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There's a simple mantra for finding good hawker food. Follow the queue. It's like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. The best example is the king of pasar malam queues.
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With pasar malams staying closed, they've opted to open an outlet in the Woodlands industrial area. Plus point — you don't have to stand in line here with their buzzer queue system.
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Overflowing with fillings, these hearty 𝘁𝗲𝗼𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘄 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗽𝘂𝗳𝗳𝘀 ($3.50) were such decadent snacks. Batter was slightly starchier compared to the Berseh stall but the crust was crispier and crackled thunderously. The fillings held an umami burst of flavour but with some celery sharpness cut through the heaviness. Peanuts then topped it off with some crunch and their earthy funk.
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Whilst slightly greasy, it's not hard to find yourself finishing one in a snap. It's a bit ulu but if you have an air fryer just dabao more, because it's just as good the next day with some air frying.

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The bake photos of fellow burppler @littlebignoms on Instagram is always mouthwatering. Was intrigued enough to pop by @lemuelchocolate for her 𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗰𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗹𝗲 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗶𝗲𝘀 ($5)
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Slightly more cake-like in texture, it had a nice moist density to it whilst packed to the brim with chocolate intensity. Quite honestly, I think TBB isn't worth its hassle and this was a pretty good alternative, with a quirky flavour spin. Granted I've only had TBB and my own for reference.
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Cinnamon crumble added a nice fragrant perfume and some textural layering with its cronch. That glistening milk chocolate truffle then gave some levity to this rich bake with a spirited aramel-tinged sweetness. Of course it can get a bit cloying as with most blackout brownies but these are for unrestrained indulgence. Waistline be damned.

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@linorestaurant does a pretty damn solid 𝗯𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗮 𝗽𝗶𝘇𝘇𝗮 ($26). Coupled with the @burpple beyond 1-for-1 deal, this might be one of my fav pizzas just for its value.
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All eyes were drawn to the pristine sphere of gooey cheese which, when dissected, oozed rather sensually. Smeared onto the tomato sauce, its clean and lightly rich cheese notes melded seamlessly into the piquancy. Quite a grate burrata and the flavour pairing was so gouda. A garlicky kick from the pesto then rounded it off nicely.
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The cheesy creaminess also acted as the perfect foil to the thicker and more viscous tomato base. This combination paired quite elegantly with the dough, which was crispy at one extremity and delicate at the other.

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Few burger bars leave my heart swelling with more than just cholesterol but @25degreesinsingapore is somewhere I always leave feeling full — both heart and stomach.
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Maybe not the best burger in SG, but my favourite at least. They just make it different here. Pillowy buns thiccer than any Kardashian's, combined with crunchy bacon, luscious caramelised onions and a hefty juice-loaded patty. Damn.
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And out of left field, an ensemble of sharp punchy gorgonzola and piquant thousand island gives the 𝗡𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗢𝗻𝗲 ($14) an exciting umami-laden profile.
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Of course, they aren't perfect. Having been more than 10 times — surely a personal record — they have inconsistencies. Hard for a feisty dynamite like this to be always flawless, but those times they assembled the perfect numero uno are still etched in memory.

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Negroni is truly a timeless classic. Bold. Sexy. Almost instills a sense of braggadocio. Where do you go for your Negroni fixes?
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I quite enjoyed the 𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝗴𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗶 ($14) on the happy hour menu at the No. 25 Best Bar in Asia. Expectedly strong but also crisply coloured with a pear sweetness. It smoothly glid down, leaving behind a trace of sensually spiced bitterness.

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It’s never really a Mexican feast without some tortilla chips. You must get some of their gratuitously crispy tortilla chips to go around the table. Be warned: they are addictive.

Guacamole is normally the popular choice but I found their pico de gallo  ($6) equally appetising. Piquant and fresh, it was a perfect pairing for some margaritas.

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If fish isn’t your thing, the beef brisket in the tacos de suadero ($15/2, $20/3) might be up your alley. Flavourful and dripping with juices, with a touch of earthy herbs to balance. Sadly, whilst the brisket was enjoyable, the tortillas were too delicate to hold the juices in, resulting in a less enjoyable eating experience.

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Papi’s Tacos are touted by many to have the best tacos and I’m inclined to agree, from what little tacos I’ve had in Singapore. Their tacos de pescado ($13/2, $19/3) are ample proof of that.

The dory was lusciously soft from grilling, and the smoked chipotle alioli provided a punchy depth of flavour. That eye-catching mound of purple cabbage added both a freshness to the flavour profile as well as a crunchiness to layer over the fish.

Textures were eloquently conveyed, as the layers of fish and cabbage crunch were tied together by the soft and lightly chewy tortilla skin.

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Maybe not one of the best around, but their burnt cheesecake ($6) is an insane bang for your buck. Not to say it’s bad, since I found it one of the better ones I had. A nice controlled sweetness underscored by a gorgeously creamy mouthfeel — denser but not cakey at all.

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The humble cheeseburger is surely the best yardstick to judge a burger joint’s quality. Simple but well-assembled, their affordable cheeseburger ($9) was a delight.

The patty was juicy and well-grilled. Its flavour was deftly accentuated by other components, in particular the pickles possessed a striking meaty crunch and their tartness harmonised with the caramelised onions and the mustard’s tickling heat.

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Also pay attention to the newest ottoman lamb burger ($13). Strong middle eastern leanings which even received praise from neighbour Artichoke’s bossman Bjorn Shen.

It’s a layered burger built upon a great foundation of the lamb patty. Rich with an endearing whisper of gameyness, it went magnificently with the yogurt and eggplant — clean but with an underlying complexity.

Slick yogurt and silky eggplant then added dimension to the meaty heft. Since I found the patty slightly overdone, the layered textures was a redeeming factor. An interesting burger for sure. 

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Wildfire's hype may be for their burgers but my favourite was actually the 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗻  ($4.50/1pc, $12/3pc). 
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These golden skinned babies were 🔥. Beneath their thin but gratuitously crispy skin was glorious marinade that was delightfully sweet and well-rounded with spice flavours.
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Scandalously juicy with succulent slivers easily torn off the bone. Not to mention ear candy from the skin shattering. It even stayed crispy after a good 15 minutes. 🤪

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