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iPhone 8 3D Sensing Technology Ahead Of Qualcomm Android Rivals By 2 Years

By | August 22nd, 2017

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has been at it again, with the prolific analyst today releasing a new report in which it is claimed that Apple’s 3D sensing technology is significantly ahead of technology available to Android devices using Qualcomm’s offering.

According to the report, Qualcomm will not be able to make significant shipments of its own 3D sensing technology until 2019, a long time after Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 8, which is expected to bring the tech to the mass market next month.

If Kuo’s belief is accurate, Qualcomm lacks the required advancements in both the hardware and software required to make 3D sensing technology work as well as is required. This, in turn, will have an impact on makers of Android phones, which would normally look to Qualcomm to provide such a solution. Xiaomi is the company believed to be considering using such technology but it is also said to be waiting to see how Apple’s implementation is received within the marketplace before committing to bringing similar functionality to its own devices.

KGI has previously reported that Apple’s use of a new camera and infrared sensing system will make for an incredible new 3D sensing technology that will give the iPhone 8 one of its marquee features. TSMC will be the company tasked with manufacturing Apple’s IR transmitter’s diffractive optical element and wafer-level optics while Qualcomm uses a 2-in-1 system of the DOE and WLO from Himax.

iPhone 8 concept render based on info provided by case maker Nodus

It is this that is believed to be the key difference causing Apple to be so far ahead of the game, and is something holding Qualcomm back as far as the 3D sensing technology is concerned.

Apple is expected t0 announce the iPhone 8, along with its new 3D capabilities next month. It remains to be seen whether it will be all it is claimed to be, but it is now only a matter of time before such questions can finally be answered.

(Via: 9to5Mac)

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Antoinette: Infusing Hakka Flavours to French Food!


Hakka Gnocci $ 24

I have been a strong advocate for local cafes adopting more Singaporean flavours rather than serving the kind of stuff you can get in cafes all round the world.  The way I see it, any tourist would want to experience something that is unique to our island, don’t you think?

I was glad to learn that Chef Pang of Antoinette had made the bold decision to incorporate some of our heritage flavours into his wildly popular Parisian patisserie cafe.   Not many chefs can pull off a fusion dish, but as Chef Han of Labyrinth has shown us, if it is done well, it can be good enough to win a Michelin Star.


Bread Basket $ 5

What I like about Chef Pang’s approach is that he has been able to come up with a few new twists on mod-Sin cuisine.  There was nothing in his menu with laksa or rendang in it, which, I am sure you would agree, has been done to death.

Instead, he has leveraged on his Hakka heritage to come up with things like his Hakka gnocci which I really enjoyed.  Based on the Hakka suan pan zi, Chef Pang makes his “abacus seeds” by hand, from a dough made from mashed yam and tapioca flour.  He combines these delightfully chewy gnocci with a sauce made with ground pork, dried shrimps, cuttlefish and brings it altogether with foie gras cream.  It works very well and the flavours are well balanced and packed with umami!  4.5/5


Kale Caesar $ 22

Another local flavour profile that Chef Pang has incorporated into his dishes is the flavour of the Chinese five spice mix.  That’s the savoury sweet flavour you get when you bite into a hum chim peng.  Chef Pang has added this flavour to puff pastry and fashioned it into an escargot which worked surprisingly well.  You can order it as part of the bread basket ($ 5) which comes with four different butters: Chye poh (preserved radish), rempah, fried shallots and nam yu (red fermented bean curd).  Well worth ordering as a side dish. 4.25/5

The five spice flavour is also used in the chicken roulade which is part of the Kale Caesar salad and it tastes like a refined version of the roast chicken you find at the chicken rice shops.  The Caesar salad is flavoured with salted fish which actually makes quite a nice substitute for anchovies.  I found the Kale a little too fibrous and would have preferred romaine lettuce.  4/5


Chicken Rice $ 26

His chicken rice is done very nicely.  The breast meat was cooked sous vide at 65°C and was tender and juicy.  Instead of rice, Chef used a barley risotto.  It was nice but the barley didn’t quite have that nutty flavour I was looking for.  The chicken skin was deep fried to a crisp and placed on top. I have come across various renditions of chicken rice before and Chef’s is one of the better ones.  However, I still felt it didn’t quite capture some of the aspects of chicken rice which I really enjoy.  The slippery jelly like texture of the chicken skin which I look forward to whenever I eat chicken rice is missing, as well as the robust ginger and scallion flavour.  4/5


Chilli Crab Arancini $ 16

The dish I didn’t like was the chilli crab arancini which tasted more like hae bee hiam. (dried prawn sambal)  The deep fried rice balls with chilli crab filling just didn’t remind me of chilli crab at all. Nasi Lemak arancini might be a more apt name of it.  3/5


Pandan $ 14

Pastries are certainly Chef Pang’s forte.  His delightful pandan dessert pays rightful homage to the prince of local flavours.  Here the flavours of pandan are presented in different textures, from the chewy pandan infused sago beads, to the creamy and airy mousse and spongey texture of cake.  The pandan flavour is paired with its usually accomplice, gula melaka to which salt has been added, transforming it into our local rendition of salted caramel. 4.25/5


Petite Orient $ 9

My favourite pastry is the Petite Orient which brings together a lotus paste mousse, coconut cake, salted peanut sesame praline and salted egg creameux.  The mooncake inspired flavours come together in a more refined form that is light on the palate and a perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea!  4.5/5

Conclusion

Chef Pang has done an admirable job of infusing local flavours to his Parisian style cafe, transforming part of the menu into a showcase for Singapore heritage flavours!

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Misato: High end food, casual prices

We have all come across eateries which we regard as “hidden gems” before.  These are places that serve really good food but are not well known.  There are a whole host of reasons why these gems remain undiscovered.   It could be because of its location, poor marketing or simply that it is serving food that only a small segment of the market appreciates.

In Misato’s case, the problem lies primarily with its concept.  If you stood outside the eatery, you would be quite confused about exactly what they are selling.  The menu shows a hodgepodge of different items with no distinct theme.   They serve matcha but there isn’t a wagashi menu to go with it, only a solitary warabi mochi.  There is okonomiyaki but it’s only available in one flavour. There is the odd sweet and sour pork on the menu that is not currently available.  If this is supposed to be a Japanese restaurant, then where is the sashimi and tempura?  If it’s a cafe, where are the coffee and cakes?  How do you explain the eclectic mix of Japanese dishes in the menu?  Is there any logic behind it?


Seafood kaminabe $ 20.80

In order to understand Misato, you need to think of it not as a restaurant, but more like someone’s home kitchen.  If you ever get invited to a meal at someone’s place, it is not inconceivable that you might get a Japanese curry alongside a sweet and sour pork, okonomiyaki, some breaded fried items and a German pudding for dessert.  Your host would have just served you some of his best dishes which he feels confident you would like.

In Misato’s case, the kitchen belongs to eccentric, self taught chef, Tony Young.  Tony had been in the fashion industry until an accident forced him to switch career track.  He decided to open a Japanese restaurant because he was loves the food and had made multiple trips to Japan just to taste and perfect his dishes.


Hoba A5 Japanese Wagyu Beef $ 38.80+

Being a perfectionist, he would master one dish and be content just to serve that in his menu.  With an eye for aesthetics, he invested $ 400,000 on the crockery alone which doesn’t make much business sense since he is pricing his dishes at the level of mass market Japanese eateries.  Not only that, he tries to keep everything authentic by using mostly Japanese ingredients to cook his dishes and still insists on selling it at mass market prices!

He has recently introduced his Hoba Wagyu beef where he lightly sears 100g of A5 Ohmi Wagyu sirloin and then places it on top of a delicious miso sauce made with miromi miso and serves it on a Hoba leaf over charcoal.  Only the charcoal is locally sourced while the rest of the ingredients including the mushrooms and negi are from Japan.  You can expect to pay at least $ 80-120 for this at a top end Japanese restaurant but he is selling it at a ridiculous $ 38+ because he wants to make it accessible to everyone. 4.5/5

NB: When we were there earlier in the week, it took some time for the leaf to heat up.  They are now working to rectify the problem.


Okonomiyaki $ 14.90+

His seafood nabe which sells for $ 20.80 comes with imported Japanese vegetables, live tiger prawns, salmon and dashi made daily from Hokkaido konbu and niboshi. Even the cabbage and mountain yam used for his okonomiyaki $ 14.90 are imported from Japan!  The okonomiyaki is delicious and is one of the dishes that I would order whenever I eat there.  4.25/5


Ebi Katsu Curry $ 20.80+

The ebi fry at Misato is the best I have tasted at a casual Japanese restaurant.  Most casual dining places selling ebi fry will use frozen pre-breaded prawns which just needs to be deep fried and served.  I don’t think you can find anywhere else using live tiger prawns and fresh panko and sell it at $ 20 with Japanese rice and homemade curry.  4.25/5


Gyoza $ 6.90+ 6 pieces

Their gyozas are made fresh daily with minced chicken and chopped scallions.  The rectangular shape looked a little odd to me, but the gyozas are delicious and some of the best I have tasted.  4.25/5


Sanshoku Warabi Mochi ($ 8.80+)

There are only a handful of desserts on the menu but they are all  very good.  The sanshoku warabi mochi is made daily at the restaurant and has a sublime texture that is a joy to eat.  Misato uses a specially imported Yugen matcha powder from made by Marukyo Koyamaen a traditional maker of matcha founded over four centuries ago.  The matcha powder alone costs $ 45 per 40g can! (price + airfreight) Tony tells me that he had tried switching to a cheaper brand but it didn’t taste as good.  Again, it doesn’t make business sense to use such quality matcha powder and still sell a dish at $ 8.80.  Most people won’t even appreciate it! But I hope now you can see why I call this place a hidden gem!


Matcha Bavarois $ 7.90+

Their matcha bavarois is top notch instagram fodder! You run the risk of being hypnotized if you stared at it long enough. It’s made of hokkaido milk, Yugen matcha powder and gelatine. It’s so wobbly you could use it to study sine waves if you happened to be so inclined.   They make only 12 every day so you need to be early to avoid disappointment.  4.5/5

Conclusion

There is no doubt that Misato serves quality food at very reasonable prices. But the success of a restaurant depends on more then just good food.  The concept, service and ambience must all make sense.  Misato is serves high end dishes in a casual cafe environment at prices that make you wonder how they make money.  Their hodgepodge menu might be a disconnect for the masses but for those who know the true value of good food and are prepared to wait,  it really is a hidden gem.

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Fresh Resources for Web Developers – July 2017

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Chicken Hotpot Review @ Bedok Point 鸡公煲

Chicken Hotpot Review @ Bedok Point 鸡公煲

Chicken Hotpot 9

We were caught by a whiff of the herbal scent when passing by the Chicken Hotpot outlet at Bedok Point, it smelt good and we finally succumbed to the temptation and decided to give it a try.

Chicken Hotpot is originated from Shanghai and has received some rave reviews from the media since inception in early 2000.

4 types of pots are available – Chicken, Shrimp, Beef & Fish.

Chicken Hotpot 7

We ordered the Chicken Hotpot and the Couple set.

Chicken Hotpot 

Chicken Hotpot 5

This is their house specialty, come with Small, Medium and Large, you can have a choice of the level of spiciness, Non-Spicy, Mild-Spicy or Spicy. We opted the Mild-Spicy but frankly, you hardly can taste the chili sensation at all, it was just a little of chili flakes added more on presentation than to spice up the broth.

The broth was made of a special sauce which was thick and inundated with piquant herbal flavour, taste is subjective and some will like the strong bold flavour but could be over-bearing to others. There were capsicum, onion and celery added with chicken piece.

Chicken Hotpot used Kampung chicken for the hotpot and that reflected well from the tender chicken in the pot. Ala Carte side dishes like meat and vegetables are available and you can add to the soup for more flavour. Broth can be refilled but with bone stock so the gravy was gradually got diluted so do the flavour.

Scandalously Spicy Shrimp 

Chicken Hotpot 6

The broth was closely resembling the Thai TomYam soup with sweet, sour and mild spicy flavour. Cooked with Celery, cucumber, lemongrass and shrimps with FRENCH FRIES!! Can you image putting French fries in a pot of broth? May be it helped to increase the serving size and made the pot of hotpot looked full but with French fries?? Sorry, we totally cannot appreciate it. The prawns were way over-cooked and lost the tenderness and juiciness. A mediocre hotpot in our opinion.

Pork and Chive Dumplings (6 pieces) $ 6.8

Chicken Hotpot 8

Freshly made Pork and Chive Dumplings, not too bad with the juicy and flavourful filling.

Add on dishes are available and self service.

Chicken Hotpot 2

Our verdict on Chicken Hotpot

Among the two hotpot we have tried, Chicken Hotpot may deem acceptable with the taste and the tender chicken, however, the Scandalously Spicy Shrimp was far off the mark dampened by the soggy French Fries and ordinary broth.

Couple set (which comes with a small signature chicken hotpot, a small Scandalously spicy shrimp hotpot and 2 drinks for $ 33.80++.

Family set which comes with large Hotpot, large Scandalously spicy shrimp hotpot or Fish in a pot, Chef handmade shrimp paste and 4 drinks for $ 59.80++

Ala Carte price ranges from $ 1.80 – $ 3.80 to Premium plates ranges from $ 4.80 – $ 6.80.

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A: 

East Branch:

799 New Upper Changi Road, #02-35/36, Bedok Point, Singapore 467351

Please refer to their website for other outlets

T: 6242 2592

H: Mon – Sun, 12 noon – 10pm

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Fresh Resources for Web Developers – July 2017

Having been maintaining this series for a few years now has allowed me to witness the progress in web development. There are a number of tools that were so popular only a few years ago but not so much in the recent times mainly because they failed to gain meaningful adoption. While there are web development resources that retain their popularity even today.

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Preact

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Pell

Pell is a JavaScript library to build WYISWYG editor. By default, it comes with the common buttons like the Italic, Bold, Underline, and the Headings with more will be added in the future. Built with ES6, Pell requires no dependencies library like jQuery, is small in size, yet it is maintained to be compatible with IE9.

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Tonik

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BotUI

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Reaction Commerce

Open source CMS for commerce hasn’t changed much for years with most of them built on top of PHP. ReactionCommerce aims to change that with the latest web technology stacks. It is built using JavaScript and is an event-driven CMS providing real-time experience. It comes with the features like order processing, payments, shipping, analytics, etc to allow get up and run an e-commerce site quickly.

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TinyReset

A modern CSS resetter with minimal footprint. TinyReset is a good alternative to the legendary reset.css by Eric Meyer.

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Martinet

Martinet is Command Line Tool to build static website with modern tools like Webpack, TypeScript, Pug for templating, LESS, and NPM. It is designed so that we don’t have to worry on the site configuration. Simply follow the convention and run martinet, your website will be up and running.

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Billboard

BillboardJS is JavaScript to build interactive data visualization based on D3.js. There is an array of visualization types you can build with this library including line, bar, pie, doughnut, and see the demo page for more details.

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SVGI

SVGI is a Command Line Tool that allows you to lookup SVG elements or SVG files. Once installed, you will get access to the svgi command line where you retrieve list of Nodes on the SVG, the size, and the elements hierarchy.

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TimeStrap

Another interesting open-source platform on our list after ReactionCommerce, TimeStrap a time tracking an invoicing system that you can host anywhere just like WordPress. A good alternative for those who prefer to manage invoicing on their own system rather than using external services.

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Slate

A tool to create static single page for APIs documentation. Slate is used in many popular projects such as WooCommerce, Travis-, CoinBase, and even NASA.

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FontJoy

A tool to generate great font pairing. Press the “Generate” button to retrieve new font combinations infinitely. What’s interesting is that this tool generates the result with Machine or Deep Learning. I’m not sure how that exactly works but if you’re curious check out this page.

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CoolHue

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FrontPress

FrontPress is a front-end framework that utilize WP-API and AngularJS. It is a great starting point if you want to create a headless CMS with WordPress, something I’m very much looking forward to.

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Misato: High end food, casual prices

We have all come across eateries which we regard as “hidden gems” before.  These are places that serve really good food but are not well known.  There are a whole host of reasons why these gems remain undiscovered.   It could be because of its location, poor marketing or simply that it is serving food that only a small segment of the market appreciates.

In Misato’s case, the problem lies primarily with its concept.  If you stood outside the eatery, you would be quite confused about exactly what they are selling.  The menu shows a hodgepodge of different items with no distinct theme.   They serve matcha but there isn’t a wagashi menu to go with it, only a solitary warabi mochi.  There is okonomiyaki but it’s only available in one flavour. There is the odd sweet and sour pork on the menu that is not currently available.  If this is supposed to be a Japanese restaurant, then where is the sashimi and tempura?  If it’s a cafe, where are the coffee and cakes?  How do you explain the eclectic mix of Japanese dishes in the menu?  Is there any logic behind it?


Seafood kaminabe $ 20.80

In order to understand Misato, you need to think of it not as a restaurant, but more like someone’s home kitchen.  If you ever get invited to a meal at someone’s place, it is not inconceivable that you might get a Japanese curry alongside a sweet and sour pork, okonomiyaki, some breaded fried items and a German pudding for dessert.  Your host would have just served you some of his best dishes which he feels confident you would like.

In Misato’s case, the kitchen belongs to eccentric, self taught chef, Tony Young.  Tony had been in the fashion industry until an accident forced him to switch career track.  He decided to open a Japanese restaurant because he was loves the food and had made multiple trips to Japan just to taste and perfect his dishes.


Hoba A5 Japanese Wagyu Beef $ 38.80+

Being a perfectionist, he would master one dish and be content just to serve that in his menu.  With an eye for aesthetics, he invested $ 400,000 on the crockery alone which doesn’t make much business sense since he is pricing his dishes at the level of mass market Japanese eateries.  Not only that, he tries to keep everything authentic by using mostly Japanese ingredients to cook his dishes and still insists on selling it at mass market prices!

He has recently introduced his Hoba Wagyu beef where he lightly sears 100g of A5 Ohmi Wagyu sirloin and then places it on top of a delicious miso sauce made with miromi miso and serves it on a Hoba leaf over charcoal.  Only the charcoal is locally sourced while the rest of the ingredients including the mushrooms and negi are from Japan.  You can expect to pay at least $ 80-120 for this at a top end Japanese restaurant but he is selling it at a ridiculous $ 38+ because he wants to make it accessible to everyone. 4.5/5

NB: When we were there earlier in the week, it took some time for the leaf to heat up.  They are now working to rectify the problem.


Okonomiyaki $ 14.90+

His seafood nabe which sells for $ 20.80 comes with imported Japanese vegetables, live tiger prawns, salmon and dashi made daily from Hokkaido konbu and niboshi. Even the cabbage and mountain yam used for his okonomiyaki $ 14.90 are imported from Japan!  The okonomiyaki is delicious and is one of the dishes that I would order whenever I eat there.  4.25/5


Ebi Katsu Curry $ 20.80+

The ebi fry at Misato is the best I have tasted at a casual Japanese restaurant.  Most casual dining places selling ebi fry will use frozen pre-breaded prawns which just needs to be deep fried and served.  I don’t think you can find anywhere else using live tiger prawns and fresh panko and sell it at $ 20 with Japanese rice and homemade curry.  4.25/5


Gyoza $ 6.90+ 6 pieces

Their gyozas are made fresh daily with minced chicken and chopped scallions.  The rectangular shape looked a little odd to me, but the gyozas are delicious and some of the best I have tasted.  4.25/5


Sanshoku Warabi Mochi ($ 8.80+)

There are only a handful of desserts on the menu but they are all  very good.  The sanshoku warabi mochi is made daily at the restaurant and has a sublime texture that is a joy to eat.  Misato uses a specially imported Yugen matcha powder from made by Marukyo Koyamaen a traditional maker of matcha founded over four centuries ago.  The matcha powder alone costs $ 45 per 40g can! (price + airfreight) Tony tells me that he had tried switching to a cheaper brand but it didn’t taste as good.  Again, it doesn’t make business sense to use such quality matcha powder and still sell a dish at $ 8.80.  Most people won’t even appreciate it! But I hope now you can see why I call this place a hidden gem!


Matcha Bavarois $ 7.90+

Their matcha bavarois is top notch instagram fodder! You run the risk of being hypnotized if you stared at it long enough. It’s made of hokkaido milk, Yugen matcha powder and gelatine. It’s so wobbly you could use it to study sine waves if you happened to be so inclined.   They make only 12 every day so you need to be early to avoid disappointment.  4.5/5

Conclusion

There is no doubt that Misato serves quality food at very reasonable prices. But the success of a restaurant depends on more then just good food.  The concept, service and ambience must all make sense.  Misato is serves high end dishes in a casual cafe environment at prices that make you wonder how they make money.  Their hodgepodge menu might be a disconnect for the masses but for those who know the true value of good food and are prepared to wait,  it really is a hidden gem.

Disclosure
This review was done as part of a media tasting.  That means that the food was provided but no fees were charged for the write up.

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How To Use Apple AirPods With CarPlay

By | August 18th, 2017

Here’s how you can use your Apple AirPods in your car equipped with an Apple CarPlay in-dash navigation system.

As more and more vehicle manufacturers push out new cars with CarPlay functionality embedded, more and more device owners will start to make use of the platform. That’s just common sense. Third-party companies producing affordable aftermarket CarPlay head units will also increase that usage.

For those that may have been wondering if Apple AirPods work inside cars with CarPlay, we’re here to tell you that they do, and we’re going to show you how. If you are wondering why would you want to use AirPods with CarPlay? Well, there could be a number of reasons for that, one which is more likely is when you want to listen to music privately without having to disturb other passengers in the car, or maybe you want to have a private phone call through CarPlay without wanting others in the same car to hear it? With that out of the way, here’s how to go about using AirPods with CarPlay:

Step 1: If you are used to working with your iPhone and CarPlay then the first part of this process is very simple. You will need to connect that iPhone to your CarPlay integration through the usual methods.

Step 2: As mentioned earlier, the primary use case for AirPods and CarPlay is presumably to be able to listen to any type of audio-based media or make a phone call, so, with that in mind, start playing the music or media of your choice via CarPlay connected to your iPhone with AirPods paired.

Step 3: Take the Apple AirPods and start using them as you normally would. Obviously, they need to already be connected to your iPhone. Place them into your ear and they should automatically connect.

And that is really all that you need to do. The previously playing music should now be routed through the AirPods and into your ear. This will then enable you to control the content from your CarPlay-enabled vehicle’s display, but with the added benefit of having the audio routed to the AirPods.

One important thing to note here is that using AirPods (or any headphones for that matter) in this fashion while driving may not be legal in all countries. You may want to check with your local laws to see if this is something which is legally allowed. Also, we’ll recommend wearing one of the AirPods units in ear instead of both and keeping other one empty in order to clearly hear other vehicles and surroundings while driving. Remember, safety while driving should always come first!

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Sum Kee – The Famous Tze Char Restaurant Has A New Outlet At Yung Ho Road

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We’re pretty sure Sum Kee restaurant needs no introduction as many of us are familiar with their first restaurant at Telok Blangah which is always crowded. They have done so well that a second outlet has been established about a month ago at Yung Ho Road, just opposite SuperBowl Jurong. The menu is similar, but this new outlet offers more luxurious seafood items.

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The Curry Fish Head ($ 26) is Sum Kee’s signature item. We were surprised by the size of the fish head, as it is big and very meaty. Do order some fluffy white rice to pair with the curry gravy. The rempah is grounded in-house, hence it is fragrant, and lemak enough without being too overwhelming. Red snapper is used, and the fish is prepared really well such that the flesh is smooth and tender. If you’re lucky enough, like us, you’ll get to indulge in fish eggs too! It’s so unusual to find fish eggs when you’re having fish head curry, but we found two huge fish eggs in ours. The curry also includes long beans, brinjal, lady’s fingers, and taupok.

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The other popular dish is the Ultraman Chicken ($ 12/$ 18/$ 24) which is simply popcorn chicken coated with salted egg sauce. The sauce is very buttery and quite thick, but it would’ve been better if there were more sauce drizzled over the chicken. This dish is more like a snack, but the small pieces of chicken are so addictive, that we couldn’t resist popping one after another in our mouths.

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The XO Sum Lor Hor Fun ($ 8/$ 15/$ 28) features flat white noodles with an XO sauce that contains ingredients such as dried scallops. The noodles are silky smooth, while the XO sauce is savoury with a hint of spicy twist. The beansprouts give this noodle dish a nice crunch, and there are slices of Chinese sausages to enhance the savoury taste. We regretted not ordering the $ 15 portion.

Sum Kee’s second outlet is not very accessible, and there are limited parking spaces. The entire restaurant is air-conditioned, and the place isn’t as rowdy and crowded as compared to their Telok Blangah outlet. If you prefer a modern environment which is more conducive to hold conversations over a meal, you should check out the second outlet.

Address: 19 Yung Ho Road, Singapore 619592

Phone: 6873 3069

Website: http://www.sumkee.com.sg/

Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm (lunch) and 5pm to 10.30pm (dinner) daily.

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

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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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