Breakfast: baked beans, brown rice cake & Chinese tea

Now I can join the rest of my family when they eat baked beans & toast for breakfast with my own version :)!

* homemade baked beans

* organic, salt-free brown rice cake from Lundberg — a crumbly rice cake, not as smooth a texture as Kallo brand, but then again, this one is brown rice. Most rice cakes are soft and taste stale straight out of the packed, especially Lundberg, but nothing a couple of minutes in the oven toaster won’t fix. Be careful as rice cakes burn easily, so set the oven toaster timer for just 2 minutes but leave the rice cakes in for 5 minutes to crisp up slowly in low heat.

* Pearl of the Orient tea from Gryphon brand — Singapore brand of gourmet teas in elegant packing. The extra-large fine mesh bags seem excessive but actually tea leaves need space to expand and release their full flavour. Gryphon’s Earl Grey is lovely (the brand’s best-selling tea in Singapore) but Pearl of the Orient, a jasmine+rose Chinese tea is definitely over-fragranced. Cheapest place to buy Gryphon teas is NTUC Finest at S$10.50 a box of 20 tea bags, $2 cheaper than chi-chi gourmet delis like Culina.

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2 Responses

  1. hey, if you are into rice cakes, try this brand called Clearspring which I found at NTUC Finest at Bt Timah Plaza. it’s much cheaper than Lundberg!

  2. Hi, thanks, CP. I’ve not tried Clearspring rice cakes before, even though I used to buy a lot of Clearspring products in UK. Yeah, Lundberg is ex :P, and the consistency is not great. I tend to rotate around the rice cake brands; there’s another common brand of which I can’t remember the name right now which does thin-cut rice/corn/multigrain cakes. That brand seems to be a bit fresher, in some packs the cakes are crisp enough to eat without toasting first.

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