Food Hunter

Guan Kim Restaurant @ Tanglin Halt

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Planning for a meal that requires table space for a big group of people can be troublesome. This is especially so when certain places are unable to accommodate and it is a bummer if you have to split into smaller groups at separate tables. Moreover, it is another challenge when people are on a budget.

With 10 hungry church teens in tow, I decided on Guan Kim Restaurant. Tucked away in a corner of a shop house, this quiet coffee shop is a stone’s throw away from Commonwealth MRT and neighbouring hawker centres.

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The main draw to this place is the chicken rice. Known as “white chicken” (白鸡), the cooked chicken is dipped in ice to produce a jelly-like skin finishing – all that collagen goodness. We ordered a whole chicken and asked for two bowls of Yong Tau Foo soup (clear soup containing various items like fish balls, stuffed bean curd, and vegetables) and a plate of vegetables with oyster sauce.

There definitely has to be an art behind making chicken rice for it to be one of the national dishes of Singapore. It is a hot favourite I would recommend any of my international friends to try.

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The chicken meat was tender and not dry. The ratio of sesame oil to soy sauce in the dressing drizzled over the chicken was just right, making it fragrant and savoury, and adding a delicious ‘smoothness’ to the meat. Best of all? It did not leave an oily after taste! The skin did not look too undercooked and did not have too much of a jelly texture (which I preferred!). A plus point to this is that the chicken had been de-boned (maybe the store owners saw that there were many young people at the table), yet there were a good two plates of meat to go around; doesn’t being served a plateful of bones with a bit of meat hanging off them get to us all the time!

The rice was flavourful – delightfully aromatic with garlic, ginger and chicken fat – and just oily enough to give the mouthfeel that makes you just want another spoonful. And another. And another. Also, what would chicken rice be without that garlicky chilli sauce? The chilli packed just enough heat, was tangy with ginger juice and really hit home with the garlic flavour; it paired really well with the black sauce and their rice. One bite of the meat and a spoonful of rice with the chilli – exactly what the taste and texture of chicken rice should be. In addition, the chicken stock served alongside it was not oily nor was it overly salted. 

The overall ambience of the place left us feeling like we had been transported back in time. One of us even commented that it had the feel of being in a Malaysian coffee shop. Chatting and eating within this setting was quite different and nostalgic as compared to swanky air-conditioned style eateries that are common rendezvous points these days.

The total cost of meal was quite surprising as everyone had to pay a mere $3.60 and yet all of our hunger was nicely satiated.

To sum up it 5 phrases:

Good food, low prices of food, big group seating, casual dining space, old school interior.

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Food Hunter

Mu Parlour @ Holland Village

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Finding a lunch place on the weekend that is not crowded is pretty rare. Especially when you are at Holland Village, where the cafes are packed with people and it gets quite noisy. Don’t you just wish for a quiet somewhere you could go to for a relaxing Sunday?

All hope is not lost, as proven when my companion and I stumbled upon Mu Parlour. Interestingly, both of us had visited this place previously to study it for an urban class and remembered it to be a designer concept store. So like Alice going down into the rabbit hole, we went up the stairs lined with brick-clad walls on each side.

We were greeted immediately by the service staff and ushered into a bright and clean white space. It was filled with different furniture pieces and each had its own character.

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While I was supposed to have the No. 11 (beef burger with avocado), my words went faster than my thoughts and I subconsciously ordered Burger No. 1 ($15+) instead.

No. 1 consisted of beef, monterey jack, streaky bacon, gherkin and topped with a charcoal bun. The beef did not have an overpowering taste and was seasoned nicely with pepper and with other condiments. While the meat was thick, it was packed firmly and cooked evenly. The toasted charcoal bun was unique in colour and was a bit dense in texture, but  it tasted almost like any regular bun. One bite and you get the flavour of the juicy beef, the melted monterey jack, the crunchy texture of the bacon, lettuce and gherkin all rolled into one.

Not forgetting the fries that came along with the burger – they were seasoned with pieces of diced garlic. However, I felt that they were a little over-fried.

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If you choose not to have their burgers, there is also salad, coffee, cake and various pastries to satiate your hunger.

So would I be back? It really depends. Although the price of the food is kind of steep, the quiet ambience of this place might somehow make me consider my return.

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Food Hunter

Baker Talent @ Choa Chu Kang

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I am a sucker for anything that oozes. Liu Sha Bao, Molten Lava Cake, Eggs Benedict, Xiao Long Bao..as long as it oozes, I love it. Located just beside Choa Chu Kang MRT, co-author Evangeline swore by this bakery’s Liu Sha Bun. On Monday, we decided to put it to the test.

There was a queue when we got there (that’s always a good sign!). The bun was still warm when we bought it. The moment I sunk my teeth into the bun, the slightly crisp buttery exterior hit me followed by the oozing salted egg yolk custard. I was immediately won over. The best part? It only costs $0.90.

Just two days later, an insatiable hunger for liu sha bao started to rise within my tummy, which is why I got these two bad boys home for the following morning’s breakfast.

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Huang Jin Liu Sha Bao 黄金流沙包

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White Coffee Bo Luo Bun 白咖啡菠萝包

They got a little squashed in my bag on the journey back home and some of the liu sha leaked but all’s good as you can see in the video below.


I highly recommended this if you are a sucker for oozy food like myself! There are many branches around so do keep an eye out for them if you live/come to the west!


Baker Talent

Blk 221 Boon Lay Place #01-154
Blk 303 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 #01-723
Blk 442 Clementi Ave 3 #01-89
Blk 495 Jurong West St 51 #01-100
Blk 964 Jurong West St 91 #01-1388
Blk 261 Serangoon Central #01-11
Blk 828 Tampines Street 81 #01-266
Blk 415 Yishun Ave 11 #01-319
Blk 846 Yishun Ring Road #01-3633

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Breadyard @ SUTD

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The Merry Bird (Seasonal Special)

Orange wholemeal bread | Turkey Ham | Rocket | Cheese | Onion| Cranberry Sauce | Entrée of Roasted Potatoes

This is one of the best kept secrets that not many people know about and only those in this university would.

Breadyard serves simple fare such as sandwiches, bread and bakes. They have four types of bread used in their sandwiches that are not your typical choices found elsewhere (Multi-seed, Olive, Hokkaido Milk, Italian Wholemeal). Plus, it is easy on the wallet!

Something interesting about the small bakery is that you can take a peek into a little corner reserved for the fermentation of their bread dough. The people behind this place do want to share in their joy of creating fresh bread!

If you visit this place, you might want to consider buying one of their home-made bread to take home!

Here is a short clip by them!

Don’t you want to make some bread after watching it? (:

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