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Everything

Featuring Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, Hawker Chan (Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre), Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice (Jalan Besar), Sungei Road Laksa, Foong Kee Coffee Shop, Hai Xian Zhu Zhou (Ke Kou Mian), Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert (ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre), Blanco Court Prawn Noodle, 928 Yishun Laksa (九二八小吃店), Swee Guan Hokkien Mee
Evan Mua
Evan Mua

Yes, it's home to renowned claypot rice and soy sauce chicken stalls. BUT. This 𝘀𝗮 𝗸𝗲𝗶 𝗺𝗮𝗵 (沙琪玛) though, is one of the last of its kind in SG.
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And what a snack it is. Unlike its packaged cousins which populate supermarket shelves, the freshness gave it an impeccable crisp, whilst also sporting the right amount of sticky-chewiness from the honey.
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It hit with a fragrance which carried a tinge of sesame, then provided a bright dose of sweetness that refrained from going overboard. I beeline for the store everytime I am in the compound; try it while you can, even their business hours are shortening...
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📍Chinatown Complex Food Centre, 335 Smith St, #02-78, Singapore 050335
⏱️ (Fri-Wed) 10am-3pm, closed on Thursday

The cake featured a flawlessly smooth custard layer, which oozed an intoxicating pandan fragrance, set atop a layer of soft chewy glutinous rice. The textures built upon each other seamlessly, complementing the cake's fragrance and controlled sweetness.
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While there's no astounding depth to this cake, it showed elegance in its simplicity — sometimes a solid well-made cake is all we crave. Not quite met my expectations, but still enjoyed it.
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📍 Paragon, 290 Orchard Rd, #B1-K24, Singapore 238859
⏱️ (Daily) 10am-9pm

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Briyani from @globalmatsoulkitchen requires painstaking effort to acquire — get into his IG account, then wait for his fun black-metal-inspired posts and pray you're fast enough (usually gone within minutes).
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It's worth the trouble — this unholy creation could make even angels weep with masochistic pleasure, as their mouths are engulfed in flames of sacrament. Each mouthful exploded with aroma, whilst a complex storm of spice-forward flavours ravaged thy tongue, leaving it lightly but sensually torched from a mild heat, but also simultaneously aroused from a hedonistic indulgence of flavours.
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The mutton was fork-tender and delicious, with a controlled dose of enjoyable gaminess that would intoxicate Satan himself. Above all, the basmati rice was fluffy and moist, but not soggy from the gravy.
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📍Follow @globalmatsoulkitchen cos only Satan knows when/where

White Rabbit is wildly in vogue but I could never fathom why, when most were just saccharine diabetes inducers — I'd rather eat the real thing.
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Thankfully, Blackball's White Rabbit soft serve steered clear of that annoying cloyingness with a nice controlled sweetness, whilst still delivering that milky fragrance. Maybe a tinge of that distinct White Rabbit profile was lost in the moderation of sweetness, but it's a difficult balancing act and I enjoyed this rendition more than any other I've tried.
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Thanks @blackball.singapore
and @burpple for hosting!
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📍 201 Victoria St, #01-14 Bugis+, Singapore 188067
⏱️ (Daily) 12pm-11pm

Honestly, the branches severely disappointed me, but an opportune short queue allowed me to try the OG; the branches do no justice to the brand name — it's way better here.
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The soy chicken noodles ($3.30) had a decent bounciness, well complemented by the sauce and chili. The chicken was tender, though a tad too tough, and carried a good amount of flavour and fragrance. Good but not amazing or Michelin star good.
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Is it worth the queue? Opt for Maria Virgin Chicken instead, it's in the same compound — better and has no queue.
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📍 335 #02-126 Smith St, Complex Market & Food Centre, Singapore 050335
⏱️ (Mon-Sat) 10.30am-8.30pm; closed on Sundays

Like my last visit, the showstopper was this unassuming hand roll, which was brimming with sweet and succulent kani. It was simple and perhaps not that special, but nonetheless provided a gratuitous blast of seafood flavour which I thoroughly enjoyed.
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Would definitely try the $68/$98 omakase at some point, but as an impoverished student the $38 already presents an insane value for money.
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📍 1 Tras Link, #01-06 Orchid Hotel, 078867
⏱️ (Mon-Sat) 11.45am-2.45pm, 6pm-10.30pm; closed on Sundays
*𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀

Another one that I really liked was this cured tuna piece. The curing process imparted an intense saltiness to the already rich tuna umami — quite a potent dose of flavour. However, this allowed for some elegant interplay with the vibrant citrus, which did not merely cut through but also accentuated my enjoyment of the heavy flavours.
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📍 1 Tras Link, #01-06 Orchid Hotel, 078867
⏱️ (Mon-Sat) 11.45am-2.45pm, 6pm-10.30pm; closed on Sundays
*𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀

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I would wager that it's nigh impossible to find another omakase for $38 nett (lunch only), especially with the quality Ryo Sushi provides. And obviously, the Michelin guide echoes my sentiment.
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The 𝟭𝟱 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘂 had good variety and was filling; every piece was presented with super fresh fish, perched atop pristinely-crafted mounds of fragrant sushi rice.
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With this Ikura Gunkan, the amber pearls burst to release torrents of hefty umami, which was elegantly contrasted with some bright citrus notes of lemon zest — a tinge of ingenuity that added a complexity to the umami bomb.
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📍 1 Tras Link, #01-06 Orchid Hotel, 078867
⏱️ (Mon-Sat) 11.45am-2.45pm, 6pm-10.30pm; closed on Sundays
*𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀

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I rarely return to places, especially cafes — so my fourth visit to Kurasu is a testament to my adoration for them.
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I truly think their 𝗱𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘆 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗮 is divine; it's my go-to item. An immaculate balance between the bitterness of matcha and the nuttiness of coffee, and a medley of creaminess and sparse powdery mouthfeel; it's charm is simply undeniable.
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📍331 North Bridge Rd, #02-01 Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720
⏱️ (Mon-Fri)9am-6pm, (Sat-Sun)12pm-6pm

This popular JB cafe is the embodiment of peak cafe culture — gorgeous space with relaxed vibes and vibrantly-plated food; reminiscent of Melbourne. This 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗮 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗸𝗸𝗶𝗲 (RM$25) presented an intriguing marriage of flavours and elements.
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Outside, tortilla sported a nice crisp, and the pomegranate rubble provided another fun layer to the texture. Inside, tomyum scrambled eggs peacocked a bright and piquant profile, which was deftly matched by the richness of melted cheddar, whilst a drizzle of sriracha aioli introduced a gentle spiciness — then a magic touch of tangy-sweetness from pomegranate balanced the bold heartiness.
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Unlike Higher Ground (obviously an inspiration), I was not underwhelmed by the food — not amazing but pretty good, and considering the price tag, cafe lovers would love this place.
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📍 6, Jalan Kencana Emas 2/3, Kawasan Perindustrian Tebrau 3, 81100 Johor Bahru
⏱️ (Mon-Thurs) 10am-6pm, (Fri-Sun) 10am-9pm

The opening of this award-winning craft brewery was met with much hype. Now I'd finally tried it, it had really great vibes.
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My choice of poison, this Brutal Instinct Brut IPA ($15.50 for standard size) was an intriguing brew — first greeted by bright fruity notes, which elegantly faded into an endearing dryness, before sliding down my gullet with a long and dry finish.
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Perhaps more for the dry beer fans, as the dryness lost some of it charm towards the end, but I still enjoyed it for the most part.
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📍 55 Tras St, Singapore 078994
⏱️ (Daily) 11am-12am

Singapore has no shortage of Izakayas, but IMO this newcomer can definitely go toe-to-toe with established names like Nobuya.
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In true Japanese fashion, their food is high quality, but also priced reasonably. Such as this platter of tuna sashimi ($19.80 for 2 slices/ $29.70 for 3), which was immensely fresh — especially the beautifully rich and fatty otoro, that sensually dissipated when put into the mouth.
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They also have a free flow alcohol option ($35/90min, $55/150min) for fellow functioning alcoholics to indulge in sakes and highballs along with the food.
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📍 2 Craig Rd, Singapore 089662
⏱️ (Mon-Fri) 12pm-2.30pm; (Mon-Sat) 6pm-11pm; closed on Sundays

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Picky eater looking to force opinions down your throat. Don't worry, they taste up to my standards!

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