Tag : comfort food

Put on Half a Pound, Dad

Pei Xia Ang

Father’s Day is this weekend, and we all want to treat our supporting and loving dad right. If you are still fretting over the right choice of gift, then you need to READ ON!

Only recently established, Half Pound burger and Bar Grill has already been a hot favourite among locals.

father's day at half pound

a great place to celebrate father’s day– half pound burger bar and grill

Nestled along Purvis Street, this place focuses on burgers (hence the name), and if Dad is a fan of beef patties, steaks and whatnot, all the more you need to take him there!!

We managed to pop by this week, and here is the review of what we have sampled:

father's day lunch menu

lunch menu for only $17++ daily

Lunch menu

12pm-3pm daily


Choice of salad/soup, main course and drink

father's day soup

mushroom soup as starter

Mushroom Soup

I usually do not choose mushroom soup from the menu due to its commonness, but this bowl of soup was quite well executed.

Topped with croutons and garnished with spring onions, this soup was lovingly made by the chef. It did not taste like the regular ones poured from a can. As an added bonus, the soup comes with generous chunks of mushrooms to add to its creamy texture.

father's day burger meal

the half pound burger was very flavourful

Petite Half Pound Burger

Don’t be fooled by its name though, this burger may be called “petite”, but the flavours sure pack a PUNCH.

The tender and succulent beef patty carried a smoky aftertaste, complementing the bacon and cheddar for that meaty, greasy taste that all meat-lovers lust for.

fathers day steak

steak frites, good value for money

Steak Frites

For its price, the steak that I had was worth your buck. The meat was tender, and the layer of fat was juicy and TOTALLY ON POINT.

fathers day beer

enjoy a pint of beer to go with your meal


A hearty burger dish is only complete with craft beer by its side. For an extra touch this Fathers’ Day, treat dad to imported beer from Germany and the States.

From its menu, Half Pound offers Maisel’s Weisse ($9 for half pint, $12 for full pint), and 8 Ball Stout ($12 for full pint).

The former was refreshing and light, while the stout was smooth and easy to drink.


fathers day half pound

visit Half Pound Bar and Grill

Half Pound Burger Bar and Grill
Address: 8 Purvis Street, #01-01
Singapore 188587
Tel:6906 1900
Book a table here
Oh, and here’s wishing all Dads a happy father’s day!

The Weekly Glutton (05/6 – 11/6)

James Chan

Heng Long Teochew Porridge

Teochew Porridge by Heng Long teochew porridge

Heng Long, teochew porridge joint that was unrecognisable after it was thrashed

RECOGNIZE this place?

As some of you may recall, just last week, this Teochew porridge joint was unrecognizable from the mayhem that ensued over a $28 bill. 4 drunk idiots felt that they had been overcharged and decided to trash the place. If you do the math right, that adds up to only $7 a person.

I decided to offer them some form of support by patronizing their store, you know, Serangoon pride and all.

teochew porridge dishes

order small portions for greater variety of food

The Food

We ordered small portions of everything so we could have a wider variety of food to choose from. I also ordered rice instead of porridge – if you don’t want to feel hungry too fast, don’t order porridge (unless you’re ordering like 3 or 4 bowls).

Teowchew porridge can be considered Singaporean comfort food. It has no airs or frills and can remind one of simple home cooked meals. Just good old plain communal dining with the family and enjoying each other’s company.

teochew porridge fish

good value for money

We ordered 6 dishes in total (includes a whole pomfret fish) and guess how much the bill came up to?

18 BUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know how ridiculously CHEAP that is?

Moving on to the dishes YOU MUST ORDER if you ever do decide to give it a shot.

teochew porridge fresh fish

selection of fresh fish for you to choose from

Steamed Pomfret

You can select from a range of uncooked, fresh fish at a little corner. They will then proceed to cook the fish of your choice and it’ll be served within 6 to 7 minutes!

It’s FRESH, TASTY and TENDER. Everything I look for when eating fish. Initially, I was worried that it might taste a little fishy but thank goodness it didn’t.

Black Bean Mince Meat in Spicy Sauce

This is the one dish I always order at any Teochew porridge joints. Most places get it right (it’s quite hard to mess up on minced meat) but there have been several occasions where I’ve encountered really bad ones. Needless to say, they’ve been boycotted.

At Upper Serangoon Road, I even ordered an additional single portion of the minced meat ($2). So that should be an indication of how good it is no?

teochew porridge fried egg

egg is always a must

Fried Omelet

As a general rule of thumb, every Teochew porridge meal should be accompanied with an egg dish. Salted, steamed or an omelette, take your pick.

There’s something really addictive about the Omelet here. I found myself just eating them pieces like potato chips.


To top it all off, there was this nice server/cleaner guy who kept asking if the food was alright and whether it was tasty. He even went the extra mile to inform everyone when the “Summon Uncle” came along to book illegally parked cars (I was the owner of one those cars).

Why would anyone want to destroy the place is beyond me.

I read that after the incident, they resumed work the very next day at noon. Based off their prices that they charged us, to  cover the cost of damages, they’ll have to churn out a higher volume of sales.

All because these old chaps and lady couldn’t control their liquor and behaved like juvenile delinquents over $7 a person. It’s because of people like them that there’s a liquor ban after 10.30pm now.

I love alcohol as much as the next guy, but there has to be some sort of control, or we’re no better than uncaged animals.

teochew porridge heng long teochew porridge

cheap, good food at Heng Long Teochew Porridge

Have any of you eaten there before? What dishes do you think are the best? Would love to hear your opinions in the comments section below.

AND If you can, do pop by Heng Long for a quick meal any time of the day to help them out.

Heng Long Teochew Porridge
Address: 1006 Upper Serangoon Rd
Singapore 534744
Opening Hours: 10AM–4AM


*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.

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Great Places for Brunch with Mom

Pei Xia Ang

Sunday mornings are for sleep ins and lazy brunches. Mothers’ Day happens to be this Sunday, and there really isn’t a better way to spend Sunday than #BrunchWithMom.

brunch with a relaxed vibe at club street social

1. Club Street Social

Take a break from the work week at Club Street Social. Chill out in the relaxed and modern vibe of the place, as the waiters serve you delectable food and artfully-prepared beverages.

On top of the usual eggs and panini, they serve fluffy and light pancakes made with fresh cream. People with sweet teeth are gonna enjoy the orange maple syrup. Mmmm!

brunch at Epicurious cafe for unique knick knacks

2. Epicurious Cafe

Epicurious is a combination of the words “epicure”, meaning  a person devoted to fine dining, and “curio”, which refers to a collection of knick-knacks. At Epicurious cafe, visitors get to travel back in time with the collection of Singapore items that were mostly used in the 80s-90s. This is one great place for mom to relieve the good ol’ days.

For fans of Dr Seuss, this is the chance to try out Green Eggs and Ham, a dish inspired by the popular children’s book. Not to worry though, the green of the dish is achieved by using basil pesto, so you don’t have to worry about any artificial colourings.

brunch at Common Man Coffee Roasters for specialty coffee

3. Common Man Coffee Roasters

With the vision of being a champion for specialty coffee throughout Asia, Common Man Coffee Roasters (CMCR) are famous for their cold brews and their signature blend. These beverages are prepared with a custom Synesso espresso machine, a top-notch machine for espressos. If mom loves trying out specialty coffees, you know the place!

Try out the Organic Eggs Benedict with tender beef cheek for a meal that will leave you wanting more.

brunch at Forty Hands for coffeeshop with fresh beans

4. Forty Hands

Of the belief that it takes 40 hands to produce a single cup of coffee, the founders of Forty Hands established a coffee revolution in the sleepy neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru. Forty Hands burst into the coffee scene with the mission of elevating the status of coffee appreciation, serving specialty coffee made with fresh beans.

To accompany your cuppa, try one of their Toasties from their selection.

brunch at Strictly Pancakes for pancakes galore

5. Strictly Pancakes

A traditional breakfast staple, one can never really go wrong when choosing to go with pancakes. At Strictly Pancakes, they serve literally all types of pancakes, from sweet to savoury, they’ve got it. Spend quality time with mom over pancakes, and explore new and unique flavours of pancakes with her.

Apart from the usual flavours of pancakes, they serve garlic prawn pancakes. Made from a special garlic sauce that is creamy and buttery in taste, this pancake is the one that seals the deal for me.

brunch at Wild Honey

6. Wild Honey

As you approach the place, the let the saccharine scent of honey and flowers guide you to the front doors of Wild Honey. Take mom on a culinary journey, as the all-day breakfast here is inspired by the different foods from around the world.

For seafood lovers, the Scandinavian is the dish you would want to order. Relish a taste of the Scandinavian countries with this dish. Served with grilled fresh salmon fillet, drizzled with special hollandaise sauce and accompanied with asparagus, potato rosti, and peal tomatoes on the side.

brunch at Long Chim for legit Thai street food

7. Long Chim

Treat mum to authentic Thai street food with an unparalleled taste in Singapore. Long Chim serves genuine Thai food with full flavour.

Long Chim is offering a brunch set menu, starting from $60++ per person. Learn more about Long Chim here.

brunch at Kinki for traditional and modern Japanese food

8. Kinki

Kinki is an urban Japanese restaurant bar with a contemporary twist. Unsurprisingly, the menu offers traditional and modern Japanese food. This Mothers’ Day, indulge in Kinki’s Bottomless Brunch with mom, and feast on over 40 different types of sushi.

For just $52++ per pax, this brunch deal extends from 12pm to 3pm.

brunch at Montreux Jazz Cafe for jazz and good food

9. Montreux Jazz Cafe

People do not usually associate brunch and jazz together, but at Montreux, they managed to pull it off very well. With live performances and a special weekend jazz brunch menu, this is the place for mom if she loves jazz.

Dishes are named after jazz stars and some cheeky all-time favourites include: B. B. Burger, coquelet façon Quincy Jones, and Ella cheesecakes.

Take the time to slow down and unwind with mom over brunch. Show her how much you love her by being there for her and spending quality time with the most important woman in our lives.

Happy Mothers’ Day, mom!

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