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What’s New in Android O in a Nutshell

Android O, Google’s next iteration of the Android operating system, is finally available in Developer Preview form. As with all new iterations of Android, Android O will bring with it a whole bunch of new features for the operating system.

For those of you who are reluctant or unable to install the Android O onto your device, here’s a rundown of some of the key features that are currently available on the operating system.

A redesigned Notifications system

The notifications system is getting a huge overhaul with Android O, as Google has implemented many changes to it with the Developer Preview. For starters, Android O has notification channels, a user-customizable channel that lets you group together notifications from various apps into a single category.

Users can also customise the behavior of their Android device when receiving notifications from a particular channel, ranging from the sound associated with it, to the vibrations that accompany it.

notifications channels

Apart from the introduction of notification channels, notifications can now be snoozed by the user. Snoozed notifications will appear after a set amount of time, and will be given the same level of importance when the first appeared.

On the developers’ side of things, Google has made notifications a bit more flexible than it used to be. For starters, developers can now set timeouts for notifications, causing the notifications to disappear after a set amount of time.

Developers can also set and enable background colors for notifications which is a handy way to convey the importance of a particular notification, although Google has requested developers to use this particular feature sparingly.

Notifications that utilise the MessagingStyle class will now be able to display more content in their collapse form. Finally, Android O now distinguishes between notifications that are dismissed by the user and those that are dismissed by the app itself.

Picture-in-Picture mode

After making its debut on the Android TV, Google is finally ready to bring Picture-in-Picture mode to the Android OS. Starting with Android O, users can now watch a video while performing other tasks on their device simultaneously.

The video will be shown in a smaller window, while the task at hand would take up the rest of the device’s screen space.

Adaptive Icons

If you own a Pixel or a Pixel XL, chances are good that you’re familiar with Adaptive Icons. If you have neither, then Android O will be your first experience with them. With Android O, icons may now come with borders that are either the default square, circular, or a squircle shape.

Additionally, these icons are capable of supporting animations. The Adaptive Icons will appear in the launcher, shortcuts, device settings, the app overview screen, and sharing dialogs.

supports animation
Improved color management

An improvement that is sure to please developers of photography and imaging apps, Android O devices will now be able to support wide-gamut color capable displays. Profiles that are supported by Android O includes AdobeRGB, Pro Photo RGB, and DCI-P3.

The introduction of the Autofill Framework

Anyone who has ever signed-up or login to an account would probably be familiar with Autofill. With Android O, Google is officially introducing an Autofill API. With this API, users can now choose an app to function as a source of autofill data.

The introduction of this Autofill API also means that developers will now need to implement the API should they wish to rely on Autofill.

Fonts in XML

Beginning with Android O, fonts will now be treated as a full resource type. Google will be introducing the Fonts in XML feature to Android O, allowing developers to bundle custom fonts as a resource.

Improved WebView experience

With Android Nougat, Google introduced an optional multi-process mode for WebView. Come Android O, said multi-process mode is now enabled by default.

On top of that, Google has also added some APIs to the mix that would make applications that use web development languages much more stable and secure.

Wi-Fi Aware

With Android O, Google is looking to have the operating system support Wi-Fi Aware. Based on the Neighbour Awareness Networking (NAN) specification, this feature would allow devices with the appropriate hardware to discover and communicate with one another over Wi-Fi without the need of an Internet access point.

improved audio performance
Improved audio performance

Audiophiles are going to be happy with Android O as the operating system will now support Sony’s LDAC codec for wireless audio purposes. On top of that, Google will also be introducing the new Audio API, and API that is tailor-made for applications that require a high-performance, low-latency audio path.

Multi-display support

Not all of the features found in the Developers Preview of Android O is tailored towards Android-powered mobile devices. One such feature is multi-display support, a feature that would prove useful for Google’s Chromebooks or devices that run on Chrome OS.

Keyboard navigation improvements

Yet another feature for Chrome OS, Android O will give developers the ability to better support arrow and tab key navigation.

Wrap up

The features mentioned above are just a tip of the iceberg of what the Android O Developers Preview has to offer. A full list of features and changes, as well as an in-depth look at some of the changes, can be found here. For those who want to try out the Developers Preview, you can choose to download the files here.

Do note that the preview is only available on certain Nexus and Pixel devices. Also, you’ll need to manually install the preview to your device, so do remember to backup all important files before doing so.

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Nam Seng Noodles – Superb Venison Hor Fun by an 88 year old Aunty



88-year-old Madam Leong Yuet Meng has been whipping up plates of scrumptious venison hor fun and wanton mee for more than half a century. She started as a canteen vendor at a school, before she set up her stall at the former Stamford Road National Library. For the past 20 odd years, she has been serving many white-collared workers in the CBD.




The Wanton Noodle ($ 4/$ 5) here evokes a sense of nostalgia. The egg noodles are cooked to a very springy texture and have a good bite. Char siew here is the old-school kind, mostly lean meat, with a tinge of sweet tasting marinade. Remember to add some green chilli for that tanginess. Each plate of noodles is accompanied by a bowl of wanton soup, and the wantons are generously stuffed with meat.



However, the highlight of our meal is, of course, Nam Seng’s Venison Hor Fun ($ 5)! Honestly speaking, this is one of the best hor fun we’ve tried – velvety smooth and very soft. The venison meat is tender, and has soaked up the thick, savoury gravy really well. It’s almost impossible not to finish slurping down the last mouthful of gravy.

We heard the queue during lunch hour can be crazy, so it’s best to arrive earlier. Nam Seng also offers soy sauce chicken noodle, seafood hor fun, and another hot favourite, fried rice.

Address: #01-01, Far East Square, 25 China Street, Singapore 049567

Mobile: 9689 6288 (Madam Leong)

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 7pm. Sat 8am to 2pm. Closed on Sundays.

Let’s build a food community that helps to update the food news in Singapore! Simply comment below if there’s any changes or additional info to Nam Seng Noodles. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

Mu Qin Toh

Adventurous at heart, Mu Qin loves challenges and enjoys exploring the world. She believes in counting memories instead of calories and will travel anywhere and everywhere for food. Her short disappearance from social media is due to her being too engrossed in her favourite romance novels. She has launched a food guide “Eat Muse Love” with her mother which is available in all major book stores.

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Overhang.js – A jQuery Plugin for Dropdown Notification Messages

How annoying are the default JS alert boxes? They feel like a relic from a primitive bygone era of web development.

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Nowadays, we can make unobtrusive notification messages that share the same information but don’t interrupt the user experience. And that’s exactly what you can do with overhang.js.

overhang js

This free jQuery plugin can add custom notification bars that drop down from the top of the screen. They’re positioned via CSS and animated with JavaScript, so they can drop down from a fixed point at the top regardless of page length.

You can build messages that auto-close after a certain time, or others that require user input.

Messages can relay success, failure, error, or simple notifications with information about the user or the page. Messages can also have their own yes/no buttons to ask users questions like a JavaScript prompt alert.

There’s even an option to create prompts that drop down with an input field. This would be perfect for an email opt-in form.

overhang plugin

Overhang.js supports all the major browsers supported by jQuery and it’s also powered by jQuery UI for the animated features.

Along with the jQuery & jQuery UI libraries, you’ll also need to include a custom CSS file with the plugin. You can always merge this with the stylesheet of your website to reduce HTTP requests.

Every call made to the overhang() method can take any number of parameters. These are called “options” and they give you full control over each notification box.

You can change the animation speed, duration, easing, and box size/color, along with other design features.

Here’s a sample snippet demonstrating how to create a confirmation box:

// Some confirmation
 $ ("body").overhang({
    type: "confirm",
    yesMessage: "Yes please!",
    noMessage: "No thanks."

You can see this is pretty simple and it doesn’t require much jQuery code.

To download a copy of the plugin, you can visit the repo on GitHub where you can also browse through the source files directly. Or, if you want to see more live examples head on over to the Overhang.js website.

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Colour your life with 7 Stunning Edible Rainbows in Singapore

Have you ever wanted to dance with fairies, ride a unicorn, swim with mermaids, or simply chase rainbows? Well, here’s your chance as we’re bringing you 7 rainbow-themed foods to brighten up your day! Sometimes, all we need is a little splash of colours in our lives! Perhaps, it’s time to bring back the Rainbow food trend?

Rainbow Cheese Toastie

Previously located at Robertson Quay, Epicurious cafe has shifted to their new home at UE Square. How about starting your day with their Rainbow Cheese Toastie ($ 9)? It’s a sandwich made of grilled cheese and truffle oil, coloured with natural foods. Vegetable purees such as beetroot (pink), carrot (orange), spinach (green), butterfly pea flower (blue), and red cabbage (violet) are used to create this rainbow toast.


Address: #01-13, UE Square Shopping Mall, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239917

Phone: 6734 7720


Opening Hours: 8.30am to 5pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Rainbow Burger

If you think rainbow designs are only reserved for desserts, you are mistaken. Word Bistro is serving their attractive instagram-worthy Handsome Burg ($ 20), which consists of bacon, onion, kale, and a thick succulent beef patty slathered with house-made spicy peanut butter sauce. This savoury delight is a comfort food, and the vibrant colours immediately puts you in a good mood.



Address: 906P Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 787110

Mobile: 9699 4829

Opening Hours: Tue-Thu & Sun 12pm to 10pm. Fri & Sat 12pm to 10.30pm. Closed on Mondays.


Rainbow Jelly Heart

Akin to colourful layers of agar-agar, this multi-layered rainbow “cake” (from $ 47) is made up of 4 tiers. The base contains digestive biscuit crumbs that are diet-friendly due to its low calorie count. The 2nd tier consists of full cream cheese, a great source of calcium and protein, while the 3rd tier is made up of colourful jelly. Finally, it’s topped with fresh strawberries which have antioxidant properties. Good for our health!



Address: #B1-08, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616

Phone: 6635 1868


Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 9pm. Sat, Sun & PH 10am to 4pm.

Rainbow Cake

Opened at a hipster area, Haji Lane, I AM Cafe has the tallest Rainbow Cake ($ 8.90) you’ll ever find in Singapore. It’s too tall to stand alone, hence it’s served laid flat on a long plate. If you’re one who likes a dense cake, this is for you. But, I personally prefer a light and fluffier cake.


Address: #01-01, 674 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188804

Phone: 6295 5509

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11am to 11pm. Fri & Sat 11am to 1am. Sun 11am to 10pm.


Rainbow Latte

Last year, a Las Vegas-based barista Mason Salisbury surprised some of his customers by pouring a regular looking latte or cappuccino that suddenly ends with a flourish of foamy color. The technicolor beverages resemble the patterns from tie dye t-shirts and are fully edible. So, I AM Cafe tried to replicate the Rainbow Latte ($ 5). Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out like what we expected. We were kind of disappointed with the so-called latte art.


Address: #01-01, 674 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188804

Phone: 6295 5509

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11am to 11pm. Fri & Sat 11am to 1am. Sun 11am to 10pm.


Rainbow Chiffon Cake

Let the attractive colours of this rainbow chiffon cake lift your mood up! Good news! You can get it affordably at $ 6.90 per cake – perhaps the cheapest rainbow dessert in Singapore. There’s a strong coconut fragrance and the cake tasted lighter and fluffier than expected. Our only complaint is the soggy bottommost layer of chiffon. 


Rainbow Paddle-Pop Cheesecake

This Halal-certified Western café conveniently situated at Woodlands Swimming Complex evokes a sense of nostalgia, with their Rainbow Paddle-Pop Cheesecake ($ 8.80). It made us miss the paddle-pop ice cream we used to love in our childhood days. This cake is really creamy but not too heavy, boasting a tinge of sweetness and slight tangy-ness.


Address: 3 Woodlands Street 13, 3-3A Woodlands Swimming Complex, Singapore 738600

Phone: 6366 6581

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 11pm. Sat & Sun 9am to 11pm.


Next time you’re having a bad day, drop by at any of these places for a slice of rainbow! We hope this post will bring lots of colours into your life. made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.

Let’s build a food community that helps to update the food news in Singapore! Simply comment below if there’s any changes or additional info to the stalls listed above. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

Mu Qin Toh

Adventurous at heart, Mu Qin loves challenges and enjoys exploring the world. She believes in counting memories instead of calories and will travel anywhere and everywhere for food. Her short disappearance from social media is due to her being too engrossed in her favourite romance novels. She has launched a food guide “Eat Muse Love” with her mother which is available in all major book stores.

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How To Install iOS 10.3 The Right Way

By | March 27th, 2017

Here’s a guide on how to install iOS 10.3 on your compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device the right way.

Apple may have flicked the switch on the public availability of iOS 10.3, but that doesn’t automatically mean that device owners should instantly jump into an over-the-air update just because they can. iOS 10.3 comes with a decent sample of new outward-facing functionality, but it also offers up an entirely new internal file system (APFS), also known as Apple File System. which users need to take into consideration.

The inclusion of APFS definitely shouldn’t stop users from adopting iOS 10.3 as it happens all in the background automatically with no interaction required on the user end, but extra care should be taken to ensure that devices are backed up prior to the update. For those that are interested in the iOS 10.3 update, we’re going to show you the right way to go about the install in this step by step guide.

Backing up Device Prior to Install

This is an important aspect of any firmware installation, especially when there could be errors anticipated, but also a step which often gets overlooked or forgotten about until it is too late. However, with this move from HFS+ to APFS, it’s important to once again push the importance of either iTunes or iCloud backups for devices. Depending on your preferred method of backup, we’ll walk you through that:

Backing up your device with iTunes

Step 1: Simply connect your iOS device to the Mac or PC, and proceed to launch iTunes if it doesn’t automatically launch on detection of the connected device.

Step 2: Make sure you’re looking at the connected device’s Summary and proceed to select This Computer from under the “Backups” section. If you wish to secure your backup, which we do recommend doing, enable Encrypt iPhone backup proceeding to hit the Back Up Now button to begin backing up your iOS device’s date on the computer.

Backing up your device with iCloud

Step 1: Make sure you’re connected to WiFi and have more than 50% of battery charge, and then proceed launching the Settings app and heading over to iCloud > Backup.

Step 2: Make sure that the iCloud Backup option is switched to the On position, and then hit the Back Up Now button to begin backing up your iPhone or iPad data to iCloud.

Installing iOS 10.3 with iTunes

If you prefer to stick to the tried and tested traditional methods of installing firmware, then you may find yourself wanting to use iTunes for this iOS 10.3 installation. If so, you can follow the steps below.

Step 1: This may not seem important on first glance, but you will need to seriously consider performing a backup as highlighted above, as well as checking that the iTunes installation is the latest version. With iTunes open, click on the iTunes option in the menu bar and then select Check for updates. If there is an update available, then install it as per the instructions.

Step 2: Now, with the latest version of iTunes running on your Mac or PC, plug the device in via USB to the computer. iTunes should automatically connect to the device and recognize its existence. Now, in the main menu bar on the top-right side, click the device indicator to access the device itself and see the available options.

Step 3: When the iOS 10.3 update is available, iTunes will produce a popup letting you know that it is there. If you don’t automatically see that popup, simply hit the Check for Update button and you will be informed about the update.

Step 4: Once found, click the Download and Update button to start the process.

Installing iOS 10.3 Over the Air

If you don’t like using iTunes, or have struggled in the past with the software, then an over-the-update of iOS 10.3 is definitely the easiest way to get your hands on the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS.

Step 1: First of all, in the interests of safety and precaution, make sure you have performed a backup of your device using one of the methods outlined above. This is definitely for your own safety and peace of mind. With that done, ensure that the device is connected to a power source. This isn’t a necessary step, but it’s good housekeeping to ensure that the battery doesn’t drain and die during the update. Also, make sure the device is connected to Wi-Fi.

Step 2: On the device itself, launch the Settings app, then navigate immediately to General > Software Update. The iOS 10.3 update may already be showing, or it could take some time for the device to connect to Apple’s servers and validate that an update is available for that device.

Step 3: With the update showing, follow the prompts on screen to download and then ultimately install the firmware. If this hasn’t previously been downloaded to the device, then it will connect to Apple’s servers and grab the necessary components for install. This could take a while so prepare some patience.

Step 4: With the update downloaded, tap the Install Now button. Feel free to set the install away and then leave the device plugged in to go about its business.

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The Wall – An Extraordinary Wall that Offers the Best Whiskies in Town!

Bar at Level 1

As I entered the bar, I can’t help but notice the rustic and raw red brick walls at the sides. There is just something so enthralling about bare brick walls. And that is also how The Wall derived its reminiscent name – from the walls on each side of the unit that dated back to the original construction of the shop house in the early 1900s!

Private Collection

Located in one of the shop houses along Tanjong Pagar Road, The Wall is a new Whisky and Sumiyaki Bar, which seeks to re-orientate the world of whisky drinking in Singapore. There are two levels to The Wall. On level 1, the 10-seater bar offers a casual and friendly setting, and on the upper floor, it is a lounge area for guests who prefer a more private space. On the same floor, there is also a VIP lounge catered for the whisky aficionados and their companions. There are various displays of the founders’ private collections of whiskies all around the bar. Some of these whiskies are even from the pre-war period!


Whether you are a novice whisky drinker or seasoned whisky lover, you will surely be able to find a whisky that suits your palate. Whiskies by the glass are offered at very affordable prices, starting at only $ 14 per glass. Whisky flights runs from S$ 37 – definitely very friendly prices for those seeking to explore and learn more about whiskies.

What sets The Wall apart from other whisky bars is the full sumiyaki menu that they offer. Sumiyaki is Japanese charcoal-grilled skewers. Of course, in a whisky and sumiyaki bar, you can look forward to experience the wonders of whisky and food pairing! There are several thoughtfully paired sets starting from $ 49. Also, you can choose to dine omakase-style too. 

For those who aren’t experienced whisky drinkers, like myself, but are looking to learn more about whiskies, you can give the East Meet West whisky flight (S$ 37) a try!


With just an additional $ 12 on top of the whisky flight, you can experience the wonders of sumiyaki and whisky pairing. I have tried Tebasaki paired with Auchentoshan Three Wood, Kashiwa Chicken Thigh paired with Les Moissons, Tsukune paried with Yamazaki Distiller Reserve, and Negima paired with Kavalan Single Malt.

The Kashiwa Chicken Thigh paired with Les Moissons is my favourite pairing. The chicken thigh is seasoned with salt and served with dollops of wasabi. The wasabi lifted the flavours of the chicken and the whisky really well.


Aside from these sumiyaki pairings, there are also other ala carte sumiyaki available, such as the hotate bacon ($ 9), miso nasu (Japanese eggplant with minced chicken in miso, $ 6), and piman niku (Japanese capsicum filled with minced chicken, $ 6). The grilled capsicum was filled with minced chicken with cartilage and yuzu peel. Trust me, I’m not lying when I say they were all absolutely divine – I loved the charred and smokey aroma of the sumiyaki!

Other appetizers available include miso nachos ($ 8), eihire (grilled skate fin, $ 15), surumi ika (grilled squid, $ 18), as well as desserts like warabi mochi ($ 10). The grilled dehydrated skate fin is served with spicy mayonnaise and is very addictive. It has a very similar taste to grilled cuttlefish, except sweeter and better!

For those working in the CBD, you’re in for a treat! The Wall has recently rolled out their lunch menu, which is available from Mondays to Thursdays from 12 noon to 2:30 pm. You can look forward to various donburi (rice bowls), such as yakitori donburi and sumiyaki donburi – all for under S$ 20!

Address: 76 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088497

Phone: 6225 7988

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Lunch), Monday – Saturday: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am, Closed on Sundays

This was an invited tasting.

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Born into a family of enthusiastic foodies, Maureen has always loved all things culinary, especially the local cuisine here in Singapore. With a life-long fascination with the rapidly evolving food scene in Singapore, she started this website in 2007 to explore and celebrate all types of local Singapore dishes and to share her love of travel and food with the world. With 4 years of experience as a journalist and producer, she has a wealth of experience in food writing, photography and styling.

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Tappable Shortcuts are Coming to Google

Looking up information with Google is about to get more streamlined as the company will be introducing tappable shortcuts to both the Google app, as well as the mobile web version of the search engine.

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Once the Google app has been updated, Google app users will be able to see a number of shortcuts just under the search box. Tapping on the arrow located right next to the shortcuts will bring up the entire list of shortcuts, all of them classified under different categories.

On top of shortcuts that gives you relevant information, Google will also be adding shortcuts to some games like solitaire, tic-tac-toe, and roll a die.

While most of the shortcuts will be made available on both iOS and Android platforms, the Android platform will receive some additional shortcuts that are exclusive to the platform. Some of these shortcuts includes:

  • Translate
  • Nearby Attractions
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Internet Speed Test
  • Currency Converter, and more.

Tappable shortcuts are now available in the United States. Google has made no mention about when it would be made available internationally, but we believe that those living outside the U.S. will also be getting these features eventually.

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20 Best Meals In Orchard Road Under $10 That Aren't Fast Food

Cheap Orchard Road meals for those on a budget

 20 Meals In Orchard under 10SGD Cover Image

Adapted from source: @iammelly

An Orchard Road get-together with friends can test whether your friendship can go the distance, unfettered by the single $ 10 note left in your wallet. There are two options: either you turn up, go bankrupt, and cry in your room after, or you pretend you’re sick and do a no-show (no M.C. needed). 

Good news: you don’t have to put yourself through that excruciating dilemma any longer. Amidst the atas restaurants along our shopping belt, there exist a number of unsung eateries with meals below $ 10 – not limited to McD’s or KFC.

1. Yonehachi

Yonehachi Okowa


Move over, plain white rice. At Yonehachi, okowa – sticky chewy Japanese rice cooked with meat or vegetables – is served instead. Choose from 5 different flavours to satisfy your tummy: red bean, chestnut, salmon, scallop and a special seasonal one. 

Pair your choice of okowa with the various set meals available – from the Fried Chicken Okowa Set ($ 9.80) with crispy karaage to the Shio Saba Set ($ 8.80) that comes with a sizeable, fragrant saba fish. If you can’t decide on a single flavour of okowa, simply top up $ 1 for a mix of 2!

Address:391 Orchard Road, #B204-1/2 Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya, Singapore 238872
Telephone: 6333 8227
Opening Hours:Mon-Sun: 1130AM-10PM

2. NamNam

This one goes out to all the morning people out there. Knock yourselves out at NamNam with the Value Breakfast Set ($ 5.90-$ 6.90) from 8am-10am everyday (except public holidays) – with your choice of pho or banh mi with coffee or tea.

Nam Nam Pho Breakfast Set

Source: @yushie12

For a heartier breakfast, you can pile on more toppings such as steamed chicken or beef balls for only $ 2.90. The comforting warm noodles and the fragrant Vietnamese coffee are sure to make your early morning worthwhile.

Address:501 Orchard Road, #B2-02 Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
Telephone: 6837 2234
Opening Hours:Mon-Sun: 10AM-930PM


CRAVE Nasi Lemak

It’s godsent that CRAVE has brought the famous Adam Road Nasi Lemak to Orchard Road to satisfy everyone’s fried food cravings. Living up to its name, the Royal Rumble ($ 6.90) has every ingredient a good nasi lemak fanatic combo should have – including a fried chicken wing and begedil both battered with a solid crunch.

Address:2 Orchard Turn, #B4-58/59 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Telephone: 6238 7181
Opening Hours:Mon-Sun: 10AM-10PM

4. Riverside Indonesian BBQ

Riverside Indonesian BBQ Ayam Panggang


Riverside Indonesian BBQ’s claim to fame is their signature Ayam Panggang Set ($ 6.80). The barbequed chicken meat easily peels off the bone – a true testament of its freshness. Coupled with rich BBQ sauce and curried vegetables, you’ll wish you had enough space in your tummy for 2 plates.

Address: 313 Orchard Road, #B3-44 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Telephone: 6733 1180 
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10AM-10PM

5. Yentafo Kruengsonge

The Yentafo Kruengsonge Dry ($ 8.50) here is not for the faint-hearted – especially at the third and highest level of spiciness. Tossed in a unique sauce made from Thai red rice and fermented red tofu, the dish might taste a little sour at first – but after the explosion of spiciness, the flavours start settling in. 

Yentafo Kruengsonge Thai Yong Tau Foo

Source: @thatgreedypig 

If you can’t get enough of the fried salmon skin that is served with every bowl, you can get a plate of that for $ 7. Other side dishes like the Sesame Wings and Fried Seasoned Taro are worth a try too!

Address: 8 Grange Road, #02-06A/B Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Singapore 239695
Telephone: 6736 0971
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10AM-10PM

6. I Want My Noodle

I Want My Noodle Bak Chor Mee

Source: @miffylia

The bak chor mee at I Want My Noodle is homemade and springy, and other than the usual mushrooms and minced meat, it also includes fried beancurd skin. If you’re not a fan of pork, you can have the option of replacing it with minced chicken or mushrooms – something you usually can’t do at hawker centres.

At $ 8.90, this costs twice as much as any kopitiam BCM, but the generous servings of liao justifies the price.

Address: 1 Scotts Rd, #03-14/15 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
Telephone: 6235 2331
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11AM-9PM

7. Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut

Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut Fried Duck Rice

Source: @melianachandra

For lovers of duck dishes, the Original Crispy Fried Duck Rice ($ 9.90) served at Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut will be a good alternative to the more common duck rice and noodles you’ll find at hawker centres. Instead of the usual soy-marinated duck, the one served here comes with a thin layer of crispy skin – so addictive.

Address: 304 Orchard Road, #01-42/43/44 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
Telephone:6734 4787 
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 1130AM-10PM

8. Tsuru-Koshi Udon

Tsuru-Koshi Udon

Source: @iammelly

Unlike traditional udon that is usually just plain noodles with a few miserable slices of naruto (Japanese fish cake), the udon ($ 6.50 – $ 9) at Tsuru-Koshi Udon is topped with various ingredients of your choice, from minced pork to onsen egg and crispy tempura. There’s even udon infused with hot chinese sauce – something you won’t be able to get at most Japanese restaurants.

If you have a huge appetite, you should definitely get two bowls.

Address: 391 Orchard Road, #B2-01/02/03 Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya, Singapore 238872
Telephone:6733 3432
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12PM-10PM

9. Fish Tales

Fish Tales Cheesy Affair

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The combination of fish and cheese sounds jelak – but the Cheesy Affair ($ 9.90) at Fish Tales does it right. There’s a suitable amount of cheese which adds a certain moistness to the fried fish, and leaves an enjoyable aftertaste in your mouth.  

To spice things up, there’s also the the Fiery Sambal ($ 9.90) version, perfect for advocates of all things spicy. 

Students in NSFs are in luck as there is a Set Lunch Deal ($ 9.90) which a salad and iced lemon tea with your F&C.

Address: 2 Orchard Link, #02-27 *SCAPE, Singapore 237978
Telephone:6636 9960
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12PM-10PM

10. Greenview Cafe

Greenview Cafe Mee Tai Mak

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When it comes to mee hoon kueh, it’s usually a hit or miss – with a risk of overly doughy, undercooked kueh made with too much flour. Greenview Cafe’s thick and chewy Fried Mee Hoon Kueh ($ 4.50) is a sure hit, soaked with sauce and chilli without being too wet.

Another must-try here is the Fried Mee Tai Mak ($ 4.50) with sweet black sauce. 

Address: 14 Scotts Road, #04-95B/96 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Telephone:6734 2312
Opening Hours: 10AM-8PM (Closed on Sundays)

11. Tonkin Vietnamese Noodles Bar

Tonkin Vietnamese Noodles Bar Pho


While your squad is busy flocking to the nearest Topshop and snatching up clothes at 50% off, you can’t possibly be the only one taking your time to eat. If you’re looking for a quick meal that isn’t fast food, Tonkin Vietnamese Noodles Bar is one place you can head to. 

The pho ($ 6.90 – $ 9.90) is served in a light soup and tastes more authentic than what you can find at other Vietnamese eateries here. Top it off with fresh spring rolls and you’ve got enough fuel for the rest of your shopping trip! 

Address: 181 Orchard Road, #B1-02 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Telephone:6444 4406
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11AM-9PM

12. Cahaya Restaurant

Cahaya Restaurant


Big-eaters often lament about paying over $ 10 for food that isn’t filling enough. At Cahaya Restaurant, dishes are priced between $ 4-$ 5, so you can get 2 main meals and still keep things within budget. For example, if you go for $ 4 hokkien mee, you can still squeeze in a plate of $ 6 orh luak, and chow to your heart’s content.

Address: 14 Scotts Road, #05-69/91/92 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Telephone:6734 8434
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 1130AM-9PM

13. Roost

Roost Chicken Laksa


Roost enjoys putting twists on local flavours – instead of shredded chicken strips, their Chicken Laksa ($ 7.90) has large chunks of chicken, something that’s more commonly seen in chicken rice. And speaking of chicken rice, theirs is tightly packed into rolls and drizzled with teriyaki sauce – to make up their signature Chicken Sushi ($ 4.90)

Address: 176 Orchard Road, #B1-17/18/19 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Telephone:6909 0411
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sun: 11AM-9PM

14. Kushi Kushi

Kushi Kushi Yakitori


Kushi Kushi is a worthy challenger of other yakitori house brands. At around $ 1.80 per stick, their yakitori sticks are priced slightly higher than their competitors’, but it’s justified as the meat chunks are more generous here.

Their teriyaki sauce isn’t too sweet and doesn’t dry up easily even when you da pao these skewers to savour at home.

Address: 313 Orchard Road, #B3-45 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Telephone: 6702 1539
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sun: 1130AM-9PM

15. New Station Snack Bar

New Station Snack Bar Salted Egg Pork Ribs Rice

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New Station Snack Bar takes pride in its Salted Egg Pork Ribs Rice ($ 6), and are unafraid to slather your rice in a pool of creamy salted egg sauce. The pork ribs that come with it are delightfully crunchy on the outside, yet soft on the inside. 

Also worth trying is the Sliced Fish Hor Fun ($ 4.50), perfect for hor fun lovers who enjoy their noodles swimming in thick, flavourful gravy. 

Address: 14 Scotts Road, #05-95 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Telephone: 6734 2862
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sun: 10AM-10PM

16. Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House

Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House Soup Betawi


Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House dishes out classic Indonesian flavours with every bowl of their signature slow-cooked soup. The Soup Betawi Set ($ 9.50) that I tried was flavoured with juicy Jakarta beef and vegetables. If beef gives is too strong for your preference, you can swop it out for oxtail, chicken or short ribs. 

Address: 313 Orchard Road, #B3-10 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sun: 11AM-10PM

17. Kra Pow Thai Street Food

Kra Pow Thai Street Food Basil Pork Noodles


Good Thai food is characterised by the unsparing use of spices that works into a solid flavour – and the Basil Chicken Rice ($ 7.90) at Kra Pow Thai Street Food fits the bill. 

The mound of chicken emanates a strong aroma of basil that will further whet your appetite. They are generous with chilli, so you might want to have a cup of water or Thai iced milk tea at hand.

And while it’s more common to have Thai basil dishes with rice, they’ve also got Drunkard Noodles Pork ($ 7.90), with the usual basil pork in thick-cut kuay teow. Some may find it a tad oily, but that’s what makes it so delicious. 

Address: 14 Scotts Road, #03-89 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228123
Telephone:  6734 1946
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sat: 1130AM-9PM (Closed on Sundays)

18. Pick A Boo

Pick a Boo Teriyaki Seafood Aglio Oglio

Can’t decide between Japanese and Western? The Teriyaki Seafood Aglio Oglio ($ 7.30) at Pick A Boo covers both bases, with sweet flavours from the teriyaki mixed with tangy seafood. This sounds like an utter culinary disaster, but the flavours blend together surprisingly well.

End off your meal with waffles and ice cream for only $ 4.90, which come with a choice of 2 toppings and 1 sauce. 

Address: 304 Orchard Road, #B1-38 Lucky Plaza Asian Food Mall, Singapore 238863
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sun: 9AM-10PM

19. As-Shifaa Cafe

As-Shifaa Cafe Nasi Ayam Goreng


The highlight of As-Shifaa Cafe is the deep fried, succulent chicken from their Nasi Ayam Goreng ($ 4). Served on the side are crunchy batter bits that are worth the extra calories. Queues here can get really long so if you think you’d want to bring some chicken home for a snack later, get an extra piece when ordering so you won’t have to queue again.

Address: 304 Orchard Road, #06-52 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
Telephone: 9383 0329
Opening Hours:
 Mon-Sat: 11AM-4PM (Closed on Sundays)

20. My Favourite Cafe

My Favourite Cafe Yong Tau Foo


This is the cheapest yong tau foo you can get in Orchard Road. My Favourite Cafe sells YTF liao at $ 0.60 for each item and you only need to order a minimum of 8 items. Add another $ 0.60 for noodles and you have a complete meal costing only $ 5.40. Psst, the juicy, deep-fried meatballs are highly recommended!

Address: 304 Orchard Road, #06-46/47 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 9AM-6PM (Closed on Sundays)

Cheap food still exists at Orchard Road

Just as we thought the Jedi were all gone, there appeared A New Hope – turns out, there are still many hidden gems hidden among the many expensive restaurants and cafes that populate Orchard Road.

With a single red note, you can now enjoy a hearty meal in town, and with moolah issues out of the way, outings with your kakis will be all the more sweeter.

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For those who wish to archive their live broadcast, we have some good news for you: Instagram version 10.12 will finally allow you to save your live broadcasts to your phone. Here’s how you’ll be able to do so.

  1. Start and host your live broadcast as per normal.
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  3. Once you’ve ended the broadcast, you’ll see a “Save” option on the upper right hand corner of the screen. Tap the “Save” button, then tap on “Done” to save the video.
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  5. After you saved the video, you’ll be able to find it in your phone’s camera roll. Do note that the video will no longer be available in the app.

While Instagram now allows you to save your live broadcast, do note that stream interactions such as comments and likes will not be saved. Additionally, the videos will only be stored locally on your phone, meaning that the stream will not be archived on Instagram itself.

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Makan Melaka – Freshly Made Chendol to Beat the Heat


Singaporeans whine about the scorching hot weather almost every day. And one great way to beat the heat is to have a cooling dessert. Chendol is the perfect solution! Makan Melaka’s chendol will satisfy all cravings for shaved ice with sugar syrup. You can get a bowl of icy goodness for less than $ 3!



Makan Melaka has a relatively new outlet in Jurong West since late last year, and the stall has seen many chendol lovers popping by to seek refuge from the sweltering afternoon. The hawker’s day begins as early as 5am. The Chendol here is made from scratch daily, and soaked in water throughout the day to maintain its freshness. It’s no surprise that the chendol here boasts a nice texture – each strand is tender, with a subtle pandan flavour.

The hawker is very generous with the Gula Melaka and coconut milk here. He makes a trip up to Malacca every fortnight just to purchase his supply of Gula Melaka, ensuring that the quality meets his expectations. Furthermore, the coconut milk is sourced from suppliers who squeeze it fresh daily. If you’re not a fan of desserts that are too sweet or too rich, you can request for the hawker to adjust accordingly.



Besides the traditional Chendol Melaka ($ 1.50), you can also get red bean, corn, glutinous rice, and durian, or a mixture of the ingredients. Chendol Melaka with Red Bean & Corn ($ 2.10) contains sweet mung beans that are plump, yet soft. It’s good enough without the corn, so next time we’ll just stick to chendol melaka with red bean. The taste of the chendol is not too sweet, and we like the contrasting texture of the mushy mung beans and slimy chendol strips. Chendol Melaka with Glutinous Rice ($ 1.80) has well-balanced ingredients and a refreshing aftertaste. It’s quite light and thirst-quenching.

So, if you’re living in the West and complaining that there’s nothing good in your area, think again! On days when the heat becomes unbearable, you can check out Makan Melaka.

Address: #01-70, Blk 492 Jurong West Avenue 1, Singapore 640492

Opening Hours: 7am to 7pm daily. made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.

Let’s build a food community that helps to update the food news in Singapore! Simply comment below if there’s any changes or additional info to Makan Melaka. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

Mu Qin Toh

Adventurous at heart, Mu Qin loves challenges and enjoys exploring the world. She believes in counting memories instead of calories and will travel anywhere and everywhere for food. Her short disappearance from social media is due to her being too engrossed in her favourite romance novels. She has launched a food guide “Eat Muse Love” with her mother which is available in all major book stores.

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