Monki 台灣小吃部 which was previously located at Holland Drive, has moved to The Star Vista.
Perhaps due to the longing for a Taiwan travel, recent Taiwanese cafe openings have enjoy relatively good support, from Eat 3 Bowls 呷三碗車站 at Pasir Panjang, Abundance at Lengkok Bahru, True Breakfast 初早餐 at Cuppage, +886 Taiwanese Bistro at Jalan Besar, to Isshin Machi at Selegie.
Monki is opened by a Taiwanese mother to offer both Singaporeans and Taiwanese living in Singapore distinctive home-styled Taiwanese dishes.
They pride ourselves to be different from the night market themed foods, bringing in some yet-to-be-discovered Taiwan gems. These include Taiwan Bittergourd Pineapple Chicken Soup, braised platters sets, and some items specific to Tai Chung in Taiwan.
Located right next to the taxi stand at The Star Vista (outside the mall’s safe entry entrance), this interior is much bigger than the previous.
Decorated in primary yellow, with toys of monkey placed throughout, which has contrastingly cheery yet quiet, peaceful vibes.
My main qualm was that the menu board was printed with yellow words on white, which made it hard to read the selection which was quite wide-ranging.
The menu is divided to sections of Rice, Noodles, Small Bites, Fried Food, Egg Roll, Soups, Snowflake Desserts, Drinks and Beer.
They also try to keep the menu fresh by offering weekly and monthly seasonal items that may include Taiwanese Cold Noodles, Taiwanese Fish Maw Soup and Beef Noodles Soup.
The Lu Rou Fan aka Braised Pork Rice ($9) came with 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 some customers may find the bowl lacking in that commercial finesse.
The Big Intestine Mee Sua ($8.80) was considered a decent, comforting choice with thick and smooth texture, filled with generous slices of big intestines cooked till soft without a strong gamey taste.
However, it could be more flavourful so adding more vinegar and the chilli garlic sauce could just solve that.
The bowl was considerably huge in portion, and possibly would be good for two to share. I guess I am used to the Taiwanese night market versions which come in a much smaller cup or bowl.
They are also known for the Taiwan Shaved Ice Dessert ($7 to $8) – a shaved iced dessert quite unlike the Korean Bingsu – all made in-house that has no artificial flavourings, colourings or stabilisers.
They come in many flavours like watermelon, mango, matcha, all topped with their distinctive fresh fruit or other toppings.
1, 01-41 Vista Exchange Green, The Star Vista, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am – 9pm (Sat – Sun)
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