Shan Cha 山茶 – Taiwanese Café and Sake Bar At Chinatown. Minced Pork Rice For Brunch Anyone?
Shan Cha (山茶), which literally translates into “Mountain of Tea” is a tea, coffee and sake bar all under-one-roof located at Cross Street, a stone throw away from Chinatown.
The lush greenery with earthy decorations of the place does relive some of my “slow living” café experiences in Taiwan.
They even had Jazz music playing in the back ground.
From their tea menu, one can expect a range of classic Taiwanese tea such as Oolong Mountain Tea ($4.80), No.8 Black Tea ($4.50) and Oriental Beauty ($7.50).
More desirable for Singapore’s weather, I opted for the range of Iced Fruit Tea such as Rose Apple, Summer Peach, Grass Jelly mint ($4.50 for Regular, $5.50 for Large).
Those refreshing drinks could leave an impression thanks to the their petite takeaway bottle printed with their prominent branding identity.
Price point wise, comparable to bubble tea joint but definitely more effort invested in the preparation method.
For instance, I witnessed how their staff carefully measured the proportion of tea leaves to water ratio as well as timed the duration of tea leaves being steeped to ensure the quality of each brew.
For alcohol lovers, you would be pleased to find a range of Japanese craft beers, whisky and sake available from $9.90 onwards. But I am not too sure if alcohol may not fit into their theme of a tea parlour.
Compared to beverages, the mains menu was less extensive would probably be only suitable for a light meal. Think Bacon & Egg ($4.80), Ham & Cheese Roll ($9.80) and Mushroom Gratin with Toast ($6.50).
These food choices didn’t left an impression, but I took a liking to their ceramic plates and pottery bowls used to serve food.
Their signature Taiwanese Minced Rice ($8.50 for Regular, $15.50 for Large) would probably appeal more to those looking for lunch option.
A staple dish commonly found in Taiwan, their rendition came with savoury minced pork braised in loads of “zhup” (sauce) which made me finished most of the rice without noticing. *Gasp*
Served together with pickled vegetables as a side dish to perk things up a little with its tangy tinge.
I couldn’t helped but to also add on a serving of Black Tea Egg ($2.30) from the alluring aroma of the cooking tea broth. However, the egg fell short of my expectation as the tea flavor was kept at the exterior of the egg and had not infused thoroughly.
Given the name of the place is related to tea, rather than diversifying into different beverages, perhaps focusing on tea product by expanding the tea range as well as addition of Taiwanese dishes for mains to strengthen its brand identity?
Shan Cha 山茶
22 Cross Street #01-63, Singapore 048421
Tel: +65 6222 3695
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm (Mon – Fri), 10:00am – 6:00pm (Sat), Closed Sun
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.
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