Two Cranes – Pulut Hitam Bingsu And Beouf Benedict In Korean Fusion Cafe!
Two Cranes is a Korean-fusion cafe in Kovan, whose name stems from the auspicious figure of the crane in Korean culture. It is one of the few cafes around the area, so coffee lovers living nearby now have a place to get their daily caffeine fix.
The cafe is decorated simply, with paintings of their mascots, Wonda and Fu. Two Cranes worked with a local artist to design the logo, as well as the cute paintings in the cafe.
The menu offers the usual suspects that can be found in a cafe, but with a Korean twist. The 2 Cranes Boeuf Benedict ($15) features two poached eggs with a smattering of sesame seeds, seated atop a bed of Korean stewed beef, on a slice of buttered toast.
I was a little disappointed that there was no sauce to tie all the components together with the way the usual hollandaise did.
The best way to eat this is to poke the egg a little to let the yolk flow onto the sandwich. Then, cut into the toast and dig in. The stewed beef was tender, making through easy. The taste was on the sweeter side, similar to bulgogi. The egg yolk added a richness which brought the different elements of the dish together.
While I am not sure if this would be able to replace eggs benedict in my heart, it was certainly an interesting take on it.
Two Cranes also serves up various fascinating drinks that have a whimsical touch to them. The Earl Grey Chocolate ($6.50), is presented with a stick of three cotton candy balls. Depending on how much sugar you want in your drink, simply submerge as much of the cotton candy as you desire.
As someone with a sweet tooth, I dunked all three in without hesitation. The velvety smooth chocolate beverage with its bitter notes from the dark chocolate and the floral scent of the earl grey- this was the perfect mix of chocolate and tea. I definitely not mind going back for it again.
Another drink we tried was the Fruits & Thyme Ade ($6). This sparkling glass of ade was so pretty that I could not bear to stir it. I expected the drink to be really sour but it was a far cry from that.
The sweet berry tea was really enjoyable for me. The thyme when mixed in, gave a subtle herby flavour. I wished the slice of lime was thicker so that the drink could have a more complex flavour with extra zest.
Finally, it was time for dessert. The Pulut Hitam Bingsu ($12) caught my eye as it is not every day you see this fusion of a local dessert with a popular Korean dessert. I’m more used to Pulut Hitam being served hot, so I was excited to see if the cold version could be just as tasty.
Surprisingly, this icy dessert was not sweet at all. The Pulut Hitam as well, was a little bland. Thicker than usual in terms of consistency, the only sweetness in the whole bowl came from the crushed Oreos, a rather odd ingredient to add to Pulut Hitam, but I relished every crumb.
Hey, I did say I had a sweet tooth. Perhaps sticking to the usual Oreo Bingo would be better.
Two Cranes lets you smell your tea before you make a decision on which tea to drink. Their tea and coffee are all sourced from local companies. If you really enjoy the drinks, you can also choose to purchase the tea leaves and coffee beans at the cafe!
Address: Block 211 Hougang Street 21, #01-291, Singapore 530211
Opening Hours: 8.30am to 10pm daily. Closed on Tuesdays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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