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Wei Zhi Chiang
Wei Zhi Chiang

Baba Chews rendition of Itek Tim has its duck broth with salted mustard vegetables, seasoned with spices, green chilli and tamarind. Unfortunately felt that the broth was predominantly flavoured by the salted mustard vegetables, while the other ingredients weren’t that distinct. Portion was quite small for the price tag, and our bowl was served lukewarm. 😔

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The har cheong kai chunks were nicely marinated and seasoned. However, the waffle could do with a much better texture and it didn’t have a lot of flavour on its own. 😔 The drizzle of spicy maple syrup was a good help for that slightly tangy touch.

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Tagliatelle in chilli crab sauce with sous vide egg and tempura soft shell crab. Unfortunately, this dish was a little underwhelming. Sauce leaned towards being more tomato flavoured and felt a tad bit one dimensional. Tempura could do with a less thick batter too. Service was friendly and attentive though!

Heard it’s usually crowded here at DMQ, but we managed to skip the queue as we came by on a weekend. This was a good bowl of dry you mian - noodles were springy and coated in a savoury-sweet sauce that came with a touch of appetising sourness. The accompanying bowl of soup with an egg cracked in was flavourful too. Would get an extra serving of their crunchy ikan bilis next time!

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Wasn’t as big a fan of their ban mian as they were a touch too thick, and didn’t quite carry the flavourful soup that well. Think it would work much better in the dry version! That aside, the minced pork and pork slices were tender, and they have a nice variety of toppings like clams, fish and prawns for you to choose from.

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Think this stall is also managed by the same people of Xiang Xiang Cooked Food just next door. They sell economic noodles too, but their ytf laksa seemed most popular! It was a good old school bowl, with a number of ytf pieces that were generously filled. Topped up a fishcake to go along - can’t remember the actual cost but it’s less than a dollar. Tasty and very value for money!

📍牛車水小食 Chinatown Cooked Food
Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre #02-69

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Because my usual staple Top 1 is closed on Wednesdays, I went around looking for another lunch option. 😂 The cooling weather made it easy to go with this bkt! Mee sua portion could be a little bigger, but they were generous with the slices of meat and tender pork livers. Broth was flavourful, hearty and was of a slightly thicker consistency than the usual clear soups. Stall owners were super friendly!

📍砂煲药材肉骨茶 Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh
Beauty World Food Centre, Stall 58

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Huge bouncy fishballs that were fresh with good texture! The soup was most distinctly flavoured with a generous portion of dong cai (preserved vegetables) - not my favourite kind but still tasty.

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Highlight here was definitely the soup, it was ‘prawny’ and umami with a distinct amount of pepper. Prawns were pretty fresh and ribs were tender. We had the dry noodles and while the heat was there, it was a little too oily. Would probably go with the soup version instead next time!

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Make sure you clearly request for a $4 portion if you want the default size - we didn’t and ended up with the $5 bowl. Unfortunately, it was a pretty mediocre bowl. ☹️ Portion wasn’t big despite the top up, while the unseasoned fish slices had a hint of fishiness and weren’t tender. The milky broth was decently comforting.

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I love har cheong gai and have been hearing so much about Ah Tan Wings! We went with just the wings, but they also sell them as a meal with 2 wings, rice and a fried egg at $5.20. Perhaps our batch was a little over fried, as while we enjoyed the crispy batter, the meat was a touch dry.

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Don’t have to worry about picking your ytf ingredients, because each bowl comes in a standard mix of fishballs, beancurds, fried beancurds and beancurd rolls. Liked that there’s a good amount of soybeans given but would have liked more fish paste filling in each of the stuffed pieces. The clear broth made with anchovies and soy beans was lightly sweetened, and was quite a good complement to the heavier seasoned ytf pieces. My fav old school ytf bowl is still hands down Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis Yong Tau Fu’s!

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