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The Malayan Council – A Place to Talk, Makan & Chill

Took a brief hiatus as my health hasn’t been very well lately. Still seeing specialist to sort myself out but thought I would roll out a post just to let you all know that I’m still alive and kicking, lol.

Right, so let’s get down to a food review today.

I visited The Malayan Council some time back as I had heard raving reviews about their cakes.

The Malayan Council

This charming halal cafe is tucked away in a stretch of shophouses on Dunlop Street in Little India. Thought it has a lot of character. Read on and you’ll know why.

The Malayan Council

The atmosphere and vibes here are so chilled out that it just makes me want to come in, enjoy some sweet treats and moon the afternoon away with a bunch of good friends.

Talk. Makan. Chill. Exactly what we needed.

We were here on a weekend late afternoon. So quiet and peaceful. Absolutely loved it.

The Malayan Council

This is the first floor of the cafe. It’s also where you’ll make payment before you leave.

The Malayan Council

Haha, so true. In this digital age, we no longer talk to one another in person anymore.

The Malayan Council

Head upstairs to the second floor for more seating. Be careful though because the stairs are really steep.

Looks so welcoming and homely, isn’t it? There was jazz music in the background. Just felt so nice to hang around. ?

The Malayan Council

And that’s the kitchen where we could see all the baking in action from where we were seated. Nothing beats the aroma of fresh-from-the-oven bakes. ?

The Malayan Council

And the sight of pretty fresh flowers. ?

The Menu

The Malayan Council menu

Image source: The Malayan Council Facebook Page

The Malayan Council menu

Image source: The Malayan Council Facebook Page

Besides sweets, The Malayan Council does also offer savoury items so you can definitely have a substantial lunch or dinner meal here.

We were here this time for desserts only as we already had lunch before coming. Really gotta try some of those items next time! Sounded tempting.

The Malayan Council Ondeh Ondeh Cake

The Classic Ondeh-Ondeh Cake ($8) looked amazing when it arrived on our table. It also came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The Malayan Council Ondeh Ondeh Cake

Loved the crunchy desiccated coconut on the outside. When I took my first bite, it really felt like I was eating putu piring (kueh tutu) because the gula melaka was in a slightly firm sugar form, not molten state. The sponge cake itself had a nice subtle flavour of pandan too.

Everything in this slice of cake worked really well just like having the real ondeh ondeh but in a cake version. And it tasted amazing with ice cream too.

If you’re a fan of ondeh ondeh, you gotta try this.

The Malayan Council Durian Pengat Cake

When this Durian Pengat Cake ($10.50) arrived at our table, we were taken aback by that extreme durian aroma. Not that we were complaining ‘cos it really smelled so good. ? And it came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream as well.

The Malayan Council Durian Pengat Cake

Presentation was a little messy and the cake couldn’t quite stand up on its own for long. It actually fell on its side and we had to make it upright again for this shot, lol.

I must say, this cake was a real winner. Probably one of the best durian cakes I ever had. The boss said they had used Mao Shan Wang (Musang King) durian for this cake so as to ensure the best quality. That was da bomb!

The durian flavour was a 10 out of 10. Could taste real durian flesh in it, with that fibres and all. So, so satisfying. I am so coming back for this cake when the craving kicks in again.

Durian lovers, you cannot miss this.

By the way, this cake isn’t mentioned on the menu but do check with them if it’s available when you’re making your order.

All in all, we enjoyed both cakes a lot even though they were a tad too sweet so if you’re here with your friends, get a few slices to share otherwise it can get really sickly after a while.

Prices indicated above are exclusive of 10% service charge. There is no GST. A percentage of their sales will be donated to the Muhammadiyah Welfare Home.

The Malayan Council
The Malayan Council
22 Dunlop Street
Singapore 209350
11.30am to 11.00pm daily

+65 9002 4414

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