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Jerry's bbq and grill w the classic spicy wings L3 fire plus ($13.95) pretty gd!

Ordered a few dishes, including dumpling ramen, fried dumplings, unagi don, tofu stew and toppoeki. Decent comfort food, value for money. Only spent less than $40 for 4 pax with so much food. Tofu stew was abit salty, dumpling ramen was good.

you can choose to get a spicy or clear base!! but this one wasn’t really spicy, kind of like kimchi level? there was a lot of ingredients!! this was v comforting to eat esp if you sit indoors because the aircon is really strong HAHA

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salmon sashimi ($6/3pc)
hamachi ($11/3pc)
tai ($10/3pc)

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Deep within the heartlands of Sengkang (Fernvale), @coldflings is a Gelato & Waffles, Açaí Cafe that can satisfy your dessert cravings at odd hours in the night!😉

What we enjoyed was their Buttery Waffles with 2 scoops of Gelato:

👉Chrysanthemum Cacao Nibs
So refreshing and not too sweet!

👉Chocolate Indulgence
Love that the flavour was robust. In collaboration with Vitaminmall, this contains collagen peptides & probiotics!

If you’re in the neighborhood, I’d highly recommend you to visit this newly opened ice-cream cafe! Dine-in seats within the cafe can be quite limited but there is an outdoor seating area which can probably accommodate about 3-4 groups.👍

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📍Cold Flings
High Park Residences
21 Fernvale Rd 01-05, S797637
🚇2 mins away from Thanggam LRT (Sengkang)
🚘Public Parking Right Beside


The prawn fitters still good, the prawn mee not as tasty as before. But still decent.
The soup still quite flavourful, the noodle cooked Al dente and toated in savoury sauce and the prawn fresh.
📍Blanco Prawn Noodle House.
235 Jalan Kayu.

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Must tries for me are the brussel sprouts (pictured) and potato stacks. Will probably be heading there (halfway across town) for another serving.

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Soft-launching earlier this week, The Apricus Coffee & Food Co. is probably a location that most folks familiar with the specialty coffee scene would take an interest in checking out. Brought by the same folks whom are behind The Populus Coffee & Food Co. that is located at Neil Road, The Apricus Coffee & Food Co. is their very first outpost that is nestled within the heartlands — they are located along the same row of shophouses where Thohirah Restaurant is situated, and are also neighbours with the outpost of Tenderfresh Makcik Tuckshop at Jalan Kayu as well. The interior of the cafe is well-designed; there are some design cues that one would be able to recognise being rather similar to that of The Populus Coffee & Food Co. — these would include the interior furnishings and fittings with the use of metallic and wooden elements for a bit of industrial chic flavour, as well as the geometrical wooden panels on some of the walls as well. Being a concept by the same folks of The Populus Coffee & Food Co., the menu served at The Apricus Coffee & Food Co. does carrying some dishes that are right off the menu at The Populus Coffee & Food Co. — think favourites such as The Populus Scramble, Spring Pancake & Fried Chicken, as well as the Dark Chocolate Sundae. That being said, there are still quite a number of items on the menu that are exclusive to The Apricus Coffee & Food Co. as well, such as The APRICUS Aubergine & Eggs, APRICUS Green Bowl, and Crispy Potato Stack; just to name a few. Beverages available here include the usual suspects where specialty coffee is of concern (brewed using beans roasted by 2 Degrees North Coffee Co.) — other beverages featured here would be the selection of artisanal and cold brewed ice teas, matcha beverages featuring Niko Neko’s matcha products, as well as freshly-squeezed juices.

Opting to go for an item off the All Day Brunch section of the menu that is exclusively available at The Apricus Coffee & Food Co., we found ourselves going for the APRICUS Chicken Stew. The APRICUS Chicken Stew features elements such as confit chicken thigh, roasted potatoes, cherry tomato confit, homemade tangy tomato curry sauce, pea tendrils and curry leaf. First taste of the stew and we found this item to be especially familiar-tasting; the homemade tangy tomato curry sauce does bear some sort of resemblance to that of the local favourite fish head curry — a version that is surprisingly lighter and cleaner without all that coconut milk, and thus easy to eat. The homemade tangy tomato curry sauce works well with of all the elements that they have included; the okra providing a good crunch and a nice colour contrast in terms of the presentation of the dish along with the Cherry tomatoes, while the potatoes provided a chunky bite without being particularly filling considering how they have been roasted for a good texture, whilst also being diced into small cubes for easier consumption as well. We were told that the preparing of the confit chicken thigh that is served in the APRICUS Chicken Stew is done similar to what one would have expected for a duck confit dish — we are pretty much sold when we found out how amazingly tender the confit chicken thigh was. The flesh fell off the bone easily; pretty much an effortless affair while the chicken has been lightly pan-seared for the slightly crusted exterior for some flavour — the flesh also being absolutely juicy whilst being at it. Overall, a very hearty dish that was surprisingly familiar to us in terms of the flavours that it brings to the table — would really liked to have a slice of bread or two to mop up all of that homemade tangy tomato curry sauce which we absolutely loved.

Some may find The Apricus Coffee & Food Co. rather similar to that of The Populus Coffee & Food Co. — The Apricus Coffee & Food Co. does carry a very familiar vibe in terms of both its environment and the food served especially for those who have previously been to The Populous Coffee & Food Co. before. That being said, we would reckon that The Apricus Coffee & Food Co. is more of an extension to what The Populus Coffee & Food Co. is — there is indeed a more adventurous play of flavours, where some of their All Day Brunch dishes do carry somewhat of a Middle Eastern touch; think elements such as labneh, babaganoush, za’atar, hummus, chickpeas etc. being used in some of the dishes here. With The Populous Coffee & Food Co. already being a prominent name in the cafe scene ever since its establishment several years ago, The Apricus Coffee & Food Co. is likely a destination in Jalan Kayu for avid cafe-hoppers to check out — one that would also be seemingly popular with those living around the Sengkang, Punggol and Jalan Kayu neighbourhoods as well. Good to see the folks at The Populus Coffee & Food Co. starting out something new after all these while — here’s wishing them all the best as they slowly settle into their official launch, and for all that is to come in the future!

It tastes like milk tea😅 and too sweet for me. I don’t really taste the coffee flavour.

Price: $6.90/slice ⭐️6.5/10

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Chanced upon the Facebook page of Lao Di Fang 老地方 one day whilst scrolling through social media — while they are fairly new set-up at High Park Residences which is located a stone’s throw away from Thanggam LRT Station on the Sengkang LRT (West Loop), Lao Di Fang is actually an establishment by the same folks behind the now-defunct Tong Shun 東順 that was previously located at Jalan Kayu; an establishment which was pretty impressed with their roast meats and the Salt & Pepper Tofu when we made our trip there back then. Moving away from communal plates and zichar offerings that made up the menu of Tong Shun previously, Lao Di Fang’s focus seems to be more towards noodle and rice offerings that cater to a single diner — think individually-sized items such as the Curry Ngoh Huang Koka Noodle, San Lou Hor Fun, Salted Egg Pork Rice, Luncheon Meat Fried Rice etc.; just to name a few. Other offerings include porridge, such as the Trio Egg Porridge, Prawn Porridge, Sliced Beef Porridge etc. — some sharing plates listed on the menu are the Salt & Pepper Chicken Cutlet, Black Pepper Beef and Stir-fried Kailan. Beverages available at Lao Di Fang includes Ipoh Iced Coffee, hot green tea, hot Chinese tea and canned drinks.

We recalled how we loved the Char Siew during our visit to Tong Shun previously — that is how we found ourselves going for the Char Siew Koka Noodle at Lao Di Fang this time round despite contemplating to go for other items including the Salted Egg Pork Rice and the Curry Ngoh Hiang Koka Noodle initially. The Char Siew Koka Noodle is a fairly simple affair here — sliced Char Siew served atop a bed of Koka Noodle that has been tossed in a dark sauce whilst accompanied with blanched greens and fried shallots. Whilst we did recall that the Char Siew served at Tong Shun is of the Malaysian-style sort being all fatty and glistening from the glaze, the cut of the Char Siew used for the same found in the Char Siew Koka Noodle at Lao Di Fang is not quite as fatty; does give some bite though the glaze is still quite as thick, dense and sweet as what we had expected. Giving the noodles a good toss, we liked how the dark sauce provided a good sweet-savoury note; all that while the noodles were springy with a nice chew — we initially thought that it was to come with instant noodles (since it mentioned Koka) — turns out that the noodles served were almost akin to a less broad, but slightly thicker version of Mee Pok; one that we found to be really delicious. The balanced greens provided a refreshing crunch where all the meat and noodles get a little overbearing; liked how there wasn’t any undesirable bitter aftertaste, while the fried shallots provided a crispness for a bit of variance of texture. A simple eat that we found to be pretty enjoyable overall.

Thought Lao Di Fang is quite a great destination for those within the immediate vicinity — the lack of dining options around Thanggam LRT Station does make Lao Di Fang an especially attractive option for those staying within neighbourhood to settle their meals at. Prices of the food here are kept pretty affordable — individual portions of rice and noodles are priced below $9; not exactly the cheapest but still rather reasonable considering how they are located within the premises of a condominium. The quality of food here also makes them a pretty value-for-money option; a spot that one can also head to so as to satisfy some cravings for delicious Malaysian fare. Glad that Lao Di Fang still managed to stay rather consistent in their quality from their days of being Tong Shun previously; somewhere which we would not mind dining at if within the Sengkang neighbourhood!

I'm not very sure why I ordered tonkatsu at a grilled pork restaurant. Bellota is their top grade. The cutlets are kinda small, but given there are two types, I'll forgive them. They're both just okay. The miso soup was unusual as it had shabu inside.

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We're back but the girlfriend didn't want the signature cuts and ordered this. The char siew sweetness made me feel like she should've gone to their sister brand Tun Xiang instead lol.

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