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Sautéed spaghetti with sweet shrimp spicy XO
sauce topped with shio konbu, onsen egg and
ebiko @ $21++. I enjoyed this bowl of pasta a lot, and would come back for it again! Imagine dry pasta in hei bee hiam and shrimps - shiok! Try it to know it!

Warning: It can be quite spicy for some. Not for the faint-hearted.

What's better is that The Coffee Academics is on The Entertainer App, 1-for-1 Main Course!

$4.50 for a bowl of signature noodles at a coffee shop is a little steep. But considering the condiment mixture that's so well balanced, it's worth a try and perhaps a return visit! If you are a fan of spicy, ask for extra spicy cos that's what makes it balanced. The handmade "her giao" is relatively huge and starchy on the outside - tastes decent but I couldn't really figure out what exactly is inside. Would have been better if the noodles portion was given more too.

There are 2 stalls selling mala xiang guo and 香飘飘 (the bigger stall) always has a crowd. They have an extensive selection of ingredients and 大辣 is shiok! Try asking for 多汁少油! Most customers would pile up a whole plate of ingredients and share with their partners, families or friends.

Damage: $15.60

Generous serving of flavourful stir fried pork and kimchi. I actually prefer this stir fried pork to the spicy pork belly. Good enough to share between 2 and 4 persons. Fyi, Entertainer App allows 1-for-1 main course and this is one of those dishes.

Price: $18

This is supposed to be Seafood and Spring Onion Pancake but you can hardly see the spring onions. Nonetheless, the pancake is quite tasty and has seafood like shrimps and squid. Fyi, Entertainer App allows 1-for-1 main course and this is one of those dishes.

Price: $18

Always one of my go-to places if I have cravings for ramen and am at 313. Chabuton's ramen is always topped with white sesame (I like)! The char siew pieces are so tender that you can easily tear them using the chopsticks and spoon. You can also customise the hardness of the noodles, and request for less salt less oil. If you have a smaller appetite, order the half noodle (only applicable for ramen with 1 slice of char siew).

Price: $16.50++

Always in love with Lady M's mille crêpes - always have the right balance. This has layers of passion fruit infused cream topped with tangy passion fruit glaze. Sweet, sour and light - just right! Each slice is priced at $9.50.

Side note, the macchiato here is not what you would expect from other cafes. I didn't really like it.

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Was first introduced to the Putu Piring here by my colleagues because they said it's very famous and would usually attract long queues at the original stall at Haig Road. Since then, every time we are here for lunch, we would definitely end off with some Putu Piring. You would be surprised to see how much space this stall takes up - not the typical partial small stall!

Their Putu Piring (Malay version of Tutu Kueh) is very different from the Chinese version. There is only gula melaka for the filling, not coconut or peanut filling. And the flour used for the outer layer doesn't give off the powdery or flour taste. In fact, the texture is like some soft cakes. They would add some shredded coconut by the side. The coconut enhanced the overall taste because it's on the savoury side while the gula melaka brings out the sweetness of the delicacy!

It's a must try if you are in this area! 5 pieces for $2.50 only. They may fish out some packets from their cooler box (which is used to keep them hot). But still equally tasty!

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Located within Food Republic at Capitol Piazza, Guan's Mee Pok still guarantees a queue. They serve pretty interesting menu to deter from the typical BCM. A $5.80 bowl serves up mee pok with minced pork, a dumpling, half a flavoured egg and a piece of pork rind. You have the option to top up for fish maw, yakitori etc too! I think what differentiates them from the rest of the BCM stalls would be their ingredients and their special sauce for the noodles.

Fun fact: Their noodles are cooked to perfect springiness with the help of a countdown timer! Look out for it!

Arriving at 7pm on a Sunday evening and it wasn't as crowded as I had thought. However, it's still recommended to call and make a reservation. There is a large variety of food, especially seafood - crayfish that comes every 30 mins, flower crabs, mussels, oysters, scallops, squid, fish, prawns etc. And of course the typical marinated meat and vegetables. It's free flow drinks and ice cream too! We basically whacked the crayfish every now and then!

Just in case you were blur like us when we took our first serving of crayfish, you can actually ask the staff to help you cut the crayfish! It would sure save you a lot of time and effort. Damage: $35.20/pax

Arriving at 7pm on a Sunday evening and it wasn't as crowded as I had thought. However, it's still recommended to call and make a reservation. There is a large variety of food, especially seafood - crayfish that comes every 30 mins, flower crabs, mussels, oysters, scallops, squid, fish, prawns etc. And of course the typical marinated meat and vegetables. It's free flow drinks and ice cream too! We basically whacked the crayfish every now and then!

Just in case you were blur like us when we took our first serving of crayfish, you can actually ask the staff to help you cut the crayfish! It would sure save you a lot of time and effort. Damage: $35.20/pax

Was introduced to try this pandan kaya cake ($4.90) at HariAnns. They are newly opened at Suntec City, between Krispy Kreme and the money changer. Had high expectations since I love pandan kaya especially the one from Bengawan Solo.

Two thick layers of the pandan kaya fudge and only a thin layer of cake between them. I didn't enjoy it as much even though it sure tasted light and not too sweet. If they had balanced the cake and fudge more, it would have tasted better. Would still go back to Bengawan Solo to satisfy future cravings for pandan kaya cake!

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