I am sure many of you would have known by now, that they are here to stay! Yay!
You could probably imagine our wide-eyed salivating faces waiting eagerly in line for the delicious egg tarts once again. Here’s the thing, it’s even better now because they serve Hong Kong cafe food, on top of the nomnom egg tarts. We don’t know about you but there’s just something about (authentic) Hong Kong cafes and its lovely, lovely food…Read on. . .
Each time we feel the need to travel yet don’t want to tax our wallets too much, we end up in Bangkok (right?). Usually we spend a couple of days there, and I am sure you would love to know which are the raved-about food places that are REALLY worth trying. Here’s our take on 9 food places in Bkk!
1. Ban Khun Mae
If you have never been to Ban Khun Mae, where have you been? This traditional Thai restaurant has been around since 1998, and they have live instrument performance daily from 7 pm to 9 pm.What we really love about this place is the dark-coloured wood decorum, the whole laid-back feel you get from this restaurant just helps your feet calm down faster after a long day of shopping and exploring.
Ban Khun Mae Menu
Another thing we love about this place is how easily accessible it is by train! It’s located in Siam Square area and you can spot the signature batik signboard easily from a distance away.
You can order the steamed snapper with lime, the shrimp spicy tomyum goong, the chicken green curry, the marinated chicken wrapped in pandan leaves, the spicy glass noodles salad (yum woon sen) and the most important dish of all – raw prawns in fish sauce (gung chae nam pla)!
MUST HAVE: Raw shrimps with Fish Sauce
If you’re skeptical about eating anything raw in Bangkok, I’m telling you, this is the place for this lovely dish! There’s just something about the chilli sauce… I believe you can even opt to buy a bottle of it home!
Steamed fish with lime
Clear tomyum soup
Vermicelli salad – spicy, sour and shiok!
Table top view
Address: 458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Road, Patumwan District Hours: 11 am to 10 pm Verdict: Must try!
2. Red Ruby
Greeted by the huge bowl of gorgeous red ruby
Since we were on the topic of red ruby, the best bowl you can ever taste would be the one at Chatuchak – the weekend market.
View from the seats
Big chunks of crunchy chestnut, coated with pink tapioca jelly
Red ruby dessert, also known as Thub Tim Grob, is one of the most common Thai desserts you can find. It is made of water chestnut cubes, coated in ruby-coloured tapioca jelly, and served in coconut milk. These crunchy cubes of chestnut makes it so addictive, and especially refreshing in the sweltering heat of Bangkok.But, even though you can find it in almost every restaurant in Bangkok, the best… is really this.
Pretty in pink
WARNING: You will NOT stop at one bowl
First of all, instead of the usual ruby-coloured ones, it’s pink. Come on, so pretty in pink! Plus, they also throw in big chunks of chestnut in too, for that extra crunch that we all need. And! They use crushed ice which makes the dessert extra icy and cold and even better with the heat.
Verdict: Must try!
Roast @ The Commons
We love the outlet at The Commons, simply because you can take a queue number and then take a million photos at the green patch of grass and some seats on the same level. #cheapthrill
Nice backdrop for photos while waiting
It’s the ambience. And there are more seats it seems. A more spacious setting.
Love the design of the menu
Brunch Menu @ Roast
American Pancakes with Crispy Bacon and Whipped Butter (S$9)
Address: (The COMMONS) 335 Thong Lo 17 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110
Hours: Monday to Thurs – 10 am to 11 pm
Friday to Saturday – 9 am to 11 pm
Sunday – 9 am to 10 pm
Verdict: Try the brunch menu! There are a few branches so you can pick the one closest to you if distance is an issue for you. Maybeeee don’t get the crab cake benedict as it’s quite small portioned and it’s the most expensive out of the few items we ordered.
4. Tomyum UFO Mookata Hotpot @Sansab
Sansab in Siam Paragon
Tomyum UFO Mookata Hotpot
A fancy name is all there is to this. Instagram-worthy, tasted just like how your tomyum instant noodles would taste like, just with a fancier pot and some raw quail eggs to decorate.
Tomyum UFO Menu (We ordered the 570 baht)
Address: 991 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 (Fourth floor)
Hours: 11 am to 9 pm daily
Verdict: Nah. If you have absolutely nothing else to eat and would like a pretty pic for ig, this is your go-to.
5. Sabx2 The one Thai wanton noodles place that is frequented by mostly Singaporeans. Step into this restaurant and it would feel like home, truly. Except that there are signs everywhere exclaiming that they do not have an outlet in Sg.It’s quite a cramped place and be prepared to wait a loooong time for your food.
Sabx2: Seats are pretty close to each other, so be prepared to squeeze!
Khao Ka Moo: Braised Pork Leg and Rice
Be prepared to wait a long time for the wanton noodle to arrive at your table due to the overwhelming response. While waiting, you can share a plate of khao ka moo since it comes fast!
Sabx2 Thai Wanton Noodle; comes with crab meat too!
Food tasted good, albeit small portion. But perhaps for the amount of time you have to wait, you should order more when you are there.
Address: 4/32-33 Prechburi 19, Prechburi Road Phayathai Ratchathavee Bangkok 10500 Hours: 9 am to 3 pm daily Verdict: Try it once if you have never been there. If you have been… you can skip it. There’s really no big deal…
6. Cha Tra Mue Kiosk (Pronounce: Cha Tra Merr)
All that rave about this particular brand of Thai tea everywhere you go. Personally, I feel that you don’t have to go for the thai milk tea at the CTM outlets specifically.
Cha Tra Muer @ Terminal 21
Even the road side stalls use the same tea, and it’s for a fraction of the price.We tried the soft serve and definitely prefer it!
Cha Tra Muer Soft Serve <3
Address: 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110 (Terminal 21 Mall) Hours: 10 am to 8 pm daily Verdict: Must try CTM but can be anywhere. Soft serve is yummy!
7. Pe’ Aor Tomyum Goong
Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Very Obvious Red Sign
Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung
This place is known for its pricey Lobster tomyum noodles, and when we say pricey, we mean SGD$50 onwards.
Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Menu
To be fair, t’s indeed a humongous bowl full of good stuff. Good stuff like the whole lobster, salmon, squid, mussels, fish, crab with minced meat, two eggs(with yummy soft yolk) etc. All types of seafood is included in a generous amount.
Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Lobster Noodles – Jumbo size
Pe Aor Jumbo Lobster
Stuffed Crab Shells <3
So would you try this?
Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Jumbo Lobster Noodles – a closer look
Their tomyum soup is creamier than usual tomyum soups, with the addition of carnation milk. To us, it tasted like a hybrid of Thai tomyum and our island’s mee siam.
Creamy soup – a cross between thai tomyum and our local meesiam soup
Only drawback we had was that our soup was not hot enough… and that they told us they were sold out of the regular and large sized bowls. We felt kind of compelled to order the jumbo, if not we would have travelled there in vain :/
Pe Aor Tom Yum Kung Entrance
Address: 68 51 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand Hours: 10 am to 9 pm daily except Mondays Verdict: Try it at least once but be prepared to burn a hole in your kitty fund as it’s not exactly near a BTS station. Grab a ride with three other friends! You could also just go for the tomyum soup with river prawns going for 700 baht (about SGD$30).
Want to enjoy some good food fare in Singapore while easing in on your wallet? We hear you!
And this is possibly/definitely only the first part…
(*You might have to queue for some of these eateries listed though…)
William’s Cooked Food
Hokkien Noodles; $3.50
With a not so appealing signboard (the kind with faded photos, unintended sepia mode… HAHA), this food stall is manned by a very friendly and well-endowed auntie. We believe her husband should be the chef!
The thing about their hokkien noodles is the very strong wok hei taste that we loooooveee, and of course the very yummy gravy that the noodles comes in. On top of that, their seafood tastes fresh too.
Seafood Hor Fun; $3.50
Smooth, soft kwayteow noodles drenched in starchy gravy, yumyum.
There’s something about this stall.
William’s Food Stall
Address: Kim Keat Palm Market and Food Centre, #01-52,
Block 22 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310022
Usually 11:30 am – about 2:30 pm or if they are sold out earlier, then they will reopen again in the evening about 05:00 pm – about 07:30 pm thereabout
Cheng Long Fish Soup 成龙鱼汤
Fried Fish Thick Beehoon Soup; $4
We have always been impressed by the size of the fried fish slices offered at Cheng Long.
A huge bowl of noodles in fish soup with thick chunks of fried fish, anyone?
Cheng Long Fish Soup
Address: Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, #06-15/17, Singapore 238839
A little stall hidden in a pretty quiet coffee shop located right opposite the main entrance of Pei Chun Public School, we didn’t expect to find this quality of food here.
Salmon Steak, Boiled Vegetables and Rice; $8.10
BUT WE DID. It’s amazing how their food looks so good and tastes even better.
Other than the orbiang plates they use, their standard of food is even better than some of the restaurants out there.
Grilled fish, mash potato and baked beans; $6.50
Definitely worth giving it a try, especially if you’re in the neighbourhood.
PS: The uncle chef is pretty cool too!
Z&Y Western Food
Address: Block 8, Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310008
A quaint cafe located in the basement level of Paragon Orchard, Dutch Baby Cafe is one of the newest cafe additions in town. Dutch Baby Cafe is yet another self-developed brand from Japan Foods Holdings. Other sibling brands include Ajisen Ramen, Botejyu, Menya Musashi etc.
Wondering about the name? Did you think it was a cafe meant for babies, specifically Dutch? 😛
Or did you think it was a Dutch cafe?
No, and no.
Dutch babies actually mean german pancakes. #nowyouknow
It is a type of pancake that is shaped like a bowl and made from a light batter. Does it sound good already? Well, it looks good too!
Dutch Baby Pancake with Mango: $12.80/$15.80 with Choice of Drink
Pancake dishes tend to get a little overwhelming on the stomach due to it’s density of the batter. These Dutch babies are so light and fluffy, it’s almost like an omelette! Pancake omelette… hmmm, panclette! 😀
Light and fluffy ‘Panclette’ <3
It wasn’t exactly bowl-shaped, except that it’s placed in a hot cast iron pan so it deceivingly looks like it’s shaped like a bowl. HAHA Pancake items on the menu were pretty limited, with some savoury options but we noticed everyone around us helping themselves to the dessert ones only.
We jumped on the bandwagon too, of course…
Generous cubes of sweet mango
And we certainly did not regret it one bit. Look at the generous serving of mango cubes!
They were really sweet as they used thai honey mangoes <3
The pancakes were so yummy, yet not taxing on the stomach that we could have easily stomached another (but we didn’t). We could have even had the pancake plain. #justsaying
Baked Rice and Udon Menu
We were pretty enticed by the Keema Curry Cheese Baked Rice on the menu, and it came looking as appealing as we thought it would be.
Keema Curry Cheese Baked Rice: $13.80
Keema curry basically refers to minced meat curry, typically used as a filling for samosas and naan. Japanese curry tends to be on the sweeter side, and this dish somehow managed to strike a wonderful balance between both sweet and savoury.
Glorious combination of colours
Love the sous vide egg right smack in the middle of the dish, to add that golden drizzle onto the baked rice. (Refer to our ig post)
Just look at that…
Ahh, and that stringy, stretchy cheese. What’s there not to love?
Every single grain of rice…gone.
Serving was just nice, not too overwhelming a curry dish for the belly.
Mango and Strawberry Fruit Tart: $7.80 per slice
We also couldn’t take our eyes off the beautiful fruit tarts on display at the entrance of the cafe. Naturally, we fell prey. Gorgeous, glorious, breath-taking, alluring; thai honey mangoes with juicy strawberries on a custard base tart. Mmmmmm.
Love the tart, the juicy fruits, the light cream custard… everything!
The thing about Japanese cream products like whipped cream, custard, cream etc, is that you never feel sinful devouring it. SERIOUS! Like it always tastes light and non-fattening, but of course we know it’s totally not. But don’t forget, #lifestooshorttodiet.
Perhaps our only complaint would be that the strawberries could be a tad less sour, but that’s quickly cured with the sweet mango cubes.
Overall, we liked all three dishes we had and we would definitely be back! As it’s a cosy lil space, do be prepared to queue should you visit during the peak meal hours!
Dutch Baby Cafe Singapore
Address: The Paragon, B1-13, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
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Whoever said good food cannot be cheap and affordable… has obviously never tried Truly Test Kitchen. Despite being located in the Industrial Estate at Kampong Ampat, between MacPherson and Aljunied Road (ulu in other words), this modern coffee shop has proven themselves, drawing customers from all walks of life.
(Literally… see the auntie walking towards you?)
Spot the curry rice feast in the foreground
I’m not gonna lie – the place is not exactly the most accessible and definitely not the regular hipster cafe with fancy decor nor air-conditioning. It took us awhile to find the lift even!
Hidden Orange Cargo Lift
And as we made our way up to the coffee shop, we kinda questioned if this was worth the scorching 12 pm afternoon heat and getting into eerie cargo lifts… but we soon found out!
There are three stalls at Truly Test Kitchen; the Homemade meatball porridge, Truly Western (food) and Curry Rice. Each of the stalls specialises in different areas as you can easily tell from their names.
Whilst ordering our food, we overheard one of the bosses talking to one of his staff about how service doesn’t just solely mean getting the food to the customer and blah. He sounded really passionate about what he was doing.
How many of us can say that about our jobs?
Curry Chicken Chop Noodle: $3.50
Truly enough (see what we did there), the curry noodles not only looked and smelled good, the taste was exceptional, different from your regular curry noodles sold everywhere else. If passion and love could be tasted, this would be it. <3
Homely Noodles Customisation Menu
You have the autonomy to choose the type of noodle, type of soup and type of meat you’d want with your noodles, and I think that is a very good idea. (Especially for picky eaters like us)
Springy maggi mee, succulent and juicy chicken chop, fresh cabbage soaking in the essence of the fragrant curry. Need we say more?
We chose maggi mee with curry and chicken meat. The curry was very fragrant and there was this tinge of assam-like taste to it, making the dish very addictive. Now, it makes us wonder what the assam soup base would taste like. We have always thought of curry noodles as a very oily and unhealthy dish, but this did not make us feel like that at all! Oil, yes, definitely there would be, but it was surprisingly little. No idea what kind of sorcery went into this dish, but we were super satisfied. We could tell that careful thought was also put into the presentation, something that we would not expect much in a coffee shop.
Disclaimer: Food came in a huge bowl that pretty much left our mouths agape when it arrived at our table. Good things food are meant to be shared!Read on. . .