Cosy kiosk in Clementi offering generously-packed sandos at a wallet-friendly price. Healthier-tasting and protein-rich sandwiches that don’t compromise on taste, right up our alley! The white bread was fluffy and light but if nitpicking, wished it was more fragrant and toasted slightly longer for extra crisp.

Juicy and tender house-cured beef with torched cheese and pickles. Did feel that it can get a tad one-note and rich (thus enjoying the chicken sando more), but suitable for beef lovers. Also value-for-money given the generous portion of slow-cooked beef brisket.

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Loaded with tender and moist sous vide chicken breast lightly seasoned with mixed spices. Especially enjoyed the savory torched cheese that gave a distinct smokiness. Together with jam, shredded carrots, and spinach, this was a nicely balanced sweet-savory combination that we would have again.

Signature prince noodle ($5)
⭐️ 3.5/5 ⭐️
🍴Chanced upon this cosy place specializing in traditional KL handmade noodles. Viewing into the kitchen, the staff can be seen rolling out fresh dough before cutting them up and boiling them for each order. This results in firm yet chewy noodles, akin to the texture of good pastas 🙌🏼.

While we loved the texture, personally found the noodles less memorable taste-wise. The sauce leaned towards the saltier side and lacked complexity, but could be enhanced by their side of chili and vinegar. Be warned that their chili is ultra fiery while the standard vinegar helped give an extra tang. The accompanying soup was nothing noteworthy.

Overall, a good find for a relatively affordable fix and comforting QQ noodles but not one we’d specially make a trip for.

📍@princenoodlesarc380, 01-10, 380 Jalan besar, Singapore

Delicious and affordable meat platter from this Muslim owned store nestled in a hawker centre. The platter included a grilled whole chicken, smoked lamb ribs, grilled angus, 4 sides (charcoal rice, fries, pita bread, salad), and 4 homemade sauces.

All the meats were well-marinated and perfumed with smokiness while remaining juicy and tender. Personally found the angus to be a tad over cooked (we tend to prefer medium-rare) but still tender enough.

We also really enjoyed the sides and sauces, especially with the smoky charcoal rice and citrusy salad. The white salai (smoky mayo) was the most unique and added a creaminess; the BBQ gave a sweet-sour tang; garlic chilli & assam salsa provided a mild spicy kick.

If nitpicking, we did find the food to be heavy and greasy; a larger portion of salad would have been helpful to cut the grease.

While meant for 2-3pax, this platter was just right for our family of 4 relatively small eaters. Salai also offers affordable ala carte mains and sides. With $10 islandwide delivery, we are already planning to order in for a smoking good house party 🔥.

📍@salaibymeatdrop, 02-71, Commonwealth Cres Market, 31 Commonwealth Cres, Singapore.
Dm them to order. $10 Islandwide

⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
🍴A popiah set that’s great for staying home or for small gatherings. The set comes with ~15 fresh hand-made popiah skin, 15 cups of Kueh pie tee, cooked turnip with sliced carrots, green shredded lettuce, eggs, crispy bits, peanuts, and 3 addictive sauces - garlic-chilli, chili sweet sauce, and sweet flour sauce.

We are fans of their popiah skin that’s smooth and thin whilst holding its weight, albeit a tad smaller than other renditions. The cooked radish was tasty and slightly sweet, and we particularly appreciated the crispy fried bits provided an enjoyable textural contrast. Sure it’s unhealthier but who’s counting calories 😂.

They also offer a pure popiah set ($35), or ala carte popiah skin and Kueh pie tee. We preferred the popiah, as the kueh pie tee was not crisp enough.

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𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐲 𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐞 (4 ⭐️; $6.90) - Enjoyed the thick sweet-savory curry with mild spicy undertones (a spice level that most should be able to handle!). The general favourite was the pork cutlet with its fragrant and crisp coating. The pork batter was more flaky and buttery than that of the chicken cutlet. One feedback was that the pork meat of both the pork cutlet and pork belly were on the tougher side.

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Portuguese Egg Tart ($4.50/4)
⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
🍴This unassuming bakery at Toa Payoh HDB Hub has no digital presence. After years of strolling by, we decided to give it a try and left impressed by this hidden gem. At $4.50 for 4 or $6 for 6 pieces, it’s also one of the more affordable egg tarts around.

Unlike the short crust Hong Kong versions, these Portuguese egg tarts had a gloriously crisp puff pastry. The 5+ layers of crispy goodness reminded us of perfectly flaky croissant layers (recommend toasting them before eating), and went well with the egg custard 😋. We appreciated that it wasn’t too sweet although felt that the egg custard could be slightly smoother and eggy. Also would have preferred - slightly higher filling : crust ratio, as while we were fans of the crispy pastry, they leaned towards the buttery and oily side. More egg custard would have provided a better balance to cut through some grease.

📍50年 Taste of Tradition (near Nine Fresh Desserts), HDB Hub, 520 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore

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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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