The next stop of our Telok Ayer Heritage Trail brought us to Singapore's oldest Hokkien temple, Thian Hock Keng Temple at Telok Ayer Street. The Hokkien clan built this temple in 1839 for the Chinese immigrants to offer thanks to the Goddess of the Sea Ma Zu (or Tian Hou).
After a tour of the temple, our friend Fong WK brought us to Chong Wen Ge Cafe 崇文阁, a Peranakan cafe next to Thian Hock Keng Temple. I was awed to see this cafe with its colourful Nyonya snacks and Peranankan tiles.
The floor and coffee tables were laid with beautiful Peranankan tiles, I was mesmerised by the striking tiles and took many pictures of them.
Fong let me select our Nyonya tea snacks, it was not an easy task as there were too many of my favourite kuehs (traditional cakes). haha..... The cafe serves Nyonya mee siam and laksa too.
Within the premises of the cafe is the Peranakan Tiles Gallery which stocks about 20,000 old and new Peranakan tiles. Some of the old tiles were collected over the last 30 years from demolished shophouses in neighbourhoods such as Joo Chiat and Balestier.
小茶室的一部分是“娘惹砖家”, 卖风味独特的土生华人古董瓷砖和与手工瓷砖。店主是土生华人古董瓷砖收藏家, 拥有好多珍貴的瓷砖藏品。
I took more pictures of the beautiful structures of the old building and we posed for pictures in the yard before proceeding to our next stop.