Tian Kee and Co

Tian Kee is nestled among blocks of low-rise housing, a quiet estate upon which the sun shines, where skies are blue and a rustic charm is thrown upon you. Redeveloped into a cafe, it is lovely to see how the current Tian Kee retains features of its former self. The original iris-blue signboard remains, as do all them old-school vibes this place exudes.

And no, I did not take any pictures of the signboard.

The first thing I noticed as I walked towards the cafe was how calm and peaceful the entire area was. Dakota Crescent, you have certainly amazed me. I never knew that such tranquility could be found within Singapore’s bustling city, but there it is.

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Don’t expect any of that fancy-schmancy coffeeย you find at some other cafes here, for Tian Kee keeps its coffee menu simple and straightforward. The fanciest thing you would probably find is the rose-infused coffee thing, but I just opted for the iced black (with a side of milk, which may I add came in the cutest little mug!).

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Food here is too kept simple, and I had the Half Breakfast set. The scrambled eggs that more closely resembled an omelette took me back to my childhood when I would have a simple fried egg for breakfast. I couldn’t taste (or smell) any truffle in my eggs, though. These things happen. The salad was great, though! The amount of dressing given was rather generous and I quite like my salads with lots of dressing on them, so…

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And of course, here is the most highly-instagrammed item of the cafe – the rainbow cheesecake! I must say, those colours look amazing both in and off the camera! The crust was great, but I felt the cheesecake part was a little too gelatinous – it was a bit too silky. The yuan yang cheesecake on the left was amazing, however! The flavours came through beautifully; both the coffee and the milk tea layers. They were not only prominent, but they somehow managed to complement each other. I personally preferred the texture of the yuan yang to the rainbow cheesecake.

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Brunch buddies for the day! I’m actually not too sure what both of you were looking at, but thanks for the company yesterday :) Hopefully we can make it back to Tian Kee one day before the whole estate gets redeveloped into a something next year… Sigh, development is such a double-edged sword.

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