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Check out this huge fatty slab of house grilled unagi that’s bound to have leave you satisfied. The (almost) boneless unagi was nicely grilled with a hint of charred smokiness, drizzled with a slightly sweet teriyaki sauce that could have been more to drench up the rice a little better. Although you can always break the onsen egg to have the rice soak up the runny yolk. Served with onsen egg, shimeiji mushrooms, and pickled cucumbers. A delicious option for those who don’t take beef like myself.

Thank you @burpple for the invitation and @hattendo_singapore for the hosting! Pipes by Hattendo is a Burpple Beyond partner where you can also enjoy some awesome 1-for-1 main dish deals like the Pipe Grain Bowls.

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It’s surprising that a cafe specializing in cream buns actually serve rather decent grain bowls. They really don’t disappoint, just like this chef recommended Fatty U grain bowl. Ah that smooth fattiness of the chestnut pork belly, all thanks to the 20 hours sous vide. I am one who’s afraid of biting into extremely fat pork belly but I am glad that this had a good meat-to-fat ratio and pretty flavourful. Served with nitamago, shimeiji mushrooms, pickled cucumbers and truffle slices that weren’t exuding much of an earthy aroma that I was expecting. A very filling grain bowl you have there!

Thank you @burpple for the invitation and @hattendo_singapore for the hosting! Pipes by Hattendo is a Burpple Beyond partner where you can also enjoy some awesome 1-for-1 main dish deals like the Pipe Grain Bowls.

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We were also presented with this considerable size salt grilled octopus tentacle. While it might come across as slightly bland and rubbery, I actually found it to be chewy especially when it’s thinly sliced. You can always sprinkle with some salt that’s provided by the side for more flavour anyway. In fact, with the piquant Yuzu dip, I wasn’t even craving for any additional saltiness as the sharp yet sweet dip imparted a different taste experience.

Thank you @burpple for the invitation and @hattendo_singapore for the hosting! Pipes by Hattendo is a Burpple Beyond partner where you can also enjoy some awesome 1-for-1 main dish deals.

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What beats starting the dinner off with an assortment of oysters paired with some smooth sake? Freshly air flown from Hiroshima, you would be delighted by the balance of briny tang and rich creaminess of the mollusk. I was initially worried that it might carry a rusty metallic taste, but the freshness proved that I was overly paranoid. Being a fan of ikura, I chose the one infused with ikura with much love as the popping texture played a significant role in the release of an incredible umaminess. Would love to try the sea grapes with quail egg oyster the next time!

Thank you @burpple for the invitation and @hattendo_singapore for the hosting! Pipes by Hattendo is a Burpple Beyond partner where you can also enjoy some awesome 1-for-1 main dish deals.

This sweet little thing on Bearded Bella’s menu caught our eye for firstly its fanciful name, Pain Perdu (aka fancy af French toast), and secondly a pink guava compote in a French toast. The pan-fried Brioche was fluffy, and drenched with much maple syrup. However, we struggled to detect any pink guava notes, but instead I found it more like a pink grapefruit. Additionally, it was a pretty thin layer of compote that was probably overshadowed by the sticky sweet maple syrup. Served along with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, fresh fruits and cardamom that was unfortunately undetectable as well.

Tiong Bahru Galicier will never fail to pop up if you are hunting for traditional nyonya kuehs. But due to its popularity, it can be difficult to catch specific kuehs, like this one that I have been missing out for a long time. Set on a moist, fluffy Pandan sponge base, the Putu Ayu appeared dense but sank in nicely with a good balance of airiness. There are 2 flavours on top; half with gula melaka that’s was stronger in flavour than the other half with white desiccated coconut. Personally preferred the gula melaka for the sweeter kick and the white desiccated coconut seemed more suitable for their kueh dardar.

Head down to Golden Mile Food Centre for a bowl of comforting Penang-style prawn noodle by @oneprawnnoodle before the food centre closes for renovation in December 2020. Indeed we were reminded of the 888 Hokkien (Prawn) Mee we had in Penang.

After trying it for the first time as a delivery, I was impressed particularly by the murky broth that was extremely rich. Even better when I had it at the stall for the second time as I also introduced it to the Boyf. The umami sweetness was alluring and addictive, every sip was a burst of crustacean flavour. We kinda wonder how much prawn shells actually went in for such a wonderful yet painstaking broth. Thanks to the extra crispy pork lard, you get an enhanced aromatic flavour. Served with fried shallots, kangkong, bean sprouts and a peeled prawn. You won’t want to miss those bouncy handmade prawn balls out that highlight the natural sweetness of fresh prawn meat and prawn roe either.

Just had to find out for myself how good these highly raved egg tarts from Joy Luck were since they landed on our shores. There are 2 options available; cookie and pastry skin. Queued for about 20-30 minutes, only to hear that there was a limitation on number of boxes per person, and that the pastry skin ones were already sold out.

An average egg tart, smooth consistency but I found the tart shell too buttery for my liking. It gets jelak after just 1 egg tart. Egg custard was just right for me as I prefer it not too be too eggy, but might not hit the spot for people who loves a strong eggy taste. I will probably stick to my Portuguese egg tarts.

Joyluck also offers other pastries like the boluo bun, which was a tad too dry, and beverages such as milk tea and almond tea.

Highly raved specializing in Taiwanese sandwiches, especially during the Circuit Breaker period where even getting a slot was almost impossible. And so I decided to patiently wait till I could dine in. Boasting of the Taiwan thick toast that they use at Fong Sheng Hao, the pleasant milkiness was evident as I took a bite, true to those that you would find in Taiwan.

Despite the slab of egg, melted gooey cheese and a slice of pork patty that was on the sweet side like bak kwa, I couldn’t quite find the price justifiable especially for the thin slice of pork. Good for a snack, but you might think twice for that price. Sandwich orders generally took longer to prepare as compare to other items like the mains as we observed.

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I had the fish crisp with tropical salsa burger which seemed to be an interesting and refreshing combination. Gotta say I enjoyed it quite a bit! Sandwiched between the 2 (again disappointing) buns were some iceberg lettuce, a size-able crispy breaded dory fillet and of course the tropical salsa, made with diced mango, bell peppers and raw onions. The tangy tropical salsa was a star that cut some grease from the deep fried fillet and I particularly enjoyed the sweet diced mango, although the sharp pungency of the raw onions was slightly offensive. As a whole, the burger was pretty delicious but more of the salsa would have been appreciated.

I chose soup of the day, which was a creamy pumpkin soup topped with croutons, and the Cajun fries as my 2 sides for the set meal. Fries was soggy, but the spicy Cajun made them slightly more appetizing.

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You’ve probably heard/read about this 3-month old hawker stall serving hipster burgers at Tiong Bahru Market. A pretty striking concept amidst the local delicacies.

To start off, we had the signature cheese skirt beef burger, cos’ that’s what we came for. Look at that glorious cheese skirt, I couldn’t help biting into its crispiness before anything else, although it was extremely salty and I highly recommend you to eat it together with the burger as a whole. 😂 While I am not a beef eater, I stole a small bite off the juicy patty from the boyf. Texture and juiciness on point, and the minced beef resembled a handmade patty. But we were turned off by the burger buns that were dry, unlike the pillowy kind that we were expecting. Each set comes with 2 sides of your choice; Cajun fries, soup of the day or garden salad.

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From beans to bar, just as Lemuel as promised. Enjoy a cup of single origin hot chocolate at Lemuel Chocolate tucked away at Westway, their second outlet apart from the one at Star Vista. Cozy space to hangout or simply to chill especially on a rainy day, as the human traffic is relatively low in the area. Each cup of hot chocolate boasts of a distinct fruitiness, notably from the cocoa beans that they used instead of processed chocolate. Worth every penny you pay. In addition, they also serve chocolate pastries such as brownies, bonbons and tarts, as well as organise scheduled workshops. Do note that some pastries are outlet specific.

Thanks to Burpple Beyond, we enjoyed 2 cups of hot chocolate at the price of 1! Warmed our hearts so much on a rainy afternoon!