Tangy enough that it didn’t need me to dirty my hands with a squeeze of lime, this bowl of saucy noodz was quite satisfying, but I left still feeling hungry. The friendly owner told me her customers had feedbacked that the portions were previously too large, hence she tweaked it to the current smaller serving size, but to please ask her for an upsize next time!

Taste: 3/5

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Lin's Braised is as new stall at Dunman Food Centre that has an intriguing combination of braised pork rice and fish soup on their menu. I tried the former and it was an immensely comforting bowl of home-cooked style food from the heart.

Made from 16 spices, the braising sauce is aromatic and savoury, imbuing the pork, tau pok and tau kwa with its essence. Along with a hardboiled egg, preserved vegetables and a pile of steaming, sauce drenched rice, this is more than a complete meal on its own.

271 Onan Road #02-29
Singapore 424768

Taste: 3.5/5

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Thanks @sonja_jeanine for bringing these delish begedils from @shuhbakes! Made from a blend of tauhu and potato, these bite-sized fuffy balls have all the flavour of traditional begedil without the heaviness. The beef version has bits of minced meat in its core, adding an extra savoury note. Even better, it’s served with a tongue scorching yet addictive chilli sauce. Apply with caution as a little goes a long way!

Taste: 4/5

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No number of adjectives could do justice to these crackin' crackling beauties. The fatty, tender hunks of tasty pork are good enough on their own, but more importantly are capped with an incredibly crunchy layer of shatteringly crisp skin. What's even more surprising was the pig liver sauce, with a flavour that reminded me immediately of pork floss. Genius.

Taste: 4.5/5

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Chopped pork and chicken liver with onions and pepper topped with a raw egg on a hotplate. Simple and rustic, especially so when there's bits of crunchy cartilage nestled within, but still enjoyable when seasoned with vinegar and a squeeze of fresh calamansi.

Taste: 3/5

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Not too sweet nor thick, the gravy nevertheless still had enough body and flavour, with a pleasantly spicy punch and I think I even tasted hints of dried shrimp. Loads of shallots, spring onion and green chilli is the way I like it too, but the tau kwa was a tad too chewy this time round.

Taste: 3/5

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The generous amount of preserved radish is what makes the carrot cake here appealing to me. Its crunch and tang help break the monotony of the silky smooth and soft blocks of sweet dark soy sauce-stained carrot cake streaked through with ribbons of egg.

Taste: 3.5/5

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Off the beaten track(extremely) in one of the sleepiest HDB estates I’ve been to, @reiwasoba.sg is opened by a Japanese couple and they sell buckwheat soba freshly made on-site by their Thai cook(who has also left her mark on the menu with some Thai dishes). To keep costs low, they run the business out of a kopitiam in Kelantan Lane, with an idyllic view of Rochor River.

I braved the journey there mostly to satisfy my curiosity for such an odd combination of location, culture and circumstance, as well as for the food of course.

The noodles are decent - delicate and slightly firm, and go well dipped into the aromatic tsuyu made with chilli oil, chicken and fish broth. With only a few thin slices of Spanish pork, $12 is a little on the steep side and I left still feeling hungry, but the quality is definitely there.

Taste: 3.5/5

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Don’t be afraid of the dark, this stout is easy on the belly but goes hard on flavour. Coffee dominates the palate with a smoothly lingering dark chocolate finish. Match its robustness with the smoky greasiness of char kway teow or the richness of pork satay from Chinatown Complex Food Centre.

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Probably the smallest craft beer place in town, Mikeller takes over the premises of what used to be Good Beer Company.

Their refined and balanced yet extremely flavourful beers are a perfect match for the plethora of great hawker food its neighbours are known for.

The Vesterbro Wit, a refreshing wheat beer with splashes of cinnamon, allspice and banana, is not the first beer that comes to mind when you think of tze char, but here complements the sweet and sour pork beautifully, the inherent notes of tropical sweetness in both food and drink the common thread that ties everything together.

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Bland dumplings that seemed to suffer from freezer burn and an underseasoned chilli oil meant this dish was seriously lacking in flavour. Disappointing since this stall in Marine Parade Food Centre selling China cuisine looked popular and promising.

中华面馆
84 Marine Parade Central #01-49

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Not authentic by a long shot, but for $10 this is pretty good. Rich and thick, the parmesan infused cream sauce is tasty but does get cloying after a few mouthfuls, especially with the beautifully oozy egg mixed in, but is helped along by the saltiness of the smoky bacon.

Thanks @burpple for the invite and @dstarbistro for the hospitality!

Taste: 3/5