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Special Post: Bangkok Travelogue

What To Eat Ah, in Bangkok

1. Wanton MeeIMG_9465So many Singaporeans have patronised this wanton mee stall that there are signs in English and Mandarin on display. Even the service crew can speak fluent Mandarin to recommend dishes and take orders. Do take note that the portion of each bowl is extremely small. You will most probably be able to pick up all the noodles in the bowl with your chopsticks at one try. So do order an extra large bowl or multiple ones if you have a big appetite.

The noodles is springy and well-drizzled with onion oil. But what I desired most were the juicy wantons that you could never have enough of.

IMG_9895Soi 19 Petchburi Road,
Pratunam, Bangkok.

2. Ta Ko
IMG_9502One of my all-time favourite desserts, I could not resist trying out the authentic Thai version. The ones that I grew up with in Singapore is the Western version. So I was caught by surprise to discover the former to be sweet and salty while the latter is plainly sweet. The top layer is made of coconut milk that gives off a salty flavour and a white colour in appearance. The bottom half, consists of corn, sugar and rice flour, is sweet and opaque in appearance. There’s a dessert shop at the fruit market section of ChatuChak that you can buy this dessert from.

3. MacDonalds Samurai Pork Burger
IMG_9587Once again, I stress that I’m not an advocate of Fast Food, but one does not simply not try a pork burger when out of town. Succulent pork patty with a great sauce. This burger may be likened to the grilled chicken burger that’s available in our sunny island, but it is a whole new experience for your palates.

4. Thai SteamboatIMG_9631Our initial intention was to find the original Mookata for the authentic experience at an extremely low price. However, our tuktuk driver claimed that the restaurant was closed that day so he brought us to this eating place instead.

IMG_9626The proper way of eating Mookata is to place pieces of lard on the top of the steamboat so that the fat will drip all over the sides. At the end of the meal, the “moat” will contain a broth that is extremely strong in flavour. A suggestion to stay away from shellfish as it might be “unclean”.

5. Bird’s NestIMG_9697If you were to travel all the way to Chinatown of Bangkok, you would come across several shops that offer Bird’s Nest dessert. For a bowl of third grade Bird’s Nest, you only have to pay S$12. Affordable tonic for the body and complexion.
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Nam Sing Bird’s Nest Shark Fin Restaurant 南星魚翅燕窩樓
39-47 Soi Texas, Phadung Dao Road, Yaowaraj,
Bangkok, Thailand.

6. Pomegranate Juice.IMG_9708If you happen to be walking around Chinatown (nothing much there), do stop by one of these mobile fruit juice carts and get a bottle of this exotic fruit, freshly squeezed. It will be refreshing, cooling and perfect for the hot weather.
7. International Buffet at Baiyoke Sky HotelIMG_9739At a height of 78 storeys,  you can enjoy an international buffet with a city view at the top of the tallest hotel in Thailand. For a low charge of 720 baht or S$28.80, do not expect fine dining quality of the food and service. But it will suffice as your average buffet as they offer a wide array of cuisines. From their local fare to Japanese, Indian and Western dishes, you’ll be spoiled for choices.
IMG_9832The buffet charges includes free admission to the hotel’s outdoor revolving deck at the very top that offers a panorama view of the Bangkok skyline.

Baiyoke Sky Hotel (Bangkok)
222 Soi Ratchaprarop 3, Rathaprarop Road, Ratchathewi,
Bangkok Thailand 10400

Travelling around Bangkok

1. SkytrainIMG_9576The skytrain is pretty connected around the city of Bangkok. With less than a few bucks, you can reach places like MBK, Chatuchak and even the Four-faced Buddha. Be sure to prepare coins of 10 baht and 5 baht to purchase the train ticket.

2. TuktukIMG_9609One of the fastest way to get around the congested roads of Bangkok, you will be amazed by the way these drivers weave in and out of traffic. But beware though, these Tuktuks do not come cheap. The drivers usually fix the price between 100-200 baht. And if the drivers offer 50 baht, the catch is that they will bring you to a tourist souvenir shop in order to get a “stamp”. Sometimes taxis are cheaper, so do try the tuktuks a thrilling experience.

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Taste of Thailand

Another one of the few places that I’ve been eating since young, this place sure has its history. From its original location at pre-renovated Sembawang Shopping Centre, it has moved to its current spot at the industrial estate nearby. First and foremost, one should not jump at the notion of getting authentic Thai food at this restaurant. The speciality dishes are influenced by the culture but the others are your typical Zi Char fare. But what sets this restaurant apart from your next door Zi Char stall are the quality of the food and the price. 5 girls, 5 dishes + 1 soup for less than 50 bucks. Good food does not necessarily come with a high cost.

Taste of ThailandPineapple Fried Rice: Served steaming hot, the rice, sprinkled with cubes of pineapple, slices of preserved sausages, shreds of omelette and topped with pork floss, is flavourful and definitely a force to be reckoned with. It scores very well with the kids and the carbo-loading men.

Taste of ThailandFried Fish: This fish may look all bones and skinny to you but do not judge too soon. Fried using a strong and powerful fire, the fish is crispy on the outside and yet, meaty and delectable within. Not to forget, have the fish with some of the chilli that they serve along. Like most, your taste buds will be in for a treat.

Taste of ThailandFried Cuttlefish: For years, this dish will never fail to be on my family’s table at the restaurant, but we still never solve the mystery that ensues this dish. Addictive and delicious at the same time, the cuttlefish is definitely well-marinated and fried. A must-try! P.S. They go well with the chilli sauce too.

Taste of ThailandSweet and Sour Pork: Something about their wok and fire-power makes their food extraordinarily tasty. A notch above the other versions I’ve tried, the sauce is of the suitable taste, neither too sweet nor too sour. Most importantly, the meat is of the right biting texture. Crispy on the outside and juicy within.

An important tip to take note is that the restaurant gets extremely crowded during the weekends. A queue starts snaking even before the sun sets for dinner time. Rumor has it that the quality of the food deteriorates when they have to be rushed during busy periods. So I suggest to try out this restaurant during the weekdays.

Taste of Thailand
1001 Yishun Industrial Park A
#01-1001 Yishun Industrial Food Centre
Tel: 67589121 Fax: 67540053

Smoked Duck Baked Rice

Since I dislike milk, I was expecting the cheese to be too overwhelming halfway through the dish. But boy was I in for a surprise. The mozzarella cheese oozing over the rice was perfecto. And I loved how the rice was grain by grain and not clumped together. All these cheesiness could only get better with the thin slices of smoked duck. Not only does it complement the cheese and rice, but it does not make the dish too savoury for your taste buds. For a better gauge, I cleaned off every single grain from that plate. I was the only one who finished my dish. I’m sure that tells a lot. 

Smoked Duck Baked Rice
Lenas
Jurong Point

All-time favourite.

Every single time I’m at Old Town White Coffee, this is the only dish that I will order, besides the toast of course. One of the specialities in the chain outlet, this bowl of wholesome goodness just makes me beg for more. I can eat this almost everyday and never get sick of it. Its not about the bits of prawn or chicken chunks, but the light and sweet broth that is actually the vital key for this dish. The perfect combination for the bland flat rice noodles, you will find yourself lapping up every drop of the soup. I kid you not. If you have not tried this at Old Town, you have no idea what you’re missing out.

Chicken Ipoh Hor Fun
Old Town White Coffee

Calamari does not necessarily have to be fried.

Calamari: Squid served as food

Alas, Calamari does not necessarily mean fried squid. And this is definitely not the kind of calamari you would be expecting but do not be too quick to judge yet. I promise that this will be a special treat for your taste buds. Drizzled in olive oil, served with soft chick peas, baked to perfection. You can even hear it sizzle when the chef removes it from the oven. This is definitely a side dish that I will order whenever I’m in this restaurant. Grab the bar seats if you do not mind, you will enjoy the sights and sounds of a busy Italian kitchen.

Calamari
Pizzeria Mozza
Marina Bay Sands