Fans of Taiwanese food will be pleased with this hot opening at Plaza Singapura. Typhoon Café offers myriad Taiwanese flavours that have long captured our hearts—and stomachs—like a typhoon.
Start with a portion of the Typhoon taro chips ($12.90). Served on a wooden board, the thinly sliced taro chips are drizzled with a lemon-flavoured sour cream and a side of oyster tofu ragout. It is not a common pairing, but the sweet taro actually goes very well with the ragout’s savoury flavours.
Also not to be missed are appetisers like the classic drunken chicken ($13.90); and “fan-fried” enoki mushroom ($7.90), so called because the dish features fan-shaped bunches of enoki mushroom lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, then battered and deep-fried. Dip in the accompanying homemade douban (fermented bean paste) aioli to enjoy.
For something more substantial, Typhoon Café offers a wide selection of board sets that comes with a side salad and soup of the day—great for a quick lunch. Try their take on one of Taiwan’s well-loved delicacies, oyster mee sua ($14.90). The side serving of fried pork intestine and crispy oyster fritters give a welcome added bite to this otherwise soupy dish.
Or go for the pan-seared beehoon pancake ($12.90), which is stir-fried beehoon wrapped in an omelette. It also comes topped with preserved vegetables, several slices of stewed pork belly and a braised egg.
Other highlights include the newly-added waffle menu, which offers both sweet and savoury options. Their parmesan cheese waffle ($17.90) is a must-try; crispy on the outside, moist on the inside and just the right amount of cheese. The dish is accompanied with a sunny side up, Taiwanese sausage and a generous lashing of mentaiko sauce.
But if you prefer to have it for dessert, consider their milk chocolate waffle ($16.90)—served with milk chocolate chantilly, soya bean ice cream and salted caramel drizzle. Or try the more unusual pairing of rhubarb and pistachio ($16.90)—topped with caramelised mixed berries, white chocolate chantilly and vanilla ice cream.
Typhoon’s popular desserts also include the Cereal Coffin Toast ($14.90). Thick toast coated with cereal and topped with banana, assorted berries and stracciatella ice cream: what’s not to love?
But if there is only room for one, we recommend Hell Valley Volcano ($14.90). Made up of Oreo cookie crumble, vanilla ice cream, blondie and citrus compote, everything comes encased in a chocolate volcano. Liquid nitrogen is poured into the volcano—to get it smoking and ready for the ‘gram—before hot chocolate fudge is drizzled over the chocolate shell to break it open.
To wash it all down, order some milk tea ($5.50 for a glass of hot milk tea), which many consider a Taiwanese staple, and choose from white kanten (agar) or black tapioca pearls. Or for a more refreshing accompaniment, pick from Typhoon’s 11 fruit teas ($8.50 for a pot) like Summer Berries Rhapsody—red tea infused with summer berries; and Typhoon Floral—a jasmine tea blend with flavours of osmanthus, rose buds and lavender.
Typhoon also has a running lunch set promotion (from $13.90), valid Mondays to Thursdays from 11.30am to 2.30pm. The set (worth $28.90) includes one signature board set—all except the beef short ribs and char siew glazed Nagano baby pork ribs options—and one of their signature floral teas.
Citibank cardholders also enjoy an exclusive promotion on Typhoon’s Dessert of the Month. From 1 March to 30 April, purchase one of their monthly dessert specials and get another on the house when you pay with Citibank.
#04-63/67 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6884 5423