Cheng’s Gourmet Food Bar is not a new cafe, having been established a year ago. The cafe located along the same stretch as the famous Fong Seng Nasi Lemak, next to The National University of Singapore, has recently celebrated their first anniversary and decided to revamp their menu.
Passionfruit Mint Tea ($6.20). My mum really liked this drink which comes with one half of a passionfruit on top. The drink is made with fresh passionfruit and they were really generous with the ingredients.
Ultraviolet Floral Cooler ($6.20). Some of you might not be new to this colour changing soda. It was originally blue in the picture above, but as soon as I dropped the shooter glass of lemon juice, it magically turned purple.
This colour transformation is caused by combination of butterfly pea or blue pea flower with the lemon juice. The flower is commonly used as dye in Nonya kuehs. It is also a pH indicator (remembering Chemistry during secondary school days) and will change colour after some acid is added.
Five-Finger Stuffed Chicken Wings ($10). Fried chicken wings deboned and stuffed with minced chicken, then served with sweet Thai chilli sauce. I am personally not a fan of the wings as I found it rather dry and lacking in the usual tender and juicy texture. The flavour also did not really come through, so much so that the chilli could not save it.
The Wagyu Charcoal Burger ($22.50). Juicy Australian Wagyu patty tucked in between black charcoal buns with cheddar, tomato, onions, gherkin and arugula. This comes with Mesquite fries. We added sunny side up and crispy bacon for additional $2 and $3 respectively.
The burger was SUPERB! The egg was runny, there was an abundance of greens and the buns were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It also helped that the patty was very juicy and flavourful. I will make a return trip for this alone!
Spaghetti Seafood Tom Yum ($18.90). Pasta with Thai chilli, prawns, mussels, scallops and olive oil. Hits and misses for this dish. The pasta was dry but I was fine with it. However, the spiciness and sourness were not pronounced enough. The prawns were a tad overcooked, while the scallops were cooked perfectly.
Gula Melaka Hotcake ($14.50). Fluffy pancake topped with tropical coconut ice cream and browned gula melaka. This is possibly the most unique hotcake I have had! It is a tall one in the shape of a bundt cake and it was very soft and fluffy.
The only area for improvement is for there to be less chocolate because it clutters the taste buds and overpowers the gula melaka. Also, it would be good to serve it after the main courses and not with it.
Affogato ($6). This dessert comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. I found the price of this rather reasonable as usual affogatos in Singapore cost around $7 to $9. The coffee was rich and aromatic.
Cheng’s Gourmet Food Bar
28 Clementi Road
Tel: 6464 0617
Tuesday to Sunday 1200-2300hrs
Closed on Mondays.
Nearest MRT Stations: Kent Ridge Station and Haw Par Villa Station (Circle Line)