Tastemaker Food Guide: Neighbourhood Takeaways

Tastemaker Food Guide: Neighbourhood Takeaways

This month, we launch our monthly series of food guides by Burpple Tastemakers. In this edition, they share with us the best takeaway eats around their respective neighbourhoods, including Ang Mo Kio, Katong, Serangoon and many more!
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Vegan Set ($9.90)

Time to indulge in Chef Shen Tan's signature Twice-Steamed Nasi Lemak that’s made with, get this, eleven ingredients.
I chose the Vegan Set ($9.90), a first by her, and enjoyed it very much. For me, the star was undoubtedly the rice - it was as light, fluffy and aromatic as I recall. But that’s not to say I didn’t relish every bite of the beancurd, two sambal stir-fries of crunchy sambal goreng and mushy-soft brinjal, because I most certainly did. There were also the fried pieces of tempeh, fresh cucumber slices and a very appetising spicy and tangy chilli sambal that rounded off my vibrant-coloured serving.

📸 & ✍🏻 by Tastemaker Veronica Phua

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Dry Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle ($6)

Go for the Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle (Dry) if you want something spicy with an umami-overloaded bowl of soup. The noodles are well coated with (not too spicy) chilli, pork ribs are soft, tender and fall off the bone. I also like the fried shallots used here which are slightly burnt while retaining the crunch and of course not forgetting the highlight of this dish - A bowl of very “gao” (thick) soup filled with umami goodness that lingers around and left me wanting more!

📸 & ✍🏻 by Tastemaker Triffany Lim

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Signature Teochew Kway Teow ($10)

Visited the new Teochew restaurant near home, and ordered their signature Teochew Kway Teow ($10). It’s really good with a nice char outside but the noodles were still springy with wok-hei! The kway teow was stir-fried with chai poh, giving it an extra texture and flavour.

📸 & ✍🏻 by Tastemaker Cecil Dulam

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Ganjang Boneless Whole Chicken ($34)

Crisp, crunchy, moist and utterly flavourful, their Ganjang Boneless Whole Chicken ($34) was really toothsome and morish. Perfect for my K-drama marathons, each chunk was also bursting with the natural flavour of chicken and great with the lick of savoury-sweetness from the coating of soy! The glaze was slightly sticky but well-balanced while the batter was not greasy, tasted light even with the sauce It retained its crunchiness hours later. I can once again say "West side best side"!

📸 & ✍🏻 by Tastemaker Vanessa Kou

Ribeye Steak with Garlic Merlot Butter ($16.90)

The Garlic Merlot Butter was indeed da bomb here tho — sinfully buttery yet carrying a pungent garlicky flavour for there were chunks of garlic within (which I love!); slather the butter above the various parts of the meat or just simply wait for it to melted enjoy with the steak to get the full-on flavour — kinda artery-clogging but totally worth it."

📸 & ✍🏻 by Tastemaker Xing Wei Chua

Red Bean Min Jiang Kueh ($0.80), Peanut & Peanut Butter ($0.90)

I observed the lady boss cutting each slice upon order and checking if she had to fill each with extra ingredients, I couldn’t help but think how unfazed, without any rush, she dealt with a building queue. I guess she’s all about the quality for her Chinese pancakes, which are delicious and worth every penny.

📸 & ✍🏻 by Tastemaker timtam_tum ✨

Penang Char Kway Teow ($6)

As with any Penang food, the go-to includes Penang Char Kway Teow ($6), Assam Laksa ($5) or Chendol ($3). The first comes with a whiff (not that I'm complaining) of “wok-hey”, making you salivate and gets you excited before you dive in for the first bite. The chewy “QQ” noodles were fried to perfection with charred bits at the edges.⁠
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Pro-tip: join the queue early (6pm or earlier) to reduce waiting time!⁠

📸 & ✍🏻 by Tastemaker Amanda Liu

Salted Egg Calamari Hokkien Mee ($5.50/$7.50)

This store offers an unconventional take on one of our favourite local dishes - Fried Hokkien Mee. Expect a plate of wet, slightly sticky Fried Hokkien Mee that has gravy stock well-seeped into, the portion was reasonable, with the usual Hokkien Mee ingredients and a whole spoonful of deep-fried pork lard served on the side (!!). Having the salted egg calamari doesn’t interfere with the Hokkien Mee’s original flavour, instead, it was a piquant addition! The calamari rings were deliciously coated with a thin batter of salted egg - flavourful but not overpowering.

📸 & ✍🏻 by Tastemaker Miss Ha ~

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Drunken Noodles ($6.20)

This would make perfect drunk food - chewy, umami-laden noodles wok-tossed with tender pork belly slices, kailan, long beans, carrot and heaps of chilli padi for a painfully good amount of heat sure to wake anyone's tastebuds. A real throwback to Bangkok for me and addictive eating till the last strand has been slurped.

📸 & ✍🏻 by Tastemaker Jason Wong

Roast Duck Rice ($6.60)

This is a stall that my family patronises very often, I must say that the roasted duck is done pretty well - fragrant roasted skin with a thin layer of juicy fats, together with tender but firm meat, this is such a treat!
The magic lies in the drizzling of that addictive gravy & a spoonful of roast duck oil that they collected from the roasting process - the ultimate essence! Makes both the meats & rice so irresistible!

📸 & ✍🏻 by Tastemaker Serene Goh

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