Taste of Taiwan at Plaza Singapura, Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe – Dhoby Ghaut, Singapore

What do you get when you have a Taiwanese chef to helm your kitchen? Taiwanese food of unparalled flavours, artisan fruit teas and desserts to tempt your taste buds. Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe was officially opened in mid-December 2017 at Plaza Singapura.

 

Besides Oyster Mee Sua served with crispy pork intestines in a thick smooth oyster-flavoured broth and Lu Rou Fan with melt-in-your-mouth pork belly stew and braised egg, you can tuck into pan-seared Bee Hoon Pancake and Char Siew-glazed Nagano Baby Ribs.

 

Taste of Taiwan at Plaza Singapura, Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe - Oyster Mee Sua

 

The pancake was reminiscent of the onion omelettes served regularly in homes except it was bee hoon thickly coated with eggs and fried into a mouth-watering pancake.

 

Taste of Taiwan at Plaza Singapura, Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe - Bee Hoon Pancake

 

The baby ribs are slow braised in a stout broth to create a flavourful tender meat that broke off easily from the bones. The board sets are served with the soup for the day. The clear chicken soup with pieces of chicken cooked with Chinese herbs was very clean, comforting and had a nice home-cooked quality.

 

Taste of Taiwan at Plaza Singapura, Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe - Char Siew-glazed Nagano Baby Ribs

 

The café is unpretentious in its décor and settings. Besides the board sets, the café serves a range of beverages from Typhoon floral (Osmanthus, Rose buds, Lavender in a Jasmine tea blend) to different milk teas, and appetisers.

 

Taste of Taiwan at Plaza Singapura, Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe - Passion Fruit Tea

 

The appetisers will satisfy the younger ones as the café serves golden chicken fritters and fan fried enoki mushrooms. For fans of intestines, the café has Crispy Pork Intestines nicely fried to maintain an even crispy skin on the outside and smooth texture on the inside.

 

Taste of Taiwan at Plaza Singapura, Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe - Crispy Intestines

 

Another appetiser worth mentioning is the Typhoon Taro chips liberally coated with lemon sour cream and served with an oyster and tofu ragout.

 

Taste of Taiwan at Plaza Singapura, Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe - Typhoon Taro chips

 

The café is family-friendly with its traditional Taiwanese fare and reasonable prices with board sets costing no more than $13 each but has a few surprises in its desserts. The café is located on the 4th floor of Plaza Singapura with its office crowd, shoppers and movie goers.

 

For those looking for a quick pick-me-up, the Typhoon Passion Fruit served hot or cold with passion fruit pearls and pulp infused jasmine tea is a nice refreshing drink. Friends catching up or anyone wanting a quick sugar fix on a slow daye nothing will beat partaking a Typhoon Pavlova, Hell Valley Volcano or Cloud Nine.

 

Taste of Taiwan at Plaza Singapura, Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe - Pavlova

 

Typhoon Pavlova is made with Vanilla Chantilly cream served with passion fruit curd, berries and cookie dust. The meringue tasted as good as it looked but did not break cleanly and caused a bit of eruption on the table.

 

Taste of Taiwan at Plaza Singapura, Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe - Hell Valley Volcano

 

That eruption was nothing compared to the Hell Valley Volcano. The dessert drew ‘ohs’ and ‘ahs’ from those around the table to witness its simulated volcanic spectacle before sinking our teeth into the chocolate, citrus compote, Oreo crumble and vanilla ice cream.  

 

Taste of Taiwan at Plaza Singapura, Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe - Cloud 9

 

The Cloud Nine has a milky eggy soufflé served with yuzu ice cream and vanilla tuile. The refreshing ice cream is a counterbalance to the rich sweet soufflé.

 

 

NAHMJ Verdict

 

Typhoon cafe’s food and desserts are unpretentious as its decor. Worth a visit with family and friends

 

 

 

Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe

68 Orchard Road #04-67 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839

Tel: +65 6884 5423

Website: https://www.facebook.com/TyphoonCafe

 

Opening Hours

 

Daily  1130 to 2200

 

Getting There 

 

By MRT:

  • North-South line, North East line, Circle line – Dhoby Ghaut station

 

By Bus:

  • Dhoby Ghaut station along Orchard Road   7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 175, 190, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 700, 700A, 971E
  • MacDonald House   64, 65, 139
  • Dhoby Ghaut station along Penang Road   7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 700, 700A, 971E

 

Rating: 7/10

 

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