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Gladys Tan
Gladys Tan

Popped by Hawker Chan’s latest outlet at Funan. The chain restaurant is famous for its humble origins as a soya sauce chicken stall in Chinatown Complex Food Centre that shot to fame when it was awarded 1-Michelin star in 2016.

The Soya Sauce Chicken Rice ($5 + $0.50 for drumstick) and Soya Sauce Chicken Noodles ($6 + $3 for Roasted Pork + $0.50 for chicken thigh) are pretty good. The chicken is braised in a sweet and savoury sauce till soft and tender, and it goes really well with the tangy chili sauce. The roasted pork is very crispy too. Though the rice could have been more flavourful, I felt that the chicken and roasted pork made up for it. We completed our meal with Green Papaya with Pork Ribs Tea Soup ($5), which is light and refreshing.

Although I have not tried the original stall in Chinatown, I thought that the food at Hawker Chan is pretty good and affordable. Wouldn’t mind returning for more:)

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My favourite roast goose restaurant in Hong Kong is none other than the affordable 1-star Michelin restaurant, Kam’s Roast. Recently, Kam’s Roast arrived in Singapore and I finally visited their new branch at Changi Jewel (#02-210). Although roast goose is not available in Singapore, their Roast Duck ($16.80 for lower quarter) is just as stellar - the meat is tender, juicy and fragrant and the skin is thin and not too fat. I ordered Braised Noodles with Ginger and Scallion ($6.80) to go with the roast duck and it’s delicious! The noodles are springy and the sauce is rich and flavourful. The sides are commendable too - the savoury Cured Mixed Sausages ($8.80) are not too salty or sweet, the Marinated Black Fungus with Vinegar ($6.80) is very refreshing, the Marinated Tofu ($4.80) is silky smooth and the Carrot Soup ($4.80), which was the soup of the day, is very sweet and homely. Overall, I’m glad that the food is still as good as what I had in Hong Kong and to top it off, it remains surprisingly affordable👍🏻!

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I have never been to The Marmalade Pantry and I was instantly drawn to the Singapore Laksa ($29), which was, by and large, an atas rendition of one of Singapore’s favourite local dishes. The laksa came with slipper lobster, tiger prawns, scallops, quail egg, taupok, fishcakes and thick beehoon noodles - you really can’t get more indulgent than this😍 The seafood is fresh and sweet, the portion is generous and it goes really well with the spicy coconut broth. The spiciness is just nice for me, but you can also add more sambal to turn up the heat. Probably one of the most unforgettable bowls of laksa I ever had!

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The Bak Chor Mee ($5) from 85 Redhill Teochew Fishball Noodles at the basement of Plaza Singapura is on the ketchupier side but thankfully it does not overpower the chili and is not too sweet. The meepok, minced meat, pork slices and mushroom go well together and it is a pretty decent bowl of minced pork noodles.

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Popped by Eventasty at the newly opened Funan Mall as there is a one-for-one deal on Burpple Beyond:) You can choose from 5 types of noodles of varying thickness. The Braised Wagyu Beef Noodles in Signature Tomato Soup Base ($15.90) features Wagyu beef cubes and lava egg in a sweet and tangy bowl of tomato soup. I chose normal noodles which was too soft for my liking, but I learnt that you can request for the noodles to be harder when you place your order. I like that the soup is quite rich and flavourful and the Wagyu beef is very soft. I also tried Vinaigrette Ebiko Prawn Paste Dry Noodle in Mushroom Sauce ($11.90) which is very fragrant and delicious, especially with a dash of fried chilli sauce for an extra oomph. I chose the thickest flat noodles and requested for it to be harder, which turned out perfect as there was good bite to the noodles. The prawn balls are fresh and bouncy. You can also add $3.20 to complete your meal with a side and a drink. The Tofu with Century Egg is tossed in a very fragrant chili sauce, while the Marinated Beef Shank with Shredded Cabbage is very flavourful. Overall, the noodle dishes are quite enjoyable (I like that you can customise the texture of the noodles to your liking) and side dishes are surprisingly good.

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Unlike conventional chicken rice, Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball is known for their chicken rice that is shaped into a ball, steamed chicken that is lightly drizzled in dark sauce, braised pork belly instead of roasted pork and herbal soup instead of chicken soup. The portion is not a lot but the food is not bad. The steamed chicken and braised pork are very tender and go very well with the dark sauce and chilli, which is quite spicy. The herbal soup is sweet and earthy, and the soft taupok soaked up the flavours thoroughly. The chicken rice grains are shorter than usual and quite fragrant, though the rice was a little undercooked when I went, which is not their norm. Our meal was $18 for 3 pax. Good to have this again after a long time!

The dry prawn noodles with pig’s tail ($7) from Hock Prawn Mee is unlike other prawn noodles - a garlicky and fragrant chili sauce is drizzled all over the prawn noodles to give it a potent kick. The pig’s tail is large, meaty and not too fat, and the prawns are small but crunchy. The flavourful soup is thoroughly infused with the sweetness of the prawns. Simple and shiok - this is one prawn noodle that is bursting with 古早味!

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Really excited to try Dim Sum Haus as I have heard many good reviews of it:) The dim sum did not disappoint! The har gau and charcoal siew mai are stuffed with big morsels of shrimp, the skin is thin and there is a good crunch to the dumplings. The pan-fried carrot cake, fried fresh beancurd skin and steamed crispy rice roll (chee cheong fun) with shrimp faired very well too - the taste and texture are on point. My favourite is steamed pork ribs with yam - the pork ribs and yam are very soft and savoury. The baked salted egg custard bun is highly raved - the exterior is crusty and a lava of sweet salted egg custard bursts out when you bite into it. It’s a little too rich for me at the end of a full meal, but this is probably a hit for fans of 流沙包. Our meal amounted to $52 for 3 pax, which is pretty reasonable even though the Burpple Beyond one-for-one discount for one dish is not much:) Do make a reservation if you are going because they are usually packed!

The Signature Pan-Fried Crispy Pork Soup Buns (生煎包) from Dingtele are mini paus that are pan-fried till crispy at the bottom. There is a burst of pork broth when you bite into them, and the flavourful broth fills up one soup spoon. The pork filling is generous, delicious and pretty value-for-money at $5.40 for 4 pieces. The other items that I tried are generally underwhelming though (e.g. sesame noodles, xiao long bao), but I wouldn’t mind returning just for the 生煎包.

I’ve been wanting to try the Dumpling Platter ($20) from Dumpling Darlings for the longest time ever, and I finally did so over dinner recently:)! The dumpling platter comes with 15 dumplings comprising 3 of each flavour, namely original, veggie mandu, momo curry, fried pierogi and smoked duck. My Top 3 favourites are:

1️⃣ The Original - You can’t go wrong with the classic combination of thin dumpling skin and minced pork collar and napa cabbage filling, served with black vinaigrette.

2️⃣ Fried Pierogi - The crispy deep fried dumpling contains a velvety filling of truffle mashed potato, smoked bacon, caramelised onions, cheddar and sriracha crema. Love the contrast in texture and taste, and the fact that it is not oily.

3️⃣ Smoked Duck - The bits of smoked duck in the filling is surprisingly moist and go well with shitake mushroom, caramelised leek and hoisin mustard. The drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette ties all the flavours together nicely.

Noodles-wise, I have tried all 3 flavours and Sichuan Pork Noodles ($6) stood out to me the most, mostly because it has the strongest flavours and punch amongst the 3 noodle flavours. Even so, it is not very spicy and is pretty accessible to all.

I used Burpple Beyond one-for-one deal for my meal but even without the deal, I think the pricing at Dumpling Darlings is pretty reasonable given the quality and quantity:)

Popped by Jing Hua Xiao Chi to fix my xiao long bao craving, and we ended up ordering Zha Jiang Noodles ($5.50), Xiao Long Bao ($8 for 7 pieces) and Chinese Pizza ($11) - it’s really filling by the end of the meal! The xiao long bao is pretty good - the skin is thin and the filling is flavourful and soupy:) The Chinese pizza is an interesting cross between flaky pastry and dumpling filling, not bad too! Craving satisfied👌🏻

Dumpling Darlings is one of my favourite set lunch places around Tanjong Pagar area. The Lunch Special ($16) comprises of your choice of noodles, dumplings (4 pieces) and drink, and it’s really good value-for-money with Burpple Beyond’s one-for-one deal🤩 The Braised Pork Noodles is served with shredded pork ragu, soy tare, bacon sofrito and a complimentary ramen egg. The Sichuan Dumpling comes with plump meat filling and thin dumpling skin, and the spicy and vinegary sauce is great with both the dumplings and noodles. Lastly, my favourite drink is the Grapefruit Thyme Strawberry Green Tea - it’s very refreshing, not too sweet and the portion is big👍🏻 Be prepared to queue for at least 20min if you are here during lunch/dinner time, but the food is worth the wait!

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