What To Eat Ah, in Bangkok
1. Wanton MeeSo 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.
2. Ta Ko
One 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
Once 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 SteamboatOur 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.
The 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 NestIf 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.
Nam Sing Bird’s Nest Shark Fin Restaurant 南星魚翅燕窩樓
39-47 Soi Texas, Phadung Dao Road, Yaowaraj,
6. Pomegranate Juice.If 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 HotelAt 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.
The 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. SkytrainThe 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. TuktukOne 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.