Bee Cheng Hiang Grilley @ Serangoon Road, Potong Pasir – Flagship Store with Dine-In Bistro, Wine Degustation, and Live Grill (Media)

With Lunar New Year literally around the corner, customers are flocking to their favourite bakkwa shops to get their festive fix of sweet, barbecued pork. But who says you have to queue under the sweltering hot weather?

Homegrown bakkwa chain Bee Cheng Hiang has turned its flagship store on Serangoon Road into Bee Cheng Hiang Grillery, a two-in-one retail meets bistro concept that brings the joys of purchasing your favourite Chinese snacks and enjoying a meal in a comfortable environment under one roof.

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House of Happiness @ Bedok Road, Tanah Merah – Claypot Rice with Tobiko and Pork Jowl by Mr Lorbak

While cooking technologies and recipes advance swiftly in this day and age, nothing beats the good old fashioned dishes we grew up with. Claypot rice is one dish that stands out from my childhood. Nothing beat the satisfaction of tucking into a piping hot meal that had been diligently slow cooked over a charcoal stove, with dozens of similarly packed claypots simmering away over the flames.

House of Happiness at Bedok Shopping Complex on Bedok Road is one such eatery that is preserving this beloved dish with a few modern twists.

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Two Men Bagel House @ Royal Square, Novena – New York Style Hand Rolled Bagels with Wholesome Fillings from Spam to Lamb

Sometimes you just want to break away from the seemingly endless cycle of food fads and overhyped “Instagram food” and head straight back for the classics, i.e. what works. Other times a little innovation goes a long way in re-inventing a timeless staple.

I have heard good things about  Two Men Bagel House since their early days in Tanjong Pagar, but never got around to trying them while I was working in the vicinity. With the start of the new year, though, there was no better time to venture into new food territory than when I was in Novena, where their second store is located.

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Fatburger Singapore @ KINEX (Formally OneKm Shopping Mall), Paya Lebar – The Last Great Burger Stand in America Lands in Singapore

This is a trip that’s long overdue. Fatburger, coined as “The Last Great Burger Stand” , made its home in Singapore at KINEX and Velocity @ Novena Square back in September, with the gargantuan Quad (XXXXL) Burger making waves among foodies. Hailing from Hollywood, this famed burger chain has enjoyed a massive cult following in America, with celebrities like Kanye West and Pharrell among its clientele and partners.

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With its famed reputation preceding its arrival, expectations were high when I visited Fatburger’s KINEX outlet for lunch.

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