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These Tech Backpacks Feature Built-In USB Charging Ports For Your Smartphone And Start At Just $39

By | July 15th, 2018

It’s that time of year again. The time of year where kids and young adults are being kitted out ahead of another hectic year of school. That’s always an expensive time of year for parents which is why the likes of Apple run Back to School promotions on things like MacBooks and iPads.

We told you about that recently, and today we are telling you about two awesome backpacks that have USB charging ports built in, perfect for keeping those devices charged up while on the go.

Below we have two different options that we think you are going to love, with one being a budget option and one for those who are happy to spend a little more to get something a little extra premium. With that said, let’s take a look

1. Budget option: Tech Backpack With Built-In USB Charging Port ($ 39.95 for 1 or $ 69.95 for 2 using promo code, usually $ 79.95 for 1 or $ 159.99 for 2)

This backpack can hold a notebook of up to 13.3-inches in size along with the prerequisite smartphone, books and even tablet while charging things via its USB port. Specific pockets for things like earphones that also have external holes for feeding the cables through are also here, with the backpack itself available in multiple colors including blue, black, purple and gray options.

Right now you can take advantage of an offer that will get you two of these backpacks (in same or any color) for $ 69.95. Simply add two to your cart from here and then check out with promo code BTCC2018 to take advantage of the offer.

Buy: Tech Backpack With Built-In USB Charging Port: $ 39.95 for 1 or $ 69.95 for 2 using promo code | Original price: $ 79.95 for 1 or $ 159.99 for 2

2. Premium option: Leather Tech Backpack With USB Charging Port, Headphones Cord Hole (74.95 with promo code, usually $ 99.95)

This more costly option also has the same features but is also made of high-quality leather, making it look more premium when being worn. The same USB charging capabilities are here as is the special hole for feeding earphone cables through so you don’t have too many unsightly cables in view. There’s room for a notebook up to 14-inches in size and again tablets, books and smartphones will fit just fine.

Right now this leather backpack can be had for $ 74.95 from here using promo code BTC2018 at check out.

Buy: Leather Tech Backpack With USB Charging Port, Headphones Cord Hole: $ 74.95 | Original price: $ 99.95

Discount codes for both backpacks are applicable until mid-August, so be sure to take advantage of them before then. Not only are these great for school and college students, but everyday commuters and travelers as well.

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Moist Diane's New Shampoo That Sold 1 Million Bottles In 10 Days Is Now In Singapore

Moist Diane – silicone-free Japanese shampoo

Free Moist Diane shampoo and conditioner samples

Brushing your hair 100 times isn’t good enough these days. Even our countless shelves of hair products – everything from hair masks to conditioning sprays – nup, not good enough. But with Moist Diane’s new shampoo, we can take a breather from our intensive haircare routine.

Through July 2018, Moist Diane will be holding pop-up booths around Singapore to help fix all your hair concerns. Whether it’s dry, frizzy hair or weak strands prone to breakage, they’ve got a silicone-free and sulfate-free formula to fix it all. Besides getting free samples, here’s what you can expect:

Discovery Zone: Learn about your hair type and condition

Moist Diane Perfect Beauty - Discovery Zone

If you’re anything like me, the condition of your hair is a mystery. On good days, it’s neat and malleable but on most other days, it looks like I just got out of bed – and not in a fashionable, bedhead-esque way. At Moist Diane’s Discovery Zone, take the chance to learn more about your hair and the condition its in.

Moist Diane - Perfect Beauty shampoo

Although Diane Perfect Beauty’s shampoo formula is already specially formulated for Asian women, each shampoo still has a different purpose. Moist Diane has an entire series with 6 different shampoos to help with your hair concerns:

  • Extra Damage Repair – for severely damaged hair
  • Extra Moist & Shine – for dry and dull hair
  • Extra Fresh & Hydrate – for an oily scalp
  • Extra Volume & Scalp – for flat hair and a sensitive scalp
  • Extra Smooth & Straight – for frizzy and coarse hair
  • Extra Vital – for weak hair prone to breakage

Since Singapore often feels like a sauna, use a shampoo like Extra Fresh & Hydrate – it’s been specially formulated for hot and humid Asian climate and even been clinically tested to keep your scalp fresh for up to 48 hours. Their Extra Moist & Shine also works well on an everyday basis for normal to dry hair, and you’ll be walking around with glossy, healthy hair.

All shampoos come in new, shiny packaging in a range of vibrant colours to help zhng your bathroom.

Voting Station: See which hair concerns are most common

Moist Diane - Solve hair concerns

You’re not alone in this: almost every woman in Singapore will be fretting about the condition of their hair. Thanks to our overwhelming humidity, many are troubled by their oily scalps but there are plenty of others who also face all sorts of concerns, from lacklustre hair to brittle strands.

Moist Diane - vote for your hair concern

See which hair concern plagues us most in Singapore at the Voting Station – all you have to do is insert a voting token to redeem empty bottles, so you can collect your free samples!

Shampoo Wall: Collect free shampoo samples

Moist Diane - collect free shampoo sample

Head over to the Shampoo Wall where there are 6 different dispensers for each shampoo. You’ll get to turn on the faucet to fill up a bottle with your shampoo of choice.

Moist Diane - shampoo dispenser

Samples (15ml) come in a clear test tube.

Photo Booth: Take photos with a bathtub ball pit to redeem matching conditioner

Moist Diane - photo booth with bathtub

You won’t miss this: a scented bathtub ball pit where you can IG all you like. The tub’s paired with a rose gold, vintage faucet – all in all, the entire setup looks like it comes straight from a home decor magazine. After you take a photo with the hashtags #SheisDiane and #MoistDianeSG, remember to redeem your matching conditioner!

Moist Diane - redeem matching conditioner

Redeem your matching conditioner at the pink counter near the photo booth.

Sales Area: Buy discounted full-sized shampoos and conditioners

Moist Diane - 6 different shampoos

Although you already have free shampoo and conditioner samples, there’s also a Sales Area where you can buy full-sized Moist Diane products. 1 bottle is priced at $ 15 (U.P. $ 16.90) and 2 bottles are $ 25 (U.P. $ 33.80). If you spend $ 50 or more, you’ll also get an exclusive limited edition travel set.

Moist Diane - limited edition travel set

The set comes with travel-sized bottles (50ml) of shampoo and conditioner.

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Moist Diane - Somerset@313, Bugis Junction, Chevron House

Selling 1 million shampoo bottles in 10 days is a feat to be applauded, but when it’s Moist Diane Perfect Beauty shampoo, we completely understand why. Even though keratin’s usually an expensive, salon-only product, Moist Diane’s formula made up of 6 different keratin proteins that’ll strengthen your hair and treat specific hair concerns.

It’s also made up of Ecocert-certified Organic Moroccan Argan Oil – that means no pesticides.

And the formula sure works. We explored walking trails all around Singapore, and Moist Diane’s shampoo was the only thing that rescued our sweat-ridden heads. Besides being silicone-free, it’s also sulphate-free and paraben-free, and safe to use with coloured hair – no need to worry about your dyed locks changing into an icky green after a few washes.

Moist Diane Perfect Beauty shampoo

Long gone are the days when you’ll be sharing shampoo with your entire family: you’ll want your own shampoo to directly address all your hair concerns from dry ends to an oily scalp. You might even cave in to temptation and get 2 different shampoos: one for the top half of your head and the other for the dry ends.

Head down to learn how to thoroughly care for your hair with a Moist Diane Perfect Beauty shampoo. Remember, visit the photo booth where there’ll be a bathtub ball pit ready for all your Instagram shots, with hashtags #SheisDiane and #MoistDianeSG.

Whether you’re worried about an oily scalp or dry hair, there’s a specific Moist Diane Perfect Beauty shampoo out there for you that you’ll be heaving a sigh of relief over.

Moist Diane Events:

Somerset 313 Level 1 Atrium (outside Cotton On)
Event hours: 13 to 14 July, 11AM – 10PM and 15 July, 11AM – 8PM 

Bugis Junction Hylam Street (next to pushcarts outside McDonalds)
Event hours: 16 to 22 July, 10AM – 10PM 

Chevron House Atrium
Event hours: 26 to 27 July, 11AM – 3PM

Find out more about Moist Diane Perfect Beauty shampoo here!


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CarBridge For iOS Released, Lets You Use Any App In CarPlay Including Waze, Google, Fortnite, Netflix, YouTube, More

By | July 15th, 2018

Apple has already confirmed that the ability to use third-party maps apps like Waze and Google Maps in CarPlay is coming to iOS 12 later this year, but if you’re jailbroken and want to get in on the action right now, you might want to check out a jailbreak tweak called CarBridge, because it’s pretty awesome.

Available now via Chariz.io on Cydia or directly from carbridgetweak.com and costing $ 4.99, CarBridge allows the running of all manner of things via CarPlay, regardless of any limitations that Apple has tried to put in place before now.

What this means is that not only can you use Google Maps or Waze, but you can also play Fortnite or watch Netflix/YouTube, or indeed run just about any app on your iPhone, right in the dash of your car.

While we’re never going to condone playing Fortnite in a car, or watch Netflix/YouTube, but being able to run something like Waze or Google Maps right now and without having to wait for iOS 12 to ship later this year is always going to get our attention.

In addition to third-party apps, the tweak features the Portal app, which let’s you control your connected iOS device’s interface using your head unit.

Right now, the CarBridge tweak is compatible with any jailbroken version of iOS from 10.0 to 11.4, which should cover most bases.

So, if you recently jailbroke your iPhone using Electra (you can still do it on iOS 11.4 beta 3 as Apple is still signing that firmware on iPhone X and iPhone 8/8 Plus), then you should totally check out CarBridge as this tweak has been in development for over a year now and really delivers on what it says.

Apple’s CarPlay continues to gain traction and while this is unlikely to really move the needle on CarPlay adoption, both jailbreakers and Apple now realize that the key to its success is being able to use more third-party apps while behind the wheel. This new tweak is a prime example of that and we look forward to seeing what Apple offers for CarPlay users moving forward.

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Som Tam, Orchard Central: Waiter! There is Durian in my Curry!

Named after the popular Thai dish, green papaya salad, Som Tam at Orchard Central is a modern Thai fusion restaurant helmed by Ralph Liou (formerly from the Minor Group with restaurants like Thai Express and Basil Thai Kitchen under their belt) who rose through the ranks to become a chef in his own right. For the décor, some minimalist mind has been hard at work creating this oasis within Orchard Central mall; closer inspection reveals the designer’s penchant for geometrical shapes.

Among the four new drinks, the most refreshing is the blue cha with coconut ($ 6.80). With coconut juice as your base, you really can’t go wrong here. The blue comes from the butterfly pea ice cubes that hypnotically melt into the drink (#HipsterMuch).

The other three new drinks include avocado shake ($ 7.80, creamy but not too heavy, with a hint of chocolate);  rainbow Perrier ice ($ 6.80); and purple rain ($ 6.80, butterfly pea with syrup, too sweet).

For the new food menu, the Thai-style grilled squid with mentaiko (2 pcs, $ 18.80) has a great chewy, not rubbery, texture, a smokiness, and an excitement of the “spicy” mentaiko (the quotation marks because my eating partner admits he is highly sensitive to spice. I on the other hand have to do a triple take before I realise there’s any spice at all).

There is little to fault the Massaman curry with roti ($ 23.80). Tender chicken? Check. Nutty flavour? Check. Fluffy roti? Check. Zesty side salad that refreshes the palate? Check. Size-wise, it feeds 2, possibly 3-4 if you order rice or more roti. As a heat seeker, I think the spice level is set low, but then again massaman curries aren’t meant to make you sweat, so that’s fine. The only thing that stands out, ironically, is how it doesn’t ‘stand out’ from other Thai fare. Still, I’m partial to curries, so this one gets a pass from me.

The piece de resistance is certainly the “SPECIAL DISH MUST TRY” (as the menu screams out to us) black chicken curry with Musan King durian ($ 26.80)! Essentially to the Massaman curry with roti, what Chef Liou has done is to add squid ink (to create the colour and savouriness) and a hearty dollop of Mao Shan Wang durian (for that characteristic sweetness and pungency that durian lovers all know). While my dining partner finds it strange, I cannot stop myself from having spoon after spoon of it! What is truly amazing is how the potatoes take on the flavour of the curry, and crumble away in your mouth to release the flavours in a single burst.

The Thai souffle steamed egg ($ 10.80) is intriguing. It is fluffy, with a hint of sweetness that hides playfully among the saltiness. But perhaps because of the intense flavour of the Mao Shan Wang durian in the previous dish, the egg souffle is now very salty. The souffle is cooked in Tom Yum broth but there isn’t the sourness that Tom Yum is known for.

In all, I give a thumbs up for creativity, even if not all the dishes land well. My dining partner likes the squid the best, while I would go back for the black curry and the blue cha, and because they have an extensive menu that looks very promising.


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Som Tam
Orchard Central #08-13, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
M-Th 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm; F-Sun 11.30pm-10pm
tel: +65 6238 6872
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Food: 6.25
Ambience/decor: 6.25
Price/Value: 6.25


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Written by Tan Ken Jin. True to the name of this website, KJ is closely associated with rubbish, organising litter-picking activities that culminate in a makan session (because #Singaporean). That, and he once tried marinating salmon in blueberry juice and orange juice. He survived. 

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You Can Now Use Your iPhone To Jailbreak Nintendo Switch [Video]

By | July 14th, 2018

Sometimes we come across something that just makes our jaws hit the floor, and today is one of those occasions after we caught a glimpse of NXBoot, a new utility that makes it possible to run payloads on a Nintendo Switch.

What makes this all the more interesting is the fact that it requires a jailbroken iOS device (using Electra or otherwise) in order to work.

Available to download via GitHub right now, NXBoot uses a jailbroken iOS device in order to run the code that then goes off and jailbreaks its way into the Switch. This is accomplished by a USB cable that connects the two devices together and may have the potential to open the door to all manner of super-cool projects in the future.

The utility’s release was made public via social media and has caused quite a stir:

This is the first public release of NXBoot, a utility to run payloads on your Nintendo Switch.

Homepage and download info: https://mologie.github.io/nxboot/

I strongly recommend you to get familiar with the Nintendo Switch homebrew community prior to using this application to start anything on your Nintendo Switch.

[…]

Attribution and prior work: Fusée Gelée by ktemkin and ShofEL2 by the failoverfl0w team served as reference for payload construction. JustBrandonT from GBAtemp worked on a similar app independently of this project.

While the included video is very short, it does show the magic happening and that’s all I need in order to be get excited.

I am personally a huge fan of the Nintendo Switch, just as everyone else is, and I can’t wait to see where this kind of work takes us in the future.

(Source: Reddit)

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Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon – Messy but Absolutely Delicious!

If you ask Singaporeans what their favourite local dishes are, you’re probably going to get responses like laksa, chicken rice or even chilli crab. In my opinion, satay bee hoon, though not as pretty as other hawker dishes, simply doesn’t get enough love. One of my favourite dishes, satay bee hoon features thin rice vermicelli that’s smothered in a fragrant chilli-based peanut sauce. If you’re itching to get a taste of this Teochew dish, there’s no better place to visit than Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon!

Located in Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre, you’ll definitely have heard of Sin Chew if you live in the area. If you’re unfamiliar with the stall, it’s not hard to find — just look for the long, snaking queue. Be warned though, not only does the stall open at 5pm on weekdays, it’s also closed on Monday, Tuesday and Friday! I arrived at 6pm on a Thursday and was met with a 30-minute queue. But trust me, it’s worth the wait.

Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon Satay Bee Hoon (Top Down)

Their Satay Bee Hoon ($ 4/$ 5/$ 6) is my favourite thing to eat when I’m at Bukit Timah Food Centre. It looks like a mess, but the luscious satay sauce is to die for. I ordered the smallest $ 4 portion and still received a sizeable plate of rice vermicelli. Not that you can see it though, it’s practically drowning in the satay sauce, as it should be! There’s also a generous amount of ingredients which includes tau pok, pork slices and cuttlefish. The vermicelli came with just one prawn, which made the dish seem a little sad.

Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon Satay Bee Hoon (Mixed)

Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon Satay Bee Hoon (Held)

The combination of the bee hoon and the satay sauce was a match made in heaven. Prepare for a tantalising bite from the springy, al dente bee hoon, which was thoroughly coated with the creamy satay gravy. Leaning more towards sweet than spicy, the satay sauce was also smoother and more refined than other versions I’ve had. It wasn’t too rich, so I managed to gobble down the entire plate with ease. The nutty aroma was pronounced and appetite whetting. This dish is hearty, satisfying, and so incredibly addictive.

Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon Pork Slice

The slices of pork weren’t super’ tender, but they added a much-needed meaty element to the dish. The tau pok had also soaked up the sauce, and provided a burst of nutty-goodness. The springy, yet tender, pieces of cuttlefish added a light, refreshing touch to the dish.

Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon Cuttlefish Kang Kong (Top Down)

Sin Chew serves up one other dish — Cuttlefish Kang Kong ($ 4/$ 5/$ 6). Honestly, I had never heard of this dish before I patronised this stall. You can choose to have it with or without bee hoon.

Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon Cuttlefish Kang Kong (Held)

This was my first time ordering the dish, so I really didn’t know what to expect. The vibrant dish comprises kang kong, cuttlefish, beansprouts, and cucumber doused in a sweet and sour red sauce that brilliantly complemented the freshness of the crunchy vegetables. Mixing in their house-made sambal is a must, as it adds a robust flavour and a touch of heat. This dish is a lovely, and refreshing contrast to the satay bee hoon!

Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon Storefront

Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon is adored by Bukit Timah residents. You can tell by the perpetually long queue. In fact, business is so good that they can afford to be open for just four days a week! Do take note of their sporadic opening hours to avoid disappointment.

Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-162 Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre, Singapore 588215

Mobile: 9826 0782

Opening Hours: Wednesday & Thursday: 5pm to 10pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11am to 2:30pm & 5pm to 10pm. Closed on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

MissTamChiak.com 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 Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

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Apple Discontinues 2015 MacBook Pro Following 2018 Lineup Refresh

By | July 13th, 2018

As we told you earlier that Apple had announced new high-end 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar computers, which is great if you want a super fast Mac notebook and don’t mind that somewhat flaky keyboard.

If, however,  you are someone who was pricing up the older, more reliable, and certainly more port-laden 2015 MacBook Pro, then you’re about to be very disappointed indeed because as part of today’s lineup refresh, that Mac is no longer available to buy.

Up until today, Apple continued to stock the 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro as an alternative to the 2016 and beyond machines that were also available. Still great machines, these included all of the ports and indeed MagSafe connector that so many of us miss from the newer models, and in the process, had become something of a cult favorite amongst users. Add in the fact that Apple clearly has a reliability problem with its current MacBook Pro keyboards and the older 2015 model was a real alternative for many.

Now that the 2015 MacBook Pro is no longer up for grabs from Apple, users are left with either buying via third-party sellers or hoping that refurbished models pop up via Apple’s online store. Failing that, it may just be time to bite the bullet and check out the 2018 MacBook Pros in the hope that this new third-generation butterfly keyboard is up to snuff.

Unfortunately, no matter how much better that keyboard is, it won’t magic up an SD card slot or HDMI port, so be sure to get ready for that dongle life too. Sorry, folks, but it looks like this is the future of the Mac.

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The Perfect Wedding Cake In Singapore – Lady M Singapore

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The most unique and memorable wedding cake in Singapore, envision Lady M® New York’s Signature Mille Crepes luxuriously stacked in multiple tiers and sizes to create the ultimate crepe cake, a show stopper.

Decidedly elegant with a clean finish, the 3-tier Wedding Mille Crepes cake features handmade mille crepes layered with ethereal light pastry cream, gently caramelized on top until golden.

The cake is large enough for about 45 guests and requires advance order of 7 days via the Lady M New York official website: www.ladym.com.sg

Lady M® New York Story

Lady M New York brings New York substance and style to the world of fine confectionery. Known for the sophisticated French elegance and Japanese precision of its Mille Crepes, the Lady M New York experience is evocative of comfortable luxury, an urban escape where you can spend hours enjoying the freshest cakes and coffee, conversing with friends or enjoying an introspective moment. Found in the little black books of everyone from celebrities to supermodels, Lady M New York is marked by its signature pairing of a white design aesthetic and minimalist décor, an intentional counterbalance to the pops of colour found in its cakes and in the florals found at the counter or cake cutting area, and are an integral part of the Lady M New York design story.

Created and launched in New York in 2001, Lady M New York was introduced to Singapore in 2013 by Caerus Holding Group, and has been a destination dessert patisserie ever since. Its world-famous Signature Mille Crêpes features no less than 20 whisper-thin handmade crêpes with light and fluffy pastry cream layered in between. It has continued to adhere to top-drawer culinary standards while progressively expanding its flavor profile with creations like the Green Gateau aux Marrons, Strawberry Shortcake, and Checkers, as well as seasonal specialties like the Green Tea Checkers and Yuzu Cheesecake.

About Caerus Holding Group

Caerus Holding Group was founded in Singapore in 2008 as a wine distribution company, with distribution to India, the Maldives and Malaysia. In 2009, the group diversified into the food business in Singapore and Malaysia, with plans to expand its restaurants to Thailand, Indonesia and India. Presently, the Group’s F&B portfolio in Singapore includes Lady M® New York from New York and is currently headed by Vijay Pillai, whose multiple degrees in accounting, management and commercial law have equipped him to continue the Lady M New York  tradition.

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How To Turn On Incognito Mode In YouTube For Android

By | July 12th, 2018

Google has updated its YouTube Android app with a new feature that makes it possible for users to search for and then watch videos in private, with those actions not logged against their account.

The feature is very reminiscent of one that is included in Chrome and goes by the same name and will be useful for anyone who wants to watch videos in the app without having those views be picked up and tracked for whatever reason.

In order to use Incognito mode, users will need to have the updated YouTube app installed on their smartphone. Assuming that’s the case, all they need to do to enable Incognito mode is to fire the app up and tap their avatar at the top-right corner of the screen.

Here, they will be presented with a new menu that will include the equally new Turn on Incognito option. Flicking this option will see the the whole YouTube interface change to one that says it is running in incognito mode. Again, this is very similar to how Chrome makes users aware of the fact that the tracking-free mode is enabled.

When you turn off Incognito or become inactive, your activity from this session will be cleared and you’ll return to the account last used.

Your activity might still be visible to your employer, school, or internet service provider.

As you might imagine, disabling Incognito mode is a case of doing the same set of actions but in reverse although this time, a menu will appear at the bottom of the screen once your avatar is selected.

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First Street Teochew Fish Soup – The Best I’ve Ever Had

When it comes to fish soup, I’ve always preferred the fried fish version. I’ve never been a fan of fresh fish soup but I think I have changed my mind after my sweet encounter with First Street Teochew Fish Soup. Run by a team of a father and his 2 sons, First Street Teochew Fish Soup is a popular old-school fish soup stall that is still hugely popular today. Despite the snaking queues, First Street Teochew Fish Soup is THE ONE to try, especially if you prefer the fried fish version like me.

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Started in the 1980s, First Street Teochew Fish Soup first opened its shutters at First Centre. Now at Upper Serangoon, First Street gets their fish fresh from the market daily, and starts slicing the fish from as early as 4am! It’s hard work but I’d say it pays off. Throughout its years of operation, First Street has garnered a large number of fervent fans. The queues are long, and diners can expect to wait for up to 45 minutes!

We arrived at 930am and there was already a short queue of 6 people! We waited for around 10 minutes to get our orders in, and another 5 minutes before the fish soups arrived at our tables. Unlike many other mediocre fish soup stalls, First Street Fish Soup prices their soups at a premium but for good reason. We got their signature Red Garoupa Fish Soup ($ 9) and added a mere 50 cents for porridge.

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The unassuming dish comes with about 12 thick slices of fresh red garoupa, tang oh, and thin slices of ginger swimming in a pool of deeply-coloured soup. The soup boasted a beautiful colour but its clean and light taste is what won us over. It didn’t reek of fish like some other fish soups but instead offered a full-bodied sweetness that is hard to find today. I really hate it when I pay for fish that isn’t fresh but I’m glad to report that this isn’t the case for First Street Teochew Fish Soup. The red garoupa slices were generous, fresh, and devoid of any fishy smell. I’ll definitely return for seconds or even thirds.

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We also ordered the Pomfret Fish Soup ($ 11) which is also a popular choice with the older folks. Pomfret is often considered a superior fish and is only savoured at special events owing to its higher price tag. Having said that, I think I enjoyed the garoupa fish soup better than the pomfret version because of its sweeter notes. I must admit that 11 bucks for a bowl of fish soup is pretty steep, but if you’re a fan of fish, then this is a must try. One thing that I noted was the lack of the fishy smell which usually turns me off before I get my first bite. Similar to the garoupa fish soup, the pomfret fish soup sees about 12 slices (yes I counted) of fresh pomfret amidst a sea of tang oh, spring onions and ginger. The soup seemed a tad less sweet than the garoupa version but retains a full-bodied flavor. I heard that you can add bar chor for another 50 cents. Overall, I don’t think you will be disappointed either way.

Rain or shine, a bowl of fish soup is comfort food for many. Yet, it’s difficult to find a consistently good bowl of fish soup which checks all the boxes. For me, this is the best fish soup I’ve ever had. Period. For fans of this stall, I can see why you would queue 30 minutes for a bowl of their fish soup. If you haven’t tried, I strongly urge you to give this a shot.

Address: 1014 Upper Serangoon Rd, Singapore 534752

Opening Hours: 8am to 3pm daily. Closed on Mondays.

MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.

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