For a meal or a snack in a homely family-style atmosphere reminiscent of a local coffee-shop from times past, pop into Kueh & Mee (cakes & noodles) at heartland malls Jurong Point in the west or Northpoint City in the north.

Featured at the all-day kafe is Asian comfort food, such as the signature mee siam (rice vermicelli with a tangy sweet and sour gravy, topped with bean sprouts and fried beancurd); Malay mee rebus (yellow noodles with spicy sweet potato gravy); and curry chicken. Also, Indonesian nasi uduk, which is fragrant coconut rice with crispy chicken drumstick and savoury tempeh (fermented soybeans) accompanied by fiery sambal terasi (dried shrimp paste).

Time-honoured Indonesian kueh (cakes made with rice flour and coconut milk) tempt taste-buds with their appealing colours and shapes. Kueh lapis legit, a spice-flavoured layered cake is popular, as is ondeh-ondeh (individual sweet potato balls filled with syrupy brown sugar). Traditional local-style hot kopi and teh add to the comfortable olde worlde charm with an attractive updated modern welcome.

Verdict: Kueh & Mee beckons with a cosy setting to relax, reflect and feel refreshed.

Jurong Point
1 Jurong West Central
Singapore 80317990
telephone 80317990

Northpoint City
1 Northpoint Drive
Singapore 768019
telephone 96367990

Photograph courtesy Creative Eateries.