What I eat depends on how I feel: Olivia Ong

What I eat depends on how I feel: Olivia Ong

Given that Olivia Ong's adopted home - Taipei, where she has been based for the past three years - has been frequently lauded for its thriving cafe culture, it seemed apt that I was meeting her in a quaint, cosy eatery-cum-artisanal coffee joint.

But I found out last Friday afternoon, the homegrown bossa nova chanteuse-turned-Mandopop star who's back in Singapore to perform at the President's Star Charity on Sunday is no diehard coffee drinker.

At three-month-old The Little Prince Cafe, located along Somme Road, a stone throw's away from Little India, Ong ordered rose tea instead.

She also tucked into cheese scones ("I love scones!") and homemade quiche at the cafe owner's recommendation.

"For me, it's instinctual. My choice of food and beverage depends on how I'm feeling that particular day," explained Ong, 28.

After congratulating her on her MTV Europe Music Awards Best Southeast Asian Act nomination and hearing about her hectic jet-setting schedule - she has confirmed gigs in Japan and Bangkok next month - the doe-eyed artist talked about her favourite dishes, restaurants and exotic culinary adventures.

Do you often have afternoon tea in Taiwan?

Cafes and coffee joints are massively popular in Taiwan. Most offer free Wi-Fi and people love chilling out the whole day there.

That said, as most of my friends are guys, I hardly go for tea. (Grins.)

The great thing about Taipei's cafes is that they boast a wide variety of breakfast food and the selection is very international.

I love a hearty American breakfast.

Do you have a sweet tooth?

Oh yes, I got it from my dad.

My favourite dessert is funnel cake, which is so simple, yet great and warm. Everything about it is amazing; the berries, vanilla, strawberry, Nutella, fried dough and caramel. There is a wonderful Western restaurant in Taipei called Pig & Pepper that serves it.

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