Cafe Hopper Review: Doi Chaang Coffee @ Rochester Park

Was at a lost of which cafe to hop to for my off day and decided to consult some of my friends for suggestion. One of my friends reminded me of this thai origin cafe at Rochester Park. I have heard people talked about it but haven’t been there. For Doi Chaang Coffee please do me a favour to Google on your own.

I was really feeling very tired this week and was really hoping that I can find a good resting place for my tired soul. It wasn’t that difficult to find the cafe after all. It wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be but reasonably simple decor…more minimalist style. They are suppose to be famous for their layered cheese cake, especially the matcha flavoured. Sadly it was out of stock this morning. I guess the only reason why it’s out of stock could be that its really damn bloody good. Haha. I ordered the Hokkaido milk layered cake and their iced lemongrass americano. I was quite impressed by the lemongrass americano. The Thai people can make anything out of lemongrass and I guess this time is coffee. The lemongrass favour really made me miss Thailand and I was reminiscing Bangkok and Korat as I savour the coffee. The layered cake was refreshing and very pleasant to my taste. The textual is soft but not looking it’s feel.

I spent a good one hour plus there and started writing my next piece of poem. I had inspiration then. I think this is a good attempt to bring a piece of Thailand to our Singaporean cafe enthusiasts here. Worth the visit guys!



The Gatekeeper

Cafe Hopper Review: The Bread Society Singapore @ Suntec City

I know this cafe is like not hidden in some funny name street or small alley! Seriously, not too sure since when cafés are hidden one corner of the road and waiting to be discovered by cafe hoppers who will make that extra effort to go search it out! Anyway, this one is really conveniently located at Suntec City and if I am not wrong also at ION Shopping Mall (but no seating). The shop started as a boutique bakery stall and eventually or conveniently turned café. I didn’t quite want to go into the cafe as I thought it would be too easy to explore it. If I post it here …. Well my readers will probably think that Cafe Hopper is getting lazy to move deeper down the alley! Hey…that’s not true …. I went all the say to Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima to search out for cafés …. That’s a whole deal of effort my friends!

Anyway, I started to take an interest in this shop when I decided to buy some bread home for snack. I reached home and shared my spoils with my beloved lady in the house (my mum), we were both delighted by the pastries and bread made by the Society! This time I decided to take a greater interest in this cafe bakery… And truly found that the food served here is not that bad. I love their breakfast set, especially The Society! It comes with bacon and I must say the bacon is not really salty and not as fatty too! I love the maple syrup though I should be abstaining from it!

The coffee although pretty ordinary but definitely drinkable and good enough to satisfy my thirst for good latte! I must say that the latte is better at least than what ____bucks…am I being too obvious here? Anyway, the main selling point for the cafe is really the pastries…. Oh isn’t it nice to be just picking one item and another from a bakery shop…. You can just sit there whole day round! I recommend coming in the morning around 10 plus. The fresh pastries and bread usually walk out of the oven around that time!

The next time you walk past The Bread Society, don’t just skip it thinking that you don’t need to buy bread… Drop in and enjoy a cuppa and a nice, fresh bakery that will brighten your day or evening!

The Gatekeeper





Cafe Hopper is Back!

Hahaha….I am back. I have been very busy with my work recently and I sincerely apologise for neglecting many good, old friends who visit my blog. You may be wondering if I have lost my passion for food and good cafe. Not at all….I will still find time to visit cafe and taste great food around the island and also Thailand. Please be patient with me…I am certainly sourcing out good cafe outlets so that I can write about them in my blog…so stay tune.

Things have been really busy for me since I came back from Thailand. So many things waiting for me to do. I really thank God for His grace and mercy for seeing me through busy periods like these. I have been travelling quite a fair bit between Malaysia and Singapore, I am going back to Nakhon Ratchasima and Krung Thep in June and many many more…..

Ok that’s all for now….look out for good updates ok…..

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Cafe Hopper Review: @Cake, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

I was scheduled to have a meeting at 9am, so I decided to wake up early to buy my breakfast before the meeting. I planned to do a take away (Sai Tong Gab Ban) and come back to the centre to prepare for the meeting. After I bought my breakie, I decided to just walk further down the street and to see if there is anything else that I can buy back for the meeting. As I walked and walked, I came across a cafe that I have been wanting to visit since after a few days I got here. Since I still had some time, I decided to walk in and experience this little cafe that looks really rustic from the outside. I went in and I think I found a little piece of heaven in Soi Sarmsibkanya. I love the simple and rustic decor of the cafe and the staffs were very friendly. I tried to disguise as local and of course I did very badly at it. Once I opened my mouth they will know I come from some distant country. I ordered a piece of chocolate cake and my usual latte. Oh guess what, they do latte art here. I was so taken by surprise that I could get latte art here. It was a simple leafy design but I think its pretty cool! I sat down at this cosy corner and the more I spent a minute there, I wanted to order something else to experience the cafe a little more. I decided to order a pasta. Then a staff came and approached me asking about something which I obviously couldn’t quite understand. Later then I knew that she wanted to offer Chinese tea to me.

I must say that the latte is one of the better ones I have tasted here. It has a mild after taste of the roast. The cake is interestingly nice as well. It is soft and it is not as sweet as I thought it to be. The chocolate can be richer though but it is a pretty reasonable piece of cake for just 30 baht. I must say that the pasta was good and very beautifully decorated. The sauce is not too sweet or too sour and just nice to cover the pasta.

My overall experience  there is that the whole place makes me feel very comfortable and at ease. I feel that I can be relaxed there. I am sure that if I am with a group of friends, we would have a lot to chat over a cup of coffee there. Well, if you happen to be found in Nakhon Ratchasima, do look out for this cafe at Sarmsibkanya.

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Cafe Hopper returning to Singapore

Hi….yes I have been wandering in Thailand for almost three months and its been a very wonderful experience away from home. I really miss home a lot but I always try to keep myself busy over here so that I won’t think so much about it. Although my family and I are like 1000 over km apart from each other, I can feel the closeness between us. I know this sounds so ironic but it is true. Every phone call that I make and every text messages I received from my family members mean a lot to me. I have like about one week or slightly more in Thailand and I will be back at home again. There are so many cafe places that I would like to go when I am back. There are so many cafes in Singapore that I have sat there and did so much of thinking and chatting with friends. I guess that’s really make a cafe unique at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter about the decor or the location. Its the people that you are with in the cafe. Its the memories that you have forged over a cup of latte or iced mocha. Its that little corner in a cafe that you will always find yourself sitting there, writing…thinking….ipading…reading and etc….

So…I will be back soon and I hope I am able to give my readers more insight into cafe and hopefully giving you some inspiration in coffee drinking….

the gatekeeper!


Cafe Hopper and Latte Arts

I am always amazed by latter art. When a coffee is served to me with picture on it, man….it always make my day! This video clip is cool….it looks simple enough…so perhaps you can give it a try and let me know if it is really that easy. Do appreciate a barrista who is thoughtful enough to draw on your latte…..the next time when you received a cup of latte with picture on it…go the a barrista and say a word of thanks….he or she has added value to your coffee indeed….


the gatekeeper