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Orh Nee - The Halia (Singapore Botanic Gardens)“Orh Nee” from The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens – frozen home-made yam parfait, pumpkin purée, candied gingko nuts & lotus seeds. Essentially a rich, fragrant yam cake-mousse which is likely to evoke memories of coconut-based neighbourhood confectionery cakes you had as a TAF club child. The pumpkin purée was a confused cross between savoury and sweet, and somewhere out there lurked a source of peppery spice, which provided a jack-in-the-box-esque jolt to the mouth. 3.6/5


Halia (Singapore Botanic Gardens)
1 Cluny Road
Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore 259569

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Shawn began documenting his food experiences since he started reading Law at the National University of Singapore. Initially he turned to food for solace from the rigours of university life, and food eventually became his safe haven away from the horrors of legal practice. However, it dawned on him one day that he has become sufficiently enlightened about the magic of discovering new and good food, and that it was time to share his findings with others. Instead of aligning himself with the vast sea of vanilla foodie influencer-style of writing, which would admittedly open more doors in terms of free meals and public relations love, Shawn decided to approach food writing by way of satirical humour, turning the don't-ya-wanna-eat-what-I'm-eating-cuz-I'm-a-public-figure self-importance/self-indulgent gravitas of Instagram foodie-ism in Singapore on its head and conveying his thoughts about food in a manner which is decidedly obscure at times and on others, frankly nonsensical. The rigours of legal practice and desire for a form of indulgent escape led to Shawn's second passion - experiencing and writing about new and luxury hotel properties. Secret Life of Fatbacks is an extension of Shawn's Instagram account (@Larvitar). For intellectual property reasons, he is unable to name the website anything related to the titular Pokémon character. Feel free to ask him in person what "Fatbacks" refers to. Shawn is not a professional critic, blogger or photographer. He is simply a guy who loves food and luxury hotels very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. Shawn is presently a full-time lawyer, and when he is not premature ageing due to stress and vicious deadlines, he is somewhere spending an exorbitant amount of money trying out new dining places and hotels.

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