Located at ABC Brickworks Food Centre is an unassuming hawker stall by the name Gambateh Cafe (甘巴茶). Not known to many people, this stall sells their special Crispy Pandan Waffle with five different spreads. As per their facebook page, no artificial coloring or preservative are used. The stall extract the green coloring of the waffle 100% naturally from pandan leaves. No wonder there was a fragrant pandan smell when I approached the stall.
Crispy Pandan Waffle with Peanut and Blueberry 4/5
I ordered the Crispy Pandan Waffle with Peanut and Blueberry ($1.50 each). Other spreads that are available on the menu are chocolate, kaya and cheese. The waffle here is very crispy on the outside while the interior is fluffy and has a beautiful pandan scent.
The crispiness of the waffle felt like eating a toasted focaccia sandwiched with your preferred spread. Of the two I tried, I preferred the peanut spread more than the blueberry spread. Ok I admit I am biased here as I like peanut butter. Basically there is a choice for everyone. You can also top up fifty cents for a scoop of ice cream.
Grass Jelly 3.8/5
For a light and refreshing dessert, there is the Homemade Grass Jelly ($1.50). The wobbly and tender grass jelly is made from the extract of aged and slightly oxidized stalks and leaves of Mesona chinensis after long hours of boiling. The only thing I dislike is the ice cubes. I would prefer shaved ice instead.
Do drop by the stall to try their crispy pandan waffle. It is something different for a change. This is probably a hidden find that is not known to many yet.
Gambateh Cafe (甘巴茶)
ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre
6 Jalan Bukit Merah
Nearest MRT: Commonwealth (EW Line)
Mon-Sat: 10am - 9pm
Sun: 10am - 5pm
1) Alight at Commonwealth MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop at Commonwealth MRT station (Stop ID 11169). Take bus number 147, 196 or 198. Alight 6 stops later. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]