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Fusion Food

Fusion Food

Featuring Uncle Kiisu, Rookery (Capital Tower), Cheeky, Babasan, Clan Cafe, MAMA SOI
Veronica Chen
Veronica Chen

I have always loved the sea bass steamed with lots of ginger and chilli paid and was keen to try it with sambal paste instead. I wishes the sambal paste could much more spicy as it was a tad too sweet and it did not bring about the addictive kick that is synonymous with sambal. The seabass was well cooked as it was fresh and succulent.

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With the Burpple 1 for 1 main and appetizer deal, I decided to try the dishes that seems unique. Prata and raw salmon could potentially be a good combination; one creamy and fresh while the other crisp. However, this one did not live up to its expectations as the prata was hard and flat. It did not have the nice layered feel which made me feel like I am biting through a hard layer to get to the salmon.

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I thought laksa and chilli crab was a rather dangerous combination since the former has a more creamy texture while the latter is generally more spicy and sweet. Babasan delivered well considering how the strong aroma of the laksa leaves were evident and there were also traces of chilli paste which was much milder. Overall, a bold attempt of two of Singaporeans favourite dishes!

I had conjured a thousand images of how the eventual dish would look like and babasan still managed to surprised me. Though it looks minimal, the omelette was probably one of the most flavourful I have ever eaten in my life. The clever use of chop chilli helped to bring out the taste of the fish roe, prawns and scallop. The pancake was crispy and not too oily. Look forward to trying more of their other dishes!

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Babasan is probably one of the most underrated eatery at the moment; then again I might be biased since I have been a huge fan since their uncle kiisu days. I was literally overjoyed when they came back with a whole new concept and with a bang may I add. I thought the crispy pork belly was something I had to try and the outcome was more than what I expected. The pork belly was super crispy that you could literally hear the crunch with each bite and the best part is the super soft meat that melts in your mouth. The mee siam and the gravy really brought out the best of the pork belly.

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My observations is that popular cafes often have that one or two novel dish that looks super enticing and have great taste. For cheeky, it has to be the chilli crab scrambled eggs as it was so fluffy and resembled the real taste of chilli crab really well. They are also generous with real crab meat bits which goes really well with the pieces of toasted bread.

A rather peculiar yet interesting fusion of miso and scallops. The scallops were not as soft as I wanted it to be but it went really well with the creamy miso sauce which further accentuated the taste. Paired with sourdough bread, a good sharing dish!

Heads up to those who wants a guilt free yet wholesome meal; this might just be your answer. The salmon is cooked just right and the ginger laced rice gave the dish an added zesty taste. The ambience is just perfect for a lazy afternoon!

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The feeling of biting into super crunchy toasted bread pieces followed by soft aromatic otah fillings is enough to leave you feeling satisfied. It was so good that I was so tempted to another another plate just so I could relive the wonderful experience. The calming and comfortable ambience is also another reason why I would be back once again!

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I was told the inspiration for uncle kissu is combining both Japanese and peranakan influences. I thought that was a rather interesting amalgamation as one was built on a heavier palate and the other mild and fresh. The fried rice was surprising fragrant as belacan pasta was used and the prawn bits added a nice texture to it. They were super generous with the crab meat bits too. Highly recommended dish and I thought it represented uncle kiisu philosophy well!

I thought they were super generous with the ikura as it was filled to the brim. The egg too is well cooked as it's soft and tender and went well with the scallop. However, I thought that the squid ink was a little contradicting as it did not complement the rest of the dish well. Would be better if it were simpler. Otherwise, really a super value for money dish!

* Burpple hosted eat up*
I thought the salt and pepper squid wins the award for the most aesthetically pleasing dish of the night. A lot of thought has gone into creating this dish from the preparation to the presentation. The black patch on the plate is not just a mere decoration; I only realise that it tasted of squid ink which complemented well with the soft and crunchy squid. Squid are the hardest thing to get right because the surface has to be crispy and it has to be soft enough when you bite down eventually. Hats of to the chef and thanks to Burpple and Mama soi for the eat up!

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