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After a 6 months "vacation" which saw them "dabble" in nasi ayam goreng, @hammees_sg is finally back, serving what they do best --- excellent handcrafted cheese burgers at affordable prices!

I was there after lunch hour on a weekday. This is not a place to go if you are in a rush because a so-called 15 to 20 minutes wait will invariably stretch to 30 minutes or more as each burger is made to order.

I am pleased to report that the young couple running the stall have managed to keep up their standards after their 6 months sojourn. In fact, I think they have improved on the blends for their burger patties.

Hammees has also introduced an upgraded battered fish burger. To be honest, it tastes like a better version of fillet-o-fish but the portion is kinda on the smaller side.

They have also upgraded their fried chicken burger with a thicker piece of fried chicken thigh which makes it even more juicier and it now comes in two variations: original or spicy (with roasted garlic and peppers). I personally recommend the later for a more punchy and flavourful kick.

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[Hakka Thunder Tea Rice]
Have seen and heard about this famous Thunder Tea Rice at Tanglin Halt Food Market, and only finally got to try it recently! Do be prepared to wait for a really long time though, the queue is pretty long esp during lunch time!

Thunder Tea Rice ($4 White Rice / $4.50 for Brown Rice)
Their Thunder Tea Rice comes with a lot of ingredients in a bowl, and you also get to add Yong Tau Foo (each pc $1) to the bowl. I added on 1 Meat Ball and 1 mushroom, which was really not bad!

Let's start with the Thunder Tea Rice - with so much ingredients in the bowl, and especially with the crunch from ikan bilis and peanuts, there'll be a lot going on, and you'll start to realise the bowl seems to be never-ending. Certainly a huge portion, and I enjoyed pairing with the chilli/ sweet sauce (self-service).

Really recommend getting their YTF, which they were constantly frying, so you know it's freshly made. The meatball was crispy on the outside, and the meat was really juicy and flavourful! The mushroom also had a strong fragrant mushroom flavour you don't get in all mushrooms, so was pretty enjoyable!

Altho I'm not exactly a fan of the Thunder Tea (green bowl), I still managed to finish ¾ of it (surprisingly). I'd say it's acquired taste - pretty Herby and minty, but I found myself not disliking it as much as I used to.

Possibly one of the better (or best thus far) thunder tea rice I've eaten so it's pretty much worth a try!

Address: 3A Commonwealth Dr, #01-31 Tanglin Halt Food Centre, Singapore 141001

Overall Rating: 8/10

Always a must buy when u head to Tanglin Halt food centre. The peanut pan cake (min jiang keuh) from Tanglin Halt Original Peanut Pancake is really the best around imo. It’s crispy round the edges but soft, gooey and chewy inside. They are super generous with their peanut and sugar filling and there’s always extra which spills out into the box for you to mop up

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Made a trip down to try Eng Kee Chicken Wings at Commonwealth area! The beehoon/kway teow but the star of the show is definitely the chicken wings! Fried to perfection and very well marinated

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💼Service review:
Friendly auntie will take your order at your seat when you are ready.

🍲Food review:

✨Butter Pork Ribs (奶油排骨)✨
𝐹𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑑 𝑃𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑅𝑖𝑏𝑠 𝑠𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑘𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑀𝑖𝑙𝑘 𝑃𝑜𝑤𝑑𝑒𝑟

This is the dish they are most well-known for. The ribs were juicy and eating it with the milk powder gives a creamy taste in your mouth.

💰: $10
📈: 8/10

✨Honey Ribs(蜜汁排骨)✨
The honey is not too sweet and the ribs were fried well. It is quite flavourful and fragrant. Honestly, I prefer this over the butter pork ribs.

💰: $10
📈: 9/10

💸Total damage: ~$30

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Open in the morning and sold out before 10+am, I usually order 1 plate here and pack another back home for lunch 🤣

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The Zi Char here is famous for their Milk Powder Pork Ribs ($10) and it is an interesting dish! The fried pork pieces are definitely flavourful, succulent and tender, and paired with the milky savoury topping, this is actually pretty addictive! Great to get if you are around! 😁

For $4 a bowl, this laksa comes with quite a bit of ingredients. There are multiple customisable options available for both this and their prawn noodles. I got item 2, which is their laksa with prawns and fried beancurd. The beancurd soaks up the gravy and I prefer the prawns over chicken (which comes with other laksa options). Do note that the laksa broth here is not the very gao/thick kind, especially if you are used to the sungei road laksa like me. However, this laksa spot continues to attract their own base of loyal fans with queues forming early in the day. They are often sold out by noon so do remember to head down early if you would like to try this. Am eyeing their neighbour stall Delicious Duck Noodles (which is run by the owner's brother) on my next visit. Take the opportunity to head down to try these before the impending Tanglin Halt redevelopment!

For this combination, it comes with chicken, prawn, taupok, fishcake and beansprouts. The gravy is not too thick and the chicken is tender and bouncy. However, I still prefer their prawn > chicken, so I'd get their other laksa dish if I were to revisit (they offer quite a few customisation options). Do head down as Tanglin Halt is slated for redevelopment and it could be your last opportunity to try this!

Love the texture of this cheong fun. The filling is rich and generous.

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During my first visit to the stall they were sold out as early as 11am. On my second visit finally I got to try this famous pancake after an hour queue. Overall this pancake is a pleasant snack or dessert item.

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