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Reliable | Cheap Eats

Reliable | Cheap Eats

Featuring Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert (ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre), Korat Thai Cafe, Ga-Hock Eating House, Daisy's Dream Kitchen, Western Barbeque (Old Airport Road Food Centre), goo lTALIANO, Roast Paradise (Lau Pa Sat), Arnold's Fried Chicken (S) Pte Ltd, Jin Jin Desserts, ABC Brickworks Market, Top Best Chinese Cuisine (Telok Blangah Rise Market & Food Centre)
Gabriel Neo
Gabriel Neo

That this sizzling gooey lasagna dish from a fairly new Japanese-Italian joint (from Tokyo) would remind us of our lasagna-making-Tokyo friend was too obvious.

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I have to rethink my notion that there isn’t many Peranakan places in the western part of the island (especially with the spate of private dining places popping up in recent years). Daisy’s Dream Kitchen is however a place that I Have had a few times, but this is my first visit since they shifted to the Temasek Club. Business was brisk (happy for them!) and the ngoh hiang was different and as good as ever. Nice welcoming vibe for an early week dinner catch-up with friends.

The gula melaka in the Power Chendol is still as good as ever after all these years (Mount Fuji in the background)

When folks know of it, it seems regularly ordered, And it’s sedap?? That’s their butter sotong. Bill worked out to a reasonable ~$17/head including fish head curry, too much food, and sunny side up eggs for the Egg FOMO gang 😂

Although they’ve streamlined their menu somewhat (sad!), the chicken here’s still the way I remember it: hot and juicy and mmmm.

... of Jin Jin Dessert’s Power Chendol. A whole lot of (gula melaka) heaven for 2 bucks at ABC hawker centre.

My fave omelette: fried crisp on the outside, and a tad juicy on the inside. I have yet to have a meal here with friends where this dish was left unfinished, despite protests regarding its oiliness and sinfulness. $10 (I prefer keeping it plain). Stir fried basil seafood, tom yum soup - all work. Pad thai is decent as well.

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Beautiful caramelization, too-much-fat, leading to joy mixed with regret. $56 for 400g char siew, 200g siew yoke, 1/2 rose soy chicken, rice / noodles for 4, and satisfaction.

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Discovered this place courtesy of a Makansutra article. Remember the scene at the end of “Ratatouille” where the food critic is transported back in time after eating the chef’s ratatouille? The first time I had this dish, I messaged family to tell them this reminded me of the days when I sat at the big kitchen table having food with grandma. Bitter Melon (with Salted Egg Yolk & Seafood) ~$10

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Have they raised the prices? Yes
Is it better than before? It’s the same
Does it still work? Hell yeah

Take the chicken cutlet, ask for their signature garlic sauce, whack two eggs on top for ~$8. I’ll suggest you order some liang teh from the stall a few doors down to balance this sinful but oh so reliable combination.

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