Food Attack

Food Attack

Featuring Carpenter and Cook, The Line (Shangri-La Hotel Singapore), The Disgruntled Chef (Dempsey), 4Fingers Crispy Chicken (ION Orchard), Shin-Sapporo Ramen (Orchard Gateway), Mama Panda Kitchen (River Safari), 109 Teochew Yong Tau Foo, Kabe no Ana (Jurong Point), Dian Xiao Er 店小二 (Jem), Xin Hao Ramen
Vanessa Kou
Vanessa Kou

Black Sesame Mochi Shio Pan ($2.80)
○Wish there was more of the earthy fragrant black sesame paste! Baked with their signature shio pan, the sesame-studded bun had a very pleasant savoury note which matched swimmingly with the sweet nutty filling. The mochi was so fun to bite into as well, soft and chewy~

Garlic Cheese Shio Pan ($2.60)
○Real garlicky (beware of garlic breath). A lovely savoury number but nothing too mind-blowing.

Maple Bacon Shio Pan ($2.60)
○Love me a salty and sweet combo. The slightly tacky coating of maple syrup worked surprisingly well with the bacon-stuffed salt bread.

Mentaiko Onion Shio Pan ($3.20)
○A tad too cloying for me with the rich creamy cod roe sauce (it kinda overpowered the taste of the bread in my opinion) and I personally felt that the chopped onions didn’t help to cut that heaviness. But a nice option if you like a strong flavour.

OG Shio Pan ($2)
○My favourite! It proved that it is hard to go wrong with their classic Shio Pan. Very buttery, wonderfully tender with a slight chew and had a really nice tinge of saltiness.

🗒 I ordered online for their island-wide delivery but you can also choose self-pickup to save yourself from a possible snaking queue~

The Pineapple Prawns with Crispy You-Tiao ($24.90) was crowd-pleasing as well. Homemade crispy dough fritters stuffed with squid and prawn paste, lightly battered plump sweet prawns and sliced pineapples tossed in a light citrusy pineapple-mayonnaise dressing. A tad jelat towards the end for me, so great for sharing overall.

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For the protein, the Farm Chicken with Spring Onion ($25.90) was superbly tender and succulent. The local kampong chicken poached in superior broth blanketed with a fragrant housemade fresh spring onion and ginger dipping sauce. Well-executed and surprisingly refreshing as the sauce didn’t taste cloying or heavy.

Sticking to their signatures, I really enjoyed my recent lunch at Song Yue. A cozy spot offering a comforting yet refined line-up of home-styled Taiwanese food.

For the carbs, their Ah-Ma’s Rice Vermicelli and Taro Soup ($23.90/Reg) was real lip-smacking. Served in a rich pork bone broth (kinda like a creamy collagen soup), the rice vermicelli was fine and soft without being mushy. There were also plenty of ingredients such as pork slices, yam, clams, dried shrimp, sliced mushrooms and some greens which added a lovely umami depth.

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As for their mains, I got their Ikura Salmon Cutlet on Flavoured Rice ($24.80) which was embellished with a generous amount of homemade egg tartar mayo sauce and briny salmon roe. Sweet, tangy and savoury. Paired with cherry tomatoes, avocado and crunchy shredded purple cabbage, the bowl also had plenty of textures and the veggies helped counter the heaviness of the fried cutlet as well.

Here for Kohaku Sabo's seemingly gimmicky viral Bouncing Kitty Set ($13.30), the milk puddings were surprisingly good. The jiggly Coconut Milk and Taro Milk puddings were both creamy, smooth and rich. None were too sweet, and the flavours didn’t taste overly artificial either. A fun after-meal dessert to share with others.

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Easties rejoice with an absolutely gorgeous 2-storey cafe that is the newest Lola’s at Tampines Mall (their largest store)!

For dinner, we had to get the outlet exclusives;

Grilled Chicken & Mushroom Orzo ($18)
Studded with a good amount of sliced white button mushrooms, the orzo prepared with parmesan and white wine was delightfully creamy and tender. The grilled chicken leg was well-executed (nicely seasoned and succulent) and the addition of crisp kale (I believe) on the bowl was very much welcomed as well.

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Squid Ink Scallop Fettuccine ($22)
The squid ink-coated egg fettuccine was slurpy and well-flavoured with the sweetness of briny tobiko and bright white wine. Embellished with garlic herbs crumbs, the proteins in the pasta were wonderfully done too - plump seared sweet scallops and crab meat.

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Uji Matcha Soft Serve Waffle ($14)
Quite the pairing with Lola’s butter waffle and sea salt butter cookie, the soft milky swirls of matcha soft serve were decently earthy and not too sweet. Love the black sesame rice puffs and white chocolate black sesame sauce which provided that extra crunch and distinct nuttiness. The waffle itself was crisp on the outside and chewy-soft on the inside but a tad bit doughy in my opinion. 

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Saddened by their approaching closure (2 June), I am a little embarrassed that I only got down to visit them last weekend (the woes of a west-sider).

I also had to over-order and got their Croquette & Kani Sando ($16.20). Sandwiched in between 2 soft slices of toasted Japanese Milk Bread, was a crisp Potato Croquette with refreshing Kani Salad, slathered with torched Mentaiko Mayo and umami Ikura Shoyu Zuke. Can’t go wrong with savoury Mentaiko, thankfully it wasn’t overly salty or heavy. The croquette was nicely executed as well - crisp on the outside, tender and on the inside.

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Saddened by their approaching closure (2 June), I am a little embarrassed that I only got down to visit them last weekend (the woes of a west-sider).

I had previously ordered their buns when they were still a home-based business so of course I had to try the signatures from Madu Bakery's dine-in menu. A crowd-favourite, the Cereal Prawn Croissant ($15.90) really delivered. Topped with sizeable plump prawns, the flaky buttery bake was well complemented with tangy drizzles of Yuzu Mayo, sliced Cheese, fragrant Toasted Cereal crumbs and Curry Leaves. The tiger prawns tasted fresh and I really enjoyed how juicy and sweet they were.

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My Sunday got significantly better with Mother Dough’s May weekend special!

Their Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake ($8) with a side of cream was very nicely done as well. The subtle zing from the addition of lime-infused cream was wonderfully refreshing and texture-wise was surprisingly airy. Fudgy and moist, the slice was not overly rich or cloying but best shared in my opinion as it was pretty chocolatey. 

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