The Bravery Cafe on Horne Road

The Bravery
66 Horne Road
Singapore 209073
Online menu: Click here
Online reservations: Click here
Whatsapp reservations: +65 9388 2973

Opening Hours
Sun to Thu: 9am to 6pm
Fri to Sat: 9am to 10pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$17-22
Recommended dishes: Eggs on Toast with add-ons (my perfect plate costs $18.50), Salmon Bagel Set (S$14.50), Salmon RIce Bowl (S$12.50)

Okay so this being sick and having to stay home thing is really doing wonders for my blogging frequency. Today I felt like blogging about my favourite brunch spot The Bravery at Horne Road. I went there for the first time some time in the middle of 2016 (literally, my first ever review of the place and it was like average, LOL.) I wasn’t too ravey about the food, but look now I’m all hey guys this mah fave spot check it out. So what’s changed?

Not the decor because it still pretty much looks the same, with the non-obvious doors and the same cosy-industrial-chic feel. No more metallic horse sculpture on the common table though, sad.

The decor is pretty much the same as in 2016, sans metallic horse which we all miss.

I think the menu is pretty much the same (please refer to this one on their website for accuracy):

I think they change this quite regularly so it may not be there by my/your next visit LOL

I think what’s changed is perhaps their portions? Also now I’ve figured out the perfect items to order!! My absolute favourite thing to do here is to build my own brunch platter like so:

Toast with poached eggs (S$8), avocado (S$2.50), sautéed mushrooms (S$3) and beef sausage (S$5). Gosh my mouth is watering. 10/10
Can you tell these are the exact same orders from two different visits?

So to start I go for the basic Poached Eggs on Toast (S$8), add a half avocado ($2.50), sautéed mushrooms (S$3) and beef sausage (S$5) so it all adds up to $18.50 for this plate of beauty. Quite expensive but idk i derive SO much pleasure from it. You can skip the mushrooms, they’re still filling enough without. I also sometimes swap out the beef sausage with smoked salmon to make it a little healthier. YUMMMMM. 10/10 would recommend. Also if you guys want to recreate this at home to save money you can try using Saudia’s Halal Smoked Gouda Chicken and Beef Sausage (I bought mine from Redmart) because they are SOOOO good.

My friend got the Bagel Set (S$14.50) when we brunched together and NGL it was also pretty good!

Bagel Set (S$14.50) – 9.5/10. I love that it has a bit of everything in it. Cream cheese cubezzzz yassss.

The bagel was pretty good; chewy but not tough, soft but with good bite. I def prefer poached eggs over scrambled eggs, so I hope they still let us have the option to have the eggs poached the next time I visit! Their online menu only says scrambled eggs so I am a little worried LOL. 9.5/10 for the bagel set.

On one of my other visits, I had a friend visiting from KL who had the Salmon Rice Bowl (S$12.90) and really enjoyed it:

Salmon Rice Bowl ($12.90) – not bad but my build-a-brunch will always be better. 9/10

The salmon chunks, edamame, diced tomato and onions are lightly coated in a Japanese marinade, and served on a bed of brown rice. It’s def really nutritious but I really disliked the raw onion taste and TBH I would have A Poke Theory any day over this, but objectively this is a really good bowl for the more health conscious eaters who find themselves at The Bravery. I guess as a creature of habit I’ll always want my usual brunchy platters whenever I come here. still, 9/10 for the salmon rice bowl.

I like to end my weekend meals here with a cup of Flat White, which is usually pretty solid:

Yummy flat white, perfect for sipping in between some weekend reading

So yeah that’s The Bravery for you – good honest food, great chill ambience for weekend catchups with friends or a solo coffee while reading. Service is attentive (you order and pay at the counter but sometimes if there’s hardly anyone around they’ll close one eye and let you pay later.) Thankfully no one really reads my blog so it’s not like the the crowds are gonna be ruining the place for me anytime soon lol.

The Bravery
66 Horne Road
Singapore 209073
Online menu: Click here
Online reservations: Click here
Whatsapp reservations: +65 9388 2973

Opening Hours
Sun to Thu: 9am to 6pm
Fri to Sat: 9am to 10pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~$17-22
Recommended dishes: Eggs on Toast with add-ons (my perfect plate costs $18.50), Salmon Bagel Set (S$14.50), Salmon RIce Bowl (S$12.50)

Gyunion at Sunshine Plaza

Gyunion
#01-23 Sunshine Plaza,
91 Bencoolen St
Singapore 189652
Remarks: NETS and Cash only!

Opening Hours
Mon-Wed: 12pm to 8pm
Thu-Fri: 12pm to 9pm
Sat: 330pm to 9pm
Sun: 330pm to 8pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$9.90
Recommended dishes: Original Gyudon (S$7.90 a la carte, S$9.90 lunch set with onsen egg and a drink)

Hey guys! Has anyone watched the Season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones? GOSHHHHH I’m so glad it’s here although I really wish I could binge all 6 final episodes in one sitting ugh. In a way I envy all those people who haven’t watched a single episode of GoT, like they have ALL these episodes waiting to be binged. Jealllll ugh.

I’ve also blazed through the newly-released Season 3 of Kim’s Convenience and 2 seasons of Man Like Mobeen. Both shows offer a refreshing look at the everyday lives of minority migrant communities, using humour for levity. I love both shows so much, please catch them on Netflix if you’re looking for new shows to watch!

Anyway on to food (lol always forcing you guys to read non-food things in my intros) – another short post for you today and it’s about my fave lunch spot, Gyunion!

Gyunion Logo

This logo, taken from their FB page, is way too cool for me. I love it.

Tucked away in the corner of Sunshine Plaza, Gyunion is a cosy little Muji-esque hideout with about 5-6 tables. It can’t fit too many people in one sitting, but somehow my friend and I always manage to snag the last table for lunch. People tend to finish up quickly and give up their seats once they’re done, so don’t worry too much about the wait.  I love the minimalist, super Japanese aesthetic. My phone photo album is so disorganised I couldn’t find a photo of the interior, even though I swear I’ve taken one – but I’ll try next time and update this post with a photo 🙂

Anyway here’s the menu!

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My personal fave thing on the menu is the original Gyudon (S$7.90) which features beatifully tender strips of marinated beef over a bowl of japanese rice. I usually get it as a lunch set (+S$2) which includes an onsen egg and a choice of green tea or Coke.

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Beef Gyudon (S$7.90 a la carte, or S$9.90 with lunch set) – 10/10 for real so simple and so good

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Clearly from another sitting lol. I love these beef stripssss help.

Yummmm the beef slices are always so tender and well-marinated without being overpowering. I would defff recommend you guys always add an egg into the bowl because it just makes every bite that much juicier and more satisfying. They also provide condiments like shoyu, sesame seeds (UNFFF MY FAVE I let it rainnnn sesame seeds on my Gyudon) and chilli powder (togarashi I think?) so you can customize your bowl to your taste.

Over the past few months I’ve also tried the Curry Gyudon (S$7.90) which is really quite good as well but I always find the curry overwhelming towards the end. My lunch buddy LOVES it thoooo ❤

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Curry Gyudon (S$7.90) – bit too intense for me but my lunch buddy loves it

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What our usual lunch orders look like LOL creatures of habit

Besides the original Beef Gyudon I also really like the Cheesy Gyudon (S$8.90). It was cheesy but still light enough as to not be super jelak. Quite a solid offering but tbh I really prefer just the original which tastes a lot cleaner.

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Cheesy Gyudon (S$8.90) – yummm but can’t beat the original

All in all, Gyunion is just a really great place to get your japanese beef bowl fix unfff. You can check out the Gyumen too which is the noodle series but I always just immediately go for the Gyudon lol it’s toooo gooodddd. Will deff keep coming back here for as long as I can! Service is always so polite and discreet too – love the owners. I hope you guys get to try it for yourselves soon!

Gyunion
#01-23 Sunshine Plaza,
91 Bencoolen St
Singapore 189652
Remarks: NETS and Cash only!

Opening Hours
Mon-Wed: 12pm to 8pm
Thu-Fri: 12pm to 9pm
Sat: 330pm to 9pm
Sun: 330pm to 8pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$9.90
Recommended dishes: Original Gyudon (S$7.90 a la carte, S$9.90 lunch set with onsen egg and a drink)

 

 

Le Fuse at Lim Tua Tow Road (Serangoon)

Le Fuse
22 Lim Tua Tow Road
Singapore 547772
Reservations: DM them on Instagram or Facebook!
Closest MRT Station: Serangoon MRT!

Opening Hours
Tue-Sun: 4pm to 10pm
Closed on Mondays

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 7/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$25
Recommended dishes: Chong Qing Diced Chicken (S$9.80), Sweet Potato Noodles with Beef (S$9.80)

Hey guys! Wow it’s been FOREVER since I last posted something, sorry I’ve just not been in any mood to post, and also really lazy?? Raya was so tiring ugh I felt like retreating from everything and everyone for a while. Also, I’ve been watching Season 3 of Crazy Ex Girlfriend on Netflix (ugh I LOVE the series, but this season is particularly dark haha).

Anyway I wanted to tell you guys about this halal fusion mala place I recently visited called Le Fuse. So apparently the owners had their original branch at Middle Road under the name Mala Hui Cui Guan – the ingredients were halal and the place was muslim-owned, BUT they served alcohol which made some of the patrons uncomfortable. I guess not the ideal place to bring your old folks too, they’ll be all “eh apa ni ada beer semua ni” LOL. So yeah they decided to vacate and restart at Lim Tua Tow Road as Le Fuse!

Le Fuse - Exterior

The exterior which opens out to a public carpark. Quite convenient for drivers!

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The interior. That Fuse projection on the wall makes it look like a club lol.

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Counter

Le Fuse - Carpark

This is the carpark on the outside; quite nice right.

Here is a look at the menu for you guys!

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There were 7 of us so we got to try quite a bit of stuff. My friend and I actually came early to sneakily try a couple of starters first (HAHA so greedy). We tried first the Mala Tofu Skin (S$6.80):

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Mala Tofu Skin (S$6.80) – 6/10

Man, this was disappointing because firstly it wasn’t at all chilled; it was maybe like 2 degrees above room temperature haha. Also there wasn’t much of a texture/bite to the tofu strips. Added to that, the sauce, which wasn’t flavourful enough to begin with, was in such small quantities and did not manage to coat the tofu skin well. I hope next time they’ll improve this dish, shouldn’t be too hard! 6/10

Next up we tried the Chong Qing Diced Chicken (S$9.80), comprising deep fried diced chicken tossed in with dried chilli and sichuan peppercorns.

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Chong Qing Diced Chicken (S$9.80) – 8/10

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A close-up

Okay YUMMMM this was such a good dish. I loved the texture of the chicken; it was so so crispy. The mala flavour wasn’t too strong unless you bit into the peppercorns, which is not ideal. I wish it had been incorporated into the chicken seasoning somehow, but it’s a small complaint. The dish was also borderline over-salted but I have quite a high salt tolerance so I could not stop eating lol. Pair it with the delicious plum (PRUNE??) juice and it’s all good. 9/10

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Delicious Chinese Sour Plum Drink (S$3.80). Shoutout to my clean thumbnail.

We were also swayed into ordering the very trendy Salted Egg Calamari (S$9.80):

Le Fuse - Salted Egg Calamari

Salted Egg Calamari (S$9.80) – 6.5/10

Le Fuse - Salted Egg Calamari

Mm not my favourite of the lot; the salted egg taste was not to my liking, and the texture of the batter was a little hard when it should’ve been light and crisp. My favourite salted egg calamari dishes are also the ones with a creamy salted egg sauce though, instead of the battered ones. 6.5/10

Another dish we ordered was the Dengdeng Beef Sichuan (S$10.80), comprising thin crispy slices of beef coated in Sichuan sauce:

Le Fuse - Sichuan Beef Dengdeng

Dengdeng Beef Sichuan (S$10.80) – 7/10

Okay to be frank I don’t remember much about this dish, and neither did my friend when I asked him! I remember thinking it was okay – not terribly memorable, but not bad either. It was a little like those crispy beef balado you get at some Nasi Padang stores. I remember wishing it had a bit more of that mala sichuan numbing taste, but that’s about it. 7/10

Okay so finally we moved onto our main noodle dishes. I went for the Mala Tang (S$12.80) which is the spicy mala soup version. It came with pre-selected ingredients comprising sausage, chicken luncheon meat, lotus root, broccoli, cauliflower (BOOO), and that fungus ear mushroom thingy:

Le Fuse - Mala Tang Spicy Soup

Mala Tang Soup with Noodles (S$12.80) – 7/10

Oh no I terribly wanted to like this but I found it way too oily and not spicy enough! I got it in level 2 but would have def preferred level 3 I think. I also felt like it was just regular spicy and not mala-spicy. When I spoke to the owner towards the end of our meal, he did mention that he went easy on the mala spice because not a lot of the Muslim crowd likes that numbing spice taste, but that we could customise our order and indicate our preference when putting in our order. I also didn’t like that they had pre-selected ingredients. I much prefer being able to select my own ingredients at those Kopitiam mala shops lol. 7/10

One of us went with the dry version Mala Xiang Guo Noodles (S$12.80) which I actually found slightly better than the soup version:

Le Fuse - Ma La Xiang Guo dry noodles

Mala Xiang Guo dry noodles (S$12.80) – 7.5/10

Less oily than the soup version, and I feel with the soup version you need to make sure the broth is super tasty; otherwise it won’t add to the dish. As with the soup version, the ingredients are pre-selected. Please god I don’t want cauliflower lol. Broccoli is okay I love broccoli. 7.5/10

One of us got the Sweet Potato Noodles with Beef (S$9.80):

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Sweet Potato Noodles with Beef (S$9.80) – 9/10

Le Fuse - Sweet Potato Noodles with Beef

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OMG I loved these noodles and totally wished I’d ordered them instead!! Actually my friend and I ended up basically swapping lol since he preferred my soupy mala noodles. Anyway wow the noodles were super on pointtttt they were so perfectly chewy and soft!! Loved the beef chunks also which were rather tender, and I think the noodles soaked up the broth better. Yum; would def get this the next time I’m at Le Fuse!! 9/10

All in all I think there’s definitely room for improvement at Le Fuse; the selection of dishes is pretty good so after some tweaks it could really be great. One thing I’d like to see is more customizable levels of mala spice in the menu, as well as the ability to select ingredients in your mala tang/mala xiang guo! I’d definitely welcome any place that serves halal sichuan food so I hope Le Fuse only gets better with time!

Le Fuse
22 Lim Tua Tow Road
Singapore 547772
Reservations: DM them on Instagram or Facebook!
Closest MRT station: Serangoon MRT!

Opening Hours
Tue-Sun: 4pm to 10pm
Closed on Mondays

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 7/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$25
Recommended dishes: Chong Qing Diced Chicken (S$9.80), Sweet Potato Noodles with Beef (S$9.80)

Kucina Italian Restaurant at OneKM Mall

Kucina Italian Restaurant
OneKM Mall B1-09/10
11 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437157
Online Reservations: Click here or here
Online Menu: Click here

Opening hours
Daily: 1130am to 10pm (last order 930pm)

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9/10
Average spend per pax: ~$50
Recommended Dishes: Spaghetti con Porcini e Parmigiano (S$35), Pizza Bread Salvia (S$5.80)

Have you guys watched The Shape of Water? OMG IT’S SO GOOD!! I was truly, truly not expecting to be quite so taken with it. Honestly I’d read the synopsis about 3 times and each time I did not feel any more compelled to watch it. BUT with the Oscar Best Picture win and my GV birthday one-for-one, I couldn’t find a good reason not to watch it. BOY WAS I GLAD I DECIDED TO!!!!! UGH. It was so delightful and whimsical, but with a solid plot and resonant themes. It felt a little French and a little surrealist to me, like a cross between Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie and Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge.

Aaaanyway another recommendation I’m making in this entry is Kucina Italian Restaurant at OneKM Mall!!! I saw on their Instagram that they had flown in a whole cheese wheel from Italy and were gonna make pasta in it as a special menu item 😱😱👅💦

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THE CHEESE WHEELLLLLLLLLLLL

So I first found out about cheese wheel pasta from when John Legend got his wife Chrissy Teigen a cheese wheel for her birthday, and since then I had been absolutely dying to try a plate for myself! So it was really great that Kucina gave me the opportunity to try a halal one!

Before I talk about how it tasted, let me quickly take you through the process of making this cheese wheel pasta:

1. First they torch the insides of the cheese wheel:

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Torching

2.  Then they scrape off the torched parts of the cheese to collect the scrapings at the bottom:

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Scraping

3. Then they torch the scrapings again to further melt the cheese:

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Re-torching

4. Then they toss in the spaghetti and pour in hot vegetable stock and mix it all around:

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Mixing in the vegetable stock

5. And voila! The spaghetti is all cheesy and flavoured up and ready to be served:

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Beauty

So the end product is the Spaghetti con Porcini e Parmigiano (S$35), and it is a thing of beauty:

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Spaghetti with Porcini Mushrooms and Parmigiano Cheese (S$35) – 10/10

OMGGGG this cheese wheel pasta was absolutely all that I’d dreamt of and more. It was SO moist and flavourful – the cheese was slightly bitter and had a nice char, so we didn’t feel like it was too jelak or overly cheesy. The porcini mushrooms and creamy sauce made every bite extra juicy. I finished the entire plate without difficulty. 10/10

My friend got the Al Granchio (S$22) featuring linguine pasta with fresh crab meat in tomato cream sauce:

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I had a bite of this pasta and thought it was a little too sweet for my taste, and my friend def preferred my pasta over hers too. Maybe I was a little biased because I was absolutely over the moon about my pasta, but yeah unfortunately the al granchio came up short in comparison.  The portion of crab meat was generous tho, so overall 7/10 for this one!

Going a little in reverse chronological order here, but for starters we got the Truffle Fries (S$15) and the Pizza Bread Salvia (S$5.80):

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Truffle Fries (S$15) – 6.5/10

I liked that the truffle fries had shaved parmesan cheese on it (and what I suspect is shaved black truffle, which are the black streaks), but I thought the fries were a little dry and not fluffy. 6.5/10

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The Pizza Bread on the other hand was a nice surprise! It was a decent starter – slightly chewy beneath the crisp outer layer, and savoury too. I’m not a huge fan of onions but these ones were thinly sliced and baked, so they were fine. 9/10

Here’s a flatlay for you kids:

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This is making me so hungry rn

 

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The Kucina Fizz with cranberry juice, peach sparkling juice, grenadine syrup and orange juice (S$7.90) – SUPER YUMMM and perfect to cut through the heavy food

All in all I had a terrific time at Kucina and majorly had my dreams of having cheese wheel pasta fulfilled. You guys should def check them out while the special item is still available! It’s not a permanent menu item yet, but for now they’re still importing cheese wheels to make this special item and gauging demand. Otherwise it seems to be a solid halal Italian joint, and I would def go back again to try their other menu items.

Kucina Italian Restaurant
OneKM Mall B1-09/10
11 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437157
Online Reservations: Click here or here
Online Menu: Click here

Opening hours
Daily: 1130am to 10pm (last order 930pm)

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9/10
Average spend per pax: ~$50
Recommended Dishes: Spaghetti con Porcini e Parmigiano (S$35), Pizza Bread Salvia (S$5.80)

Deanna’s Kitchen at Toa Payoh Lor 1 Blk 127

Deanna’s Kitchen
#02-25, Blk 127
Toa Payoh Lorong 1
Singapore 310127

Opening Hours
Closed Mon-Tue
Wed-Fri: 10am to 2pm, 5pm to 8pm
Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 9am to 2pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$6.50
Recommended dishes: Everything because the broth and ingredients are spectacular, but I had the Prawn Noodles with Clams (S$6.50).

You guys. I had initially planned to talk about Netflix’s The Crown and how much I’m enjoying watching it because Claire Foy is such an emotive and talented actress. BUT. I can’t even wait to tell you guys about the amazing Chinese prawn noodles I had last week at Deanna’s Kitchen at Toa Payoh Lorong 1 Food Centre with my friend and her husband!!

Seriously I should’ve known it was going to be a perfect evening when this was my view while walking from Braddell MRT station to the hawker centre:

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Hashtag alhamdulillah feels

So Deanna’s Kitchen is a 100% muslim-owned, authentic Chinese prawn noodle stall set up by Denise Chew (Deanna), a Chinese convert (or revert if you prefer, I’m not fussed) and her husband Asri Ramli. I read that after converting to Islam, Deanna couldn’t find good halal prawn mee so she asked her mum for the recipe and tweaked it to halal perfection!! The Chinese versions usually use pork bone broth, but Deanna uses prawn broth instead. The story of their interracial love is also super touching; if you guys are interested to know more you can read it on her IG here!

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Menu!

I love that they specialise in one thing only (prawn noodles with variations in ingredients and noodles), because you can rest assured they’re focused on perfecting their signature dish. I love that you can customise your noodles too; I really do not like yellow noodles for that horrible lye taste and the starchy texture. BOO.

I went with the Prawn Noodles with Clams (S$6.50) which consisted of noodles in prawn broth with prawns, fishcake, a very generous serving of plump clams, and some kangkong:

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Prawn Noodles with Clams (S$6.50) – 10/10

OMGGGGG you guys. I could already smell the fragrant broth when I carried the bowl over to my table to set it down, so I knew it was going to be special, but man, the first sip was transcendental. I loved, loved, loved the prawn broth taste; it was so flavourful and went perfectly with the bee hoon noodles I had selected! Also guys, you gotta add the fried shallots (bawang goreng) because they are delicious and make the already-perfect noodles taste better.

Don’t even get me started on the clams. I LOVE clams omg I am an absolute clam FIEND, and there were SOOOOO many in the bowl! All for S$6.50?!?! It’s madness. The same quantity of clams you buy as an à la carte stirfry dish would’ve easily cost more. 10/10 for this delightful bowl of prawn noodles UGH.

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Plump and juicy clams omg

My friend got the same thing as me but her husband went with the Big Prawn Noodle (also S$6.50) – take a look at the photos here:

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Ahem my best flatlay attempt lol I just can’t take good photos most of the time

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Big Prawn Noodle (S$6.50)

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The aftermath. LOOK AT HOW MANY CLAMS!!! From just two bowls of Prawn Noodles with Clams ugh!! ❤

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Opening hours for Deanna’s Kitchen

The service here is terrific too you guys. Quick story – after finishing my bowl I went to order 3 more bowls for takeaway. It was almost closing time just before 8pm, and while I was waiting for my order, these two girls came up and ordered what was to be the last couple of bowls. The stall didn’t have enough broth for a full second bowl, and so the co-owner Asri gave a great discount for the bowl! UGH what great customer service. Also because theirs were the last two bowls, he gave the girls all the remaining clams and warned them that they were being given excess clams because the stall was closing, lest they come back next time and wonder why they’re not getting as many clams. Very thoughtful service.

Second story is, I took away those 3 bowls to my Chinese friends who were still working late in the office, and they LOVED it!! One of them said it’s the best prawn mee broth she’d tasted in a long time, and the other one told me she counted TWENTY FOUR CLAMS in her bowl. LOL it’s insane. So yeah while I have no basis for comparison, having never eaten porky prawn mee before, my Chinese friends definitely vouch for the taste and authenticity of Deanna’s Kitchen’s Chinese prawn mee ❤

Go try it soon you guys!

Deanna’s Kitchen
#02-25, Blk 127
Toa Payoh Lorong 1
Singapore 310127

Opening Hours
Closed Mon-Tue
Wed-Fri: 10am to 2pm, 5pm to 8pm
Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 9am to 2pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$6.50
Recommended dishes: Everything because the broth and ingredients are spectacular, but I had the Prawn Noodles with Clams (S$6.50).

The Big Cheese at Sunshine Plaza

The Big Cheese
Sunshine Plaza #01-59
91 Bencoolen St
Singapore 189652

Operating Hours
Tue-Sun: 12pm to 9pm
Closed on Mondays

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$9-10 for Mac & Cheese + a canned drink!
Recommended dishes: There’s only Mac & Cheese guys. Go crazy!

You guys! I know I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from blogging. The truth is I’ve been busy with… Narcos Season 3 and Black Mirror Season 4 LOL. Netflix is life-changing in ways both good and bad. Apart from that, so many things happening in the world to keep up with.

  1. Did you guys hear about Harvey Weinstein getting slapped by some rando in Arizona?!?! Shiok or what sia.
  2. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Mahathir Mohd (did I get all this honorific titles right?) is running with Pakatan Rakyat against Najib as PM, at the tender age of 92. It’s a little insane but I’m out here with popcorn waiting for it to unfold.
  3. There’s been a lot of debate on Aziz Ansari’s public shaming for a date gone wrong. I empathise with the girl a very very small bit, but I also feel bad for Aziz Ansari who isn’t a mind reader. Still, the discussion needs to happen on what’s consensual and what’s not though. The balance of power and consequences are always so disproportionately skewed against women.

ANYWAY coming out of hiding to post about The Big Cheese, a halal mac & cheese joint at Sunshine Plaza! Been meaning to do it for a while and some of you might have seen my IG post about The Big Cheese (@halalicioussg) from October. I’m back out here with more deets!

It’s a hole-in-the-wall located right at the drop-off point of Sunshine Plaza. There are about 3 small high tables and a 3-seater counter facing the outside.

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My view from the counter seat

Okay so I LOVE mac & cheese because it’s just classic comfort food. It’s cheesy, it’s gooey, it’s warm, savoury, and you can eat it with one hand (unlike other pasta variants like spaghetti etc). LOVE. Here’s a look at their menu:

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Bespoke Mac & Cheese for those who like to retain control!

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Specialty maccazzzz

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A buffet of options for your customizable mac & cheese

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Size comparison for the small and regular macs

So here’s what I got:

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And here is the breakdown:

  1. Size – I chose small (S$6)
  2. Choose your pasta – I chose elbow macaroni because it’s classic duh
  3. Choose two cheese base – I went for cheddar and gruyère (extra 50cts because fancy)
  4. Choose two proteins/greens – I opted for bacon and pepperoni because I ain’t about to disrespect my mac & cheese by adding vegetables LOL
  5. Choose one topping/condiment – I opted for truffle oil (I miss Reminis’ truffling mac & cheese back when they had a stall at Sembawang 😦 )
  6. Add-ons – I went for pulled beef (S$2) UNFFFFF

Here is the final product at $8.50:

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UNFFFFFF small mac & cheese (S$6) with added pulled beef (S$2) and premium gruyère cheese (S$0.50) for a total of just S$8.50 for all this deliciousnezzzzzz

Mmmmm guys this was so creamy and delicious and comforting!! I couldn’t really taste the gruyère, so I think the key is to select stronger tasting cheeses like parmesan. I’d def go for maybe parmesan and cheddar next time. Also I love that regular elbow macaroni traps a lot of that creamy cheese so it oozes out with each bite unfffff. The pulled beef was pretty good but also a little…soft? I would’ve wanted more bite. Still a pretty worthwhile addition at just S$2 though. The small size was perfect for me because mac & cheese is already SO heavy; I was just stuffed enough. 9.5/10

Those with bigger appetites might probably try the regular size one, which is what my friend did. He got the regular sized mac (S$7.50) with parmesan, cheddar, bacon and pepperoni topped off with bacon bits at no extra charge:

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Regular on the left, small on the right

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A spork!! How cute is this?

All-in-all, The Big Cheese is just the place for a quick bite if you’re in need of some nourishing comfort food. If the place is empty you can choose to stay longer but the stool seats are not entirely conducive to staying longer haha. I’d definitely go back every few weeks for a mac & cheese lunchtime fix!

Also as the menu suggests, you can top up S$1.50 for a drink 🙂 Def worth it to wash down all that goopy heavy cheese sauce!

The Big Cheese
Sunshine Plaza #01-59
91 Bencoolen St
Singapore 189652

Operating Hours
Tue-Sun: 12pm to 9pm
Closed on Mondays

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$9-10 for Mac & Cheese + a canned drink!
Recommended dishes: There’s only Mac & Cheese guys. Go crazy!

 

El Cubanos at Short St (Selegie)

El Cubanos
1A Short St #01-01
Singapore 188210
Tel: +65 9162 5540

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 12pm to 11pm
Sat: 4pm to 1am
Closed on Sundays

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$11 including a drink
Recommended dishes: Signature Pulled Beef Cubano with Cajun Fries (S$8.80), Grilled Chicken Cubano with Cajun Fries (S$8.50)

WHERE DID THE WEEKEND GO YOU GUYS 😭😭. I always dream of having a super nua stay-in weekend where I sequester myself at home and get my life in order, like do some laundry, tidy up, maybe go for a run, take naps, and get caught up on my favourite TV shows. For some reason it never happens and I always end up going out. Half of me is just this lazy homebody, and the other half always has major #FOMO ugh.

Anyway this weekend I managed to squeeze in a couple of brunches, did two loads of laundry AND blazed through 5 episodes of Stranger Things Season 2 omg. HAVE YOU GUYS WATCHED IT?! It’s so great.

You know what’s also great though? THE SANDWICHES FROM EL CUBANOS 👅💦😭💯.

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Just look at this.

My friend and I meet up for lunch once every couple of weeks and we usually try a halal place that’s anywhere between our two offices. Couple weeks ago it was The Big Cheese (review to come!), and this week it was El Cubanos!

Located just off Selegie Road at 1A Short St, El Cubanos serves up Cuban-style pressed sandwiches as their specialty. Think grilled cheese panini but with a generous serving of meats as well. SO SO GOOD.

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The El Cubanos Storefront

Here is the menu display at the shop:

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“Good people serving good food to make you feel good” – I a hundred percent support

I had the Signature Pulled Beef Cubano with Cajun Fries (S$8.80), which featured a pressed pulled beef and cheese sandwich with jalapeños, served with a side of cajun fries:

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Signature Pulled Beef Cubano with Cajun Fries (S$8.80) – 10/10!!! ❤️

OK not even kidding but the first bite was transcendental. I still remember it so, so vividly. The bread was crisp on the outside, and the pulled beef within was just so tender and flavourful and cheesy. It was really sublime, and I recall just melting into a delirium of sounds as I consumed the rest of the sandwich.

UGHHHHH the beef was really so juicy and there were heaps of it too in the sandwich. There were a couple of jalapeño slices adding mild heat. Also loved the fries with the savoury Cajun seasoning. They reminded me of 4 Fingers fries in terms of texture. But of course it was the Cuban sandwich that stole the show. 10/10

My friend got the Spiced Up Grilled Chicken Cubanos with Cajun Fries ($8.50) in extra spicy:

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Spiced Up Grilled Chicken Cubano (S$8.50) on top, Signature Pulled Beef Cubano (S$8.80) below.

So my friend and I swapped one half of our sandwiches with each other’s so we could have the best of both worlds. I really liked the grilled chicken version too, except that it somehow had more onion inside. Also pulled beef is way shreddier and juicier so I’m giving this grilled chicken cubano a 9.5/10.

The both of us left the place feeling thoroughly satisfied and also kicking ourselves for not having discovered it way earlier! Literally, we were texting later that Friday about how we were still thinking about the sandwich. Next morning, he joked that he “dreamt he was eating the cubano and woke up to find his pillow gone” LOLLLL DEAD. Seriously, I was thinking about it all weekend and we’ve already fixed another date later this week to go again 😀

Service is pleasant, the ambience is terrific (look at all the Cuban photographs and paraphernalia adorning the walls!) and they have good Cuban/Latin music to put you in the mood. I went to Cuba in 2015 and being here just brings me right back. It makes me wonder if we have any sort of Cuban expat (exiles?! ok maybe émigrés.) here in Singapore because if so I hope they know about this place.

YOU GUYS HAVE TO VISIT!!!

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Getting sassed by this t-shirt.

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Post swap: Chicken cubano on top, pulled beef cubano below

El Cubanos
1A Short St #01-01
Singapore 188210
Tel: +65 9162 5540

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 12pm to 11pm
Sat: 4pm to 1am
Closed on Sundays

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$11 including a drink
Recommended dishes: Signature Pulled Beef Cubano with Cajun Fries (S$8.80), Grilled Chicken Cubano with Cajun Fries (S$8.50)