Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, Sichuan Village serves up your classic szechuan dishes as well as skewers! The best part, they open till late (3am)!

A must have would include the spicy chicken 辣子鸡 as that sorta sets the benchmark for a good Szechuan store.

Oh boy were we in for a ride. If you're a fan of spice, you have to try this!! Although it looks fairly harmless, the spiciness hits you, till you get a tad bit dizzy, but after that when you settle back down, you realise how fragrant & addictive these tiny bites are & you go back again, only to realise that you're starting to get droplets of perspiration trickling off your forehead.

But fear not as you have your trusty ice cold beer 雪花 on the side to wash down all the spice & for you to put yourself through that "joy" again.

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Located at the Food Alley at Toa Payoh Central, just behind the string of BBT chains, lies Xing Hua Village, selling you your Putien classics!

One of the items is the 擦粉, fried vermicelli stewed in their lor mee broth, giving you abit of a bite from the noods with the glorious slurp worthy flavours of the broth.

As with the usual lor mee bowl, you've also got clams, prawns, chopped veggies & onions & shrooms with it.

This slurpy bowl comes at an affordable $5.90 and of a substantial portion too!

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A new store has opened up at Food Alley, replacing an old Thai one & is serving up Xing Hua food! Known as Xing Hua Village, you've got the classics such as the lor mee, fried vermicelli, and 擦粉, fried vermicelli in soup (which sorta tastes like mee sua, but with a bite).

The lor mee is flavourful without being too salty and the noods has a nice bite to it! At $5.90, it is quite a generous portion as 2 bowls can likely feed 3 pax (on a normal day). Ingredients wise, it comes with prawns, clams, chopped veggies, onions & shrooms, so definitely a valuable bowl!

Juicy slabs of pork chops that have been marinated with pommery mustard, sage & garlic before being grilled on the barbie.

We ordered it as a medium hence came with a slightly pink center, but it was slightly over cooked for a medium, but it's aite as it still maintained it's juiciness.

Each main comes with a side of salad & fries & a choice of sauce (black pepper, demi glacé or creamy mushroom).

If you're on burpple beyond, this is one of its selections!

The ingenious move of combining a cinna roll & croissant is a perfect matchmake in heaven! 😍

A flaky, crispy exterior, paired with a soft, fluffy & sweet interior makes this a delish pastry to have with coffee, or just as a snack by itself!

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Perfectly fried truffle mushroom risotto rice balls, stacked atop each other in a tomato-based pond & topped with grated parmesan is not something you'd think of when you head to a pizza parlour. But boy does this catch your eye & appetite when you order it!

The hint of truffle is subtle (smell-wise), but when you bite into it, the gentle aroma of truffle perfumes every possible taste bud & senses in your body to give you that nice oomph, leaving you wanting to dive into it another time.

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Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup ($16) comes with Murcia Al Vino, Ham, Brioche, Tomatoes & a side of Cucumber Pickles.

Tbh, if you separated the dish into two, their grilled cheese turned out to be a pretty decent croque madame, with a well-packed meaty center & loaded up with LOADS of cheese. As for the tomato soup, while it tastes smokey & slightly tangy at first, the flavour dissolves at the end to give you a watery finish which was a slight turn off. 😕 But I guess the grilled cheese/croque madame made up for it!

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A sweltering tiring day calls for some iced coffee, & I'm glad to find one 10 mins away from home!

Olla Specialty Coffee serves up nylon beans, both as filter options & espresso options & is located in the vicinity of Sunset Way (near all the newly hyped ice cream stores).

Although slightly tucked away, their store is still bustling with takeaway orders & dine-ins during a weekday lunch hour.

Their iced white comes as a perfect balance between coffee & milk, with a slightly sweet toffee-like finish.

Best of all, available on #BurppleBeyond! So 2 coffees for the price of 1!

A sweltering tiring day calls for some iced coffee, & I'm glad to find one 10 mins away from home!

Olla Specialty Coffee serves up nylon beans, both as filter options & espresso options & is located in the vicinity of Sunset Way (near all the newly hyped ice cream stores).

Although slightly tucked away, their store is still bustling with takeaway orders & dine-ins during a weekday lunch hour.

Their iced white comes as a perfect balance between coffee & milk, with a slightly sweet toffee-like finish.

Best of all, available on #BurppleBeyond! So 2 coffees for the price of 1!

Newly opened outlet, Alchemist (The Mill) is located within an old neighbourhood of Bukit Merah, in between industrial buildings. I reckon that's the direction they're going towards.

The menu is simple - black, white, chocolate, filter, iced or hot.

They serve 2 espresso beans options - the usual Dark Matter, Brazil & Colombia mix & Don Alfonso, a Costa Rico mix.

The white with Dark Matter brings out the chocolate-y notes of the beans, with a caramel-like sweet ending notes, which makes it easy on the palate.

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Snaking long queues can be found at the front of this Hokkien Mee store as it was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand & have been featured in the Michelin Guide.

Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee is no stranger to those who frequent Tiong Bahru Marker with it's semi-wet stir-fried noodles and prawns cooked in prawn broth & a side of sweet sambal chilli.

It is a decent plate of hokkien mee no doubt, but I felt that it was lacking some wok hei (wok's smokiness) and a thicker prawn stock/base to bring out the flavours of the seafood used. Nonetheless, still one of the must-haves to go for (if the queue is short) when you're around!

Snaking long queues can be found at the front of this Hokkien Mee store as it was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand & have been featured in the Michelin Guide.

Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee is no stranger to those who frequent Tiong Bahru Marker with it's semi-wet stir-fried noodles and prawns cooked in prawn broth & a side of sweet sambal chilli.

It is a decent plate of hokkien mee no doubt, but I felt that it was lacking some wok hei (wok's smokiness) and a thicker prawn stock/base to bring out the flavours of the seafood used. Nonetheless, still one of the must-haves to go for (if the queue is short) when you're around!