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Gobi Manchuria. ($10)
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This dish from The Banana Leaf Apollo is good for sharing. The Gobi Manchurian is made using cauliflower thats battered then fried and tossed with their special sweet and sticky sauce. Addictive to munch on as a side though too much of it can get a little salty.

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Butter Chicken ($14)
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Craving this silky smooth butter chicken and some warm naans to mop up all that sauce from @thebananaleafapolo . They use boneless chicken thigh for this dish so both the gravy and chicken are amazing.

Fried Hokkien Mee ($5)
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Aside from the usual curry rice from Beo Crescent that everyone raves about, 洋洲fried hokkien mee is an almost equally popular stall located just a few shops down at a nearby coffeeshop. This may not be the best I’ve had but certainly comes up as above average. I love my plate oozing with the thick gravy that’s been infused with wok-hei.

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Klang Bah Kut Teh ($7)
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Serving both the dry and wet Malaysian style Klang bah kut teh at Leong Lee Klang Bah Kut Teh, these are actually quite different from the peppery ones we are so used to having. The wet version here is peppery too but carries a heavy herbal taste too whilst the dry version can be described as a gong bao sauce mixed with a generous amount of dried cuttlefish, making the thick black gravy an umami flavour burst. For those unaccustomed to such herbaceous flavours, it may take a little getting used to but I definitely loved dousing my rice with the rich black gravy. Also to note that side dishes are very economical eg. shrimp paste fried chicken is only $6.50/plate.

Half Chicken ($16)
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So it has been a while since I visited Go-Ang Pratunam’s shop in Bangkok that boasts snaking queues. Thankfully, a branch has opened up at the basement of Vivocity. We promptly ordered half a chicken and a soup. The chicken was surprisingly tender and silky smooth. However some parts were leaning towards the drier side. We were also rather perplexed as to the amount of pieces of meat that resembled chicken breast. There seemed to be too many pieces of breast meat as compared with the thigh meat.

Chicken Chashu Ramen ($13.90)
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The distinct aroma of seafood fills the entire restaurant at Tokusei Souper Ramen located at Raffles exchange. The restaurant serves 3 types of broth with their ramen. The most eye-catching one being their kani ramen that has its broth made from the sweetness of crabs. The soup is similar to a crab bisque, totally slurpworthy though I do prefer it a little less thick. The chicken thigh chashu reminds me of teriyaki chicken and was juicy and tender. Overall, quite good value for the pricepoint.
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Thai Kway Chup ($5)
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Super late to the party @yaowaratthaikwaychap but really enjoyed my meal here. Although the taste still falls short of my favourite roadside stall in BKK, this is a good version no less. Think peppery soup, sweet thai sausages, crispy pork belly and a generous dose of sliced pork cooked to perfection served with rolled kway. Add a dash of the chilli flakes to give a bigger kick! Also worth ordering are the fried intestines ($8) and the stirfried cabbage($5).

Hotate (Scallop) with Ikura Don ($28.80)
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Newly open @DonburiKingSG located on the 3rd floor of the new Paya Lebar Quarter. A cosy space of only 18 seats, the restaurant boasts a countertop seating so that you can watch your donburi being prepared. What’s great about the space is that there is finally another option for people who enjoy sashimi and people who don’t take raw to head to the same restaurant as this place serves both cooked food and raw fish dons.
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My favourite don of the evening has to be the Hotate with Ikura Don. Think succulent lightly torched Japanese scallops mixed with ikura and negitoro to deliver a great umami taste with each spoonful. Tamago slices are also served together with the bowl. Although the price tag may be on the hefty side, the premium ingredients imported from Japan more than justifies this. A good side to order is their fried shisamo ($3 for 3 pieces). Lightly battered, this was just delicious and inexpensive.
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Thanks @burpple for extending the invitation for this #burppleeatup and @DonburiKingsg for your warm hospitality and for hosting this event.

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Samurai Kueh Pie Tee ($8)
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Tried out the newly open @babasan.sg and was rather impressed with their fushion menu sparking much creativity that works. The interresting kueh pie tee has been given an uplift with the usual radish filling being replaced with a mix of coleslaw, unagi, tobiko and bonito. The result is a much more flavourful KPT than the usual. Aside from this, the mains are also worth exploring as they marry very local fare into dishes like ramen and roasted pork belly. With #burpplebeyond ,it’s even more worth a try!

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Curry Chicken Cutlet Noodles ($4)
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My tummy’s best friend, we meet again after so long. You remain as succulent as ever with an ultra crispy exterior coated in a thick and slick delicious curry sauce. I hope our next meet will not be as long as this. Also made a new friend in the laksa yong tau fu. It’s really amazing that 2 similar curry gravies can deliver very different flavour profiles. Cantonese Delights is one of my all time go-to faves for a curry and fried chicken fix.

Fried Hokkien Mee ($5)
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Not sure what the rave was about @namsinghokkienfried . Felt that the ingredients were not well mixed together and all the components from the stock to the beehoon and mee all tasted pretty distinct. I prefer mine all coming through as one with a tad of mushiness. The wok-hei was also lacking and I wasn’t impressed to find halved prawns on my plate. The time taken to halve them and the impression it gives to customers just doesn’t commensurate with the effort. For the amount I’m paying, I think my prawns should come whole.

Cookies ‘n Cream Supreme ($20)
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Like a hipster hairdo, the cookies ‘n cream crazy shake lives up to being crazy. This sugar-laden shake is literally not meant for the fainthearted and needs to be shared amongst 3 or maybe even 4. Topped with a gigantic cookies and cream sandwich that has been stacked with loads of cream stuck on with more whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. Worth a try once. Just once.