Probably no time more apt than the Lunar New Year to post about this! Superbly named Laifabar, which connotes “come be prosperous”, is located in an industrial estate in Bukit Batok. However, it’s location is not stopping the crowds from visiting!

With its springy noodles coated in a secret sauce and its cuts of char siew, where you are able to choose your preferred leanness of meat, it is not difficult to see why they had a a constant stream of customers throughout our time there.

We managed to try all 3 types of meats that they have and the char siew was our favourite. We chose the medium leanness and it was delivered as promised, a perfect balance of lean and fatty meat that was tender to the bite with its edges slightly charred to give that bit of smokiness to the meat.


After countless attempts, we finally managed to try this highly raved Malaysian style Nasi Lemak. We opted for the Nasi Lemak with Ayam Goreng Berempah ($8.70/whole leg) and boy was it worth the wait.

The rice was very fragrant and coconutty, and even when mixed with the chilli, that packs quite a punch, the coconutty goodness can still be detected! Definitely one of the best lemak rice I have had!

The chicken leg was also very well seasoned and executed. Even though it was crisp outside, the moisture was locked in and each bite of the chicken was tender and flavourful. I also love the crispy bits that came atop it. Will definitely be back again!

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Haven’t made plans for Christmas yet? Cedele has Christmas set meals starting at just $36!

The 2 course set meal consist of a Cheese Toast as a starter, served with orange mesclun salad & balsamic onion marmalata, and a choice of main. Meat or seafood lovers can choose from either the Wagyu Beef or a Furikake Crusted Salmon but I believe Christmas is not perfect without turkey, so I got the Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Parcels that comes with an unique apricot & walnut stuffing served with grilled brussels sprouts & cranberry chilli jam. Vegetarian friends need not worry as they also have a plant-based option, the Grilled Vegetable Medley. If you are opting for the 3 course set meal ($42 onwards), you get to end your meal with a slice of log cake of your choice too. Cedele has also came out with a series of Christmas drinks to mark the occasion and I tried the very refreshing Sparkling Sangria Tea ($8).

If you prefer to dine in at home, fret not, Cedele’s Christmas offerings are available online via (link in my bio too). What’s more, use code ‘xmas10helloshaunsim’ upon paying at the cashier or checking out online to enjoy 10% off min. $50 spent!

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Stand a chance to win a festive set for 2 on my ig: @helloshaunsim

Tucked in a cosy corner of ION Orchard, RATIO Café + GastroBar, has launched a 3-Course Festive Sets.

Whet your appetite with the beautifully assembled Salmonly Avo-after; slices of Smoked Salmon & Tiger Prawns atop an Avocado Timbale with Citrus-Pomegranate dressing.

For Mains; if you are feeling Ham-gry, you might wish to opt for their Gammon Ham with Apple-cinnamon Chutney served with Parmigiano Reggiano Mashed Potatoes Zucchini and Brussel Sprouts, this serves up a hearty meal with festive vibes. Alternatively, you can Get Quackaling with a moist and fall-off the bone tender Duck Confit paired with Parmigiano Reggiano Mashed Potato, drizzled with Cointreau-cranberries jus, served with Parmigiano Reggiano Mashed Potato Zucchini and Brussel Sprouts.

End your meal with a dessert that is bound to remind you of Rudolph’s Nose. This shiny confectionery comprises a Chocolate flour-less sponge, Raspberry White Chocolate Crunch and Chocolate Orange Cream encased in Raspberry Mousse with a shiny mirror glaze. A sweet ending to wrap up your festive meal.

It will not be a festive feast if you don’t sleigh it with some booze, especially when you can grab 2 cocktails at just $22! The Holiday Blues, comes with a Tequila base, while the Stay Gold comes with some good ‘ol Bourbon, a dash of maple syrup and muddled orange slices, scented with a smoked rosemary sprig.


Had this a while back but remembered it to be a pretty decent meal! Here is what we tried:

Octopus Chorizo ($18); The best item of the night! Born out of a happy accident, the Octopus Chorizo was a product of a double-dare between their Chefs to reinvent the classic Bangers & Mash with octopus. The masterpiece — tantalising golden gravy cascading down a pillowy mash mountain, laden with octopus & chorizo.

Fish Taco ($14); Beer-battered dory with Tortilla, Chipotle Coleslaw, Mayo and Salsa.

Porter House Steak ($49); Seasoned with a simple herb rub to accentuate the meaty flavours, then carefully cut into ideal sharing slices. It took over 35 rounds of experimentation to perfect this tricky cut, from its seared brown crust while retaining a tender and juicy bite.

Mentai Pasta ($21); Smoked salmon with mentai cream sauce, masago, nori and linguine. This could be more flavourful though.

We also had interesting beers in the form of Lychee Sapporo Draft ($11) and Yuan Yang Sapporo Draft ($11).

[One day only!] @shakeshacksg is serving their first ever collaborative menu. And they are starting off with a bang by partnering with Chef Malcom Lee of @candlenutsg, a beloved Michelin-starred restaurant that highlights Peranakan cuisine.

The Buah Keluak Burger features a 100% all-natural Angus beef patty covered in buah kelvak glaze, topped with Chef's Mum's Chicken Curry sauce, crisp cucumber, a runny fried egg, American cheese, diced pickles and ikan bilis sambal, all served on a potato bun toasted with garlic butter. Although this sounds like one overly flavoured burger, we are proud to announce that it is not!

We would also like to petition for the of Curry Fries to stay permanently on the menu! Pairing Shake Shack's signature crinkle cut fries with a secret blend of curry powder and salt, this is so simple yet so good.

The collaborative menu is available this Saturday, 5 November from 11am until sold out, available in-store only at Shake Shack 89 Neil Road.

Change your perceptions about vegetarian food at @newfutkai! This is not my first time here and the taste and quality of the food continues to exceed my expectations!

We tried a new flavour (Tom Yum) of their signature charcoal hotpot and it was still great! I love how the soup base wasn’t overwhelming spicy or sour, retaining just enough of those elements to term it Tom Yum but not stealing away the natural sweetness of the ingredients. The charcoal pot also lent a hint of wok hei to the soup too!

The Pumpkin Butter Sauce Mushroom was so good and addictive that my friend brought his wife for a return visit the following weekend! 😂

Many thanks to New Fut Kai for yet another enjoyable vegetarian food experience!

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We also had the Prawn Paste Chicken Wings on the side and boy, was this good. Fried upon order, this came piping hot! The chicken was crisp on the outside yet juicy on the inside. The prawn paste that coated the wings were well done too, not overly salty as I feared from the many prawn paste dishes that I have had. Get this alongside your fried rice, you won't regret it!

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DTF quality fried rice at kopitiam prices? Say no more! It seems like these days, Yishun folks are no longer just experiencing exciting happenings around their hood but also getting to tantalise their tastebuds at friendly prices.

I recently got to try Smoked Duck Breast Fried Rice and their signature Pepper Pork Chop Fried Rice. In terms of presentation, fans of Ding Tai Fung would find the Pepper Pork Chop Fried Rice to be extremely familiar. This is because @firericepengxiang is un by two ex-DTF chefs with a combined experience of over 30 years. Taste wise, I found this to be as good too. I like that there is a subtle touch of wok hei in the dish and that the fried rice was not overly greasy. And at $7, the cut of pork chop served on top of the fried rice is value for money! Thick and well seasoned, this made me a very happy boy. The smoked duck breast were succulent and tender too, and although a pairing that is not seen very often, it works!

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When your friends replies “anything” to the perennial “What do you want to eat?”, bring them to @culturespoonsg!

Featuring multiple cuisines under one roof and boasting different brands for different meals, every day, this is one spot that you can literally eat at for every meal and not get sick of! And I’m glad that this is literally a stone throw away from my office.

From dim sum to western cuisine to Thai food and more, there is definitely something for everyone! I tried the Pad Kra Pow and the Thai Grilled Pork Neck and both dishes were on point. Servings were huge as well! I also like that the Thai Iced Tea wasn’t too sweet.

I have already made a separate trip back and tried the Penang Char Kway Teow and am glad to report that you can taste the wok hei in it and that it was brimming with ingredients!

Just like you and I, not all pork are made the same! Kagoshima Buta is known for its fine-textured, tender meat and clean-tasting fat. Due to the pleasant weather at Kagoshima along with the unique diet of one of the prefectures top products, sweet potatoes, Kagoshima Buta gains its distinctive clean-flavored fatty meat that is well loved by many.

I recently had the opportunity to try one of Aburi-En’s new seasonal menu item, the Kagoshima Buta Tonteki, that features the succulent and tender Kagoshima pork slices imported directly from Kagoshima, that is grilled before being served in a sweet sauce topped with ginger slices that are almost caramelised. Pairing this with a bowl of premium Japanese white rice was more than enough to brighten up my day after a long day at work. We also paired the meal with a glass of Autumn Apple Sui Soda that helps to refresh my palates between bites. Apart from the new seasonal items, we had one of our familiar favourite dish, the Premium Buta Bara Don as well.

If you wish to try one of Kagoshima’s most famous export right here in Singapore, head over to your nearest #aburiensg now!

The seasonal menu is available for a limited period only. #engroupsg

Hidden along the fringe of the CBD, newly opened Overworked Gastro Bar is a venue for all occasions! Serving hearty western-asian fusion dishes, you can come down for their all-day brunch over the weekends or on your day off or enjoy their value for money set lunches at $15.90 during your lunch break or unwind after work with their all-day Happy Hour starting from only $9.80 per pint.

We enjoyed the Plaster Seafood Rosti ($15), which is, as its name suggests, inspired by the plaster prata! Hidden inside the well seasoned rosti are quality ingredients like Vannamei Prawns and Norwegian smoked Salmon, you know you are getting value for your money. The rosti was also executed nicely, crisp on the outside yet soft and moist within, one of the better rosti that I have had.

We also tried the Johnny Nutmetto ($22) which is their take on a cold pasta dish. Brimming with seafood such as prawns, clams and seabass slices and tossed in Chef Johnny's secret sauce, this was pretty interesting.

The Moo Ping ($10) is a good dish to order if you are there to unwind over some beers. Savoury yet sweet tender, marinated pork that is grilled to perfection, it really pairs well with a pint or two or... ten!

The Beer Battered Seabass & Gratin ($15), which is available as part of their set lunch at only $15.90, including a soup and a drink is pretty well done too. Even though the Kelong Seabass in craft beer batter and served with salad had been left in the cold for a while before we dug in, the batter remains crisp and does not feel overly oily.

And to round off the meal, my preferred choice of poison is the Jing A Worker's Pale Ale Draught ($10.80/pint)