Open For Business: Old Chang Kee Coffee House @ Rex, Clan Cafe and East Manhattan-Bakery Cafe



Home-grown brand Old Chang Kee has opened its flagship store - Old Chang Kee Coffee House @ Rex - where the first stall was originally located, at the junction of Mackenzie Road and Niven Road opposite Rex Cinema.

What began as a tiny stall in the corner of the local coffee shop - where executive chairman Han Keen Juan's entrepreneurial adventure started more than three decades ago with a humble curry puff - is now a 50-seat space that spans three shophouse units.

Besides favourites from Old Chang Kee and affiliated brands Curry Times, Bun Times and Dip 'n' Go, customers can now also enjoy several new and exclusive menu items.

Among the new offerings available only at this store is the fluffy Flower Bread, which consists of seven freshly baked, pull-apart buns. Nestled in the middle of the golden sesame-topped crust "flower" is an enamel bowl filled with a choice of curry chicken ($11.90, all prices nett), chicken stew ($11.90) or beef stew ($13.90, above). The dish also comes with free-flow gravy - great for sharing. Special boxes created just for this dish means customers can also take it home to break bread with family and friends.

Another menu exclusive is a dish reminiscent of Old Chang Kee's Hainanese heritage. The Beef Stew Rice ($9.50) consists of rice topped with tender beef, radish and carrots and is fragrant with spices. Diners can also opt for the Baked Beef Stew Rice with Cheese ($10.90), served in a mess tin with melted cheese and a sprinkling of chopped parsley.

Where: 19-23 Mackenzie Road

Open: 11am to 9pm (Mondays to Thursdays), 10am to 10pm (Fridays and Saturdays) and 10am to 9pm (Sundays)

Info: Call 6732-1665, go to or



Clan Cafe, Straits Clan's all-day lobby lounge, serves hearty grain bowls and broths inspired by East Asian heritage dishes.

Located on the first floor foyer of the members-only Straits Clan's four-storey clubhouse, Clan Cafe has been specially set up to be open to the public.

Grain bowls include Miso Salmon ($17++), with carrot and lotus root kinpira, edamame and sugar snaps; Kakiage with Genmaicha Broth ($15++, above), loaded with kale, okra, murasaki imo, aubergine and Asian mushrooms; and Grilled Angus Ribeye ($19++), accompanied by an onsen egg, a medley of Asian mushrooms as well as carrot and lotus root kinpira.

There are also lighter salad-based bowls ($15++ to $17++).

For broths ($9++ each), check out Spiced Beef Broth, made with myriad Asian herbs and spices such as lemongrass, galangal and candlenut; Chicken & Leek Broth, infused with leek and ginger; and Hearty Tomato Soup, where you will find slow-roasted tomatoes, cherry tomato confit and pumpkin seeds.

The bowls, broths and brunch items ($8++ to $19++) such as eggs and sandwiches are available until 6pm, when a smaller menu takes over. In the evenings, the menu offers bar snacks ($16++ to $19++) such as the Otah Sandwich and Octopus Curry Toast, which pair well with teas, coffees, cocktails or beers.

The eatery's beverage programme, the result of a partnership with speciality tea company A.muse Projects, offers five tea blends ($8++ each). Also available are cocktails ($17++ each) and Asian craft beers ($10++ to $18++).

Where: 31 to 37 Bukit Pasoh Road

Open: 10am to 10pm (Mondays to Saturdays); smaller menu after 6pm

Info: Call 6320-9180, e-mail or go to



Former banker John Wee spent nearly a year in New York City learning the fine art of classic American baking.

When he returned to Singapore, he set up East Manhattan bakery at Katong V mall, serving freshly baked, authentic artisanal bread, tarts and cakes.

Two weeks ago, he opened East Manhattan-Bakery Cafe at Hong Leong Building. The 20-seat cafe serves mains as well as desserts such as pastries, tarts and sliced cakes. Customers can also pick up artisanal breads and a variety of whole cakes.

Signature dishes include gluten-free items such as Salmon Quinoa ($14.80, all prices nett), Basil Chicken ($14.80) and Chicken Breast Salad ($10).

For bread and pastries, there are wholemeal walnut cheese loaf ($6.20, above), chicken avocado sandwich ($10), sourdough bread ($6.80) and lemon tart ($5.80).

The bakery has a wide range of cream cakes, cheesecakes, mousse cakes, 3D cakes as well as festive season cakes, which are available online too. Cakes can be customised.

Cakes are available whole - Onde Onde ($58, 1kg), Happy Cheese Cake ($65, 1kg) and the gluten-free Chocolate Chips Cake ($75, 1kg) - or by the slice ($6.90 to $7.50).

Where: B1-47 Hong Leong Building, 16 Raffles Quay

Open: 8am to 5.30pm (weekdays)

Info: Call 9639-4179, go to or e-mail

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 03, 2018, with the headline 'Open For Business'. Print Edition | Subscribe