I think we might have just tasted the best egg tart in Singapore. After sampling many types of egg tarts over the years from restaurants and Hong Kong-style char chaan tangs in Singapore, this wonderful Portuguese egg tart turned up in a most unexpected place – an European cafe in the heart of the Lion City.
We decided to have a quiet Monday night dinner at a top Chinese restaurant in Singapore, Wah Lok at Carlton Hotel. It is a popular restaurant at lunch when dim sum is served, especially on weekends. Dinner time is quieter, especially on a Monday night.
The word “scoop” goes back to the early 14th century, derived from a Dutch word for “utensil for bailing out,” or a Germanic word for “bucket for bailing water,”; and the journalistic sense of “news published before a rival” is first recorded in 1874 (according to Online Etymology Dictionary). With Singaporean’s obsession with food, “scoop” is probably most closely associated with ice cream – and so we have ice cream parlours with names like The Humble Scoop and The Daily Scoop.
It is late in the night and hunger strikes or you need solid sustenance after another late evening in the office. Where can you find late night food places that serve good food? Fortunately, Singapore has a lively and exciting late night dining scene. Here are a few eateries in the city area that remain open after 9 pm, with a number of them opening till early in the morning. Do check with the dining establishments as closing times can change; and online reservations are possible with a few of these late night food places.
Kooks Creamery at The Cathay is the city outpost of a popular heartland dessert cafe. Besides handcrafted ice cream of various flavours in a cup or on a cone, the small ice cream shop at The Cathay serves the molten lava baked cookie with a gooey centre with a scoop of ice-cream slabbed on top.
The Tree Cafe at Cathay is a simple, casual place to eat. Located on level 3 of the Cathay building at Dhoby Ghaut, it is a convenient place to have a quick bite if you are watching a movie at Cathay or if you happen to be in the area. It is a peaceful place and a short walk away from Plaza Singapura which can get too noisy and crowded for our liking.