Sunday, October 31, 2010

Yummy food in Bangkok! (Part 1)

This is another long overdue post! Both hubby and I flew to Bangkok to shop and feast! It was a short 3-day trip and this is the first trip that we were away without our kids! Yes, just the 2 of us! The kids were very understanding when we told them about our shopping trip. They agreed that they didn't like the air-pollution in Bangkok and congested traffic! So thankful that my kids are so understanding!

The moment we arrived Bangkok and check-in to our hotel, we went shopping straight away. We went to Platinum Mall and MBK. We were so tired from the shopping that we decided to settle for a simple meal in MBK, 4th level. I can't recall the shop name but the signage said that they served authentic Thai food. There was a queue and the place is filled the locals. As usual, hubby ordered something with eggs and non-spicy dishes. This is popular dish in Bangkok, egg omelet with minced pork and rice. I ordered seafood with basil leaves but the highlight of the meal was the authentic tom yam seafood soup. Spicy and sour, just the way I like it!

The hotel that we were staying offered vegetarian buffet breakfast! That's quite a change so I think I should take this opportunity to cleanse my system (intestines) from all the toxic that has been building up! I like the simple and yet nutritional breakfast! At least, I got to eat my pancakes!

On the next day, we went to the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market  really early to avoid the crowd and the heat. However, we decided to leave the market at 11am as it was getting hot and crowded. So we went Siam Paragon to shop and ourselves down! We decided to have our lunch at the basement foodcourt. There are a lot of international food to choose from but we opted for Japanese. Surprisingly, the Japanese food were very authentic and tasty. prices were comparable to Singapore but the food taste really nice!

For dinner, we decided to venture to Chinatown for good seafood and shark fins. My sis would definitely get angry with me for eating sharks fins but I came across a few food reviews on this restaurant so I decided to try! look at the food reviews printed on the shopfront!


Look at the shark fins and crabs being displayed! These are real stuff!

We ordered the Claypot Shark Fins. The portion is quite genrous and enough for 2pax. The Chinese Thais are mostly Teochew so they understand Teochew if you speak to them. 


Next, we had Fish Maws Claypot with mushrooms. he portion is also sufficient for 2pax. The sauce is very nice and tasty.


We also ordered the Seafood Fried Rice. After all the shopping and walking, I really need to carbo-load! The rice is also very fragrant and tasty!


Next, we had the Crab Claws with Glass Noodles. The crabs are fresh and meat. They use a lot of garlic and peppercorn for this dish! Super yummy! 

For dessert, we had Bird Nest dessert. For that price, you can't expect the bird nest to be in strips but I still enjoy it. Do you know that ladies should drink more bird nests? It really nourishes the lungs and improves the complexion. If you can afford it, you should drink it on a weekly basis. It also help those with nasty or chronic coughs.


For the final day in Bangkok, we had our vegetarian breakfast! The mocked sausages are quite tasty too! I like the potato cutlets and veg.

Our flight was in the afternoon so we had lunch in the airport. Yes, can't leave Bangkok without eating another round of Thai food!


I ordered the Beef kway teow soup! Super yummy and authentic that I even wanted to pack a bowl back to Singapore! The added a lot of ried garlic to the soup and that really enhanced the soup! My hubby ordered green curry and instead of serving with rice, they served with prata! Interesting! He likes the authentic taste too!

The Thai restaurant usually served 4 types of sauces to go the meals. The dried chili flakes, chili oil, vinegar with sliced red chili and sugar! I think the sugar is for those who doesn't want their food to be too spicy!

We had a hard time deciding what desserts to eat next! The cakes look so good! The Thai dessert also look so colourful and yummy!

So we finally settled for strawberry sorbet and coffee! I really appreciate my dear for accompanying me for this shopping trip and helping me with my purchases and even bargaining! He also helped me control a bit! If not, my shopping spree would have gone out of control! I really enjoyed my shopping and feasting trip in Bangkok!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Crystal Jade Ginseng Chicken & BBQ

This is another long overdue post! It was a birthday treat from my regular lunch kakki. They asked the birthday gals to decide on the venue and we decided on Korean food! After watching so many Korean drama series, we crave to eat authentic Korean food. We decided to go to Crystal Jade Ginseng Chicken and BBQ as we've read good reviews about the restaurant.

Upon arriving, we were served 6 different types of appetizers. My fav is the kimchi. The kimchi there is not very sour unlike some places. The appetizers are free flow so the waitress will always top up when you finish them. 

We ordered the Spicy Seafood Soup.  It is a little spicy but very appetizing. Lots of veg, tofu and seafood.

The Seafood Pancake is another popular Korean dish. It is quite disappointing, too much flour so it is not crispy.

This is Fried Tapioca Noodles, a bit like our glass noodles (tang hoon). It nice and tasty. If you noticed, the Koreans like to sprinkle their food with sesame seeds. It really enhances the taste.


This is their signature dish so we ordered the Ginseng Chicken Soup to try. The soup is very tasty with strong ginseng taste and the chicken meat is so tender. The chicken is stuffed with rice and ginkgo nuts. It is a nutritional dish.

This is another famous Korean dish, Bibimbap.  It is a bowl of warm rice served with seasoned veg and chili pepper paste served with raw egg and minched beef. You must really mix well. The stone bowl will keep the rice warm and crispy.

The Korean Grilled Mackerel is really good. We squeezed the lemon slices so there is no fishy taste. Do you know that oily fish like mackerel is good for health? They are high in Omega 3 oil, good for your health.

Overall, the dining experience is good. They even serve complimentary fruits. We were so full that we didn't order any desserts. The restaurant also served Korean BBQ buffet. If you're meat eater, then you should go for that! The food is nice and the prices are reasonable too!

Food: Excellent
Ambiance: Good
Service: Good
Price: $25/pax

Crystal Jade Ginseng Chicken & BBQ
#04-13 Centrepoint

176 Orchard Road
Tel: 6737 3282

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Japanese food craze!

Recently, I have been bringing the kids to try out Japanese food so as to cultivate their liking and taste for Japanese food. (Just in case we are flying-off to Japan!) They are used to eating Chinese, western and fast food. Well, we don't eat the raw stuff so these are a few of the common Japanese dishes that we usually order:- Katsudon (Pork), Beef Sukiyaki, Teriyaki salmon don, Hokkaido ramen, Tonkatsu bento set, Katsudon (Chicken), Soba, Japanese Curry Rice and Beef Yakinku.

My favourite family Japanese restaurants are Tam PoPo (Liang Court/ Ngee Ann City), Tonkichi (Shaw House) and Hoshigaoke (Shaw House).

So where is your favourite Japanese restaurant? Actually, certain foodcourts also serve nice Japnese food. However, for authentic Japanese food, you'll have to go to Japanese restaurants that are frequent by the Japanese.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Chatterbox @ Mandarin Orchard Hotel

This post is long overdue! Our family decided to visit the Mandarin Orchard Hotel after it has been revamped! So after checking-out the shops at Mandarin Gallery, we went to Chatterbox to have lunch. The place is definitely brighter than the old Chatterbox! Even the menu looks classy!

There are a lot of famous local fare to choose from so we ordered various dishes to try them out!

The Hainanese Pork Chop Rice set is quite disappointing! The cutlet is too dry! I still prefer my mom's version. The rice is also very hard and dry.

The Nasi Goreng is better. The rice is very fragrant and the rice set consists of two satay sticks, achar, curry chicken and a few pieces of crispy keropok. Quite authentic!

When you're in Chatterbox, you must definitely order their signature dish! The famous Chatterbox Hainanese Chicken Rice that even Indonesian toursits will pack them for return trip home! The chicken is very tender. You can either select the drumstick or breast meat portion. The rice is very fragrant! The presentation is really nice! I prefer the drumstick portion as I find the meat more tender. Overall, it's ok but I have tasted better chicken rice! The chilli sauce is really a MUST! 

This is another signature dish in Chatterbox, the Lobster Laksa! The portion is huge! The generous ingredients are noodles are definitely sufficient for 2 diners. The Boston lobster is really fresh! It's really value for money!

For the health conscious, you can order the Fish Hor Fun. The portion is sufficient for 1pax but the fish slices are very fresh. The taste of the gravy is average only.

The kids' menu consists of a few items only. So we ordered the Fried Rice and  Spaghetti with cream sauce. Kids managed to finish their food.

You must try the Chatterbox signature dessert! It's Coconut Ice-cream served in coconut husk, rambutan and walnuts. Very delicious! So smooth and creamy and full of coconut flavour!

The Chendol is quite average only but packed with ingredients like read beans, chendol and attap seeds!

Food: Good
Ambiance: Good
Service: Good
Price: $25/pax

333 Orchard Road
Mandarin Hotel
Singapore 238867
Tel: 67374411