KOPITALK

2 04 2010

You know how the saying goes that the best things in life are free? Well, I beg to differ. The guy who said that probably hasn’t tried the Katong Laksa or Carrot Cake at Kopitalk, a small humble coffeeshop located at the junction between Changi Road and Telok Kurau Road. You can call me lucky, but I have been living just a stone’s throw away(literally) from here for the past 15 years, depending on the Laksa and Carrot Cake here for sustenance on occasion. Kudos to my dad in doing such a fine job of purchasing a domicile in such an ideal location!

  

Having undergone a recent renovation, most of it’s previous stalls still reside within Kopitalk, with the exception of the Zi Char stall which has now been taken over by Rajah’s Curry, a seemingly famous Indian stall plastered with the numerous articles featuring it but we shall cover more of that on another day. We must focus on today’s mission, the carrot cake and laksa!

Most people don’t know this but the Katong Laksa in Koptitalk is actually the orginal Katong Laksa(with authentic stall certificate from the 1980s)! I had only recently found out about this interesting fact after reading a post on this laksa stall by Dr Leslie Tay(aka ieatishootipost). Anyway, having eaten both this and the laksa now located at Katong, somehow I prefer the one here. The gravy boasts a rich and robust flavour from lots of coconut milk and the white noodles are intact with the right amount of chewiness. No Tau Pok(fried beancurd) is put in the laksa, only fresh prawns, cockles and fishcake. Yes, this will definitely satisfy your laksa cravings…

   

 Various food shows have rated Golden City Carrot Cake as the best carrot cake stall in Singapore and that is despite a slight fall in standards(from perhaps 10 years ago) after the uncle running the stall passed on. When I was there today, his son had taken over the family trade with his mum standing by. The most notable difference between this carrot cake and others is that lots of chye poh(preserved radish) and ikan bilis are fried in the carrot cake which enhances both the taste and smell. They do serve black carrot cake too but it’s not as popular as the white ones. Die die must try!

  

There is also a chicken rice stall within Kopitalk and what it dishes up is pretty average. If you do patronise it, stick to the white chicken instead of the roasted ones.   

So now we know, the best things in life actually come at an unostentatious charge of between $3-$5.

Bon Appetit!

 

 

KOPITALK COFFEESHOP (KATONG LAKSA, GOLDEN CITY CARROT CAKE)

1 TELOK KURAU ROAD

TEL: +65 6440 4585

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Rakuzen

2 04 2010

Can I tell you a secret? Call me obiang(uncool) but my first visit to Millenia Walk was just a few months back on my visit to Paulaner Brahaus for their Sunday Brunch Buffet. This time, I had initially wanted to check out if the new Jap restaurants located at the 3rd floor were any good, but to trudge all the way up in our forlorn fatigued states(it was already 8.15pm), settling for Rakuzen on the ground floor seemed like a sounder idea.

Unlike most other Japanese chains who have their staff standing on the outside to solicit customers, I was able to peruse the menu outside at a leisurely pace without anyone breathing down my neck. At the same time however, it did come across to me that the staff might have been too snooty to care about my presence at all. I’m still on the fence as to whether this constitutes good or poor service. It is true though, absence does make the heart grow fonder, I missed being solicited…

The variety of the set meals left me spoilt for choice. Everything on the set menu just looked so good yet affordable and I haven’t even arrived at the main menu yet! A typical set meal comes with a side of Chawanmushi, Vegetables, Miso Soup and a Watermelon with Konnyaku Jelly cubes. Most of the set meals also allow for Sashimi/Sushi add-ons for an extra $6/$7++.

I had the Braised Silver Cod Set($18++). The vegetables and miso soup were pretty standard fare but the Chawanmushi was surprisingly delightful. Free from air bubbles, it was really smooth and had extra ingredients such as prawns and chicken inside. T and K loved my cod but I thought it was pleasant but not great, mainly because even after braising, there was still a lack of flavourful infusion between the cod and the gravy. I liked the accompanying slice of lotus root, nice and crisp.

T and K had Sashimi add-ons. Feedback from them was nothing but positive. The real deal for a good deal at $6++.

T had the Sukiyaki Zen($18++). I’d reckon the sukiyaki here is a tad better than Sun with Moon’s, the sweet broth was tantalizing and really aroused our sleeping tastebuds. 

K is a serious fan of Unagi so ordering the Unagi Zen($18++) was a no brainer for him. I pretty much stay away from unagi as much as possible myself ever since I had a small unagi bone which caught onto the lining of my throat and irritated me for 2 whole days but I dare say the unagi here is worth choking over and getting sent to the A&E. It was really well marinated and had a soft supple texture, putting the one K recently had at Dozo to shame. Furthermore, it was also the largest eel I have seen in any set menu.

  

The set meals came with Watermelon with Konnyaku Jelly as dessert. A simple yet sweet ending to an awesome meal.

I like Rakuzen. It has just replaced Sushi Tei and Sun with Moon as my favourite mid-range Jap eatery and provides a serenity ideal for spending a nice quiet night with your better halves in a private setting. Service however might be compromised as the staff do have a hard time spotting you whenever you need them(it was so in our case).  

Bon Appetit!

 

 

 RAFFLES BOULEVARD

#01-14/19 MILLENIA WALK

TEL: +65 6333 1171








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