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Featuring Dohkie, Bao Makers (Outram Park), AH LOCK & Co. (Guoco Tower), Arkadaş Cafe, Ya Kun Toastwich (Fusionopolis), Kurotaki Chabann (CityLink Mall), Apples & Oranges (Galaxis)
Sean Chen
Sean Chen

A unique bubble tea shop located at Upper Changi MRT along the exit leading towards SUTD. This shop sells both spicy and non-spicy meat pie ($2.50) or Rou Bing in chinese, adding a Chinese twist to your typical Bubble Tea shop. The owner was very welcoming in promoting her products. However, as I did not have time to ask her more about the shop, I was only able to find out that the shop has been opened for about 4 months.

The meat pie is pre-made and will be warmed up again on a frying pan before being served on some greaseproof paper. The portion is pretty substantial for $2.50 considering both the size and how thick the dough is. The exterior is thick and chewy while the inside is loaded with pork, scallions and some black bits which I'm not too sure what they are. The taste and texture of chili oil was evident as well though it did make it slightly more oily.

Overall though, it was less oily than ones I've tried in the past probably due to the meat being leaner. There was still lots of flavour from the filling but would have preferred the exterior to be slightly crispier. Delicious and comforting nonetheless.
Taste: 7.5/10
Price: 8.5/10
Overall: 8/10

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- Uses Farmhouse UHT full cream milk
- Brown sugar was very dark and concentrated with strong hints of the molasses
- Pearls were hard and barely chewy
Overall, average brown sugar boba milk at a slightly steep price.
Price: 5/10
Taste: 5/10
Overall: 5/10

- Mountain dew maple-flavoured syrup was used and hopefully butter (And not margarine) from a tub
Even though the waffle was drenched in the maple syrup, the edges were still crisp and nicely toasted. The slightly saltish butter definitely goes well with maple syrup, a tried and tested combination. The waffle was thin and slightly chewy. The fillings I ordered may have masked the flavour of the waffle as I could not taste the coconut flavour.

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- Eggy, saltish cheese
- Cannot really taste the smoke
- Kaya on its own is not too sweet but definitely not the most fragrant
- French toast wasn't too oily but slightly soggy
Overall, do not order this expecting your typical Western-style french toast. This is more traditional in that thinner layers of bread are used, making it more soggy. It is also very eggy. A comforting and satisfying dish, with layers of egg, saltish cheese and sweet kaya jam to cut through both the egg and cheese. However, felt that the egg could have been more infused into the bread as it seemed like 2 separate layers here.
Taste: 6/10

Signature Kaya Pandan Muffin ($1.90 Ala Carte, $3.50 Set which comes with coffee/tea)
- Comes with some sort of whipped cream at the top, think it was just meant to make the muffin look better as the cream was tasteless
- Strong pandan flavour, quite moist on the inside
- Could not quite taste the kaya
- Quite buttery, nice if you like pandan
Taste: 6/10

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Note:
- All prices are EXCLUSIVE of 10% service charge
- Will not be rating the price as I have no comparison when it comes to Turkish Cuisine

Baklava ($6++)
- Comes in 3 bite-sized pieces
Baklava's crisp and crunchy pastry was soaked in sugar syrup and had strong nutty notes (I'm pretty sure it was almonds), complementing the flaky sweet pastry. This baklava was very simple and a good pastry to satisfy one's dessert cravings but I felt that I have tasted better, was far too small and was just a tad too sweet for my liking.
Taste: 7/10

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Note:
- All prices are EXCLUSIVE of 10% service charge
- Will not be rating the price as I have no comparison when it comes to Turkish Cuisine

Kunefe ($12.90++)
'Künefe (kyoon-eh-FAY') is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made with thin noodle-like pastry, or alternatively fine semolina dough, soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, and typically layered with cheese'; Typically topped with pistachio powder as well
As my virgin experience eating this warm pastry dessert, it was very creamy (From the whole cream), subtly sweet and crunchy. Its quite dense and stringy with the entire exterior having a texture similar to that of the light crunchy ends of a Min Jiang Kueh (Chinese pancake) combined with the bite of Hong Kong Crispy Noodles. While the dish was drenched in sweet syrup, the cheese within the pastry helped to cut through it, making the dish not too cloying, a comforting dessert to end off the meal. If you had a hearty main, can be shared amongst 3-4 pax.
Taste: 9/10 (Must-try dish)

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Note:
- All prices are EXCLUSIVE of 10% service charge
- Will not be rating the price as I have no comparison when it comes to Turkish Cuisine

Beyti Kebab ($17.90++)
- 6 pieces of Grilled minced beef & lamb wrapped in Lavash (A soft thin unleavened flatbread made within a tandoor) within a mixture of cold greek yoghurt and warm tomato sauce
A very interesting dish where many different basic flavours are combined together. As the greek yoghurt on its own is not strong in flavour and only slightly sour, when combined with the warm tomato sauce it definitely elevated the sauce by adding a creamy texture but the flavour profile was overwhelmingly tangy due to the strong tomato flavour and sourish greek yoghurt. The lamb & beef wrapped in the bread tasted slightly similar to the Pide I had earlier except that this was definitely more meaty and the taste of the lamb was more muted, probably due to it being drenched in the tomato sauce and greek yoghurt mixture. Personally, I do not quite like this dish as after awhile, the flavours seemed quite flat and one-dimensional but I do appreciate the natural and fresh ingredients used.
Taste: 6/10

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Note:
- All prices are EXCLUSIVE of 10% service charge
- Will not be rating the price as I have no comparison when it comes to Turkish Cuisine

Pide with Lamb and Cheese ($14.90++)
Lamb flavour was very strong, slightly gamey which I like and the bread was nicely toasted as well. Good for sharing amongst 2-3 pax. If eaten on its own, may be quite dry after awhile hence if you can dip it in the hummus, it will definitely make this dish much better.
Taste: 8/10

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True to their name, the baos were what truly stood out in this restaurant. Now, if only they could be bigger...
Chili Crab Bao ($4.50)
'Deep fried bun, fresh crabmeat with Singapore style chilli sauce'
Simply comforting, deep-fried 'mantou' with loads of crabmeat drenched in a sweet and spicy chili crab sauce; Favourite bao.
Taste: 10/10

Salted Egg Chicken Bao ($4.30)
'Steamed sesame bun, signature salted egg sauce, seasoned fried chicken'
If you love salted egg, you will love this bun. Loaded with creamy salted egg goodness and a really juicy and crunchy slab of chicken.
Taste: 10/10

Salmon Mentaiko Bao ($4.30)
'Steamed white bun, fried salmon, cod roe sauce, cheese, tobiko'
This bao is essentially an elevated version of my salmon mentaiko bowl, with the rice being replaced by sweet fluffy buns and a rich cheese flavour to complement the mentaiko salmon. (Unfortunately, I do not remember the tobiko in the bun)
Taste: 9/10

Overall, felt that this restaurant was a tad pricey without the discount but I guess I should be expecting that due to where its located. While the rice bowls are the ones that will fill you up here, I would strongly suggest skipping them and going straight for their baos. Personally, I will only come back again if I've another huge discount.

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Decided to give this store a try after reading reviews about it online and is relatively close to Amoy Street Food Centre.

So, I went with their signature which would be Mrs. Park ($8). The stall's description of it would be 'seasoned bulgogi beef, pickled jalapenos, caramelised onions'.

Mrs Park ($8)
So the first thing you'll notice is that it is loaded with shredded purple & white cabbage, lettuce, and tomato. Biting into it, I got a mouthful of really juicy tomatoes, the other fresh vegetables, warm fluffy bread that was toasted to give the exterior a firm slightly crunchy texture but unfortunately, no beef. Upon my second bite though, I got a taste of the well marinated strips of beef (Korean-style) which was very juicy and provided a meaty and saltish contrast in flavour. While I doubt I will be paying $8 for this dish anytime soon, I must admit that it is quite filling and the dough was above average. Crisp and warm on the outside while being thick and fluffy on the inside, it served as a perfect 'pocket' to collect all the meat juices from the beef, making that last bite an intensification of all the flavours amalgamated together. I personally liked that mine came with a crispy edge at the end as well, which was something like a breadstick.
Price: 6.5/10
Taste: 8/10
Overall: 7/10

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Experienced really good service, providing me with a complimentary refill of ice cold water upon request.

Unagi Don ($14.90)
Rice was drizzled with sweet japanese soya sauce. Came with cold tamago, a slab of unagi with sweet teriyaki glaze, tobiko and a sprinkling of seaweed.
The cold tamago provided a nice slightly saltish contrast to the sweet rice and even sweeter teriyaki-glazed unagi but overall the dish was too sweet as tamago by itself is subtly sweet. The addition of the tobiko helped to provide additional crunch to the dish but did little to elevate the dish flavour-wise.
Overall: 5.5/10 (Should order something else)

Butter Kaya Toast ($2.20)
Butter was thick slightly saltish creamy and cold, but was only present on 1 half of my bread.
Kaya was sweet and fragrant but would have preferred it to be thicker
Bread had a slight char and was nicely toasted on some edges but definitely could have been toasted more.
Price: 7/10
Taste: 5.5/10
Overall: 6/10

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