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.

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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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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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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

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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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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.

Grove 一素

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

6385 9989

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!

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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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5 Things to Eat at Punggol Container Park

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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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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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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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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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Yaloh! Herbal Roast Duck!

If you are a fan of Dian Xiao Er’s herbal roast duck, then you should be happy to know about this little hawker stall in Golden Mile food centre which serves a similar herbal roast duck! If you have never tried herbal roast duck before, then now you can have a small portion served with rice for as little as $ 4.50.

The duck here is very good and I find the herbal sauce rather moreish.  It is a little on the sweet side, but it complements the duck really well.   Well worth the trip!  4.25/5

A whole duck costs $ 45 and its $ 12 for a quarter which is what I needed to get that shiok feeling.

Conclusion

Good to see hawkers making restaurant food more accessible to the masses.  If you haven’t had herbal roast duck before, this is a good place to start.

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Hong Kong Food Trail: Best Eats!


Roast Goose of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a well known food paradise, but that doesn’t mean that you can pop into any old shop and expect to eat something amazing!  Like any other country, you still need to do some research to find out where all the best eats are!  Fortunately for me, I have a local food guru who brought me to all his favourite places to eat in Hong Kong!  Not only that, he also brought us to places to buy dried goods and kitchen stuff!

In this post, I have listed down the places I visited over the course of 3 days so that you can construct your own food trail.  All the locations are conveniently listed in a map at the bottom of the post!

Sik bao bao!  (Eat till you drop!)

Central

Yung Kee is arguably the most famous eatery in Hong Kong with a history stretching back to 1938.  It was the undisputed champion of the roast goose before almost closed in 2015 due to a family dispute. Since then, the popular opinion is that the roast goose isn’t as good as it was before.  However, they are still very good for other dishes like their lup cheong and goose liver sausage.  We had these with their fried glutinous rice which was stir fried in a wok for over 35mins and it was really good.  But the star dish was the braised goose which came with all the innards.  This is a special dish which you need to order one day in advance.  If you enjoy goose liver and intestines then this is the ultimate dish to eat with a bowl of rice.  I am not so big on innards, but it was an interesting experience.  I am drawn to other dishes like the smoked pork belly which had melting layers of fat infused with wood smoke. Contrary to what I was told about the roast goose, I actually found it very good.  My local friends also agreed that it was much better than when they last tried it, although it was no longer considered the best in Hong Kong.

Yung Kee Restaurant
32-40號 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2522 1624
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For the best roast goose we headed for a small family owned eatery called Yat Lok, just a stone’s throw away from Yung Kee.  The skin is crisp like the burnt sugar atop the creme brûlée and when you sink your teeth into its crisp shell, the juices burst out to overwhelm the palate with its unctuous goodness!  The meat is tender and flavourful without being gamey. They roast their geese for 15 mins longer than other stalls to render the excess fats so it isn’t as jialat as the geese from other stalls.  Their sio bak and charsiu are also very good, but not as outstanding as the goose.  They have a history stretching back to 1957, but still remains as a small family owned business with no other branches.

Yat Lok Restaurant
Hong Kong, Central, Stanley St, 34-38號, Conwell House, HK 香港島 中環 士丹利街34-38號 金禾大廈地鋪
+852 2524 3882
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The ngau lum at Kau Kee really lived up to its reputation!  They only open at 12.30pm, but by then the queue was already 100m long!   They are using local beef which has a really good flavour and the soup has a natural sweetness that can only be achieved by boiling the beef bones for long periods of time.  I preferred the clear soup over the curry as I like to be able to savour the natural flavour of the brisket.  The tendons are also braised till they are slippery soft!  But I bet the question on your mind is whether it is really worth the 100m queue?  In short, yes, most definitely.

Kau Kee
21 Gough St, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2850 5967
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After your hearty meal at Kau Kee, do head over to this sugarcane drink shop to cool yourself down.  The sugarcane juice tastes different from what we have here in Singapore because they steam the sugarcane before extracting the juice!

Kung Lee Sugar Cane Drink
60 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2544 3571
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Sui Kee is an old school dai pai dong which has been around for 90 years.  Their specialty is braised beef innards served  with smooth and silky hor fun.  It is currently being run by 4th generation owners.  I don’t personally like liver but everything else in the bowl was an adventure of different textures!  $ 36/bowl.  Worth a try if you enjoy kway chap!

Sui Kee
2 Gutzlaff St, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2541 9769
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This 101 year old establishment still makes soy sauce the traditional way in clay vats that are fermented outdoors for 9 mths.  They do have modern vats which makes soy sauce for the mass market, but if it is the real deal you want, you will need to buy it direct from them at their shop in Central.  Here is where you can find other condiments like oyster sauce, fermented prawn pastes and sesame oil.  These come from specially curated sauce makers and are worth checking out. The salesman at the store speaks very good English which is helpful since I can’t converse in Cantonese!

Kowloon Soy Co. Ltd.
9 Graham St, Central, Hong Kong

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This small family eatery serves both dim sum and cha chaan teng style food.  The dim sum is very good overall and I particularly liked their steamed pork ribs and prawn paste toast.  The har gau and siew mai were big and hearty, but could have been more juicy.   What is worth the trip is their salted egg toast which is filled with lava like salted egg sauce which gives you the pimple popping satisfaction when you cut into it! (It tastes really good too!)

Chau Kee
Tung Lee Mansion, 地下 H1 號 舖, 1C-1K Water St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
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Wan Chai District

This is the kind of old school cafe that I really love.  They serve excellent polo buns and you have to try the ham omelette which is fried on a beat up old cast iron pan that really infuses the eggs with wok hei! Their cold milk tea is also a must try!  This char chaan teng has been around for over six decades and has served some of the most famous personalities on the island!  Put it as your first stop for breakfast before you start exploring the wet market around Wan Chai because the queue starts to form later in the day!

Kam Fung Cafe
41 Spring Garden Ln, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
+852 2572 0526
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Chrisly cafe is a good alternative to Australia Dairy Company (see below) if you don’t want to have to endure the 100m queue. I was told that the owner opened it with some of the chefs from Australia Dairy Co. I do feel the eggs over at Australia Dairy are slightly more fragrant but the difference is really not worth the queue. (and the abuse) They also have macaroni and ham here just like at Australia Dairy Co.  To me it really just tastes like Campbell’s chicken noodle soup.  My guess is that Hong Kongers love it because that is what they grew up eating!

Chrisly Cafe 華星冰室
Kwong Sang Hong Building, 6 Heard St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
+852 2666 7766
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Branches in other areas

While exploring the market area of Wai Chai, you might want to drop into this shop which sells the Hong Kong version of curry rice. It’s quite similar to the Japanese katsu kare.  You get two generous pieces of pork chops atop a plate of rice and a bowl of curry for $ 88. The curry is quite mild. It’s nice, but it did not really hit the spot for me.  Their pork chops though are thick and juicy and well marinated.  Their other specialty is the beef kway teow which I would not recommend.  Although it came with the requisite wok hei, the kway teow was stiff and wasn’t fried properly as some were still stuck together.

Sun King Yuen Curry Restaurant
G/F, 20 Spring Garden Ln, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
+852 2574 9172
 MAP

We had one of our best meals at Liu Yuan Pavilion. Their hairy crab roe fried with bean jelly is superb. (not cheap but very good!)  We also had an excellent soup made with the whole tennis ball sized piece of Jing hua ham hock!  The soup was delicious and after we finished the soup, we got to eat a lot of ham!  Their shen jian bao and crab glutinous rice were also very good. Definitely worth a return visit.

Liu Yuan Pavilion
The Broadway 3F, 54-62, Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
+852 2804 2000
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Our guide brought us to his favourite dried goods shop that sells quality dried abalone, scallops, mushrooms and all manner of herbs.  We are assured of their quality and honest prices.  I bought some dried tangerine peels which were 20 years old!  It’s going to be great for my next batch of red bean soup!

Sun Cheong Ginseng and Medicine
Wan Chai, 香港灣仔灣仔道67號
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We were supposed to get a haircut at this really old barber shop but the barber called in sick on the day we visited! It has operated out of the side of an alley between two buildings since 1962 and is supposed to provide “classic haircuts for modern gents”!  It is quite near Kam Fung Cafe and worth a visit and a haircut if you need one.

愛群理髮 Oi Kwan Barber Shop
Side of Door, 20 Spring Garden Ln, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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Sheung Wan

The go to place for most people for goose liver lup cheong is Yung Kee, but our guide brought us to this old shop which is cheaper but just as good!  They sell all sorts of preserved meat as well as century eggs with melty centres!

Wo Hing Preserved Meat Co.
Welland Building, Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852 2544 0008
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Happy Valley

Mak’s noodles has long been considered the best wanton mee (or at least, the most famous) in Hong Kong.  But of late, my local friends have told me that the standards have dropped.  They have instead been going to this stall is opened by one of the daughters of the original Mak Noodle.  It was a good bowl of noodles but it didn’t quite blow me away.  The soup is very tasty and doesn’t have a strong “kee” flavour and the noodles very QQ.  The wantons and sui gao are very good but as I said, it didn’t really make me feel that it was something I couldn’t get here in Singapore.

Mak Siu Kee Traditional Wonton Noodle
32 King Kwong St, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
+852 2893 2308
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Northpoint

If you love tau huay and everything made with tofu, then you have to make a trip to this little shop in North Point where they are still milling their beans with a stone mortar!  The shop sells tau huay, tau kua, stuffed bean curd, fried tofu etc.  The tau huay was very good but not something that would make you go “wow! so this is what real tau huay tastes like!”  But it is good to experience traditional tofu made on the premises.

Tak Hing Lung
1 Marble Rd, North Point, Hong Kong
+852 2563 8815
MAP

Kowloon

Mongkok

I had wanted to visit the original Mui Kee stall ever since I tasted their congee in Singapore.  What makes their congee different to our local version is that the rice is marinated with century eggs before being cooked and bean curd skin is added at the end to give it a silky texture.  When you place an order, the fish belly is flambeed in an old copper pot to infuse it with a delectable smokey aroma and then added to the congee!   Make sure you order their century eggs and cold fish skin which are very good too! The sifu there has been cooking the porridge since their opening in 1979!

Mui Kee Congee
Fa Yuen Street Municipal Services Building, 123A Fa Yuen St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
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This is the last copper-smith in Hong Kong where you can still buy the handmade copper pots that Mui Kee uses to make their porridge! I have one at home which I use to infuse my dishes with wok hei and it works really well even on my household hob.   Copper conducts heat very well so the pots get really hot and when you add some fish and a dash of oil, it bursts into flames and gives your dish that smokey aroma!  The copper pots are HK$ 800 each and you have to order ahead of time as they only make one per day!

炳記銅器 (Coppersmith)
Hong Kong, Mong Kok, 咸美頓街1號
+852 2384 4838
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Prince Edward

Our very first stop when we arrived in Hong Kong in the evening was this restaurant in Kowloon near Prince Edward station which is frequented by lots of renown head chefs who go there for supper after their dinner service. The crispy fried bee hoon there is excellent and something that I have never come across before.  The crispy beehoon looks as if it is covered with an extra layer of batter and fried till it is crispy as keropok!   Other dishes like their deep fried pigeon and salt baked chicken are also very good. One thing about Hong Kong is their access to ingredients which we can’t find in Singapore which make their dishes quite different.  Good for a late supper as they open till 1am!

Ju Xing Home 聚興家
Hong Kong, Prince Edward, 旺角砵蘭街418號地下
+852 2392 9283
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Just across from Ju Xing is yet another late night restaurant called Go Go.  Their signature dish is their sweet and sour pork served under a bucket of ice cubes! Because of the cold, the crust is rendered extra crisp while the pork is still warm inside! We also tried their braised goose intestines which is very good.  The braised pomelo skin is quite unique.  The pomelo rind have to be soaked, steamed and squeezed three times before they are braised to get that unique spongy texture.  It is the kind of traditional dishes that not many are doing nowadays because of the amount of work involved.  Not something I would order again but it was good to experience it.

Gao Gao Restaurant 高高酒家
64號 Lai Chi Kok Rd, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
+852 2333 8325
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Kowloon City

We capped off our supper with some old school sweet soups at this eatery which opens till 1 am.   They serve traditional Teochew style soups, so expect to find mung beans, lotus seens and glutinous rice balls served in warm soups.

Chiu Chow Hop Shing Dessert  合成糖水
Hong Kong, Kowloon City, Lung Kong Rd,
九龍城龍崗道9號地下
+852 2383 3026
MAP

Yau Ma Tei

Austrlian Dairy Company is not what you think it is.  It’s neither Australian, nor is it a dairy company. It is a traditional cha chaan teng which serves scrambled egg sandwiches and macaroni.  I skipped the 100m queue by ordering the scrambled egg sandwich to takeaway. I was told that the secret to the scrambled eggs is that they use eggs from 3 different countries to make it.  The scrambled eggs were good but I am really not sure if it is worth queuing up for. I was told that their efficient and rude service is part of the entire experience that makes it memorable.  Their turnaround time is around 10 mins, so you are expected to sit, order, eat and get out of the restaurant!

Australia Dairy Company
47號 Parkes St, Jordan, Hong Kong
+852 2730 1356
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If you are looking for kitchenware, then Shanghai street in Yau Ma Tei is the place to go.  I bought a really nice cast iron wok from this particular shop.  Unlike the typical cast iron wok, this one is polished on the inside so it makes the seasoning process much easier!  The handles are also insulated.  Very nice wok indeed and my family are enjoying the wok hei!

Chan Chi Kee Cutlery Co.
316-318 Shanghai St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
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This family run Sichuan eatery is a little off the beaten track but they have been around for over 70 years (now 3rd generation) and are well known to the locals for their Sichuan food.  They have a starter of fried fish which is very good and their dan dan mian and “saliva” chicken are delicious!  (make sure you leave some of the gravy from the chicken to add to the noodles!) It might not be the kind of food you’d associate with Hong Kong, but if you are visiting Wong Tai Sin temple, it is a good place to pop by for something with a bit of kick!

Wing Lai Yuen
15 Fung Tak Rd, Chuk Un, Hong Kong
+852 2726 3818
MAP

Conclusion

Well, that’s all the places we covered over three days!  Hope you will find the food trail useful when you plan your own Hong Kong food trip!  Below is the map of all the places we visited:

Acknowledgement
Our guide, Terence Chan, was the man responsible for bringing Mui Kee to Singapore!  He is passionate about Hong Kong heritage food and sees its expansion overseas as a means of preserving its heritage!

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Dumpling Darlings – A New Cafe in Amoy Street that Serves Amazing Mandu!

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Chefs everywhere are shaking things up and deviating from the original dumpling —a pork-filled dough parcel. From the creators of Lola’s cafe, Dumpling Darlings is the new babe in town. They are sending out unorthodox renditions of dumplings which will wow you, and prove that the whole dumpling craze isn’t going to die down anytime soon!

I must say, the alliteration on the letter ‘D’ was a smart move because now it will always be on the back of my mind whenever I crave dumpling… darlings. Dang! Decked out in darker colours, and armed with an eye-catching neon sign, the chic eatery will spoil you silly with their array of dumplings. If you’re thinking of heading over for lunch, you’re in luck! Their lunch set option, which includes a drink, dumplings, and a bowl of noodles, is priced fairly at just $ 16.

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We ordered the Miso Mushroom Noodles($ 5) which features handmade noodles topped with braised mushroom, Japanese soft boiled egg, fried shallots, sesame and spring onion. The noodles were very springy, and hints of miso accompany every bite. Altogether, the dish was on the sweeter side.

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Can’t get enough of dumplings? Get their Dumpling Platter of 15($ 20). It features five different flavours(The Original, Veggie Mandu, Momo Curry, Fried Pierogi, and Smoked Duck) so you can be on dumpling overload mode. . Although you won’t get to pick the Spicy Sichuan in your combo, you can order the Spicy Sichuan with the set option AND get the dumpling platter so you can try everything!


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You can never go wrong with The Original; it’s a classic. Minced pork collar mashed with Napa cabbage is enveloped in a silky jacket that’s lightly glazed with black vinaigrette. Dip the dumplings in the traditional ginger soy sauce, if you like.

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I was delighted to find a vegetarian option in the store. The conventional meat filling in the Veggie Mandu is replaced with a mash-up of Spinach, Tofu, Shiitake and Korean pickles. What surprised me was that it didn’t taste like vegetables at all. It only hit me on the second piece that this was a vegetarian alternative. I polished off the whole plate within seconds!

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Does Smoked Duck Dumpling sound appetising to you? Well, it sure does to me. Smoked duck and shiitake mushroom are wrapped neatly in a thin dough, pan-fried to perfection, and served with a generous dollop of Hoisin mustard which lends a little sweetness to the savoury treat. The skin was chewy and had a nice crisp.

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Sprinkled with curry powder and curry leaves, Momo Curry features minced pork collar mixed with curry spice and charred cauliflower. This creation is perfect for those who are more adventurous, and will like to try something more unique, or spicy. Not to worry, the spice is manageable.

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Ah, the Fried Pierogi. In case you were wondering, a Pierogi is a European version of a dumpling. Dumpling Darlings’ rendition gives you smoked bacon, truffle potato, caramelised onion, cheddar and sriracha cream. The truffle fragrance was gentle, and the smoked bacon and caramelised onion gave the dish a nice crunch. It’s no wonder that this is the most popular dish here. You won’t want to miss this!


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Similar to wonton in chilli oil that many have grown to love, the Spicy Sichuan is here to satiate all your mala cravings. The spicy Sichuan vinaigrette elevates the dish to a whole new level, and is sweet, sour, and spicy. Have a drink ready in hand to tackle the spiciness!

This new space will surely be the talk of the town real soon. Better get your reservations in or you’ll be joining the rest at the back of the queue. Remember to check their opening hours before popping by. If you’re big on dumplings, bring your darlings to Dumpling Darlings for some Mandu Madness!

Address: 44 Amoy St, Singapore 069870

Phone: 8223 9249

Area: Telok Ayer

Opening Hours: 11:30AM–3PM, 6–10:30PM Monday – Friday, 6–10:30PM Saturday, Closed Sunday

Cuisine: Chinese

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dumplingdarlingsg/

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 Dumpling Darlings. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

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What to Eat at Punggol Oasis Terraces

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Dotted throughout with trees and well, more trees, the government is working hard to develop Punggol into a vibrant, lively neighbourhood. The Punggol Oasis Terraces – a new neighbourhood centre with a polyclinic – is an example of the government’s efforts, housing retail, dining and healthcare facilities for residents all in one place.

When it comes to places for good food in Punggol, the lack of choices is real, with Waterway Point being the only location that comes to mind. On weekends, it is a literal war in the shopping mall, with hordes of families strolling around for dinner. Fret not, because Oasis Terraces is here to save the day.

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Standing at seven storeys high, this neighbourhood centre is just a stone’s throw from Oasis LRT station. If you’re in the hood and in the mood for some food, here’s a look at what to eat in Punggol Oasis Terraces!

Rise & Grind Coffee Co.

If like me, your favourite kind of sport is cafe-hopping, you’d be over-the-moon to see that this quaint cafe has opened an outlet here at Punggol! Hailing all the way from the West, Rise & Grind has its roots at Bukit Timah, serving innovative, quality food and coffee.

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With a menu that offers a titillating array of choices, the Pulled Pork Benedict($ 15) is one of the standouts, and rightfully so. This brunch item sees slow-cooked pork shoulder slathered with apple cider hollandaise, plopped atop crispy sourdough toasts which soak up all the juices that manage to escape the pork. Add on two perfect poached eggs with luscious yolks, the whole dish is taken a notch higher with the subtle creaminess.

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Another top choice is this Tom Yum Seafood Pasta($ 17), which is a stellar representation of a good fusion dish. In this plate, east meets west, where al dente pasta is soaked in a punchy and tangy tom yum sauce. The gravy is stimulating with its lemongrass fragrance and leans towards a creamy consistency without being too jelak. The sweetness of the fresh seafood when fused with the sauce, is something you won’t forget.

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Looking to chill and have a light snack? Give their Sweet Potato Fries with Mentaiko Mayo($ 10) a go, which is a sweet-savoury combination of the fries and mentaiko sauce. The pretty pink-hued mentaiko is drizzled on the crispy fries and gives the starchy sweet potato a good balance with its salty fishiness.

Rise & Grind Coffee Co.

681 Punggol Drive #01-06
Oasis Terraces
Singapore 820681
Mon to fri: 10am – 9pm Sat & sun: 9am – 9pm
9866 2020

Dim Sum Inc. by Crystal Jade 翡翠点

Dim Sum Inc is a new concept by the well-known Crystal Jade group, which focuses on casual, quick-service and serves up Cantonese-style cuisine. With a more curated menu as compared to the extensive one at Crystal Jade, this restaurant follows the concept of a diner rather than a Chinese restaurant. Of course, the quality of the food here still matches up to the Crystal Jade standard.

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Har Kau is a quintessential item that is served at almost every dim sum restaurant and is representative of the chef’s skills and dedication. While you marvel at the exquisiteness of the Assorted Trio Har Kau ($ 4.80/3 pcs) here, don’t forget to let your phone appreciate its beauty as well. Find yourself enjoying every bite of the thin, translucent skin which encases bouncy shrimp flesh.

For something less basic, go for the Traditional HK Rice Roll with Sesame & Sweet Sauce ($ 4.20). Think slide-down-the-throat smooth chee cheong fun in a mix of sweet-savoury dark sauce and nutty sesame sauce.

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If you’re looking for a quick lunch fix, you can order one of their signature roast bowls and noodles. This is the Braised Superior Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle($ 8.80) which is comprised of springy egg noodles showered in their premium soy sauce and served with tender roasted chicken. Simple, yet so satisfying.

Dim Sum Inc

681 Punggol Drive #02-36
Oasis Terraces
Singapore 820681
Mon to fri: 9am – 10pm Sat & sun: 9am – 10pm
6244 8490

Lau Wang Claypot Delights

Specialising in heartwarming and familiar claypot dishes, Lau Wang Claypot Delights has been in the business since 1985 and warranting long queues since its opening at Oasis Terraces.

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On top of the must-try list, presenting to you – Sesame Chicken Claypot($ 5.20/$ 7.20). ‘Saucy, thick, flavourful’ are just some words that may immediately come to mind when you scoop a spoonful of this and shove it in your mouth(which is not recommended it’s really hot).

Served in a piping hot claypot, the glossy sauce continues to bubble in front of you, along with the generous portion of tender chicken chunks. Order a bowl of rice and eat it with the sauce, and finishing the whole thing by yourself might not be a challenge after all.

Their modest-looking homemade Ngoh Hiang($ 4.80/2pcs) has a thin, crispy skin, enveloping juicy minced meat and crunchy water chestnut cubes.

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The Lau Wang Herbal Frog Leg Soup($ 8.50) is something nourishing and cleansing to follow the saltier dishes. Like the other claypot items, Lau Wang is very generous with the amount of frog leg in this bowl, which makes it a total bang for the buck. The broth itself has a gentle herbal flavour, which is sweetened by the goji berries boiled in it. It ends your meal on a light, pleasant note and helps you feel a little healthier.

Lau Wang Claypot Delights

681 Punggol Drive #01-15
Oasis Terraces
Singapore 820681
Daily: 11am – 9.30pm

ChikSoo

Like K-Pop, Korean food NEVER goes out of style. The genius behind Nasi Lemak Bingsu(which surprisingly received rave reviews during the national day period), ChikSoo specialises in Korean fried chicken and bingsus, if you couldn’t tell by the name.

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A good fried chicken is not hard to identify. As long as it is crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and is chicken, it ticks all the boxes. The Soya Sauce Chicken Wings($ 12/4pcs) here meets all the requirements with its golden skin and tender flesh, albeit a little pricey. Unlike normal Korean fried chicken, this one is not loaded with sauce but still manages to capture the flavours. If saucy is your thing, you can go for the Sweet Chilli or Hot & Spicy flavours.

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Their Army Stew($ 25) is good for sharing, serving pork belly, spam, sausage, tofu, vegetables, cheese and Korean ramyeon in hot, flavourful broth. You can also find typical Korean food like pancakes, topokki, rice, and noodles.

ChikSoo

681 Punggol Drive #01-07
Oasis Terraces
Singapore 820681
Daily: 11am-10pm

6909 7465

King of Hot Pot

When it’s a rainy night and you don’t feel like travelling far from Punggol for dinner, King of Hot Pot is the place to go. People have said that the quality of the soups and meats here are comparable to HaDiLao’s, which is always swamped by crowds of Singaporeans and tourists. If a late-night hotpot session is your thing, rejoice! King of Hot Pot opens until 2am for you nocturnal animals.

king of hot pot

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They offer an extensive list of soup bases for you to choose from, with the recommended ones being the tomato and mala flavours. You can expect fresh, red meats and marbled beef if you do order them, and superior service.

King of Hot Pot

681 Punggol Drive #0402/03
Oasis Terraces
Singapore 820681
Mon to fri: 11am – 12am Sat & sun: 11am – 2am
6442 4660

R&B Tea

You can find more recommended R&B menu items here.

Unless you’re watching your weight or health, bubble tea is always welcome, anywhere at any time.

rbtea

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Here, you can find one of the best Brown Sugar Boba Milk($ 4.80/$ 5.50) in Singapore. It stands in starkly contrasting layers of white and dark brown and is astoundingly appealing. The tapioca pearls are slow-cooked in brown sugar for at least 3 hours, to ensure a deep, aromatic flavour, which marries well with the creamy fresh milk.

If that’s not fun enough for you, try the Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cheese Brûlée($ 5.80/$ 6.50), which is basically the same thing but with a layer of cheese brûlée on top. The extra layer of velvety cream cheese and is sprinkled with brown sugar bits and then torched, creating a golden caramelised top that brings a touch of crispiness to each sip. If you live anywhere near this, beware of gaining some serious weight.

R&B Tea

681 Punggol Drive #B1-03
Oasis Terraces
Singapore 820681
Daily: 11am – 9pm

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