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I’m almost certain that the first post I ever did see about Da (big in Mandarin) Dong Prawn Noodles (大東蝦面) was from @veronicaphua, and then my feed just went absolutely wild with nothing but Da Dong swinging around. I know from personal experience that having a Big Dong is absolutely awesome, but I simply couldn’t understand why everyone was losing their minds over Da Dong’s, well, 大东.⠀

I have failed in my quest to survey Da Dong twice before, so I made sure I was up bright and early to get the full Da Dong experience. I got a bowl of their standard pork rib prawn noodles ($8), and made sure to order thin vermicelli so as to avoid interfering with the legendary broth. Well, that was apparently a really good idea, as the broth turned out to be milder than most other prawn broths.⠀

It’s a lot less forward on the briny sapidity that only seafood can deliver, instead relegating the seafood umami to the copilot’s chair. The captain here is definitely the pork bones that have been painstakingly boiled down into the stock, which results in a lighter and cleaner, yet richer & fattier broth. You are far less likely to get overwhelmed with Big Dong than any of its contemporaries, but the deeply savoury broth is no less satisfying as it slides into your guts.⠀

As you can see, the $8 bowl is pretty miserly especially compared to any other famous competitor out there. Sure, the prawns were fresh & the pork ribs were terrifically tender, but nobody other than people with small appetites are gonna be full for long on this. Still, I’m glad to have enjoyed this famous prawn star, and now I completely understand why so many people are lusting for Big Dong.⠀

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A hidden gem hidden in Joo Chiat! Came for brunch with a friend and it didn't disappointed. Staff was really friendly and they gave a really cute welcome drink when we arrived. Atmosphere was comfy for a nice catch up session!

The Miso Pancakes stood out and had a really unique taste. My friend and I definitly savoured every bit of it :)

Just the kind of Low fat Low carb snack to fill me up . Nice !

This family-run hidden find in Katong offers a decent range of tasty homemade traditional desserts.
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Their ginger soup is homely and comforting, having a lovely sweet spice flavour.
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The glutinous rice ball is a little smaller than usual, but is handmade with a soft chewy medium thickness.
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Seems they alternate flavours daily, this time only the peanut paste was available. It's sweet nutty in flavour, with a grainy chunky texture. Nice!.
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Ah Balling Tang Yuan
Le Le Zhan Desserts
@ Katong Shopping Centre, 865 Mountbatten Road #01-10
Opening Hours: Tue - Sun 12pm – 7:30pm, Closed Mon
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More details:
https://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.com/2021/11/best-of-singapore-hawkers-ah-balling.html

I was first introduced to Dona Manis' amazing chocolate tarts by @daviscng during our national service days and have been a big fan since.

Dona Manis is an old-school bakery run by an old uncle and several aunties. They used to do the chocolate tarts on a daily basis but stopped doing so due to a combination of age and lack of manpower. In fact, I probably only get to savour their chocolate tarts on 1 out of 5 visits as there are no fixed days as to when they are baking them.

Their chocolate tarts can be a little fragile so my suggestion is to eat them immediately or the chocolate gets molten and messy, and the tart gets crumbly. I kept mine in the fridge overnight which kinda explains how they end up being #uglydelicious with the little cracks on the chocolate filling.

When eaten fresh, the chocolate is slightly molten. I like that it strikes a nice balance between sweet and buttery, and is not too rich and creamy. The tart is buttery and savoury. I recommend popping the entire tart into your mouth at one go so as not to waste any of the delicious chocolate gold.

Tbh I will gladly have these chocolate tarts over any of those fancy chocolatiers in town any time, any day.

The kaya is as good as it used to be. The eggs were disappointing but the OTAH BUN is worth Dabao-ing!

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Read a lot of mixed reviews about the newly renovated/rebranded CMC but decided to give it a try anyway.

I gotta say that the coffee was solid and strong - even when I had the iced version. 👍 So I really appreciated that!

Had the Kaya Buns (not pictured) as well and it was so soft and fluffy. The kaya was really fragrant. 💯

Also ordered the Cream Horn(?) and Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart. I wouldn’t recommend the former if you’re expecting a creamy, custardy texture. Was a tad disappointed because it just tasted like whipped butter. The consistency of the “cream” was slightly more runny than it was thick. Probably wouldn’t order that ever again. As for the latter, I’d buy that again in a heartbeat. It just tastes like one of those old skool chocolate wafers melted down, and mixed with creamy peanut butter and piped into a buttery tart crust. Really yummy. :)

TLDR; Get the Coffee, Kaya Bun (be sure to eat it hot!), and Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart.

Well-known affordable steak frites at Braseiro. For the price one is paying, there should be a natural tendency to manage expectations. So for the quality of ribeye steak that I am getting, I am really not complaining. In fact, I thought the steak itself was well-seasoned and had a tasty grilled flavour. However, my only gripe is the lack of consistency in their doneness. I ordered two medium rare 200g entrecote steaks but one was significantly rarer than the other. The rarer one felt a bit more on a rare plus side, which was unideal for my palate. The steak was served with three different sauces, and I appreciated that diversity. The three sauces were black pepper, mustard, and thousand island — all of which complemented the steak well.

The steak here comes with free flow fries and lettuce. I absolutely enjoyed their homemade fries — and I can't really explain why. I just thought that the textures and crispiness were all done right as homemad shoestring fries.

Rate: 🌟🌟🌟

Was scrolling through pictures and saw Braseiro's Garlic Cheese bread and knew that I had to try it. While braseiro's normal garlic bread markets at $8.90, one would have to top up $2 to have it slathered with melted cheese. Although I was pretty excited for it, I personally thought this was just decent. I expected the bread to be more on the toasty side but it was slightly softer than expected. With the melted cheese, it unfortunately overwhelmed the garlic flavour which I was hoping would still be the main flavour of the bread. Cheese and garlic would always still be a welcome combination for me, but I would think the cheese to be more melty and milder on the surface. Braisero's melted cheese bread however, had cheese that was more stringy and chewy that masked the whole surface of the bread. I do think that this is a matter of personal preference and that I do have a certain idea about what my garlic cheese bread to be — melty, flowy cheese with a huge oomph of garlic flavour, but what Braseiro delivered was not what I was looking for. Then again, as I have mentioned, it was still a decent basket of Garlic cheese bread, and it really depends on how you'd like them.

Rate:🌟🌟🌟

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Milo Dinosaur - with the classic syrup option of condensed milk, and toppings of Earl Grey Jelly, Rainbow Rice, and Red Bean.

Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/wan-mei-dessert/

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Journey to the East yesterday means we could stop by Da Dong for breakfast! Haven’t had their prawn noodles in a long time and that first sip of broth was just ultra shiok. Don’t expect the intense prawn-y sort of base here, but you’ll get one that’s very well-balanced with a garlicky crustacean sweetness. Sadly no refills, so we always make sure we savour every drop 😂 Damn good!

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BEST korean in the East! I have been a loyal fan of Doongji, their side dishes and stew are excellent. Love that they are always generous with the ingredients. It would be perfect if they allow free refill of soup broth.