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TANGS Market @ Orchard Road

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“Excuse me, are you sure you can finish two bowls?” 

That was the surprising question I got from a Caucasian man who was in the queue behind me.  One look at the food portion and I could have told him that I was able to finish both. But being polite, I told him it was for my friend and myself to have.

At $4, I was a little disappointed that my 85 Redhill Teochew Fishball Noodles was not able to fill my hungry stomach. However, the noodles had a reasonable spicy and sour taste from the chilli and vinegar sauce.  Thankfully it was just the right amount, if not it would have coated my lips in oil. The fishballs were quite springy and it came with a special mushroom / vegetable piece.

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To top off our lunch, we had Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Original Popiah ($4). Known as the “Poh Piah Maker to Singapore’s Presidnet and Prime Minister,” it was slightly longer than the usual ones. Wrapped with stewed turnip, radish, beansprouts and fresh lettuce, this healthy snack tasted good and each had the right portion and  crunch to it.  The poh piah skin was not too thick and doughy and it slightly soaked up a bit of the chilli, hoisin sauce and turnip stew in it.

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The fishball noodles and popiah were not the only thing found in the TANGS Market. Tucked within the kitchen and household section of TANGS, it also brings Peranakan, Penang and local delights under one roof. Like a noisy street market, the queues snaked around the narrow walkways and people were jostling through looking for seats in the small area.

The interior were furnished in old school items with an eclectic mix of bright colours and Peranakan patterns and prints. Some includes childhood favourites like the Khong Guan little biscuits with sweet star-shaped coating and Nyonya porcelain wares. While the price to the portion of food serving did not whet my appetite, I do think this newly renovated place is breathing life once again to the once quiet underground passageway towards the Orchard Road train station.

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Old School Delights @ Upper Thomson

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Five Stones. Chaptek. Hopscotch. He-man. Old Maid. Ultraman.

If you recognised or played a majority of these, welcome to the 80s and 90s. I grew up playing these and Old School Delights simply helped bring back memories of how I used to win erasers in the eraser flipping game.

Each table comes with a toy box like the one below.

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Pretty cool stuff if you ask me. It’s a pity my partner didn’t want to play any of these with me.

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The cafe’s interior uses the traditional chalkboard menu and you actually order by writing down what you want on a mini whiteboard. How Cool Is That.

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I originally wanted to order their signature Mee Siam but alas, it was sold out for the day. So I settled for Curry Chicken and Joy went for Fish & Chips.

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The fish was well-covered with batter and their serving of truffle fries sides were generous. The curry tasted normal. Nothing exceptional. Frankly speaking, I expected more for it’s price ($9.8).

The cafe’s front also houses a shelf where you can buy some of your old childhood’s toys!

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Despite being a bit costly, I did enjoy my meal here with it’s attention to childhood memorabilia. It’s definitely a place worth visiting to hang out and catch up with old friends & ex-school mates!

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