Checked out this affordable Chinese la mian noodle place that’s even more worth it when 1-1 with Burpple beyond! Texture-wise, the hand pulled noodles were springy and of good firmness. While the taste is not the most memorable, the simple and comforting flavours of both the mushroom sauce and tomato soup made for an enjoyable meal. Especially loved pairing them with their homemade mala chilli for added kick and fragrance.

The tomato soup base was light and natural tasting, with a good balance of sweet and sour acidity. It came with four tender prawn paste balls that had added pops of brininess from the ebiko. The dry noodles had a earthy light sauce and tender thinly cut beef shank plus a well-marinated onsen egg. Not sure if it was because we added noodles ($1) but some of it had dried up and clumped together; The bowl could have done with more generous portion of and richer mushroom sauce.

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Wasn’t expecting much from the hot plate hor fun but it left us impressed! Springy hor fun noodles had elements of crisp and char from contact with the hot pan. It was fragrant with the coating of a tasty sauce made with herbs and fish sauce. Besides the nicely scrambled eggs, we liked the flowy egg that added creaminess. It came with two fresh prawns and generous amounts of fresh and chewy squid. Only gripe was that it was on the oilier side. Overall, this brought us back to memories of Thai street food - not the most refined / healthy but certainly comforting!

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The 𝐚𝐲𝐚𝐦 𝐛𝐮𝐚𝐡 𝐤𝐞𝐥𝐮𝐚𝐤 ($7.50/ $11.80) included generously sized chicken pieces floating in a tangy broth, encircled by 4 big buah keluaks. We originally found the chicken to be a little dry and found that the flavour did not thoroughly infuse the meat; this was our least fav dish of the meal. That said, we brought home the leftovers and both the chicken and broth was so much more tender and flavourful the next day! I guess it just needed more time?

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For the soups, we ordered 𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐡𝐮 ($6.20) and 𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐤 𝐭𝐢𝐦 ($7). These were our fav two dishes! For the price, we were pleasantly surprised by the substantial portions! The pong tahu was excellent - soft pork meat tumbled together with tofu and resting in a light savoury broth. The itek tim was prominent with salted vegetable notes, yet not overall salty, thanks to the meaty undertones from the stewed duck. We completely slurped up both soups!

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The Taste It All ($25) variety platter came with 9 falafel balls, 3 dips, 2 pitas, pickled vegetables, and salad. We were huge fans of their falafels (5 ⭐), with its ultra crisp exterior encasing fluffy, herbaceous mashed chickpeas. They lived up to those we tried in Israel and Jordan! Paired with the various dips, these were bursting bombs of flavour!

They offer a range of flavoured pitas at $2.20 on top of the usual plain ($1) or whole wheat ($1.20). We tried two flavours, and preferred the garlic (4.5 ⭐) that was pillowy soft with fragrant but not overpowering garlic aromas. We found the za’atar (3.5 ⭐) version to be a little dry, and the herbs not particularly prominent.

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Hu tieu bo kho, spicy beef stew noodle soup (4.5⭐️; $7.90), was the overall favourite! The broth was deep and complex - the perfect combination of fat, salt, acid, and a good injection of spicy heat! The fork tender braised beef, silky noodles, and other additions complemented the superstar broth.

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🍴Can easily see why Long Phung is always bustling! This was hearty, affordable Vietnamese street food, and probably amongst the best you can get across the island. We tried 5 dishes, and our reviews for each are below.

Hu tieu bo kho, spicy beef stew noodle soup (4.5⭐️; $7.90), was the overall favourite! The broth was deep and complex - the perfect combination of fat, salt, acid, and a good injection of spicy heat! The fork tender braised beef, silky noodles, and other additions complemented the superstar broth.

Pho tai, rare beef soup (4⭐️; $7.90) was the ultimate comfort bowl for a rainy evening! The thin beef slices were mostly tender (a few chewier oddballs) and paired with soft silky noodles and crunchy beansprouts. But the star was definitely the broth - perfect balance of being beefy and savoury enough whilst still upholding its clean and delicate profile.

Goi cuon, spring rolls (3⭐️; $2/pc) was the most disappointing of the lot. We found the wrapper too tough and thick. The fillings had a tad too much noodles and not enough ingredients and fresh vegetables for our liking. That said, the two sauces - a sour fish sauce and a hoisin-peanut sauce - were good accompaniments for an otherwise pretty bland roll.

Goi xoai, green mango salad (4⭐️; $8.50) was zingy and refreshing! The sauce was punchy with fermented funk, citrus notes, and utterly umami-licious! It was a perfect base for the crunchy shredded green mangoes and chopped peanuts. The addition of shrimp and pork belly was also great for additional protein savouriness.

So huyet xao toi, cockles with garlic (4⭐️; $7.50) were succulent and juicy and accentuated by an appetising garlic sauce. It was a messy affair, but so addictive!

Chai tom, lemongrass prawns (3.5 ⭐️; $8) were fragrant and tasty but a tad oily.

This cosy restaurant doesn’t take reservations and seems to always have a line that unpredictably ebbs and flows. The food arrives almost immediately after ordering though, so a long wait in line shouldn’t be too much of a deterrent!
📍Long Phung, 159 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore
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Signature bursting meatball ($10.90)
Homemade Pan Mee ($7.90)
⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️
🍴Our GO to when we are craving noodles😉. Have been here a couple of times now and always leave satisfied from their hearty and yummy noodles. Their best seller is the #signatureburstingmeatball that was a giant homemade meat ball filled with more juicy meat and stock (think xiao long bao except instead of a thin skin it’s MORE meat 😂). As my grandfather comes from Fuzhou, I personally prefer the Fuzhou fishball version (+$2.90) that’s meat wrapped in fish paste as the pure meat version can get a bit too rich. The winning aspect was the delicious soup - a fishbone broth enhanced by their special shao xing yellow wine. One can choose to add the wine all at once/ slowly and I personally prefer the slow addition to enjoy the original umami broth and subtle changes from the gradual adding of the fragrant alcohol. Their handmade pan mee version comes with added ikan billis, shallots, onions and black fungus to give a slightly more complex soup. Personally preferred the thicker over the thinner noodles. Also a fan of their dry Hakka style noodles so my recommendation would be to see what catches your eye and give it a try ☺️
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Thai papaya salad ($6) ⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️
Spicy catfish ($12) ⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️
Tom Yum ($12) ⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️
Thai green curry ($13) ⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
Pad Thai, Pad See Ew ⭐️ 3.5/5 ⭐️
Vermicelli ($7/$12) ⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
Thai milk tea ($2) ⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
🍴Dee Tongue Thai is as good as it gets for Thai street food in Singapore! Every dish we tried exemplified what is so addictive about Thai cuisine - the perfect harmony of sweet, sour, salty and spicy! The Thai papaya salad was strong on funk from the fermented shrimp and we gobbled it up within 5 mins! The spicy fried catfish was tossed with red curry paste, green peppercorns that we loved, and other fresh herbs and chillies. So spicy, fresh, and umami! We order the Tom yum every time and it is always great - more tangy and spicier than other versions outside, and brimming with loads of squid and prawns. The green curry and pad woon sen talay (fried vermicelli) were excellent renditions as well. Would also recommend getting their Thai milk tea that’s fragrant and not overly sweetened to help counter the spiciness.

That said, not all the dishes are rockstars. We were disappointed by their pad thai that had more of a sweet tomato-based sauce and pad see ew that was forgettable. We found both noodle dishes to be on the oilier side and lacking sourness.

Overall, prices were extremely reasonable given the portions and sheer amount of quality ingredients. We haven’t tried better Thai food at such a reasonable price point - have you?
📍 @deetonguethai, Dee Tongue Thai by Rung Mama, 02-33, Golden Mile Complex, Singapore

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