Chiak – Interesting Black Sesame Butter and Custard Toast by Cedele!
Nope – Chiak isn’t set up by Miss Tam Chiak, but by Cedele. Primarily a salad and noodle bar, they aim to embrace and elevate tradition, and thus there is a local spin to the dishes offered here. While they carry Asian-inspired salad bowls and grain bowls (suitable for the working crowd around here!), they have pretty interesting All-Day sets as well.
Chiak Toast set ($5.50) comes with a cup of Coffee or Tea. Choices range from Coffee Butter and Vanilla Custard to the traditional Pandan Kaya and Butter. Our toast which consists of two slices of oatbran bread came sliced in half, and was generously buttered with Black Sesame and Custard. The oatbran bread that they use contains more fiber, and helps to add to your daily protein requirements. The bread is more chewy compared to usual white bread, and it was well toasted without having an overly crispy, biscuit texture.
Personally, I’ve never tried Black Sesame paired with Custard before, much less on toast. The combination worked surprisingly well, with the black sesame butter helping to offset the sweetness of the custard. On the whole, it was not too sweet and makes for a satisfying breakfast.
We also tried the Sandwich Set ($7), another item on their All Day Set Menu. Tying in with their aim to connect us with our Asian roots, their sandwich fillings include items like Sesame Pulled Chicken, Belly Pork Char Siew and Teriyaki Chicken. Unlike the archetypal sandwich, the bread they use resembles those in the traditional Chinese ‘Kong Bak Bao’, where the filling is folded in the middle of a single piece of bread.
It was crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Our Prawn Otak Sandwich ($5.80) was very flaky and thicker than the usual kind of otah. Made daily, the patty contains lemongrass to give it extra fragrance. However, it was not overpowering and simply added a light flavour to the otah. I could taste prawn bits, but not chunks of prawn, unlike customary homemade fish otah.
Chiak also offers drinks you’d find in a Kopitiam and not a Cafe, such as Iced Yuan Yang ($2.90). Instead of the Kopitiam style coffee which is roasted with sugar and margarine, pure butter (free from trans fat!) is used here. The result is Yuan Yang that is significantly less sweet compared to the usual kind I would get from the hawker centre.
Located at Mapletree Business City, Chiak may be rather inaccessible for the rest of us who don’t work nearby. But if you happen to be there and wish for some healthy food fix, this is a good option.
Address: #02-37 40 Pasir Panjang Rd Singapore 117383
Opening Hours: 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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