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Chasing away Monday Blues with an exploding salted egg yolk lava cookie, Volcano ($9.90 + $3.80 for one scoop of ice cream), from Creamery Boutique Ice Cream. The salted egg yolk lava is fragrant but not overly jelak - I like how it complements the brownie-ish cookie without overwhelming it. The black sesame ice cream is rich and smooth. Quite an enjoyable combination!

Finally jumped onto the bandwagon of the latest Har Cheong Gai craze at Ah Tan Wings new branch in Maxwell Food Centre (#01-03). I got the Wing Wing set ($5.20), which comprises of 2 shrimp paste wings, aromatic rice and fried egg. The signature wings are on point - they are the most intense Har Cheong Gai I have ever tasted. The shrimp paste aroma is super strong and the wings are very crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The tangy chili sauce cuts through the strong flavours and keeps the jelakness at bay. Along with the egg and aromatic rice, the meal is satisfying and sinful at the same time - definitely not to be missed if you are fan of Har Cheong Gai.

The walls of Legendary Bak Kut Teh are plastered with photos of celebrities who have visited the restaurant over the years - thankfully the food lives up to its reputation! The pork rib is tender and the bak kut teh soup is flavourful without being overly peppery. The braised pork trotter is soft and there is a good balance of fats and meat. Special shoutout to the fragrant mince meat fried egg and pork cutlet! We also ordered many other dishes such as Tau Kee (beancurd skin), braised large intestines and royale chives. The bill amounted to $147 for 5 adults, which is pretty reasonable given the quality of the food👍🏻

The Bak Chor Mee ($4.50) from Parklane Teochew Mushroom Minced Meat Mee (Bras Basah Complex) boasts of springy noodles tossed in a delicious chilli sauce. It comes with pork dumpling and free flow lard cubes and fried garlic cloves. I seldom find fried garlic cloves in BCM and it works surprisingly well - the strong garlic flavour complements the noodles and gives it an extra kick. The sauce is not very vinegary so I added an extra dash of vinegar to balance out the flavours to my liking. A pretty good bowl of BCM I must say:)!

To be honest, I seldom crave for fish soup as I generally lean towards more 重口味 food. I decided to try the the Assorted Soup with Ee Mee ($4.50) from Mr Batang Fish @ 96 (Amoy Street Food Centre #02-96) and it turned out to be surprisingly good! Maybe it should not have been such a surprise given the snaking lunchtime queue in front of the stall😅 I like that there is a good variety of ingredients compared to the usual fish soup, such as Batang slice fish, minced meat, prawns and vegetables. The fish is fresh, the prawns are crunchy and the clear looking soup is actually very flavourful. The tangy chilli ties up everything together with an extra oomph. Shall try the Tom Yum soup next time!

The Laotan Pickled Mustard Fish ($39 for small - good for 2 pax) from Qi Lai Feng features fresh mustard fish slices in a tangy and rich 酸菜 broth - it’s super addictive and delicious! The crunchy pickled vegetables, fish cake, konjac noodles and beancurd skin soak up the flavourful broth and go really well with rice. I like that the soup is mellow and not overly spicy, despite the pepper and chilli inside the broth. 棒棒哒!

This is my first time trying Teochew-style beef noodles. The Dry Mixed Beef Kway Teow with Tendon ($6) from Empress Place Teochew Beef Kway Teow (#01-43) is tossed in chilli and sesame oil instead of the usual thick gravy - I find it fragrant and delicious! The beef slices, tripe and beef balls are tender, fresh and they go well with the chilli, though I felt that the chilli could do with a little more acidity. The tendons are very soft, almost like a jelly that melts in your mouth. The beef broth that is served at the side is sweet and rich. Good stuff👍🏻!

I have been to Sanity Coffee a couple of times but this is the first time I tried their food menu:) I got myself a Margarita Piakssant ($5), which is a toasted flattened croissant (hence “piak”😂) with basil, tomato, cheese and marinara sauce. The piakssant is in between a croissant and a sandwich, and it is very melty and delicious - I finished it in no time. It is also available in two other flavours - Hawaiian and Sea Salt Nutella:) Gotta try them all!

Weekend calls for brunch🌈! The Cheeseburger ($26) from Rookery features a succulent medium-seared house blend beef patty, glazed bacon chop, mushroom, BBQ sauce, slaw and curly fries. Got this with Burpple Beyond’s one-for-one promo:) Burger craving satisfied!

The Lotus Root Peanut Pork Rib Soup ($4.50) from 香浓老火汤 at Maxwell Food Centre (#01-86) is perfect for the chilly weather lately. The soup is robustly flavoured, the peanuts and lotus roots add a nice crunch but what impressed me the most is the pork ribs - they are so thoroughly simmered that the meat falls apart without effort and the soft bone/ cartilage is of jelly consistency. Simple and comforting!

I have been a big fan of Madeleines and Financiers since I was a kid and I finally checked the financiers from Henri Charpentier off my wish list! The financiers ($2.50 per piece) are made with cultured butter from Hokkaido and aromatic Marcona and Fritz almond flour - one bite and I am sold😍 The financier is very soft, smooth and buttery on the inside. Though it melts in your mouth in an instance, the fragrance lingers on. The fluffiness is complemented by the golden brown, slightly firm and sticky texture on the outside. What an indulgent treat - would love to try their madeleines some day too!

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The Crispy Pork Jowl from New Ubin Seafood is a little pricey for an appetiser ($14 for 125g) BUT I have no regrets - the pork cheek is crispy on the outside and a perfect ratio of lean meat and fat that melts in your mouth on the inside. It comes with a miso gula melaka dip that is an addictive blend of sweet and savoury - we ended up dipping other food items in it as well, such as the potato wedges that came with the steak cubes. So good!