It’s funny how my Instagram news feed, which often features my food & desserts adventures (because, who doesn’t love anything yummy tasty and don’t wanna share its source!), have led most of my friends and colleagues to think that I’m always checking out somewhere new or exciting to eat on a daily basis.
Oh how I wish I had all that energy, resources, time and metabolism!
I used to cafe-hop quite a lot with my cousin and BumbleBee Mum when I was a SAHM (I still do miss those days!). And while I still try to squeeze in checking out dining spots with BumbleBee Mum and AmazinglyStill occasionally during my off-days now that I’ve gone back to work full-time, I’ve since utilize my lunch time as a chance to catch-up with friends and check out eateries that I’ve always been meaning to, together instead! How’s that for ‘killing 2 birds with a stone’? Plus it also serves as a much welcomed break away from the humdrum of work.
So recently when a few moms from SMB suggested an impromptu lunch meet-up in the CBD, I couldn’t contain my excitement! I was going to finally meet and have proper adult, face-to-face conversations with the moms I’ve mostly been communicating with via FB and IG! So when it came to suggesting lunch venues, I knew I had to mention Chong Wen Ge Cafe as an option! Never mind if the food wasn’t Michelin Star standard and tad bit salty, it was an absolutely charming little spot oozing of Peranakan vibes with its gorgeously decked Peranakan tiles, which I felt would make for a quaint, cozy place to catch up at.
Chong Wen Ge Cafe is located along Telok Ayer Street (just down from Amoy Hawker Centre), directly across the Hokkien Huay Guan building, and within the Thian Hock Keng (you can also pay a visit to one of the oldest and most important Hokkien temple in Singapore at the same time) temple compounds.
The menu features mainly local delights with the likes of Nonya Laksa, Nonya Mee Siam (most of us ordered this dish), Nonya Curry Chicken, Satay BeeHoon, daily specials such as Sambal Sotong, Sambal Promfret and 1 to 2 non-Nonya, non-spicy dishes which I reckon were the more kids-friendly dishes.
I enjoyed the selection of Peranakan Kuehs more than the main dishes, particularly the Kueh Salat and Kueh Koswee. Not the best I’ve had, but decent.
So, is Chong Wen Ge Cafe worth a visit? If you’re looking for a much needed breather away from work, with some comfort food, or to impress your lunch dates with a hidden gem amidst the Central Business District, or even for a quick recharge, why not?