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Featuring New Ubin Seafood (Hillview), JB Ah Meng, IKEA Restaurant (Alexandra), Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Holland Village), Tian Wai Tian Fishhead Steamboat (Serangoon), Chin Chin Eating House, Ellenborough Market Café, Berseh Food Centre, Ming Chung Restaurant, Ah Hor Teochew Kway Teow Mee 亚河潮州粿条面
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My family has been going to Old Lai Huat Seafood Restaurant for their signature Sambal Pomfret ($38) since I was young. The deep fried pomfret is covered in a generous amount of fried belacan that is super fragrant and crispy. The chili is so good I can literally finish a bowl of rice just with it. Although it looks very intimidating, the spiciness is actually quite manageable. Fish wise, the deep fried pomfret is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The Deep Fried Baby Squid ($12) is pretty good too - it is sweet, tangy and crispy and I can’t stop popping them! To be honest, the signature sambal pomfret is probably quite unhealthy but I guess we all can indulge in a little guilty pleasure once in a while🙈

The Dry Wanton Noodle ($4.80) from Wanton Fu is quite similar to the famous Eng’s Wantan Noodle at Katong. The springy egg noodle is doused in a light lardy sauce and you may add a dash of lard cubes, fried garlic bits and super hot chilli sauce separately. The noodle comes with boiled wantons - I like that the boiled wanton skin is thinner than the ones at Eng’s and the wantons are plump and decent. The Fried Wanton ($3.50) is excellent - the skin is super thin and crispy, the wantons are not oily and they go well with the mayo:) The environment is comfortable as the place is air-conditioned and the portion is pretty good for the affordable pricing:) So glad to have this new addition in my neighbourhood - no more arduous journey to the East just to satisfy my Wanton Mee craving😉!

Achievement unlocked: I think I might have tried all the soup flavours at Herbal Oasis😂 Finally checked Ginseng Chicken Soup ($18 inclusive of sweet potato brown rice and minced meat tofu side) off the menu and the soup is pleasantly clear and bittersweet. It is supposed to strengthen qi and kidney yang, and enhance the immune system (sounds good just drink)🤓 I must say that Herbal Oasis is one of the few places where every single item on the menu is consistently good. Hidden gem indeed!

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I can’t name all my kuehs, but the Penang buffet at Copthorne King’s Princess Terrace Cafe has one of the largest kueh selections I have ever come across in a buffet and they are all so good! My favourites include Kueh Beng Kah, Kueh Dar Dar, Kueh Seri Muka and this amazing pancake looking kueh that is served with caramelised banana sauce😍 Apart from kuehs, there is a live Ban Chang Kueh station where a super crispy peanut pancake is made on the spot and a Tau Huey station where you get to add regular syrup or gula melaka over the super soft soya beancurd❤️ Really spoilt for choice for deserts - and I don’t even have a sweet tooth to begin with (though the desserts are not too sweet I must say☝🏻)!

Back to the main course, there are Penang classics such as Penang Fried Kway Teow, Assam Laksa, Pork Curry, Satay and Duck with Salted Vegetable Soup. But what I really like is the Pork Trotters in Black Vinegar - it has just the right balance of sweet and sour and it is very addictive! This is also the first time I saw an automatic egg cooker - quite impressive😱 To be honest, I don’t have enough stomach space to try everything every time I am here because there is just too much food to try and limited capacity😛

If you are wondering about the price, I made my reservation via Eatigo and managed to get a 50% discount ($26.90++ for buffet lunch on weekends) woohoo🎉 If you are looking for a good buffet that serves homely comfort food without burning a hole in your pocket, this is a good place to try:)!

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The Danggui and Logan Duck Soup from Herbal Oasis ($18, inclusive of rice and side) is very sweet and flavourful - I finished the whole bowl down to the very last drop:P Apparently it helps to tonify blood and nourish yin, and promote blood circulation and a healthy glow on the skin (please work, especially the last part😂🙏🏻). Paired with yam rice and my favourite tofu with minced meat, it is a very hearty lunch that leaves one feeling nourished without being overly full:) Looking forward to trying all the different soups on the menu one day😬!

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After reading many raving reviews of JB Ah Meng, I finally got to try it and I am happy to report that the dishes I tried did not disappoint:D! The signature White Pepper Crab, JB San Lou Meehoon and Fried Garlic Chilli Clams are very flavourful - easily crowd pleasers across ages. Two dishes stood out to me in particular. The Deep Fried Pork Belly with Fermented Beancurd is very fragrant, crispy and though they are deep fried, they are not dry or oily - pretty impressive and addictive I must say! While Sambal Kang Kong is a common zichar staple, their version is super lardy and flavourful, complete with a generous sprinkle of lard cubes and plenty of wok hei🤤! The meal amounted to about $150 for 5 pax, which is reasonable. Overall, this zichar place is on the 重口味 side, in a good way if you like strong flavours like me:) Will probably order rice to go with the dishes when I visit again!

Popped by Malaysia Boleh! foodcourt at AMK Hub with my family on Sunday and am pleasantly surprised to find a number of dishes that are actually pretty good and affordable:)! The Fried Lau Shu Fun ($5) from KL Hokkien Mee is infused with wok hei and the slippery noodles are coated in a sweet, savoury and lardy dark sauce. The KL Wanton Mee ($3.80) features springy egg noodles tossed in dark sauce and paired with plump wantons and well-charred char siew. Lastly, Yong Peng Xi Dao Fishball Noodles ($3.50) is tossed in dark sauce and the fishballs have a firm bite without being overly (read: artificially) bouncy. For a themed foodcourt specialising in Malaysian street food, I was half expecting gimmicky food but it turned out that there are quite a few hidden gems:)!

TGIF from Ellenborough Market Cafe🌈! I’m soooooo full from the buffet dinner (1-for-1 promo for HSBC cardholders whee) but I enjoyed every bit of it - the lovely vibes and environment, great service and the food is not bad too! My favourites of the night would be the roast beef, beef stew, kueh pie tee, ah balling, fried durian dumpling and bread pudding. Time to redeem myself over the weekends😅

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It’s been a while since I had my favourite set lunch ($18) at Herbal Oasis, which comprises of soup, side dish and rice of your choice. The Qi Tonic Chicken Soup is sweet with herbal/bitter undertones, which gives it a very well balanced taste. The chicken is very tender as well. The bitter gourd omelette is crisp, light and the sweet goji berries in the omelette neutralise the slight bitterness of the thinly sliced bitter gourd. Completed my meal with a delicious bowl of sweet potato brown rice. Soul Food Soul Good😌

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Tried the Balinese Duck Noodle ($12.50) from Wanton Seng’s Noodle Bar and as usual, the springy egg noodles, thin-skin wantons and flavourful soup that is served at the side do not disappoint. The fried duck leg is crispy on the outside and I wish it could be juicier on the inside. Nonetheless, it’s still a pretty decent duck leg and an enjoyable lunch:)!

If not for the recent news that Moi Lum will be shutting down on 16 Mar 2019, I would never have guessed that this heritage restaurant has been around for close to 100 years😱! Before it closes for good, we headed down for a hearty lunch comprising Claypot Tofu, Sweet and Sour Pork, Sambal Kang Kong, Salted Egg Prawn and Majestic Roast Chicken ($140.50 for 9 pax). The food is generally decent (except for the sweet and sour pork which lacked crunch and was somewhat underwhelming) but what really stood out was their signature Majestic Roast Chicken, which was super juicy, tender and flavourful👍🏻 Glad to have one last meal there before it goes down in history!

I’m a fan of vinegar (I love it when I have the option of dousing my yong tau foo in chili and vinegar🙈) but the Bak Chor Mee ($3) from Lian Teck Fishball Minced Meat Noodles is surprisingly good without the usual dose of vinegar and ketchup. The sauce is light and brings out the flavour of the aromatic chilli. The noodles are very springy as well. Will opt for this whenever I’m the mood for something light and tasty:)!

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