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Singapore - Good Morning Nanyang Cafe 早安南洋 @ Chinatown Point

This little cafe serves my favorite kaya toast in all of Singapore: using orange ciabatta bread. The coffee (kopi-C) was also thick & flavorsome - the way a Hainanese A-kor would brew his cuppa. Service is friendly & efficient, and its air-conditioned environment is definitely a AAA in Singapore, especially in the current heatwave. 5 minutes' walk from the famous Hong Lim Food Centre - though the pedestrian walkway link between the two buildings (Chinatown Point & Hong Lim Food Centre) will be closed from 15 Aug in the midst of the current renovation works in Chinatown Point.

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Good Morning Nanyang Cafe
133 New Bridge Road
#03-01 Chinatown Point
Singapore 059413
Open daily 8am-7pm (10.30am onwards on Sat) except Sundays.

 
 
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  1. Update: Chinatown Point's podium blocks are now completely closed for large-scale renovations - Good Morning Nanyang Cafe has moved to Teluk Ayer CC across the road (near the Speaker's Corner at Hong Lim Green). So, the best kaya toast in Singapore still lives on :-D

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    1. re: klyeoh

      Thanks, klyeoh! They also have a branch in Sembawang shopping centre but that's a franchise I think.

    2. Thanks for your compliments Kyle!, do let me know when you visit the branch at Telok Ayer Community Centre again. We now serve lunch, curry chicken and chicken soup are currently available. Will introduce lontong and chicken rendang soon.

      Yes Gomez, a franchisee is running the Sembawang outlet.

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      1. re: byronshoh

        Good to hear from you, byronshoh, and hope that you'll always strive to continue offering your marvellous foods.

        Chowhounds like myself prefer to remain within a cloak of anonymity - most of us are simply food-mad - we're not from the food industry, we're not chefs, we're not restaurant owners, but eating is our hobby, and finding good food is our passion. As anonymous customers, we can make sure that we get a true picture of the place we visit :-)

        1. re: byronshoh

          I don't think we've had any ratings of kaya toast places in Singapore before, but Good Morning Nanyang Cafe will definitely be up there as one of the best - although my complaint (my personal taste only, ok?) is that too little butter is put inside the orange ciabatta toast. But the kaya was lovely.

          My other favourite kaya toast places are:-

          1) Ya Kun:- thick slabs of cold butter and good kaya

          2) Killiney Kopitiam:- also nice thick butter, but their standards have gone down A LOT ever since their number of branches increased.

          3) Chin Mee Chin:- strictly for their old-fashioned atmosphere. Their kaya is TOO sweet for me. Also, not enough butter in their toast. Or did they use margarine?

          I don't like others like Toastbox because they have miserly amounts of butter and kaya, but charge 2 or 3 times more than in a hawker centre.

          1. re: M_Gomez

            thanks for the valuable feedback klyeoh, M_Gomez!..you could request for more butter when you make your order M_Gomez! ;) my staff will gladly help you out on that request :) .

            My fav toast place is still Killiney, they make the best tea in Singapore...can't find many places selling good tea..

        2. Breakfast at Good Morning Nanyang Cafe this morning - orange-ciabatta toast with kaya (yum) and kopi-C (good). Half-boiled eggs were perfectly done :-)

          It's good to be back.

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          Good Morning Nanyang Cafe 早安南洋
          Hong Lim Green Community Centre
          20 Upper Pickering Street
          Singapore 058284
          Tel: +65 8133 1882

           
           
           
           
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          1. re: klyeoh

            The toast looks inviting - and I don't normally eat bread.

            Heh. What's "perfectly done" half-boiled eggs to you? I assume you broke the eggs into a bowl and ate it - using the kaya toast, or "drinking" it? [I trust those four eggs were not just for you :-) ]

            I like drinking my soft-boiled eggs.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7261...
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7261...

            1. re: huiray

              Oh good L*rd, no - no way I'm having 4 eggs at one go. I was with a friend (ex-staff) so it's 2 eggs for each of us..

              "Perfectly done" - hmm, the yolk just barely hold its shape, until the slightest prick released the sticky, viscous liquid. A good example would be these soft-boiled eggs, served with buttered toast by an old street-side "mamak stall" in Hutton Lane, Georgetown, Penang, last Christmas.

               
              1. re: klyeoh

                Interesting.

                For myself, I don't mind a somewhat wide tolerance spread for "soft boiled eggs" as might be inferred from those links in my previous post. :-) I used to down three eggs (or more) every day in my youth especially when my mother kept egg-laying chickens around ;-) and in the present day still, on occasion, I use 3-4 eggs in some dishes (like fried rice) (or more) although the overall proportions are such that a 4-egg fry-up would probably be a two meal portion at least. :-D

                BTW I presume that Hutton Lane dish you showed would be consumed by breaking the eggs etc and scooping it up with the kaya toast? Similar to what you must have done with the b'fast you described above in this latest post regarding Nanyang Cafe?

                1. re: huiray

                  In Singapore, we normally consume the eggs first, before moving onto the kaya toast - rather than dip the bread into the eggs.

                  What's interesting about the Hutton Lane place in Penang (no kaya there, only hot toast spread with margarine/Planta) was that the toasted bread would be cut up into small squares by the hawker and served together with the eggs in one small saucer. I noticed some customers there would mix the whole concoction together into a sticky yellow mush before eating :-D

          2. I found this Chow Hound site when I searched the internet for the Nan Yang cafe which we visited last month in Chinatown Singapore.
            The chicken curry was the best curry I've ever had and now I'm home in Scotland, I hope that someone could give the recipe for this? I should have asked at the time maybe.
            I see an earlier reply possibly came from the owner of the cafe or someone working there. I'm hoping that 'Byronshoh' can email me and send me some ideas on how to make this curry?
            I'm living in Scotland and so far from the cafe, I really wished I'd asked on the day incase I never get back to Singapore!

            Beth123

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            1. re: Beth123

              Beth123 - why don't you try and write directly to byronshoh@hotmail.com? I picked up his email from this webpage but am not sure how much Byron checks on it:
              http://365days2play.com/2010/07/11/go...

              BTW, for good chicken curry, you can probably try and get some ready-packed curry powder since that'll save you the time of having to mix your own spices. In Singapore, the most popular brands are Baba's and Prima. My personal preference is Alagappa's, but it's not as widely available as the former 2 brands I mentioned. Most curry pre-mixes have their own scent/flavor due to the differing proportions of cumin, coriander & other aromatics contained within.

              You can Google for a simple Malay or Nyonya chicken curry recipe - which would be similar to what Good Morning Nanyang Cafe serves (which would be different from Indian curries). But for its curry base, you'll need to prepare a "rempah", which involved blending onions, ginger, garlic, chillies, etc. plus the curry powder, and sauteeing in oil till it's fragrant before adding the chicken and coconut milk (you can use canned ones), and let it simmer.

              1. re: klyeoh

                Hi Beth123, many thanks for visiting my cafe! Glad to know that you liked the curry. As Klyeoh has mentioned, you could try Prima's or Asian Gourmet's. I add in galangal, onions for additional flavour.

                1. re: byronshoh

                  Thanks to both klyeoh and byronshoh for these tips.
                  Although I live thousands of miles away in Scotland I do have a good Chinese supermarket I can get to and many of the items mentioned will be there. Here in the UK we get to buy a lot of ready made stir-in curry sauces and I've been buying them up to see which comes close but none so far, mostly because they are Indian curry style. In a recent survey curry was the most popular British food with Chinese food a close second, I think curry is thought to be easier for a novice like myself to make.
                  I'll have to go right back to making curry from scratch. Thanks for the tips and hopefully one day I'll get back to Singapore again, the food is great and you are so lucky to have this on your door step, eating out in Scotland is too expensive for most people!
                  Beth

            2. The orange peel ciabatta here is phenomenal. Light but still a nice chew to it, and a mild but clear orange taste. Works really well with their kaya, which as everyone says is not too sweet (*points finger at Ya Kun*). Also really enjoyed the thick toast, considerably better than most roti bakar.

              We sat on one of the outside tables - what a lovely little place to have breakfast, before heading into the bustle of the CBD.

              They were doing really brisk business at opening time on a Tuesday morning, glad to see they're doing well!

               
               
               
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              1. re: stravaigint

                ah ive heard of the orange peel ciabatta...was meaning to try it last time i was in singapore, but i ran out of time

                kaya toast is the best