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)

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Yi Zun Beef Noodle at Sam Leong Road

Yi Zun Beef Noodle
45 Sam Leong Road
Singapore 207935
MRT: Walkable from Farrer Park Station!
Tel: +65 6291 6616

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$15
Recommended dishes: Sliced Chicken (S$3.20), Fish Stew with Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80)

Hey guys!! Okay firstly are you guys excited about the premier of Ready Player One this Thursday!! I’m pretty psyched! I rather enjoyed reading the book and my friends and I are now geeking out about the movie haha.

Secondly speaking of books, have you guys read The Remains of the Day? It’s this novel by British author Kazuo Ishiguro, narrated exclusively in the first person by an English butler who alternates between telling us about his day, and recounting his experiences/exchanges as a butler. It’s a simple premise, but Ishiguro writes really beautifully and by the end of the book I was like 😭 this is so good. Check this out for sure, and check out his other work too called Never Let Me Go.

Anyway so I haven’t been blogging too much because I haven’t really been in much of a mood to, but OMG last week I went to try Yi Zun Beef Noodles again and I had SUCH a great time!!

It’s located at 45 Sam Leong Road, which is like a 7-minute walk from Farrer Park MRT (exit A lol), and it specialises in Lanzhou lamian or beef noodle soup. Here’s the definition from Wikipedia:

Beef noodle soup is a Chinese and Taiwanesenoodle soup made of stewed or red braisedbeef, beef brothvegetablesand Chinese noodles. It exists in various forms throughout East Asia and Southeast Asia. Beef noodle soup was first created by the Hui people (a ChineseMuslim ethnic group) during the Tang Dynasty of China.[1][2]

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I love this photo omg it’s giving me super HK/TW vibezzzz (if not for the parking sign thanks ugh)

The first time I went, they had just opened and about 80% of the items on the menu back then were not available. In fact the menu looked quite different then too! Here’s what it looks like now:

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To order, they give you this erasable marker where you can indicate your choices on the menu itself – no need for order chit omg! So environmentally friendly and efficient, I can’t take it 😍❤️

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Maybe I have a career in hand-modelling like David Duchovny in Zoolander

We started off with the Sliced Chicken (S$3.20) which is a cold dish with the chicken slices in a chilli-oil type sauce:

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Sliced Chicken (S$3.20) – 10/10

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UNFFFF GET IN MY BELLY

First of all, all this for S$3.20?!?! Please, no one tell them about this good deal lest they decide to up the price!! (Or reduce the portion lol). Secondly, UNFFF I really, really liked it omg it was so refreshing, juicy and just flavourful enough! It looks a little fiery but in truth it wasn’t super spicy, just a liiiitle tingle (a little Sichuan flavour I think?). Mostly just enjoyed how tender and succulent it was. I am DEFINITELY coming back for these. 10/10

Next up my friend and I split the Yizun Beef Noodle (S$7.80 for small). 

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Yizun Beef Noodle (Small S$7.80) – 6.5/10

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Okay so the first time I tried these noodles, I found broth really bland and the beef slices tough and dry.  This time around, I’m happy to report that the broth is much more flavourful and delicious, and the texture of the hand-pulled noodles is still decent. Alas, the beef slices remained tough ugh why! I really hope they find a way to improve it – like okay can they just make braised beef or those pho-type beef slices omg. Anything but these tough ones. 6.5/10 😩

For our third dish, we went for the Fish Stew with Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80). We were hesitant about it at the point of placing our orders, as we were unsure if we could finish it. However, after a very brief deliberation we decided to just #YOLO and get it anyway:

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Fish Stew With Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80) – 10/10

BOY were we glad we were so greedy, because the fish stew was just out of this world!!! OMG guys, honestly the broth was unexpectedly delicious as heck – it was mayyybe just a smidge salty due to the pickled cabbage, but man it was the best still. SO flavourful and robust I couldn’t help drinking spoonfuls of the broth alone. Fortunately the other ingredients also held their own – the fish slices were crazy tender, and the cabbage provided textural contrast with their crunch. Absolutely loved it, and I cannot recommend this dish enough!! 10/10

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All in all I had a terrific time and I’m so glad I gave this place a second chance after the disappointing first try! I really hope they improve the quality of the beef in their noodles, and for sure I will give it another go in one of my subsequent visits insyaaAllah. You guys will def hear about it (at least on my IG stories) if I do!! 😀

Service is okay, although English is not their strong suit, and sometimes it can take a while to get their attention. There is a 10% service charge but no GST, and you pay up front at the counter when done. I paid in cash so I can’t remember if they accept NETS/credit card, but I’ll find out and update this post. I def can’t wait to go back here!! Go try it soon guys!

Yi Zun Beef Noodle
45 Sam Leong Road
Singapore 207935
MRT: Walkable from Farrer Park Station!
Tel: +65 6291 6616

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$15
Recommended dishes: Sliced Chicken (S$3.20), Fish Stew with Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80)

Citrus By The Pool II (New Burger Menu!)

Citrus By The Pool
3 Woodlands Street 12
3-3A Woodlands Swimming Complex
Singapore 738600
Tel: +65 6366 6581
Online reservations: Click here

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 11am to 11pm
Sat-Sun & PH: 9am to 11pm

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious Rating: 7.5/10
Recommended dishes: Shiok Burger (Chicken patty with chilli crab sauce – S$12.90), Snickerhead Milkshake (S$12.90) Double Chocolate Milkshake (S$8.90)

Hey guys!! I’m so sorry I’ve been so MIA – I just had a work trip recently that kind of threw my entire schedule off. Also I guess I’ve been out WAY too much and haven’t had time to properly sit down and write this review! I mean, HAVE YOU GUYS WATCHED BLACK PANTHER? NO SPOILERS OR ANYTHING AND I WON’T EVEN SAY IF IT’S GOOD OR BAD. In all seriousness though, if you don’t understand the hype, go read this NY Times article about Why Black Panther Is A Defining Moment For Black America. It was so so good and so insightful.

Also the other reason I haven’t been blogging is I have been bingeing all 4 seasons of Silicon Valley 😩😩 It’s SOOOO funny especially Erlich and Jian Yang together UGH. I can’t wait for Season 5 already!! It’s coming out in just under 4 weeks on 25 Mar 2018!

OK so let’s talk about food now. Three weeks ago I was invited by the kind folks at Citrus By The Pool to taste their new burgers and shakes menu!!

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We got to try all 4!

The first burger was the Boss Burger (S$17.90 for double patty) featuring the beef-mutton patty layered with crispy fried onions, tomato slices, cucumber, lettuce and purple cabbage, smothered in satay sauce on toasted charcoal bun:

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Big Boss burger (S$17.90) – 7/10

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Visuals 💯

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Cross section!

OK so I was really excited about this, and the satay sauce was a great touch because I LOVE satay ugh. Even the purple slaw was yummy and helped cut through the richness a little. However, the patty disappointed me in that the ground meat came apart all too easily. I haven’t tried making patties from scratch myself so I’m not quite sure why the meat doesn’t bind well together. I also thought the bun was a little dry and aerated where it should have been a little chewy with more bite. Room for improvement on this one! 7/10

Thankfully, I LOVED the cajun fries that came with the burger. They were crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, just really well done. I have to say, Citrus by the Pool consistently delivers on its fries.

Next up we tried the Shiok Burger (S$12.90) featuring a deep fried chicken thigh patty with sliced tomatoes, lettuce and a sunny side up, topped with spicy chilli crab sauce:

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Shiok Burger (S$12.90) – 9/10

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Cross-section of the Shiok Burger!

Mm! I really liked the Shiok Burger – the chicken patty was juicy (not unlike the McSpicy burger which, come on, is always good) and I LOVED the chilli crab sauce!! I only wish they had added more of the sauce, although I’m sure next time I could ask that they put more of that magic sauce on my burger. Honestly I didn’t even need the sunny side up as an accompaniment because the patty and sauce alone would have been enough. 9/10

Our third burger was The Big Catch (S$12.90) with a buttermilk-battered dory, crispy fried onions, tomato, lettuce and tartar sauce:

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The Big Catch ($12.90) – 5/10 because I hate fish burgers SOZZZZZ

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Gurl you a haht messs

Oh my, okay so it’s not really fair for me to pass my judgement on this because I am really not a fan of breaded fish. Not in fish and chips and certainly not in burgers. I swear only mums love fish burgers (sample size 2 – my mum and my sister-in-law’s mum lol). Objectively though there was too much tartar sauce on the burger which made the whole thing a slick, jelak mess. I think maybe they could have also made the tartar sauce a little zestier with more lemon juice so that it’s more refreshing. Gotta pass on this guys. 5/10

The last of the burgers was the Dainty Trio (S$10.90 for three chicken sliders, or S$10.90 for three beef+mutton sliders) in a choice of teriyaki or BBQ sauce:

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Dainty Trio (S$12.90) – 6.5/10

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Beef+mutton slider in BBQ sauce!

The sliders were really pretty to look at, but overall I still found them lacking. The buns were a little dry and hard, which makes it a little challenging to bite through, especially given the proportions of a slider (a burger that is taller than it is wide). I liked the crispy onions, and the tomato slice did add some juiciness. Nevertheless, neither the teriyaki chicken patty nor the BBQ beef+mutton one left any lasting impression on me.  6.5/10

On to the milkshakes!!

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UNFFFFF

We tried the Snickerhead (S$12.90), Cookie Crush (S$9.90) and Double Chocolate (S$8.90):

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Snickerhead (S$12.90), Cookie Crush (S$9.90) and Double Chocolate (S$8.90)

OMG guys these are soooo sinful but unffffff. The Snickerhead and Double Chocolate were both really, really delicious with Snickerhead edging out just a little. It IS 4 whole dollars more, so if you guys are trying to save some money, go for the S$8.90 Double Chocolate which is almost as good! They’re both really rich and chocolatey and really filling; perfect for one of those days when you’re just super hungry and your stomach feels concave. 9/10 for both.

The Cookie Crush was the weak link here as it tasted too milky and just a little bland. Too much cream, too little cookie taste. I would skip this flavour. 6/10

Aaand finally, as if we hadn’t already had to loosen our belts a notch after eating ALL THOSE BURGERS and drinking all those milkshakes, we went for the sundaes.

We opted for the Coco Loco (S$9.90) with coconut ice cream, nata de coco, crushed matcha cookies and gula melaka syrup, and Berry Magic (S$11.90) featuring strawberry ice cream, strawberry jam, fresh strawberries, and a strawberry biscuit roll:

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Coco Loco sundae (S$9.90) – 8/10 & Berry Magic sundae (S$11.90) – 7/10

I’m not naturally a sundae person, but I thought the Coco Loco was pretty good. It helps that I have a weakness for gula melaka and nata de coco unffff. The coconut ice cream was a little tooo creamy for me; otherwise the nata de coco, the slightly bitter crunch from the matcha cookie crumbs, and the sweetness of the gula melaka syrup was a winning combo. 8/10

The Berry Magic sundae was okay – I love strawberry as much as the next person but this was a little overkill with the ice cream and the jam. The ice-cream on its own would have been pretty good – maybe they should sell it by the scoop; it would be less heavy than a whole sundae. Also S$11.90 is a little steep for what it is! 7/10

Overall a dinner of hits and misses, but I think I could probably get myself the Shiok Burger with a milkshake next time and be pretty happy with my order. That’s the benefit of having options! The location is not anywhere near my usual spots (home, office, friend catch-ups), but if I’m in the area I would definitely drop by for food. I might also consider bringing my family here for a pleasant, casual meal.

I’ll leave you guys with photos of the place and the menu:

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The entrance!

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A play corner for the kids and astroturf lovers, just outside the entrance

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Pretty cosy!

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Citrus By The Pool
3 Woodlands Street 12
3-3A Woodlands Swimming Complex
Singapore 738600
Tel: +65 6366 6581
Online reservations: Click here

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 11am to 11pm
Sat-Sun & PH: 9am to 11pm

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious Rating: 7.5/10
Recommended dishes: Shiok Burger (Chicken patty with chilli crab sauce – S$12.90), Snickerhead Milkshake (S$12.90) Double Chocolate Milkshake (S$8.90)

Jenggood Jom Makan at Padi Emas Jurong East St 21 (Temporarily Closed)

***Edited to add: Jenggod Jom Makan has closed their stall temporarily while they find a new location; check out their Instagram or Facebook for latest updates!***

Jenggood Jom Makan
Padi Emas Coffeeshop
Blk 214 Jurong East St 21
Singapore 600214

Opening Hours
Mon, Tue, Thu: 630am to 7pm
Fri-Sun: 630am to 10pm
Closed on Wed
**Lakster Deluxe availability: 5pm to 10pm on Fri-Sun

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$17.50
Recommended dishes: Lakster Deluxe (S$34.90, enough for 2 average-appetite pax)

Guys there’s been an EMERGENCY. Stop whatever you guys are doing now and really just listen to me for the next 5 minutes.

I just had THE MOST AMAZING LOBSTER LAKSA EVER UGHHHHHH. I had a friend coming over from Kuala Lumpur over the weekend and I wanted to take her out to dinner. Initially I thought of bringing her over to my new gem of a discovery, Deanna’s Kitchen for the most delicious halal prawn noodles of my life, but they close at 5pm on Saturdays. So I thought, alright maybe this would be the time to finally try the Lakster Deluxe that I’ve been seeing so much on my instagram for the past couple of months!

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Lakster Deluxe (S$34.90) – 10/10

The Lakster Deluxe (S$34.90) is the brainchild of the folks from Jenggood Jom Makan, a hip stall at Padi Emas Coffee House at Jurong East Blk 214 (behind Almukminin Mosque). They are well-known for their original signature dish, the Laksudon, which is like laksa that’s been upgraded with thick, chewy udon noodles. According to my friend this is more like laksa Johor, which is a bit thicker than laksa nyonya (which you get from places like 328 Katong). Well well, I guess I’m more partial to laksa Johor than laksa nyonya!

Every Friday to Sunday from 5pm to 10pm, Jenggood serves up the Lakster Deluxe comprising the Laksudon with a WHOLE lobster, plump mussels, large prawns and calamari, all for just S$34.90! Here’s a closer look:

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A whole lobster plus look at the big prawns! Peep the delicious sambal at the left corner unffff.

My friend and I shared one Lakster Deluxe and OMGGGGG the laksa on its own was already SUPER yummy – the gravy was rich and thick with minced fish meat, coating the chewy udon noodles well. I didn’t even need to mix in too much of the sambal because really it was already a robust gravy, and honestly I would definitely order the Laksudon next time I’m jonesing for some good laksa.

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Seriously OMG the lobster meat was so succulent and look at all that roe omg?!?!?! DEADDDDDD

The lobster itself was SUPER fresh; the meat was succulent and slightly sweet, and absorbed the laksa gravy well. Same for the juicy mussels and the prawns!! UGHHHHHHHHHHHH. I love seafood so much and they definitely did not skimp on the ingredients both in terms of quantity and quality. Plus they provide you with that nutcracker tool you can use to crack open the lobster claws, as well as a mini bucket to throw away all the shells (lobster/prawn/mussels).

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The aftermath – we filled the whole bucket with shells lol

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Aftermath part 2. Check out the gravy with bits of fish meat ughhhhh so good ❤

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S$4 for the laksudon?!?!? I am THERE bruh.

All in all my friend and I had a truly satisfying dinner at Jenggood, and we were both totally blissed out by the end of it, like tears-of-joy #alhamdulillah vibezzz. I would DEF go back here again especially since I live in the West. Oh also, this place accepts DBS PayLah!!!! How great is that? I didn’t have enough cash on me and scanning the QR code provided by the owner Hans was a breeze. Go try it for yourselves soon!!!

Jenggood Jom Makan
Padi Emas Coffeeshop
Blk 214 Jurong East St 21
Singapore 600214

Opening Hours
Mon, Tue, Thu: 630am to 7pm
Fri-Sun: 630am to 10pm
Closed on Wed
**Lakster Deluxe availability: 5pm to 10pm on Fri-Sun

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$17.50
Recommended dishes: Lakster Deluxe (S$34.90, enough for 2 average-appetite pax)

***Edited to add: Jenggod Jom Makan has closed their stall temporarily while they find a new location; check out their Instagram or Facebook for latest updates!***

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).

Kakak Kentang at FOMO Sultan Gate

Kakak Kentang at FOMO Food Court
38 Sultan Gate #01-01
Singapore 198486

Opening Hours (For Kakak Kentang)
Mon-Thu & Sat: 11am to 9pm
Fri: 230pm to 9pm
Sun: 12pm to 9pm
(FOMO itself opens 10am to 10pm daily)

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$6.90
Recommended dishes: Bombistik (S$6.90)

Hey guys! How is January almost over? I can’t deal with thissssss before you know it we’ll be 80 😩😩. Anyway TGIF – I’m currently waiting my turn to see the doctor because I’m on the brink of a flu and am trying to stave off a full-blown one before the weekend ugh help.

Ooh but also – I recently started watching Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale based on the book by Margaret Atwood. IT IS GRIPPING OMGGGGG. It’s about a dystopian near-future where women are increasingly barren and infant survival rates are low as a result of STDs and environmental pollution. Society is ruled by a totalitarian, Christian theonomic government and people are assigned strict roles – some are handmaids who are kept by barren married couples for breeding purposes, some are cooks/cleaners etc. There’s a sort of strict religiosity overarching this new world and it’s a little creepy. You guys should DEF watch it. (Also read the wiki synopsis which is 100% better than mine.)

Anyway, have you guys checked out FOMO at Sultan Road recently? It’s an upscale food court with myriad options – there’s Kane Mochi serving halal mochi ice cream, Kakak Kentang by well-known restaurateur Ummi Abdullah, and also Mr Wholly (crab-in-the-bag style seafood stall pending halal certification). I can’t deal with the millennial name of this hipster food court but hey gotta roll with the times. I love that it’s air-conditioned so you get to enjoy your food in cool comfort! In memoriam our short-lived Singaporean winter earlier this January 😢. We hardly knew ye.

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How cute is this logo!!!!! She’s literally peeling her old skin being all “new skin new me!” (or is she undressing? Astaghfirullah.)

Kakak Kentang literally translates to Potato Sister, and the stall specialises in these kentang balls (or potato balls) which are mashed potato balls with meat stuffing. Kind of like a begedil on steroids. I didn’t know kentang ball was a thing, and so of course my eastie/Malay friends are giving me a LOT of grief about it. “You mean you haven’t tried it EVER?!” “But the Haig Road one is so good!” “And you call yourself Malay?” 🙄🙄🙄 y’all are racist eastie fascists.

So anyway Kakak Kentang offers two main dishes. There is the traditional chicken version called the Chikabom, featuring a mashed potato ball with chicken stuffing in soto soup. There is also the beef version called the Bombistik with minced beef stuffing in a tangy tomato “bistik” soup – bistik being the late-night mamak supper staple of beef cubes in that red tomato gravy with potatoes and peas.

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Sorry this photo is so bad; I couldn’t avoid the glare.

They also serve the Adik Char Kuay (S$5.90) comprising you tiao dough sticks with cuttlefish paste drizzled with 3 types of sauces, and also popiah!! I was very tempted to try the popiah for $2 but decided against it because I wouldn’t have been able to finish my potato ball otherwise!

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So I went for the Bombistik (S$6.90 for regular, S$9.90 for large) in regular size:

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Bombistik (S$6.90, regular size) – 9/10

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 Breakthrough! MEAT YUMMMMMM

Ooohhh chileeee. I liked this a lot!! The soup was really flavourful and robust, like the mee kuah or mee bandung type of tomato-based soup. It was a little spicy which I liked – I found my nose running the more I ate it. The potato ball was gooood; the mashed potato itself had good texture and flavour, although the meat within was a liiiitle dry but easily remedied with the soup. I also LOVED the coriander and strips of carrots and cucumber in the soup – it definitely adds to the complexity, texture and taste. This was solid comfort food, although I almost wished they had a mini-ball option with like 4-5 smaller balls; how fun would it be popping those in your mouth?! 9/10

My friend who had been there before ordered his usual Chikabom (S$6.90 for regular, S$9.90 for large) in regular size:

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Chikabom (S$6.90 in regular size) – 7/10

I tried some of this and okay I confess it was not my favourite. I would def stick to the Bombistik when I go back to Kakak Kentang next time, and if I’m hankering for some soto I would still go for my usual Soto Ayam so I can savour those soft pillowy lontong cubes together with the soto gravy, AND add begedil, you know? Best of both worlds. The soto soup was not bad, but a little on the thin side for me. I would have preferred it a little thicker and more savoury. According to my friend the one at Haig Road is better, although I can’t verify that until I go try the Haig Road kentang ball myself! 7/10

All in all I had a positive experience at FOMO and will definitely going back to try the other stalls maybe during dinnertime. The lunchtime crowd was manageable and there were still enough empty tables for us to buy our food before getting our table.

Kakak Kentang at FOMO Food Court
38 Sultan Gate #01-01
Singapore 198486

Opening Hours (For Kakak Kentang)
Mon-Thu & Sat: 11am to 9pm
Fri: 230pm to 9pm
Sun: 12pm to 9pm
(FOMO itself opens 10am to 10pm daily)

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$6.90
Recommended dishes: Bombistik (S$6.90)

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!