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Ugly Delicious

Ugly Delicious

With recent trends leaning towards making food look “instagrammable”, the focus has been shifted into the presentation while taste and flavours have turned into an afterthought. Inspired by Netflix’s Ugly Delicious, let me take your take you on a gastronomic journey as I share with you ugly looking but delicious tasting foods!
Julius Lim
Julius Lim
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This time round, instead of just walking by it, the smell led me right into the restaurant to a plate of Chicken Beryani ($11). My recent craving for a good plate of chicken biryani was duly satisfied here, as the fluffy basmati rice was clearly the winner on this plate. It was so well cooked with their secret spice blend and the fried onions made it even better. As this is a dum biryani, the chicken is cooked with the rice and each order comes with a side of cucumber salad. Don’t look down on the salad as the spicy tangy cucumbers sort of cut through the heaviness of the dish to ensure you don’t get filled up as quickly. However, what is a slight let down to an otherwise good plate of biryani is probably the chicken which is not as well marinated as the inside of the meat has a lack of flavours. The bowl of curry that comes with it is good but not necessary as the rice itself is good enough to be eaten on its own.
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Islamic Restaurant
Address: 745, North Bridge Road, Singapore 198713
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Go during the peak hours and be prepared to wait in line for a good 15-30mins. As you slowly made your way to the front of the line, you will be greeted with a selection of braised and fried items, which you point to the staff for your order. After choosing your dishes, the staff will then proceed to scoop up three kinds of sauces; curry, braised and chilli, and heap them onto your rice mountain. As you conquer this mountain with the dishes that you have ordered, you will soon realized the comfort and joy in this. At the end of the meal, you might walk out feeling a bit groggy as the food coma slowly starts to hit you. This is the type of ugly delicious food that I am talking about, this is the type of the brown food that many people feel its not “instagram-worthy” to post or eat, but give me this any day and I will be happy.
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Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice
Address: 229, Jalan Besar, Singapore 208905
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That’s what an ugly delicious dish brings to you as it might not look artfully curated; the flavours however will bring you to another level of deliciousness. This is the legendary “MacPherson Kway Chap”, housed in Sin Fong Restaurant, famed for their thick and rich herbal sauce, braided innards and the best of them all, the deep fried pig intestines. The star of the show was well cleaned that there was neither the gaminess nor the odour. If this was a Fear Factor eating round, I will definitely pass with flying colours.
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Quan Lai Kway Chap
Address: 560, MacPherson Road, Singapore 368233
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If you have not had it before, be prepared for bites of thick and crunchy peanut butter with mixed berry jam, sandwiched in a cornflake crusted milk and chocolate bread. Not the healthiest of sandwiches around, hell yeah you damn right, but I am willing to spend a little more time in the gym so that I can afford the calories for this. Also, first timers beware, this is not your so-called dessert bread so do share it with someone since sharing is caring. You know you are getting a damn good sandwich when you start to hear oooohs and ahhhhs from each bite.
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Park Bench Deli
Address: 179, Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068627

Not your usual peppery broth, this has preserved vegetables in it which has a slight twang while the pig organs, pork belly and pork slices are cleaned and treated so well that there is no porky stench to it. A very enjoyable bowl of soup that’s refillable and will surely fill you up.
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Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup
Available: 24, Foch Road, Singapore 209263

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Can someone recommend me somewhere or anywhere that sells good roasted pork in Singapore? Till then, this shall rank as my top choice for its biscuit-like skin and excellent fat to meat ratio. The other generic ones usually come off as the meat being too dry or too salty but this is just perfectly seasoned with a good bite.
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Hong Kong 88 Roast Meat Specialist
Available: 153, Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207566

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I’m so glad that I have finally tried the curry rice here as this place has been on my wishlist for the longest time but every single time that I am at the Tiong Bahru area, it’s either closed or I simply gravitate towards the market. Between this and the supposedly other famous one around the area, Loo’s wins hands down for me for their heartier portions and having a more complex range of flavours. Everything that we ordered that day was on point from the braised cabbage to the pork chop that has a drizzle of tomato sauce and the irresistible squid dish that will leave a spicy sweet punch on your tastebuds. The popularity of Loo’s is clearly evident with the long queues that stretches all the way out of the coffeeshop but you will be rewarded with an awesome meal that will leave you sweating buckets but with the feeling of “shiok”. This place is definitely worth a return soon.
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Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice
Address: 71, Seng Poh Road, Unit 01-49, Singapore 160071

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And best, these two hawkers have won it since the first award ceremony which means that throughout the years, there are no new hawker awardees. Echoing what many of the prominent foodies in the industry have commented, where are the nasi padangs, char kway teows and fried hokkien noodles? The Michelin inspectors clearly need to step up their game if not they will be further ridiculed next year. I highly recommend when they are doing their rounds to comb deeper into the heartlands and maybe try a few more hawker stalls? One such stall would be Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Hokkien Mee which might not be the most artfully presented or having the most organized cooking area, but looking at the space constraints these hawkers have compared to high end restaurants, they definitely deserved the accolade for dishing out plates after plates of wok hei deliciousness in such a confined space with minimal cooking equipment.
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Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Hokkien Mee
Address: 6, Jalan Bukit Merah, ABC Brickworks Market Food Centre, Unit 01-13, Singapore 150006

Yes, “gold” that’s edible and in the form of liquid. And I’m referring to none other than the thick gooey caramelized gula melaka that makes this Power Chendol ($2) shine bright like a diamond. If you’ve not tried this yet, I highly recommend you make the trip here and be wowed by how this bowl of dessert is able to bring so much joy.
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Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert
Address: 6, Jalan Bukit Merah, ABC Brickworks Market Food Centre, Unit 01-21, Singapore 150006

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The moment this plate of Fried Mee Sua ($5) reaches your table, your nostrils will be able to detect the strong charred aroma that’s coated on every strand of the noodles. To have a different take on fried noodles, the menu not only consists of the usual fried hokkien prawn noodles and fried vermicelli, there’s the fried mee sua which I will recommend from the trio. Not only does the mee sua able to hold onto the charred flavour perfectly, the crispy ends give it a contrasting texture from the other noodles. Add a scoop of fried pork lard, squeeze a lime and you will have a satisfying plate of fried noodles.
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Yong Huat
Address: 125/127, East Coast Road, Alibabar The Hawker Bar, Singapore 428810

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Now that I am no longer working in the Chinatown area, I still patronize them on many occasions, bringing different groups of people to try this cuisine and even recommend to others if they are out of options in the area. One dish that will definitely be on the order list is the cold appetizer of Green Bean Glass Noodles. Though it might seem unassuming, it’s the entire combination of the glass noodles mixed in with special red sauce, cucumber strips, carrot strips and coriander that creates a harmonious plate of “salad”. They have a entire menu of other authentic Chinese dishes and it would be wise to grab a few others so that you can get to savour more of it.
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Dong Bei Ren Jia 东北人家
Address: 22, Upper Cross Street, Singapore 058334

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I might be bias since I have eaten from this stall since I was young, but you definitely got to try it to know what I mean. Everything from the hand made noodles, to the use of mani chye for that additional sweetness down to the sambal chilli makes this bowl a comforting yet memorable ban mian. And if you are not aware, this is my number 1 ban mian in Singapore.
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China Whampoa Home Made Noodles
Address: 91, Whampoa Drive, Whampoa Makan Place, Unit 01-24, Singapore 320091

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