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Old Hen Coffee Bar in Rangoon Road made bottles of Peppermint Valrhona chocolate ($7), perfect for the Christmas season when I last went (oops, it’s already New Year’s!)
The little cafe also offers all-day brunch, cold brew, Valrhona Dark Cocoa ($5 hot, $6.50 chilled), and a small selection of desserts.
I tried the Valrhona Dark Cocoa, which was like a rich chocolate milk with more depth, though it was a little too sweet for my liking (I take my caffeine without sugar).
The ondeh ondeh cake was surprisingly good. It was moist and flavourful and had the flavours of the Malay kueh.
I bought some bottles of cold brew ($6 black, $6.50 white) home and was enjoying a bottle at a bus stop one morning and getting shocked looks from commuters who thought I was an alcoholic.
I prefer the white cold brew, although mine was curd-like when I popped it open at the end of its recommended drink date. As it didn’t taste spoilt, I added some water and ice and stirred it hard into a drinkable texture (if you ever get curd-like cold brew too). My friend who tried his the day after said his was still a liquid. He likes it and says it’s like meiji milk with coffee. It was really milky and thick with a slight hint of coffee. I guess I’ll have to try it again at the cafe.
Without doing any research other than knowing there's a cafe here, I went and was sorely disappointed. Remember that any F&B is only worth its chops and reviews if the food is actually good.
Going in for a dessert, I ordered a Panna Cotta and Mocha. With decent service and ambience, its slightly too noisy for any decent conversation, but I admired the decor.
The Panna Cotta was strange, served in a deep tumbler and topped with clearly packeted processed for longivity "Salted Caramel" Popcorn. The pudding itself was mediocre, but the fake salted caramel popcorn ruined the taste of the entire dessert, and it being served in a deep tumbler made it difficult to eat.
But I was sorely disappointed by the Mocha, the coffee having no aroma or taste, only the bitter chocolate barely shining through the blandness. I thought the coffee had a tinge of spice, but that smell was coming out of the glassware for some reason.
I'm told the iced beverages are the stars of the show, and I'll probably pick them up if I see them in a supermarket.