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Also known as Goreng Pisang. These are 15 cm long, $1.50 each. Sweet soft inside & unforgettable crispness outside.

Besides the Black Chicken Herbal Soup, the restaurant also specialises in Turtle Soup (S$14.00/S$19.00) which has many health benefits and is good for the kidneys.  The tasty and velvety soup is also rich in collagen and this definitely serves as an ample reason for ladies to indulge in this delicacy on a regular basis.  The restaurant also offers a one-time free refill of the soup, which is great news for soup lovers (like me)! I really love the soups here and will definitely be back for more to satisfy my soup craving and pamper my health with their nutritious soups, along with a bowl of their fluffy and flavourful Yam Rice (S$1.30 per bowl). 🍚

Tan Ser Seng Herbs (Turtle) Restaurant
29 Lor Bachok
Singapore 387791
11.00am to 7.30pm (Closed on Thursdays)

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Date visited: 14/04/2018 (Sat, 11:20am)

Tong Heng is a traditional pastry shop that specializes in Cantonese pastries.

The famed diamond shaped Tong Heng egg tart is their best-selling product.

The egg tarts were warm when I got them.

The flaky thin crust was fragrant, and the wobbly soft egg custard was sweet (but not too sweet). Apparently, the shop only uses fresh eggs, water and sugar to make its egg custard.

A very nice treat!

I decided to buy 10 takeaway egg tarts, but to my shock, one of the staff told me he will pack 6 egg tarts in one takeaway box (since their newly designed takeaway box can only hold 6 egg tarts) and offered to pack the remaining 4 in plastic bags. -.-" (Recall: Flaky thin crust and wobbly soft custard)
In the end, I settled for 12 egg tarts.

To end on a good note, when I ate my last egg tart that night, it was still good.

Date visited: 07/04/2018 (Sat, 11:20am)

Tan Hock Seng is an old Hokkien confectionery. It is esteemed for its signature beh teh soh (马啼酥).

There was no queue when I reached. Managed to get my hands on a bag of fresh oven-baked; they were still warm when I bought them!

The beh teh soh has a flaky pastry with a sweet and salty filling. It is great that the pastry is fragrant and the filling is not overly sweet.

$4 for a pack of 5

The pastry should keep well for a week.

Can’t really see from the picture, but there’s sambal chili long beans, tofu & tempeh stir fry, and mixed vegetable tempura drizzled with their sweet chili sauce (yeah, isn’t that Japanese cuisine?!?)! The tempura is simply divine. Not too floury, within the incredibly thin and crisp outer layer lies a soft and fluffy batter that comes as a surprise on the first bite. Veggies inside are the perfect combination, providing just the right mix of savoury flavors. Well, there’s my fried food quota for the day, totally worth it I must say!

Quite a treat on the mock chicken, especially the roasted texture is almost similar to the real ones. $4 each plate.

Date of visit: 24/04/2018 (Tues; late afternoon)

Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry is a paradise that makes and sells a plethora of old-fashioned kuehs and baked products like old-school cakes and cookies.

Photograph: 1st row
Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry's kueh dardar

Its white coconut rolls are a firm favourite.

Typically, a kueh dardar is a rolled crepe filled with grated coconut steeped in gula melaka.

What set Tiong Bahru Galicier's kueh dardar apart from the others is its (white) coconut filling (instead of the usual brown/ orange coconut filling).

Galicier's coconut filling is flavoured with rock sugar (but not too sweet), and mixed with sesame seeds, enhancing its natural flavour.

I am not a fan of kueh dardar, but Galicier's kueh dardar has changed me. The rolled crepe is incredibly thin, making the kueh dardar so amazingly soft to bite into. Even on day 2, the coconut filling is still so moist. Amazing!

Kueh dardar: $0.80 each; $4 for a box of 5.

Photograph: 2nd row
Sweet potato ondeh ondeh
Glutinous rice balls rolled in freshly grated coconut.

The rice cake casing is orange in colour (instead of the usual green) because of the sweet potato used for its ondeh ondeh dough.

It is far more common to see the glutinous rice balls in a green hue as most people choose to use only glutinous rice flour.

The skin is soft and chewy. (Not too thick)

Right at the centre of this ondeh ondeh is a delicate centre of gula melaka (syrup) as the palm sugar has melted all the way through. The glutinous rice ball burst in my mouth when I took a bite.

The gula melaka (syrup) tastes really good. It could be because sesame seeds were added to enhance the overall flavour.

One of the best I have tried thus far. The box I bought didn't even make it to the fridge. Worth trying.

Bite-sized sweet potato ondeh ondeh: $0.60 each; A box of 15 for $9.

Photograph: Last row
Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry's putu ayu is another regular sell-out.

Putu ayu refers to a steamed pandan sponge cake crowned with shredded coconut.

The typical putu ayu cakes you see outside are white and green; from the grated coconut and the pandan cake respectively.

However, Galicier's savoury-sweet putu ayu is (usually) BROWN, white, and green.
(BROWN-> grated coconut flavoured with gula melaka for added fragrance)
(White-> grated coconut, slightly savoury, for a good balance of sweet and savoury.)

I'm not sure why some of Galicier's putu ayu cakes are ONLY white and green now but it was kind of disappointing for me. At least that was what I observed on my first visit when I briefly counted the ones on the cooling racks.

I took a glance through the stacks of six-pack putu ayu cakes and realised that in each six-pack, you only get 2 or 3 cakes capped by Galicier's usual signature BROWN and white crown... (Depending on which box you choose)

Not sure why. Perhaps it was only on that day (24/ 04/ 2018) Galicier did that.
...Rising costs? Out of gula melaka??

If that's the case, then the steamed cakes wld be something I will only try once.

$1 each; $6 for a box of 6

TOTAL DAMAGE on 24/ 04/ 2018: $30.20
$9 for 1 box of ondeh-ondeh (15pcs)
$12 for 2 boxes of putu ayu (2 X 6pcs)
$8 for 2 boxes of kueh dardar (2 X 5pcs)
$1.20 for a cheese bun.

The nonya kuehs are good to keep for 2 days (refrigerated). If you buy them on a Tuesday, Thursday should be the last day you consume them. Throw out on Friday.

Oyster Omelette, also affectionately known as "Orh Luak", is a must-try local dish I'd tell my friends from overseas. 😉 This gorgeous-looking plate of Orh Luak from Let's Eat at ION Orchard has all the colours and texture right. Even the egg and starch batter ratio was on point. Sadly, the taste and smell were way off and I had to make it clear that Orh Luak doesn't taste like that. 🤣

Came with normal white rice upon request. Rather tender the soy sauce was nice as well. However it's slightly pricey considering its chicken rice

NOTE that their lunch items are different for every day of the week, so check before you come

During lunch, not sure about the price during dinner

It's quite average and the crab meat wasnt stunning, but just like normal laksa, it's made much much better with their salty sambal

Just outside tangs, the cafe is pretty much an outdoor. The gourmet burgers limited menu caught my attention. Think they will have it until the end of April. Had the primetime ($38). Burger is filled with wagyu patty, foie gras stilton cheese, pickled onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, arugula. While the patty was good, bun was not soggy, what i realluly like wqs that creamy foie gras that kinda taste like a second sauce. 4.25/5