Saturday. After collecting the Real Run race kit from Velocity, we wondered around looking for places to eat. The raman restaurant we tried last time had been replaced by NYDC. Andreas wanted zhajiang noodles and we paused outside Lao Beijing. Mike decided to go for the real stuff and we left Velocity. (Paid $2.20 for less than an hour parking.)
At Qun Zhong Eating House (Jin Hua Xiao Chi) (21 Neil Road), the grumpy proprietor refused to admit us despite the empty tables inside, not until everyone is outside the door. Some people get offended by his hospitable (or rather, inhospitable) quirk and prefer to boycott the resturant but we have sort of accepted it over the years.
After the quick 20 mins lunch of zhajiang mian, xiao long bao, shui jiao and Chinese pancake, Mike sighed with pleasure and proclaimed that it was the right decision to eat there. I told him it was stressful to eat there. Stressful before eating to queue, and stressful after eating as the waitresses hurriedly cleared your table in preparation for the next in line waiting patiently outside. I would rather have a leisurely lunch at Lao Beijing and take my time to sip my tea after eating. No chance of doing that here under watchful eyes.
After lunch, we took a walk to our car parked at Duxton Hill. The place was empty safe for a new bookshop called ‘Littered with Books’ preparing for an opening ceremony.
‘Let’s go see,’ said Mike.
‘We’re not invited.’ I reminded him.
At the opposite end, an Irish pub – Home of the Spurs – was busy with expats loitering outside. Then out of the corner of my eyes, I noticed a patisserie with a couple eating outside. The words on the wall inside caught my attention – Chef Yamashita. A Japanese baker?
We went in and was greeted by a chorus from the two inside – irashaimase!
The chiller displayed an assortment of delicious looking cakes. Despite the exorbitant price (is it exorbitant or is it just me?) of $6.50 per piece, I just had to try them. Mike chose a green-tea cake and I a Earl Grey Cake. Andreas politely refused, citing the price and Aaron, not wanting to invite any tirade about his size and weight, followed suit.
The green tea cake was heavenly. Alternate layers of green tea cake and fresh cream, topped with a thin gelatin of green tea, had just the right combination of sweetness and texture. The Earl Grey had tea-like mousse with a piece of banana hidden underneath and topped with nuts – light and fresh, a true Japanese delight.
I would love to try more of their cakes if I ever go there again.
If you are interested, they are located at #01-01, 2 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089599, or visit their website www.cakeflor.com.sg.
My birthday is coming soon. Hint hint! 🙂