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Back to the favourite place after yet another week; was pretty surprised to find that they had one last Kaya Donut sitting in the display shelf when we made our visit during mid-day on a weekend afternoon — and since it had been quite a while since we have had one of these, we ended up going straight for it.

The Kaya Donut is everything that I had remembered it to be; soft and fluffy donut that is dusted with sugar, whilst being stuffed with a Pandan Kaya filling which is made in-house — the very same one which comes with their Classic Pancakes at the East Coast Road outlet. Their house-made Kaya is one that I absolutely adore — absolutely fragrant from the Pandan which they painstakingly extract the juices from; all that with a smooth consistency without the viscosity and density of the commercially-made ones, which I find to be utterly delicious. As an afterthought, perhaps one could try dipping the donut’s bread into the long black to replicate those nostalgic vibes of eating Kaya Butter Toast soaked with black coffee — though again I probably would just do having it as-is, considering it’s not everyday that I come across the Kaya Donuts here.

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There are generic roasts and there are the cream of the crops, and Roast Paradise falls at the top of the food chain. I cannot rave enough on how good their char siew is; strong roast aroma, sticky sweet caramelised meat and the perfect meat to fat ratio. Their roast pork is the benchmark that what all roast pork stalls should envision to be, any lower standard and we should not waste our calories on it. Paired with Roast Paradise’s garlic rice and tangy chilli, it’s really a perfect combination that one could ask for.
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✨ Roast Paradise
📍 51 Old Airport Road, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Unit 01-121, Singapore 390051
🍴 [Self Funded]

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This stall serves the dry version of hokkien mee, with a good serving of thin white bee hoon and yellow noodles, and topped with two prawns. This dish comes with really little gravy, most of which was absorbed by the noodles, although this makes the dish pretty suitable for takeaways. The highlight of the dish is really the fiery chilli, which is really spicy and awesome when eaten with the noodles. Do try it before mixing it into your noodles because it may be too spicy for some.

This stall has quite a few outlets, so it isn't a must-try if you are at Old Airport Road. However, if you are craving for spicy hokkien mee, do go for it!

Oysters with fried egg and cornstarch! In particular, the cornstarch was fried well, being crispy on the outside, but fluffy on the inside! This stall also serves some of the biggest oysters (in orh luak) I have seen, and they were really fresh! Mix everything with the stall's chilli paste and you are good to go!

However, I must say that I thought the serving was pretty small for the $6 serving, and a large part of the price must really be for the oysters. This is not a bad thing, though, if you are planning to order many dishes to try at the hawker centre!

Despite being one of the more famous stalls at Old Airport Road, there wasn't much of a queue and I only had to wait around 10 minutes for my order to be ready.

There are a few renowned kway chap stalls locally and one of them happens to be in a popular hawker centre in Singapore. They go by either To-Ricos or Blanco Court Kway Chap to many, and you have to queue in line especially during peak hours. The kway chap here is not the medicinal or herbal kind as the braise is sightly on the lighter side. What gives them the edge over others is how thoroughly cleaned the innards are and they come without the funky smell, and in a generous portion as well, considering that the 1 pax set costs $5 and my plate has an addition add-on of $0.80 for the pig skin. The winning factor for me has got to that chilli dipping sauce as it is tangy with the perfect spicy kick. However, in terms of overall, still not my favourite kway chap.
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✨ To-Ricos Guo Shi - Blanco Court Kway Chap
📍 51 Old Airport Road, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Unit 01-135, Singapore 390051
🍴 [Self Funded]

Got the avocado toast, cheese toasties, iced flat white and an iced chocolate.

Intricate hand made puffs, but filling was a little watery and curry too mild

It is great to see so many people came here to support the hawker, even though we still can’t dine in for now.

Lot of people here on Saturday lunch time for takeaway. And among so many stalls here, there’s this Thai food stall called the Cool Cool Thai; that got my attention for their crispy fried pork belly rice.

Topped with lots of fried garlic and fried egg on their super juicy fried pork belly. It could get pretty dry, so I would recommend you to get some soup as well. $5

Savoured Brawn & Brains’ latest offerings which had been recently introduced during the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) period — the Chocolate Babka Loaf being a new item introduced to their menu available only for pre-orders on their website.

Not the first Chocolate Babka I have had — the first being a loaf probably half its size from The Bakehaus (speaking of which, it’s probably time to head down soon for revisit again), and then subsequently a slice from Mad Roasters at Amoy Street Food Centre (they had also recently opened another branch within Kipos Gourmet at their Joo Chiat Road outlet), so I was quite stoked about this one. Slicing it down and one would reveal its interior that is beautifully swirled with chocolate and hazelnuts within, while the bread comes with sugary bits sprinkled over the top — the same ones that adorn their breads like the Korvapuusti (i.e. Finnish Cinnamon Bun) that they have been serving for quite a while now. The bread has a brilliant texture — it’s fluffiness is comparable to an aptly airy sponge cake, though still maintaining its firmness and structural integrity like a proper brioche; not too dense but not too soft or airy either. The beautiful swirls of melted chocolate gives a rich bittersweetness, while the hazelnuts here give a good crunch — the same way like the toasted hazelnuts do for their Dark Chocolate/Earl Grey Croissants.

Whilst being a newly-introduced item, the Chocolate Babka Loaf is one that also evokes familiar vibes of their old favourites, especially with the use of common elements that brings that warm and fuzzy Brawn & Brains feel to the Chocolate Babka Loaf. The Chocolate Babka Loaf costs $16 — good to be shared with amongst a family, but those who are looking for something to have individually, they do also offer a Babka Twist with Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts that is available for delivery, takeaway or self pick-up without the need to pre-order. Looking forward to the lifting of the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measures soon — can’t wait to return to spend my weekends while dining-in here again (whilst adhering to social distancing and other precautions, of course)!

A Blasta best seller. Masses of stone fruit and tropical aromas - particularly passionfruit that is supported by potent grapefruit and candied orange flavours, balanced by some sweet caramel malts before wrapping up with a reasonably biting bitterness 》$13 / Pint

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For the longest time, the cheese-smothered, oven-baked Molten Eggs was one of our go-to items at @brawn_and_brains’ Guillemard outlet. It was awesome to revisit it today, and discover that the all-day dish is as meticulously presented and deeply satisfying as ever.
Slice through the blanket of melted cheese for the yolks resting on a base of tortilla to escape and conquer the terrain with their runny rich gold. Then savour that delectable mess with the rolls of smoked salmon, sliced avocado (somehow, #brawnandbrainscoffee’s is always so perfect in ripeness it triggers tears of joy), sweet baby tomatoes and tasty mixed salad - each a flawless element in this stunning edible universe on a plate. There never used to be toasted sourdough served alongside but I’m sure this inclusion has been warmly welcomed by those with extremely hearty appetites.

This was just such a good meal and honestly , for half an avocado , all those smoked salmon , cherry tomatoes and cheezy eggs , this is a really decent priced item at under $18 .