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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another appetiser worth mentioning is the Typhoon Taro chips liberally coated with lemon sour cream and served with an oyster and tofu ragout.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Daily 1130 to 2200
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