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February 22, 2020

Hakkasan, New York City…you’ll die poor but happy

New York’s Chinese food scene is a diverse beast. There’s pork ribs to sweet, stir-fried-whatever-you-can-think-of, Hong Kong Dim Sum, the classic Peking duck and of course the comforting staples including noodles and fried rice (and way, way more) at eateries both high end and super casual.

With its innovative Cantonese cooking, Hakkasan is still the benchmark against which all high-end Chinese restaurants should be judged. Their stylish interior and moody lighting attracts all kinds of beautiful people.

We started with hakka steamed dim sum platter – scallop shumai, har gau, prawn and Chinese chive dumpling, black pepper duck dumpling. The pastry was perfect in give and texture, just elastic enough to encase generous bites of flavour-packed meat and seafood. The stir-fry black pepper beef ribeye with Merlot was equally good, the melting tenderness of top-quality meat turning the clichéd staple into a luxury – Chinese takeaways should weep with shame. We also enjoyed the hot and sour soup with chicken, shiitake and pomelo, spring onion and fried egg rice and the tofu, aubergine and Japanese mushroom claypot with chili and black bean sauce

You’ll die poor but happy. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 16, 2020

Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant, Koh Samui…don’t skip the shrimps with tamarind sauce. Or the curry.

If my grandma decided to open a Thai restaurant in Koh Samui, she’d end up with something that looks like Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant. An unassuming authentic Thai cuisine eatery using fresh high quality ingredients without MSG and additives set the stage for dishes like thai curries.

Those un-averse to the funkiest flavors of the sea will be delighted by dishes like the jumbo shrimps with tamarind sauce, tom yum seafood and red curry crab meat. By the time you decide on a non-seafood dish, the choice is especially easy: there’s just one staple option, chicken in pandan leaves – gai hor bai. The only question is whether you want it. Based on its vibrant aroma and mesmerizingly delicious juicy and moist chicken inside – the answer is yes.

One of the best bang-for-your-buck restaurants in Koh Samui. Go early. Or be prepared to wait. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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January 27, 2020

Karma Sutra Bar & Kitchen, Koh Samui…isn’t a place worth traveling out of the way for

When dining out in Koh Samui, the spectre of crippling indecision lurks around every corner.

When evaluating local Thai spots, I like to run restaurants through my Thai Restaurant Test, which features just one question – “Would you eat anything other than pad thai here?” Karma Sutra gets a C+ on that test. King prawn Thai style and Deep fried garlic and pepper squid are worth ordering.

Having said that, Karma Sutra isn’t a place worth traveling out of the way for. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 1, 2019

Supattra Thai Dining, Koh Samui…it’s worth the hassle

As one of the most popular and talked about restaurants in Koh Samui, it’s no surprise that Supattra Thai Dining is in TripAdvisor’s top 10 list in Koh Samui. And the ranking is well deserved.

They’ve got everything just right from the seemingly effortless romantic ambience to their phenomenal Thai menu. Cooked by Supattra herself, the dishes are simple, satisfying authentic dishes with wonderful spicing and flavours. The blue crab in Southern style curry & wild betel leaf had us lapping gracelessly from the bowl once we’d finished cracking and prising. Equally unforgettable was the sea king prawn in green curry-fresh bamboo shoot.

The restaurant has limited seating (only about eight tables or so), so be sure to get there early. Believe me when I say it’s worth the hassle. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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September 8, 2019

Long Beach King, Singapore…the masters of food shelled and finned

Lobster has hogged the limelight on the edible crustacean stage for so long, that we have a tendency to forget the sweet, meaty merits of the humble crab.

There are no prizes for guessing what dish Long Beach King specialise in. The seafood-centric menu currently offers inventive dishes including deep fried flat rice noodles with “la la king”.  The star of the show were the crab dishes, de-shelled, bursting with flavor. The House specialty live prawns impeccably cooked and presented. When the seafood are this good, it seems pointless to stray, but the homemade beancurd with chef sauce was also splendid.

Long Beach King offers a bold and innovative ‘sea-to-plate’ dining experience. But be warned, a meal here comes at an eye-watering price. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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