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Featuring Tendon Kohaku (Suntec City), Ryo Sushi, Botanico at The Garage, Tsukada Nojo (Plaza Singapura), Nanjing Impressions, Donburi King, Putien (VivoCity), Zipang Japanese Dining Bar, Treasures Yi Dian Xin (Raffles City), Audace Bar & Restaurant
Jayson Yeo
Jayson Yeo

DIY Popiah Set ($$19.80)
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For the fun of having a popiah party without the hassle of prep and cleaning up, have a go @goodchancerestaurant . The stewed radish quantity was generous along with the other usual toppings. However, with each popiah working out to be $3+ and missing some luxe ingredients like chinese sausage and shrimps (which are available with additional charges) this popiah didn’t really manage to satiate my craving. The restaurant had a few good dishes but exuded a rather touristy vibe.

Bijin Nabe ($25/pax)
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The OG bijin nabe @tsukadanojosg_bijinnabe I’ve been having since time immemorial. Price has remain stagnant for as far as I can recall but they have undergone numerous menu changes. Still quite value for money and it is always a treat to be promoted on their loyalty card literally. We received a complimentary chicken nanban for the promotion to President and CEO 😂. Collagen soup is rich and addictive and the beauty noodles is always a treat to slurp up.

Perilla Flavoured Frogs ($39.80)
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Missing this addictive tray of froggy goodness @wahkungfu_sg . The frog meat is first fried then left to simmer in the flavourful umami laden gravy elevated by the perilla leaves resulting in a tender texture with a thin crusty exterior. The soupy gravy was both slurpworthy and went well drizzled on rice. Thankfully, they offered free soup top-up! We opted for the mildly spicy version so that we could really taste the dish and not need to down liquids and fill ourselves up too quickly. Special mention also to the lamb skewers ($1.20/ea min 4 sticks per order). It was so good we ordered a 2nd portion in a flash. Prices here is a bit on the high side though.

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Softshell Crab Katsu ($22)
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Absolutely the must order @parkbenchdeli ‘s collab with Handsome Chinos available only for today. Katsu fried to crispy perfection topped with seaweed tartar and slaw sandwiched between a fluffy bun. Queue’s way shorter than usual so thats a plus to come!

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Mac Kobe ($42)
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A decadent spin on the otherwise common mac and cheese @themalayancouncil . The mac and cheese here is tossed with spicy tulang (bone marrow) merah topped with grilled kobe beef and torched mozzarella. Loved this ultra rich version though the portion is best shared amongst 3 at least. The umami from the bone marrow was evident in every mouthful and the spicy gravy balanced well with the cheesiness. The most unforgettable part of this dish is the kobe beef slices, each perfectly seasoned and cooked to just the right doneness.

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Samsui Ginger Chicken ($42.90)
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Crowd favourite samsui chicken @souprestaurantsg . Not sure whether the pricing for a large portion is usually this pricey as we ordered off the cny menu. Portion is good for 4-5 pax. My favourite way to eat this is to use the lettuce to wrap a piece of chicken and some sliced cucumber then douse the ginger sauce generously on top. I always feel that it’s a pity that there’s no chicken rice chilli accompanying this dish. Super flavourful lettuce wrap reminiscent of hainanese chicken rice.

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Teochew Steamboat
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CNY steamboat at Teochew Traditional Steamboat Restaurant to save all the hassle of prep work and cleaning up. The walls of this restaurant adorned with countless photos of celebrities who dined here is testament to the popularity of this place. Soup base is a rich shark bone broth full of collagen and they serve up an array of homemade balls and pastes. Also on the menu is some ready to eat dishes like the fried wontons and brinjal with pork floss. Both are must orders here. Items are priced quite economically so it’s a real good deal to have spent reunion dinner here.

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Charcoal Grilled Dried Atka Mackeral Set ($17.90)
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The best seller at Charcoal Grill and Salad Bar and it’s no sweat to understand why. Probably one of the most value for money mid tier priced selection as the portion of fish is large and full of meaty fish chunks. There was quite a lot of deboning to do but it was still worth the effort. I enjoyed having my rice topped with their seaweed salad and the onsen egg while savouring the smokey fish meat. Also, my 2 favourites at the salad bar are the tuna corn pasta and the coffee jelly dessert.

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Hitsumabashi ($29.50)
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Ordered my unagi from Man Man and added an onsen egg. Best choice as the oozy yolk coated the unagi and rice making this ricebowl even more delectable. The unagi is grilled till the syrup turns crisp at the edges while the flesh is free of the usual fishy taste some other unagi may carry. Best part about this set is having the unagi ochazuke style with that clear bonito broth adding a different dimension to this already yummy dish. Maybe the hype has died down or the price tag is deterring as the Duo branch certainly didn’t replicate those lunchtime crowds back in the days they first open.

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Hotate (Scallop) with Ikura Don ($28.80)
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Newly open @DonburiKingSG located on the 3rd floor of the new Paya Lebar Quarter. A cosy space of only 18 seats, the restaurant boasts a countertop seating so that you can watch your donburi being prepared. What’s great about the space is that there is finally another option for people who enjoy sashimi and people who don’t take raw to head to the same restaurant as this place serves both cooked food and raw fish dons.
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My favourite don of the evening has to be the Hotate with Ikura Don. Think succulent lightly torched Japanese scallops mixed with ikura and negitoro to deliver a great umami taste with each spoonful. Tamago slices are also served together with the bowl. Although the price tag may be on the hefty side, the premium ingredients imported from Japan more than justifies this. A good side to order is their fried shisamo ($3 for 3 pieces). Lightly battered, this was just delicious and inexpensive.
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Thanks @burpple for extending the invitation for this #burppleeatup and @DonburiKingsg for your warm hospitality and for hosting this event.

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Sauerkraut Fish Pot
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After Chinatownpoint’s makeover at the basement, there’s now a wide array of new food options. One of these is @qilaifengsg which serves up a rather unique fish menu comprising their own signature grass carp nicknamed Q fish for its qq texture due to their unique feeding technique when breeding the fish. My favourite dish for the evening has got to be the sauerkraut fish pot filled with a generous serving of thinly sliced fish that doesn’t disintegrate easily, a testament to the freshness of the fish used here. The soup has a mildly spicy and tangy flavour tweaked to our local palette. For spice lovers, there’s also an option for a spicier level. Aside from this soup pot, there’s also the dry version that’s the best of both worlds for people who can’t decide. The fish pot is served dry and midway, there’s also an option to add pork bone broth and order extra hotpot ingredients for a round 2! Special mention also goes to the stir fried pork intestines. Offal lovers will love this dish done in a salt and pepper style.

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Yakitori Platter ($48)
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This platter from @lecoqsg is totally suitable for people who cannot make up their minds on what to order. Best shared amongst 4, the portion here is generous to say the least. The platter comprises beef, chicken thigh and breasts, wings, cartilage, heart. Loving the char on the skewers and the slightly sweet glaze.

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