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They don’t give a fuck anymore: The KFC’s Zinger Mozzarella Burger.

 

A simple search on the web will find you KFC’s latest creation: The KFC Zinger Mozzarella Burger. Images plastered on cancerous influencers and impartial “food blogs” label it amazing.

Now I’m not one to shy away from fast food, in fact I eat too much of it, if anything. I’m usually a staunch fan of KFC even through their Chizza episode but this burger today takes the metaphorical cake.

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Strips of “turkey bacon”, barely thicker than paper, between the ‘mozzarella’ patty and chicken.

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Beautiful greens and lavish sauce really put the whole burger together.

While this is still ultimately a food review blog, this time I’ll just let the pictures do the talking and you decide if it’s worth a bite for yourself.

Rating: 0/5

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Cheese fries chowdown: KFC vs Long John Silver’s vs McDonald’s.

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In light of the recent announcement of McDonald’s Singapore’s addition of Cheesy Loaded Fries to their menu, we decided to do a comparison with of some of the cheese fries readily found around Singapore.

 

  1. Cheese fries from KFC

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At $4.20 ala-carte, the cheese fries is the priciest of the trio reviewed, and doesn’t feel particularly worth the amount at all, not for the quantity, nor quality of the fries. While KFC’s cheese fries have been a staple on their menu for a long time, the cut and quality of their fries have been changing over the recent months.

Years ago, the fries were a thin, shoestring-cut, and seemed to usually be sitting in the food warmer behind counters, resulting in a tray of soggy fries, falling apart at the fork’s touch.

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As of late, their fries are thicker, and have a crispier coating, which gives a more satisfying crunch.

The Cheese fries come with a cheese sauce, mayonnaise and chopped spring onions. The spring onions add colour to the fries and a bit of crunch to the bite. The cheese sauce is mild at best, and reminiscent of cinema-style, disappointing nacho cheese sauces. Overall, the dish is lacklustre, and can often be overpowered by the large dollop of mayonnaise.

Rating: 2/5

 

2. Fries + cheese sauce from Long John Silver’s

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At $3.40, the fries + nacho cheese sauce from Long John Silver’s is the cheapest of the trio. (Not to be confused with Crazy potatoes fries + chips + cheese at $3.50)

Long known for its battered fried foods, Long John Silver’s fries are crunchy and crispy. The cheese sauce is an add-on and comes in a plastic tub. The cheese sauce is definitely more flavourful and savoury than KFC’s Cheese fries.

Rating: 3/5

 

3. Cheesy Loaded Fries from McDonald’s

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Priced at just under 4 dollars, the Cheesy Loaded Fries from McDonald’s comes with a cheese sauce, sour cream, and “chicken bacon.”

Receiving a lot of angry feedback from consumers on social media, I was curious to see if the fries I was about to receive was as horrible as some of the many other cases.

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The combination of cheese sauce, sour cream, and crunchy chicken bacon tasted really good together. The sour cream went with the cheese sauce much better than mayonnaise does, and the bits of crunchy chicken bacon complement the overall taste well.

However, the condiments were not nearly enough to match the number fries, and after the first few mouthfuls, you’re left with a dish of regular McDonald’s fries.

To make things worse, the shoestring fries were too flimsy to feel indulgent. Like a loaded baked baby potato wouldn’t feel as rewarding into digging into a full loaded baked potato, overflowing with ingredients.

Rating: 2/5

 

What are some other fast food cheese fries that you like? Let us know in the comments below.

BARI-UMA Ramen: the Cha Shu that melts-in-your-mouth

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Entrance to Bari-Uma

Cha Shu that melts in your mouth, leaves the mouth watering and the mind wanting. Found at a Ramen restaurant at the ground floor of Tanglin Shopping Mall, this shop though flashy with their sign boards and menus, is inconspicuously half-below ground level and easy to overlook.

Inside the restaurant, the decor is quaint, and certainly retains a Japanese atmosphere. Immediately after sliding the main door open, you’ll be greeted enthusiastically by the staff in Japanese, and then led to your seats. The service staff are always friendly, even if they might be a bit busy, are always happy to help. The food doesn’t take too long to arrive after ordering.

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Kara-Uma Ramen , spicy pork broth ramen with roasted cha shu

My go-to ramen is always the Kara-Uma, the spicy variant of their standard pork broth. Topped with bamboo shoots, spring onions, cha shu, and chili it makes for a vibrant presentation sure to whet one’s appetite.

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Ajitama-Uma, Pork broth ramen with flavoured egg and roasted cha shu

For those who prefer a non-spicy alternative, there’s the main Tonkotsu pork broth ramens. Their ramen variety is highly modular, which makes it easy for people to pick if they want an egg, or more nori seaweed, or just more cha shu. Additionally, there’s also add-ons of individual items such as corn, nori, and cha shu.

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A side serving of Cha Shu

 

My favourite item from Bari-Uma is definitely the Cha shu. After ordering the cha shu, you might soon be able to smell it being flame-grilled by the chefs in the kitchen. The smell of thick pork belly being roasted by an open flame is sure to tease a hungry diner. Served with a sprinkle of spring onions and a dash of chili on the side. The way the fatty meat melts in your mouth is exquisite. The cha shu is the reason why I always return to Bari-Uma. One taste and you’re sure to be hooked.

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their Gyoza, another dish they pride themselves on, served with a crispy keeping them together

Their Gyoza is served with a thin crisp skin on top that keeps the gyoza pieces together. With a crisp-to-doughy skin, filled with a combination of minced meat and veggies, the gyoza along with its sauce acts as a delicious, tastebud cleanser.

Conclusion

4/5 Stars, highly recommended

 

I’ve returned to Bari-Uma many times, and will continue to do so in the future. Especially when a craving for a thick fatty piece of grilled cha shu comes to mind. The prices are decent for a restaurant, and will run a person 14-20 dollars before additional charges. The ambience is warm and friendly and the service is fast and friendly.

Opening Hours

Sun,Mon-Thurs 11-2130
Fri-Sat 11-2200

– Bariuma Tanglin
Address : 19 Tanglin Road #B1-01/02, Singapore 247909
Phone : 6887 4484

– Bariuma Novena United Square Mall
Address : 101 Thomson Road B1-08 United Square, Singapore 307591
Phone : 6354 3711

Classic Singapore-style Wanton Mee

Contrary to what the verb “wanton” implies, this bowl of noodles is inviting and welcoming. Wanton mee is the Singaporean adaptation of wonton noodles. Wanton, the cantonese word for 云吞(dumpling) and mee, the hokkien word for noodles. It is exactly as the name implies, a bowl of noodles with dumplings.

This bowl of Wanton mee is most easily recognized by the strong fragrance of heibi hiam (shrimp chili paste) as a base in the noodles’ gravy. One whiff of it is sure to set off your appetite. The noodles are firm and springy, coated in a light layer of oil that brings out the flavour of the combination of ingredients, as light, inviting, and delicate. Unlike other styles, this set of flavours don’t feel too overwhelming or bold, instead, lightly tickles your tastebuds in just the right way.

The fried wantons are crispy, with just enough filling. Seasoned well to add a savoury crunch to the noodles. The char siew is mildly sweet and dry, which complements the noodles and gravy. Served with a bowl of soup and green chili, the ensemble is hearty and whole. $3 for a bowl of wanton mee (soup wantons), $4 for a bowl of fried wanton mee, and additional 50 cents if you want a larger serving of noodles.

While there are many different styles of Wanton Mee in Singapore alone, it is hard to say which style is the best. I ‘ve had many since I was young and I would say they are different, but not necessarily better or worse.

This stall is tucked away in an Hougang Avenue 1 carpark, which is also accessible by Lorong Ah Soo, this (once rustic, recently renovated) stall in a kopitiam is a crowd pleaser, as quite often the bowls from this stall are on most tables. The menu also offers a variety of noodles with different ingredients such as shui jiao (shrimp dumplings, soup & fried) and shredded chicken hor fun and more.

Conclusion: Recommended

Stars: 3.5/5

While not the best or the most impressive, I do find myself craving this particular stall’s wanton mee from time to time, even if it is quite out of the way. I especially recommend this stall if you are the sort who prefers the old style- a simple chili paste and oil instead of wanton noodles that are slathered in soy sauce/chili/ketchup. The stall’s service is fast and usually serves to your table.

The stall can be found in the carpark area of

Block 118
Hougang Avenue 1
Singapore 530118

Opening hours according to the uncle who runs the stall,

Monday through Sunday,
6.45am until the noodles are sold out, which is usually 6.30pm-7pm.

 

Fancy a 21-Inch Wood Fired Pizza?

21-Inch Wood Fired Pizza from Peperoni Pizzeria

It’s hardly my first time at Peperoni Pizzeria. ever since I chanced upon it about 5 years ago, I’ve been to multiple other outlets and never disappointed by the steaming hot, aromatic food they serve up. The only thing that annoys me is that I haven’t tried out too many of their menu items, because every time I dine there, it’s impossible for me to resist the allure of the 21-inch, flat pizza baked in their wood fired oven.

Pizzas

While they offer a wide variety of preset toppings to Select from, and the option of going half-and-half  on a pizza, my all time favourites have got to be the Quattro Formaggi  (Mozzarella, taleggio, scamorza & gorgonzola cheese) for the first, and Prosciutto Crudo di Parma (parma ham with rocket salad) for the second, as shown in the picture above.

Other toppings include Salmone (Fresh salmon, caramelized onions & capers), Pancetta (Cured bacon, sliced tomatoes & egg), and Frutti di Mare (Prawns, clams, scallops, squid rings, fish & garlic).

If no meat is your thing then you might prefer Vegetariana (Shitake, artichoke, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers & black olives) or Verdurine é Funghi (rockets, cherry tomatoes, gouda cheese, caramelised onions, porcini & button mushroom).

 

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Parma ham with rocket salad on the 21-Inch pizza

 

The crust is always crisp on their pizzas, big or small. Powdered lightly with flour, it stains your fingers after you pick them up, but one bite of the pizza and you’ll not mind the powder. Unlike most chain-pizza franchises, the pizza here doesn’t overflow with melted mozzarella sitting atop a reservoir of tomato sauce. The base is layered just the right amount of cheese, not too much that it strings as you pull, but enough to keep the delicious, savoury flavour. Complemented by strips of salty parma ham, mildly bitter rocket and flakes of sharp parmesan, this pizza brings a unique group of flavours together that taste very light, but extremely enjoyable.

 

 

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Quattro Formaggi, 4 cheese

The Quattro Formaggi is quite the opposite of the Prosciutto Crudo di Parma. Unlike the delightful, light delicate flavour of the former, the 4 cheese is loud and boisterous. The flavours of the different cheese are melted together to forge a supple texture with a sweet, rich, sinful and tangy taste, making not helping yourself to a second helping quite a challenge.

The pizzas come in sizes of
Medium, 9 inch $19
Large, 12 inch $24
XXL, 21 inch $55

In my experience, a XXL size is just nice for 3 adults, if you’re not getting any mains.

Sides

 

 

 

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Mozzarella Fasciata Con Prosciutto

 

Mozzarella Fasciata Con Prosciutto (Pan-fried mozzarella wrapped in parma ham $18) was 3 delightful dumplings, glazing on the outside, with liquid mozzarella oozing out, accompanied by rocket salad with a balsamic dressing. The combination goes well together, the salty ham, the rocket salad and balsamic dressing, which admittedly is similar to the pizza topping, but certainly not inferior. A plate of 3 for $18 is a pretty steep pricing, but is justified when you taste it, leaving you wanting more.

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Garlic Bread, Thin, Toasted, Tasty

Garlic Bread, $5. 4 Slices of garlic bread, not too thick, not too thin. The flavour is delectable, An appropriate appetiser to start the meal with.

Conclusion: Highly Recommend

Stars: 4/5

I’ve been to several of their outlets over the years and have always enjoyed the food. The restaurants are family friendly, but also viable as a romantic dinner date location. The food is always up to par with their standards, the service is usually fast and friendly, sharp to look out for when you need a plate cleared or your drink refilled. Iced and warm water is served FOC. I find the prices are very reasonable . Although a little bit on pricey side, but is the food, drinks and ambience certainly make it a worthy dine.

Locations

Booking can be made online for certain outlets at http://peperoni.com.sg/contact
They also offer takeaway orders and deliver for certain areas via phone

Peperoni @ GREENWOOD
6 Greenwood Avenue, Hillcrest Park, Singapore 289195
(+65) 6465 6556
Open Mondays to Saturdays: 12pm to 10.30pm | Sundays: 11am to 10.30pm
Closed from 3pm to 5pm on Mon to Thurs. Last order at 10.30pm
Closed certain public holidays, call to enquire.

Peperoni @ BINJAI
7 Binjai Park, Singapore 589821
(+65) 6463 7800
Open Mondays to Saturdays: 12pm to 10.30pm | Sundays: 11am to 10.30pm
Closed from 3pm to 5pm on Mon to Thurs. Last order at 10.30pm.
Closed certain public holidays, call to enquire.

Peperoni @ FRANKEL
95 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458221
(+65) 6445 5661
Open Mondays to Saturdays: 12pm to 10.30pm
Sundays: 11am to 10.30pm. Last order at 10.30pm.
Closed on certain holidays. Please call to enquire.

Peperoni @ ZION
56 Zion Road, Singapore 247781
(+65) 6732 3253
Open Mondays to Saturdays: 12pm to 10.30pm | Sundays: 11am to 10.30pm
Closed from 3pm to 5pm on Mon to Thurs. Last order at 10.30pm.
Closed on certain holidays. Please call to enquire.

Peperoni @ SUNTEC
3 Temasek Boulevard #B1-130
+65) 6884 7737 (Peperoni Suntec does not accept reservations)
Mondays to Saturdays: 11am to 9.30pm | Sundays: 11am to 9.30pm
Closed from 3pm to 5pm on Mon to Fri. Last order at 9.30pm.
Closed on certain holidays. Please call to enquire.

Peperoni @ BIOPOLIS
10 Biopolis #01-01 Chromos Block Singapore 138670
(+65) 6478 9091
Open Mondays to Saturdays: 11am to 10pm
Closed on Sundays & from 3pm to 5pm on Monday to Friday. Last order at 9.30pm

 

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