Cheese flavors. But of course, the choices are definitely more than the two which I mentioned. Original flavor is priced at RM18 while RM25 for Cheese. I liked the soft and fluffy texture of the sponge cake and the sweetness level was just right. However, it is not something that would leave me craving for more.

After we were done window shopping at Bintang Megamall, Mom suggested that we exit the building early before lunch traffic hits in. Mom wanted to get some Steamed Yam Bun from 烧包. I parked my car across Cake Rush and we walked to 烧包 only to find that they were not selling Steamed Yam Bun for the day.

We then walked back to Cake Rush and got ourselves some coffees and desserts to munch on. As I am on a strictly no coffee diet, I made do with their Uji Matcha Latte.

Uji Matcha Latte

Cafe Mocha

Matcha Adzuki Bean Chocolate Cake

This is one of their latest creations. I am a huge of fan of matcha and chocolate combination. The chocolate layer at the bottom was absolutely delicious sandwiched with cooked adzuki beans. The sweetness level was just perfect and it paired even better with Uji Matcha Latte!

P/S: If you are wondering why there were no pricing in this blog entry, I had forgotten the pricing and I do not want to input them based on my vague memory.

Cake Rush
Lot 862, Ground Floor,
Jalan Helenium,
Miri, Sarawak,
East Malaysia