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Tanjong Pagar

Tanjong Pagar

Featuring Ginza Tendon Itsuki, Kok Sen Restaurant, Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant (Keong Saik), Xiao Ya Tou, Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei, MOJO, WANTON Seng's Noodle Bar, Salmon Samurai (100AM), Hanare, Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi
Esther Kwan
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Replacing defunct Ramyun & Soju at Orchid Hotel, this Japanese curry house from Hiroshima is worth checking out if you're in Tanjong Pagar. The space is rather cramped, so go solo or bring just a friend or two. They offer customised toppings and spice, like many other curry houses out there, but what really sets them apart is the inclusion of paitan soup. Diners are encouraged to add the light broth to any leftover rice and curry, turning it into a porridge-like consistency that is quite comforting. The Deep Fried Chicken Curry ($15.70) is a classic, and one that has Burppler Jianwei Low coming back from his weekly fix. For something different, try the Garlic Pork Belly Curry ($15.70). Sliced thinly, the pork was less garlicky that Burpple Tastemaker Xing Wei Chua expected, but he still enjoyed it for its juiciness. Pro tip: The bowl may look large but don't be deceived, says Xing Wei. The portion is actually good for one.
Avg Price: $20 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Xing Wei Chua

Set in International Plaza, this new kid on the CBD circuit is the place to go for hearty rice bowls and coconut soft serve. Of the two rice bowl options available, the Burpple community highly recommends the Sh-nack Don ($8.90). Expect umami beef slices, a runny onsen tamago and crispy Cajun-spiced fish skin served atop a bed of warm Japanese rice β€” great for lunch! Wash that down with their Coconut Shake ($4.90) made with a blend of Thai coconut water and bits of coconut flesh, or treat yourself to the dairy and nut-free Coconut Soft Serve ($4.90), drizzled with gula Melaka sauce and powdered gula Melaka. It's refreshing and light enough, and makes for an icy finish to a tasty meal.
Avg Price: $10 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Vanessa Kou

MOJO Chirashi ($23++)
So bountiful & practically overflowing?? YAAASS. I pinched some of this from my friend; would like to have my own bowl the next time. πŸ˜‡

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats available
πŸ’» Accepts reservations - I used Chope
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πŸ“§ Free Chope$300 for new sign-ups: (worth $7.50!)

Chanced upon this zi char place as I saw a queue outside the store and decide to give this a try. I am sold! Generous portions and good quality food. Yums.

Each bowl comes with several massive prawns that have been conveniently halved and slippery white beehoon all drowned in that umami rich broth. Serving size was also very generous. Highly recommended!

Never ever miss out on this! The salted egg pork ribs was never a disappointment for me. Hence; for those who are allergic to seafood, you can consider this as your mains!

I like how the outer layer is light and crispy while the yam on the inside is slightly gooey. Even though it’s fried, it wasn’t greasy at all!

You can’t miss out on having Mellben’s crab done in its signature way β€” claypot thick bee hoon! The broth is wonderfully thick, rich and creamy and beaming with sweetness from the crab. Having been to the Ang Mo Kio outlet recently, I found the soup there way too peppery but I’m glad that the Tanjong Pagar outlet is upholding the usual Mellben standards! Additional soup and bee hoon can be added at an extra cost.

Communal concept during dinner time meant tze char style at the bar. We got ourselves some fried wanton and salted egg wings to go with our noodles. Free flow pork lard will probably make you go wild and noodles here only go for a dollar per bowl.

Ever since I've got acquainted (finally) with Hanare a couple of months back, I hardly see any reason to return to Teppei anymore. Basically, the same Barachirashi is offered here, along with daily specials and free-flow of sides (including my favourite daikon-carrot-lotus root stew), sans GST/service charge and the claustrophobic feeling Teppei gives. The seasoned sashimi is as scrummy and generously portioned, although the rice is still as dry and bland as Teppei's πŸ˜’ Nothing that some furikake can't solve!