La Teh is one of the few places at Fortune Centre where the office folks can grab a cup of coffee and get a sandwich or toast to go along — hidden at the second floor of the building just beside Hangawi Korean Food, La Teh has been around for quite a while serving up local coffee and toasts, as well as a couple of mains from dry/wet Mee Siam alongside HK Noodles and rice bowls.

The Garlic Bread + Sausage + Sunny Side-Up is just one of the few dishes which are available on their American Breakfast menu — the offerings being vaguely similar to the breakfast-style dishes served at Hainanese Western cuisine stalls in Hawker centres. Coming with 4 triangles of white bread, toasted and lathered with garlic spread, I liked how it comes with a garlicky note but also whiffed of a light hint of dried herbs; seemingly that of rosemary(?) that has been sprinkled atop each slice — also pretty amused how each slice is cut so neatly, whilst being crisp and light without being particularly dense. The two sunny side-ups that accompanies the garlic bread and sausages came with runny yolk and soft whites; some may lament how the undersides do not come browned and crisp, but I can see how some folks would love the way they do their eggs. While some places do serve up boring sausages, the sausages (or franks, I should say) comes lightly fried for a slight crispness on the exterior; almost akin to that of what some Hainanese Western cuisine stalls at Hawker centres will do — high in sodium content, but sinfully tasty without being particularly greasy. Paired my American Breakfast with the Nanyang Mocha — a concoction featuring local Kopi mixed with Milo, though the Kopi was a little watered down and bland which marred the experience a little for me.

Not sure if it’s me growing old and wanting to eat less, but I am starting to really enjoy simple treats like this — some may argue how these are often easily whipped up at home, but I like how the different renditions done by individual stalls carry so much character on their own; a dish that one can fully experience the soul and character of the stall that it is being churned out from ...

(Pro-tip: Most folks who patronise Hangawi Korean Food, La Teh and Pine Tree Cafe may know this, but apart from the seatings around the three stalls along the aisles of the shopping mall, patrons can also dine-in at a shop unit beside the former premises of Kappou Shunsui and order from either of the three stalls; something that I only got to know fairly recently despite being in this area for a couple of years now probably because most of the folks dining in there usually order from Hangawi Korean Food. Now you know ...)

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