June 30, 2013

Kok Kee Wanton Noodle, Singapore…wanton mee with an addictive concoction

TWhile we call it “wanton noodle” and it seems as if wanton is the star, it is the the complete opposite. The star of the show is the noodle and the sauce that it is mixed in. The noodles has an egg fragrance and not so springy or QQ as the Chinese termed it. The magic lies in the flavourful secret elixir – a thin light soup/gravy/sauce (I can’t decide which) with a gentle sweetness – which  transforms the entire dish to be tasty and addictive.

The portions are very small – the wanton are really just bite sized – but the flavors are very big.

Kok Kee is plaqued by epically huge massive queues. Makes you wonder if they’re deliberately keeping the queues long. Ridiculous. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

kok kee wanton noodle

June 15, 2013

Pelangi Beriani House, Johor Baru…yum and yummer!

Pelangi Beriani House is a humble eaterie that just concentrates on good muslim food and it is great that places like this are still thriving in a fast modernising city like JB.

Their fragrant briyani rice added a subtle depth to the accompanying dishes without dominating the taste sensation. The biryani was delectable, with the lamb cubes very nicely spiced and the rice well prepared and aromatic. My undoubted favourite, the fried chicken, was served with a flavoursome crispy skin that was perfect for introducing our taste buds to the unbelieavably succulent white meat inside. The sauce was beautiful – spicy, creamy, savoury, and with a slight sweetness.  If we weren’t in a restaurant full of people, I would have probably licked my plate- it was that good.

Oh, my mouth is watering as I write this. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…



June 9, 2013

Asiatique The Riverfront, Bangkok…like visiting a theme park with too much shopping

Everything is well-planned and spacious in this chic lifestyle village/complex – Asiatique. Located along the Chao Praya river, this trendy, massive night market is housed in rows of giant warehouses  which are in fact the old East Asiatic Company warehouses, which date from the mid-19th century). In  total there are about 1,500 handicraft and souvenirs shops, some 40 restaurants (ranging from KFC to MK to Baan Khanitha), brasseries and bars, two theatres – one of them  is Calypso, a ladyboy cabaret. Wide streets run between each warehouse and Asiatique provides retro props for photo opportunities: a reproduction tram car, anchors and a push cart while cool modern jazz sets the mood. Clearly, Asiatique doesn’t resemble the maze of the Chatuchak weekend market.

Many of the shopping stalls you’ll find at Asiatique offer what you would find at the old Suan Lum Night Market across the street from Lumpini Park or MBK mall although far surpassing it in quality, diversity and scope. There are cheap shoes and clothes, expensive (and real) name-brand sunglasses to cheap fake ones, chic designer clothing boutiques to simple racks of 100 baht wears, and hand-made traditional Thai mask galleries to standard T-shirt,  touristy house wares and other souvenirs (lots and lots of elephants). Although the items here are pretty upscale compare to the markets, there are good finds too.

Getting to Asiatique is easily done with their free 15-minute ride shuttle boat service runs from the central pier within walking distance from Saphan Taksin BTS station.

There were moments I felt like I was visiting a theme park with too much shopping. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

Wat Phraya Krai-20130604-00066

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