Kebun should be considered the first vegan tea and coffee latte bar in Singapore, located at Block 531 Upper Cross Street.
Finding the shop may not be that easy, as it is situated at an inconspicuous corner unit, though the block is directly opposite Hong Lim Food Centre.
Vegan restaurants and cafes may not be that evident in Singapore, but they are gradually gaining popularity due to changes to lifestyles.
The owners of Kebun are vegan themselves, and wanted to set up a vegan place that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
The drinks are dairy-free, made using handcrafted cashew mylk made fresh daily.
If you are curious what “mylk” is, this is an alternatively spelled word used to describe plant derived “milks”, like from soy, almonds, coconuts, peanuts, cashew, and sesame. Just to avoid the confusion.
Some of the signatures offered include Kebun’s Earl Grey Latte ($5), A Date with Chat Latte ($5), Royal Thai Latte ($5), Violet Sweet Potato Latte ($5.50), Seoul Misugaru Latte ($5.50), and Kyoto Matcha Green Latte ($5.50).
There are occasional seasonal drinks such as the Ondeh Ondeh Latte ($5.00).
For those who are accustomed to milk-milk, this may need some getting used to.
The Earl Grey Latte I had was slightly creamy, with an obvious nutty mouthfeel, but the milk had no strong flavour of its own. Therefore, the Earl Grey flavour became quite pronounced this case.
And it was rather filling.
They also offer a small selection of Vegan cakes, such as Kueh Lapis Sagu and Chocolate Cake.
While I didn’t have much expectations for a Vegan Kueh, it was surprisingly quite soft and delicious, neither greasy nor very sweet.
I convinced myself it was “healthy”, and guilt-freely finished the entire piece.
Kebun: Specialty Tea Latte Bar
Blk 531 Upper Cross Street #01-41 Singapore 050531
Tel: +65 90098375
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun