Tai Hwa Bak Chor Mee, Crawford Lane


$10 version.

This bowl of bak chor mee really lives up to its one Michelin star title.  I ordered the $10 bowl, which according to my colleague, has more ingredients as compared to the basic $6 bowl. Plus, I queued up rather long (understatement, read till the end) and so had to make my wait worthwhile. 

The pork liver was excellently handled. See the reddish liver in my picture? I was told the chef would cook the liver on the spot when you order the $10 bowl. Maximum freshness, maximum attention.

The other unique aspect about Tai Hwa is their fried sole fish! Super crunchy and addictive. Request for extra pieces; you won’t be disappointed. 

If you like vinegar heavy bak chor mee, you’ll love Tai Hwa. This doesn’t mean that any bak chor mee with lots of vinegar is good okay. Tai Hwa’s vinegar is special. So special that there are customers who request for separate bowls of vinegar just so they can add freely without being judged. Or maybe they want to sip the vinegar on the side (which was what my colleague did and she swears by it!). Hmm.

If you do decide to head down, however, be prepared to wait. Or maybe take a half day leave, because the queue is no joke. 

I went there on a rainy Friday noon for lunch. Started queuing at 11am. Got my colleague to find a table first but was advised by the coffee uncle that I didn’t have to because from where I was standing, it would be about 2 hours before I could get a bowl. 

He was wrong. So wrong. I queued for 3 hours. 3 whole hours. Thankfully it was raining otherwise I would have been so whiny about the heat. 

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles 大华猪肉粿条面

466 Crawford Lane, #01-12, S(190465)

+65 6292 7477

Mondays to Sundays – 930am to 9pm 

Closed on 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month

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Edith Patisserie, North Bridge Road


It’s been a while since I had a favourite patisserie. Special shout out to Edith Patisserie, where their cakes are unique, delicious, and most importantly, affordable. 

Melon Shortcake ($48+).

The Melon Shortcake was my second time purchasing from them. My first order was the Pandan Coconut Gula Melaka cake ($43+) which was for Father’s Day and my family was impressed!

Their Melon Shortcake was even better! Moist, light and not too creamy. What I liked was that their cakes’ design are simple yet it gives off an atas vibe. This cake has an orange gradient blend all around, totally chio!

Some of their flavours include Yuzu Matcha, Raspberry Passionfruit, Matcha Dark Chocolate, Lychee Rose. How can you refrain yourself from trying their flavours?!

If you’re trying to surprise that special someone, Edith Patisserie offers customised 3D cakes as well! 

Astronaut Bear (screen grab from their Facebook)

And somehow, they’re really a bunch of super talented and creative bakers. Just look at this super chio floral cake.

Floral cake (screen grab from their Facebook)

They also take pride in educating customers on keeping their cakes in tip top condition before consumption. For example, I was instructed not to put the Pandan Coconut Gula Melaka cake in the fridge an hour before eating as the cake would be too hard and crack. For the Melon Shortcake, I was told to keep it in the fridge all the way until consumption. Little details like that really matters.

Edith Patisserie is located along North Bridge Road, making self collection a little bit of a bummer because parking is really limited and the streets around the area can be chaotic at times. So best to go in pairs, someone can guard the car along the alleys while the other quickly collects the cake.

p/s: I just visited their website and I couldn’t find the Melon Shortcake on their menu anymore! Edith Patisserie, bring it back please!

772 North Bridge Road, S(198740)

+65 6443 7150

Closed Mondays

Tuesdays to Saturdays – 10am to 5pm

Sundays – 10am to 2pm

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Cajun On Wheels, Plaza Singapura


Cajun On Wheels (C.O.W for short) is a relatively new eatery situated at the extended wing of Plaza Singapura. The bright sign boards and abbreviated alphabets below made it easy to spot from miles away. I was intrigued by the word “cow” and thought it was a place specialising in beef.

I was wrong. While there are burgers with beef patty available, C.O.W’s main focus is seafood. Crabs, lobsters, shrimp, fish and the usual shellfish fare. 

The menu is messy and hard to read. After awhile you’ll be confused and unsure why you stepped into this eatery in the first place.

I took a long time deciding what to order. Wanted to get the Naughty Platter, which came with either rice or aglio olio. I was then told that the aglio olio was out of stock, so I asked if I could swop the rice for fries as I didn’t fancy rice. To my disappointment, they said I couldn’t. 

Sailor’s Feast ($29.90)

Finally settled for Sailor’s feast, which comes with prawns, fish fillet, spam fries and french fries. Also comes with two house sauces, sambal mayo and chilli tomato salsa.

Disappointing “feast”. 

There were only 5 pieces of spam fries. And the fish? Tiny. I was under the impression that it was going to be a fillet (the menu stated fish fillet what!) as in, a long piece of fish like what you’ll get at Manhattan or Fish and Co or Long John’s Silver. The prawns were overly battered as well.

Let’s play spot the prawn.

The only great thing about this place was the two house sauces, especially the chilli tomato salsa. Went well with all the fried stuff. I slurped the tomato salsa till the very last drop. Yums.

Overall, C.O.W was a disappointing experience. It’s a very overpriced atas version of Long John’s Silver. For the price, I think I’m better off having LJS.

68 Orchard Road, #03-92, S(238839)

+65 63419665

Daily 11am to 10pm

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The Coconut Club, Ann Siang Hill


Two words – Nasi Lemak. Wait, make that three – Delicious Nasi Lemak. 

The Coconut Club sits along the hippie hangout of Ann Siang Hill. They serve only one main course here, which is, Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng Berempah. Trust me, you wouldn’t want them to have more than one main course for choice because their nasi lemak is the best! 

Fun fact: our PM Lee hosted Philippine President Duterte here in December 2016.

Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng Berempah ($12.80)

Okay before you judge and say “eee why so ex?” I guarantee you it’s worth your every cent. The chicken was nicely seasoned with hints of lemongrass and the skin was so crispy! The meat itself was silky and tender, and you get the best parts of the chicken. The ikan bilis, oh my, the ikan bilis. Super crunchy as if they were made fresh on the spot as you order. The sambal was fragrant and wasn’t too spicy, so please feel free to ask for more sambal to go with the fluffy rice. The whole dish is an art itself. Excellent!

Sambal Lala as side dish of the day. 

The Coconut Club also comes up with side dish specials that changes every now and then so you don’t go back pairing the same old dishes with your nasi lemak every time. As you can see, the portion is generous. The flavour and spicyness level was to my liking as well. I hope they’ll weave it into their permanent menu.

Cendol ($3.80)

Ended my meal with their legendary cendol. The brown stuff is gooey goodness of gula melaka! Because it’s so gooey, you’ll end up licking your spoon with every mouth that you take. Super sinful but so worth it!

I feel that The Coconut Club treats their food with pride, giving you nothing but the best. They were bold enough to go ahead with just one main course, and they hit the jackpot. Definitely coming back again to get my nasi lemak fix.

6 Ann Siang Hill, S(069787)

+65 6635 2999

Tuesdays to Sundays: 11am to 3pm

Tuesdays to Saturdays: 6pm to 930pm

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Kogane Yama, Bugis Junction


Slowly but surely, tempura bowls are taking over Singapore. I remember the first tempura bowl I ate was Tendon Ginza Itsuki at Tanjong Pagar and it has since become my Singapore benchmark for all tempura bowls in Singapore.

I’ve read reviews on Kogane Yama and many of them focused on the customisation of the tempura bowl. It got me excited because many of the tempura bowls around only have about three or four variations of the bowl – seafood, non-seafood, vegetables. I thought that I could finally pick my favourite ingredients! (or rather, just not pick the bell peppers).

But… chey. Customisation here refers to choosing which type bowl you want, choosing your carb (which honestly is also offered in some tendon shops), and choosing your spiciness level. Erm okay. 

Here at Kogane Yama, you’ll have to pay for chawanmushi and miso soup. To have either udon or soba, it’s a dollar more. And they don’t serve water as well so… you get it. Top up, top up, top up. Urgh.

Prawn bowl. They serve it with the prawn heads.

Vegetable bowl.

Putting my annoyance aside, the food is delicious! The tempura batter is light, fluffy, crispy, and well seasoned. It can definitely fight with Tendon Ginza Itsuki tastewise. I tried spicy level 1 and really loved the extra kick. I did think that it was already quite spicy for a level 1, so for those who would be trying for the first time, start with level 1.

What disappointed me was the variety for the vegetable bowl. They didn’t even have eggplant! Heyyyy, I’ve been to a lot of Tendon shops, and even in those family Japanese restaurants that don’t specialise in Tendons, the eggplant is a must-have vegetable for all vegetable tempura. Where’s the pumpkin? The oyster mushroom? The lotus root? 

The rice was also barely enough. My partner isn’t a big eater, but halfway through the bowl he had already finished his rice, so I had to give him part of mine. I then had to ration my portion very carefully. The reason why I brought this up is because I feel that Tendons are slightly saltier because of the sauce, so having sufficient rice is a must. Again, we are not big eaters and we never had troubles with other Tendon shops so this really jumped at us.

All in all, I really liked the taste of Kogane Yama but my experience wasn’t the best so I might drop by only if I’m at Bugis and craving for Tendon bowls.

200 Victoria Street, #02-50, S(188021)

Mondays to Thursdays 11am to 10pm

Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 11pm

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PoCha, Tanjong Pagar Road

Worth a try.

PoCha Korean restaurant along Tanjong Pagar Road doesn’t look inviting at all. Throw a stone at any direction along Tanjong Pagar Road and you’ll find a yummy Korean treat easily. So is PoCha worth a try?

Yes. PoCha is an abbreviation for “street food” in Korean. Street food is unpretentious, so I guess that’s where the restaurant was heading for when they designed this layout. To be seated, you’ll have to walk up the stairs to the second floor.

Ah, so much more comforting up here.

If you don’t like the lively ambience, you can request to have your own private room!

Upon seated, we were served with some sides and a seaweed soup. The seaweed soup was warm and yummy. Sides are free flow here so don’t hesitate to ask for a refill. The peanuts looked tasty but they were quite bland. 

We placed our orders and more side dishes came (left and right). Am not sure if these extra side dishes are because of our orders, or that they just took a wee bit longer to come. Suspect it’s the former though. Anyway, they weren’t out of the ordinary so no damage done if you missed them.

Army stew!

Their army stew was delicious! Adequately seasoned, the soup packs a good punch of spiciness and flavour. Could take on another pot anytime.

BBQ beef and pork set. 

This was really disappointing. The meat were tough and dry, and although they claimed it was marinated, I definitely couldn’t discern any sort of flavour. 

Leek pancake.

Okay I have to admit that this is the prettiest Korean pancake I’ve eaten thus far. No other restaurants bother to decorate their pancake so this was a pleasant surprise. Taste wise, not bad, but I would have appreciated it more if it were crispier. 

Overall, I guess I wouldn’t be visiting PoCha again. The army stew was great, but the rest of the food wasn’t satisfying, and to be honest, there are other army stews out there that are equally as good. 

60 Tanjong Pagar Road, S(088481) 

p/s I don’t know why Google will tell you it’s 35 Tanjong Pagar Road. It’s wrong!

+65 8163 6570

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