The Place Does anyone remember 福满人间? The dancing, the songs, the to-die-for cute outfits…The charming old world everything.
That’s how the new Old Chang Kee flagship coffee house feels like, right at the original location where the first Old Chang Kee kiosk was, opposite the iconic REX Cinema. Inside the coffee house, ornaments eclectic, cutlery colourful, furniture materials and flooring palette textured and warm – being here reminds me of my grandmother cooking in the kitchen while us children played beside rattan chairs. Old meets new meets old. It’s really the perfect place to bring a rowdy group of friends and family to go hang out, talk about old times, laugh at longstanding jokes, and rest from busy life for awhile.
The Food There’s just no other way to say this: bread is life. And Old Chang Kee’s Flower Bread with Chicken Curry (S$11.90) is a blessed life. The bread is fluffy, soft, slightly sweet – perfect complement to the curry’s mild spice and the chicken’s bite. Now I usually like my curry shockingly spicy, so surprised be me when I did like something less so! Simple done well is underrated in today’s shiny loud world. And the most awesome part? Refillable curry gravy. Go nuts with it, I say!
Nasi Lemak with Dry Curry Chicken (S$8.90) was another favourite of ours. Coconuts make me go loco loco, and the fragrant coconut rice with the sambal chilli and curried chicken chunks make a total comfort dish. If you don’t like spice, you might want to skip this dish though. I mean, you’d miss out, but you don’t have FOMO la, right?
Beef Stew with Cheese Baked Rice (S$10.90) is Old Chang Kee’s take on the cheese-with-everything trend, served in the familiar mass tin. This hearty dish does well, though it is on the heavy side with strong savoury flavour of the generous beef chunks and the sizable portion of rice. I’d say good for sharing, but save some appetite for the flower bread.
Root Beer Float – special shoutout because though not a unique drink, this works amazing with all the other sinful beautiful food you will want to get. Cardio tomorrow.
Bubur Cha Cha (S$5) is on the pricier side for traditional dessert, though in its favour the sago is very chewy and coconut milk is sweet, thick…Again, loco about coconuts. You mayn’t want to take my word for this. Did I mention I’m loco about coco? Yea.
Rants The chicken stew and dried laksa, though innovative, weren’t standout for us.
Will I Return Again? Let me see. Coconut galore, refillable yummy curry, fluffy light bread… Tell you what. You don’t go, so there’ll be more for me.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Old Chang Kee
19 – 23 Mackenzie Road, #01-01
Tel: +65 6732 1665
Mondays to Thursdays: 11am to 9pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 10am to 10pm
Sundays: 10am to 9pm
Ranted by The RanBee