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Andre Teo
Andre Teo

@the.humblescoop is a little hole-in-the-wall scoop shop in the dungeons of Katong Shopping Centre.

They specialize in local nostalgic flavours such as pulut hitam (which is apparently really good) and in-kueh-dible (their take on cendol ice cream).

Having enjoyed their huat-lah ice cream (a strange yet delightful concoction of lime, pineapple and chilli) previously, I was kinda excited to try more of what they had to offer.

Their waffles were decent --- a little too bread like for my liking and I wasn't a fan of their earl grey milk tea ice cream. It kinda sucks because most scoop shops don't allow you try their flavours these days so you never know what you will get. That said, maybe I should checkout their sugarcane with lemon ice cream next time...

Go K-BBQ is a korean bbq restaurant that serves aged meats.

We shared one of their bbq platters over lunch which came with three types of meats and 2 stews. Boys being boys, we ordered a seafood pancake and an additional order of meat as well 😋😋😋

I really enjoyed their beef short ribs. The flavours were rich and intense and every bite was bursting with juices. The seafood pancake was also really good.

Compared to some of the Korean bbq restaurants in the area but this is the price you pay for better meat quality!

As promised, here's a follow up post on the one particular dish which @jooeunchung and I really enjoyed at Hangawi last Sunday.

Hangawi's soondubu-jjigae (순두부찌개) was really good and warms the cockles of our hearts. The broth hit all the right notes, striking a good balance between spicy and savoury. We loved that they used a slightly firmer tofu which gave the dish a lot more texture. I am not 100% sure but it could be egg tofu as there was a subtle "eggy" aftertaste.

This is definitely one dish I highly recommend you check out when you are there!

Fortune Centre is well known for being a mecca for vegetarian food so you might be surprised to find a little hole in the world eatery which serves homely Korean food at food court prices.

Located on the 2nd floor, there is always a queue outside Hangawi. For $6.50, you get a decent portion of hot plate bbq chicken or pork. Flavours-wise, it has been "localized" to suit the local palate as the sauce is on the sweet side. I will however recommend their bulgogi beef stew which is both sweet and savory.

If you are looking for really affordable homely Korean food, Hangawi definitely meets the bill though I would personally recommend Kim Dae Mun.

That said, I was at Hangawi yesterday and really enjoyed one particularly dish which I will definitely be back for. Needless to say, just keep a lookout for my next post!

Dinner at with @daviscng and @jonathanchan333 means that we get to over-order (Jonny's fault as always) and try (nearly) everything on their menu.

Having sampled all of their beef burgers, it was unanimous amongst the 3 boys that Wildfire's SRF Wagyu Burger is the best amongst their offerings. You can taste the difference between the snake river farm wagyu beef patty and the usda black angus patty used for their classic 001 burger. The former is much more rich and juicy and yet retains the intense beefy flavours.

The shabu burger and truffle mushroom burgers are decent but both pale in comparison to the Wagyu burger. The prices are about the same so you might as well go for the Wagyu patty!

Wildfire also serves a nasty fried chicken with shatteringly crisp skin. The meat was tender and juicy though I wish they used a stronger marinade for a more robust flavour.

No prizes for guessing but I will be back for sure!

Since our last visit in May 2019 when we were impressed by how close they were to the holy grail of Ding Tai Fung's pork chop fried rice, King of Fried Rice ("KoFR") has expanded from a single shop front at Golden Mile Tower to stalls in Sengkang and Chinatown.

The parents tagged along with us recently so we had the opportunity to try more of the different varieties of fried rice on their menu.

Flavours-wise, the DTF fried rice is still richer than KoFR's. The pork chop however is amazing as always. I probably wouldn't be able to tell them apart under a blind test.

I am not a big fan of their xo or tomyum fried rice but their crab fried rice was really yummy. The crab meat was fresh and juicy and added a nice sweet savoury touch to the wokhei of their fried rice.

Even though they occupy two shops in Golden Mile Tower, table space still remains an issue. My advice is to go during off-peak hours or be prepared to wait a while for your seats and orders!

One of the (many) thing(s) I miss most about working in the CBD is Yan Kee's dry mee sua. I can have it for lunch, dinner and supper and yet not be sick of it. It is the ultimate comfort food for me and tastes even better after a long stressful day at work.

I love slurping up the thin wheat vermicelli. I also love the salty and kick-ass zesty tang of their soy sauce and vinegar based sauce. For me, extra meatballs and ikan bilis are a must because they add adds more flavour and aroma to the dish.

Yan Kee's dry mee sua is probably not going to get a Michelin star any time soon but it definitely qualifies as soul food for the ordinary office workers.

I can remember the stir @binomiorestaurante created when it first landed on our shores. It was full house every night and reservations were tough to secure.

They seem to have gone under the radar in recent years but their food remains excellent. I was at their tapas bar for lunch recently and they offered a bar tasting menu at $79 and $95 for 6 and 8 tapas respectively. Perfect for a group of hungry growing (old) boys.

There is a huge variety of tapas ranging from traditional appetizers such as pates and croquettes to "heavier" mains such as fideau negra and paella.

My personal must-orders are the gambas al ajillo (sauteed prawns in olive oil, garlic and parsley) and pulpo a la gallega (octopus!). You can never be sick of these crowd favourites!

Kazoku is part of a group of eateries in To-gather Kitchen & Bar at the ground floor of Goldhill Plaza. The beauty of this coffee shop is that you get a wide selection of affordably priced international cuisine in one single location.

For just $12.90, you get their signature Kazoku don which comes with salmon, tuna, swordfish, octopus, scallop and salmon roe on top of sushi rice. You are definitely not getting otoro at this price but I was pleasantly surprised at how good their sashimi was.

For those who prefers their seafood "medium rare" instead of "rare", Kazoku had a aburi mentai salmon don for $11.90. I personally prefer the Kazoku don where you can taste the natural sweetness of fresh sashimi.

For those who can't make up their minds, you can have both with #burpplebeyond for the price of one!


I took the mee siam addict @jooeunchung to Shi Xian at Teck Ghee Court FC recently and she absolutely loved it.

There is always a long queue in front of the stall but it moves pretty fast! We loved their homemade gravy --- it was well balanced, not too sweet or too sour. Add a dash of lime and you will definitely be hankering for more.

Besides the usual sliced eggs and chives, Shi Xian's mee siam comes topped with what we suspect to be deep fried shallots with haebi / sakura ebi / krill? Not sure what it actually is but the savoury umani notes of the topping definitely added much more complexity to this simple dish.

I will say it now --- one of the best in town!

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It is usually a good idea to follow the queues at the hawker centre if you are not sure what's good though it may backfire at times.

There was a rather long line at Bendemeer Fresh Cockles Fried Kway Teow at Teck Ghee Court FC when I was there two weekends ago. The wait was approximately 20 minutes and for $4.50, we got a somewhat small plate of CKT.

Maybe I was expecting more considering the wait. The CKT was decent and a little on the bland side.

I think It is time to sate my CKT craving soon with my favourite wet gooey ugly delicious messy plate of CKT from Hong Lim :)

Swee Guan's fried hokkien mee is one of my favorite with its unique intense smoky wokhei flavour from the use of a charcoal stove.

The brother of Swee Guan's owner runs his own stall along East Coast Road and has also set up shop at the East Coast Lagoon FC.

@jooeunchung and I cannot help but go "daebak" at the strong robust smoky wokhei flavours. I would have preferred a little "wetter" version but instead the noodles has really soaked the sweet umani-filled flavours of the stock.

The queue though is a little confusing and hard to navigate. It may be better to pop by during non-peak hours.

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