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If you haven’t already heard or experience the multi-sensory one-stop shop for yourself, habitat by honestbee is all about eating fresh. And a perfect example is having their Tiger Beer-Battered Fish & Chips (as you would see ordered by most tables)!

A classic British staple done right, their fish and chips come with a choice of 5 types of flaky freshness: Barramundi, Dory, Haddock, Pollock and Snapper. Each served in a sizable box, the large boneless fillet is cushioned with a bed of medium cut shoestring fries and presented alongside were malt vinegar, a lemon wedge, as well as home made tartar sauce.

Firm, moist, and tender on the inside, the slab of Dory ($13.50) was not only delicious but also pretty massive. Unlike the dory fish and chips you get outside, I can certainly vouch for its freshness and filling up close to a third of the box, it was ideal for sharing. What’s more, another selling point was of course, the beer batter. Coated and deep-fried to just the right crisp with a batter made with our local Tiger Beer, the exterior was light, fragrant and not too thick - even the batter crumbs was wiped clean.

Thank you @habitat_sg for feeding us and @Burpple for the eatup invite!

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As if we can’t get enough of the Salted Egg Yolk trend, the popular Tea Chain Heytea has brought two Singapore-exclusive flavours - one being Salted Egg Yolk soft serve and the other is Durian soft serve ice cream.

Infused with a light buttery flavour, the familar savory-sweet combination was reasonably smooth and creamy with a very subtle sandy texture. At $4.80, you also get a generous swirl so I would say this is pretty value-for-money. And the best part for me is that you get to move right in to collection after you make payment for the ice cream, skipping the crazy long wait for the drink orders or at least have a cone in hand as you wait.

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Spending the Saturday away from the merciless sun and sudden afternoon showers a couple weeks ago, the girls and I decided to cozy up at King and the Pawn with wholesome card and board games. Our favourite being “Red Flags” as we created hilariously terrible dates for one another. Then we fuelled up during the unlimited game time with their many brunch grub but what stole my heart was the hearty bowl of their umami Truffle Fries with Seaweed Mayo ($11). Surprisingly good and pretty legit, the snack was the ideal game food as you can’t go wrong with piping hot, crispy fries and a very moreish savoury dip.

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Conventional savoury dumplings move over as Dumpling Darlings’ Fried Pierogi ($8) takes center stage. To be dipped in a smooth sriracha cream, these Eastern European-inspired dumplings are not to be missed.

Packed with truffle potato, caramelised onions, bits of smoked bacon and gooey cheddar cheese; it is certain that you will be greeted with a whiff of truffle upon your initial bite. Yet not overpowering, the earthy fragrance was gentle while the sauce added a touch of sweetness and pleasant spiciness. The smoked bacon and caramelised onions wrapped within also gave the dish a nice crunch apart from its golden brown exterior.

Thus, just like a flavour bomb, the fried parcels blew my mind with the explosion of bold flavours! And who says dumplings have to be old-fashioned as Dumpling Darlings really knocked it out of the park with this east-meets-west variation in my opinion.

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While it often boils down to personal preferences, the Malaysian (Klang) bak kut teh will always have a special place in my heart as that is the flavour I grew up knowing. Dark and infused with herbal aroma, Jia Le Herbal Bak Kut Teh’s rendition might be on the slightly sweeter side in my opinion but nonetheless satisfying especially on a cold day.

Not overwhelming on the herbal notes, the broth was light yet full-bodied. So if you are looking for a kick in the soup, this would be a little mild yet still perfect paired with a copious amount of steamed white rice. Inside the simmering claypot were also bean curd skin, enoki mushrooms, tau pok and pork ribs. The ribs were adequately tender and fell off the bone pretty easily.

For something heavier and more substantial, I would recommend getting the braised trotter and pork belly as well. Uber tender, the meats were steeped with rich flavours - all extremely well braised and delectable.

Snuggled in a quiet neighbourhood of West Coast Drive, near Ayer Rajah Food Centre, the stall had recently moved in after they ended a 10-year operation at Clementi. Hence, do support them in their new opening. Enjoy a one-person set meal as well as a free side dish at $6.50 by simply flashing this post to them before 23 January 2019!

📍501 West Coast Drive, Food Loft Coffee Shop

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A superbly fancy rendition on a brunch classic, GastroSmiths’ Scrambled Eggs ($7) and toast with an add-on of 30g ikura ($10) was the bomb! The best way to get your omega-3s, the weekend brunch item is made available between 11.30am to 3pm (including public holidays). Think pops of salty ocean goodness blanketing silky curds of the most lusciously soft scrambled eggs - certainly worth the extra bucks. Served with finely-chopped chives and a thick slice of house-made bread, the plate was also perfectly seasoned. *Moans*

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While counting down to their official store opening at Carlton City Hotel tomorrow, why not head over to Naganuma Ice’s pop-up store at Isetan Scotts from now till 6 December?!

A chance to savour everything from their distinctive Red Wine Softserve to crowd-pleasing Strawberry Milk gelato to our shore’s exclusive Black Lover Parfait; the pop-up at basement 1 carries a rotation of their soft serves and full range of 12 gelato flavours all made with 100% Hokkaido raw milk. Said to be more nutritious than the average supermarket pasteurised milk, the flavours were indeed intense yet well balanced.

My picks were, not surprisingly, the classics - Yame Matcha (Single $7.50/ Double $8.50) and Azuki Beans (Single $5.50/ Double, $6.50). Nothing too fancy like their Double Cheese gelato, the two flavours matched pretty well with one another. Though they melted way too quick under the afternoon sun, the pronounced earthiness from the matcha paired nicely with the subtle sweetness of the azuki. And if you enjoy the creaminess and purity of Hokkaido milk, there was a pleasant and lingering aftertaste of their key ingredient in all of their items.

Many thanks to @naganumaiceco and Hazel for the invite to the media launch!

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Just as its name suggest, the delightful combination features fresh squid cooked perfectly in their signature thick and luscious sweet soy sauce. Though spicier than expected, it was in all a more than decent, feel-good dish. A flavourful as well as saucy item that is best paired with a steaming bowl of white rice.

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Nothing spells comfort food quite like a warm slow-cooked beef curry with vegetables. And paired alongside a substantial dose of carbs to complete the meal (choice of whole grain rice, white rice or roti), the item is exactly what the recent rainy weather calls for.

Catering mainly to the CBD lunch crowd, Ocha Fresh Thai’s Magic Masaman ($12) is ideal for those, like me, who can’t handle spices. Creamy, nutty and savoury, the signature dish was loaded with tender chunks of beef, potatoes and crunchy peanuts. The mild sweetness of ingredients also made it an easy crowd-pleaser, suitable for both the young and old. Warm and crisp, the roti (+$1) may be a less healthy option but certainly offered a nice textural contrast to the fragrant curry.

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With a lightly seared exterior, Sabio Tapas Bar’s Vieiras en Salsa de Cava ($22) screams rich and decadent.

Complemented by a luscious sparkling white wine sauce, these mild flavoured mollusks were given a much need oomph. Though alone they were fresh, springy and tender, the boost provided to the sea scallops by the creamy bright acidity of the wine worked together nicely with the buttery quality of the sauce. Prepared with sweet onions, all that was missing for this hot tapas was a couple of crusty bread, to mop up all that goodness.

Thank you Burpple for the invite and Sabio Tapas Bar for the hospitality!

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Distinct in the tea's earthiness and bitterness, Smöoy’s latest flavour - Matcha Frozen Yogurt is a special partnership with @matchaya, available for a limited time only.

Drizzled with a generous amount of sweet matcha white chocolate sauce, my order of the Classic ($5.50 + a choice of topping) was paired with strawberries as recommended by the staff. Surprisingly well-matched, the juicy strawberries were a great addition as the pronounced tanginess of the yogurt seemed to have brought out the sweetness of the fruit. The tinge of tartness from the berries also balanced some of the grassy matcha flavour. And if like me, you dislike the lingering sour-ish aftertaste of yogurt, the matcha white chocolate sauce was able to make the combination more palatable. Though the sauce would most probably be too cloyingly sweet for some.

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Like a treasure trove of baked goodness, this bake box was snagged from the last bake sale. Filled with a double chocolate chip cookie, spelt chocolate chip cookie, classic chocolate chip cookie, spelt nutella-stuffed chocolate chip cookie, banana loaf, and a jar of salted caramel; they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Soft, gooey, chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside, these top-rated chocolate chip cookies had the perfect amount of luscious chocolate morsels. Best savored with a glass of cold milk, the cookies were even better after a quick pop into the oven. The classic banana loaf too, had a slightly crunchy exterior after toasting it for a couple of minutes and went superbly went with the thick, rich and salty-sweet caramel sauce.

Baking the perfect batch of cookies, is a tough job, but someone has to do it, right?! Well, it’s not gonna be me, so I definitely see myself ordering another box from the next bake sale!

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Do I eat too much dessert?! I don't think so~ IG: @vanessa_kou | Tumblr: dessert-foodi-li-cious

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