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I liked the prawn paste chicken ($8 - S), it was crisp, juicy and fragrant! Another must order would be the fluffy chaipoh omelette ($5 - S). Greasy but as with all fantastic tasting eggs, it’s worth the calories to me. Would’ve liked more chaipoh in it, but it’s probably just a little inconsistency.

The dark sauce of the clay pot pork liver ($8 - S) was very tasty, and liver was tender, a little powdery but pretty decent (prefer Nan Zhen’s in the same hawker centre); the claypot brinjal was good though gravy was quite similar. We enjoyed the long bean sambal too - had a good spicy kick and cooked just right so it still had a nice crunch. The fried sambal lala was the least impressive of the dishes we ordered as it lacked the plumpness and sweetness that we expected from fresh clams. Enjoyed the sauce though it tasted more like those of chili crab than sambal with the addition of egg and sweetness. 📍 4pm - 1am
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Xin Cuisine’s signature home-style roasted duck with tea leaves was fantastic, juicy with crackling skin, though there wasn’t a strong hint of tea (which I’d have expected since it’s part of the name😂). My favorite was definitely the fresh steamed red garoupa with fragrant & raw minced garlic which I happily devoured. We also had braised shredded abalone soup with fish maw, sea cucumber, dried scallops and fish maw/ braised pig trotters beehoon (portion was huge! And the skin was gelatinous)/ dessert was meh but I found the textures interesting since they used dragonfruit in the mango pomelo sago; and I liked the crisp batter of the fried niangao (which I also happily finished because my boss said eat = 步步高升)🤑💰 #burpple

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Unlike the former, there’s no requirements of ordering alcohol. Hits and misses with a whole lot more offals on the menu than Nobu but still pretty decent overall.
Personal favourite would be the Motsuni ($6) & Sujini ($10), both of which were pretty similar with comfortingly sweet-savoury broth and a mix of chicken offals; while the latter was of very tender, braised beef tendon, with a dash of horseradish. Loved the daikon and konnyaku in them!!! My meal would probably have easily been settled with a bowl of rice to pair with either dishes.

One of my favourite side has got to be Zuri ($6), of chewy grilled gizzards with salt. We also had a couple of other dishes like the soy marinated liver which was too salty for my liking; Moyashi (salted bean sprouts, $4), Uzura (braised quail eggs, $4), Nankotsu (fried chicken cartilage, $8). All of which probably would’ve gone well with some alcohol 😛. #burpple

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Switching it up from their classic lobster roll, the split-top bun is packed with snow and blue swimmer crab shreds in both chili crab/ black pepper crab flavours so the indecisives can get to try both - but of course if you already know what you like, you could always request for a full one-flavour crab bun! Should you go for the halfsies, start with the savoury-sweet chilli crab half before black pepper as the latter is more overwhelming with a bit of spicy kick. I’m not as big a fan of crab as I am of lobster so the lobster roll is still my favourite out of the two. Special mentions to the the crisp chunky fries, and the pairing of refreshing coleslaw served alongside!

The Kopi Chendol, which I absolutely loved works as both a dessert/ thirst quencher. The concoction of 2 espresso shots (but felt like it could do with a stronger taste of coffee) with fresh + coconut milk and gula melaka sourced from Melaka, was not cloying, with a generous amount of pandan jelly and homemade coconut sable so there’s some contrast of textures.
Thank you #burpple for the kind invite and @dgoodcafe for the kind hospitality!

This was surprisingly satisfying to me! Buttered buns wasn’t the best, not exactly crisp, nor fluffy and soft like their original cream bun but overall wasn’t too dry thanks to the appetizing sweet/sour sauce & homemade tartar. Fried chicken was very crispy and juicy without much greasiness and the vegetables also helped to cut through any signs of it. I liked how the sliced tomato and generous amount of refreshingly crunchy cabbage didn’t make the bun soggy + was very thinly shredded so I don’t feel like a bunny.

Truffle fries were essentially fries (remained crispy for quite awhile) with truffle-infused mayo dip. Could do with more truffle.

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You probably can tell how much the place means to them - just look at the handmade menu and how the owners are hands-on with making your coffee. My iced (drip) coffee was great, potent, clean-tasting and definitely a good perkmeup. + they’re really very attentive too!
Limited selection of only curry rice, or toast and zenzai (red bean dessert), along with beverages on the menu. Both of us got the curry rice set (1300¥), comes with zenzai and coffee/tea. Curry was super tasty, creamy and slightly sweet; so despite the rather small portion of meat, I managed to finish everything - it was good enough to eat just the curry with rice on its own.
The fun part is choosing your own cup upon ordering a hot drink. There’s also a very charming spot of an irori fireplace for the zenzai - it’s refillable! And refill you will, because the zenzai was so darn good even for someone who hates red beans. These were plump, sweet and not at all mushy, and the soup was comfortingly refreshing - the hot version a slightly thicker consistency but with flavours more prominent than the cold. 📍 落人/ Ochudo
792 Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627 Gifu Prefecture
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Loved the experience! The staff were all knowledgeable, helpful and 2 out of 3 sake were so good + affordable so G ended buying it back. This was also a pretty good pit stop to take a break from all the walking and crowd.
Ordered a soft serve (450¥) which turned out to be a very pleasant surprise! Drizzled with the tastiest sauce which I have no idea what it is - might be mirin - just knew that there’s no alcohol content in it but the combination of sweet-savoury sauce paired so well with the milky soft serve (brb gonna add soy sauce and mirin to ice creams! I KID). Well, best soft serve on the trip goes to this.
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📍 Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery 福光屋
1-14-9 Higashiyama, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
PC 920-0831

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You walk in, have an inkling of what to expect, and still it sweeps you off your feet.
There’s just something about watching the chef at work, from skillfully making sure each piece was even as we were sharing, to carefully searing and plating the beautifully marbled beef, watching the smoke dance right in front of you, with amazing smells and the glorious sounds of sizzling beef hitting your senses.
And it was sublime. Melt-in-the-mouth-tender. Served with pepper, two types of salt (seaweed-seasoned/regular), garlic chips, mustard, soy sauce and ponzu were provided as condiments - but salt, of course, is the best to savour its natural flavours.

Lunch set here costs 5800¥ for A4 (140g), 7800¥/ 8800¥ for A5 (130g/ 150g). Each set comes with salad, grilled seasonal vegetables, miso soup, rice (we topped up 500¥ for garlic fried rice, fried with the kobe beef fats/ crisp bits of meat!), sherbet and coffee/ tea; with an additional appetizer for the A5 lunch set.
If I ever get the chance to be back again, I’ll just go for the A4 instead because it’s good enough to me already (+less pricey, duh!😂) we preferred this as the flavours are actually more prominent possibly due to the lower marbling fat content..?? Anyhooooo was sad when it was all over, knowing I probably won’t have access to something this good at this value anytime soon🤷🏻‍♀️ -
📍 神戸牛ステーキ Ishida / Kobe Beef Ishida
1-2-4 Nakayamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo (Nearest Station: Sannomiya)

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Loved the raspberry sauce but the smooth decadent white chocolate was too sweet for my liking. Pairing it with the matcha was a good idea to cut through the sweetness but the white chocolate still seemed to overpower the matcha a wee bit. #burpple

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Nothing fancy but so good! Soft flakey flesh, fried to perfection with crisp exterior without greasiness; served in only light soy sauce. Portion wasn’t huge tho. #burpple

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Nothing exceptionally mindblowing about this but I liked the variety of ingredients, and it was pretty decent. Special Prawn Noodles ($6.50, +$1 for prawn/ lala/ pork) comes with prawns, their specialty handmade prawn (pretty addictive, will probably order more on the side) and a piece of tender, smoky kurobuta pork. Ordered dry noodles so soup was served on the side, I usually like it richer, didn’t mind this but some may find it too light. Not sure if the broth for the soup version might be thicker, but I guess I wouldn’t mind trying it again.
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