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Julius Lim
Julius Lim

With the tau pok, it acts as a sponge to absorb all the curry goodness too. The bean sprouts, fish cake and chopped chicken are secondary as I can do without and all I need are the noodles and curry all day long.
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✨ Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee
📍 531A Upper Cross Street, Hong Lim Complex, Unit 02-59, Singapore 051531
🍴 [Self-Funded]

My usual order combination of pork chop, braised cabbage and fried egg came up to $4.20 today, which is still very affordable in our current economic climate. Curry rice is one of the ultimate comfort foods in Singapore and the curry drench on everything on this plate just made it so much better. A truly ugly delicious dish that is so underrated and deserves more recognition.
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✨ Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice
📍 52 Tiong Bahru Road, Tiong Bahru Food Centre, Unit 02-67/68, Singapore 168716
🍴 [Self-Funded]

However, it suffered a resounding defeat by International Muslim Food Stall today after trying both side-by-side. For starters, the basmati coconut rice was lacking in aroma and flavour, while the sambal was too sweet for my liking. Comparing both fried eggs, Mizzy Corner did not fare as well as the yolk was fried till it was fully cooked while International had a runny yolk. In terms of the fried chicken, both had its strong points, so none had any sort of advantage or leverage.
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✨ Mizzy Corner
📍 2 Changi Village Road, Changi Village Hawker Centre, Unit 01-26, Singapore 500002
🍴 [Self-Funded]

In the past, I used to prefer International before moving over to Mizzy Corner but having tried both International and Mizzy Corner again in a single seating, I guess I am back to the International camp. Particularly, both the basmati coconut rice and sambal hit the right spots today as the sambal is not too sweet and slightly on the spicier side, and the accompanying fried egg had a runny yolk to complement it. The fried chicken has always been good, so there is nothing wow about it today if you have it fresh off the wok.
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✨ International Muslim Food Stall
📍 2 Changi Village Road, Changi Village Hawker Centre, Unit 01-03, Singapore 500002
🍴 [Self-Funded]

Over at Weng Kee Ipoh Hor Fun, this is the stall that I usually patronize for their Chicken Chop Hor Fun ($4/$5), which comes with a reasonable portion of silky-smooth rice noodles, crispy chicken chop that still retained its crunch despite in the sauce, and finally that magical herbal sauce that they will drench generously before serving. The flavours are not as heavy as you would imagine, instead, it is very well balanced with the savouriness and herbaceous with varying textures from the rice noodles to chicken chop.
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✨ Weng Kee Ipoh Hor Fun
📍 2 Changi Village Road, Changi Village Hawker Centre, Unit 01-19, Singapore 500002
🍴 [Self-Funded]

It might look simple but it’s actually not your average noodle as the noodles are mixed and coated well with the chilli mixture which had a hint of pork lard oil as well. The plus point is that the noodles are cooked perfectly as it retains a certain chew at every bite. The set comes with a bowl of meatballs with minced meat soup in which the minced is given a quick blanch before it is added to the savoury broth. The star of the bowl has got to be their meatballs as each had a certain bounce and texture to it.
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✨ Ah Ma Chi Mian 阿嬷吃麵
📍 100 Hougang Avenue 10, Kang Kar Mall, Unit 01-02, Singapore 538767
🍴 [Self-Funded]

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Due to the current fresh chicken supply shortage, there is an additional $0.50 surcharge to the original price. We finally get what the hype is all about as the crispy fried chicken is wonderfully spiced and you can taste the marination in the meat as well.

The fluffy coconut rice is paired with a half boiled egg, Nyonya acar, fried peanuts and anchovies. To me the key ingredients are the rice and sambal, with the other ingredients being complementary to the overall dish, and whilst the rice hits all the right spot, the sambal is towards the wet and sweeter side, which I would otherwise preferred a spicier version. Nonetheless, if you are in the area during the stall’s operating hours, do drop by and get yourself a plate.
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✨ Uptown Nasi Lemak
📍 121 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068590
🍴 [Self-Funded]

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Familiar to many, there is the Koo Kee Yong Tow Foo Mee stall with their noodle set and fried bean curd followed by 639 Roasted, which in my opinion, was one of the highlights of the meal. Known for their 3 Treasure Rice Set which comes with char siew, roasted pork belly and roasted duck, they have another great dish in the form of the Curry Roasted Duck Noodle, and what stood out the most is the thick and creamy coconut curry that is slurp-worthy comforting.

In this coffeeshop, you can also get Western options from Chef Recipe with signature dishes such as Kurobuta pork and grilled chicken chop, and even a Japanese ramen stall, Mr. Ramen, for their modern take on the Truffle Ramen. Vegetarians or flexitarians can also get their fill of food from Ju Fu Yuan Vegetarian Delights which serve many local and familiar dishes such as laksa, lor mee and mee siam. A coffeeshop is not complete without having a stall selling one of our national dishes, chicken rice and that is where Chicky Fun comes in to fill that gap, together with Xin Lai Lai Tze Char with their wide variety of stir-fry dishes and sharing plates that includes the King Crab Pao Fan. Lastly, ride along the K-wave with GAO Korean Cuisine with Korean-inspired food such as Chicken Leg Rice Box and Army Stew Ramen.
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✨ K88 Kopitiam
📍 5 Banda Street, Unit 01-52, Singapore 050005
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Fortunately for us, we managed to order a plate of half chicken ($18) from YY Kafei Dian over the weekend. The export ban will surely cripple the F&B industry and affect many of our hawkers and restaurants, while everyone is scrambling to find alternatives. Hopefully the ban is only temporary and we can enjoy our Hainanese chicken rice easily soon.
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✨ YY Kafei Dian
📍 37 Beach Road, Unit 01-01, Singapore 189678
🍴 [Self-Funded]

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You must have a back-up plan or have the patience to wait in case the waiting time gets too long.

Fortunately, we found a hidden gem in the food centre, also selling claypot rice which is almost as good as Lian He Ben Ji, and definitely better than many out there. The best parts are that the waiting time isn’t that long and prices are almost similar to the portion. For the $12 portion, it is good for 2 pax which comes with a reasonable portion of rice, silky chicken chunks, Chinese sausages and the umami salted fish bits. Pour in some dark soy sauce and oil when served, give it a good mix and enjoy this comforting dish.
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✨ Zhao Ji Clay Pot Rice
📍 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex, Unit 02-53, Singapore 050335
🍴 [Self-Funded]

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At just $5.50 for the Dumpling Noodle, you can hardly find such prices with such portion anymore in the Orchard Road area. The noodles can be cooked till too soft so do request it to be cooked shorter so that it still retains the al dente bite. The soup is nicely balanced with the right umami notes, but the star has got to be the big bulbous dumplings that contain a chive and meat filling. The Zha Jiang Mian ($5) also comes with a sizeable portion with a savoury meat sauce. We also saw several tables ordering the pan-fried dumplings and tom yum soup which are two things we will order to try the next time when we are back.
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✨ Hong Hu Express
📍 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza, Unit 05-98, Singapore 228213
🍴 [Self-funded]

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What is difficult is to find the right balance of spiciness, savouriness and numbing sensation in a mala xiangguo and we were lucky to have discovered that at Ri Ri Sheng Mala Hotpot. It was a rather impromptu decision to have mala for dinner and after searching around the vicinity, Ri Ri Sheng Mala Hotpot popped up in our search efforts. We picked the usual ingredients that we would normally get for mala xiangguo like lotus roots, pork belly, luncheon meat and instant noodles, stir fried in the 小辣 option as this is our first time trying, we do not want it to be too spicy.

To our amazement, Ri Ri Sheng Mala Hotpot has all the right elements of a good mala xiangguo, with the spicy and numbing sensation in every bite. We clearly didn’t expect it to be this good, and because of that we will definitely be back again soon to try a second time.
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✨ Ri Ri Sheng Mala Hotpot
📍 823A Tampines Street 81, Food Park, Singapore 521823
🍴 [Self-Funded]

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