Doi Chaang Coffee, originated from Doi Chaang Village in Thailand has finally set foot in Singapore! First, a disclaimer for this review, I drink a lot of coffee, but I am no coffee expert. I am horrible at describing how coffee tastes like or differentiating between different beans and blends, but what I can describe them in my layman term. So, please bear with me.
Doi Chaang Coffee is situated in the relatively quiet corner of Buona Vista, at Rochester Mall. Thank goodness for the really pretty Starbucks at Rochester where all the Secondary school students frequent at, this little cafe was close to empty when we visited them at 3pm on a week day.
Known for their coffee, we ordered their signature Iced Doi Chaang ($6.50) and a hot Banana Toffee Nut Latte ($6.50). Doi Chaang also has a total of 16 milicrepe cakes and 6 of them will be served daily on a rotation basis. (picture by @stormscape) Signature Doi Chaang Iced Coffee. I thought this was pretty good because it is not like the usual coffee you would get in cafes. This tasted closer to Vietnamese drip coffee with added milk, which was very refreshing for a lazy afternoon. A perfect kind of perk me up.
Banana Toffee Nut Latte ($6.50): You know I wouldn’t let anything with Banana on the menu slip. This drink caught my eye from the menu because it has banana and, toffee nut latte is my favorite Christmas drink at Starbucks, hence the swift decision to order it. This cup of coffee was well-balanced between the taste of banana and toffee nut, which I was pleasantly surprised by, because I expected it to be rather sweet and artificial from the banana syrup. However, warm cup of coffee was just the perfect blend of 2 of my favorite foods.
Strawberry Yogurt Milicrepe ($6.50): One of the more affordable crepe cakes around. However, the taste fell short of my expectations because I expected the milicrepe to tend towards the taste of strawberry with a hint of yogurt in every bite. However, this milicrepe was mostly a little sour without any hint of strawberry or taste of yogurt within the relatively dry layers of crepe. It tasted a little underwhelming at best.
Vanilla Milicrepe ($6.50): We got this because the staff had mixed up the tags for the crepe display, causing us to order the wrong slice of crepe cake. I was pretty impressed with this good and sincere service. However, out of the 3 milicrepes we’ve had tried, this was the one that we did not like the most. The vanilla milicrepe tasted of milk powder, and the icing did not make it any better because it just felt like I was shoving milk powder into my mouth.
Matcha Azuki Milicrepe ($6.50): Saving the best for the last. This Matcha milicrepe certainly impressed me, even though I am not a matcha lover (even verging on disliking it). What I liked about this milicrepe was its uniform layers, and the extra layers of cream and azuki amongst the milicrepe. The taste of matcha was also not overwhelming, one of the better milicrepe I’ve had so far.
Doi Chaang Coffee would definitely be one place that I would return for its coffee while I struggle to get some work done during the semester, since it is so accessible from NUS. I would love to try all the flavors of their milicrepe, because they have pretty interesting flavors like hokkaido milk chocolate, and even rum and raisin! A much cheaper alternative to get my milicrepe fix, besides Awfully Chocolate or Lady M. Having said that, I still have my reservations. After all 2 out of 3 of the milicrepes did not impress, hence I would not recommend a special visit here just for its milicrepe, perhaps a coffee or two will be worth the trip.
How to get there?
35 Rochester Drive #01-08
Rochester Mall Singapore
5 minutes walk from Buona Vista MRT
7:00am to 11:00pm daily.