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Nun Song Yee, Bukit Timah

Worth a try.

Located within the Korean neighbourhood of Bukit Timah, Nun Song Yee is a convenient dessert place to end off your meal after a visit to Oven & Fried Chicken next door. 

Nun Song Yee sits a comfortable crowd of people and I was told that this place is packed at nights. Not to worry about not getting a spot though, the cafe is open 24 hours so you’ll definitely get your bingsu fix at one hour or the other.

The seating below the platform doesn’t seem right. Allows cheekopek eyes to peek into the skirts and shorts of girls seated on the platform. Plus, it’s kinda awkward to be next to someone’s butt while you enjoy your bingsu.

Black Sesame Bingsu, $18.90.

For all black sesame lovers out there. The Black Sesame Bingsu is topped with a generous helping of red bean, four cubes of chewy mochi and almond flakes enough to last till the very last spoon. They also serve it with a tiny cup of condense milk which is optional but trust me, it makes the bingsu so much nicer. As you dig into the bingsu, you’ll realise that there are layers of black sesame and soybean powder within the snowflake ice. Don’t bother rationing your  powder on top for the last few mouthfuls.

Pat Bingsu, $14.90.

Having eaten the Black Sesame Bingsu, the Pat Bingsu pales in comparison. I guess if you’re not hungry but craving for that little bit of bingsu to satisfy your sweet tooth, this is the bingsu for you. As with the Black Sesame Bingsu, Pat Bingsu has layers of soybean powder within the snowflake ice. However, because it’s so light, condense milk is a must for this to sustain your interest all the way till the end.

Overall, Nun Song Yee is a convenient place to hang out with your pals until the wee hours of the night. The prices are on the steep side if you order their premium range such as the Black Sesame Bingsu, but hey, the portion is for 4 to share. 

I said worth a try at the beginning of my post because the taste of the bingsu here didn’t really impress me. Yes the portions are generous but tastewise it can be forgettable. Not something that I would think of eating out of the blue. 

9 Yuk Tong Avenue, S(596314)

Daily 24 hours

+65 9728 8563

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Balestier Food Market

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Have never tried the food from Balestier Food Market before until one evening when I was driving home from my errands. 

The brightly lit food market reminded me of Chomp Chomp, though with a better ventilation and more personal space.

Took a quick walk around and finally decided on three dishes – prawn mee, pig’s organ soup and satay. I don’t remember the store names, but Balestier Food Market is rather small so it’s easy to find them. 

Prawn mee with pork ribs, $5.

My bar for prawn mee is very high. I regard Zion Road prawn mee and Beach Road prawn mee at East Coast to be the best prawn mee in Singapore. Verdict for this prawn mee? Yummy! Almost able to rub shoulders with the other two. 

Pig’s organ soup, $4.50.

The pig’s organ soup tasted rather ordinary. The variety was there, but the liver was a little overcooked.

Pork satay, 60cents per stick. 


This was surprising. Many places tend to grill the satay until it’s charred, dry and hard, but this satay was well grilled. Slightly charred to still give that feel, juicy on the inside and super easy to pull off from the stick. The peanut sauce was not overly watery, but I thought that it would taste better with pineapple.

There’s a couple of more dishes at Balestier Food Market that caught my eye, so I’ll be heading there again soon. 

414 Balestier Road, S(329806)

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5 The Moments, Tanjong Pagar Road

No.

5 The Moments along Tanjong Pagar Road breaks the momentum of a street lined with salivating smells of Korean BBQ and fried chicken. The colourful outlook and gelato signage were screaming out to me on a hot and sunny afternoon.

The interior is decorated with vintage items which keeps you occupied while you wait for your food.

They have a variety of waffles with ice cream (approx $11) starting with the all familiar buttermilk as your safest bet, to red velvet if you’re feeling more adventurous. They also have lava cakes in either chocolate or matcha flavour. If you don’t feel like having sweet stuff, they do have light bites (approx $9) such as Korean Fried Chicken. Heh but seriously who will order fried chicken here when there are established fried chicken eateries just next door?
Matcha waffles with ferrero rocher ice cream.

Buttermilk waffles with salted caramel ice cream.

The waffles, while crispy, were too thin. I’m the kind that will cut according to the waffle lines into little squares before scooping a spoonful of ice cream into those little squares before gulping them down. Sadly for me, the waffle squares didn’t hold up after being cut.

The salted caramel ice cream was rather weak too. I’ve tried many salted caramel ice creams, and this is one of the weaker ones. The taste and texture really didn’t impress. The ferrero rocher was all right.

On a whole, the waffle with ice cream wasn’t worth it. They also don’t serve water and do not provide serviettes. Put it bluntly, it’s homemade food at restaurant prices. I’ll leave it to you to be the judge if you ever drop by.

P/S: Stop trying to figure it out. “5 The Moments” stands for “Find The Moments”.

73 Tanjong Pagar Road, S(088494)

Sundays to Thursdays: 12pm to 11pm

Fridays and Saturdays: 12pm to 1130pm 

+65 6493 1839

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Sō Ramen, Nex

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Try finding RamenPlay at Nex and you’ll end up at this other ramen place called Sō. 


The whole restaurant felt a lot like RamenPlay for a couple of reasons:

1. Its signature ramen bowl is the same as RamenPlay – Tonkotsu broth with Toroniku (braised pork cheek), Cha Shu and Buta Kakuni (braised pork belly in special sauce). Of course, not forgetting the special black onion sauce.

2. The pricing is similar to RamenPlay – affordable. The ramen mentioned above costs only $12.90++.

3. The physical bowls are the same as RamenPlay – I kid you not. 

Intrigued, I did a quick check on RamenPlay’s website to see if Sō was another restaurant under their wing (or possibly them saying they had rebranded). Nope, not a word about it. Also, interestingly, RamenPlay’s outlets at Breadtalk IHQ and Velocity @ Novena Square are now taken over by Sō.

Tonkotsu Toroniku with Ajitama, $9.90++.

The pork cheek was really tender and flavourful! Melts in your mouth and gone before you know it. Definitely not satisfying to only have 2 pieces. Do top it up for a small fee! 

Sō is one place that does their eggs right. The gooey ooey flow of the egg yolk was perfect! The seasoning was also not to overpowering, allowing it to be a nice complement to the ramen.

The tonkotsu soup on the other hand, was a little disappointing. The flavour wasn’t as intense as I had hoped. It’s still nice, but not the kind that I would want to drink till the very last drop. 

Uobushi Tonkotsu Toroniku, $9.90++.

Bonito flavoured tonkotsu soup! As compared to  Sō’s tonkotsu soup, the uobushi tonkotsu is much more flavourful and more palatable even towards the last few drops. I personally liked it a lot, but my partner didn’t. Take this only if you are a fan of those dancing flakes on your takoyaki balls. 

Sō offers five types of soup bases, including spicy miso which is a blend of 7 different types of miso. The pricing for these ramen bowls can go as low as $7.90++ for a basic bowl, which makes Sō a very affordable comfort food anytime. 

Nex, 23 Serangoon Central, #B2-58, S(556083)

+65 6634 4089 

Mondays to Fridays – 11.30am to 10pm

Saturdays and Sundays – 11am to 10pm

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Tai Hwa Bak Chor Mee, Crawford Lane

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$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

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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

No.

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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