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Seafood ๐ŸŸ

Seafood ๐ŸŸ

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Darren Koh
Darren Koh
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Really nice hokkien mee, probably one of the top ten in SG. But I'm not going to travel to toa payoh just for this.. I'd do so for Swee Guan (lor 29), but unfortunately not for this.

Stock was flavourful, both porky & prawny, and has a good balance between the two. Hokkien mee was still quite when served, something that I prefer too. Portions are actually quite reasonable for the price. I think the only missing is the overpowering [charcoal] wok hei (something that makes Swee Guan's stand out the most)..

Usually not my first choice of don at most places, but this would be the dish that I'll return to Rakki Bowl for! Salmon is decently fresh and portions are reasonable. Generous serving of the mentaiko sauce that was nicely torched, which sealed the deal for me.

Rating: 4.25 / 5

"Secret menu" item, which I read/heard about from foodblogs and Food King. The prawns were fresh and huge, omelette was nicely cooked (still slightly runny on the surface), noodles were well fried (tho abit more char/wokhei would have been welcomed), and the pork lard gave it the much needed oomph. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Warning to those who can't stand oily food though, this is definitely a fried noodle dish that was fried in a good amount of oil. So beware! I was personally not expecting it to be that oily, but it wasn't a turn off for me ๐Ÿ˜…

Rating: 4 / 5

This is clearly in a different league, and I think it can be quite polarising. I believe they are using a very old wok, coupled with the charcoal to fry the hokkien mee, there's a super distinct smokiness that's unparalleled. Its not even wok hei anymore, its really very special in my opinion, like wok hei plus charcoal steamboat aroma. However, I believe this may be the polarising aspect, the extreme smokiness might favoured by some but not so by others.

Regardless, I'm super mind blown by this. This hokkien mee is simply on its pedestal, even the brother stall Lor 29 Geylang Hokkien Mee can't compare with Swee Guan.

Rating: 6 / 5 (Yes, I'm giving this a six out of five ๐Ÿ˜‚)

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One of the best hokkien mee so far! Broth used was really good - nice balance of prawn & pork stock. Ingredients are also relatively fresh and nicely cooked/integrated with the entire dish. Would definitely come back for more albeit the relatively more expensive price tag of $6 (for the smallest serving).

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Side notes: Would be very interested in comparing this with the "sister" stall, Swee Guan. I believe both owners are brothers that learnt how to cook hokkien mee from their father, the OG hokkien mee hawker (supposedly).

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Stromg seafood/prawn broth. Really elevates the dish. The big prawns used are also fresh and nicely cooked (not overcooked). Only downside is the price. Even for its quality and quantity, $16+ is still relatively expensive for a pseudo-restaurant/tze char dish. $10 would have been a sweet spot!

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Interesting dish! The cream soup was good and flavourful enough. Unfortunately the fish was overcooked, probably due to the time and method to prepare such a dish. Oh wells ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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Honestly was expecting better from this place + considering the price. The fish was cooked quite well, but I'm quite certain the fish isn't as fresh as it should be. Nonetheless, the portion was not bad - quite a thick piece of fish.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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A nice & interesting dish. Prawns were large & fresh, and there was a good portion of salami. The squid ink did nothing to enhance or distort the taste of the pasta, which is both good & bad (means its really only added as a gimmick haha). One gripe was how the salami taste kinda overpowered the garlic oil taste that I usually look forward to in aglio olios.

Rating: 3.75 / 5

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Just a close up on the otoro & chutoro in JIN's premium chirashi don! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Rating: 5 / 5

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Best Chirashi don I've had in Singapore! The sashimi were all super fresh and did not have the fishy smells that is common in most restaurants (even reputable and expensive places).

The botan shrimp was fresh & sweet, and well blanched such that the meat was still tender & "raw". The uni was good - tasted like butter & the salty sea mixed together. The salmon belly was great and fatty enough. The chutoro was well balanced in terms of lean & fatty parts. The otoro was the bomb and the marbling was perfect - the piece melted in my mouth like butter, reminding me of the mind-blowing experience I had with otoro in Japan!

Would definitely go back for this premium don, especially with Entertainer 1-for-1 deals and/or Eatigo discounts! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

And did I mention the excellent service provided by the boss couple? Despite being fully booked, they managed to reward our perseverance (waited ard 45mins) by squeezing us in with counter seats. Really appreciate the boss' effort despite having to ensure those who made reservations also got their tables.

Rating: 5 / 5

The fish was battered well and turned out really golden brown, while the meat inside was still pretty moist. The chips (fries) were nicely fried and seasoned.

The only small reservation I had was the price. Not sure if the choice of fish used (as opposed to Dory) justifies the higher prices as I do not see the incremental benefit (both in terms of value & taste). Nonetheless, I will still head back to try the bangers & mash and scotched eggs. ๐Ÿ˜

Rating: 3.9 / 5

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