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Bánh Xèo ($15). We really underestimated the size of the Bánh Xèo, or crispy pancakes, served here. This must really be a group sharing size, and justifies the price for an appetizer. These are Vietnamese style pancakes made with rice flour, tiger prawns, sliced pork, mung beans, bean sprouts and mushrooms, served alongside a dipping fish sauce and some fresh greens. I got a little confused at first as to whether the greens should be used to wrap the pancakes or to be sandwiched in between the pancakes since the greens were relatively smaller than each slice of the pancake. But it’s entirely up to you how you wanna eat it. The overall flavour was rather complex to me; it actually felt like a murtabak with lots of different ingredients, especially stuffed with mung beans and bean sprouts. The mung beans were a little mushy, that created a soft texture that I felt was conflicting with the crispy pancake. Similarly, I couldn’t taste evidently the prawns as everything was masked underneath the taste of mung beans. It’s a little greasy too and gets jelak after a while, hence highly recommended to eat with those fresh greens and to enjoy as a sharing plate.
Miss Ha
23h
Phở Tái, Sliced Beef Phở ($14). A warm bowl of fresh rice noodles served in a fragrant beef knuckle broth with bean sprouts, scallions, white onion and fresh Vietnamese greens. There are choices of toppings like sliced beef, brisket and shank, beef meatballs of mixed. We went for the simplest, sliced beef, hoping to have a replication of the taste in Hanoi. Unfortunately the Phở here, in my opinion, was just average. The beef knuckle broth itself seemed to be lacking of flavour, and doesn’t quite hit the spot. Though the ingredients were quite generously added, I don’t appreciate being served the rice noodles that had already clumped up into a big chunk. I like the freshness of the greens and the tenderness of the sliced beef. I wouldn’t mind drinking the broth but it’s a far cry from the really good ones in Hanoi. You can now enjoy 1-for-1 main dishes on #burpplebeyond at Mộc Cottage!
Miss Ha
5h
Bún Chả Há Nội ($17). If you have ever been to Hanoi, you would know that Bún Chả is a traditional dish which originated from Hanoi. Here at the 3-week old @moc_cottagee along Tanjong Pagar Road, you can find a Bún Chả that resembles closely to the original dish in Vietnam. We heard that the owner is a Vietnamese, who also owns Mộc Quán at UE Square. Served on a large bamboo tray, there’s a small portion of Há Nội style rice vermicelli to pair with the grilled fatty pork, grilled meatball made of minced pork in a side dipping fish sauce,and a plethora of fresh herbs. First bite into the grilled pork belly hits the spot immediately; smokiness on point with a sweet saucy coating, just like the way they have it in Hanoi. Do take note of the amount of cartilages though. However, the meatballs were a little tough and seemed to be under-grilled. Personally I love the fresh herbs in Vietnamese cuisine that helps to cut grease, and I appreciate the fact that the portion here was rather generous. Thanks to @eatigo_sg, we bagged a 50% deal! It’s also on #burpplebeyond, so I am definitely coming back on days with cravings for Vietnamese food!
Miss Ha
3m
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Waffles & Ice Cream ($10) If you’re looking for some desserts after your mains, or a sweeter start to your morning, try the Waffles & Ice Cream at 6 Letter Coffee. There’s not a whole lot of flavours to pick from, so we got the Belgian Chocolate with this. There’s also an option to change the waffles to matcha or chocolate waffles (which I wanted to, but completely forgot while ordering!) which cost an additional $2. Thankfully, the regular waffles are pretty good already. This took a while to serve as the waffle griddle was heating up. It’s beautifully plated with two waffles sandwiching a scoop of ice cream of your choice, before being drizzled with chocolate syrup and granola. The waffles are slightly crisp on the outside, but easy to cut into. We realised that the waffles seemed to be overbrowned on one side, but it didn’t add too much bitterness from the browning, and instead worked well to balance the rich ice cream. The Belgian chocolate flavour was a great choice, as the chocolate was prominent, and there were chocolate chips as well as brownie bits in the scoop. The ice cream doesn’t melt that quickly, so you don’t have to gobble the dessert down, but I recommend pushing it off the waffles so they don’t get soggy. I think the granola was a nice touch. The additional crunch was so satisfying, but I think the oats could’ve been toasted longer or seasoned more as they still had a strong earthy and powdery taste. Actually, nuts would’ve probably done the same job but I appreciate the effort to add granola on top.
Melissa
30s
Arabiki Sausage & Pancakes ($12) Another item from the Breakfast and Brunch menu - the Arabiki Sausage & Pancakes is a marriage of sweet and savoury in a dish. Two arabiki sausages served with a sunny side up egg on two pancakes, with a garden salad and maple syrup. For some, this savoury-sweet combination is a no go, but I think this worked perfectly for me. These pancakes are by no means perfectly shaped or as beautiful as many of the other popular cafes, in fact they’re irregular and quite ugly as cafe pancakes go, but they taste awesome and that’s what counts. The top of the pancakes were slightly crispy, and the interiors soft and fluffy. There was a subtle sweetness to the pancake that made it so delicious to eat on its own, even without maple syrup. When paired with the savoury arabiki sausage and egg, I loved the flavour and texture contrast between the sweet and savoury components, but I guess not everyone would. The garden salad was only a side, but I really enjoyed it because of the creamy green dressing slathered on the crisp greens. Overall not a complex or beautifully plated dish, but well worth the $12.
Melissa
1m
Classic French Omelette ($12) The classic French omelette is chef’s recommendation under the Breakfast and Brunch menu - note that the Burpple Beyond deals can not be used for these items. This dish is a classic combination of fine herb, pork sausage and shiitake mushrooms in a buttery custardy egg pillow served with fresh garden salad and butter toasted sourdough. Seriously you can hardly go wrong with such a combination in eggs. The omelette is so cheesy, you gotta dig in quick before it hardens and watch that cheese pull! I think the omelette might have fared slightly better if it were a little less cooked and softer on the inside, but I’m not complaining because taste from the mushrooms, sausage and cheese more than make up for it. I enjoyed loading the omelette up on the sourdough bread, which didn’t have a distinct tang, but was chewy and not too dry. The garden salad was also great! 6 Letter Coffee uses a green dressing that’s ever so slightly sour, but so addictive when paired with the fresh leafy greens. If there was an option to upsize the salad, I’d probably do it. *Note: 6 Letter Coffee is GrabPay & FavePay-friendly!
Melissa
10m
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