My first time trying bombolinis!

Oreo ๐Ÿช
Pistachio ๐Ÿฅœ
Chocolate ๐Ÿซ
Nutella ๐ŸŒฐ
Lotus biscuit ๐Ÿช
PB&J ๐Ÿฅœ

I admittedly don't have much to compare with but these seemed to have a very generous amount of filling in them. I managed to try the lotus biscuit and the pistachio, which were both thick and rich. You could even taste the gritty pistachios they ground down. However, others who tried it all agreed that the excessive powdered sugar tipped the bombolinis into saccharine territory. They were also quite greasy and the dough wasn't as chewy as what I'd expect from a doughnut.

These are considerably cheaper than the popular burnt ends ones (5 for $20) but given the neighborhood location (whampoa) the shop is located, these pastries could be considered on the pricier end.

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These yellow taters don't look like much but they pack such satisfying fluffiness that I was immediately transported back to Amsterdam where I was constantly guzzling finger foods at a street market.

These fries are immediately re-fried when you order them so it only takes a few minutes before they are served piping hot and crispy.

I picked the people-pleasing frittesauce (tastes like mayo but only 25% fat) with a dash of raw onions on top. The onions were mild, which accompanied the fluffy fries with a juicy and refreshing crunch. Lekker!

@mr.coconutsg is overhyped so I gave @cocoboss.sg a chance -- especially since it's also on #burpplebeyond ! They offer so many flavours so I took a while to amass this short list but here we go:

Hazelnut ($6.90) ๐Ÿน8/10

I thought I'd like the roasted better than this, but the subtle hazelnut flavour won me over. There's something about hazelnut that reminds me of caramel and chocolates, which complemented the creaminess of the coconut shake. Remember to ask for less sugar for this, or your drink might get overly saccharine.

Signature roasted ($6.90) ๐Ÿน 7/10

The roasted flavour was rather prominent and left a slow-release toastiness to this drink. However, there was something disturbingly artificial about the aftertaste that I couldn't quite put my finger on...

Salted caramel ($6.90) ๐Ÿน 6/10

If this were a normal coconut shake, I would have rated this more highly. However, since it exalted itself as salted caramel, I was expecting more of an elevated butteriness to it's flavour but it didn't come through.

Cookies & cream ($6.90) ๐Ÿน 5/10

I could barely taste any cookies and cream in this shake. To my dismay, I could only taste some stale cookie taste after I had let this drink sit for too long. Letdown!

The grilled pork and patties looked unassuming but turned out to be our favourite of the feast โ€“ especially the grilled pork. The cuts were sufficiently fatty and smokey to wow us and leave us wanting more because we only got tasting portions of the dish.

Compared to the two poultry dishes (the quail), I preferred this as the chicken was so tender that it came apart like butter. The rich claypot sauce was also quite appetizing.

I've got to say โ€“ at this point in time during the tasting, we were all pretty much stuffed. These cute little quails were flavourful and tender but a little boney because of its small size. I didn't find this dish very inspiring because they only served salt and pepper on the side to flavour the quail.

At first, this was not on the tasting menu as they thought they wouldnโ€™t be able to fly this special vegetable from Vietnam as it was on lockdown. However, the circumstances permitted the Tonkin jasmine to be airflown from Vietnam just in time to land on our plates. Iโ€™ve never had Tonkin jasmine before but let me describe it to you โ€“ it looks like a bunch of green flowers attached by a short cord to the stem of the plant. Kind of reminds me of digital hair perm machines ๐Ÿ˜‚ They tasted really firm but crunchy โ€“ if you like kalian stems, youโ€™d love this elevated version as well.

Mrs Phoโ€™s rendition of sturgeon cha ca was not bad. Iโ€™m not usually a fan of fish but the nuggets of firm fish were rather fresh and charred. Flavour-wise, it could use a little more complexity.

This Pomelo salad was tangy and refreshing but had a savoury dimension as well. The salad came with a generous serving of plump de-shelled prawns and a sprinkling of grated peanuts. I don't quite understand why this is charged at $18.90 though.

I didnโ€™t know jackfruit would make such a good meat substitute. But when I bit into the stringy flesh, it all made sense to me. That said, the jackfruit taste was not very strong and didnโ€™t leave a lasting impression on me.

Fried chicken ice cream ($11.80) ๐Ÿ— 6/10

First bite? Sweet crunchy cereal and frozen vanilla ice cream. They provide an interesting tactile sensation but it quickly falls flat.

After the fun few seconds of sensory dissonance, what you're left with is essentially a bland mix of tasteless ice cream and redundant cereal bits. I kept wanting a little more oomph but this wouldn't satisfy any sweet tooth nor fried chicken fan.

Also, $5.90 for 1 pc of "chicken"?? And on a Tuesday at that?? *ANGRY KFC NOISES*

Tahu telur ($6.50) ๐Ÿฅš 9/10

This is made of the stuff of dreams. Coated by a delightfully cripsy sheath of wispy fried egg that was probably 2-3cm thick and combined with the sticky nutty sauce and mild tofu, each mouthful of this was perfect.

Crispy duck skin ($4.90) ๐Ÿฆ† 8/10

I know it says SKIN, but this came with little bits of meat as well and all the duck fat was fried away to create this stupendous concoction.

Oxtail soup ($8.90) ๐Ÿฅ˜ 7/10

Some may call it briney but I found it to contain a good degree of gaminess.

Crispy duck rice ($9.90) ๐Ÿฆ† 8/10

Forget duck confit. This is the affordable version that will leave you wondering why you ever spent above $30 at a French bistro for the same thing. The duck was so crispy outside yet tender inside! At this price point, I'd say this was the most worth it.

Grilled chicken rice ($7.90) ๐Ÿ— 8/10

When they say grilled, they mean grilled! This chicken was full of sweetly charred goodness coated all over this thigh bone. If you love smokey flavours like I do, go for this!

Ayam penyet rice ($7.90) ๐Ÿ– 6/10

NGL, this was crispy but kind of dry because they only serve you breast meat for this.

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