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Don't Play With Food SG

Don't Play With Food SG

Featuring Uncle Kiisu, Shin Minori (UE Square), Kogane Yama (Jem), iSTEAKS Diner (The Star Vista), Zai Shun Curry Fish Head, Malaysia Boleh! (Jurong Point), Boon Lay Place Food Village, Yuzu Japanese Restaurant, Shabu-Ichi, The Metropolis, North Bouna Vista, Singapore
Don't Play With Food SG
Don't Play With Food SG
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better to siam this place...
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There are many first experiences in life and they shape your views and perspectives of how certain things are. Some of these are good, and some are bad. I remember my first Japanese Omakase meal. It was perfect and it raised the bar for Japanese food for me. I viewed Japanese food in a whole new light after that very first (and only so far) wonderful and memorable experience.
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Then, there are bad experiences which also impacts the manner you perceive certain things or places. My first experience at the newly opened @makkoteckneo outlet around my office area was a total disaster. I visited this stall wanting to have their nasi lemak but was told that there was none left which got me slightly disappointed. However, all was okay as there were other choices to choose from which sounded rather appetising. After much thought, I ordered the mee siam instead. Then, people who ordered after me was served with nasi lemak, and tons of it. I was further disappointed but it was okay as I thought that I should give the mee siam a chance. So, together with my colleagues, we waited for 30 minutes (half of our lunch time gone just like that). Lo and behold, came the mee siam which was priced at $5.80. It contained 3 miserable cold halved eggs (why 3? Probably to replace some other items they "ran out of"), a cold and hard potato begedil, and mee siam that was not only cold but under and unevenly cooked. Me and my colleagues who had this for lunch, within 3 hours, had upset stomachs. What a terrible meal. First experiences matters and never again will I be here.

makes the weekends feel so much greener...
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This outlet is relatively new and I gave it a try yesterday. A massive slab of chicken thigh meat with two sides costs $10.50 nett. The chicken was amazing. Thick and juicy, it was very filling. The choices of sides they have is very wide as well and I would love to try it all some day. Some interesting sides they have includes the parmesan asparagus, the cinnamon pumpkin, and the garlic butter eggplant. I chose to have the parmesan asparagus and coleslaw for my sides. The asparagus was a tad overcooked, resulting in it not having a crunch. It was also topped with slightly burnt cheese which was not really to my liking. The coleslaw was pretty good but not for those who dislikes celery as the after taste of the celery used in this coleslaw was rather strong. Long queue, relatively affordable and pretty delicious food. What else is there to say? A good way to end off a Friday!

Time to go full trotter once more...
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One of my favourite places to dine at ever since I was a young boy. Every single dish that they offer is delicious, just like how I remember it since I first had it ages ago. Was greeted by the da jie (now aunty liao) who knew me since I was a kid and her first reaction when she saw me after all this time was "小弟啊!上次看到你才小小而已,现在那么大了啊?娶老婆了没有?" The same can be said back to her. Last time your business small small only, now so big liao. Got Michelin bib some more leh! 😂

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but not too shabu (shabby)...
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Went and did it again. Solo buffet lunch because I had a $10 voucher to spare which was expiring soon. Paid $7.50 for this huge buffet meal which could have fed at least 4 people perhaps. The dessert selection was awesome. Especially loved the peanut mochi which I tried pairing with the matcha soft serve, and boy was it good. Swipe to the last few photos to look at my dessert "creation". Now, its food coma time. Oh, the lady at the table beside me told me that she wished she had my appetite because I sure ate my worth 😂

pay 2 DOL-lars for this and you will achieve some temporary relief...
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I have always spotted a queue at this stall but never did gave it a try. This was until the recent mad heat came and tore my sweat glands apart. I went ahead to buy this bowl of chendol with red beans ($2) this time and it was a good decision. The aromatic coconut milk paired well with the not-too-sweet but extremely fragrant gula melaka, on top of finely grated ice. The red bean and the jelly gave the dish a great texture and once again, complemented amazingly with every thing else in the bowl. First time having it here, definitely going to have it again another time. Perhaps I'll try the durian chendol ($3) next time. For those who love their chendol plain ($1.50) or with sweet corn ($2), rejoice! They have it there too! Its located at Boon Lay Place Market and Food Village and the stall is called Nyonya Chendol and it is relatively easy to find!

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that should be enough for people to feel belly happy...
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These two slices of tuna belly was the best I have had in my life thus far. It was extremely flavourful, creamy and smooth. I have not been seeing Japanese cuisine in the same light ever since having this meal. Dining here was a life changing experience.
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On a side note, here are some thoughts of life. Health is wealth and it is often under unpleasant circumstances that we realise how a simple and healthy life is sufficient. It matters more than anything to be healthy.

there is defi-nut-ly a grain of truth in this tea-eory...
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Hakka Lei Cha Fan (Thunder Tea Rice):
Lei Cha fan comprises of a bowl of rice that is topped with various kinds of vegetables. These vegetables all have a strong flavour profile on its own and when mixed together, makes up a taste that is indescribable. It is probably more of an acquired taste as some may hate it beyond reasoning, while others who love it can have it every single day. The bowl of tea/soup that comes along with it is extremely flavourful as well. However, eating this is pretty tiring for the jaw as a lot of chewing has to be done 😂. I love lei cha fan, especially for the crunch to it, and this stall that sells it is one of the more popular stall in Boon Lay hawker centre. Be prepared to queue if you are there during lunch time! This bowl of lei cha fan that has so many shades of green is choked full with healthy vitamins, minerals, and fibre and a bowl of it from $3.50 (white rice) to $4 (brown rice), with multiple topping options available. That was a filling and delicious meal 😁

right, chap-s?
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Kway chaps that sells out by 11am daily should not require a review right? Nevertheless, let's review what we have here. Braised pig offals, pig intestines, pig belly, pig rind, pig skin, tau kwa, tau pok, eggs, preserved salted vegetables, and much more which I might have left out. This stall serves every thing a piggy eater will love. Topped with a bowl (or two for me) of rice sheets that comes with a flavourful herbal broth, this is definitely one of the better kway chaps around that I have tasted!

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it was cray-zy...
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Lobster Porridge:
If you have been following my IG stories, you would have noticed that I am a sucker for porridge. If I could, I would have porridge for every meal, every day. That is why when this bowl of goodness from @unclekiisu arrived on my table, I was literally drooling. The Lobster Porridge is one of their newest introductions, and is becoming a fast favourite according to the Chef. I could see why. This porridge is unlike your typical kind in two ways. Firstly, the porridge after being cooked, is wok charred which results in a wok-hei flavour being infused into the dish. This makes it extremely flavourful. Secondly, who would have expected tobiko to be found in porridge? Certainly not me. When I first saw tobiko in the porridge, I was rather skeptical of it as it was very foreign to me. I then proceeded to take a bite of it and my skepticism disappeared instantaneously. The porridge was already very flavourful by itself with the wok-hei in it and the tobiko gave it even more flavour, which resulted in the dish turning out to be extremely savoury. This was well balanced with the crab meat chunks, the scallops, and the lobster present in the dish which added a tinge of seafood sweetness. The combination and explosion of flavours in this dish makes every spoonful even more addictive than the one before. The Chef's exact words when he served the dish were that "there is a very thin and fine line between having wok-hei, and being burnt". Preparing this dish required mastery that is hard to attain. Therefore, the price of this dish is slightly higher at $28.80. However, as premium ingredients are being used, and with the intricacies involved in preparing this dish, the price tag of it is justifiable. Uncle Kiisu is located at Novena Square 2, #02-65.
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@traditionalfoodhero @ariane.le 😋🤤

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my taste buds were egg-cited and turned on...
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Mythical Chawanmushi:
For someone who loves his eggs, I was left speechless when this chawanmushi (steamed egg) from @unclekiisu arrived on my table. At first glance, I was unsure of what this dish was, until the waitress mentioned the name of it. Mythical Chawanmushi its called, and mythical it was. Who would have thought that a simple steamed egg dish could become so... luxurious? The steamed egg is topped with a plump scallop sashimi that was covered with a huge amount of tobiko and ikura and the unicorn you see on top is made with dashi powder, squid ink, and is adorned in gold and truffle essence. I had limited time to take a photo of this dish as the unicorn started to melt after a few minutes and it dyed the chawanmushi black. Although an unusual sight to behold, that mesmerising moment of it melting proved to be an essential part of the mythical experience. It melting not only changed the visual composition of the dish, but it also enhanced the flavour of it to a very great extent. Looking at the generous amount of tobiko and ikura present here, you might think that this dish will be priced exorbitantly high. Well, you are very much mistaken. This dish is priced affordably at only $3.80! How awesome is that? Uncle Kiisu is located at Novena Square 2, #02-65. Time to get some unicorn! 🦄
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Thank you Chef Marcus from Uncle Kiisu once again for the amazing meal. Also, thank you @traditionalfoodhero for the invitation, and @ariane.le for the wonderful time!

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for this dish rices to the occasion...
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Chahan Unagi:
This is essentially a take on the classic unagi chahan, and it is one of the more popular items on the menu at @unclekiisu and I could see (and taste) why. The garlic fried rice dish was extremely fragrant. Even before the dish reached the table, the air was already filled with the aroma of wok-hei and garlic. The charred garlic fried rice dish uses a blend of garlic chips and kebayaki sauce which comes together perfectly, giving you the classic but enhanced fried rice flavour, as well as having the hint of Japanese cuisine's element infused into it.This is one of those dishes that is capable of kick starting your appetite by scent, way before the dish even reaches your mouth. It being topped a huge and generous slab of unagi, the situation could not have been more perfect. Although this dish may seem like a simple combination of ingredients, I can assure you that this pairing would easily make it for the "couple of the year" award if there was one for awesome food pairings. With this dish, you can expect to leave the table fully satisfied as the portions here are huge for a very justifiable price point ($21.80). Located at Novena Square 2, #02-65, it is highly accessible and as per their catch phrase, you can be sure to truly #LoveCalories when you dine with them.
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Thank you Chef Marcus from Uncle Kiisu for having us and thank you @traditionalfoodhero for your kind invitation to this food tasting session. It was my first and I had a truly enjoyable and memorable time. It was nice dining and learning from @ariane.le as well, being a more experienced and extremely professional foodie. I had a great time and I look forward to dining with you two again!

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