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Featuring Timbre+, Wong Kee Wanton Noodle (Timbre+), Iskina Cebu (Timbre+), 爺 · YEAH Taiwanese Street Food (Timbre+), Nsquared Barbecue (Timbre+)
Sean Chen
Sean Chen

'Square scotch egg, Ground beef, Banana shallots, Worcestershire sauce, Chili panko + 1 side (Salad, Soup, Dan's Fried rice and etc.) with a spicy thousand island dressing (Turns out to be a sriracha sauce)'

To start, the service was very friendly and they took the time to explain to me about the dish and which sauces compliment which dish. I was taking an Insta story throughout and the Chef paused mid-way to allow me to get a better shot.When I was there, I was charged $1.50 for the Iced Chocolate as there was a system error but they were kind enough to let it be.

FOOD:
Tried their fried rice which was sticky and moist. It had a hint of egg mayo but was overall quite bland. They have a variety of sauces to help elevate the rice though:
1) Greek yogurt - Light and refreshing (Meant to be paired with the lamb scotch egg)
2) Kaffir Lime - Tangy and surprisingly sweet with a very thin consistency almost like that of water (My favourite)
3) Sriracha - The one placed on my plate which was mildly spicyOverall, really like all their condiments.

Moving on to the Scotch Egg, 
The spice from the chili panko hits you immediately followed by the subtle but distinct beef flavour. While it is very interesting, I felt that the flavours could be stronger as without any of the condiments, the scotch egg paired with the fried rice would have been far too bland and flat.
Taste: 5.5/10 > 8.5/10 (With their sauces)

The iced chocolate was essentially fresh milk + dark chocolate syrup > Chocolate milk (Slightly darker than normal... but essentially, chocolate milk).

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2iUF4dA99D/?igshid=9gbr41yj402q
Full review at: https://thankgodjournals.blogspot.com/2019/09/hawker-review-dans-crazy-square-eggs.html

Nice char on the grilled pork belly. Again, slightly saltish but lots of flavour. Lechon was even more tender than the grilled pork. Skin was even crispier and lighter than the one I had previously. There was 1 bit that was akin to eating a Western-style roasted pork belly skin, absolutely amazing. Do ask for their spicy version if you love spice, it is delicious without being overwhelming.
Price: 6/10
Taste: 8/10
Overall: 7/10

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Gubak Bao ($5.90 for 2, $6.90 for 3)
'Pulled beef brisket, Pickled vegetables, Achar (South Asian pickles) purée'

Very flavourful and moist. Packed with incredibly tender beef with juices that was absorbed by the bun, maximising all the flavour from the beef. My only gripe would be that the bun could have been softer and fluffier and perhaps be made more affordable?
Price: 6/10
Taste: 9.5/10 (Must-try)
Overall: 8.5/10

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B13tW6yAZ0M/?igshid=yii447jn0n2f
Full review at: https://thankgodjournals.blogspot.com/2019/09/hawker-review-gubak-kia-timbre-one-north.html

- Large chunks of pork instead of minced meat
- Sauce is just saltish, not flavourful
- Pork is tough, had some fatty bits which were good
- Braised vegetables was a saving grace as its sour/tangy flavour complemented the otherwise saltish dish.
Overall, very disappointing. May be biased as I've tried the lu rou fan in Taiwan where the fat and the sauce from the braised pork coated every grain of rice thoroughly but all I can say is that this dish is nowhere near the ones you'll find in Taiwan. For starters, would definitely prefer it if they used minced meat instead and a slightly fattier cut of pork.
Price: 8.5/10 (Value-for-money as compared to other places selling it in SG)
Taste: 4/10
Overall: 5/10 (I guess if you have some serious Taiwan food cravings...)

- 'Pork mixed in with our very own mix of spices and specially slow roasted over charcoal'
- Love the spices that were stuffed into the pork, strong garlic flavour and right amount of chilies
- The meat was very flavourful but slightly saltish, will probably pair well with the rice
- Skin was very thick and crunchy with a thick layer of fat beneath; A very fatty cut of meat
Overall, tastes very sinful but very delicious
Taste: 9/10

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1A_wnUALIq/?igshid=l2fvr47qy814

Thai inspired Barbeque Pork Ribs; Half-rack ($9.90)
Fall-off-the-bone tender meat; You can break it apart using a fork
The Thai glaze was what you would expect - Sweet, Slightly tangy and just a tad bit spicy
This tastes exactly how you think it would. I have tried Morganfield's ribs before (Both the fattier spare ribs and leaner more tender baby back ribs), and felt that the cut used was somewhere in-between which was great as there was a nice balance of fat and meat. Didn't think there was anything wrong with the meat but you should definitely order some sides to complement the meat or it may get too rich after awhile.
Price: 9/10 (Restaurant quality meat at half its price)
Taste: 9/10 (Didn't think there was anything wrong with the dish)
Overall: 9/10

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0p7U8Ogwmx/?igshid=1ucz3s2t8z1pi

Beef Short Ribs Kway Teow ($12.90)
- Comes with an onsen egg, 300g of beef short ribs
The flat noodles were soft and was able to have all the sauces (Chili and creamy egg yolk) cling to it. Strong umami notes throughout the dish and very tasty to eat on its own.
Beef literally fell off the bone and had a huge umami flavour as well. Love the seasoning, meat was tender but definitely not as tender as the pork ribs from NSquared BBQ (But that may be because pork ribs are much fattier). While this was not the most tender nor beefy piece of meat I've tried, it was very, very satisfying, with a significant layer of fat beneath the slab of meat (Nearer towards the bone)
All the elements of this dish, from the soup to the noodles and of course the beef were extremely well done but I would have to say that the highlight would be their soup. No idea how long they boiled the soup for or how much beef bones and ingredients went inside this broth but it was slightly pepperish and VERY beefy... essentially what all other beef soups should aspire to be. Definitely not overly saltish and I would say... akin to drinking liquid beef :)

Went over to talk to the owners after the meal and it turns out, the son, John Paul worked under the owner of NSquared BBQ, Nick Olinik, before (At Camp Kilo Charcoal Club) which may explain the inspiration for his unique styles of cooking the beef. Their beef short ribs take about 2-3 days to prepare as well due to the long periods it takes to marinade the short ribs. Highly recommend anybody in the area to try, $12.90 for 300g, $14.90 for 400g. If you have a large appetite, would definitely recommend getting the larger portion with extra noodles (+$1)!

After awhile, I tried asking for a soup refill to which they readily gave me, refilling it in the larger bowl that was used to contain my noodles. Very friendly people that serves up affordable and high quality food!
Price: 9/10
Taste: 9/10
Overall: 9/10 (Definitely a must-try)

More photos at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0p6zLxAgpF/?igshid=139qg07fkjomr

This stall is known for their unique noodle creations, especially the tomato noodle with char siew and dumplings.

Beef Brisket Spinach Noodle ($6.50)
- Really wet dish
- Spinach noodles were very chewy with the sauce clinging to it with every bite
- Beef was not the most tender but was very flavourful, containing pieces of crunchy (Yes, there were some pieces that were crunchy) and chewy flavourful tendon
Price: 7/10
Taste: 8/10 
Overall: 7.5/10 (Worth trying at least once if in the area)

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0KS9EnAQ1p/?igshid=1vd0xv1duk5bq

Singaporean foodie & baker IG: @thankgodforf00d

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