Dong Po Colonial Cafe Singapore

“Happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”

Whether that quote resound with you or not, I do think that we owe ourselves a good amount of carbs and protein to fuel the day. For me a good breakfast do the trick, it sets me in a good mood. In search of my mojo, that day I went off to find Dong Po Colonial Cafe which Dr. Leslie speak high of.

Dong Po was started by Kelvin Soh with a grand mission of bringing back to life old family’s baking recipe. It all started with his grandfather who brought over French-style pastry to Singapore, as well as his father who studied at Le Cordon Bleu and opened his own cafe. Kelvin let go his job as graphic designer and hit the gas on the noble pursuit.

I was lucky. Two of their popular traditional cake was in stock. Before Kaya Toast, back in the days there was Butter Cake and Bostock. I found both of them a great companion to each other and to a cup of black coffee.

The better rival to their Bostock was the Almond Croissant I had at Thorough Bread in San Francisco. Love it.

The Butter Cake has a texture really similar to our Indonesian’s Kue Bolu with a scent that’s more buttery. History said that the cylindrical form was the way Singaporean adjust the adopted recipe to local taste — to make it easier to dip in the coffee. Having it dipped is just perfect. It contrast the cake’s buttery flavor with the aroma of coffee and ends it with slight bitter aftertaste.

The Bostock drools me in instant just from the sight of burnt almond on top and sugar dust. I guess you can imagine it at the back of your head now. The better rival to this was the Almond Croissant I had at Thorough Bread in San Francisco. Love it.

With that in mind, I guess that day I have my happiness taken care of. Wish to have these kind of breakfast daily. While we’re in that topic, what’s your favorite breakfast and where?

Dong Po Colonial Cafe
56 Kandahar Street

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday 09:30-20:30
Friday – Sunday 09:30-21:30
Closed on Monday

Phone: (+65) 6298 1318
Twitter: @DongPoCC
Facebook: Dong Po Colonial Cafe

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Fellexandro Ruby

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