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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Saffrons Cafeteria - Appam

Appam ($2.00)
The first time I visited Saffron in the morning (AGES AGO!!), I saw people eating this. I didn't know what it is because I'm actually quite a jakun sometimes but it did look quite appealing albeit not-so-filling. I found out it was called Appam but I didn't order it.

Over the years, I never really got around to ordering it for 2 reasons...
#1 - I seldom went to Saffron in the mornings and when I did, it was already sold out.
#2 - Even if I did go in the mornings, I would probably have the Roti Prata.

And finally, one fine day when we went down to Saffron for breakfast, my darling wife ordered it!

The Appam itself is actually made from rice flour (which been mixed in with some yeast so it ferments a little bit) and also coconut milk to give it that yummy rich coconut-y flavour. This is similar to the batter they use to make Kuih Makokeh!

The Appam batter is then cooked in a tiny bowl-shaped pan til the sides are crispy. I've read some recipes where they will add an extra dollop of coconut milk in the middle just before they get the Appam out of the pan. I'm not sure if they do this at Saffron but I suspect that they do!! The guy cooks the Appam outside of their normal kitchen so I must be sure to watch him closely the next time....

Well, whether he does this or not, the Appam is delicious.
It has a nice rich flavour and I absolutely love the crispy edges which make this a great breakfast item. I'm not sure if this is how they do it everywhere but Saffron's is a winner.

The 'Orange' Sugar
I know I know there's gonna be some debate about what this is actually called.
My Mother-In-Law (whom I go to when I need to check on Malay stuff most of the time) says it's called Gula Tanjung. Online, I've read online that it is called Gula Merah but who knows. I guess everyone calls it something. I'm gonna refer to it as The 'Orange Sugar'.

This is one of the preferred condiments when eating Appam because it gives a nice sweet contrast to the coconut-y flavour of the Appam. But you can always have it with some curry or Dhal instead and it will be just as delicious.

Adam's Verdict:
Appam 3.5/5

Maryah's Verdict:
Appam 4/5

This is a breakfast item you should try at least once so you know if you like it or not. And please don't wait like years upon years like me!! Prata anytime also can have... try the Appam!!

PS you can add on additional Appam at $1.00 each for all you fellow gluttons out there :D
Snd be sure to go early because it sells out fast!

Saffrons Cafeteria

Blk 201D Tampines Street 21

Tel: 6787 6010

Operating Hours: 24 hours Daily

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