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For 12 pieces at S$23.88, this dozen of freshly shucked oysters might be one of the cheapest in town. Being slightly plump with a creamy texture, most of the oysters tasted really fresh to the slurp. However, when I ordered a second serving, there was a slightly fishy smell that was a slight turn-off, but the taste of the oysters were untainted.

Though most items on the menu seemed quite affordable, the seating capacity of the restaurant was quite small, so it would be advisable to make a table reservation before one should show up to avoid a long waiting time.

Enjoyed watching MasterChef Singapore Season 2 Finals, where contestant Leon Lim made this Rojak Roll with Churro as his winning appetiser dish? Now, you can actually taste this in real life, with the chef himself making this dish right in front of you!

The Rojak Roll with Churro (S$14.90 for 2 pairs) was a combination of the Vietnamese roll with the key ingredients for Rojak wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper, and a stick of freshly-fried Churro (resembled a Youtiao but with a crunchy texture). The Rojak sauce was packed separately and could be dipped or poured over, but I would guess that pouring under would give myself more control to how much umami I would prefer with every bite. For sure, the roll was refreshing both in taste and in texture, but of course I wouldn’t think anyone would reject more chopped peanuts to improve on crunch and fragrance.

Although this was a wonderful creation that debuted during the culinary competition and recreated by Leon himself, I strongly believed that he would not be standing behind the counter for the rest of his life making the roll for his customers. Maybe, this would also bring about a new wave of local-inspired reinvented hawker dishes in our local food scene. But for now, this would make a novel snack for those who loved the concept.

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Going for some soft foods this time round, I was inclined to ordering this Hummus & Baba Ganoush (S$13.00) because I was in the mood for some hummus.

And I must say, their garlic pita bread was warm and crisp, and tasted really yummy when dipped into the chickpea and eggplant spreads. Why dip? That’s the fastest and most efficient way to make sure that the whole bread was coated evenly before they ended up in my mouth!

Imported from Hiroshima, these Hiroshima Oysters were plump and creamy. From S$5.00, one could get fresh oysters to start off a nice meal, perfectly paired with their range of cold Sake.

Apart from having them clean, the oysters could also come with Ikura (S$6.00), Australia Lime Caviar (S$7.00) or a combination of Okinawa Sea Grapes, Quail Egg Yolk and Dashi Shoyu (S$8.00). I personally enjoyed the Lime Caviar as there was a slight crunchy texture with perfect acidity to match the creaminess of the oyster.

#BurppleEatup

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The Freshly Shucked Oysters were based on the daily supply of oysters that were brought into the restaurant. For S$6.00 each, enjoy them together with wedges of lemon, lager vinaigrette or tabasco.

The selections for this meal included oysters from local farms, France and New Zealand respectively. The New Zealand oysters had a slightly sweet aftertaste, whereas the French ones gave a slight crisp to their plump meat. But among them all, the local ones were the most satisfying. Coming from Ah Hua Kelong, these oysters were most balanced in terms of flavour and firmness.

And I was really appreciative of the waiter who was so enthusiastic to share his recommendations on the oysters. I would really suggest to check with the staff if one was not sure which are the ones to get, but most likely the local ones would be great to have.

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Duke Bakery had been in the market for a number of years now, and they had their fair share of ups and downs in their innovation and sales. No doubt that they still had some of their all-time favourites, but unfortunately a few of my top picks were phased out over time.

Phased in last year, the Tiramisu bread (S$6.00) was more of a cake-in-a-bread creation that had chocolate cake inside the chocolate chip bread that sandwiched a generous amount of cream cheese. A pretty straightforward approach to incorporate cheese, cake and bread into one piece, but it was also sufficient to make this one here likable.

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Given my very limited encounters with Vietnamese cuisine, it was a shame to say that this was my first encounter with Bahn Mi, which loosely translated to Vietnamese baguette sandwich.

The Caramelised 5-Spice Pork Belly Bahn Mi (S$9.90) was just scrumptious despite the humble price tag. Juicy pork belly slices were pressed with raw vegetables, coriander and pâté between a sliced baguette with very crispy crust. The sounds of crunches came from both the bread as well as the vegetables, making the meal sensational amidst the ease of eating it without taking a toll on the jaw and teeth.

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It was yet another dining option for the shoppers and office workers of Novena Square, as Song Fa Bak Kut Teh made the best no-frill Pork Ribs Soup (S$9.80 for Large) available in the Novena area. The large portion came with five pieces of tender pork ribs, good for those who wanted more meat to the meal, and still spend less than getting their Premium Loin Ribs.

If the dinner was not hearty enough for you for any reason, do ask the staff to refill the soup bowl with their rich peppery soup to your heart’s content. This brought so much warmth especially on a rainy day.

Look at the sales of their Popcorn Chicken and you will know.
Thank you @stickiesbar for the addictive bar grub, and @burpple for the Eatup invite!
#food #foodphotography #foodstagram #popcornchicken #stickiesbar #burpple #burpplesg #burppleeatup #foreverhungry

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Using Boston Lobsters in a buttery brioche, I was delighted with freshness with sufficient flavour. This visit had further proven that d’Good Café offered an extensive menu that often left me spoiled for choice.
#food #foodphotography #foodstagram #lobsterroll #dgoodcafe #cafehoppingsg #burpple #burpplesg #foreverhungry

But their Penne Al Pomodoro with Ham & Cheese was not too cheesy, just that I wish the ham was a little firmer (like bacon).
#food #foodphotography #foodstagram #pasta #greyhoundcafesg #cafehoppingsg #burpple #burpplesg #foreverhungry

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