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Are you Team Dum Biryani or Team Mandi Biryani (Arabic version)? If it’s up to me to choose, I will say to go for both of them! The Chicken Dum Biryani ($6.50) is the version that we are all familiar with, in which the marinated chicken is cooked together with the basmati rice while the Chicken Mandi Biryani ($6.50) is not commonly seen elsewhere. What makes the mandi unique is that the rice is cooked in a mandi spice mixture and separate from the chicken. Upon each order, the chicken is then blow-torched to give it a smoky aroma and charred flavour. Just the appearance and colour alone is able to distinguish both biryanis and each is served with a different condiment. The mandi comes with a side of yogurt and green chilli chutney, the latter very similar to the Thai green chilli sauce, while the dum briyani comes with a dhal and a chutney that I suspect is made from plums. Overall, an excellent go-to for biryanis which you will surely feel satisfied and fulfilled at the end of the meal. •••••••••••••••••••• 📍Café Mariam 116 Changi Road, Unit 01-02, Singapore 419718
Julius
3w
Mandhi Briyani This massive platter with chicken and mutton fed 5 of us comfortably and we could not stop digging in! The long grained rice was tasty and full of flavour, but not at all oily, and the tender meat had been torched to give it that lovely smokey flavour. Am usually not a fan of mutton but in this case, the mutton was very well cooked and not too Camry. We also had a separate serving of chicken dum briyani and it was very very good as well. Huge fan of this. Go early since there is little seating!
V
14w
Smoky and Fragrant Nasi Briyani in the East There is Chicken Dum Briyani, Mutton Briyani and the Arab-style Mandi Briyani (price depends on size) on the menu. Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/cafe-mariam-nasi-biryani/
Maureen
19w
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[📍Urban Loaf factory, Alexandra Singapore] Always my to-go place for [email protected] I really loveeeee their sourdough sooooo much!!! Their sourdough bread is always so moist, spongy and fluffy and not too sour/tangy. I really love the perfect harmonisation of the slight tanginess and natural sweetness~😊 Really the BEST sourdough I've eaten in SG. The ones that i had at elsewhere are usually very hard and dry but Valerie's version is simply so soft with a deep rich profile and really aromatic! They have a good range of sourdough flavours, ranging from the classic, rye, nutty (eg. Tri-seed rye), savoury (eg. sundried tomato and feta cheese, olive garlic, onion cheese) to sweet flavours (eg. Cranberry walnut, cinnamon and chocolate banana). With such a wide variety of flavours, one would definitely be spoilt for choices.They come in either half loaf ($5-7) or full loaf ($8-12). Each loaf is seriously packed with lots of ingredients~ love their generosity with the ingredients. My always to go favourites are the: 1) Tri-seed rye 2) Cranberry walnut (which is their no. 1 best seller) The spinach and cheese is also very nice!!! Actually all their flavours are really good so there is always something for everyone~ Shall try the classic sourdough / rye version on my next stock up! I love how you can simply put it in the freezer to keep it for up to a month~ just have to microwave it for 30-40s before popping these gems into your mouth🤤 even after freezing and microwaving, their moisture, softness and chewiness still retains. Taste: 5/5 Worth it: 5/5 Although sourdough bread are pricer than normal loaf of bread that you get from supermarket, i feel that these naturally leaven bread are a good investment due to the myriad of health benefits: low in gluten, good source of prebiotics, preservative-free and low in GI. Also urbanloaf factory's pricing is really similar to the market rate and with such as awesome taste, they are SO DAMN WORTH IT Overall Ratings: 10/10 No go Can go MUST GO😊YAASS #burpple
Jie Yin
18w
Sundried Tomato with Feta Cheese n Olive Rye ($7 for half loaf; $12 for full) I may be a bit biased but I really liked this flavour-packed loaf as it is filled with some of my favourite ingredients. The darker rye base is the perfect canvas for the strong flavours. It's great toasted (then drizzled with EVOO), but just as good eaten straight from the bag.
Muriel
36w
Cranberry Walnut ($7 for half loaf; $12 for full) If you're not too fond of hard crusts and dense sourdough, then Urban Loaf's style is for you. The crust and insides are soft with a nice bite, yet still crisp up well when toasted. They are super generous with the fillings — we enjoyed this and the Apricot Fig Flaxseed. Next time, the Dark Chocolate Banana is on my list.
Muriel
36w
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Ciabatta Kaya Toast 🍞 God sent breakfast on such a rainy morning :')) Can't decide whether you want steam kaya bread or kaya toast? Here is an innovative twist to the usual toast you have! They use lightly toasted ciabatta bread which has the crisp on the outside and fluff on the inside!! Best eaten when it's still hot. But fret not, even when it cools, IT MAINTAINS THE CRISP :')) The kaya is freshly made daily, and is not too sweet which is perfect for me! If you prefer "asian" coffee like me, their Kopi O is soooooooooooo fragrant 🖤 Now this is literally my to-go to place for "traditional" kaya toast 😋😋
Shermaine
4w
When I used to work in the CBD area, Good Morning Nanyang Café used to be a frequent spot for coffee and toast, especially for their Orange Ciabatta Kaya Toast. Lightly toasted upon order, the crispy outside and fluffy inside is an amazing bite and there are even bits of orange peel hidden within the bread with their homemade kaya sandwiched between it. What’s also difference with them versus the other brands is that their kaya is more of an eggy consistency which has a much better texture as compared to the more commonly seen kaya. Furthermore, the kaya is just mildly sweet, which is perfect to pair with the bitter orange peel and traditional kopi. •••••••••••••••••••• 📍 Good Morning Nanyang Café 14 Scotts Rd, Unit 02-23, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Julius
7w
Best Kaya Toast (Better Than Yakun) Step aside Yakun. This is the best Kaya toast in town. My favourite is the ciabatta Kaya toast, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. The Kaya is excellent too.
Mich
18w
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If I liked what they had to offer during their soft launch, well I’m now completely in love with Lucid. Since their official opening, they’ve switched out their espresso blend to one of a medium-dark roast from Taiwan. I love it, LOVE IT. I’m a big fan of darker roasts and bolder, nuttier flavours; so if I liked their coffee back when they were having a milder, more acidic brew, what more when they’re using beans of a flavour profile I prefer? 🥰 The current blend makes for a delightful iced Strong Black ($5) with a great balance of bitterness and really mild acidity, and of course works wonders in milk-based drinks. I tried their iced Mocha ($6.50) as well, and I’d call that among the best mochas I’ve had in Singapore. It’s not one for the sweet-toothed, focusing on the quality of the coffee and chocolate instead of masking it all up with sugar. The chocolate comes in as a nutty, cocoa kinda earthy sweetness towards the end, complementing and even imho enhancing the flavours of the espresso. Let’s just say I’m now a huge fan.
Nobelle
5d
Newly opened Lucid is one of the new kids on the block in the bustling Lavender vicinity. We were there during the soft launch phase and Lucid will be officially opened in the mid of February, so do check them out for coffee and bakes. •••••••••••••••••••• 📍Lucid 38 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209208
Julius
2w
Cloud Beta v0.1 One place that one would not have missed if scrolling through social media over the last few weeks, LUCID is a new space that serves up specialty coffee and cakes at Hamilton Road in the Jalan Besar neighbourhood; the latter sourced from Thoughts Bake. The Cloud Beta v0.1 features elements such as Ivoire Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Basil filling, and Shortbread base; slicing through the white chocolate mousse layer on the exterior, the mousse was considerably smooth, while the inside reveals a tart filling that gives a refreshing tang from the infusion of basil into the strawberry filling — a very classic combination of flavours, with the shortbread base giving a good buttery crunch. Not the first place to serve up a cloud-shaped cake, but a pretty decent one nonetheless that fits that raw aesthetic of the space
Xing Wei
2w
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For Bold Flavours and Good Times Open for dinner from Friday to Sunday is chef Bjorn Shen's new concept housed in the courtyard of Artichoke. Grab three foodie friends and reserve your seats for dinner (omakase, from $650 for four pax) at what might be the world's tiniest pizza bar. Knockouts include the soupy clam-laden Pizza Vongole, the umamilicous squid ink Pizza Black, and the show-stopping Pizza Alla Banh Mi — a pizza-wich with kurobuta pork, pickles, herbs and pate mayo. P.S. Bookings open at 12pm on the 24th of each month. Photo by Burppler Jason Wong
Burpple
1w
Pizza Alla Banh Mi The pièce de résistance at Bjorn Shen’s upcoming @smalls_sg omakase($500++/4 pax) is not a pizza per se. This bad boy banh mi sees the signature pizza base in sandwich form, fully loaded with kurobuta pork chop, mortadella, unctuous pate mayo, a shitload of pickles, herbs and greens, and the secret ingredient which makes a banh mi taste like a banh mi – Maggi sauce. Each bite is a guaranteed flavour and textural beast. Completely worth the visit just for this dope ass super sub. Very nais. << Invited tasting >> Taste: 4.5/5
Jason
5w
Pizza Vongole No biggie @smalls_sg is just opening its doors next month and Bjorn Shen will be personally dishing out his killer Neapolitan-style pizzas to no doubt very eager punters. His omakase-style dinner will feature oft-times nostalgia-fueled twists on Italian dishes, such as this gorgeous Pizza Vongole inspired by his first job cooking pasta at a cafe in Tanglin Mall. Loaded with succulent Sunset Clams from Lombok sauteed with butter, garlic and white wine, heirloom yellow tomatoes, samphire and cow's milk mozzarella as well as Pecorino, this moist cheese pie will make you weak in the knees. It’s finished with a fragrant spring onion oil that adds an extra punch of umami. Online reservations at smalls.at.me will open up to the public on 24th January so watch their Instagram for the drop and be quick, because this hole-in-the-wall eatery only seats 4 and will be hosting only 1 session(for now) each on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. << Invited tasting >>
Jason
1w
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For Attractive Local Favourites Turned Vegetarian This quaint hidden gem tucked away in Joo Chiat allows vegetarians to get a taste of the local cuisine while staying meat-free. Served with bowl of sweet corn soup, the Kampung Fried Rice Set ($10.90) is a delectably smoky, belacan-infused dish with soy-prawn and tender mock satay doused in a creamy peanut sauce. Another popular alternative is the coconutty Nyonya Laksa Lemak ($9.90) that has tons of mock prawns, fishcakes and tofu soaked nicely in a rich and creamy spice-filled broth. Photo by Burppler Jason Wong
Burpple
40w
The Mee Siam Is Awesome! I come here on a regular basis now because I love it so much. Tried the Mee Siam ($9.90) today and it blew me away! It was a huge bowl, with very tasty gravy, topped with crispy tai pok, mock fish balls and fish cakes. Take note that this dish is only available on Wednesdays!
S
1y
So Good, You Won’t Even Know It’s Vegan! I think this is my favourite vegan restaurant in Singapore now. Everything I’ve had here is awesome. This time I decided to try the Teochew mee pok ($9.90) which didn’t disappoint. The perfectly cooked mee pok came with a yummy mushroom-based topping, “fishcakes” and “fishballs”. The portion is much bigger than you would get in a Hawker centre. I also highly recommend their warm soymilk. It can be tough to find a place to go to with non-vegans/vegetarians but Loving Hut is the perfect solution to that. They offer vegan renditions of local dishes (laksa, char kway teow etc), Chinese food, Western food and more!
S
2y
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