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Featuring Bincho at Hua Bee, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (Maxwell Food Centre), Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (Clarke Quay), Tonkatsu by Ma Maison (Mandarin Gallery), Kopi Tiam (Swissôtel The Stamford), Wong Kee Wanton Noodle (Timbre+), Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake (Maxwell Food Centre), Ah Tai Hainanese Chicken Rice (Maxwell Food Centre), China Street Fritters (Maxwell Food Centre), Ah Meng Restaurant (Singapore Zoo)
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Why do people stand in line for, sometimes 30’, to eat here, when Legendary Bak Kut Teh just a block away, is empty? The ribs and pork intestines are indeed very good, but the main reason is some clever deal with travel agents, that send tourists here by the bus loads.

The owner of this stall used to work st the famous Tian Tian a few counters away. Today, the queue at Tian Tian lasts anywhere between 10 minutes (at opening at 10am, or mid afternoon) and 45 minutes (meal times); its prices are the highest among all the Hainanese chicken rice stalls at Maxwell (although that’s still most reasonable); they only give out the chilli and dark soy sauces upon request (although that is very much part of the dish!). There is never a queue at Ah Tai. So, is it worth it? If you’re not a foodie, the answer is “hell, no!”’On the other hand, if you can tell subtle differences in the texture of the chicken, the fragrance of the rice, or the degree of kick in the chilli sauce, or if you just line up servings from the various chicken rice stalls at Maxwell (Tian Tian, Ah Tai, Heng Heng), you would have to say "Tian Tian is the best lah!" Unfortunately, Ah Tai would come third, although on its own, it is not bad.

The only open at 11am (or even noon) and close relatively early at 7pm, but they serve the most unusual and probably yummiest handmade ngoh hiang in Singapore.

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Years ago, you could call in advance to order your chicken rice, it would wait for you by the time you reach the (now closed) car park. Forget that now, and be prepared to queue. It’s pretty efficient, but still takes anywhere between 10 minutes (at opening at 10am, or mid afternoon) and 45 minutes (meal times). The prices are the highest among all the Hainanese chicken rice stalls at Maxwell; they only give out the chilli and dark soy sauces upon request (although that is very much part of the dish!). So, is it worth it? If you’re not a foodie, the answer is “hell, no!” On the other hand, if you can tell subtle differences in the texture of the chicken, the fragrance of the rice, or the degree of kick in the chilli sauce, or if you just line up servings from the various chicken rice stalls at Maxwell (Tian Tian, Ah Tai, Heng Heng), you would have to say “this is the best lah!”

This dish is so delish and so hard to find these days, so it’s surprising that the queues at this stall are quite short. One of my favs at Maxwell Food Centre. Eat this delicacy - crisp outside and moist inside - with chilli and beer, and you wonder why you’d ever bother about other fried food (except for tempura, of course).

This dish is so delish and so hard to find these days, so it’s surprising that the queues at this stall are quite short. One of my favs at Maxwell Food Centre. Eat this delicacy - crisp outside and moist inside - with chilli and beer, and you wonder why you’d ever bother about other fried food (except for tempura, of course).

The food selection is wide, offering both local and western dishes. The food is ok, not great but not bad for a high-volume tourist location. Prices are high, but not as outrageous as at amusement parks in the US, or even in Sentosa. Anyway, it’s the best of all the eateries at the zoo, so most likely you would end up here if you’re hungry. Ah Beng would rather not eat at Ah Meng if he could!

The food selection is wide, offering both local and western dishes. The food is ok, not great but not bad for a high-volume tourist location. Prices are high, but not as outrageous as at amusement parks in the US, or even in Sentosa. Anyway, it’s the best of all the eateries at the zoo, so most likely you would end up here if you’re hungry. Ah Beng would rather not eat at Ah Meng if he could!

If you like peppery (as opposed to herbal) bak kut teh, this is one of the best places in town. Popular with Asian tourists, who come by bus loads to savour this delicacy. In addition to the signature pork ribs, they also have pork kidney, large and small pork intestines, chicken feet, tofu skin, pork belly. The wait can be up to an hour, in spite of them having two outlets almost next door to each other. Occasionally, you see a hardcore Caucasian customer (more typically adventurous backpacker types rather than conservative bankers of lawyers), but rarely South Asian ones and almost never Middle Eastern ones.

If you like peppery (as opposed to herbal) bak kut teh, this is one of the best places in town. Popular with Asian tourists, who come by bus loads to savour this delicacy. In addition to the signature pork ribs, they also have pork kidney, large and small pork intestines, chicken feet, tofu skin, pork belly. The wait can be up to an hour, in spite of them having two outlets almost next door to each other. Occasionally, you see a hardcore Caucasian customer (more typically adventurous backpacker types rather than conservative bankers of lawyers), but rarely South Asian ones and almost never Middle Eastern ones.

Review of the new outlet at Dempsey. Hard to find, as it is tucked behind the Min Jian @ Dempsey restaurant, but by no means is Binsho a bin for the food show at Min Jiang! Compared to the original at Tiong Bahru, this branch has more cooked dishes. We had the uni shabu shabu - extremely yummy! The yakitori dishes are delish, more ‘refined’ than at other superior yakitori places. Great choices of Japanese whiskey and sake. Cocktails are also unusual, although the soursop margarita is a bit too sweet. Attentive, personal service. The downsides? It is pricey - unless you stick to the lunch sets, you would end up paying $130 a head. The day we visited, the aircon was not working well so it was kind of uncomfortable.

The Big Pau is not only big, it’s gigantic. Most of the customers seem to prefer the lamian noodles. The food is not bad, but not fantastic either. Their loyal customers don’t mind the long-ish wait at lunchtime - hard to understand since there are at least three ladies in the tiny kitchen.

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