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Featuring The Coconut Club, Garçons (Essen at The Pinnacle), Grain Traders (100AM), Japan Foods Garden, Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh, Manna Story (Plaza Singapura), 5 Senses (Bedok Point), Yentafo Kruengsonge (Cathay Cineleisure Orchard), Rong Shu Xia Bak Kut Teh 榕树下肉骨茶 , LeNu Taiwan Beef Noodle Bar (Bugis Junction)
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Tonpolo Don

Tonpolo Don ($10.80)

The braised pork belly @chensmapotofu is an awesome lunchtime treat. I love how the meat and fat melds together so well and have very close textures. Don't just focus on the available sets as this ala-carte option is really worth the calories!

Duck Leg Confit Lunch Set

Duck Leg Confit Lunch Set ($14.90)

Lost count on the number of visits I have paid to @themassessg to-date. Loving the crazy price point of their lunch sets!! I picked the Chicken Collagen Veloute starter and the Duck Leg Confit. The Chicken Collagen Veloute is hands-down one of my favourite dishes on the menu. Hearty flavourful chicken soup with a slightly thicker texture from the collagen. The Duck Leg Confit is like an upgrade of the previous version served at Saveur. Crispy golden brown skin with most of the fat rendered away and moist tender duck leg meat sitting on a croquette drizzled with brown mushroom sauce. Simply irresistible!

Spicy Beef Brisket Noodles Set

Spicy Beef Brisket Noodles Set ($13.80)

Newly opened Ba Bu Xiao Mi at the basement of Tanjong Pagar Centre is tucked away at a corner and has a smaller lunchtime crowd. Perfect if you are really famished and looking for a quick fix. Food was served promptly, service was good and prices are definitely affordable.

The spicy beef brisket noodles will call out to mala lovers as the soup definitely packed that numbing heat. The portion was also generous with all those tender and flavourful beef brisket. In addition to the noodles, i also picked the cold fungus salad for my side dish and it did a great job working up the appetite! The drink deserves mention as it wasn’t just the usual cordial selections. I picked the Black Mediar and Chrysanthemum Tea, pretty to look at and tasted better than typical chrysanthemum! Overall super value for money at that price point.

Cheesy Buddy Dinner Set

Cheesy Buddy Dinner Set ($32.80)

If you are feeling hungry, this dinner set for 2 from @fishtalesSG is sure to satisfy the tummy! Reminescent of fish & co and Manhatten fish market, this buddy set includes 2 servings of fish and chips with the fried fish fillet stuffed with mozzarella and topped with nacho cheese sauce. It also comes with 2 mushroom soups and a plate of buffalo mid wings plus 2 glasses of iced lemon tea. The mushroom soups are nothing fancy and the buffalo mid wings felt like a close contender of Ikea’s chicken wings. Overall a decently satisfying buddy meal probably meant for seriously famished NS boys who just booked out!

Special Spicy Ramen

Special Spicy Ramen ($19)

This bowl of ramen from Marutama Ra-men is probably one of the best ramen I have ever had and this was love at first bite! The ramen consists of Kakuni, a specially marinated stewed pork belly, 3 slices of marinated char siu which was so shiok and had that melt in your mouth texture and the Aosa, which was not the usual large seaweed sheets most ramen places use. Instead, the Aosa was this very light texture seaweed clump that just went so well with the ramen! The spicy broth was also amazingly sensational with all that pork flavour. The heat was just right and the broth was kept untainted from the starch from the noodles. Instead, you are served this light broth that’s good enough to drink up! I’m just elated that this place is 2 blocks from my office!

Homemade Western Style Pork Belly

Homemade Western Style Pork Belly ($7.50)

This huge plate of homemade roasted pork belly @bemyguestcafe is really economically priced and generous. The skin definitely had that vital salty crackling while the meat remained moist, saved for the edges of the pork belly which was served up as well. Some teething issues but otherwise a great sharing plate!

Loco Moco Don

Loco Moco Don ($18)

Newly opened @SumoBarHappy from the people who brought you Standing Sushi Bar and Tanuki Raw is definitely kicking up a storm with its variety of offerings. The dining concept at SBH serves up modern spins on ramen and “tachinomi” one-cup sake bar. The menu further extends to bar finger food and rice bowls. The casual dining atmosphere here is fantastic with both the bar counter and proper sit-down tables and funky japanese inde pop playing in the background for ambience. There’s even a window ledge preserved from the space’s predecessors to let small groups chill and grab a drink!

The Loco Moco Don is like my dream come true of a perfect combination of everything nice. A slab of housemade luncheon meat sits on a bed of koshibuki rice topped with foie gras and a sunny side up quail’s egg! The luncheon meat takes SBH 2 days to achieve using Nagano pork belly (not crappy leftover cuts) blended with their own mix of spices. The meat mixture is mixed by hand and slow-cooked twice. The foie gras is also prepared with SBH’s very own foie gras sauce which takes about 8 hours to harness. Overall, I loved the luncheon meat’s texture and found it so different from the usual processed taste from traditional canned spam. The foie gras also tasted excellent without any tinge of gameyness. Spam lovers gotta give this a shot!

Oink Oink

Oink Oink ($15.90)

The Oink Oink @samacurrysg featured delicious and super tender pork belly. We selected the tomato curry base for this and when selecting this option, I think it is best to go easy on the spiciness level otherwise the heat may interfere with the sweetness of the tomato. Loved the pork belly, just wished the portion was a little larger. I think there were only 2 very thickly sliced pieces of the pork in the bowl.

Hokkaido Crab Cream Croquette

Hokkaido Crab Cream Croquette ($6.50)

The Crab Cream Croquette @samacurrysg is a must-order! Crispy and fried till golden brown on the outside while witnessing an oozing creamy centre is definitely food porn worthy. Tastes superb too!

Ocean Trophy

Ocean Trophy ($18.90)

Had @samacurrysg ‘s Ocean Trophy served with the Shrimp curry soup base. The soup base was not the typical thick japanese curry but more like a spicy shrimp soup stock. I loved it! The bowl was full of umami and shrimp sweetness! The seafood included prawns, squid, scallops and blue mussels, served with the standard assorted vegetables. I would suggest raising the level of spiciness past the level 20 mark as it is easily handled in Singaporean standards. I would probably liken this to a more refined version of our local prawn mee soup!

Mapo Don / Dan Dan Mien set

Mapo Don / Dan Dan Mien set ($10.80)

After bearing with the excessive queuing that's usually a sign of good food, I settled for the greedy-man's option, half and half set comprising 1/2 portion mapo tofu don and 1/2 portion dan dan noodles.

Mapo tofu definitely packed a mala punch but the heat level was reasonable. The Mapo tofu tasted great except that the greasy chilli oil meat gravy slathered over the rice made it rather difficult for anyone to finish an entire portion and I was glad to have gotten only the half portion. The dan dan noodles on the other hand came in a bowl of nutty soupy gravy which together with the qq noodles did a very good job of relieving some of the heat and grease from the mapo tofu. Finally, it's also great that I picked the refreshing calamansi as my drink for the set! Loved the refreshing zest to cleanse the palate throughout the meal!

Mcdonalds' Nasi Lemak Burger

Mcdonalds' Nasi Lemak Burger ($5.95)

Fastest fingers first! The chicken patty had a different seasoning from the usual mcspicy and was reminiscent of local spices. The sambal should be spicier and mixed together with some ikanbilis to complete the flavours. Overall decent but I wouldn't miss it when it's gone!

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