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Hawker – The First Asian Fast Food Restaurant!

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Dedicated to sending out Asian fast food, Hawker QSR seems set to be the most popular fast food restaurant in town. Nestled in Esplanade, the first Asian fast food restaurant offers an exciting line-up of locally-inspired burgers, wraps, and desserts! Hawker QSR is the brainchild of No Signboard Holdings which is famous for the “White” pepper crab and other traditional tze char dishes. So, you might have an idea of what to expect!

In case you’re wondering, “QSR” stands for “quick service restaurant” and is one of the key selling points of Hawker QSR. What sets them apart from the other big chains in the F&B industry is definitely their menu which is focused on Asian and Singaporean flavours. Mr Eric Er, Vice President of Hawker QSR, mentioned that unlike other fast food chains which offers locally-inspired creations as a seasonal item, Hawker QSR intends to offer them all year round. Now, you can to enjoy your Nasi Lemak burger all day, every day!

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It might be difficult deciding what to have for lunch because everything just sounds delicious — think Nasi Lemak Burger, Chilli Crab Bao, Prata Wrap, Mala Burger, and Mantou with Chilli Crab Sauce. So, bring along your troops so that you can have a bite of everything!

Hawker QSR has transformed familiar and traditional hawker food into burgers, and we think that it’s an amazing feat. We wasted no time in placing an order for almost all the burgers! I know, I’m not supposed to eat that much, but it’s impossible to pick just one or two! The Chili Crab Bao ($ 8.90 ala carte, $ 10.90 for a meal), Szechuan Mala Burger ($ 6.00 ala carte, $ 8.00 for a meal), Satay Chicken Burger ($ 6.50 ala carte, $ 8.50 for a meal), and Nasi Lemak Burger ($ 8.90 ala carte, $ 10.90 for a meal) were our top picks! Each set comes with a side of curly fries and a drink of your choice. Don’t need to wait until next Chinese New Year for curly fries, because you can have it right here, right now!


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Stepping into their kitchen, we noticed a stark similarity in their layout and range of equipment — they do look very much like a conventional Western fast food chain!

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Well, if we have to choose a favourite, it will have to be the Signature Chili Crab Bao! When we indulge in chili crab, a plate of fried mantous is a must to go along. And, we were excited and beyond pleased that the people at Hawker QSR think so too! The Chili Crab Bao sees a deep-fried chunky crab patty slathered generously with an addictive chili crab sauce, all wrapped in a crunchy fried mantou! Get the meal, like we did, and enjoy your chili crab bao with a side of well-seasoned curly fries and an ice cold beverage.

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Other noteworthy creations include the Hainanese Chicken Rice burger and Nasi Lemak burger which sees rice burgers taking the place of fluffy bread buns. The rice patties are heated for 80 seconds before they are served, so your burgers are going to reach you piping hot! I thought the Chicken Rice burger was particularly interesting. The steamed chicken patty was carefully paired with signature chicken rice chili, and armed with a dollop of mashed ginger. Wow, it was a party in my mouth! We noticed that the rice buns are different for every burger. Expect fragrant coconut-infused rice buns for the Nasi Lemak Burger, and ginger-infused ones for the Chicken Rice Burge. Both burgers were really solid options but I enjoyed the Nasi Lemak burger a little more because of the sunny side egg! Yes, I’m basic like that.. but I love eggs!


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Fancy some prata? Well, the Prata Wrap is created for you. We jumped at the sight of the prata wrap, and its price tag of $ 3! The wrap comes with a chunk of scrambled egg with onions, and a slice of melted cheese. The prata is cooked for a strict 80 seconds so you can rest assured that you’ll get a crispy prata without any burnt edges! A generous serving of curry tied everything together, and the easy-to-eat snack works as a tea-time treat and a great grab-and-go light lunch option.

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Complete your meal with the Chendol Softee ($ 2) or Mango Peach Cone ($ 1.50). The Mango Peach Cone was fruity, refreshing and delightful! If you’re looking for something a little milkier, go for the Chendol Softee which boasts a swirl of vanilla soft serve, luscious Gula Melaka sauce and a heap of green rice flour jelly.

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Hawker QSR might just be a few days old, but they have already planned to open a second outlet in One @ Kent Ridge(end November 2018), and a third one in Paya Lebar(first quarter of 2019). They even have plans to expand into Shanghai next year! There are also Damn Good Deals which start from just $ 1. Say what! If your friends are visiting Singapore for the first time, this might just be the place for them to enjoy a plethora of local flavours, but in a more familiar manner.

This post was brought to you by Hawker.

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 cafes/stalls listed above. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

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Apple Announces Free iPhone X Display Repair Program For Ghost Touch Issue, Here’s What You Need To Know

By | November 11th, 2018

Over a year after its release, the iPhone X has a new display replacement program going live, with Apple announcing that it will replace iPhone X displays that exhibit the ghost touch issue.

This new replacement program is for something that has actually been a problem for the last year or so, with some iPhone X units experiencing issues with the responsiveness of their displays. Some users even reported that their displays were exhibiting phantom touches, with the screen registering a touch when one hadn’t been initiated. Now, Apple says that it will replace displays that are defective due to a faulty display module component.

Anyone who has been living with such issues can now get themselves a free repair by either an Apple retail store or one of the many Apple Authorized Service Providers. Perhaps tellingly, Apple has not said whether only certain serial number ranges are impacted, suggesting this problem can befall any iPhone X on existence, even those that have been sold recently. The iPhone X was available to buy prior to the arrival of the iPhone XS.

Anyone planning to take Apple up on its offer of a free repair should make sure that their devices are fully backed up before going to a repair center or Apple Store, and Apple also says that if a device has a cracked screen that may need to be repaired before the defective component can be replaced. That won’t be covered under the free repair process, of course.

If you have already paid for a repair that would fall under this new program, Apple says you can contact Apple Support in order to get a refund on any fees you paid.

For more on this, check out Apple’s page on the issue here.

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Fook Kin Roasted Meat: Hipster Hawkers Cantonese Roasts

The last decade has been an interesting time for the evolution of Singapore cuisine.  Our hawker food is gradually moving out of the hawker centres into their own standalone eateries and our next generation of Singaporean hawkers are doing it in style!

The boys from Roast Paradise have been hard at work ever since they decided to leave the clubbing scene three years ago and have built quite a reputation for their KL style char siew.  Now they have partnered with the guys from Fatboys and The Muttons to come up with a hipster eatery that serves their roasted pork in a place with more panache!

The boy’s specialty has always been their char siew which is made with pork belly and a secret marinade which they picked up from an uncle in KL.  With the opening of Fook Kin, they are now also roasting their own sio bak which is also very good.  The meat is well marinated such that the meat is seasoned all the way through and the rind is crisp, though it could be just a tad more crispy.  4.25/5


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Their char siew has been improving since I met them at their hawker stall at Old Airport Road. I have always felt that they over-roasted their char siew such that the meat has a texture almost like pulled pork.  (They used to roast for 3 hrs!)  Since moving to Fook Kin, they have reduced the roasting time so that the meat now has a bit more bite.  Their char siew marinade has always been very good and produces a smokey bronze glaze.   4.25/5

They have also just started roasting their own duck at the new eatery.  Unfortunately, the duck isn’t as good as their char siew and siobak.  The spices were not strong enough to overcome the gaminess of the duck.  I am sure the boys are working hard at improving it.  3.5/5


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Aside from the usual roasts, they also have several side dishes like chye poh eggs on their menu.  The omelette is decent, but it is not going to be the reason for visiting Fook Kin.  3.5/5

Conclusion

This is the hippest place in Singapore to enjoy Cantonese style roasts!  The char siew and sio bak here are very good and their prices are still very reasonable (about 10% more) given the modern setting.  It si a great place to bring overseas visitors for a taste of Singapore cuisine!

Read about Roast Paradise here.
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Get Black AirPods-Like Wireless Earphones That Apple Won’t Make For Just $34.95

By | November 11th, 2018

When it comes to wireless earphones, Apple’s AirPods are arguably the gold standard for accessibility, ease-of-use, and downright cool factor, but they’re definitely a little on the costly side.

At $ 159, not everyone can or wants to pay for Apple’s own wireless earphones, but what if you could get yours for less than $ 35? While we can’t get you a pair of Apple AirPods as such, we can at least get you something similar and these are even better in one particular way – they’re black in color!

We’d love it if Apple made a black version of its AirPods but alas, that hasn’t happened yet. Instead, you can pick up these black AirPods-like earphones for less than $ 35. They include support for Bluetooth 4.2 and even have their own charging case, just like AirPods.

The earphones themselves also have an in-built microphone for making and receiving calls or talking to Siri/Google Assistant.

  • High-quality sound.
  • Bluetooth 4.2 technology for easy pairing with smartphones, tablets, computers or MP3 players.
  • High-capacity charging case offers full day of non-stop listening. Up to 2.5 hours of music per earphone charge.
  • Available in a stunning black finish.
  • Dust-proof design.
  • Features built-in microphone for receiving calls.
  • Multi-function button allows you to play, pause, answer, redial, hang up or power on/off the earphones.
  • Charging case uses microUSB for powering up.

The charging case should see you listening to music all day long, and the earphones themselves are good for 2.5-hours of listening before they need some extra juice. That’s all pretty standard, but the biggest draw here really is that glossy black finish that Apple has yet to match.

If you do decide to pick yourself up these AirPods-like earphones, be sure to use the special 11.11 and Veterans Day discount by using code BLKAIR10OFF at checkout here to bring the price down to just $ 39.95  If you decide to get two of these, make sure you use code 11VETDAY155 at check out here after adding two to cart to get each for only $ 34.95. These things are cheap to start out, but everyone always loves saving money!

Buy: Black AirPods-Style Bluetooth Earphones In Black: $ 39.95 with promo code BLKAIR10OFF | Original price: $ 60

Buy: Black AirPods-Style Bluetooth Earphones In Black: $ 34.95 each when buying two with promo code 11VETDAY155 | Original price: $ 120

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4 Discounted Group Outing Activities For That Long Overdue Meetup Brewing In Your Group Chat

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We all know that “there’s nothing to do in Singapore” is a bad excuse to put off meetups. There’s plenty of fun to be had, if only we were to open ourselves to possibilities and break away from the same old dinner + prawning combo that our comfort zones always lead us back to.

To help facilitate your next group outing, we’ve got some great promotions for attractions in Singapore which you can enjoy when you pay with your DBS/POSB Debit or Credit Card. Some of these deals even last till next year, so bookmark this article for future reference!

1. Up to 25% off at One Faber Group (Cable Car + Trick Eye Museum)

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It’s fun being tourists in our own country once in a while. Take a short break without spending on flights at Sentosa – first cruising in with a Cable Car ride, with a beautiful view of the island and its beaches, then taking some wacky photos at the Trick Eye Museum.

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Promotion:

  • 1-Day Cable Car Sky Pass with unlimited rides + Trick Eye Museum 1-Day Ticket
  • Adults: $ 50.40 (U.P. $ 70) | Children: $ 39.60 (U.P. $ 55)

Validity: Until 31 December 2018

Find out more here.

2. 20% off membership at Gardens by the Bay 

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We can’t get enough of flowers, and at Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome you get to admire different types of pretty florals that you won’t normally find at other parts of tropical Singapore.

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Those aiming to catch all the seasonal exhibitions like Sunflower Surprise and Tulipmania may want to consider investing in a “Friends of the Gardens” membership, where you’ll have unlimited admission to the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and Skyway for a whole year.

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Promotion: 20% off 1 year “Friends of the Gardens” membership with promo code “LOVEDBS20”
Validity: Until 31 March 2019

Find out more here.

3. Up to $ 3 off Golden Village tickets 

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Watching movies is a favourite pastime of many of us, and movie buffs are in luck because Golden Village has a slew of promotions for you to take advantage of:

Promotion:

  • $ 9.90 for DBS snack combo (Large Popcorn + 2 Regular Coke)
  • $ 3 off Gold Class tickets
  • $ 1.50 off 3D tickets
  • $ 1 off standard tickets

Find out more here.

GV Movie Club members who check out with PayLah! will get to enjoy Standard movie tickets for as low as $ 6.50, as well as $ 7 snack combos (Regular Popcorn + Drink) with any purchase of movie tickets.

Find out more here.

4. 10% off general admission at BOUNCE Singapore

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Problem: You need to exercise, but hate running.
Solution: Do it the fun way by jumping your calories away.

You work your legs and core by jumping around at Bounce Singapore, one of Singapore’s most popular trampoline parks. Other than the standard set of interconnected trampolines, they’ve got a Slam Dunk hoop, a Big Bag for cannonball jumps, and X-Park, a “Ninja Warrior” style obstacle course.

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Promotion: 10% off general admission
Validity: Until 30 September 2019

Find out more here.

Spend less and have more fun with your DBS/POSB card

Don’t hole yourself up alone at home with Netflix and miss out on bonding sessions with your pals. Venture out and catch a Gold Class movie, take silly snapshots at the Trick Eye Museum, or admire Sentosa from a Cable Car – the discounts you’ll enjoy with your DBS/POSB Card are an added incentive!

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DBS is also giving you more reason to celebrate this Christmas with a whole bunch of sure-win gifts and a chance to win 500,000 AirAsia BIG points which you can use to redeem a return trip for 6 to Japan. 

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Download the DBS Lifestyle app
  2. Register to take part in the Spend Christmas Wisely promotion*
  3. Unlock your spend goal by spending online/in-app
  4. Redeem your sure-win gifts – the 20 shoppers with the highest spend each month will be eligible to win 500,000 AirAsia BIG points

*Limited to the first 20,000 registrants

Find out more about DBS’ Spend Christmas Wisely promotion here! 


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Amazon Strikes Deal With Apple To Sell iPhone XS, XR, iPad Pro And More Online

By | November 10th, 2018

After years of being notable absent, flagship Apple products are returning to the Amazon stores of multiple countries, including the United States, the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Japan, and India. Products will start appearing on Amazon in the coming weeks.

The move means that buyers wishing to get hold of Apple products will be able to buy direct from Apple, via Amazon, without the concerns that are currently associated with buying Apple-branded products on the site.

Currently, being something with an Apple logo on has all kinds of concerns, not least whether the product is genuine. Even if it is, pricing fluctuates wildly, as does stock levels. This new development means that will no longer be an issue, although not all Apple products will be available. One notable exception is the HomePod, Apple’s competitor to the Echo line of smart assistant devices that is made by Amazon.

As part of the move anyone selling Apple devices on Amazon will see their listings removed starting January 4th, meaning only Apple will sell its products on the site. That’s bad news for those companies, but potentially good news for buyers. It’s certainly good news for Apple which must have been leaving money on the table by not being present on Amazon. Amazon says that it’s looking forward to being able to list Apple products, including Beats.

Amazon is constantly working to enhance the customer experience, and one of the ways we do this is by increasing selection of the products we know customers want. We look forward to expanding our assortment of Apple and Beats products globally.

We’re looking forward to being able to buy Apple products with free shipping via Amazon Prime, something Apple doesn’t offer via its own store unless the buyer spends enough to qualify.

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6 Salivating Choices at Punggol Waterway Point

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Punggol used to be an ulu ghost town, but has since gone through an extreme face-lift and become one of the most exuberant neighbourhoods in Singapore. Sitting at the heart of Punggol is Waterway Point which, since its opening in 2016, bustles with life.

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With more and more young families immigrating to the north-eastern corner of Singapore, Waterway Point has inevitably become the main source of food for many Punggol-ians. On weekends, the whole population of Punggol will be concentrated here, and you can expect to walk amongst throngs of families as you cluelessly saunter around in search of a place for dinner.

Waterway Point is an integral part of this fairly new and lustrous neighbourhood, and it seems that every big-name franchise wants to have a piece of this cake. Filled with established F&B chains and eateries, you may find yourself uninspired despite the array of choices presented, as you’ve probably seen these offerings countless times. Regardless, don’t let yourself be turned off by the brand saturation! Here are 6 choices that you can consider the next time you’re wandering around Waterway Point.

1. Grove 一素

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Marketed as a meat-free, quick service restaurant that caters to the busy lifestyles of Singaporeans, Grove is a brainchild of Elemen – a homegrown vegetarian restaurant chain. Sitting right next to Koufu, this dainty-looking eatery presents you with salivating choices of healthy and natural vegetarian food. They offer bento rice sets, noodles, light snacks and even juices and teas. With its simplistic interior and pastel-toned walls, it is one pretty-looking cafe, I would say.

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There is a raging obsession to eat healthy these days, and vegan diets are becoming very popular amongst the young ones. If you belong to that part of the population, you’re in a for a treat! Grove’s Signature Dry Truffle Ramen ($ 8.80) puts a spin on Chinese la mian, by adding an ‘atas’ touch. Tossed in their homemade truffle sauce, each strand of la mian is thoroughly coated and perfumed by the truffle while staying springy to the bite.

Topped with fresh black fungus, mushrooms and Nai Bai, you can expect a good mix of textures in your mouth even without meat. It is not a looker with its boring colours, but you know what they always say – don’t judge a book by its cover.

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Greetings to those at the other extreme end, I can smell your fear for meatless food from here. If one day, you’re unwillingly dragged here by one of your family members or friends, you might find comfort in the Laksa Soup Ramen ($ 7.80) for your finicky taste buds. Cooked in creamy coconut milk, the soup packs a flavourful punch and warms your stomach with its gentle kick of spice. Topped with tofu puffs, straw mushrooms and vegetarian fishcakes, it is a wholesome and satisfying meal.

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83 Punggol Central, #02-21, Singapore 828761

Daily 11am – 9.30pm

2. Uncle Leong Signatures

Taking its first steps back in a humble coffee shop at Ang Mo Kio, Uncle Leong Seafood has since grown its brand and opened three full-fledged restaurants in Singapore. Uncle Leong Signatures is one of them, the others being the famous Mellben Seafood and Mellben Signatures. If you’re reading this near payday or a family member’s birthday, you can consider having a well-deserved celebration here with their juicy seafood and the extensive menu of zi char dishes.

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Its name – Shimmering Sand Crab (seasonal pricing) is already enticing, but its mouth-watering presentation deserves a complete 10/10. The juicy orange creature bathes in a generous pool of sauce, which is a well-balanced combination of butter, white pepper, and cheese. It is then sprinkled with piquant curry leaves and golden cereal, which creates a picture of the crab shimmering under the sun in the sand.

Thick and creamy with a light touch of aromatic spices, the sweet and savoury sauce is perfect for dipping the juicy white crab meat. The cereal then provides extra crunch. You can even order man tou to mop up any remaining sauce, which is more socially-acceptable than licking the plate clean.

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To all of you who are addicted to caffeine, the Nescafe Pork Ribs ($ 13.80/&18.80/$ 23.80) might just be up your alley. This dish features tender pork ribs marinated and stewed for at least 4 hours in the chef’s special blend of Nescafé coffee and spices, wrapped in aluminium foil to capture all the flavours. The intensity of the coffee is successfully brought out, and the deep fragrance of Nescafé lingers in your mouth.

Uncle Leong Signatures

83 Punggol Central, #B1-21, Singapore 828761

Daily 11am – 10.30pm

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3. London Fat Duck

We have patronised their outlet at Raffles City, you can read our full review here.

This is based on our experience at Raffles City. 

Well-known for their Cantonese-style roast ducks, London Fat Duck has been given the premium status of Wagyu duck for its quality meat. Unlike what its name suggests, London Fat Duck is a Chinese restaurant, which specialises in dim sum with a focus on their signature roast meats.

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Of course, Braised Duck (Whole: $ 58 Half: $ 32) is the thing to stuff your face with at London Fat Duck. The slices of meat feature a well-braised skin with a layer of fat hidden underneath. Rendered fat also infuses the flavourful sauce so that it becomes rich and fragrant. The meat itself is succulent and tender, paired with the sauce, this might be one of the best braised ducks around.

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If your sweet tooth is acting up again, you can even try the Durian Mousse ($ 6.80) here, which is a surprising standout in the menu. In the small bowl sits a generous dollop of rich and luscious durian purée, with a sweet layer of gula melaka. It serves as an indulgent way to end your meal after all the salty roast meats and dim sum.

London Fat Duck

83 Punggol Central, 01-23, Singapore 828761

Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 10pm

Sat & Sun: 10am – 10pm

6385 9557

4. Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh

We have patronised their outlet at Fusionopolis, you can read our full review here!

This is based on our visit at Fusionopolis. 

There are tons of bak kut teh stalls out there, but Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh is the one that has its roots all the way back to the 1920s. Travelling to Singapore from China, Ah Hua was intrigued by the taste of Teochew BKT, and pursued culinary success under his village elder, Uncle Rong. Before passing, he named Ah Hua as his successor, giving rise to the name – Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh.

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On some days, we just want something familiar and warming in our stomachs. The broth served here is Teochew-style and homely, with a well-balanced peppery flavour. In the piping hot soup, you can find pork ribs that are tender, albeit not fall-off-the-bone soft. Order some youtiao to go along with the clear soup, and get as many rounds of refills as you need.

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If you’re looking for something that excites your palate, another note-worthy dish here is their Kong Bak Pau. Go ahead and wedge that fatty, glistening piece of pork belly in between the soft white buns, or just eat the meat by itself. The pork belly is braised in a luscious gravy which brings a bit of tang with the black vinegar in it.

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh

83 Punggol Central, B1-23, Singapore 828761

Daily 10.30am – 10pm

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5. Guschlbauer

Earlier this year, this Austrian Bakery brought its Devil Cheese Buns to Singapore, and being the cheese-obsessed bunch of people that we are, Singaporeans flocked to this bakery like moths to a flame. I still remember seeing a picture of this glorious-looking chunk for the very first time and travelling here all the way from the West just to get my creepy little hands on it.

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The craze for this bun was sadly short-lived, but it was an unforgettable fluffiness in my mouth. That memory lingers even today. The Cheese Bun Original ($ 5.80) sees a pillowy-soft bun cut in the middle, slathered with an obscene amount of velvety cream cheese, and then dusted all over with milk powder. Despite how heavily creamy it looks, the cream cheese is not cloyingly sweet, and downing the whole bun is not a challenge. For a less sweet option, give their Tiramisu Bun ($ 5.80) a try as well; The cocoa powder on the outside balances the sweetness of the cream cheese. If you haven’t tried this, stop sleeping on it!

Guschlbauer

83 Punggol Central, 01-K16 Waterway Point, Singapore 828761

Daily 10am – 10pm

6. Osaka Ohsho

On the outside, Osaka Ohsho looks like a basic Japanese restaurant that sells ramen. Well, you can definitely find ramen here, but the main reason you should be coming here is their delightful dumplings. Translated as ‘The King of Gyoza in Osaka’, this restaurant serves affordable gyoza at only $ 3.90 for 6 pieces!

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Encased in Osaka Ohsho’s wonton wrapper, the filling is a mixture of cabbage, ginger, garlic, and three kinds of pork. While the exterior is pan-fried to a crisp golden-brown, the filling is kept moist and juicy, which is a joy to bite into every time.

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For a meal, you can order the Fuwatoro Tenshin Han Set($ 12.90), which gives you this adorable-looking dome and six gyozas. As cute as it looks, the thick blanket of omelette is done to a fluffy texture and protects the rice within it. The big eggy structure sits in a pool of thick gravy, which resembles the consistency of shark’s fin soup. Get messy with it and mix it around, you’ll find that it is reminiscent of our own mui fan. 

Osaka Ohsho

 83 Punggol Central, B1-14, Singapore 828761

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iPhone XR’s Haptic Touch To Gain Notification Expand Feature In iOS 12.1.1

By | November 9th, 2018

There’s a case to be made for the iPhone XR being the best iPhone for most people right now, and we think that’s an argument that is difficult to pick apart. The main downside for some people when deciding whether to opt for an iPhone XR is the lack of 3D Touch, and while some don’t use it at all, others use it repeatedly.

Apple tried to get around the lack of 3D Touch by adding Haptic Touch, something that amounts to a tap-and-hold gesture that works relatively well. With iOS 12.1.1, it’s going to get better, too.

Right now, iPhone XR owners are missing out on one of the best features of the iOS notification system. Anyone with a 3D Touch-enabled device can push harder on a notification and get a preview of whatever it’s notifying you about as well as things like instant replies etc. That isn’t something that made its way to Haptic Touch, but that’s thankfully being rectified with the arrival of iOS 12.1.1.

In its current second beta release, iOS 12.1.1 allows iPhone XR owners to tap and hold on a notification to get the same information a user would if they used 3D Touch on an iPhone XS, and that’s great news. Anyone with an iPhone XR will no doubt be very pleased to hear such news, and we do wonder why Apple didn’t think to add such a gesture before now.

Not to worry, though. If you’re an iPhone XR owner rocking a stable build of iOS, your struggle will be coming to an end soon enough.

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Nestled in one of the most ulu parts of Singapore, this cargo container park plays off the usual beat and brings a touch of quirk to our rigid little island. Before you go ahead and dismiss it for being miles away from civilisation, you should know that this park was actually built for a good cause!

Known as the Punggol Container Park, its actual name is Social Entrepreneurship and Eco-park Development (SEED), an initiative by Social Innovation Park (SIP) to build a more inclusive and sustainable world. Each container bistro here carries a social mission and unique concept.

Bring yourself on a journey to the edge of Punggol, and you’ll be surrounded by colourful metal boxes, each boasting a different type of cuisine. Here comes the inevitable question – what’s good? To make your arduous trip worthwhile, here are 5 things that you should eat at this park. Don’t forget to bring your passports! (Just kidding!)

1. Big Fish Small Fish

Always bustling with activity, Big Fish Small Fish is no doubt the star of the show here with its alluring fragrance of fried fish and crisps. Its mission is to ‘promote inclusivity’ by providing employment opportunities to needy individuals.

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Forget fancy bouquets that tear up a massive hole in your wallet, this bouquet of Dory Fish & Crisps ($ 7.90) is all you need to impress your lady. Served in their signature yellow cardboard cone, a golden extravaganza of fried potato slices and fish threatens to fall out the top of the cardboard. Armoured in a thin batter, the dory flesh retains its juicy moisture, even after being deep-fried in boiling oil. It is accompanied by a load of fried crisps which are thinly-sliced and madly addictive.

For a more textured alternative, you can also try the Salmon Fish & Crisps($ 12.70) – also a popular choice. Unlike the smooth flesh of the dory fish, the salmon is flaky and tough yet still moist.

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Help yourselves to their selection of dips – Cheese, Salted Egg, Ketchup, XO Mayo, Curry Mayo, and Tartar sauce. When chewing through a handful of lightly-flavoured crisps gets a little monotone, their dips give a pop of flavour to each bite, which makes it harder to stop eating. If you’re a true-blue Singaporean, you will probably love the curry mayo, which is reminiscent of roti prata curry, or the salted egg sauce.

Big Fish Small Fish

50 Punggol East, #01-K35
Singapore 828826

9438 7623

Sun to Thu: 12pm – 12am
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 1am

2. Seoul Good

Just sitting beside Big Fish Small Fish, Seoul Goodawaits your visit with refreshing bingsus and chicken wings that are literally so good. With a motto to ‘inspire positive change’, this eatery also acts as a platform for job opportunities for single parents and ex-offenders.

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After a day in the sweltering heat, what you might want right in front of your eyes is this Strawberry Bingsu ($ 18.90). Depending on your preference, the ice can be made with a milk base or yoghurt base (+$ 1). Boasting the usage of authentic Korean ingredients and machinery, Seoul Good’s bingsu prices may seem a little out of one’s comfort zone but you’ll find that the quality is worth a few extra bucks.

Served without the sweet milk found in normal bingsu places, their shaved ice was by itself milky and flavoured. Sitting atop the fluffy milk snow are fresh macerated berries that are beautifully red and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Photo credit: Seoul Good Facebook

Of course, you might not want to travel all the way to the edge of Singapore just for bingsu. In that case, give their Kimchi Chicken Spaghetti ($ 11.90) a try! The Asian-Italian fusion of al dente pasta, kimchi, and seasoned chicken builds a robustly spicy and tangy profile, which is rarely heard of.

Seoul Good

50 Punggol East Punggol
Singapore 828826

8818 3210

Sun – Thu: 12pm – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 1am

3. Pump Station 1965

This one should be easy to spot, with its characteristic retro concept featuring recycled wooden barrels and oil drums as furniture. Pump Station is helmed by Macs Fong, an ex-convict, and thus carries the social mission of ‘supporting sustainable living’. He believes in giving ex-convicts a second chance, a conviction (pardon the pun!) that has paid off, as evident from his current success.

Besides offering up to 100 types of featured beers, speciality drinks, and liquors, Pump Station cooks up an array of enticing Asian fusion dishes. Expect to find a variety of choices like Japanese curry, sesame wings, smoked duck spaghetti, and even salads.

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If you ordered a drink or two, look no further than this Dong Po Pork Belly($ 14.90) as a side to your tipple. The intense sweet and salty flavours cut right through the bitterness of the alcohol, which explains why they pair so well. The tender pork fat then proceeds to melt in your mouth, and you may find that the three-piece serving is not enough.

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Photo credit: Pump Station Facebook

If you’re looking something more filling, they do a bang-up job with their Bangers & Mash as well. Grilled to perfection and doused in a homemade sauce, the German sausages are juicy to each bite and paired with creamy mashed potatoes.

Pump Station 1965

50 Punggol East
Singapore 828826

9459 7703

Mon to Sat: 5pm – 1am
Sun: 3pm – 1am

4. D’Grill

On a mission to ‘celebrate diversity‘, D’Grill brings you local delights without pork or lard and hires without discrimination.

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Specialising in grilled and hotplate local foods, they also serve up unique fusion dishes in hotplate style, deep-fried, or pasta-based. Amongst the plethora of dishes that you’d want to get your hands on, the Grilled Hotplate Sambal Stingray ($ 13) is one that will not let your hungry soul down. The piping hot sambal that is slathered generously on the fresh stingray looks fiery but is surprisingly not too spicy, and still possesses a kick of flavour.

D’Grill

50 Punggol Street #01-K38
Singapore 828826

9670 9279

Sun to Thu: 4.30pm – 12am
Fri & Sat: 4.30pm – 1am

5. Miami Bistro

Miami Bistro is the newest kid on the block and warrants attention with its Miami-themed decorations. With hints of the American flag on the stall’s exterior, it screams ‘Party in the USA’ and beachy vibes, which is quite apt, I guess, with the reservoir-side locale.

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Photo credit: Miami Bistro Facebook

Besides the vibrancy that it contributes to the place, the food here is also dedicated to the drinkers, with meat platters and fried goodies. Good to go with a bottle of beer, Miami Bistro serves up the Salted Egg Fish Skin and Chicken, which provides a pop of savouriness to every sip of alcohol. The waiting time for the food might stretch a little longer than you like, so if you don’t really have time to chill, skip this place.

Miami Bistro

50 Punggol East #01-K34
Singapore 828826

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Apple’s Clips Update Adds Six New Scenes, New Real-Time Filters, Stickers, More

By | November 8th, 2018

Apple‘s Clips may sometimes be the forgotten app in the App Store, but it can actually be a surprisingly entertaining one to play with.

The free app is available for both iPhone and iPad, allowing users to create videos that include things like mixed reality scenes and stickers for sharing on social media. The app has today received a new update, adding new features along the way.

According to a press release sent by Apple to announce the update’s arrival, users can now take advantage of six new Selfie Scenes once it is downloaded. Selfie scenes are 360-degree backgrounds that users can add themselves to using an iPhone or iPad’s TrueDepth camera. The new scenes include animated backdrops such as a rainforest, a mad scientist’s lab, and even a scene from Pixar’s Incredibles 2 movie.

Selfie Scenes tap into the power of the Neural Engine on the A12 Bionic chip to deliver incredible portrait segmentation during preview and recording — so users blend seamlessly into a variety of landscapes.

There are three new filters also coming along for the ride, including “a black-and-white comic book, monochrome watercolor painting, and aged film.” New posters also allow users to “create great-looking title cards for their videos with themes like science, sports, and silent movie, as well as animated posters from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Coco.”

Anyone wishing to download the new update can get Clips version 2.0.5 from the App Store as a free update. It’s compatible with iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and newer devices running iOS 11.1 and later.

Two of the new real-time filters (Aged Film and Comic Mono) added to Clips

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