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Sugar Granny Cafe

24 April 2010


Sugar Granny Cafe along Teo Hong Road was one of the "pit-stops" during my recent tour around Chinatown. After a good pasta at Cugini and a warm cuppa at Shots, I wandered around the area and eventually found myself at this new snack hideout close to the Outram Park NEL station. I did have my doubts about this place actually, especially after having read extremely rave reviews by people who have only posted once or twice on the Hungrygowhere forum - and all of those were on Sugar Granny Cafe. Hmm.


Still, it was a blazing hot afternoon and I was desperately in need of something cold to cool me off. Besides, I was already at the tail-end of Chinatown and there were few other options, and places like Absinthe nearby seemed to be closed for the mid-afternoon.


I like the cosy and charming interior of Sugar Granny Cafe. It had an interesting mix of the old and new, with the walls decked in old-school Chinese posters as well as LCD television screens. Pleasant English oldies were also being played softly in the background. Interestingly, there were also a couple of pretty Vespa scooters lying around for sale and rent.


The place was quiet for a Tuesday mid-afternoon, but quite a few people did come and go with takeaways. Service here is very good, with two middle-aged men (whom I gather are the owners) who were eager to help and please their customers. I chatted with them for a bit and learnt that this humble little cafe was opened just a couple of months ago, right after the Chinese New Year holidays. On weekends, it's open till 1am, so if you're in the area and you're hungry for some light snacks (but eager for air-conditioned comfort as well), you might consider dropping by.

Lychee Icy Swirl


This cooled me down real good. It's really sweet I have to admit, but it had nice little chunks of lychee (probably from the can) and nata de coco jellies. Slurp.

Sticky Muah Chee


It's something different to me, having muah chee (a glutinous rice snack) on a stick instead of on a bed of grated peanuts. Curious (and greedy) me went for the red bean, chocolate and peanut ones, and all-in-all I think they were quite alright. I do prefer the peanut muah chee as compared to its sweeter counterparts, and I took the time to roll the bits around the peanuts to make sure it has a tight peanut coat. Simple snack to wile away the afternoon.

Deboned Chicken Wings


Oooh, I quite like this a lot. Deboned, deep-fried (and a tad oily) chicken wings - comfort food material for sure. The harmless looking chilli sauce was maddeningly spicy... but like many Singaporean eaters, it just made it all the more addictive. Since many food stalls price their fried chicken wings at $1-$1.20 these days, I think the extra 30cents is quite reasonable since extra work has to be done to debone the chicken wings anyway.


I was walking around the area snapping away with my camera when I noticed this huge abomination building sticking out like a sore thumb. This is the Pinnacle @ Duxton by the way, where I hear that some people actually pay money ($5) to get a good view of Chinatown, Tanjong Pagar and the City. It sounds nice, all and good, but having this amidst the old, conserved buildings is just... odd. Oh well, guess that's what happens when you have limited land space.

Service
Very good.

Price
$2.50 for the lychee icy swirl
$1.50 for each stick of muah chee
$3.00 for two deboned chicken wings

Also: $4.80 for durian/mango on coconut sticky rice.

Place
5 Teo Hong Road,
Near Outram Park NEL Station.

Additional Comment
1. No GST and service charge.
2. No main courses on the menu.
3. Opening hours: Sun–Thu 1pm – 11pm, Fri–Sat 1pm – 1am.

Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.

18 Foodie Comments:

Angeline said...

the mochi looks like the japanese mochi. haha

April 24, 2010 at 8:24 PM
*Harris said...

we're in singapore so it's muaaaahhh cheeee... not mochi! hahaha ;)

April 24, 2010 at 8:29 PM
Xinli said...

haha Bukit Pasoh!The home of Magma, Oso and Absinthe. Some of shophouses with balconies along the street are really beautiful.

One of (or perhaps) Singapore's oldest millionaires' club, the Ee Hoe Hean Club was located next to New Majestic Hotel.

$5 can get you a view all the way to Sentosa and even Jurong Island (Fusionopolis can be seen from the sky garden) You can also see the Southern Islands. However, it is not a nice spot to take photos because of the tall railings installed around the sky garden.

April 24, 2010 at 9:20 PM
HungryTrotters said...

I've seen this building too, when i went to OUAM and Oso. Amazing huh? The waiter in Oso told us it's HDB not a private condo?

April 24, 2010 at 9:28 PM
Xinli said...

xinli to HungryTrotters: hi, the Pinnacle@Duxton is a HDB. (our largest public housing project thus far)

However, the appearance does make one mistaken it for a condo with sky gardens, a running track at the sky bridge...

April 24, 2010 at 9:33 PM
*Harris said...

@ xinli: yeaps, i heard they installed those railings too... kinda spoils the view no?

@ loraine: cool, you like ouam too! since you like dark choc, have you tried lrrh at kki? ;) you prob might already have!

April 24, 2010 at 10:33 PM
dot. said...

how cute is the name of this cafe! :D and a totally different connotation from sugar mam.... nevermind :D

April 24, 2010 at 10:34 PM
*Harris said...

LOL dorothy i never thought about that. no mamas were spotted manning the cafe though. the "uncle" is a really affable chap.

April 24, 2010 at 10:35 PM
HungryTrotters said...

Hey Harris, not yet, i'm planning to drop by at K Ki tomorrow :) I'm thinking of getting hubby a welcome back cake...any suggestions that won't melt on my way home?

@Xinli -> wow! A running track...that's amazing...when i'm around that area i'll check the place.

April 24, 2010 at 10:56 PM
Xinli said...

to Harris: yup it spoiled the view for phototaking, but the view was still breathe-taking nonetheless when you see ships floating on the open sea in the horizion, the whole stretch of Keppel Harbour, structures on the West side of Singapore....you would realize Singapore is really small too haha.

but if you have friends staying at the right side, you could get decent shots (:

to HungryTrotters: haha yep! I was surprised too, probably the tallest running track in Singapore. It is located at the 25/26th story sky bridge (i think it is opened to residents only)

April 24, 2010 at 11:04 PM
*Harris said...

@loraine: prob dumo, lrrh, mont blanc or strawberry tart. do call to check their baking schedule, n the cakes run out pretty quickly.. @xinli: you make it sound quite gd, i bet giving equinox a huge run for its money, at 5bucks hahaha

April 24, 2010 at 11:35 PM
foodoshoot said...

Oh wow the muah chee sure looks good! I'm sure i'll roll the muah chee to make sure all the peanut bits get stuck onto it before eating too! :P

April 24, 2010 at 11:53 PM
Xinli said...

to Harris: haha, yup i bet it has open air somemore the residents get to go to the sky gardens for free ;)

April 25, 2010 at 12:15 AM
*Harris said...

@foodoshoot: hello charlene! looks like you like those peanut coated muah chees as much as i do! sometimes i love the thought of peanut coated, peanut filled tangyuan too hehe.

April 25, 2010 at 10:47 AM
PY said...

The boneless chicken chicken wings sure looks yummy. I want to go eat.

April 25, 2010 at 3:52 PM
*Harris said...

@PY: comfort food, comfort food ;)

April 25, 2010 at 7:45 PM
gourmandtales said...

wow, ive beem eating around chinatown and never knew of this place.. thanks for the info.. hope to see you around in one of my food trips

May 1, 2010 at 9:02 PM
*Harris said...

hello, sorry for the late reply, been overseas for the past couple of weeks... are you back in the philippines now?

May 19, 2010 at 11:48 AM

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