Created on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 10:49
Written by Elaine
Start your day right with a breakfast at Jie Traditional Bread Cafe, immersed in the sweet aroma of freshly baked bread and a strong scent of brewed coffee.THE FOOD:
Unlike the recent sprout of air-conditioned traditional bread cafes in Singapore like Toast Box and Ya Kun, Jie Traditional Bread Cafe is relatively less known but it sure serves up good old loaves of slightly charred bread. More importantly, the bread is baked and served in the same shop; diners could be assured of the freshness of their bread.
The little cafe, situated along Serangoon road and just a stone's throw away from Kovan MRT station, offers three variants – bread (soft or toast), bun (soft or toast) and french toast. While we much preferred the bread version at Ya Kun, the soft bun version here trumps any other elsewhere. We ordered a soft bun with kaya as well as one with margarine, and both were generously spread with creamy goodness. We especially loved the way the auntie leisurely smothered the bread with kaya – to each of the four corners. Other spreads include peanut butter and strawberry jam.
Not only the food's cheaper (capped at $1.40 for bread or bun with a spread), so are the drinks. The most expensive on the menu would be the iced Horlicks or Milo at $1.60. Plus, they have the brewed Hong Kong-styled Hot Lemon Tea, a treat rarely found at the other coffee joints.
Other more filling breakfast items such as Curry Chicken ($4.50), which is great for dipping freshly baked bread in, Chwee Kueh ($1.50), Chee Cheong Fan ($2), and half-boiled egg ($1.20) are available too.THE MOOD:
Simple. Orange-brown decor with plastic stools and swirling fans. Non-airconditioned but well-ventilated... Just like the good old days.
Jie Traditional Bread Cafe
953 Upper Serangoon Road