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Sweet-Tooths and Small Bites

Sweet-Tooths and Small Bites

All things sweet or small for the after-meal satisfaction.
Xing Wei Chua
Xing Wei Chua

Had not have the chance to try of Marrybrown during my previous staycation at Sentosa considering they had just opened in the middle of my trip back then; finally got to check them out a couple of years later at their very first outpost in Singapore. The shop had since became a little run-down; perhaps more effort could be placed in maintaining the place in general, but the food was pretty on point nonetheless.

Opted for the Lucky Plate which comes with soft bun, mash potatoes, coleslaw and two pieces of fried chicken; went for the spicy variant of the fried chicken this time round. The fried chicken is undoubtedly the star of the show here; getting a fresh batch of chicken that was just off the fryer, the fried chicken were crisp on the exterior, whilst tender and not too greasy while still being juicy and flavourful within — the batter carrying a slight hint of spiciness to tingle the taste buds. The other elements were all pretty average at best; the mash potato being decent but could do with a slightly denser, more flavourful brown sauce, while the coleslaw was rather fresh and provides a refreshing crunch though I personally would have preferred a creamier mix of sauce. The soft bun was also pretty alright; more of a burger bun served whole without being sliced apart; light and fluffy though perhaps not warm enough. Would not say much for the other items, but certainly would not mind to have the fried chicken again if there are more outlets in mainland Singapore — that being said, there is one situated at Wisma Geylang Serai that had opened several months ago; somewhere which I would most probably check out when the cravings hit again.

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Had heard quite a fair bit about Trapizza on social media and thought it would be great to check it out since we were in the area.

Serving up thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas that is freshly-made upon order, the Pizza Di Mare is a seafood pizza that features prawns, mussels, crab meat, smoked salmon, tomato sauce and mozzarella. Really enjoyed this pizza for how light it is; much of that goes to the credit of the thin-crust that still gives a good bite without being particularly dense — the crust also holding up well to the wet condiments without sogging up due to moisture. The seafood were pretty fresh, while the mozzarella comes all stretchy and stringy that provides for that satisfying cheese pull; the tomato sauce providing a zing that binds all the elements together. Quite liked the rustic flair that the pizza carried; a great spot to enjoy those vibes that Siloso Beach has to offer with some great pizzas and drinks to go along as well.

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Wheat Flour, Butter, Orange, Chocolate, Milk, Sea Salt, Sugar, Culture.

While the Classic Croissant was a simple item done well here, the Orange Chocolate Escargot stays as my favourite pastry of the two (or at least the pastries that I had tried). Essentially their Classic Croissant shapes in a different form, the Orange Chocolate Escargot was nothing short of amazing with its light, flaky pastry which carried a buttery aroma, packed with swirls of their homemade orange confit and cacao berry pallets that provide not only a hint of sweetness but also a refreshing, cirtrusy zing that provides a flavour contrast to the pastry. Really pretty impressed with both items that I had here at Petit Pain; certainly a spot that bread lovers should probably include in their list of to-try places in the East — a hidden gem in the Joo Chiat neighbourhood.

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Had been recently into different forms of fried rice of the late; just cannot resist a good plate of fried rice done either in Japanese or Taiwanese style. While the ramen and gyoza are the main highlights at Kiwami, the Mizayaki Wagyu Garlic Fried Rice is an item that is great to share across the table with the gyoza as well. Well-executed, the Garlic Fried Rice is pretty consistent in flavour throughout the entire portion; savoury, garlicky and not too greasy — the rice is also still pearly while speckled with egg and garlic chips for an extra fragrance. The beef comes pretty well-portioned; tender and savoury — quite flavourful on its own, and adds a meatiness to the rice and adds a good bite as well without being chewy or tough. An item that is comforting and delicious; something which we would crave for again considering how well-executed it is.

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Savoury pork chops coated in buttermilk biscuit, paired with home-made coleslaw. Was really looking forward to returning back to Homeground Grill and Bar after my very first visit sometime ago when they had first opened. Not usually my idea to order a fried dish anywhere that I go, but we were already pretty tempted by this item whilst scrolling through social media on the way down here. Coming in a pretty good portion of three slabs of meat, the pork chops were nothing short of outstanding with the crunchy and aromatic buttermilk biscuit batter, while the meat itself was tender and juicy without being greasy — a highlight of the dish considering how easy it is to actually get pork wrong. Pairing the pork chops with a coleslaw, the coleslaw is creamy without being jelak; served cold, the coleslaw gives a refreshing crunch — squeezing the wedge of lemon on the side, the lemon zest provides a slight zing that is intended for the coleslaw to cut through all that meatiness on the plate. Something which I just can't get enough of — a very satisfying fried dish on its own with their very own twist.

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One of the lesser known "atas" variants of Kaya Toasts around — possibly because of it being only served in selected outlets for limited hours (i.e. up to 11am). Featuring just kaya and butter in between their organic ash white sourdough, their variant of the Kaya Toast may be one of the most pricey ones at $5.50 before taxes and prevailing charges, but also very satisfying. For one, the sourdough toast is just crisp and well-toasted, yet carrying a good bite and a tinge of sourness from the fermentation process — pretty delicious already on its own, while the Kaya adds an adequate sweetness and a Pandan fragrance to the item. Whilst this variant seems to be a little more Kaya heavy, the butter does kick in on-and-off, providing a silkier texture and a hint of savouriness that goes well with the entire package. Something that is worth splurging on, if one does not mind to pay a premium price for a Kaya Toast for the ambience and good sourdough.

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Rarely a croissant person but really enjoyed this one. Gotten this from Petit Pain; a small bakery that is situated along Joo Chiat Road near Dunman Food Centre (also just a short distance away from Mr & Mrs Moghan's Crispy Prata) which bakes their bread and pastries fresh daily.

Whilst my heart lies with the Orange Chocolate Escargot which is all about swirls of candied orange and melted chocolate in between the flaky pastry, the Classic Croissant would appeal to those who love their pastries as-is. Light, flaky and well-layered, the Classic Croissant is also crisp and buttery — essentially the model, full-mark answer to what a croissant should be like; would certainly grab a bread here again if I were to be in the area again!

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Moving into the newly-revamped 896 Dunearn Road (previously known as Sime Darby Centre), Kong Cafe is a new Korean-inspiree cafe that had recently opened its doors.

Offering a soft-launch menu up to October, the soft launch menu features some selection of toasties as well as egg-based dishes for those who are looking for something more substantial. Featuring Korean-style beef stuffed and cheese stuffed in between two slices of bread, the Korean Style Beef and Cheese Toastie works pretty for those who prefers a more filling sandwich. Stuffed with quite a good portion of beef, the beef comes all savoury but not particularly gamey; coming also with melted cheese in the middle, it's a pretty decent treat with the crusty bread that is pressed via a panini press before serving, though could have come with some garden greens or chips on the side to make it seem a little more wholesome overall.

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Moving out of its hole-in-the wall space at Hougang, The Naughty Corner had since collaborated with Ulu Tea to open a new space at Toa Payoh. Going for the usual Root Beer flavour, the Root Beer is everything reminiscent to a root beer float replicating the flavours of the well-loved drink whilst being all smooth and creamy at the same time. Trying the Korean Strawberry for the first time, the Korean Strawberry is essentially a sorbet; made without any use of cream, the flavour bursts of berry freshness without being particularly icy, with chunks of frozen berries for some bite and not being too sweet. While seating is rather limited within the tiny space that they have occupied, it is a spot that residents in the area would probably appreciate having around.

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From Antoinette's newest outpost at Millenia Walk, which is located right opposite Plenty full on the ground level of the mall. Featuring elements such as Flambé Banana with Rum, Caramel Parfait, Dark Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Genoise, Milk Chocolate Feuilletine, the Banananier is a dessert that takes on the classic combination of chocolate and banana — a well-loved pairing that features a contrast of varying types of sweetness. The dark chocolate mousse and Chocolate Genoise were both smooth, velvety and rich; no gelatinous, sticky and sweatinees of any sort, just pure chocolate-y goodness that emphasises on the bittersweetness of the chocolate used. Inside the entremet reveals the Flambé Banana with Rum and Caramel Parfait; the banana carrying its distinct sweetness with a hint of alcoholic kick from the rum — not too intense, but definitely evident. The Caramel Parfait adds to the sweetness, as well as helps to bind the chocolate mousse and flambe banana together. Laying at the bottom of the cake, the Milk Chocolate Feuilletine provides a crunch for more texture. A pretty well put-together cake overall, considering how everything seems to gel together so well with the textural aspects being taken in consideration just as much as the flavoural aspects — would probably try the other cakes that they have to offer though prices are certainly on the steep side for entremets.

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Sponge Cake with Homemade Rum Syrup served with Whipped Cream.

First time having a Rhum Baba and this was certainly a dessert that fits the occasion just right after dinner. While the sponge cake is a little dense, it soaks in all of that generous portion of rum syrup just fine, infusing the cake with a deep, boozy punch that hits the taste buds in an instant — a real alcoholic kick that would work well with those who love boozy desserts. Balancing all that booziness would be the whipped cream; inducing a light hint of sweetness and taking away some of the heaviness of the homemade rum syrup, the whipped cream also helped to lighten things with its fluffy and light texture, with the fruits providing a hint of tartness to the dessert. A great way to put the meal here to an end on a decadent and luxurious note.

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From 19tea; a new bubble tea shop situated at Our Tampines Hub. Serving up other desserts such as soufflé pancakes and soft-serve, the Matcha Souffle Pancake is just one of the three flavours made available. Available to order in a single pancake or in a stack of three, the soufflé pancake here is all light, soft and wobbly — pretty airy whilst the cream adds on to the pancake with its subtle hint of sweetness. The matcha here isn't really detectable, save for the sprinkling of matcha powder over the top which seems to be there more for the visual appeal than for the taste factor. Really liked the Avocado Soft Serve (in background) here; almost akin to that of an avocado milkshake but in ice-cream form, the soft-serve comes sufficiently dense without melting down all too quickly, whilst being rich and creamy with its refreshing flavours without being overly sweet.

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