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Singapore, a melting pot of culture, serves up a wide selection of cuisines to satisfy our taste buds. Never go hungry again.
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The sudden downpour calls for a piping hot curry fish head claypot ($22). Not the Assam style, this curry fish head is the "lemak" style with more coconut milk. Inside the cauldron lies a huge fish head, cabbage, lady's fingers, brinjals, tau pok and tau kee. One plate of rice is never enough when you have such dishes in front of you.

Fans of Lao Fu Lin Niang Dou Fu (Tampines Street 81) should make a beeline to the stall as the shop owner has put up a notice to sell off the shop space. This is one of the most unique niang dou fu stalls that you will ever experienced as the shop assistant will fry your your items before pouring some braised minced meat sauce over it. You will then have the option to eat it with plain rice or yellow noodles/mee tai mak with the same minced meat sauce. An enjoyable and homely meal at $10 for 2 pax, depending on the items you took.

The Share-A-Coke campaign has always been one of my favourite advertising campaigns of all time. To commentate SG50, Coca Cola has decided to share a coke with us Singaporeans this year. For a limited time only, spend $10 on any Coca Cola products at any participating merchants (Vivo City Giant, Tampines Giant) and get a free personalised can of Coke at the roadshow. Open happiness and share a coke today! More details on http://www.coca-cola.com.sg/ShareaCokeSG/

Back in 2012 when Springleaf Prata Place participated in the Ultimate Hawker Fest, they gave us the Ultimate Murtabak ($12). Glorious chunks of tandoori chicken, bountiful bits of portobello mushrooms and cheesy mozzarella singing in harmony, hidden inside the prata dough. Where have you been all these while?

It's the final push towards the end of the weekends. Don't battle the food coma and just indulge before getting some well-deserved rest to charge up for the upcoming week! Even though it looks messy and gooey, Scissors Cut Curry Rice is one of the many places that I always recommend to my overseas friends.

If there's one roast meat joint that I would highly recommend, it's got to be Kay Lee. Some may say it's overrated, expensive or a drop in quality (after the 4million acquisition from the Aztech Group), the fact stills remain that it's one of the best in Singapore, especially the char siew. Charred with a smokey flavour, sweetness from the honey and ratio of fats to meat makes the char siew super addictive. It costs $30 for the Duo Meat Combination (Char Siew and Roast Pork) for 3 pax.

Prata is the quintessential trans-boundary food that is loved by many from different countries. It can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even supper. In recent times, many prata houses have started experimenting with the ingredients that go into a plain prata by adding things like cheese, chocolate and many others. In my opinion, Springleaf Prata Place has got to be one of the more successful ones. Their Portobello Mozzarella Prata ($5) is so good that it's like an Asian "pizza". What's more, they have specific curries to go with the type of prata you ordered - a sign of quality and attention to details. Have I made you hungry yet?

In this wet and rainy morning, wouldn't it be great to have a plate of economical bee hoon ($4) and finished off with a cup of teh-si.

People usually associate Simpang as a go-to supper place and mamak stalls. However, the place recently underwent a facelift and we were fortunate to savour some of the dishes before the grand reopening. At this new revamped space, all of the stalls were new and the vendors chosen served unique dishes that were not available in the vicinity. Traditional hawker food in a new dining experience.

After landing, my first meal back in Singapore has got to be hawker fare. Went straight for a bowl of Prawn Noodles with Pork Ribs ($5.80) paired with an assortment of Ngor Hiang. The prawn soup was slightly salty but I am not complaining after the mediocre "Thai" food in Krabi (guess they have altered the taste to suit the mass foreigners).

Backed by positive recommendations from fellow foodies, 日日红麻辣香锅 has been the standout stall in the hot and bustling People's Park Food Centre. Judging from the long queues, it is the go-to place to "spice" up your life. I can't recall how many types of vegetables, mushrooms and meat that we ordered but the bill came up to only $17. It is definitely more affordable than the many 麻辣香锅 stalls in food courts and hawker centre.

The sign reads "BEWARE of super HOT Chili" and you better believe it. A few drops of the potent chili is enough to burn your tongue. Forget about the Sabx2 or Pontian wanton noodles, this is the real deal. In my opinion, one of the best in the business.

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