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Congee (from $7.80) ⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
Duck & preserved vegetables Chee cheong fan ($5.50) ⭐️ 3.5/5 ⭐️
🍴Hearty bowls of porridge that is comfort for the soul. Enjoyed the smooth silky texture for a luscious bowl. Taste-wise, the base broths were all flavourful and hearty. Our favourite was the century egg & lean meat ($7.80) - the funk of the century egg and savoury tender chicken meat really shines through. The sliced beef ($9.80) was a close second with its lean and tender slices. The sliced parrot fish ($9.80) included ginger slices which further perfumed the congee, although we found the fish slices itself to be slightly over cooked and lacking in seasoning.

The chee cheong fan was extremely soft and silky. We enjoyed the combination of salty duck and preserved vegetables with the plainer rice rolls. The duck was a little tough and we would have liked more duck and preserved vegetables for better proportions.

Overall a fuss free and comforting meal especially if you’re in town!

📍 @muikeesg, 01-42 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd, S228208

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The chap chye was soft and flavoursome enough - pretty good rendition as a compliment to the other dishes.

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Ayam buah keluak ($24) - the buah keluak pieces were pretty big and stewed well but the sauce lacked depth. Chicken could have been more tender

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Babi Pong Tay ($16)
Ayam buah keluak ($24)
Beef rendang ($22)
Chap chye ($15)
Overall ⭐️ 3.5/5 ⭐️
🍴Blue Ginger opened their second outlet at Great World City and we thought to give it a try since there was 1-1 burpple vouchers (applicable for vegetables, meats, and starters). Overall, we thought that the dishes were a little oily and all the meats (chicken, pork, beef) were quite tough and chewy, but the sauces were decently good. Dark horse of the meal was the free flow tangy achar!

If we had to rank the proteins, we would say: first, the babi pongtay with its savoury yet slightly sweet and overall moreish sauce. Second, the buah keluak pieces were pretty big and stewed well, although the sauce lacked depth. The beef rendang was the least impressive - the sauce was quite lemak, particularly oily, and could do with punchier spices for added complexity.

The chap chye was soft and flavoursome enough - pretty good rendition as a compliment to the other dishes.

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Bara chirashi don ($22)
⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
🍴Relatively unknown Japanese restaurant in the Northeast serving classic Japanese fare at decent prices. It was an enjoyable bowl with a good variety of cubed sashimi (salmon, tuna, yellowtail, squid) mixed with tobiko, ikura, cucumber and tamago atop soft Japanese rice. Also liked the little bits of sweet-sour pickled mushrooms that provided a refreshing bite.

While the pieces were fresh, did find the tuna to be on the softer mushier side, while the squid was more chewy. Their chirashi is served with salad, chawanmushi, and miso soup, making this pretty good value! Especially enjoyed the smooth and light chawanmushi while their classic miso soup provided a warm and comforting balance.

Overall, would stick to the likes of House of Chirashi or Omote but this is a great option when in the area and craving sashimi.

📍@kaiyosushigrill, 13 Teck Chye Terrace Singapore

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Creamy and highly cheesy mushroom spaghetti with truffle salsa and black roe. We were less fans of this, finding it overly rich and heavy on the palette. The overwhelming quantity of cheeses meant that the truffle element was lost. We did appreciate the slightly salty black roe toppings and soft, chewy mushrooms, and can see how cheese lovers might appreciate this pasta.

There’s something for everyone given how customizable the bowls are with choice of MXG pot base and ingredients (price based on weight). Overall, while their flavours could be stronger, we liked that their food was generally less oily than other places.

Of the mala bases, our favorite was their 𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐚 ($4.80) made from a blend of 30 herbs & spices. We found the 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐩𝐞𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐫 ($5.80) to be too sweet for our palettes. The chef mentioned that he based it on Singapore Black Pepper Crabs with a Western-fusion element of adding butter but we would have preferred for amped up pepper and reduced sweetness. 𝐓𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 ($6.80) was their idea of ‘moonlight kway teow’ and was served with potato noodles. Felt that the creamy raw egg yolk while aesthetic, muted the flavours and was the least memorable bowl.

For their sides, we enjoyed the 𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐲 ($16) that retained crispiness throughout. The fermented beancurd marination added a uniquely fragrant flavour without being overly strong/ pungent. The 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐲 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐮𝐛𝐞𝐬 ($16) were also nicely executed with a crisp and thin batter encasing tender chicken/ chewy king mushrooms but would have appreciated a stronger punch of spices.

Now on 50% off until end April 2021! One of our favourite Xiao long bao around

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They offer an extensive range of skewers of various meats and cuts ($1-$1.50/stick), with a minimum order of two sticks each. To be honest, we could hardly tell the meats apart as each was coated in a rich spice seasoning that largely overpowered the natural meat aromas. They only varied texture-wise with some like the beef being tougher than the chicken. Bravely ventured into trying some organs. While the tripe and heart were nicely chewy and indistinguishable taste-wise to the meat, the intestine was not properly cleaned, leaving a strong gamy aroma.

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𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐫𝐮𝐢𝐭 𝐂𝐫𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐧 (4 ⭐️; $5) - Love passionfruit and this met my expectations with its generous and rich Passionfruit curd filling. It was refreshingly tangy, citrusy, and packed a sour punch. This balanced well with the sweet cruffin and icing sugar coating. After getting them to warm it up, it was crispy on the outside with a soft airy interior but did wish for it to be more buttery and flaky (have read that bringing it home and toasting it yourself gets a better outcome).

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Mookata (~$15/pax)
⭐️ 3.5/5 ⭐️
🍴Newly opened #mookata in a humble hawker centre. The Jumbo meat platter ($39.90) for 4-5pax included a wide array of pork and chicken meat (1kg worth!), cheese tofu, cheese ball, meatball, crab stick, hotdog, luncheon meat, and vegetables. Enjoyed that the meats were marinated in their signature sauce/ black pepper but not overpoweringly so. This meant that they could still be enjoyed when dipped into their array of yummy sauces. The chilli had a sweet-spicy kick, while the Thai seafood sauce was tangy and garlicky, with mild spiciness. The Assam would suit non spicy lovers with its sweet-sour profile. Cheese lovers would also appreciate their generously filled cheese tofu and cheese ball, and alacarte option of cheese dip ($2).

Besides the usual meat & vegetable platters, the highlight was premium foie gras (4 ⭐️; $5.90 each) which we would thoroughly recommend! Each piece was generously thick and could be grilled to develop a nice outside char while retaining a juicy and creamy interior. Wasn’t too gamey or rich as well. Their Wagyu Striploin (3 ⭐️; $9.90/ 100g) was slightly tough but a reasonably priced option for those craving beef. They also offer richly marbled wagyu ribeye ($24.90/250g).

For carb lovers, they offer rice, tang hoon, and instant noodles. Pro tip: add the tom yum seasoning that came with the instant noodles to amp up the flavour of the soup 😉.

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📍@168_mookata, 43 Cambridge Road, Singapore

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