Food Picks: Slow Bakes, Summer Hill, Roketto Izakaya and Ah Kow's minced meat noodles

(Clockwise from top left) Buns from Slow Bakes, Fried Flower Fritter from Summer Hill, Aburaage Rojak Salad from Roketto Izakaya and  Minced Meat Noodle from Ah Kow Mushroom Minced Pork Mee.
(Clockwise from top left) Buns from Slow Bakes, Fried Flower Fritter from Summer Hill, Aburaage Rojak Salad from Roketto Izakaya and Minced Meat Noodle from Ah Kow Mushroom Minced Pork Mee.PHOTOS: TAN HSUEH YUN, SUMMER HILL, ROKETTO IZAKAYA

SINGAPORE - At about midnight, when I finally got home, I cut into a sourdough baguette I had bought hours before. There was no reason to expect much. It had been sitting in the car and in the office for much of the day. The crust crackled. I took a bite. Then another. Until the slice was all gone.

The bread was from Slow Bakes, a chill cafe at the lobby of Oasia Hotel in the Novena area. It serves primo loaves and buns. While the bun fillings might seem commonplace - curry, coconut, cheese and matcha among others - it is sourdough that envelops them. Chewy, flavourful bread makes a good change from the soft, sweet buns that are everywhere.

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