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Murphy's Platter - Murphy'sMurphy’s Platter (fish fingers, calamari tempura and crispy wings, with either salted egg or lemon mayo dip) from Murphy’s, a few stones’ throw away from Ang Mo Kio MRT.
The fish fingers were revelatory, with the white and tender arrowtooth flesh possessing an exuberant sweetness and a thin skin which deftly sidestepped the greasy skid-falls of the Western Stall fish. Elsewhere, the stoic calamari tempura and pedestrian crispy wings received instant rapturous relief from the Midas touch of the sweet salted egg dip, which revealed perky chunks of salted egg yolk and shocks of searing spice if you happen to skirmish with one of the random chilli padi bits lurking within. 3.7/5

This was a hosted meal, courtesy of Murphy’s.

532 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 #01-2495
Singapore 560532


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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