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.
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.
43 Holland Drive, #01-41, Singapore 270043
Tel: +65 6258 8112
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon