Another week, another hokkien mee review — you must be thinking "how high is his blood pressure?" Not high enough until I try 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺, sorry HPB.
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The dry variation is not as common simply because it takes a lot of skill. Masterfully fried, each strand of noodle perfectly sealed in the wealth of flavours from the stock, whilst a whisper of smokiness lingered in the background; balanced profile that's rich but not jelak and not overbearingly salty. Noodles were springy, with a dry overall texture but adequately moist from absorbed stock.
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Mixing in the supporting cast of chili and lime is important as the fragrance and heat added to the richness, whilst that touch of zestiness brought some levity. Maybe not my favourite plate of HKM, but definitely up there.
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[Nicoll Highway] 𝑯𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒏 𝑭𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒅 𝑯𝒐𝒌𝒌𝒊𝒆𝒏 𝑷𝒓𝒂𝒘𝒏 𝑴𝒆𝒆
📍 𝟱𝟬𝟱 𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗥𝗱, # 𝗕𝟭-𝟯𝟰 𝗚𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟭𝟵𝟵𝟱𝟴𝟯
⏱️ (Thurs-Tues) 10am-5pm; 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑾𝒆𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔

Another week, another hokkien mee review — you must be thinking "how high is his blood pressure?" Not high enough until I try 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺, sorry HPB.
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The dry variation is not as common simply because it takes a lot of skill. Masterfully fried, each strand of noodle perfectly sealed in the wealth of flavours from the stock, whilst a whisper of smokiness lingered in the background; balanced profile that's rich but not jelak and not overbearingly salty. Noodles were springy, with a dry overall texture but adequately moist from absorbed stock.
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Mixing in the supporting cast of chili and lime is important as the fragrance and heat added to the richness, whilst that touch of zestiness brought some levity. Maybe not my favourite plate of HKM, but definitely up there.
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[Nicoll Highway] 𝑯𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒏 𝑭𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒅 𝑯𝒐𝒌𝒌𝒊𝒆𝒏 𝑷𝒓𝒂𝒘𝒏 𝑴𝒆𝒆
📍 𝟱𝟬𝟱 𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗥𝗱, # 𝗕𝟭-𝟯𝟰 𝗚𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟭𝟵𝟵𝟱𝟴𝟯
⏱️ (Thurs-Tues) 10am-5pm; 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑾𝒆𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔

Consider this Afro cafe in Keong Saik for your next coffee date, the second storey is a gorgeous space — chic and full of personality, with a touch of understated glamour. And more importantly, great coffee — though not quite in the same vein as your typical specialty coffeehouse.
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Their selection of coffee is diverse and unique, with plenty of African influences. Moreover, many would be charmed by their special Ubuntu blend's full-bodied and intense character, finished with subtle chocolate notes.
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This 𝗠𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶 𝗹𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲 ($6) was a charming display of their esotericism. The hokkaido milk made it dreamily creamy, but not at all cloying. A medley of spices including cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg added a complementary spice-forward complexity to the coffee, but in a tastefully-restrained ratio that would still endear to less adventurous palates.
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[𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣] 𝙆𝙖𝙛𝙚 𝙐𝙩𝙪
📍 𝟭𝟮 𝗝𝗶𝗮𝗸 𝗖𝗵𝘂𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗱, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟬𝟴𝟵𝟮𝟲𝟱
⏱️ Lunch (Wed-Fri) 10am-5pm, (Sat-Sun) 9am-5pm; Dinner (Wed-Thurs, Sun) 6pm-11pm, (Fri-Sat) 6pm-1am; 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑴𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑻𝒖𝒆𝒔𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔

Finally tried this #michelin Bib Gourmand 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗸𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗲𝗼𝘄 ($4) after previous ventures to Hong Lim saw me leave empty handed. And it actually lived up to expectations.
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The texture was moist but not greasy whilst the noodles were smooth and silky, mixing well with the beansprouts, fishcake and the generous helping of eggs.
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It was flavourful with an eloquent blend of sweetness, umami, egginess, chili heat and a nice fragrant kick from lard, without the dark sauce's sweetness dominating the palate — a trend at many other places, often to the extent of cloyingness. It was not remotely tedious as they masterfully balanced the flavour profile, which was also beautifully layered over with a smoky aroma.
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The plate was also interspersed with decadently crunchy fried pork lard and fresh juicy cockles which bursted with intoxicating brininess, both ingredients that greatly complemented the richness.
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[𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣] 𝙊𝙪𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙢 𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙁𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙆𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙏𝙚𝙤𝙬 𝙈𝙚𝙚
📍 𝗛𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗶𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲, 𝟱𝟯𝟭𝗔 𝗨𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝗦𝘁, # 𝟬𝟮-𝟭𝟳
⏱️ (Mon-Sat) 6am-3.30pm; 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑺𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔

𝗦𝗮𝗸𝘂𝗿𝗮 𝗘𝗯𝗶 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗶 ($14) — The sauce was evenly coated with fragrant garlic notes which wasn't overly domineering; the ebi added an interesting crunch and a faint brininess. Most importantly, the texture was pretty good and sported a nice bite.
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I honestly don't trust most pasta at this price range, but this was a good pasta option for $14; especially when similarly-priced options includes garbage like pastamania.
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[𝙏𝙚𝙡𝙤𝙠 𝘼𝙮𝙚𝙧] 𝙍𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙚𝙧𝙮 (𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖 𝙎𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙧𝙚)
📍𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗦𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗹, 𝟮𝟬 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝗦𝘁, # 𝟬𝟭-𝟭𝟵, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟬𝟰𝟴𝟰𝟮𝟮
⏱️ (Mon-Wed) 8am-11pm, (Thurs-Fri) 8am-1am, (Sat) 11am-8.30pm; 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑺𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔

Finally tried this #michelin Bib Gourmand 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗸𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗲𝗼𝘄 ($4) after previous ventures to Hong Lim saw me leave empty handed. And it actually lived up to expectations.
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The texture was moist but not greasy whilst the noodles were smooth and silky, mixing well with the beansprouts, fishcake and the generous helping of eggs.
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It was flavourful with an eloquent blend of sweetness, umami, egginess, chili heat and a nice fragrant kick from lard, without the dark sauce's sweetness dominating the palate — a trend at many other places, often to the extent of cloyingness. It was not remotely tedious as they masterfully balanced the flavour profile, which was also beautifully layered over with a smoky aroma.
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The plate was also interspersed with decadently crunchy fried pork lard and fresh juicy cockles which bursted with intoxicating brininess, both ingredients that greatly complemented the richness.
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[𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣] 𝙊𝙪𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙢 𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙁𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙆𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙏𝙚𝙤𝙬 𝙈𝙚𝙚
📍 𝗛𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗶𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲, 𝟱𝟯𝟭𝗔 𝗨𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝗦𝘁, # 𝟬𝟮-𝟭𝟳
⏱️ (Mon-Sat) 6am-3.30pm; 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑺𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔

Consider this Afro cafe in Keong Saik for your next coffee date, the second storey is a gorgeous space — chic and full of personality, with a touch of understated glamour. And more importantly, great coffee — though not quite in the same vein as your typical specialty coffeehouse.
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Their selection of coffee is diverse and unique, with plenty of African influences. Moreover, many would be charmed by their special Ubuntu blend's full-bodied and intense character, finished with subtle chocolate notes.
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This 𝗠𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶 𝗹𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲 ($6) was a charming display of their esotericism. The hokkaido milk made it dreamily creamy, but not at all cloying. A medley of spices including cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg added a complementary spice-forward complexity to the coffee, but in a tastefully-restrained ratio that would still endear to less adventurous palates.
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[𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣] 𝙆𝙖𝙛𝙚 𝙐𝙩𝙪
📍 𝟭𝟮 𝗝𝗶𝗮𝗸 𝗖𝗵𝘂𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗱, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟬𝟴𝟵𝟮𝟲𝟱
⏱️ Lunch (Wed-Fri) 10am-5pm, (Sat-Sun) 9am-5pm; Dinner (Wed-Thurs, Sun) 6pm-11pm, (Fri-Sat) 6pm-1am; 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑴𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑻𝒖𝒆𝒔𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔

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A pizza that many would fall in love with. Alas, whilst me and my pasta bae were going strong — she appeared. This 𝗽𝗶𝘇𝘇𝗮 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗺𝘀, 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗳𝗳𝗹𝗲, 𝗺𝗮𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗽𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝘂𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗼 ($35) was a sight to behold, unsurprisingly as it's one of their most well-known dishes.
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It was hard not to be seduced by the heavenly surge of truffle aroma which permeated the entire mouth upon the first bite — stunningly intoxicating. The mushroom-infused mascarpone also made for a rich and amazingly creamy base, with a dose of earthiness that elegantly melded with the heaviness of the truffle aroma. You wanna know what luxury tastes like? This was it.
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Pizza dough is always the deciding factor and Amò's pizza was doughier and chewier in the crust, which might not endear to some but it was pillowy with the perfect thickness so I was smitten nonetheless. Goodbye Valentina, 21st century romance is just so fleeting.
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[𝘾𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚 𝙌𝙪𝙖𝙮] 𝘼𝙢𝙤
📍 𝟯𝟯 𝗛𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗸𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝘁, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟬𝟱𝟵𝟲𝟳𝟮
⏱️ Lunch (Daily) 12pm-2.30pm; Dinner (Daily) 6pm-11pm

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𝗣𝗼𝗿𝗸 & 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗻 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗰𝘆 𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗽𝗼𝘁 ($29.90) — Nice pleasant spice with a bright piquancy. The ingredients were all delicious, particularly loved their juicy and flavourful chicken balls but their pork slices were pleasantly tender too. They also have a hokkaido king crab & scallop hotpot!
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[𝙏𝙖𝙣𝙟𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙋𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙧] 𝙄𝙯𝙖𝙠𝙖𝙮𝙖 𝙉𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙖𝙨𝙝𝙞
📍 𝟮 𝗖𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗴 𝗥𝗱, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟬𝟴𝟵𝟲𝟲𝟮 ⏱️ (Mon-Fri) 12pm-2.30pm; (Mon-Sat) 6pm-11pm; 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑺𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔

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𝗪𝗮𝗴𝘆𝘂 𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗸 ($32.90/100g) — Crazy juicy and tender, it released a torrent of decadent beefy flavours that made us swoon, as it melted orgasmically in our mouths. It goes perfectly with a side of alcoholism, especially since they offer a super value-for-money 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗳𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗵𝗼𝗹 ($35++/90mins or $55++/ 150mins), selection ranging from beers to highballs to sake.
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[𝙏𝙖𝙣𝙟𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙋𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙧] 𝙄𝙯𝙖𝙠𝙖𝙮𝙖 𝙉𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙖𝙨𝙝𝙞
📍 𝟮 𝗖𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗴 𝗥𝗱, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟬𝟴𝟵𝟲𝟲𝟮 ⏱️ (Mon-Fri) 12pm-2.30pm; (Mon-Sat) 6pm-11pm; 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑺𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔

𝗚𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗶𝘀𝗵 ($25.90 for 2 types) was just the Izakaya fishing for compliments on their grilling skills — stunningly well grilled, the crispy outer skin broke open to reveal juicy and soft flaky flesh. Full of flavour with a gentle smokiness, though depending on which variety you get it could be slightly salty.
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[𝙏𝙖𝙣𝙟𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙋𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙧] 𝙄𝙯𝙖𝙠𝙖𝙮𝙖 𝙉𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙖𝙨𝙝𝙞
📍 𝟮 𝗖𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗴 𝗥𝗱, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟬𝟴𝟵𝟲𝟲𝟮 ⏱️ (Mon-Fri) 12pm-2.30pm; (Mon-Sat) 6pm-11pm; 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑺𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔

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I fell in love here — with this stunning 𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘁𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗳 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸, 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗺𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗹𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗹𝗶𝗼 ($28). My gaze was immediately stolen by her ravishing amber strands.
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She was perfumed with playfully piquant orange notes, adventurously complementing her multi-faceted and rich personality, bestowed from the sexily-tender beef ragu flowing through her blood. She's endearingly down-to-earth, with the earthy fungi adding a balancing gravitas to otherwise very extroverted energy.
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She's also a passionate kisser with a good amount of moistness and, dare I say, perfectly-textured tongue — a touch softer than al dente, allowing that viscous beef ragu saliva to shine through.
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Please do your partner a favour, you too will fall deeply in love like me and Valentina — yes that's her name, she's Italian and 𝒘𝒆'𝒓𝒆 𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝑩𝑻𝑶 𝒇𝒍𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒐𝒐𝒏 .
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[𝘾𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚 𝙌𝙪𝙖𝙮] 𝘼𝙢𝙤
📍 𝟯𝟯 𝗛𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗸𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝘁, 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝟬𝟱𝟵𝟲𝟳𝟮
⏱️ Lunch (Daily) 12pm-2.30pm; Dinner (Daily) 6pm-11pm