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Kopitiams and Hawker Centres!

Kopitiams and Hawker Centres!

Celebrating the gems that can only be found in the distinct places that marks our local food culture!
Shaun Sim
Shaun Sim
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Although many reviews raved about the Xiao Long Baos here, we went for the spicy wonton instead and got a very pleasant surprise!

The meat filling of the wonton is substantial while the wanton skin was silky yet thin but enough to hold the fillings in tightly. The spicy sauce packs a slight kick and has a savoury taste that keeps you going back for more. Definitely coming back to try the other items here!

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Really love the chicken chop here as chicken thigh is used here and the meat is juicy, succulent and tender. The exterior of the chicken is charred and Smokey and added an extra dimension to the chicken chop ◡̈

Don’t be fooled by the long queue at this stall! We queued for 45 minutes only to be greeted by a bowl of fish soup that taste somewhat similar to majority of the other stalls out there. At best, it’s only slightly better than what you can get at random stalls. That said, however, the fish slices here are really fresh though. Perhaps one should try the fish head soup since thats what majority of the patrons here got.

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The queue here is relentless as usual and a sip of the gravy explains the reason perfectly. The full-bodied gravy goes with the noodles perfectly; with every strand coated with the starchy gravy 😍 The myriad of ingredients swimming in the bowl makes the queue and the price worth every bit.

Definitely a great way to mark the end of a work week with our favourite bowl of Lor Mee over lunch.

The Lor Mee here goes for $3 normally but when you lunch with a Physical Ed teacher, he naturally goes off the menu and get a $4 one 😂

We had some of their recommended dishes and thought that they were pretty good.

The Chicken Mack Spicy, an interesting fashion of local and western cuisine results in a Mac and Cheese that is topped with spicy minced chicken. My favourite though, is the RJ Original Pizzawich. A combination between pizza and sandwich, it has spicy minced chicken sitting on a bed of egg mayonnaise base topped with cheese, onions and jalapeño. The flavours came together nicely and wasn’t too overwhelming, must-try if you find yourself here ◡̈

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Probably the best steak that I have had from a humble coffeeshop western food stall. The beef was seasoned perfectly and cooked to perfection. We asked for it to be medium rare and was greeted with a steak that was pink but not bloody on the inside with a slightly charred crust on the exterior 😍 mad love for the potato salad here as well ◡̈


Sometimes all you need is a good plate of comforting western food from the neighbourhood coffeeshop. The chicken cutlet here, although deep fried, was still tender and juicy inside.

I also like how generous they were with the drizzling of cheese and mayonnaise. I like the accompany pasta as it was well seasoned with salt and chilli padi, reminds me of homecooked aglio olio.

Give the fish and chips a miss though, the girlfriend says it has an awful aftertaste :(

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There’s more to Bedok 85 than BCM! The chicken rice from Sing Soon Lee is not bad too. The chicken is tender while the chicken liver and gizzards is nicely cooked as well. And I love that the rice (not in picture) comes with achar as well ◡̈ #burpple

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This was one of the few stalls still operating past 9pm at Tanglin Halt and it still had quite a queue despite the timing.

I really enjoyed the noodles which were a little thicker than your average wanton mee. The noodles were also able to absorb the sauce base well.

I also like how they were generous with their serving of char siew slices but otherwise, there was nothing to shout about it.

The wanton in the soup was delightful though as the minced pork within was fresh and flavourful.The hidden chestnut bits within gave the wantons some crunch to it as well! I also like that the skin used were not too thick as well.

Overall, a good dish but only if you are in the area.

Officially my second favouritest place for mala, although it’s at the opposite end of where I stay. The mala here is cheap, we got this big bowl for less than $15! And that’s including a rice and mantou. I like that the ingredients here are kept in a refrigerator instead of the usual open air concept, keeping it fresh and hygienic. The spice level here is manageable and the way that it was stir-fried brought out the fragrance of the mala and the sweetness of the various meat and vegetables we chose 👍 #Burpple

This was the crowd pleaser! A fine balance between lean and fatty meat evenly coated in its marinate, this was the first plate to be finished 😂 skip the hor fun here though, think you will be better off with rice.

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The orh Luah here are fried in the Hokkien style where the oysters and eggs are not fried together. The omelette was light and fluffy but tasted just like a normal egg dish on its own. Add in an oyster on the egg and you get a heavenly combination. .
I love how the oysters here were timed to perfection; sitting right on the delicate balance between raw and overcooked. It helps that the oysters were fat and juicy too. .
Lastly, the chilli here may look fiery and spicy but it actually tasted more towards the sweeter side and complemented the dish really well. .
TLDR; A must order if you come here!

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