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Nasi Lemak Waffle ($15.50)
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Nasi Lemak lovers would rejoice at yet another nasi lemak spin-off now in the form of waffles. This oh-so-pretty creation comprises a coconut rice waffle adorned with a sunny side up egg, sambal chilli, a generous slab of tumeric confit chicken so perfectly cooked and topped with peanut and ikan bilis. To complete the full works of a typical nasi lemak dish, there’s even an otah mousse dressing which I loved smearing all over my waffle. Overall, I found the chicken well seasoned and it surprisingly does not cause the waffle below to turn soggy from its oil and this makes for a rather satisfying and hearty brunch. I only wished that the coconut rice in the waffle came out slightly stronger so that it wasn’t just the toppings which resembled the all time favourite nasi lemak.

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Premium King Prawn Tendon ($19.80)
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Much awaited return visit to @tempuratentenrc and this time, tried their Premium King Prawn Tendon with spicy sauce and truffle rice. The king prawns were distinctively at least double the size of the usual prawns served with their tendon bowls and there was a fuller bite from these royal babies as the prawn meat was more firm and full-bodied. The accompanying prawn heads, deep fried till golden brown and ultra crispy also served as a fantastic accompaniment to that aromatic truffle rice. Also do yourself a favour and order a side portion of that ajitama tempura, chicken ball with mozarella cheese and tempura bacon as these add-ons are just so value for money and taste wickedly delicious!
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Thank you @tempuratentenrc for hosting this meal, @burpple @burpplesg for this eatup!

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Steak Rice ($10)
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Quite surprised that a sirloin steak bowl can be priced so economically @thesaltedplumsg . The steak, though sirloin, was cooked just nice, tender and juicy. The beef slices was of a decent portion though I won’t have mind paying a bit more for more steak to fill the hunger. The beef was served with rice and topped with house pickled cabbage which wasn’t overly sour and a sous-vide egg to coat the beef with its runny yolk. Overall a decent pick but I will be trying other exciting options on the lunch bowl menu.

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Burnt Chilli Chicken Rice ($10)
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Perfectly seared chicken with burnt chilli delivering a constant smokey flavour served with rice and a sous-vide egg and garnished with coriander. The quantity of chicken was generous and this bowl is best had with the in-house chicken rice chilli. A good lunch bowl to have in the heart of the CBD.

Penne Al Griglia Pollo ($13)
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Penne and grilled chicken thigh tossed in pesto cream sauce from @thewickedgarlic done right with al dente penne and slightly charred chicken cubes. I do wish though that the pesto taste was stronger and that there was more sauce for the pasta only because I prefer my pasta slightly wetter. The chicken cubes carried a smoky taste after being charred and I was pleased they used chicken thigh. The downside however was that the chicken cubes were a little tougher than I would have liked. Overall still this plate of pasta still makes for a decent quick meal fix!

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Roti Prata
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RK House at Serangoon Gardens has been around for ages and is one of my go to stalls to satiate my prata craving. The plain prata is crispy on the sides and freshly made and my favourite combination of the mushroom cheese prata delivers a savoury flavour from the cheese and some juciness from the button mushrooms while still retaining the crispy crust of the prata. Best part about the prata here is that it is served with good curry gravy, not the low end watery types most other indian stalls serve! Also try the the indian rojak and the maggi goreng here as their menu is huge!

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Mapo Tofu Don ($12)
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Newly launched rice bowls for lunch @longqingsingapore and this mapo tofu is really rocking it. The tofu and minced pork are wok fried with homemade prawn paste, roasted chillis and chinese wine. Everything was on point, from the juiciness of the minced pork to even the gravy that drenched the rice. I especially loved that all too familiar slightly numbing sensation from the peppercorns.

Golden Wings ($8.90)
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5 pieces of crispy golden brown mid-joints @BuildersatSims drizzled with a curry vinaigrette. Loved every bite though it seems slightly pricey. That said, who could resist fried chicken wings!

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Penang Fried Kway Teow ($8.80)
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Full of wok-hei and oily af but totally satisfying just the way fried kway teow should be except I thought penang style is whiter

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Pu Tien Lychee Pork ($12)
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Aptly named the Pu Tien Lychee Pork, this local tze char place located in my hood serves up many familiar dishes found at a one-star michellin restaurant just a few streets away at a fraction of the price. The lychee pork tasted largely similar with a slightly crispier exterior (which I would prefer) coated with a thickened sweet and sour sauce. We also ordered the Fried Xing Hua Bee Hoon ($5.50) which I felt was also rather spot on with the thin and fluffy distintive Pu Tien bee hoon, just that their accompanying chilli lacked the tanginess and spiciness of my favourite restaurant. That said, I won’t hesitate to get my Pu Tien fix here too.

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C&C&C Pasta ($14.90)
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Version 2.0 of the previous already fantastic C&C pasta @themassessg really whets my appetite. Think chilled angelhair pasta coated with a thick lobster bisque then topped with Crabmeat, Caviar and Clams. The unmistakable umami goodness of seafood permeates throughout the dish. This is my all-time staple during my visits to The Masses.

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Roast Platter ($15)
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In-house prepared roast duck and roast pork belly @shaobbq . I found the duck skin not crispy enough but the pork belly was pretty decent. The portion is a bit sad though as we essentially got a duck drumstick and 5 cubes of pork belly for the price.

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