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Featuring New Ubin Seafood (Hillview), IKEA Restaurant (Alexandra), Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Holland Village), Tian Wai Tian Fishhead Steamboat (Serangoon), Chin Chin Eating House, Dong Bei Ren Jia 东北人家, Berseh Food Centre, Ming Chung Restaurant, Ah Hor Teochew Kway Teow Mee 亚河潮州粿条面, Tiong Shian Porridge Centre 長城粥品 (New Bridge Road)
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It’s been a while since I last eaten at Chin Chin Eating House and their Hainanese fare is still as good as ever! The signature Hainanese Chicken Rice has all the essential elements of a good plate of chicken rice - 1) tender chicken, 2) fragrant rice and 3) chilli that packs a punch💪🏻 We also ordered a couple of dishes to go with the chicken rice. The Mutton Soup ($7) has a rich herbal taste and is very flavourful, and I love that the soup also has crunchy black fungus and whole garlic cloves that melts in your mouth:) The mutton is flavourful without a strong gamey taste. The Hainanese Mixed Vegetables ($10) is bursting with wok hei and the cabbage, black fungus, beancurd skin and fish maw go really well with rice. Lastly, being an eggplant fan, I couldn’t miss the Eggplant with Salted Fish ($10) and it did not disappoint! The eggplant, minced meat and salted fish are stewed in a claypot and it is super tender and savoury. Overall, this place offers quality Hainanese food at affordable prices, and all the dishes are really delicious and homely:)

Rounding up 2018 with my favourite comfort food - Koo Kee Yong Tow Foo Mee set ($7.30, inclusive of extra eggplant) from Food Republic at Wisma Atria! The set comprising springy egg noodles tossed in lard and minced meat, fresh YTF ingredients dipped in chilli sauce and kang kong drenched in fermented beancurd sauce is simple but satisfying:)

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Decided to brave the lunch queue on Friday to give Dumpling Darlings a try and it was the BEST DECISION EVER🤤 The lunch set ($16) consists of your choice of noodles, 4 dumplings and a drink. The Sichuan Pork Noodles is super delicious - although it is not spicy, the springy noodles are tossed in a fragrant combination of minced meat, soy tare, bacon sofrito, fried shallots, sesame, spring onions and seaweed and is bursting with umami. My friends and I tried a total of 3 dumpling flavours: Original, Fried Pierogi and Smoked Duck. The dumplings are wonderful. Fried Pierogi dumplings are stuffed with smoked bacon, truffle potato, caramelised onions and cheddar - the European spin is surprisingly addictive. Smoked Duck dumplings are filled with smoked duck, shiitake, caramelised leek and Hoisin mustard, and they go really well with the balsamic vinaigrette - this is my favourite actually! The Original dumplings are like normal dumplings filled with minced pork collar and napa cabbage, but taste is on point nonetheless. The $16 lunch set might not be the most affordable lunch option around the CBD, but for me, the quality and creativity invested into each dish are worth it:)

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Popped by Eat 3 Bowls on Friday night and I literally felt like I walked into a classroom scene in Taiwan, complete with classroom desks and chairs, school bags, noticeboard, blackboard and exercise book menus😃 How cute is that! We had the Braised Pork Rice Set 招牌卤肉饭套餐 ($8), Chicken Rice Set 鸡肉饭套餐 ($8), Beef Noodles Set 红烧牛肉面套餐 ($13) and Braised Intestines 卤大肠 ($5.80) for sides:) I must say that the food here really reminds me of the ones I had in Taiwan and it’s safe to say that they are pretty much the real deal, given that restaurant is owned by a Taiwanese:) The 卤肉 and 卤大肠 were super soft and literally melt in your mouth. Extra points awarded for the braised intestines as they were cleaned very thoroughly so there was no weird taste. The 鸡肉饭 reminded me of the ones I had in Chiayi, where plain looking shredded chicken are tossed in a fragrant sauce and served with rice. Having said that, what fared the best for me that night were not the popular rice bowls but the 红烧牛肉面😍 The soup was robustly flavoured and delicious, the beef with tendons were so soft that they fell apart when I picked them up and the noodles are cooked to the perfect texture and springiness - didn’t expect the beef noodles to be so tasty. This is definitely a place I will return to to satisfy my Taiwanese food cravings:)!

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It’s always a family treat whenever Dad brings home a packet of fried Hokkien Mee ($12 for 3-4 pax) wrapped in opeh leaf from Original Serangoon Fried Hokkien Mee for supper:) The Hokkien Mee is fragrant, moist and deliciously fried with prawns, sotong and pork belly😍 Apparently the opeh leaf enhances the wok-hei, but it’s pretty good even when we had it on a plate at the coffee shop!

Comfort food to combat Monday Blues💙 There is nothing fancy about Ponggol Nasi Lemak ($4.70 for Set 2, extra $1.10 for eggplant), but sometimes life just calls for a good old treat of crispy fried chicken wing, runny fried egg, ikan bilis, eggplant, chili and coconut rice:)

My kind of afternoon tea💆🏻‍♀️
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The original egg tarts ($2) at Kopi & Tarts are soft and light, while their pastries such as curry puff and tuna puff ($2.60 for normal, $1 for mini) are flaky and crispy on the outside, and savoury and flavourful on the inside:) Never fails to perk me up on a chillax afternoon!

It’s been some time since I last had soy sauce chicken from Chew Kee Eating House, and it’s still as good! The chicken is savoury, tender and goes really well with the vinegary chilli sauce, while the springy noodles is deliciously tossed in the sauce:) For 9 pax, we ordered 1.5 chicken (comes with chicken liver and gizzard), braised tofu, egg and vegetables, which added up to $6.70 per pax. Highly satisfying and value-for-money💪🏻!

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The roast duck stall at Bendemeer Mall (there are 2 coffee shops in Bendemeer Mall - this stall is located within the coffee shop with the ban mian stall) is a hidden gem - the roast duck ($23 for half) is soft, juicy and really delicious🤤 The braised tofu is really good too - although it looks fair on the inside, the flavour seeps through the entire tofu and the tofu is very soft:) Argh why am I reliving this in the middle of the night - I feel like eating this now!

It’s been a while since I visited Herbal Oasis for a good soup fix! Given my recent OT marathon at work and accumulated slept debt, I thought it is timely to give the Black Chicken Herbal Soup ($18 for rice, soup and side) a try, which apparently is a “booster for qi and blood for vitality and rejuvenation”💪🏻 The blackish soup does not have the most appetising appearance, but it’s really good! I like the sweet herbal taste, which goes really well with the sweet potato brown rice. The black chicken is soft and infused with the herbal fragrance of the soup😋 Glad to tick yet another good soup off their menu!

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Ordered Guan’s Mee Pok ($5.80) from Food Republic at Capitol Piazza and I love it😍! The sauce is a perfect mix of vinegar and chilli and goes really well with the springy mee pok, mince meat and dumpling. Their signature bowl also features more premium ingredients such as fish mall and flavoured egg🤩 Yums!

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Finally jumped onto the bandwagon of Tsui Wah, the popular Hong Kong 茶餐厅 that recently opened their 1st branch in Singapore 🎉 Although there was a Saturday dinner queue at 630pm, the queue moved surprisingly fast and we were seated in about 20min. The food came 10min later, true to Hong Kong’s F&B culture of “chop-chop” service👏🏻 To be honest, I wasn’t particularly impressed with Tsui Wah when I first tried it in Hong Kong, perhaps that was because I didn’t order the right dishes then and there were so many other amazing food options in Hong Kong😍 This time round, I tried Beef Brisket and Tendon Curry ($13) and it turned out to be pretty good! The beef was soft, fell apart easily and the curry goes really well with rice. The Kagoshima-Style Braised Pork Cartilage with Tossed Instant Noodles ($9.50) was not bad too. For weekend indulgence, we ordered Crispy Bun with Condensed Milk ($4) and I like that it was not too sweet. Overall, the signature dishes are pretty decent and if you would like to give Tsui Wah a try, don’t let the queue deter you - it might move faster than you think!

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