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Interesting Places: Maan Coffee

A friend of mine out here, Rickiah (from North Carolina), took me to a Korean cafe spot that serves waffles...with syrup!

I'm not much of a hearty breakfast kind of woman unless I'm in for an eventful day. However, I'm in a different country and the things I once took for granted to not eat regularly are now my sought after comfort foods. When Rickiah told me that she had spotted a place that makes waffles a 10-minute bus ride away, I was excited. I was also cautious because I'm in a different country. We went a bit before the Christmas holiday so when I walked into the cafe I saw Christmas lights adorning railings and light fixtures throughout the two story building. It was simply beautiful and very comforting.

We came a bit early. In my American way of thinking, waffles is breakfast food so we arrived at 9am expecting to feast by 9:15am. Sadly, the restaurant wasn't open until 10. We walked around the premises awaiting the feast of the beloved waffles with syrup. Good thing we did because the 1979 Plaza in FuTian is filled with other restaurants that I was interested in trying. Hopefully, before I leave I remember to explore those food joints. We came back on time and put in our orders, grabbed our color-coded teddy bear (instead of a table tent number), then we walked upstairs to the second floor and found a table along the expansive walls of glass. Our food came and it looked divine. Thick airy waffles sprinkled with powdered sugar and three sides of toppings. It tasted divine although I wish the waffles were hot. And I had to ask for a second cup of syrup because I like my waffles almost drenched in syrup. Despite those two things, it was divine. I was in heaven.

I came back for the holiday and then with another friend, who informed me that the restaurant is a chain. It figures. The service is good and everything is clean. Maan Coffee Website.

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