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♠️ [Nunsongyee] - [•] Many of us westies are quite short on (good ) options when it comes to dessert cafes. Thankfully a hidden 💎 of a cafe opened up near Beauty World a couple of years back: Nunsongye! - [•] The 🇰🇷 dessert cafe is well known in these parts for its awesome and authentic Bingsu’s. There are several awesome Bingsu variations available at the outlet, but the one I keep coming back for again and again is the Cheesecake (pictured ). - [•] The Cheesecake 🍨 features a scoop of vanilla ice-cream set atop a humongous bowl filled to the brim with crushed Graham crackers and snowflakes beneath that. Generous (and delectable ) cheesecake cubes round off this Bingsu. Sounds diabeties inducing? Well, surprise surprise! It isn’t! - [•] The outlet and the Bingsu’s served up are unmistakably 🇰🇷- hell even the machines used to make the Bingsu’s are from 🇰🇷 apparently - and as such one is entitled to expect good, authentic Bingsu. Nunsongyee doesn’t disappoint one bit in that respect and I’m inclined to give this a straightforward 5/5.
♠️ [Fish & Chicks] - [•] I am quite aware that the initial craze/hype over Fish & Chicks (F&C ) passed more than 1.5 years ago and that me not having visited the joint is scandalously un-foodie like of me. To make up for the lost time (and food ), I orchestrated a lunch trip to F&C’s outlet at Cineleisure a couple of weeks back with colleagues, but Miss @briarelf bailed on me (granted that she had a valid excuse ). - [•] Ordered up a plate of F&C’s signature “Best of Both Worlds”, which basically consisted of two huge-ass Dory 🐟 smeared over with generous amounts of 🌶 🦀 and Salted 🥚 sauce coupled with 🍟 and onion rings. - [•] The 🐟 were well-cooked such that exterior was crisp and flaky, while the meat itself was tender. There was also no hint of any fishiness. The salted 🥚 sauce was a real winner for me and I can defo see why it propelled F&C to such fame back in the heady days of 2016. The 🌶🦀 sauce disappointed spectacularly, on the other hand - the taste was bland and barely registered with my taste buds. Indeed, it was so bad that I scraped it to one side and finished the dory off with the mayonnaise sauce that was meant for the 🍟 and onion rings. - [•] On the whole, I felt that while its signature dish was decent, it lacked that “oomph” factor. Having said that, I would consider returning to try some of F&C’s other dishes in the future. This gets 4.1/5 on the neshrating.
♠️ [Ho Seng Kee - 🇲🇾] - [•] Ho Seng Kee's signature 🦐 Dumpling Noodles were one of the high-priority targets of my cross-border "raid" over the wire with the guys back in May. The 🍜 are (evidently ) rather unique, being handmade and egg-based and I'm quite certain that both 🇸🇬 and 🇲🇾 alike will share my sentiments that you ain't gonna find this stuff south of the border. Springy, eggy and extremely flavourful, I think I won’t be exaggerating when I say that I could have the noodles every other day for lunch sans the 🥟(which were good too ) without complaint. Every mouthful I took just kept me coming back for more. Stellar stuff. 5/5 from me. [Note: repost from my original account with some edits].
♠️ [ATM Tea Bar - 🇹🇭] - [•] I was pretty much thirsty every other minute whilst in Bangkok last month, thanks in no small measure due the preposterous weather. Thankfully, my hotel was located in downtown Bangkok, which in turn enabled me to quench my thirst with some fruity/sweet drink pretty much at will. One of the places I kept returning to again and again was ATM Tea Bar, because I simply couldn’t resist their out-of-this-world bubble teas! - [•] There are more than a dozen different flavours to chose from but the more popular ones (based on my observation at least ) include Taste of Hokkaido, Kumamoto Dream, Love You So Matcha; you get the drift, very 🇯🇵 in orientation. The version pictured is the Taste of Hokkaido w/50% sugar. - [•] In general, aside from being highly instaworthy, ATM’s teas stand out because they’re refreshing (fresh Hokkaido 🥛 game strong ) but yet surprisingly not too sweet (by 🇹🇭 standards ) or heavy despite their signature brown sugar pearls. I don’t know if it will be universally well-received though (particularly Singaporeans ), as some may find the taste of certain flavours to be a little too quixotic/unfamiliar for their taste buds. But it worked for me, so 4.8/5.
♠️ [Say Chiizu Hokkaido Toast - 🇹🇭] - [•] One of the more interesting things I sampled whilst in Bangkok undoubtedly has to be Say Chiizu’s Hokkaido Toast. If this sounds somewhat foreign to you, its basically a glorified version of your 🧀 toast with a slight twist - what sort of “twist” you get depends on your choice of flavour. There are five to choose from and (perhaps evidently/unsurprisingly ) Twisternesh opted for 🍓. - [•] The mozzarella filling wasn’t as thick as I expected (and that’s also why it doesn’t look nearly as stretchy as advertised ). The toast was also pretty soft (not burnt ) and actually rather sweet (thanks to the 🍓 ). On the whole, I thought it was pretty good but not overly spectacular, taste wise. The only downside was that it was rather small and by extension, not exactly bang for the baht in that respect. 4.5/5.
♠️ [Burnt Ends] - [•] So we ventured out to (what is touted to be ) one of Asia's 50 best restaurants - Burnt Ends - for lunch a couple of months back. Now I could go on gushing about how absolutely fantastic the place was (and it was! ) but suffice to say, the food there was of delectable quality, which is really all that matters. - [•] We sampled quite a fair variety of stuff while there but the one dish (or 🥄 rather ) that stood out most for me was the Smoked Quail Eggs & Caviar. Coming at $15/serving, it wasn't exactly the cheapest thing around, but it was definitely bang for the buck and on point. This place totally deserves its reputation and it's a straight 5/5 from me. [Note: repost from my original account].
♠️ [Torvehallerne Market - 🇩🇰] - [•] And yes ladies and gentlemen, what you see before you is none other than the ⭐️ of Danish cuisine, the Smørrebrød (I'm not exactly sure how its pronounced ). Probably the closest I'll get to legit Viking food. - [•] We took two variations - the one on the left featured a cholesterol-inducing heap of 🍤 & Mayonnaise atop a buttered slice of Danish Rye 🥖 while the other one featured Scrambled 🥚 and Norwegian Salmon atop buttered Danish Rye 🥖. - [•] I don't think the taste needs any description here - you can imagine for yourselves. I do however want to make special mention of how mind-blowingly fresh the seafood tasted. It's as if it was fished out of the North Sea just this morning or something. Delightful stuff - worth every cent and worth every gram of fat. [Note: repost from my original account].
♠️ [Hambaobao] - [•] Was a little miffed to discover that Bukit Timah Hawker Center was closed on the way back home from the Circus today. Thankfully, a suitable/satisfactory alternative was at hand: Hambaobao! - [•] I went straight for the jugular and ordered up one of their Crispy Pork Belly 🍔 ($5.50 ). As you can tell from the picture, it came LOADED with Pork Belly slices. These were visibly crispy ‘round the edges and fatty (but still tender ) on the insides - just the way I like it. - [•] Unsurprisingly, I devoured the 🍔 faster than a mistress seeing a wife’s car pull up into the driveway. I was particularly pleased at how crispy the pork was; indeed, so crispy that I could legit hear it crackle with every bite. The hoisin sauce that was drizzled all over was a good choice and gave it some extra flavour. Not too sure if the 🥒 slices made all too much difference tho. - [•] The only thing that I found wanting was the English Mustard - more specifically, there simply wasn’t enough of it. And it was a damn shame too as, in my opinion at least, it would have added more zest to the overall flavour. On the whole, I’d rate it as being pretty good but not spectacular. 4.6/5 on the overall.
♠️ [Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring] - [•] I guess many foodies out there would have prolly watched Channel NewsAsia’s recent episode on Mohamad Hashim’s Putu Piring branches (collectively known as Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring; THRPP ). - [•] For the uninitiated, Putu Piring is a traditional Malay dessert (there is some dispute over this though, as some claim that it is in fact of Indian origin ). Putu Piring essentially consists of round rice-flour cakes that are filled with Gula Melaka. The cakes are then steamed in conical metal moulds (these look like the Moroccan Tagine pots ) and served with coconut shavings. - [•] This is not the first time I’ve tried THRPP’s Putu Piring, having visited the original Haig Road outlet on numerous occasions with my parents (my mum is a diehard fan of this outlet ) since the early 2000s. The Putu Piring served up here is delectably sweet and that is in no small measure due to the Gula Melaka, which is specially prepared and served in generous amounts - that is really the secret to what makes THRPP’s variant of Putu Piring so special. - [•] THRPP’s Putu Piring is best eaten while piping hot - only then will you get to experience the gobsmackingly awesome sensation of having hot Gula Melaka oozing out into your mouth. I’m lost for words of how else to describe how bloody amazing this delicacy is and as such, I think I’ll leave it to y’all to try it out for yourselves. I will however recommend that you purchase only one packet (5 pc ) for starters - these critters are small, but they’ll fill you up in no time. Also, it’s extremely high in sugar content and I don’t want to be encouraging anything that’s not in the national interest either. Anyhow, this gets a straightforward 5/5 from me.