You can never quite guess that Monki Café is actually a Taiwanese café in Singapore. (Incidentally, 5 Little Bears at Paya Lebar Square is also a Taiwanese eatery. What’s with the animals?)

Monki Café is located at Holland Drive, serving up Taiwanese-Western savoury meals and icy snow flake desserts.

Too under-the-radar.

The interior is of primary yellow, with toys of monkey placed throughout. It has contrastingly cheery yet quiet, peaceful vibes.

The menu was of a mish-mash of items, such as Home Made Curry Chicken Set ($9.00), Stewed Beef Brisket ($12.80), Mushroom Soup Set ($8.00), 3 Amigos Sausage Set ($11.00), Thick Toast ($3.80) and Salads ($7.80 – $9.80).

I was more inclined towards the Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice ($9.00), which was a special item of the day. They should really keep this Lu Rou Fan a permanent item there.

Served by a Taiwanese lady who was also the cashier and the cook (one-woman operation), the rice was fragrant and fluffy, topped with savoury pieces of braised pork which must have been stewed for a while.

It reminded me of the pork fillings of a bak chang (rice dumpling).

This tasted like what a Taiwanese mum would cook at home for her children – I meant it in a good way. Warm and comforting, but perhaps lacking in that commercial finesse.

Motivated to order more, I had a Watermelon Snow Flake Dessert ($6.50).

Other options included Chocolate Banana, Mango, Mocha Azuki, Peanut Butter and Mixed Fruits, priced between $6.50 to $8.80. Hey, half the price of a bingsu.

For its price, I found the Water Snow Flake a delightful, refreshing treat – fluffy ice with the sweetness that reminded me of the actual fruit.

Monki Cafe
43 Holland Drive, #01-41, Singapore 270043
Tel: +65 6258 8112
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 5pm (Mon), 10:30am – 9:30pm (Tues – Sun)

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