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[ Food Week — Heritage Restaurants ] Over these couple of years, I’ve been surprised time and time again by how different similar dishes can be when recreated by different dialect groups. And after tasting the variants, I’ve become even firmer a believer that we’ve to preserve these individual threads of heritage lest they become products of distant memory.

One of the dishes I tend to associate with the wrong dialect group is the quintessential fish (head) steamboat. It became one of my fav comfort foods as I was growing up, and whenever there were any signs of impending rain, I’d strongar-, suggest we get it for dinner.

So imagine my surprise when a certain someone’s fam decided to bring me to have fish head charcoal steamboat… in one of their fav Hainanese heritage restaurants, Jin Wee!

Located in Siglap in the unit next to the area’s Wine Connection stall (pst, you can cross-order from JW to there and vice versa btw!), as a testament to its reputation, meal times are characterised by extending to the far edge of its territory. Even then, you can still find hordes of eager patrons — families, couples, and friends alike — perched at its perimeter hawking for seats in eager anticipation.

As someone who never really had Hainanese food I was astounded by the restaurant’s popularity.

Oh, and they’ve these huge porcelain pots that sit amidst diners in the alfresco area as well. Housing both soups and pots of their renowned Jiao Hua Chicken, it’s very worth the order if you’ve the stomach space for it.

We ended up with an order of their Red Grouper Charcoal Steamboat, Hai Nan Pork Chop, Claypot Chicken, and Chap Chye.

The pork chops were as delightful as I’d expected them to be — the crunch they boasted under all the sauce would give even a good Korean fried chicken a run for its money! The fish steamboat had me ladling bowl after bowl because of how flavourful it was (defo on par, if not more, than the Teochew ver). The main difference was a subtle simmer of sweetness and the slightly thicker, almost milky texture courtesy of the sheer amount of yam present. The other two dishes were fab too: The veg was fresh and crisp, and the chicken was smooth and tender!

Aren’t we all elated that we may be able to dine-in soon? @cush_sg is all prepared to serve you delicious Peranakan dishes and bar-food when dine-in resumes!

Helmed by the same chef/kitchen as @goodtimeeatdrink , here are some of their Signature dishes:
𝐒𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐧
I super love their sambal! Fragrant and packs a punch! So appetising and pairs so well with a bowl of rice!

I was so happy that the food came warm despite it being a delivery order😌!

Aren’t we all elated that we may be able to dine-in soon? @cush_sg is all prepared to serve you delicious Peranakan dishes and bar-food when dine-in resumes!

Helmed by the same chef/kitchen as @goodtimeeatdrink , here are some of their Signature dishes:
𝐇𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐲! 𝐇𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐲! 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐲
I love the creamy home-made curry gravy that’s fragrant yet not overwhelming. Paired with a huge tender chicken leg and chunks of potato, this dish goes so well with a bowl of rice!

I was so happy that the food came warm despite it being a delivery order😌!

Aren’t we all elated that we may be able to dine-in soon? @cush_sg is all prepared to serve you delicious Peranakan dishes and bar-food when dine-in resumes!

Helmed by the same chef/kitchen as @goodtimeeatdrink , here are some of their Signature dishes:
𝐍𝐨𝐧𝐲𝐚 𝐎𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞
This is a definite must-try! The eggs were so smooth, soft and fluffy!

I was so happy that the food came warm despite it being a delivery order😌!

Aren’t we all elated that we may be able to dine-in soon? @cush_sg is all prepared to serve you delicious Peranakan dishes and bar-food when dine-in resumes!

Helmed by the same chef/kitchen as @goodtimeeatdrink , here are some of their Signature dishes:
𝐋𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐤 𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐍𝐚𝐚𝐧
The pork belly chunks were tender and simmered in a thick coconut spice gravy and served with Naan.

I was so happy that the food came warm despite it being a delivery order😌!

got their ebi capellini pasta, duck confit and pulpo when I was there✨ I been to their previous outlet and I prefer their food standard and quality now way better for the as usual higher price👩🏻‍🍳
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The duck confit don’t look like much but it’s my favorite 💯 their use of crispy Quinoa as a base is yums! With that potato dauphinoise 🥔 money worth👍 it’s available on delivery!🤩

One of the better french toasts that leaves you satisfied. Great for a filling breakfast if you're craving for something sweet. Liked that the sauce was milk instead of maple syrup, since the toast was already sweet enough on its own. The rhubarb was a nice decoration but didn't go well with the dish for me.

$18++

@wearelafez is the place for the perfect girly hangout for your 1001 insta OOTDs at every corner😂💕 the gorgeous pink arches and warm hues from their use of red clay interiors and gold accents truly resembles hints of moroccan inspiration 🕌 worth a visit for a unique cafe experience✨ ( recommend their food more than desserts personally😋)

Although this is listed as a side dish, this was surprisingly filling and it is best shared by at least two people. This is your usual mac and cheese, with a generous serving of mentaiko paste and tobiko on it! Note that the dish also contains prawns, and hence may not be very suitable for those who do not like seafood. Pretty great dish for $16++.

Cafe was full when we went at 8.30 am on a public holiday and we had to wait for 45 minutes for a table for two :( so do be prepared to queue!!

This is one of their recommended neat dishes. Would have expected the chicken to be dry but nopes, it wasn't, and it was well marinated, flavourful with thin crispy skin. The chilli complements the meat v well. For those who wants more kick, ask for their sambal chilli, though it might overpower the chicken.

This dish definitely does not disappoint. The prawns were fresh and juicy despite being deep fried and the sauce was heavenly. Not too spicy for peeps who have low spice tolerance. Perk of fried prawns: you don't have to peel them XD

A must order staple everytime. The noodles are seasoned and braised perfectly that leaves you wanting for more.