December Bangkok Trip: Thonglo & Ekkamai

As of all my trips, my December Bangkok trip was centred around food.

It turned out that my hotel, IR-ON Hotel, was just a short walk away from my planned dinner place so we could drop our things off before heading for our early dinner. The hotel is pretty cool – industrial design, basic amenities and convenient location. It can’t beat Cabochon in experience but was available at a good price. 3 nights here was less than a night at Cabochon and we thoroughly enjoyed. Even though I whined about walking in the narrow, dark road with many passing cars and bikes, it was only a few minutes and very bearable.

We admired our well-designed hotel for a bit then went off for dinner.

Gyuma BBQ got me when I did my research on good places to have bbq meats in Bangkok.

Charcoal grill and all.

Lovely meats 🙂

As it was our first meal after touching down, we weren’t quite prepared to think too much, so I just ordered a portion of all the beef and pork varieties. The marbled beef was good, pork loin and vegetables were good and entire meal was pleasant though not mindblowing. If ever we craved freeflow bbq meats again, we’d come back.

Wattana Panich, on the other hand, was pretty mindblowing. I chanced upon a beef-lover friend’s feed and saw her photos there. We came on the first morning and loved it! We mistakenly ordered 2 portions of herbal soup – one beef and one mutton.

We actually wanted the beef noodle soup so we added a third order after our herbal soups arrived. After having a taste of the rich herbal soup, the beef soup paled in comparison. It was good but the herbal soup was better.

We got 1, 2 (by mistake but best mistake ever this trip, 200B each) and 6 (80B?). Best food on the trip!

Asia Herb Association

Before we came over, I got a recommendation from a friend to try Asia Herb for massage.

For someone who was contented with Healthland as it was the most value-for-money, I loved the experience here. The quality was superb. I loved the interior for what we paid and their technique was pretty good too. We opted for the foot+head+shoulder oil massage (500B) for the first day, and the aroma oil + herbal ball body massage (1700B) for the second day.

After our massage, we had a tomyam goong and oyster egg at the nearby Sukhumvit Soi 38. Both were delicious; the oyster egg was so much better than the one at Platinum that we tried at the previous trip.

There was a Mango Sticky Rice recommended by Misstamchiak in the same row but I’m not a fan of sticky rice.

The Commons

2 friends recommended this place for brunch but I fell in love with the philosophy before I even consumed anything here.

It’s all about community and the mineral water initiative raises money to help someone they know. I love how the concept is so simple but so needful. No need for permits, for licenses, for complicated accountability processes. But just help for those who need it within their community.

Husband and I were so inspired by this concept that we just soaked in the awesomeness of the place. I always believed that profit making is essential – but of the brand could be successful enough, it could lend its name to raise awareness to many things and alleviate some issues that its community faces. Such a wonderful thing – naysayers can say what they want, slackivists can ride on it, but the tangible help rendered speaks for itself.

I don’t know why the lights are dotting our faces.

Dream doors and kitchen.

We went back on our last day to have brunch at Roast.

Such good design for a menu.

“how you grow.”

“What inspires and drives me to get up every morning?” – a recurrent question in the books I’m reading and even the menu I’m flipping.

Husband’s espresso and my earl grey lychee tea.

Lamb ragout gnocchi

Truffle alfredo tagliatelle

Grapefruit sorbet and nutella tart

We went down for coffee after Roast.

On our last day we went for another foot, head and shoulder massage at Asia Herb. Dinner was at Sit and Wonder, and eatery I mapped the previous trip but didn’t get to go to.

It turned out to be a stylish cafe offering traditional Thai food.

Taken in a rush, I didn’t even check.

Bangkok’s such a relaxing place for us that we hope to go back at least once a year. Wishing it could be more than just recreation, but that would a whole load of guts and divine appointment.

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Punch.

This year’s birthday began with brunch at Punch. We loved the decor at this (Japanese?) brunch place. The staff here recommended the espresso over tonic water and it was good even to me!

But as usual, no coffee for me so I got a fruit drink. They got my order wrong and I ended up with this refreshing pineapple slushie. It worked for me as it was such a cute little green thing.

We shared a Reuben,

And a weekender toast with eggs and smoked salmon. The ikura was the highlight, because anything with ikura is a sure umami case. And umami is undoubtedly the best taste there is.

We just love spending time in cafes and dreaming about our home together. I’m swayed by every pretty detail in the cafes that I’ve been to and I just want to incorporate every wooden and tile-y thing. So glad that Immanuel is the same so that makes two swaying people.

Punch
Address32 N Canal Rd, Singapore 059288
Tues-Sun: 8am – 6pm
Mon: CLOSED

Kuala Lumpur

The last time I was at KL was in 2011. With a bunch of 10 fellow CNM honours friends, most of whom I’m no longer in contact with. And another trip just a few weeks or months down with a group of girlfriends whom I fondly call the MSG/HDL girls because of our common memories made over food.

This time, its with my NIE batchmates, an amazing group of foodies who are a great support in this difficult profession.

Three noteworthy food places to visit if you’re there:

1. The breakfast thieves

2. Shin Kee beef noodle specialist

So good, I had 2, while the friends shared a 2nd bowl of beef ball soup.

3. Village Park Restaurant Nasi Lemak

So glad I announced that I was” not gonna share”

Others worth noting:

4. The eatery our Grab driver recommended when we asked him what was good at Jalan Alor. Turned out really yummy but not special nor mind blowing like the others above. It was a typical good zichar. We scrambled for seats and sat precariously under a tree. Witnessed bird droppings landing right on our table but was quickly cleared away by their excellently efficient cleaning staff. We waited about an hour for our food and while it didn’t disappoint, we don’t think we’d wait for it again

5. The view from our Airbnb apartment at Platinum Suites (The Face)

We didn’t manage to swim as we fiercely went about having good food, but it sure was a well needed time of relaxation.

Back to work tomorrow though its the September holidays, and I hope it all pays off with this batch of students.

Strangers Reunion 

I have full respect for a business that takes care of its family. I asked Immanuel to choose a place for brunch today and enjoyed every bit of it. This piece of news just warmed my heart. And in it, I see a glimpse of how any organisation that truly cares for its people should be. The larger an organisation gets, the harder it can carry out such things, it seems.

More and more, I see how much I don’t like to be part of this huge organisation – with so many restrictions that are necessary to govern its sheer size.

 

Strangers Reunion
Address35 Kampong Bahru Rd, 169356
Mon, Wed-Thu, Sun: 9am – 10pm
Fri-Sat: 9am – 12am
Tue: CLOSED

Perth: food

(All in Aussie $ and portions for 3 really big eaters)

Petition

Total: $101 (5/5)

The pork knuckle was initially really yummy until. The sauce got a little icky and the end. However, the cabbage dish more than made up for it. I’ve been referring to it as the best cabbage I’ve eaten in my life. The buckwheat puffs were the cherry on top.

The beef tartare was exceptionally fresh too – all mixed up and eaten with toast. Amazing. I’d definitely return if I had the chance.

*So I did return on the last day of the trip for breakfast!


Francoforte Spaghetti

Total: $71 (5/5)

I read about this place on TripAdvisor and came here on our first night. They do spaghetti and do it perfectly!

*It was so good that we went back another night and had more.


New Moon

Total: $83.50 (4/5)

The porridge and hor fun were strange but the dimsum was excellent.

 

Gong Cha

This was the most expensive Milk Foam Alisan Tea I’ve had @ $6.30 – but worth it since all the Gong Chas in Singapore have closed down.

 

Honeycake

We had honeycake for tea today. Since I’m not a fan of cake, I guess my review for this isn’t accurate. We had 2 small slices for $10. A small box costs $20 and a bigger one costs $29.

I got some back for family and friends but I’m still unsure if it’s known to be from Perth.



Seoul Korean BBQ and Steamboat

A good respite from all the western cuisine that we’ve been having. $39.90 per pax for the buffet BBQ and a steamboat. Nothing special and I still prefer what we can get in Singapore, but it was nice being one of the only 2 groups of customers in the big restaurant. Also, while the meats and sides weren’t particularly appealing, the kimchi was exceptionally fresh and salty, the way I liked it.

Total: $140, including drinks (3/5)



Le Vietnam 

Read about this Banh Mi and it does live up to the hype. The owner who did the sandwich for us showed us a photo of how crowded it gets at lunch time. Clearly someone who takes pride in his craft without being overbearing. Perfect breakfast!

Total: $40+ (4.5/5) 

*And… As usual, if something was good, we went back another time.


Kailis Seafood, Fremantle

We had seafood for lunch at Fremantle. The lobster was exciting, and scallops perfectly barbecued. The fish and chips were fine and the oysters were disappointingly tiny.

Total: $135 (3.5/5) 



Little Bird Cafe

We had such colourful, wholesome meal here. I never thought steak could work as a breakfast dish but it worked out fine! The toast in the other two dishes were great too. So glad we managed to squeeze in a brunch here as it closes at 3pm. The first time we tried to pop by, the kitchen was closed already and we sadly walked back to our hotel.

Total: $79 (5/5)

 

Arirang Korean Restaurant 

We had this on our last night there. It was really yummy and could match up to the average Korean BBQ restaurant in SG and in Korea. The family next to us (mainly the dad) kept looking over at our table and asked me about the Kimchi Stew. I heard that dish being mentioned time and again. He really enjoyed his food and looking at him eat in swift movements made me enjoy my meal a little more 🙂

Total: $120 (for the three of us)

 

So it seems that a 5-day trip to Perth was possible without any driving. We took two trips out of the city centre and it was just right. Mommy was initially very unsure of what she had done – considering that she had been to Perth many times before. But with google maps and tripadvisor, she managed to try so many new things. Good job to me!