December 1, 2018

#87 Just Thai, Singapore…Believe me when I say it’s worth the hassle

The mouth-watering cooking at this no-nonsense Pasir Panjang Rd establishment offers some of the most authentic Thai food to be found in Singapore.

The menu can be surprisingly wallet-friendly and particularly good value. The handful of classic curries, noodle dishes and stir-fries are all well prepared with fragrant flavours. Dishes are staunchly traditional and served with little ceremony from the tiny kitchen. You’ll find many gems among the: fish cakes lifted by the clean taste of holy basil; fried omelette, Staples like pork belly and tom tum goong are fantastic, and I suggest taking a look at the chalked-up specials board. For selected dishes, there was enough spice to numb my lips – ask for it mild if you can’t handle the burn.

The thing is, secrets can be hard to keep. Appreciative crowds of locals, spanning every age group, are treated with congeniality.

#87 Just Thai is certainly a rough diamond. Yet look beyond that, and you get a taste of genuine Thai cookery. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 9, 2011

Bopha Phnom Penh Restaurant & Titanic Lounge, Phnom Penh…pricey and disappointing food

Khmer food with a view of the river and watch Classical Aspara dancing . That’s the only thing this place has to offer.

We were disappointed with all the dishes we ordered: bopha appetizers festival which includes spring rolls, prawns fishtempura, chicken skewers and fish cakes. The angel hair noodle salad with chicken was also forgettable, as was the khmer chicken amok  and the grilled duck skewers. The seafood fried rice and khmer hot and sour soup also did not leave an impression.

The food was rather pricey and even the restaurant’s captivating decor doesn’t justify the price. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

August 22, 2010

Ah Koong Restaurant, Johor Baru, Malaysia…fish cakes are highly recommendable.

Ah Koong specializes in fishy stuff. The fish cake is very tasty and springy – crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. One thing you’ll notice about this place is the freshness of the food especially the seafood and fish.

What’s interesting here is that you can pick what you want to go with your noodles. I have the appetite of a dinosaur. So, I will fill up my bowl with a selection of fishballs, fishcake and yong tau foo, stuffed beancurd and lady finger, foo chuk (beancurd sheets) and pacific clams. To add more zing to the noodles, I usually add fresh oysters, which are an essential part of the Teo Chew style of preparing soup noodles

With fishballs and fish cakes so good, the price is at a premium, but I think it’s well worth it. Moreover, you get a clean dining area and air-conditioning. This is the true truth because I keep saying it as it is.

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