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Had to try this highly featured 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐟 𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐡 ($26), and it lived up to the hype. Thinly shaved beef tongue with tangy gribiche (a classier egg mayo concoction); easily one of the best in town. Must try.

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Came across this relatively unknown porridge stall at Beo Crescent when scrolling Burpple

Simple, comforting bowl, especially for the recent heavy and cold downpours. Not the most impressive in flavours with its straightforward mix of century egg, lean pork/chicken, youtiao, shallots, and spring onion. But still highly enjoyable given the silky and smooth consistency of the congee.

Also highly recommend adding an egg (50c). It’s broken straight into the bowl before the boiling congee is poured over to slow cook the egg with residual heat. This created a soft-boiled oozy consistency that added a light egginess and creaminess to the overall bowl.

📍Porridge Kiosk, 01-86 Beo Crescent Market & Food Centre, 38A Beo Crescent, Singapore 169982

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Came across the bedok marketplace on Burpple and definitely recommend a visit to the hip open-air ‘hawker’ with both local and modern offerings.

Enjoyable wagyu don that came with a generous serving of minced beef and thin wagyu beef slices at this price point. Loved the slight char yet tender minced wagyu that had distinct but not overpowering truffle aroma. Although retaining a pink interior, would have liked for the lean rump slices to be juicier. Given their name, also felt that the slices could do with more sear and smokiness. The onsen egg added glorious creaminess while the wasabi was a great earthy, spicy balance (wished there was more of it!).

📍@theburningoaksg, 02-16, 348 Bedok Road, Simpang Bedok, Singapore / order via link in their bio

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Chicken rice ($6-8/pax)
⭐️ 3/5 ⭐️
🍴Not the most amazing, but a satisfying Hainanese chicken rice. The whole chicken ($35) was good for 5 pax. The Kampung chicken was more of the lean and firm style which meant it wasn’t the most tender (especially the breast meat sections) but enjoyable in its own right, especially when paired with their house soy sauce dressing. The rice ($1.60) was on the drier side and lacking fragrance on its own, but delicious when mixed in with their dark soya sauce, ginger, and tangy-spicy chilli.
📍@loykeebestchickenrice, Loy Kee Best Chicken Rice, 342 Balestier road, Singapore

Portuguese Egg Tart ($4.50/4)
⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
🍴This unassuming bakery at Toa Payoh HDB Hub has no digital presence. After years of strolling by, we decided to give it a try and left impressed by this hidden gem. At $4.50 for 4 or $6 for 6 pieces, it’s also one of the more affordable egg tarts around.

Unlike the short crust Hong Kong versions, these Portuguese egg tarts had a gloriously crisp puff pastry. The 5+ layers of crispy goodness reminded us of perfectly flaky croissant layers (recommend toasting them before eating), and went well with the egg custard 😋. We appreciated that it wasn’t too sweet although felt that the egg custard could be slightly smoother and eggy. Also would have preferred - slightly higher filling : crust ratio, as while we were fans of the crispy pastry, they leaned towards the buttery and oily side. More egg custard would have provided a better balance to cut through some grease.

📍50年 Taste of Tradition (near Nine Fresh Desserts), HDB Hub, 520 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore

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Unique to this hawker centre, we went with the original Mr Avocado and requested for less sweet to savor the naturally thick and creamy avocado juice.

Truffle wagyu don ($16)
⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
🍴So many modern/ fusion options at the hip @thebedokmarketplace that we were spoilt for choice and definitely planning on a return trip.

Enjoyable wagyu don that came with a generous serving of minced beef and thin wagyu beef slices at this price point. Loved the slight char yet tender minced wagyu that had distinct but not overpowering truffle aroma. Although retaining a pink interior, would have liked for the lean rump slices to be juicier. Given their name, also felt that the slices could do with more sear and smokiness. The onsen egg added glorious creaminess while the wasabi was a great earthy, spicy balance (wished there was more of it!).

📍@theburningoaksg, 02-16, 348 Bedok Road, Simpang Bedok, Singapore / order via link in their bio

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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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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.

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