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History of Laos & Lao Cuisine

Among Southeast Asian countries, Laos has a relatively low profile. Lao cuisine is also relatively unheralded compared to the dishes of its neighbours Thailand and Vietnam. But, the truth of the matter is, many of us tasted Lao cuisine without knowing it. Most Thai restaurants have dishes from the Isaan region of Thailand - 80% of Isaan dishes have Lao roots. Some of these are synonymous with Thai cuisine, e.g., sticky rice, som tum, and larb are derived from Lao dishes.

To understand how this came about, we need to delve a little into the history of Laos.

Mekong and the Mountains


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Laos is Southeast Asia's only landlocked country i.e. it doesn't have any sea coast. Lao share land borders with Thailand in the west, Vietnam in the east, China & Myanmar in the north and Cambodia in the south.


However, the Mekong River runs along the entire western border of Laos, much of it forming the common boundary with Thailand. The Mekong River is so central to life in Laos that it is known to Laotians as 
Mae Nam Khon, which in Lao means Mother Mekong.


The three major, historic Laotian cities of Luang Prabang (food capital), Vientiane (political capital) and Pakse are all located along the Mekong River.


Three-quarters of Laos is covered by mountains and steep forested hills. The highest peak is 
Mount Bia, Lao Bia Phou at 9,245 feet (2,818 metres) in the Annamite Range in the country's north.

Lao-Tai and Hill Tribes



Laotians comprise four main ethno-linguistic groups: Lao-Tai (62%), Mon-Khmer (24%), Hmong-Iu Mien (10%), Chine-Tibetan (3%), and Chinese (2%).


There are 7.5 million people in Laos, of whom 4.6 million are ethnically Lao. There are 15 million ethnically Lao people in Thailand which has a total population of 70 million i.e. there are more Lao people in Thailand than in Laos itself. Indeed, there are more Lao people in the Thai capital of Bangkok than Laos' capital Vientiane.

History


The Lao-Tai people were originally from Yunnan and Guangxi of today's southern China, who were pushed south by wars in China. The biggest migration wave came in the 13th century when China fell under the Mongol Yuan dynasty (1271 - 1378).


Fa Ngum (born in Luang Prabang) founded the first Lao kingdom, known as Lan Xang or “land of the million elephants” in 1353.


During its heyday, Lan Xang was the largest kingdom in mainland Southeast Asia. The territory of Lan Xang (1353 to 1707) included today's northeastern Thailand or Isaan. Today, the majority of Isaan population is ethnically Lao.


From 1707 to 1779, Lan Xang kingdom broke into three rival kingdoms of Luang Prabang, Vientiane, and Champasak.
Between 1779 and 1893, the kingdoms of Vientiane and Champasak fell under the kingdom of Siam while the kingdom of Luang Prabang became a vassal state of the Siamese. Put another way, the Laotians lost their country (even if it was three separate kingdoms then) for over a century.

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As a result of the Franco - Siamese War of 1893 in which the Thais were defeated, the territories of former kingdoms of Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Champasak came under French rule. The French Protectorate of Laos was created east of the Mekong River while territories of the three old Laotian kingdoms west of the Mekong River remained in Thailand as Isaan. 

In doing so, the French split the old kingdom of Lan Xang in two - west of Mekong River into part of Siam and east of Mekong River into part of French Indochina.

The French Protectorate of Laos together with Vietnam and Cambodia became part of French Indochina till 1954 when Laos became fully independent of France.

Today, there are more ethnically Lao people in Thailand than in Laos itself.


Thai cuisine is often divided into four regions, North, South, Central and Northeast (or Isaan) food. Given its history, Isaan food naturally has Lao roots. Isaan / Lao food has spread to Central Thailand and beyond, and some Lao dishes are assumed by many people to be synonymous with Thai cuisine.

Lao Cuisine


Sticky rice, green papaya salad and meat & herb salad (laab) are considered the trinity of Lao cuisine. Sticky (glutinous) rice is the dish that bind Lao people in Laos and overseas. Green papaya salad is probably the most travelled Lao dish found across the world. Laab is Laos' national dish.


Laotian sticky rice known as khao nieow is the staple of every meal in Lao and Isaan (Thailand). Sticky rice is so central in Lao cuisine and life that Lao people call themselves L
uk Khao Niaow or "Children of Sticky Rice". Sticky rice binds Lao people regardless of where they live.

Cooked by steaming in a basket known as thip khao, sticky rice is usually served in smaller individual baskets called lao aep khao and eaten using fingers. Laotians pinch the sticky rice and roll small balls with it. It is then dipped into sauce or use as a spoon of sorts to pick up meat, vegetable, etc.


Besides being the staple with accompanying dishes, there are sticky rice dishes themselves such as Khao Jee. It is sticky rice pancake dipped in beaten egg and fish sauce, grilled over charcoal or pan fried to make a savoury, eggy, sweet snack that is lightly crisp outside and tender chewy inside.


Thum Mak Hoong, green papaya salad with fish sauce is ubiquitous in Laos. U
nripe shredded papaya, Thai eggplant, long bean, chilies, garlic, tomatoes, lime, tamarind, palm sugar, fish sauce and padaek (unfiltered fermented fish sauce) are pounded together in a mortar and pestle to make the pungent savoury, sourish, spicy salad.

Thum Mak Hoong is eaten with, what else...., khao nieow (sticky rice).

Som Tum at La Vela resort in Phuket, Thailand

If you feel a sense of
deja vu with 
Thum Mak Hoong, it might be because of Som Tum. The latter is synonymous with Thai cuisine. Som Tum originated in Laos, part of which became Isaan, and from there spread to Central Thailand and beyond. Now, som tum is found around the world but usually seen as a Thai dish.


Laab is a meat and herb salad usually made with grilled, stir fried or raw chicken, beef, duck, fish, or pork tossed with 
chili, mint, cilantro, lemongrass, and other fresh aromatic herbs, flavoured with fish sauce, lime juice, padaek, ground toasted sticky rice, etc. Roughly ground toasted sticky rice (khao khoua) is a defining ingredient of the Lao national dish. The meat may be sliced or ground.

Laab is eaten with sticky rice (what else?) and fresh vegetables such as long bean and cucumber.

If there is no Lao restaurant in your area (for example, there is no Lao restaurant or hawker stall in Singapore), you can still get your laab fix at Thai restaurants or stalls. Most Thai restaurants have laab on their menu as larb.

Like Thum Mak Hoong and som tam, laab and larb is a legacy of the intertwined history of Laos and Thailand.


We cannot talk about Lao cuisine without mentioning the Lao Khao Jee Pate. Khao Jee Pate is very similar to the Vietnamese banh mi, both being legacies of French Indochina. Khao Jee Pate is part of the 20% of Lao dishes not found in Isaan cuisine.

The sandwich is made by slicing the foot long baguette lengthwise and spread with a thick layer of pork liver pâté, mayonnaise, stuffed with pork, Lao sausage, ham, pork floss, fried egg, sliced cucumber, fresh or pickled julienned carrot, stalks of spring onion, cilantro, various sauces and optional jeow bong or Lao chili sauce. Khao jee pate is commonly sold in markets and street side stalls.

Lao Food Movement



Laos' international role and profile is rising. Laos envisage itself as a land-linked country open for business instead of a closed landlocked country. In the USA, there is a "Lao Food Movement" where Lao chefs open Lao restaurants, instead of Lao dishes remaining on the Isaan page in Thai restaurant menus.

There are no Lao restaurants in Singapore yet. Meanwhile, just be conscious that when we order sticky rice, som tum, or larb in a Thai restaurant, we are partaking in Lao cuisine.

👌 This is a work-in-progress - I will be adding more Lao dishes to this post.
                  


Written by Tony Boey on 27 Jun 2022



References:

Image of Thum Mak Hoong courtesy of Flickr. Image of hills of Laos courtesy of Wikipedia. Image of Lao ladies courtesy of Flickr. Image of Mekong River courtesy of Wikipedia. Map of Laos courtesy of Wikipedia. Map of Lan Xang courtesy of Wikipedia. Image of Hmong wedding courtesy of Wikipedia. Image of khao jee pate courtesy of Wikipedia. Image of khao jee courtesy of Wikipedia. Image of Vientiane courtesy of Wikipedia. Image of Lao restaurant courtesy of Wikipedia. Map of three Lao kingdoms courtesy of Wikipedia.

Blanco Court Prawn Mee @ 243 Beach Road · Since 1928 · Probably the Oldest Prawn Mee in Singapore

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I like this no frills, old school prawn mee conveniently located at the heart of town. Founded in 1928, 
Blanco Court Prawn Mee is in the fourth generation now. The recipe for the soup hasn't changed since the beginning.

Restaurant name: Blanco Court Prawn Mee 白蘭閣街蝦麵


Address: 243 Beach Road, #01-01, Singapore 189754


Nearest MRT: 5 minutes walk from Bugis station


Tel: 63968464


Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm (Tues off)

Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice · Golden Mile Food Centre · One of the Best in Singapore 大坡海南鸡饭 · 咖哩鸡面

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You know....., in Singapore, Hainanese chicken rice stalls are ubiquitous - most every hawker centre will have 1, 2, 3, even up to 8 at Singapore's chicken rice central, Maxwell Food Centre.

Over here at Golden Mile Food Centre, there are only 5 nia nia 😄 😉 (nia nia is Singlish for "only".)

And, the other thing about Singapore Hainanese chicken rice is, the standard is high. It is rather hard to find outright poor quality from the among the literally thousand chicken rice stalls across the island.

Singapore hawkers have unlocked the secret of good Hainanese chicken rice 🔐

Stall name: Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodle 大坡海南鸡饭


Address: 505 Beach Road, stall #B1-53 Golden Mile Food Centre, 199583


Nearest MRT: Lavender station


Tel: 9848 9949


Hours: 11:00am - 8:00pm (Mon off)

Chai Kee Fish Soup @ Hong Lim Hawker Centre · Unheralded Old School Gem 財记

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My buddies know I am a regular in Hong Lim food centre but how did I miss this unheralded gem all these years? 😮 

Today, I tried out a media famous stall at Hong Lim but it didn't inspire me to write anything. Wandering around looking for something else to salvage my wasted calories, I stumbled upon Chai Kee, noticing its long queue.

Stall name: Chai Kee 財记


Address: 538 Upper Cross Street, stall #01-69 in Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, Singapore 050538


Nearest MRT: Chinatown station


Hours: 10:00am - till sold out (usually before 1pm)

Where Burmese Eat in Clementi · Shwe Kant Kaw Myanmar Cuisine

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Mohinga, a noodle soup dish from Myanmar is considered its national dish. I tried a few mohinga in Singapore, and like this by Shwe Kant Kaw Myanmar Cuisine - a humble, low profile hawker stall run by three Myanmese aunties at block 325 Clementi.

Stall name: Shwe Kant Kaw Myanmar Cuisine


Address: 325 Clementi Ave 5, Singapore 120325


Nearest MRT: 10 minute walk from Clementi station


Tel: 9183 3546


Hours: 9:00am - 9:00pm

Mandalay Style Burmese Restaurant @ Little Myanmar Peninsula Plaza

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Continuing my exploration of Myanmese cuisine in Singapore with Mandalay Style Restaurant. This was my third restaurant tasting at Singapore's "Little Myanmar" at the basement of Peninsula Plaza - the others were Yanant Thit and Inle Myanmar. Four of us, all new to Myanmese cuisine, enjoyed our experience which stretched our culinary horizons a little.

Restaurant name: Mandalay Style


Address: 111 North Bridge Rd, #B1-01 Peninsula Plaza, Singapore 179098


Nearest MRT: City Hall station


Tel: 6962 8895 ☎ 8314 9585


Hours: 12:00 noon - 10:00pm (opens at 10am on Sun)

What is Black Thorn Durian? Eating Ochee 黑刺 in Singapore

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Black Thorn (Ochee 黑刺 in Hokkien) originally from Bukit Mertajam (state of Penang) is one of the most sought after durian cultivars now. The cultivar won Penang state's best durian competition in 2012, 2013, 2014 and many more years country wide. Demand is high while supply is still limited, so it is now one of the most expensive durians in the market.

R-HAAN 2 Michelin Star in Thong Lor Bangkok · Amuse Bouche & Appetisers · Part 1 of 2

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Our dinner at R-Haan was a breathtaking, two hour whirlwind tour of Thailand through its culinary delights.

It was a long session from amuse bouche through appetisers to mains and desserts. There were three of us and we shared the dishes, so all of us tasted everything on the menu. (Don't be like bloggers 😬 ) To do justice to the many dishes we enjoyed, I am blogging my experience at R-Haan in two parts. This first segment covers only the amuse bouche and appetisers. The next segment (another post) will cover the mains and desserts in detail.

Price was Baht 3,812++ per pax which is about SGD150++.

Restaurant name: R-Haan


Address: 131 Thonglor Road Thonglor Soi 9, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand


Nearest MRT: BTS Thong Lor station


Tel: +66 95 141 5524


Hours: 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Famous Clementi Brothers Rojak · Uglylicious Champion 兄弟囉喏 · 好丑, 好吃

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Today, I came to Clementi Central to survey "Little Myanmar" which I will cover in a future post. In the process, I stumbled upon Brothers Rojak which is one of the best rojak that I have tasted in Singapore and Malaysia for a long while.

Stall name: Brothers Rojak 兄弟囉喏


Address: 449 Clementi Ave 3, #01-211, Singapore 120449


Nearest MRT: Clementi station


Tel: 97102700


Hours: 9:30am - 7:30pm (Sunday off)

Lunch @ Super Supper · 103 Desker Road · Opens 12 noon to 3am · Singapore Style Fast Food

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When buddy Jimmy heard that I am exploring the old Desker Road area by night, he jio (invited) me to join him at Super Supper. This newly opened (in May 2022) diner of sorts is really quite fascinating and the eclectic menu has delicious eccentric dishes. I like it. I also realised that despite its name, supper is not its only game - Super Supper actually opens at 12 noon and is a great place for lunch too.

Restaurant name: Super Supper


Address: 103 Desker Rd, Singapore 209625


Nearest MRT: Jalan Besar station


Tel: 81177505


Hours: 12:00 noon - 3:00am

Inle Myanmar Restaurant · Taste of Traditional Burmese Cuisine in Peninsula Plaza Singapore

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Inle Myanmar Restaurant at the basement of Peninsula Plaza is the second foray in my Burmese food exploration in Singapore. There are about 10 Burmese food stalls and restaurants here in Singapore's "Little Myanmar".

Restaurant name: Inle Myanmar


Address: 111 North Bridge Road, #B1-07A Peninsula Plaza, Singapore 179098


Nearest MRT: 5 minute walk from City Hall station


Tel: 63335438


Hours: 11:30am - 8:30pm

Yanant Thit Burmese Chinese Restaurant @ Little Myanmar Peninsula Plaza

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Starting my hunt for Myanmese food in Singapore today. The first step of my Myanmese journey 😄

Restaurant name: Yanant Thit Restaurant


Address: #B1-07C, 111 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179098 (shop inside Peninsula Plaza)


Nearest MRT: 5 minute walk from City Hall station


Tel: 6837 2575


Hours: 9:00am - 9:00pm

Siam Square Mookata Clementi 321 · My First Mookata, Can You Believe It?

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When Ben suggested we meet up for lunch at Siam Square Mookata, I wasn't full of enthusiasm for it (truth be told). I don't really like those meals where we have to cook our own food, have lots of meat and processed items, and cooking fumes getting into our clothes and hair (though I don't have that much). I have never been to a Mookata despite its raging popularity in Singapore since the last decade.

However, Ben's suggestion got me curious. Siam Square Mookata established in 2013 is still the leading mookata place among dozens that jumped on the Thai pork skillet bandwagon. It turned out that the food was delicious, I didn't smell like a walking BBQ after the lunch and I enjoyed the whole experience (otherwise, why would I spend a day writing this post 😬 ).

Restaurant name: Siam Square Mookata (Clementi outlet)


Address: 321 Clementi Ave 3, Level 3, #03-01, Singapore 129905


Nearest MRT: 10 minutes walk from Clementi station


Tel: 8826 1919


Hours: 12:00 noon - 1:00am (close at 3am on Fri & Sat)

Origin of Hokkien Mee in Penang · Noodles in Prawn Head Soup from Xiamen

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Hokkien mee in Penang (known in Singapore as Penang prawn mee) refers to the umami rich, spicy soupy noodle dish garnished with prawn, pork slices, hard boiled egg, kang kong (water spinach), and fried shallot. The signature soup which defines the dish is made by boiling fried prawn heads and sambal chili together with pork and chicken stock bones.

Ah Ma Teochew Kuih @ Jalan Trus JB · Reviving the Flavours of Kuala Sangga 阿嬷潮州糕 · 老港的滋味

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Buddy Evonne suggested we try 
Ah Ma Teochew Kuih 阿嬷潮州糕 at Jalan Trus in Johor Bahru's old downtown. We enjoyed the tasty dishes we tried, the nostalgic hip ambiance and the friendly service at the cafe.

Stall name: Ah Ma Teochew Kuih 阿嬷潮州糕


Address: No.13, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (15 minutes walk from JB CIQ)


Tel: +6017 767 2199


Hours: 7:30am - 5:00pm (Mon off)

Mughlai Paratha Fried Bread Fit for a King @ Boishakhi Restaurant in Singapore

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Mughlai Paratha is a fried bread from Bangladesh. We can find it freshly made at Singapore's Little Bangladesh. This was my first time tasting Mughlai Paratha and it was an interesting alternative to the ubiquitous more common roti prata and murtabak in Singapore.

Restaurant name: Boishakhi


Address: 18 Desker Road, Singapore 209556


Nearest MRT: Farrer Park station


Tel: 9829 6003


Hours: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Bangladesh Kacchi Briyani & Borhani @ Fakruddin Restaurant in Desker Road Singapore

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I've passed this way many times but if not for Jason and Alex, I would never have known the good food inside Fakruddin Restaurant at Desker Road. The restaurant is barebones, and the food is not cheap even by Singapore standards e.g. kacchi briyani costs $13 a serving but Fakruddin is one of the go to places for Bangladeshis in Singapore for a taste of home.

Stall name: Fakruddin Restaurant


Address: 8 Desker Road, Singapore 209552


Nearest MRT: Farrer Park station


Tel: 9009 2694


Hours: 11:30am - 8:30pm

Sauce Legend by Nanyang Sauce @ Jewel Changi Airport · Shopping Guide to Artisanal Sauces

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Ever since I tasted Nanyang Sauce's all natural, handmade, sun brewed soy sauce, it is hard for me to go back to factory brewed "never seen the sun" sauce. Problem was I had to go back to their Jurong brewery to get my resupply.

Now, I can just pick up my Nanyang sauce at Jewel in Changi Airport whenever I am passing through. In any case, a trip to Changi is so much more convenient than a trip to Jurong 😄 

(Of course, some Nanyang sauce is now also available at NTUC Finest and leading online shops, but the full range is now in Sauce Legend.)

Shop name: Sauce Legend


Address: 78 Airport Blvd., #01 - 231, Singapore 819666 (Jewel)


Nearest MRT: Changi Airport station


Tel: +65 628 99 288


Hours: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Economic Rice @ Sin Huat Curry Fish Head · Geylang Lor 35 · Hidden Gem Teochew Braise

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This lunch place is a boomers' hideout hangout, still under the radar because it hasn't really taken off yet. But, it has impeccable creds as the dishes are personally cooked by Danny and wife Long Er, the couple behind the legendary Sin Huat Eating House Crab Bee Hoon. Economic Rice @ Sin Huat Curry Fish Head is their day job 😬

Stall name: Sin Huat Curry Fish Head 新蕟咖喱鱼头


Address: 659-661 Lor 35 Geylang, Singapore 389589


Nearest MRT: Aljunid station | Paya Lebar station


Tel: 67449755


Hours: Lunch

Famous Nhong Rim Klong Crab Omelette in Bangkok · It's All About Crab Meat & Eggs

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Nhong Rim Klong renowned for its crab meat dishes doesn't need any further introduction. Here's my take on the popular restaurant.

Restaurant name: Nhong Rim Klong


Address: 51 Ekkamai 23 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand


Tel: +66 86 044 9478


Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm (Sun off)

Ah Shan Bak Kut Teh · Authentic Klang Style BKT in Johor Jaya 吧生港口亞山肉骨茶

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This is my first new post on Johor food since the Covid-19 pandemic. I was back in Johor Jaya to run some errands, and took the opportunity to try new restaurants that opened since I was last here in 2020. Stumbled upon Ah Shan which serves authentic Klang style bak kut teh.

Restaurant name: Ah Shan Bak Kut Teh 吧生港口亞山肉骨茶


Address: 41, Jalan Dedap 13, Johor Jaya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia


Tel: +6016 263 5311


Hours: 8:00am - 2:00pm (Mon off)

Jeh O Chula · Midnight Tom Yum Mama Noodle Supper in Bangkok

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It's not that it has never happened before. Eating from dawn till dusk with an airplane ride in between. Then, go for midnight supper 😰 My stomach was well past full and I was physically, mentally exhausted. But, we already made reservations and promised to go to Jeh O Chula, so we dragged ourselves to supper. It turned out that it was one of the highlights of the entire day and not only because of the excellent food 😄

Restaurant name: Jeh O Chula


Address: 113/1, Soi Charat Mueang Rong Muang, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand


Tel: +66 64 118 5888 ☏ +66 81 682 8816


Hours: Restaurant opens at 5pm but tom yum Mama noodles available only 11pm to 1am 😬

Jodd Fairs · Famous Bangkok Hipster Night Market @ Rama 9 MRT Station

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After an interesting day trip to Ayutthaya, we came to Jodd Fairs for dinner. Jodd Fairs is a new night market, opened only late last year (Nov 2021) but it has already become one of the "Must See, Must Check-in" places in Bangkok, especially for the young and hip (that means all of us lah).

The sprawling night market is chock a block with tent stalls and trucks selling the latest fashion and accessories, providing personal services like manicures and pedicures, and trending foodie treats for social media feeds and adventurous palates.

Night market name: Jodd Fairs


Address: Rama IX Road, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand


Nearest MRT: Rama 9 station


Tel: +66 92 713 5599


Hours: 5:00pm - 12:00 midnight

Boon Keng Indian Mutton Soup @ Haji M. Abdul Rajak Stall Sup Kambing · Singapore's Best

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Indian style mutton soup or sup kambing have long been one of my favourite street food dishes in Singapore and Malaysia. Many people rate Haji M. Abdul Rajak stall in Upper Boon Keng Road, the best in Singapore and I finally got to taste it today 😄 My usual sup kambing fix was in Adam Road (1980s till 2000) and nowadays in Johor Bahru 😄

Stall name: Haji M. Abdul Rajak Stall Sup Kambing


Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, Singapore 380017 (stall #01-03, Upper Boon Keng Food Centre)


Nearest MRT: Kallang station


Hours: 11:30am - 11:30pm (Tues off)

Savoey Family Friendly Authentic Thai Restaurant @ Terminal 21 Asok Bangkok

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Flying in from Phuket after three nights in La Vela Khao Lak resort, we kicked off our Bangkok foodie tour at the Savoey outlet in Terminal 21.

Restaurant name: Savoey (Terminal 21 Asok outlet)


Address: 5th floor, Terminal 21 Asok Shopping Mall 88 Soi Sukhumvit19, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Bangkok 10110


Nearest BTS / MRT : Asok BTS station & MRT Sukhumvit station


Tel: +66 64 017 0237


Hours: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Thai Ayutthaya Giant River Prawns Eats Better than Lobsters · Life Changing Must Try Food in Thailand

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The first time I tasted Ayutthaya giant river prawn, it was life changing for me 😮 They were the tastiest prawns crustaceans that I have ever tasted. From then on, a taste of Ayutthaya giant river prawn is a must every time I am in Thailand.

Mind Blowing Delicious Singapore Cheese Bee Hoon with Wok Hei by Old World

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Truth be told when I first heard about cheese bee hoon, I didn't feel excited enough to dash to try it. The idea sounds gimmicky and I am slightly particular about cheese. Pictures of cheese bee hoon surfacing on social media also didn't look appetising 😬 Today's lunch meet up at Old World's new stall in Blk 246 Hougang changed everything 😄

Stall name: Old World


Address: Blk 246, Hougang Street 22, Singapore 530246 (stall inside Kimly coffee shop)


Nearest MRT: 20 minutes walk from Kovan station


Hours: 10:00am - 2:00pm | 5:00pm - 8:00pm (Mon off)

Savoey Tha Maharaj · Chao Phraya River View Seafood Restaurant in Bangkok Thailand เสวย ท่ามหาราช

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The trendy riverside cafes and restaurants at the Tha Maharaj Mall are great for hungry, thirsty and feet tired tourists after a day touring Bangkok's heritage sites nearby like the Royal Grand Palace, Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (historic former Royal Temple). We had our dinner at the riverside Savoey Tha Maharaj and enjoyed ourselves with the food, service and environment very much.

Restaurant name: Savoey Tha Maharaj เสวย ท่ามหาราช


Address: Maharaj Road, Tha Maharaj, 2nd Floor, Building G, Bangkok 10200 Thailand


Tel: +66 2 024 1317


Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm

1 Day 5 Temples Tour of Ayutthaya · Thailand's Amazing Ancient Capital City

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The Historic City of Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, was the second capital city of the Siamese Kingdom. Before it was sacked in 1767 in the war with Burma, Ayutthaya was a global centre of diplomacy and trade as well as one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Traders from India, Arabia and China lived together with Thais. At its height, Ayutthaya had a population of over 1 million people. Ayutthaya, home to over 500 Buddhist temples is still the spiritual centre of Thais.