Ever since I had the coconut bun from Swee Heng 1989, no other coconut bun has come close to its place in my heart. Just look at the thiccc fillings within! And that strong pandan fragrance from the fluffy bread itself. So good!

Although they are known for their handpulled Mee Hoon Kueh, some of their other specialties also include the Fried Sticky Cake (炸年糕) and Salted Egg Fried Rice! In the F&B line for 23 years already, their expertise in making Mee Hoon Kueh shines through the wide variety of soup bases that they have! Ranging from the widely available Minced Pork MHK to popular favourites like Tom Yum ($8.30), they also have flavours like Herbal MHK ($7.30) as well as Chicken Cutlet MHK that is sure to please people of all ages. We had the Herbal and Tom Yum ones delivered to us and are pleasantly surprised at how well the MH arrived, considering that they don't really travel well. We are also charmed by the thoughtfulness in their packaging of the items for delivery, with the soup bases separated from the noodles to ensure that the MHK retain its texture.

We also pleasantly surprised by the execution of the Salted Egg Fried Rice ($6.80)! Packed with flavour with the rice grains clearly separated from each other, this is one good plate of fried rice! Add on a sunny side up egg ($1) and some luncheon sticks ($5.50/10 sticks) and you are set for a fantastic meal!

Other side dishes/appetisers that you can order include the Fried Sticky Cake ($1.80 each)
and Fried Prawn Fritters ($1.80). The former is a surprise, given that this is not widely available and reminds me of some special chinese occasion 😅 surely a delight this!

Guess how much was my dinner? This wanton mee packed with ingredients only cost $3 after I opted for self-pickup on @grabfoodsg. Just look at the number of wantons and char siew they gave on top of the generous amount of noodles that they were sitting on top of. Super value for money! My only gripe is probably that the noodles were too wet for a dry wanton mee 😆 I could also do with more chilli too. But all in all, a cheap but good dinner!

Nothing to shout about the breakfast here other than the fact that I loved the cheese that came with this big plate. The dish itself was a tad bit too oily though.

I think one of the effects of CB is that it makes you crave for food that is not easily found in your heartland neighbourhood.

Would love to have a bowl of steaming hot rice topped with the silk smooth tofu coupled with fiery red Szechuan chilli sauce!

One thing I like about Song Fa is it’s consistency; you can always expect the same quality, no matter which outlet you are at and that’s a pretty difficult thing to do, considering the size of the chain.

If this is their signature, then I’m not sure I’ll ever want to try anything else from them. The chicken is tough and not very flavourful, the sauce that it came with tasted very artificial and the fries were pretty salty. The milk tea cost is of similar prices to the bigger brands out there but I would prefer Sweetalk over it. So...

Back in the office but craving for hotpot during lunch? City Hot Pot has your back!

And amidst the current COVID situation, diners can be assured about hygiene standards as you will each have your own individual pot! And the best thing? You can go for dual soup bases (+$1) too!

The newly launched lunch special menu is available from on weekdays from 11.30am - 3pm and includes your choice(s) of soup bases, your desired mains options (8 to choose from), a vegetable platter, a staple, sauces and small dishes. We tried all of their recommended sets (Wagyu Chuck Eye Roll, Seafood & Meat, Seafood) and came to one conclusion: It's a steal! Despite the price point, City Hot Pot did not save on the quality! The meats were of a quality cut while the seafood was fresh, with no fishy taste that you will normally associate with hotpots out there.

I also want to point out that their soup bases (14 to choose from) are really good, with very robust flavours; one of the better ones that I have had! My favourite was the herbal chicken soup base and they serve up some includes unique ones too, like Laksa, Bak Kut Teh and Kimchi Soup. And psst, your vegeterian friends can join you here too!

The Chee Cheong Fun here are served in the traditional HK street-snack style, with an authentic mix of soya sauce, sesame peanut sauce, sweet sauce and chilli sauce. Silky smooth, this is probably the best product here.

The Hong Kong pineapple bun hails from Kam Kee Café (金記冰室) and is firm on the outside with a sweet, crumbly golden crust that provides crunch in every bite. The bun is also stuffed with a generous slab of fragrant premium butter in the middle that melts from the heat of the bun and comes in other fillings such as kaya and luncheon meat. Eat while it’s warm!

The eggtarts here are served in two styles, puff pastry and butter cookie, which are from Hoover Cake Shop (豪華餅店), favoured by HK stars Chow Yun-Fat and Liza Wang Ming-Chuen. But honestly, I have no idea why because I would prefer the ones from Tai Cheong

Love pasta? And love to customise your pasta? Look no further than @pastapronto.sg!

An exciting new DIY pasta bowl concept located at KINEX, Paya Lebar, the pastas here start from as low as $5.50! Besides, they offer 4 pasta bases and 17 different proteins and supplements to allow you to customise your pasta the way you want it in 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Choose your base

Japanese Shoyu Spaghetti (my favourite!)
Penne Pomodoro
Truffle Cream Linguine
Spaghetti Aglio Olio (my favourite too!)

Also, all sauces (except truffle cream) can be further customised to suit your spicy needs!

Step 2: Choose your protein

Australian Beef Flank
Norwegian Salmon (this was executed really well!)
Lemon and Garlic Chicken
Seasoned prawns

Step 3: Choose your supplements

It was a pretty fun experience building my own pasta bowl and I have to say that I really enjoyed the Shoyu Spaghetti as well as the Aglio Olio! The Salmon was also cooked really well, with a crispy skin on top of moist, juicy meat.

I also want to say that these pasta, although very affordably priced, comes in a large portion as well; leaving you both happy in your tummy and wallet. I was also impressed with the way the food arrived, as the sauce bases were packed separately, ensuring that you are able to enjoy the food the way it was meant!

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