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Featuring Dohkie, Bao Makers (Outram Park), Two Men Bagel House (Holland Village), AH LOCK & Co. (Guoco Tower), Ya Kun Toastwich (Fusionopolis), Kurotaki Chabann (CityLink Mall), Apples & Oranges (Galaxis)
Sean Chen
Sean Chen

'Caramelised Banana Jam, Candied Bacon, Peanut Butter'

Even though this belongs on the Morning Glory menu, it sounds and tastes more like a dessert. It's a classic long-standing combination but one that I've not managed to try until now. As my virgin experience to this unique combination, put simply, I've ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ต๐˜† ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฎ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ.ย Think:
- Fragrant and sweet slices of banana
- Creamy, chunky and generous schmears of peanut butter
- Thick, smoky, slightly saltish chunks of bacon
Even on their own, all the elements tasted divine. Stuffing them within a bagel though and you produce a strangely harmonious medley of flavours likened to a masterpiece played by a world-renowned Orchestra. The bold flavours possessed by each element suddenly becomes more muted, none of them shining above the rest. Instead, for the betterment of the bagel, each element strived to provide only whatever that was necessary, nothing more. While it's probably not fair to compare the meat-filled bagels from the Trailblazers menu to this, considering how I would gladly have accepted a 2nd order of this after devouring 2 other bagels that day,ย it's safe to say that the Elvis easily secured the spot as ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—น. In a league of its own, the 'civic-mindedness' exemplified by the individual elements of the Elvis is arguably what it means to be #SGUnited.
The things you can learn from food am I right? :)
Taste: 9.5/10

- Their ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฎ ($๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ) ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ
- This is a ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ!

Full review at: https://liveeatbless.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/two-men-bagel-house-holland-village/

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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

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3wm3BBgAo1/?igshid=1qyhsd5i1prk4

- 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.

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1DgVjzAxFu/?igshid=2g8ye3qsz3ai

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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

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0-4pGsAvD3/?igshid=11yhnjnjtdny

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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.

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0I7iruAHEY/?igshid=1nd1dlal3h0a3

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

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz-RIl8g7_4/?igshid=1ejldsg0rjezd

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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So I was in the neighbourhood and decided to drop by Dohkie as they were having a promotion, apparently there's something called Cookie Dough Day and apparently that day falls on the 21st of July... so... good for me I guess?

Promotion: For 1 day only, any purchase of a scoop of cookie dough entitles you to 1 free vanilla soft serve on top of it (UP: $2.50).ย 

Going there at about 1800H in the evening, I was surprised to see quite few people at the shop, perhaps they serve the working crowd in the area? Anyways, as I had not eaten much that day (Was working up an appetite for a buffet; More on that in a later post), my greed took over and I ordered a double scoop (Single: $4 Double: $7 Triple: $9).
I absolutely love Speculoos (Caramelised biscuit) hence that would definitely take 1 scoop and decided to try their original flavour as well, the chocolate chip.

Double Scoop, Speculoos + Original Chocolate Chip + Free vanilla soft serve ($7 + $2.50)
- Each scoop is about the same size as a typical ice cream; Think they use the same scoop
- Very chunky and hearty chunks of cookie dough
- The vanilla soft serve was creamy and light, not too filling / 'jelat'
- Without the vanilla soft serve, the cookie dough may have been far too filling and heaty to consume all at once by 1 person; It looked small when I first got it but seriously... looks can be deceiving.
- Speculoos was just comforting and everything I expected it to be, like taking chunks of speculoos bread spread and gobbling it up but of course, it is a lot less thick than that
- Felt that the original chocolate chip could have used higher quality chocolate chips darker chocolate; A typical chocolate chip flavour to satisfy one's guilty pleasures

Overall, this is the kind of shop that I would go when the cookie cravings hit hard. Considering how the vanilla soft serve helped to balance the sweetness and intensity of the cookie dough, this is definitely not something you want to be eating everyday. Nevertheless, would recommend cookie lovers to try this at least once to change things up a bit.
Price: 6/10
Taste: 8.5/10
Overall: 7.5/10

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Ah Lock & Co. 08/06/19
Min Jiang Kueh (1 for $1.60, 3 for $4)
- Unlike the ones you find at hawker centres, the peanut filling here had a distinct lack of sugar crystals making the filling here subtly sweet. I personally prefer the peanut filling here as it brings out the natural sweetness in the peanuts more. The peanut filling also provided a good crunch to the pancake.
- The red bean filling was fragrant and subtly sweet as well
- The coconut filling was fragrant and really substantial, making it my favourite out of the 3
- Pancake was fluffy and moist
Overall: 8/10

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/Byc3CPgg-KT/?igshid=16kln88vaa2ps

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