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August 4, 2018

Fuku+, New York…home of the $8 spicy-fried-chicken sandwich

This little fast-casual restaurant has some unexpected extras, like waiter service and Bob Dylan and  on the playlist to ramp up the energy.

The spicy chicken sandwich is chicken thighs that have been marinated in habanero purée, coated in buttermilk, dredged in a spice blend, and deep-fried into formidably crustiness, then tucked inside a—what else?—potato roll with pickles and butter. The first thing you notice is the lopsided ratio of meat to bread. The chicken spills out of the bun like an oversized bao. The sandwich has been described as “spicy,” but to chilliheads it will seem just barely so. Fuku serves KFC-style steak fries, the world’s worst type of fries, which seem to have been par-baked before being fried, thus giving them an interior texture of instant mashed potatoes. All eyes should be on the sandwich.

And for those who care about prices, that $8 is a bit more than a Shake Shack burger.

So there you go. It’s damn good! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 26, 2017

Restoran Ming Huat, Melaka …mee kahwin is a mash-up you don’t want to miss

Mee kahwin, crudely translated is married noodles. It is – excuse me while I use the f-word – a fusion dish. The dish may sound frighteningly exotic and confused, but the marriage of mee rebus and Indian rojak has innate cohesion.

The mee kahwin here at one of the stalls at Restaurant Ming Huat is well executed, inventive Malay cooking served with sweet, sour, salty, spicy and peanuty flavour combinations. Yellow noodles are topped with taukua (fried beancurd), hard-boiled egg, potato cubes, fresh bean sprouts, crunchy cucur udang (prawn fritters), and cut green chillies, bathed in generous ladles the lip-smacking gravy.

It’s a mash-up you don’t want to miss. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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July 9, 2011

Chuan Jiang Hao Zi Steamboat Restaurant, Singapore…Hotpot? More like tongue-torching firepot.

This is a Szechuan Hot Pot place. Even though I don’t go ape crazy over heaps of chilli in my food, sometimes I have the hots for spicy food but the Mala soup is so fiery  spicy I needed a fire extinguisher by my side. Be warned: The searing spices in the oily-red broth will attach themselves to your lips and burrow deep underneath your tongue. Your whole mouth begins to buzz and grow curiously numb. You will sweat like never before. Your eyes will shine and your head will begin to grow light. You might just come away with your lips swollen like sausages, like it got hit by electric current. And the meal has barely begun.

The restaurant was loud and boisterous. The staff speak mostly Chinese so communicating is difficult if you are like me and do not speak Chinese.

Courage is measured in a man’s ability to eat the hot pot here repeatedly and vigorously. This is the true truth and I am still saying it as it is…

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