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The UTW (“Under Ten Words”): Playful visual gimmicks belie the quality and passionate creativity involved.

Summary: Non Entree Desserts introduces a limited period National Day menu for the month of August 2017. The two items – Bo Bo Cha Cha Avalanche and the Nasi Lemak – are fun buzz releases before their next big menu rollout in October, which will be their fourth menu after their original (sample item: “Rubber Ducky”), retro-themed (sample item: “Bak Chor Mee”) and on-going “Urban Garden” menu (sample item: “Koi”).

Nasi Lemak - Non Entree DessertsNasi Lemak ($14.90) – coconut “nasi”, pandan mousse, gula melaka sauce, kuning fish tulip, ikan bilis with lightly salted peanuts, yogurt mango hard boiled egg. The shallot-centric kuning fish tulip was outrageously savoury but binds the nasi lemak concept together rather brilliantly with a nice bow, whilst elsewhere the mound of coconut “rice” hides a secret within.

The Bo Bo Cha Cha Avalanche ($13.90) – taro warm lava flowing onto coconut crumble, crunchy almond nougatine, virgin coconut gelato – plays like a glorious, rich love letter to Orh Nee (yam paste), with the crunchy tapioca cubes and coconut crumble offering teethly jollies.


Grade: High B3 to low A2.

Non Entrée Desserts
204 Rangoon Road
Hong Building
Singapore 218451

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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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