Munch Munch Munchies

Munch Munch Munchies

For light bites, snacks or sides before mains
Miss Ha ~
Miss Ha ~

For someone who doesn’t like eggplant, I was honestly not looking forward to this burnt eggplant dip as I thought it might be rather earthy and perhaps still slightly mushy. Fortunately, there wasn’t any strong taste of eggplant. Instead, the dip illustrated some flavor complexity in here alongside some smokiness, thanks to the torching of the eggplant. Interestingly, the tomato and onion relish added some tang and pungency, akin to salsa. While the curry spiced papadums were not made in house, the crisp and the spicy seasoning proved to be addictive as we requested for refill time and again.

A refreshing appetizer to start off the night. But if you are thinking the hawker dish Rojak with prawn paste, this is not quite it. In fact, the crispy pie tee shells were filled with some toasted jicama, pineapple chutney, tamarind and peanuts. The sweet and sour combination with the crunchiness of the jicama and peanuts reminded me instead of popiah. Finish this in a bite and you will be looking forward to what’s to be served next.

Other than their popular sliders, you should also try the sides at Cult sliders such as the cult fries. Essentially like a deconstructed fried chicken burger except for the fact that it comes in fries. You get a considerable portion of loaded fries drizzled with spicy buffalo sauce, sliced fried chicken and caramelized onions. My mind was confused for a while because there was just so much going on! Definitely a side worth sharing.

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One appetizer that was recommended to us was the truffle fries. Crispy golden shoestring fries with sprinkled parmigiana reggiano shavings, truffle bits and served alongside truffle aioli. Was a little disappointed that the truffle taste didn’t really come through even with the truffle bits but the truffle aioli made up for that, which had an earthy pungency to it.

Thank you @burpple for the invitation and @hattendo_singapore for the hosting! Pipes by Hattendo is a Burpple Beyond partner where you can also enjoy some awesome 1-for-1 main dish deals like the Pipe Grain Bowls, Wheat plates and tamago burger.

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We were also presented with this considerable size salt grilled octopus tentacle. While it might come across as slightly bland and rubbery, I actually found it to be chewy especially when it’s thinly sliced. You can always sprinkle with some salt that’s provided by the side for more flavour anyway. In fact, with the piquant Yuzu dip, I wasn’t even craving for any additional saltiness as the sharp yet sweet dip imparted a different taste experience.

Thank you @burpple for the invitation and @hattendo_singapore for the hosting! Pipes by Hattendo is a Burpple Beyond partner where you can also enjoy some awesome 1-for-1 main dish deals.

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What beats starting the dinner off with an assortment of oysters paired with some smooth sake? Freshly air flown from Hiroshima, you would be delighted by the balance of briny tang and rich creaminess of the mollusk. I was initially worried that it might carry a rusty metallic taste, but the freshness proved that I was overly paranoid. Being a fan of ikura, I chose the one infused with ikura with much love as the popping texture played a significant role in the release of an incredible umaminess. Would love to try the sea grapes with quail egg oyster the next time!

Thank you @burpple for the invitation and @hattendo_singapore for the hosting! Pipes by Hattendo is a Burpple Beyond partner where you can also enjoy some awesome 1-for-1 main dish deals.

Tiong Bahru Galicier will never fail to pop up if you are hunting for traditional nyonya kuehs. But due to its popularity, it can be difficult to catch specific kuehs, like this one that I have been missing out for a long time. Set on a moist, fluffy Pandan sponge base, the Putu Ayu appeared dense but sank in nicely with a good balance of airiness. There are 2 flavours on top; half with gula melaka that’s was stronger in flavour than the other half with white desiccated coconut. Personally preferred the gula melaka for the sweeter kick and the white desiccated coconut seemed more suitable for their kueh dardar.

Just had to find out for myself how good these highly raved egg tarts from Joy Luck were since they landed on our shores. There are 2 options available; cookie and pastry skin. Queued for about 20-30 minutes, only to hear that there was a limitation on number of boxes per person, and that the pastry skin ones were already sold out.

An average egg tart, smooth consistency but I found the tart shell too buttery for my liking. It gets jelak after just 1 egg tart. Egg custard was just right for me as I prefer it not too be too eggy, but might not hit the spot for people who loves a strong eggy taste. I will probably stick to my Portuguese egg tarts.

Joyluck also offers other pastries like the boluo bun, which was a tad too dry, and beverages such as milk tea and almond tea.

Highly raved specializing in Taiwanese sandwiches, especially during the Circuit Breaker period where even getting a slot was almost impossible. And so I decided to patiently wait till I could dine in. Boasting of the Taiwan thick toast that they use at Fong Sheng Hao, the pleasant milkiness was evident as I took a bite, true to those that you would find in Taiwan.

Despite the slab of egg, melted gooey cheese and a slice of pork patty that was on the sweet side like bak kwa, I couldn’t quite find the price justifiable especially for the thin slice of pork. Good for a snack, but you might think twice for that price. Sandwich orders generally took longer to prepare as compare to other items like the mains as we observed.

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Be prepared to queue for at least half an hour especially during meal times for these unique muffins that taste nothing like the usual ones! It was very nice of the owners to give out free samplers while customers queue.

Feel free to ask for recommendations from the friendly owner who allows trying especially if it’s your first time. I asked for an assortment and here’s what I got: Oreo, chocolate, cranberry, orange peel and a special savoury flavour - fermented beancurd. As the uncle described, it’s for adventurous eaters of a higher level. Personally not a fan, but I could really taste the fermented saltiness with a touch of spice. I was also given a free orange peel muffin! Would have loved to try their popular banana muffin which was sold out way earlier.

There’s no defining muffin shape, hence the name uggli. While some might find it odd, I personally enjoyed the crispy surface and edges and the moist fluffy interior.

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Since my friend was craving for truffle fries, we ordered this as an appetizer before the mains were served. Right after this basket of fries was placed on the table, there was a pungent smell that surrounded us which we didn’t realize it was actually from the fries. Until we started eating and had a shock as we weren’t expecting Parmesan cheese to smell so animalic. The truffle oil was no match against the Parmesan cheese. We eventually finished the fries despite the taste and the small portion, but I would really not recommend getting it.

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Thanks to the tip-off by @cweizhi, we preordered the popular tarts from June Bakery on the morning of collection! Chances to snag their Orh Nee tarts were so much higher, ever since they shot to fame. The tarts had a buttery shortcrust, instead of flaky, tart shell that crumbled easily.

Pastries with orh nee were a true delight. The orh nee paste was very smooth and had a light sweetness. Resembling the traditional dessert, the orh nee tart also had gingko nuts. For someone who doesn’t like muah chee, the peanut muah chee with orh nee was a pleasant surprise. A generous amount of orh nee was wrapped within the chewy muah chee, which was fully coated with fragrant chopped peanuts.

As for the other 3 tarts that we had, I was expecting the egg tart to be the Portuguese type with a little char on the surface, but it tasted more like steamed egg. Personally not a fan of cheese tarts, though I was still open to trying. Pretty straightforward with the sweet cream cheese, and with the buttery tart, I found both the cheese and egg tarts to be jelak rather quickly. Lastly, the intriguing Avocado tart had a pudding-like texture, somehow tasted like banana rather than a creamy avocado.

Missed the apple crumble and sweet potato tarts this time. Will be back!

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