(Closed) Oh My Tian @ Whampoa – By The Hatter Street Sisters
“OH MY TIAN!” This is the kinda exclaimation the owners of Ohmytian cafe, Cindy and Yvette, want to hear from customers. Ohmytian cafe is a sister cafe of the already popular neighbourhood cafe, Hatter Street Bakehouse & Cafe, in Kovan. Although this carnival-themed cafe just opened on 15 January 2016, we noticed quite a reasonably large crowd streaming in, mostly families with their kids. Perhaps, the draw relates to the cafe’s interior design.
There are four different corners, boosting different interior designs that are painstakingly handpainted and hardmarked by Cindy and Yvette themselves, with a little help from their families and close friends. They even approached the contrators to install the carousel at one corner, to invoke a sense of nostalgia and childhood memories as everyone who was once young definitely loved riding on carousels. If you observe closely enough, you would have noticed some children’s handwritings and drawings. These nitty gritty details are done by Cindy’s child. Also, Cindy has a liking for European design so there’s a corner, with the mirror that exudes a very European feel. All these designs reflects the fun, whimsical and interesting personalities of Cindy and Yvette.
Moving on to the menu, we learnt from Yvette that their recipes are inspired through the food they get to taste all over the world, which they want to bring back to Singapore. On top of bringing the original recipes back here, there’s an interesting twist of infusing local flavours into these dishes.
We started off with their Iced Chocolate ($7.50) and Hot Fudge ($6). While the former appeals to locals due to its more milky taste and being lighter on the palate, Yvette decided to bring in the latter, that is much more “gao” (thicker) and rich in chocolate! She saw how the Spanish served hot chocolate when she was travelling and felt that this was a very different style, yet superb! What’s more – their cream is freshly made so it’s recommended to drink it immediately to savour the entire taste.
Using bagels instead of the usual burger buns, the Donut Burger ($13) consists of your desired choice of chicken or beef, hashbrowns, mushrooms, caramelized onions, cheddar, topped a huge serving of BBQ sauce and comes with mixed greens. We love that there’s plenty of cheese in the middle! Currently, there are also other mains such as their OhMyTian Big Breakfast, Hashbrown Pizza, Chicken Tacos and French Toast. As Yvette explained, “OhMyTian’s main focus is on the quality and standard of the food and not too much emphasis is placed on presentation”.
The cafe will occasionally update their menu and introduce new dishes which has our local flavours infused into them. Eggs benedicts fanatics, keep your eyes peeled as OhMyTian café will be launching an eggs benedict with satay sauce dish very soon! In addition, they will be launching HK-style Tau Huey. Instead of the usual store-bought Tau Huey that is not freshly made, the portions here will be prepared individually on the spot and served in a Bamboo container. Customers will then be given a timer which will be set to about 2-3 minutes. Only upon hearing the timer go off, will the customers open up their Tau Huey and add their desired amount of sugar or syrup. This idea is brought back from Hong Kong by Yvette! We’re pretty sure that everyone will be going, “OhMyTian! WOW!”
Since Hatter Street is famous for their waffles, we definitely have to try their waffle and ice cream ($9.50). With all flavours made in house, pick from 8 flavours – Cookies & Cream, Vanilla, Soy Milk, Gula Meleka, Strawberry Cheesecake, Snickers, Coffee and Milo. Our personal favourites are Cookies and Cream and Vanilla. We found the Gula Meleka flavour a tad too sweet but if you’re a person with super sweet tooth just like Cindy, you should definitely go for this! Sauces such as chocolate, espresso, caramel and butter & maple are available at 50 cents each and an additional scoop of ice cream costs $3.
Such a whimsical yet cozy cafe to chill your afternoon away. This might be the next “OOTD” place for Instagrammers. We will definitely return to try new items on their ever-changing menu!
Oh My Tian
Photos & text by Alexis Toh Mu Qin, a fellow food writer for Miss Tam Chiak. Follow her at @tmooq on instagram for her latest food hunt.
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