Be hit with a pleasant lightness of the broth with the Sliced Fish Soup ($4.80). The soup came with a very clean taste, no hint of fishiness at all, a generous amount of fluffy fried fish, vegetables and tofu, topped with Chinese seaweed and crispy fried egg (!!!). Dipping it in the fermented bean sauce really helped to elevate this humble dish to the next level. For those looking for a light meal, this is a tasty soup that doesn’t compromise on flavour.
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The Tom Yum Fried Fish Soup ($5.40) was packed with so much punch you will salivate before the broth touches your lips. Definitely a well balanced mix of spicy and sour that will awake you from dreamland and warm your tastebuds heartily. And again, the crazily sinful deep fried egg babies add so much flavour to the soup, you have to get a bowl on its own to enjoy the extra oomph!!
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Visit before 3pm to avoid disappointment, their fish soup sells out fast!
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📍Hot Spot Cafe Restaurant
Burlington Square
175 Bencoolen Street
#01-34
Singapore 189649
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Opening Hours
Mondays to Sundays: 11am - 4pm
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And so they say the best showcase of a culture is in its food, this restaurant has been nominated by Doug’s North Indian ex-boss, as the cuisine closest to the authentic taste of his hometown.
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For starters, always get something barbecued, easy to eat, to begin the meal experience. A tikka will do the trick. We had half a chicken tandoori ($14). The chicken is tender, pleasantly marinated in a concoction of spices that coat the pieces and sets this apart from your casual grill.
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Now enter the naan. Soft and fluffy, the naan ($3.50) is easily torn into bite-sized pieces, easy to savour if you enjoy that freshly baked texture with a little steam coming from the bread.
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Now for the perennial favourite, the butter chicken ($14.50). The primary use of this dish is for dipping your naan, to soak up all the goodness (or unhealthiness😅) of the butter curry. Chicken is tender, flavourful, and comes in little morsels best eaten with the naan. Just a light heat, this is less spicy compared to the tandoori but the curry gravy is heavenly, and with a good hit from the spices.
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Chicken dum Briyani ($12.50) topped off our meal. The long grain rice is extremely fragrant with cardamom seeds and anise star delighting the senses, definitely one of the most fragrant chicken briyani around. Chicken pieces are generous, fragrant, and will definitely keep you wanting more!
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Washing down all the lovely culture in the meal is a cup of Teh Halia ($3). Ginger infused milk tea, this gives a soothing heat that goes down well with all the spicy food.
Ready for your immersion yet? 😏
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Read more on our blog: www.atasteofdojo.com/khansama-tandoori-restaurant/
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Khansama Tandoori Restaurant
166 Serangoon Road
Junction of Norris Road
Singapore 218050
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Opening Hours
Daily: 11.30am - 12.30am
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Here, you will only find fresh and smooth sliced batang in your bowl as Uncle Henry only uses expensive Batang fish. So remember to order fresh slices instead of fried fillets, you'd want all the untainted goodness from the fish! If we're feeling spendy, we would sometimes order fish belly for the extra smoothness, it's really quite shiok!
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Especially love the fragrant bits of crushed Ti Por! Broth tastes natural and lightly sweet from boiling of bones, along with yee mee as noodle choice. Best part, there's no stinky smell from fish.
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The soup was so good on it's own but the homemade chilli added a tangy heat, sour and spicy at the same time! Read more (+bonus pic of Uncle Henry!): www.atasteofdojo.com/tai-seng-fish-soup
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📍Tai Seng Fish Soup
Bing Garden Eating House
Block 3024 Ubi Road 3
#01-99
Singapore 408652
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Opening Hours
Mondays to Fridays: 9.30am - 3.30pm
Saturdays: 9.30am - 2.30pm
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Iberico Pork Jowl Charshu Don (Lunch Set $17) was OUTSTANDING - Tender, succulent slices of pork jowls slow-cooked to perfection and topped with an addictive savoury-sweet sauce, while the onsen egg hidden at the side of the bed of fluffy rice makes for a delicate, but most welcome addition. The meat has a good ratio of fats in each bite.
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It is honestly quite rare to find gyudon with on-point taste and satisfaction, but the gyudon served here was excellent. Gyu Don ($14) - Fragrant, tender, and perfectly seasoned shabu beef slices with caramelised onion on a bed of fluffy Japanese rice. Mix the egg in and you have a delightful scrumptious dish that brings glee to your tastebuds!
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Traditional Izakaya with great quality, and very value for money lunch sets. Each set comes with complimentary salad (our fav are the seaweed and fried brinjal) that's sure to make you fall into an instant food coma after lunch! So do not be deceived by the sizes of each lunch bowl, they are damn filling, we swear!
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Read more: www.atasteofdojo.com/shukuu-izakaya-stanley-street
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📍Shukuu Japanese Izakaya & Sake Bar
8 Stanley St
Singapore 068727
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Here, meat and vegetables are charged by portions, rather than weight. Vegetables are $1 per portion, meat at $2, and seafood $3. Tossed in mala chilli oil, dried chillis, ginger and more than 20 types of herbs and spices, their version of mala xiang guo contains a copious amount of garlic, and almost no numbness due to the sheer amount of peppercorn. Everything we ordered was veg, so this dish might as well be mala salad..Who needs meat when this dish is already so tasty!? The vegetables were crunchy and soaked up all the spicy essence like a sponge. The mala sauce was appetising and had a slight kick, pleasantly fragrant, not too heavy or salty, and quite delicious. 中辣 is definitely bearable! We paid $16 for this huge bowl, pretty cheap I must say! Portions definitely run big here, so if you come as a couple, you’d probably want to order fewer items! Find out our flavor profile rating on www.atasteofdojo.com/ri-ri-hong-ma-la-xiang-guo/
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Ri Ri Hong Ma La Xiang Guo (日日红麻辣香锅)
32 New Market Road
People's Park Complex Food Centre
#01-1036 and #01-1152
Singapore 050032

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This dish is essentially fresh clams and mussels cooked in a sweet and spicy lemongrass broth that is deeply aromatic and well flavoured. The clams are fresh and succulent, making slurping them out of their shells a breeze.
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If you think the French influence on culinary traditions in Vietnam stops at banh mi, here’s a fusion dish to keep on your radar.
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Bánh xèo ($11.50), which literally translates into “sizzling cake,” is a crêpe made from rice flour colored with turmeric and packed with a filling of mung bean paste, shrimp, bean sprouts, enoki mushrooms and sliced pork. The locals would wrap up these slices in an array of herbs into a mini spring roll, then dipping them into nuoc cham, sweetened fish sauce with chile. A dish you would have to prepare to get your hands dirty!
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With its relatively affordable price points, robust and deeply scented flavours, these are dishes that respectfully reminisce the food on the streets of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. If you're ready to explore beyond the basic Vietnamese dishes like pho and spring rolls, this place will impress you no less. Way to go, Mộc Quán!
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Read more on our blog: www.atasteofdojo.com/moc-quan
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📍Mộc Quán
81 Clemenceau Avenue,
UE Square Shopping Mall, #01-23
Singapore 239917
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The bbq pork has the true taste of street side hawkers, blatant grilling and coated with strongly flavoured sauce. Especially loved the rice noodles, simple and light, giving a really refreshing balance to the grilled meat.
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Read more on our blog: www.atasteofdojo.com/moc-quan
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📍Mộc Quán
81 Clemenceau Avenue,
UE Square Shopping Mall, #01-23
Singapore 239917
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A warm French baguette encases fresh vegetables and grilled chicken, crisp crunch amidst a fluffy interior, like those found in Vietnam. Baguettes here are baked in house daily, so the freshness is impeccable. Bánh Mì Gà Nướng, or baguette with roasted chicken goes at $7.50, somewhat the price of a premium subway but bursting with so many cultural flavours. All Bánh Mì here is served with cucumber, parsley, butter, pickled vegetables and Vietnamese chilli.
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Read more on our blog: www.atasteofdojo.com/moc-quan
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📍Mộc Quán
81 Clemenceau Avenue,
UE Square Shopping Mall, #01-23
Singapore 239917
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To us, Vietnamese food is not just about spring rolls or Pho. Mộc Quán is truly a refreshing find and lovers of the cuisine will surely appreciate.
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Get a taste of Bún riêu with this large bowl of Bún bò Huế ($14.90). It came with so many goodies, a large serving of herbs submerged in the hot spicy broth. The soup starts with pork and beef bones, gets a kick from lemongrass, fish sauce and shrimp paste, and finishes the job with a tangle of herbs, onions and chile, a squeeze of lime and a few delicious add-ons like tender sliced brisket and pork pâté, and, in just about every iteration, mind-blowingly good—nothing beats a correctly prepared bowl of Bún bò Huế.
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Read more on our blog: www.atasteofdojo.com/moc-quan
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📍Mộc Quán
81 Clemenceau Avenue,
UE Square Shopping Mall, #01-23
Singapore 239917
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A really refreshing aperitif of aperol spritz! Orange bitters amidst sparkly Prosecco soda perfect for a hot afternoon. A definite perk-me-up! We enjoy the cozy and quaint interiors and will definitely return to try out more items on their menu.
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Bottega
263 Tanjong Katong Road
#01-02
Suites@Katong
Singapore 437050
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Toasted till slightly charred, the kaya toast had a crisp outer with a smoky taste. Just like what we expected, the melted butter and handmade kaya was a lovely combination.
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Tong Ah Eating House
35 Keong Saik Road
Singapore 089142
Opens daily: 7am – 10pm
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If you are all about that bowl of honestly exceptional fish soup, this stall at Amoy Food Centre is no doubt, THE ONE.
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The light, savoury stock or "ceng" as the Teochews call it, is made purely from boiled Batang (mackerel) bones, mung beans, and anchovies. Han Kee’s standard fish soup costs $5 and works up to $9 for a large bowl. Honestly, the quantity and quality of the fish are beyond words. The biggest plus - each bowl is served with generous portion of thickly sliced fresh, silky, chunky fish, and you will never get the ‘chow chor’ (fish odour) smell as quite commonly tasted in other fish soup. The clear soup is lightly sweet and fragrant from garlic bits too. This is what we call value-for-money.
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Han Kee’s fish soup is certainly the best fish soup we have ever had, and we swear by it. Definitely worth every single bit of our $5, or even $9. Read more: www.atasteofdojo.com/han-kee-sliced-fish-soup/
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📍Han Kee Fish Soup
7 Maxwell Road
#02-129 Amoy Street Food Centre
Singapore 069111
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Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 10am to 3pm
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
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