Thai Food in Singapore

Over the course of a week, I had Thai food twice in 2 very different Thai restaurants. The first was at Nara Thai. A quick google search reveals that it is a pretty popular restaurant in Thailand. The beau and I had an afternoon to kill before his flight that night and we were just wandering around Orchard Road before the start of a movie. He had a craving for Thai Food and it was the only one I remembered in Ion.

I ordered one of the dishes on their “popular” menu, which was the Thai Boat noodles with beef. The beau, as usual, went with something spicy and had the green curry chicken. we also ordered some prawn cakes. I thought the prawn cakes were pretty good but wasn’t super impressed with the chili. The boat noodles was good. The soup was quite sweet and satisfying. The Beau did not think that the curry was hot enough.

The meal was a bit expensive, given that we had 2 main dishes and 1 appetizer, it came up to $60. But then again, we were in the middle of the shopping district. I did enjoy my meal overall. I probably will return again, at some point, with friends for a small celebration or something. But this probably won’t be my go-to Thai place.

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B3-21,ION Orchard, 238801
Phone:6634 5787
Hours:

Sunday

(New Year’s Day)
11:30AM–10PM

Hours might differ
Monday

(New Year’s Day (Observed))
11:30AM–10PM

Hours might differ
Tuesday 11:30AM–10PM
Wednesday 11:30AM–10PM
Thursday 11:30AM–10PM
Friday 11:30AM–10PM
Saturday 11:30AM–10PM

After the Beau left, I met up with another friend after work for some chilling out time before greeting 2017. We were at East Mall and Thai food seemed like a fairly neutral food choice. GreaThai was located at one of the storefronts of East Mall. It was fairly quiet when we went in at 1pm-ish.

Again, there were just 2 of us so we weren’t able to order much. I ordered the “chicken porridge”, which by Cantonese standards is NOT real porridge. Its just “tong fun” or rather soup with rice to me. 20161231_133859The porridge that arrived in front of me was really pretty good. It definitely tastes different compared to the one I get from Aoy Boat Noodles at the T3 Changi Airport, which had a lot of ginger in the soup. The one at GreaThai was a bit sweeter than the one at the airport. My lunch companion ordered some fishcakes (very good with the prawn chili offered) and had a rice dish of some sort.

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Overall, the food really was quite good. And it wasn’t too noisy in there and so we were able to chill out and talk for a bit without being interrupted. It wasn’t like, THE BEST, Thai food in the world, but if you wanted a go-to place to chill out with friends and eat, its pretty good. And the menu isn’t exorbitantly expensive either.

Address: 430 Upper Changi Road, 487048
Hours:

Sunday

(New Year’s Day)
9AM–12AM

Hours might differ
Monday

(New Year’s Day (Observed))
9AM–12AM

Hours might differ
Tuesday 9AM–12AM
Wednesday 9AM–12AM
Thursday 9AM–12AM
Friday 9AM–12AM
Saturday 9AM–12AM

2017. An introduction.

Hello there 2017. Top of the morning to you. I said goodbye to 2016 last night and when I woke up, well, there you are! Now mind you. 2016 and I had quite a bumpy relationship. I certainly hope you and I have a more congenial time together.

Not that 2016 was all that bad. Highlights include going to Tokyo for the first time. And I even made it all the way to the Denmark (where I realized how broke I was). To be or not to be …. That said, someone once told me that my spending habits were inversely related to my moods: when I’m up, the bank account is in the black, and when I’m down, its in the red. I spent a lot of money on stuff I didn’t need. And well, 2016 bled quite profusely if I’m going to be honest.

Listen, I’m not asking to be flush, 2017. But lets try to keep the bank off my back will you please. And I think you and I will get along just fine. Mind you, there was a sale at Isetan and I did just buy 4 pairs of shoes. But they were supremely comfortable and less than $20 a pair. Let’s just keep that in the plus column for now, shall we?

American chinese cuisine

I’ve always maintained that American chinese  food is a cuisine of its own category in the same  way that straits Chinese  cuisine  us not china chinese cuisine. Food, by its very nature, has to adapt to its environment. COoks have to find substitutes and adapt to the tastebuds of their clientele or their restaurants  will not survive.

While growing up, I’ve  come to accept that American chinese food is normally known to be cheap and satisfying but oily and not very good most of the time. i was extremely surprised to find out that the Tung Lok group of restaurants decided to open Lokkee, an american chinese food concept. that’s really taking chinese fine dinning to a different  level. up or down, i think depends on who is eating  it.

First of all its not cheap. for just the two of us the bill was $120. But to be fair we ordered  quite a bit of food.

And a flaming pineapple was involved. With real flames.

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The food wasn’t bad. It was definitely American Chinese cuisine. Especially the fried rice. The pineapple pork was pretty good, flames and all. Left a bit of a tangy aftertaste. The pork buns were delicious. The bread wasn’t too thick, and was just sweet enough.

We made the reservations through the Chope app and it was pretty easy. Its located in Plaza Singapura (the old wing). Its between a Thai restaurant and Swensens, on the 2nd floor, near the front of the building. Not that hard to find once you know what you are looking for.

Details:

Located in: Plaza Singapura
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #03-01, Plaza Singapura, Plaza Singapura, 238839

Hours:

Thursday 11AM–3PM, 5:30–10PM
Friday 11AM–3PM, 5:30–10PM
Saturday 11AM–3PM, 5:30–10PM
Sunday 11AM–3PM, 5:30–10PM
Monday 11AM–3PM, 5:30–10PM
Tuesday 11AM–3PM, 5:30–10PM
Wednesday 11AM–3PM, 5:30–10PM

 

Dazzling cafe dazzles

There have been a few changes in my workplace recently and it seemed like a dinner outing was needed for us to catch up with everyone.  I found a Groupon for 4 and made a reservation through Facebook. Simple, right? After we got there, we realised there was another branch in Orchard Central. Frantic calls were made to make sure that everyone was going to arrive at the same place! The one that we ended up going to was the one at Capitol.

Between the truffle risottos, mentaiko pastas, honey toasts, iced tea, 7 mains and 4 desserts were shared between all 7 of us. The waiter was so impressed that he even commented on it when I went to pay the bill. I told him that we East-siders are very good eaters.

Anyway, here are the deeds:

Located in: Capitol Piazza
Address: 15 Stamford Rd, 01-85 Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178906
Hours:

Thursday 12–9:30PM
Friday 12–10PM
Saturday 12–10PM
Sunday 12–9:30PM
Monday 12–9:30PM
Tuesday 12–9:30PM
Wednesday 12–9:30PM

Straits Kitchen at the Hyatt

A few weeks ago, a friend from College, who is also a travel blogger (Instagram: travelsavvygal), stopped by Singapore as part of her round the world trip. Thankfully, she is also a rather adventurous eater. The only problem is that it is close to impossible to eat all that Singapore has to offer. So naturally, you have to be picky. And you also have to consider compromises in your food trail adventures. So naturally, I had to take her to a buffet. I was worried that she would think that I was trying to be cheap and introduce her to terrible food since buffets in North America do not exactly have the best reputation. Thankfully the Straits Kitchen is located at the Hyatt (so 1 point to me) and the food there was amazing! Phew!

The Straits Kitchen is halal certified (the other famous one in Singapore is Carnival at the Holiday Inn on Scotts). And since my friend does not eat pork, it was perfect. They have a wide array of food ranging from Peranakan cuisine (and dessert) to Indian food and chinese food. So, in short. Singapore cuisine. All in one place. Seriously, for the range of food we had that night, we would have had to order many dishes had we gone some place else, and watch a lot of food go wasted because we would never have been able to finish eating them! But in a buffet, there is no fear of that at all! we just eat what we want and however much we want.

Here are the deeds:

Address: 10 Scotts Road, Lobby Level, Grand Hyatt Singapore, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 228211
Hours:

Wednesday 6:30–10:30AM, 12–2:30PM, 6:30–10:30PM
Thursday 6:30–10:30AM, 12–2:30PM, 6:30–10:30PM
Friday 6:30–10:30AM, 12–2:30PM, 6:30–10:30PM
Saturday 6:30–11AM, 12:30–3PM, 6:30–10:30PM
Sunday 6:30–11AM, 12:30–3PM, 6:30–10:30PM
Monday 6:30–10:30AM, 12–2:30PM, 6:30–10:30PM
Tuesday 6:30–10:30AM, 12–2:30PM, 6:30–10:30PM

 

Gilmore Girls

 

Am i the only one who is nervous about this revival? What if it doesn’t meet my expectations? Someone described the show as comfort food. The problem os that i know ALL about comfort food and how much it bites when you try it again  after a long time away and it just doesnt taste the same. Take Sex and the City. Loved the tv show. The movies? Left a bad taste. As excited as I am about Nov 25, I’m also super nervous.

What about you? How do you feel about it?

Canton Paradise Review

So the dimsum scene in Singapore is really heating up. There’s the Paradise group, Din Tai Fung, Tim Ho Wan and Imperial Treasure groups. I’m sure there are many others. When Canton Paradise made its debut at Bedok Mall, I was really excited because I was hoping to find an alternative to Tim Ho Wan, which to be honest, isn’t really that good, except for maybe the branch in Plaza Singapura. But the food selection at Canton Paradise was quite lacklustre and their polo bao wasn’t very good. Recently, they seem to have undergone a revamp of sorts and there is now a 50% off dim sum items during teatime on the weekdays. On one of my days off, Mom and I went for their dimsum. I must say, I was quite impressed. Larger selection of items. Cleaner looking menu. The pictures look a lot better too. So easier to pick the stuff we want to try! haha. Definitely worth the visit!

Located in: Bedok Mall
Address: 311 New Upper Changi Rd, B2-10 Bedok Mall, Singapore 467360
Hours:

Thursday 11AM–10PM
Friday 11AM–10PM
Saturday 10:30AM–10PM
Sunday 10:30AM–10PM
Monday 11AM–10PM
Tuesday 11AM–10PM
Wednesday 11AM–10PM