Ice Cream Rollies at Mak Mak Ice Cream Cafe@ JCube

It is always a joy to find a good dessert place with affordable prices. Mak Mak Ice Cream Cafe, which is located on the second level at JCube, is one good example. Priced at $5.50, the ice cream rollies here are priced reasonably. Embarking on fried ice cream rolls, which hit Singapore hard last year, this cafe bowls us over with its fascinating and ingenious ice cream flavours.

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S’MORES Rollies. Chocolate base mixed with digestive biscuits, topped with a toasted jumbo marshmallow.

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Mango Sticky Rice Rollies. Mango base mixed with coconut milk stick rice, drizzled with mango sauce and topped with cubes of mango.

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Solero Split Lime Rollies. A blast from the past! Vanilla base with lime generous amount of lime slush.

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Ispahan Rollies. Rose base mixed with lychee, drizzled with raspberry syrup.

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Paddlepop Rollies. Topped with butter sticks, sprinkled with Fruity Pebbles and popping candy.

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What draws me back time and again is how innovative the owner, Yu Ze, is. He is constantly creating new flavours and taking inspiration from the old school as well as present trends.

By the way, some of these flavours are part of the Secret Menu, so they will not be on the menu when you are there.

Mak Mak Ice Cream Café
2 Jurong East Central 1, #02-65
Singapore 609731
Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 1100-2200hrs
Nearest MRT Station: Jurong East Station (North South Line & East West Line)

New Weekend Brunch Menu @ The Usual Place

 

Once again, I am back at The Usual Place, this time around at the invitation of Sookie (one of the owners) to try their newly launched Weekend Brunch Menu which was introduced just before Chinese New Year.

What I love about this cafe is that the prices are still kept affordable, making good food accessible to the masses. Unlike some of the all day breakfast places where prices average around $18-22, the price range is between $9-16.

I was told to give their Yuzu Mint Fruit Cooler ($4) another try. According to Sookie, instead of getting mint leaves from Malaysia, they are now supporting local producers and this abundance of fresh mint leaves you see is from a local hydroponics farm.

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Mak’s Noodle Now Has A Second Branch at Westgate

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In addition to Mak’s Noodle’s flagship outlet at The Centrepoint, they have now opened another outlet in the west at Westgate. This noodles chain has been serving their legendary wonton noodles since 1920, and now with their second branch in Singapore, more people will get to try their dishes. Also, in order to main food standards, their ingredients are shipped directly from the branch in Central, Hong Kong.
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Tossed Noodle with Prawns & Dried Shrimp Roe ($16.20). I found this dish overpriced.

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Tossed Noodle with Beef Brisket ($9). Even with the added green chilli, it could not diminish the saltiness of the noodles. However, I loved the thin and springy texture of the noodles and felt that it would fare better in soup form.

The noodles at Mak’s Noodle come in both tossed and soup versions. The soup variety being slightly cheaper than the tossed ones, for example the Beef Brisket Noodle Soup costs $7.80 ($1.20 lesser than the dry one). That said, I felt that there is a wider range of choices in the Tossed Noodles section.

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[Newly Opened] The Usual Place Cafe @ Jurong East

Good news for Westies! There is a new cafe located at Jurong East Street 31, about 5 to 10 minutes walk Chinese Garden MRT. The Usual Place Cafe serves pretty yummy food at affordable prices. I could not take any pictures of the interior and exterior because it was really crowded and the corridor outside was lined with numerous congratulatory floral arrangement stands on both sides.

The brand of tea that The Usual Place uses is Gryphon! I do like drinking Gryphon teas. We had the Lemon Ginger Mint Tea ($4.50) which is a herbal tea. The pot is small (capacity about two cups) and cute, and you can ask for a refill.

Yuzu Mint Cooler ($4). You may also choose from Green Apple, Strawberry or Passionfruit coolers. As for this, I found that it tasted mainly of yuzu with the mint flavour lacking.

The Usual Wings ($6.50), half a dozen wings served with homemade BBQ sauce. The BBQ sauce was not half bad but I ended up dipping most of my wings in ketchup.

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