Land Of Cheap Thrills 🇲🇾

Land Of Cheap Thrills 🇲🇾

Malaysia, our neighbour that provides the ultimate comfort when you’re feeling a tad broke in sunny Singapore.
Alicia Ho
Alicia Ho

Hiap Joo seems to be making the rounds lately in SG. Using the simplest of ingredients, this golden brown banana bread is light and soft, incredibly moist and flavourful, making it perfect for breakfast or simply an afternoon snack. The clean cut banana cakes were really fragrant, no thanks to the hole-in-the-wall wood fired oven used by the shop. Priced affordably, it's no wonder there's so much hype over it.

Have always preferred savoury chee cheong fun over the sweet version, I love the rendition here with the silky soft skin delicately wrapping the prawn within. Another dish worthy of mention is the char siew bao here, which boasts a fluffy exterior. The filling was generous and slightly charred, while not being overly sweet. Each bite did not result in the dough clumping together like how some bao might turn out, making this worth every dollar. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

Heard good reviews about this dim sum place and paid them a visit early in the morning. Ordered an array of dim sum to try and they did not disappoint! The egg tart were wobbly, sweet and balances nicely with the flaky pastry which simply disintegrates in your mouth. A very satisfying meal to start off the day! ⁣⁣⁣

The highlight of my trip has got to be this Korean BBQ which was extremely value for money! After an hour of wait, we were assigned al fresco seating which made me worried for a minute given that I was afraid of the cold. When the food finally came, all my worries dissipated with the steaming hot soup providing much comfort. We barely had to cook too, with the staff coming by regularly to assist with the cooking while we kick back and enjoy the food. The signature here was the 8 flavours of pork belly, which we enjoyed in the given order of plain to strong flavours - Ginseng, Wine, Pine Needles, Garlic, Herb, Curry, Miso, Hot Pepper, for a better tasting experience. Definitely a must try! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

After so much feasting, we needed something healthy to cleanse the intestines (and our weary soul) and settled for herbal soup. Man, I’m still a fan of peppery bak ku teh instead of herbal type 😕

The timekeeper drink though, was a rather strange drink because no matter how much you drink, the volume doesn’t seem to decrease at all. I guess it was due to the melting of the ice but the additional water doesn’t seem to dilute the sweetness of the drink as it was still pretty pleasant to slurp down at the end of the meal ✨⁣⁣⁣

Chilli Lobster was up next, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would, though dipping the buttery brioche into the chili was comforting.

It's been a decade of friendship with my girlfriends and we decided to do a short getaway to Genting, and that we did! We pretty much just ate non-stop during the trip with one of the more memorable eats being this Big Boy (2kg). Would have exercised caution on the meal had we be in SG, but now that we are high up on the mountains, coupled with our strong currency, we decided 'go big or go home'. Fresh from the tank, the staff brought it right to our table and let us choose how we would like the lobster to be done - we opted for Chili and Lemon & Garlic Butter. The wait for the dish felt like an eternity, probably because we just endured a 6 hours journey up with an empty stomach. The Lemon & Garlic Lobster came first, with the crustacean bearing a light crunch and easily separated from the shell. It was clear that the lobster was fresh, from the sweetness and oceanic flavours it was giving off, with the flavours further amplified by the accompanying garlic sauce 💯 ⁣⁣

Apart from the famous curry bun, we also got this egg dish which was almost custardy. Wobbly and soft, we paired the bun along with the egg and it tastes as good! The fried shallots further enhanced the flavours of the egg and we slurped up every last bit of the egg.

The coconut shake with vanilla ice cream was super thick and contained bits of coconut within. Almost every table ordered the one with ice cream!

Came for breakfast and was surprised to see the crowd. While the food isn’t the specialty here, these fried fish sticks, curry puffs, banana bread and other assortment of fried food goes well with their Coconut Shake!

Came here after learning about this cafe on multiple “JB Must Eat” list. Felt it was a little overrated tbh. No doubt the chicken was juicy but felt a little lacklustre. The wedges weren’t crispy and there was nothing special about the coleslaw. Worth a try I guess!

Alicia Ho

Level 9 Burppler · 1431 Reviews

Foodie with a habit of leaving food behind. Instagram : @food.ally

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