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Chili Crab. Who is into Chili crab? Another signature in Singapore is their famous Chili Crab. I have always been very curious what is the difference between theirs and ours.  My friend brought us to Jumbo Seafood at Dempsey Hill which is quite famous for their Chili crab and Pepper crab.

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Quite full house for weekdays as most of the tables are fully book.

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They do sell bak kut teh spices too. Tasted once before long time ago as their Bak Kut Teh is = to our pepper pig stomach soup.

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seems that this outlet won numerous awards too.

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They have 2 seating area, indoor and outdoor.

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Starting off with bamboo clams and it is huge. Steam is always the best option to taste the freshness of it, and this is indeed a classic dish. Add on with glass noodle, garlic and special soy sauce is the perfect way to eat this. Freshness of clams is there and simple taste and spot on.

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This dish caught my attention the most as this is not suckling piglet or peking duck. This is one of the restaurant signature. This is actually Chicken. Thin cut to make it similiar to suckling pig. It is so soft, and unique in texture. Great stuff.

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Braised Homemade Beancurd @ SGD 16 for small

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This is their signature. Chili Crab and of course must eat with Man Tao. Actually the taste of it is very similiar to Penang style. This dish is quite near to my mom’s cooking. Thick in sauce, with egg white. Some will have more sourness over spicy and the classic taste is sourness of it must be there.

Love the gravy here as they are slightly thicker, and crab is very fresh. Dipping man tao along is just a perfect combination. The impress part is the flavour is inside out of the crab.

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Next signature is their black pepper crab. Mild in black peppery spicy, just nice to keep you going and well coated onto the crab. Flavours of it is inside out too.

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Crab size here are big. It is more like XL size if in KL. look at the claws.

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We order fried rice to pair with the chili crab. So we do not waste on the gravy.

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Another introduction by my friend which is their favourite is this Scallop yam ring. MEdium size @ SGD 27. 6 big juicy fresh scallop wrap in yam and fried at the size. Fluffy, fragrant of yam and yam is moist. Did not overcook both the yam and scallop.

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last classic dessert is their yam paste dessert. According to them, it had change where it only used to be yam paste and ginko. That will be classic teochew dessert. This version i think might be too much for me after all the yummy dishes. Filed with corn base which I also believe the sweetness is from a bit of condence milk too. Too think for my liking but it is not too bad if were to share.

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Food here is good. what is my damage of my bill, I am not too sure as this meal as bought by my friend. I am guessing an estimation of SGD 180?

Great dinner place and Demsey Hill seems like a cool place to hang out, with so many F&B players in there. The only way to get there is by taxi or GRAB.

Location:
Jumbo Seafood
Block 11 Dempsey Road #01-16,
Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249673

operating Hours:
Daily : 12.00pm – 3pm. 5.30pm – 11.30pm

Tel: +65 6479 3435

As I was looking for toilet and Gong Cha that become LiHo, stumble upon this store, Fruce in Wisma Atria along Orchard road with a long queue and decided to queue along after checking out their menu.

Fruce is actually a new crafted drinks that made with base coconut as their signature and a twist with infusion of Japanese. The word also derived from “fruits” and “fusion”.

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Love the outlet look of it as they are playing with pastel colours that gives you a fresh perspective of outlet. Queue is kind crazy as my number I got is 78 but it was quite fast as waited for less than 15 minutes for my drinks.

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The drinks menu they have is pretty interesting especially on the coconut base. What attracted me was the coconut base drinks especially Durian Avocado, durian pandan and avocado coconut.

Toppings are unique too, such as Aiyu Jelly, Grass Jelly, Coconut Capelini, Coconut Flesh and many more from ~$0.70 to $0.90 are available for your drinks.

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I ended up order Avocado Coconut with add on Coconut Capelini. Total SGD 4.70. Very interesting flavour, as it is quite thick which I believe it is from avocado, and I ordered less sweet still turns out to be quite sweet for me. should have chosen 50% sugar level.

Coconut Capelini (made using coconut juice and jelly) texture is texture is silky smooth, slight chewy and not too bad, sort of like dessert noodle.

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as I am quite full over my ramen, Overall it is not to bad as I believe other flavours will be very interesting too. Judge from the queue of it.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 7.5/10 , not too bad. worth to give it a try -Stamped-

 

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Fruce
Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, #B1-45
Singapore 238877

Directions: Alight from Orchard MRT Station (red line NS22) and exit at Exit D towards Wisma Atria B1. Walk pass the shops at basement 1 until you reach the end where Famous Amos is, turn right and right next to Garett popcorn is Fruce.

Seems like most Malaysian that reaches the shore of Singapore will certainly hit onto Hai Di Lao 海底捞 Chinese Hotpot. I went to the one at 313 Somerset as my friend mention the one in Clark Quey is with crazy queue. I am not exceptional for this as I am keen to try what is special about this as I did visit their outlet in Korea last year.

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A bit about them: Founded in 1994, Hai Di Lao is a Sichuan style hot pot restaurant, integrating features of hot pots from various regions by focusing services as their main priority in their competitive market. Since then, they have made it big. If I read correctly, the group now is a Billion dollar industry in revenue which is very impressive.

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Queuing in any of their outlet will be crazy as average waiting time is 3-6 hours, unless you go to their early opening hours such as 10am – 3pm or after 2am which is less than an hour. My friend came early to take number and waited for 3 hours. No reservation is allowed. It is all by walk in. (win liau loh). While waiting, you are given pop corn, drinks and also watermelon slices.

By focusing on services, they really meant it. For parents with kids, they have a kids play room. For those ladies out there, they have pedicure service for free. If you are unable to claim while waiting, you are able to utilize back again next visit.

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According to my friend, all of their outlet is pack.

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Upon seated, you will be given a wet tissue for your hanphone wipe, then given with a hot tower to clean up your hands, follow by a mini bag to store your phone by preventing soup pour over your phone if you leave it on the table. Then they have mini blanket to cover your bags.

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Staff here is pretty impressive as their service is indeed top notch. They prepare most of the basic items for you and it is like 1 floor staff to 3 -5 tables. Attentiveness is amazing.

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Lets start off with their signature soup as you can order 4 max. So we order max of it. My usual will be, Sichuan Pickles hot pot and sichuan spicy hot pot is a must then the other 2 we chose , tomato soup (trying it out) and chicken soup.

With the tablet, you are able to customize the flavour of each soup base.

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Sauces is additional SGD 4 per pax with unlimited refill which is a must to take. If you are unsure, do ask the staff to assist you by asking them to mix their Haidilao special mix sauce (which i just realise upon writting this post)

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here you go on the soup base:

SiChuan pickled soup is always one of my favourite whenever I get to order. Love the sourness of it that opens up your appetite and usually I make it as my drinking soup base.

SiChuan Spicy hot pot I would prefer medium spicy and above with less numb as spiciness and numbness to me is pretty well balance up. the soup base here is not too bad as not too overpowering that I have but I think it has tone down their flavour to local taste (if were to compare to Korea).

Tomato soup base is rather interesting, not the Hong Kong style but it is decent enough to act as a main soup base too. mild creamy, fragrant and it seems every one is attacking on it.

Chicken soup is also a must have where it make a balance for the rest of the strong flavour soup. So you have a clear soup to balance it up and also cater to some friends who cant take spicy soup. At least 4 soup base is happy for everyone.

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I know a few items which is must order such as their mini dumpling. which is da bomb. Made fresh and the skin is so smooth and ingredient in is taste quite premium. Order another plate after that.

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Besides that, their meat is also one of their signature. Just look at those cut and colour of it. Order trio mix with lamb, beef and pork.

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and of course order another additional pork belly to hit on. Their bean curd roll is also must order. meat ball is awesome too,

Another item to order is their signature dance noodle. Slight chewy, and dip into sichuan spicy soup is just . . . . 

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Upon finishing, you will have ice cream to eat along which is the same as the one in Korea that I had. nothing to shout about.

Overall, their service here is top notch if were to compare to Korea outlet. I felt that I have eaten better hotpot as per compare to this for soup base especially. Hai Di Lao win by 2 things. Their service and quality of ingredient. My total bill came to SGD 165 for 4 pax which I think is quite reasonable. Not too sure about other places as this is my first time dining hotpot in Singapore.

Well, if I will come back if queue less than 1 hour or early morning or as supper. 3 – 6 hours is just pretty crazy. Well, Happy eating.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 7.5/10 , ingredients and service is pretty awesome. Worth to give it a try! -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
313 Somerset
313 Orchard Road #04-23/24 Singapore 238895
Tel: +65 6835 7227
+65 6835 7337
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6am

Other outlets:

Hai Di Lao Hot Pot
Plaza Singapura #04-01, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 6250 0330
+65 6250 0990
Opening Hours 10:30am – 6:00am Daily

Hai Di Lao Hot Pot branches
Vivocity #03-09 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 6250 7557
+65 6250 7667
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6am

Clarke Quay
3D River Valley Road #02-04, Singapore 179023
Tel: +65 6337 8626
+65 6337 8627
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6am

IMM
IMM #03-01, 2 Jurong East Street 21 Singapore 609601
Tel: +65 6896 4111
+65 6896 4222
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 4am

If you all know, Singapore food industry had gear up a notch with their Michelin Star Guide with numerous eatery being awarded for that ratings even on street food. One of the food stalls known as Hawker Chan Hong Kong Soy Sauce Chicken Rice and noodle is known as the cheapest One Michelin Star rating in the world that located in Chinatown, Singapore

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This stall had been awarded since 2016 and had been making waves around the region that attracted people queuing from near and far. Read up some article that Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Chicken Rice & Noodles was already a well-known in this Chinatown Food Complex before being awarded.

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Well, some of you might ask why am I in his first stall not at his restaurant chain. As was told by my friend, quality in his first stall still remains near the same as it is, if were to compare to his air conditioned chained, the taste had dropped.

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I thought they opened at 10am and I was there about 10.15 am. Quite number of people are already in the line as the first customer came at 9.45am. Just look at the glistering chicken being displayed and the colour of it.

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And thought that their “char Siew and siew yuk’ does look good too.

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Each of the chicken are dripping with sauces as they are freshly taken out from the baking pot.

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Average waiting time in the queue is about 30 minutes for weekdays and weekend will be more crazy as was told by one of the locals in the line, it can go as long as 90 – 120 minutes.

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this is my 45 minutes wait of chicken rice.

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I ordered both starting off with Chicken Wan Tan noodle with add on Siew Yuk and Char Siew. The portion is quite overwhelming if were to compare to KL and the thick cut of it is pretty generous. To my surprise this big plate with full ingredient is only at SGD 5. (not to convert). I was like a happy kid when the auntie handed me this plate.

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The cut of the meat were pretty good, as fats are even, char siew is decent flavour with slightly caramelise on the top of it. Siew Yuk is not the best but with light crips on the skin, mild saltiness of the meat and even fats in between is just perfect.  Wan Tan Noodle is alright, as I felt it is slightly overcook. Taste of the thick soy sauce is the magic behind the noodle to enhance the flavour of it.

Certainly no complain at all for a portion like this over in Singapore. I am not too sure how much does a plate of food cost there, but certainly a great value (comparing and referring back to KL).

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If were to compare back to KL, I would say it is different type of Wan Tan noodle flavour. Cant be compared as this dish have its own uniqueness taste profile.

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this is Hawker Chan signature Chicken rice. Normal portion is SGD 2 which I asked for Drumstick, it is added on SGD 0.50. Portion is similiar to KL size but just look at the colour of the skin, glistering and shinny. Chicken meat is smooth in texture.

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The smell of it is quite fragrant with its sauce as I know the specialty of this dish is the sauce and chicken. Love the thick soy sauce flavour is slightly sweet to my liking. Skin is mild salty, roasted and sweet ending. Chicken meat is perfect as it is so soft and smooth. The cut of chicken in size is pretty spot on and in decent size too.

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for SGD 2.50 chicken rice, I certainly have no complain at all if were to complain in price point and also One Michelin Star ratings which makes them the cheapest Michelin Star food int he world.

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Before finishing my meal, I went up to add on the thick soy sauce gravy.

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Drinks in the food court are cheap too. SGD 1 for coffee and SGD 1.20 for my fresh pineapple juice.

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If you are here, do prepare to queue and get sweaty along the queue .  Gets pretty warm as it hits noon.

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China town MRT exit A,
First turning on your right.
Walk straight till you see this building,  Chinatown Food Complex. it is at level 2. Look for store #02-126 (located far behind from this entrance)

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Will I introduce to all of you, yes. Do give it a try as I do not mind to come back again to queue for it. The quality of it is pretty much the same when he did a pop up event with Tiger Beer in Malaysia (read here). Hence I came here to check it out.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8.5/10 , quite like it base on the price and rating. Recommended to try at least once -Stamped-

Location:
Hawker Stall: Blk 335, Smith Street #02-126,
Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore 050335

Opening Hours:
10:30am to 7:00pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Fri),
8:30am to 7:00pm (Sat – Sun),
Closed Wed

Other places:
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle – Tai Seng
18 Tai Seng Street #01-02 Singapore 539775
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle – Smith Street
78 Smith Street Singapore 059872
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm

As some of you might know, that I just came back from Bali and ask me where is the best place to eat. Along the way I have compile quite a substantial list of it and here you go for Best 8 Babi Guling in Bali, 2018 according to the locals I met and drove me around.

This round I only manage to try once which is in my list is to hit on 2 of it. Unfortunately I woke up late and miss out the best babi guling in Bali according to my friend and also local driver.

my 5 days 4 nights Bali Itinerary 

No. 1

Warung Babi Guling Bu Ngurah Mambal (Mambal Market)
Located by the Mambal traditional market. if you want your breakfast for Babi Guling, this rated top at the moment as the owner uses wood fire to cook it, hence the flavor will be unique. A small warung in the market area. Be prepare to queue and with the locals. Average finish about 10.30am. (this is the place where i miss it)

Picture credit to: www.scmp.com

Location: search for Mambal Market in google map

Open daily from 5am to 11am

No.2 :

Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen
abi Guling Pak Malen beats Ibu Oka which is way overrated and I did not finish my meal last round.
40.000-75.000

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Location:
Jl. Sunset Road No.554, Seminyak,
Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Operating Hours: 8.30am – 7pm
Tel: +62 851-0045-2968

No.3

Warung Nasi Babi Guling iBu Moris
Read over an article as this attracted me that this Balinese warung made it onto the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list of 2017 from Eelke Plasmeijer, owner of Locavore list that their flavour is still very much localise. Pungent in taste and spices.

Location:
Jalan Bunutan Kedewatan, right across from Kupu-Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa resort. UBUD
Operating Hours: Daily 9am to 6pm.

No.4:

Babi Guling Candra

If you are in Denpasar, this place is recommended by many. Decent pricing at 40,000 rupiah per portion and crispy pork skin.

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Location:
Jl. Teuku Umar No.232, Dauh Puri Kauh, Denpasar Bar., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80113, Indonesia

Operating Hours: 8am – 9pm

Tel: +62 361 287308

No.5:

Babi Guling Sanur
Second choice in the area is at Sanur Denpasar area, that operate a run down area but serve classic food. Have not tried but many recommending this place. Be early to enjoy the first batch of pippin hot suckling pig. As if it hit much later in the noon, it is not that fresh anymore. Recommending to go before 2pm.

Our Babi Guling lunch!

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Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Sanur,
Denpasar 80227, Indonesia

Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm
tel: +62 361 287308

no.6

Warung Tegas
I read that why this warung is commented by many because of its cheap pricing and offering authentic Balinese mix rice. Babi guling is their main signature however pork meat is one of their highlight. For a simple meal of 2 you can get around 19,000 rupiah which is very cheap.

pics credits to : myfunfoodiary.com

Location:
Jl. Cok Rai Pudak, Ubud, Indonesia

Operating hours: 10am – 10pm
+62 361 975251

No.7

Babi Guling Gung Cung

One of the alternative if you do not prefer Ibu Oka as they are just about 500meters away from Ibu Oka. A place which is well known among locals that buy off to share with families,colleagues and friends. Locals here buy it in stacks as you can see stacks of babi guling stack ontop of each other.

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Location:
Jalan Suweta No 23
(500 metres from Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3).

Operating hours: Daily 11am to 4.30pm.

No.8

Ibu Oka
This is by far stayed below my list as I felt that it is not good on my first experience and also Ibu Oka is very commercialize. (this is base on my taste bud and preference)

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Location:
Jalan Tegal Sari No. 2,
Ubud Tengah, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar,
Bali 80571, Indonesia

Operating hours: 9am – 6pm

Tel: +62 361 976345

There are alot of hidden Babi Guling joint in the island. The list I had was base on my itinerary and area I stayed. (click here for my 5days 4 nights trip Itinerary)

If you understand Indonesian language, this is another list you can refer (click here)

Well, this is my findings along my past trip. If you guys had very nice babi guling, do share with me. Thanks.

Decided to make a simple comparison for this 2 famous pork ribs brand in Bali. Hog Wild vs Naughty Nuri

For the past 2 rounds when I was at Bali, I only head to Hog Wild for bbq pork ribs as knowing its authenticity. However for my recent trip decided to give Naughty Nuri a try since many of my friends highly recommended it and also we have a few branches in Malaysia.

My simple comparison comes out to as below:
1) Hog Wild Seminyak

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The ambiance still as it is when I was here 5 years ago.
Taste is still classic sticky ribs which is well marinated, meat is soft, tender and juicy. Sauce is fragrant and slightly salty to my liking. Portion is slightly smaller but comes with 1 side dish.

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Location:
Hog Wild by Chef Bruno
Jalan Batu Belig No.41,
Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Operating hours : 11am – 10.30pm

tel: +62 361 8476722

2) Naughty Nuri Seminyak
Find that the taste of meat is quite porky. Sauce is slightly sweeter which I do not really prefer. Meat is not as soft and fragrant as to compare with Hog wild. Portion is definitely bigger, but no sides.

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My verdict is Hog wild win. Personally, I felt that Naughty Nuri in Malaysia (Hartamas Outlet) is much better.

Location:
Naughty Nuri Seminyak
Jalan Mertanadi No.62, Kerobokan Kelod,
Kuta Utara, Kuta Utara, Bandung, Bali 80, Indonesia

Operating Hours: Daily – 11am – 10pm

Tel: +62 361 8476783

Others:

A new brand which I saw is Wahaha Pork Ribs. I think worth to give it a try or maybe some of you can let me know how’s the feedback. They have 3 outlets in total with one in Seminyak too.

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