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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.

Sampaonava Restaurant · Amazing Giant River Prawns in Ayutthaya Thailand สำเภานาวา

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We spent a fascinating day visiting the historic city of Ayutthaya which was Thailand's capital from 1350 to 1767 (more on this in a future post). We stopped for lunch at Sampaonava สำเภานาวา - a nice, small restaurant beside the Chao Phraya River. We had a relatively light meal of four dishes 🙏 which included a pair of amazingly delicious Thai giant river prawns.

Restaurant name: Sampaonava สำเภานาวา


Address: 4 ประตูชัย U Thong Rd, Tambon Pratuchai, เมือง Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000, Thailand


Tel: +66 65 554 2266


Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm

La Vela Khao Lak · Great Value 4.5 Star Andaman Sea Resort for Families & Everyone

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We stayed 4 days and 3 nights at La Vela resort in Khao Lak, Thailand and loved it 🌞 🏖 🍽 ❤️ It was a long stay but there was never a dull moment. There's plenty to enjoy within the sprawling resort and there were also side trips in Khao Lak from La Vela's convenient location (will cover these separately in future posts).

La Vela Khao Lak


Address: 98/9 MOO 5 Khuk Khak, Khao Lak Takua Pa District, Phang-nga 82220, Thailand


Star Rating: 4.5 ⭐ (Klook)


Tel: +66 76 428 555

Rediscover Thailand with Seamless Travel with Air Asia Thailand · Tourism Authority of Thailand Singapore Branch

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Welcome address by H.E Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to Singapore

11 May 2022, Singapore. Just attended a press briefing by Tourism Authority of Thailand on "Amazing New Chapters: Rediscover Thailand - Get Ready to Go to Thailand". Oh Yes, I am so ready and looking forward to it. 

Mr. Appam @ Maxwell Food Centre Singapore

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I am an appam fan and stopped in my tracks when I stumbled upon Mr. Appam at Maxwell Food Centre. It's a new stall I've not seen before. We tried and liked it. If you are in the area, it will make a good sweet snack with teh (tea) or kopi (coffee).

Stall name: Mr. Appam


Address: 1 Kadayayanallur Street, #01-99 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 


Nearest MRT: Chinatown


Hours: Breakfast to afternoon

FOUND YOU❗ A Hand Drawn Picture Book about Nam Hwa Opera · 找到了❗ 南华潮剧社 · 黄淑萍

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7 May 2022, Singapore. Today, I saw and felt a lot of passion for Teochew heritage and the arts at the launch of FOUND YOU! A fully hand drawn picture book about Nam Hwa Opera by Ng Sock Peng 黄淑萍 (at the Singapore Chinese Culture Centre).

Krua Luang Ten @ Khao Lak · Michelin Bib Gourmand · Traditional Southern Thai Cuisine

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Buddy Wilson has been a fan of Krua Luang Ten before it became famous with Michelin Bib Gourmand award and all. I am glad we stayed at La Vela Khao Lak Resort, so we can swing by to have a taste of this local legend during our stay in Khao Lak.

Stall name: Krua Luang Ten


Address: 160 ม.2 Petchkasem Road, Khuekkhak, Takua Pa District, Phang-nga 82190, Thailand


Tel: +66 90 716 4182


Hours: 11:00am - 1:00pm | 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Do Not Miss Samet Nangshe Viewpoint of Phang Nga Bay · James Bond Islands

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Samet Nangshe Viewpoint is a good destination for day trips from Phuket, Krabi or Khao Lak. On our way from Old Phuket Town to Khao Lak (where we were going to check in at La Vela Resort), we made a side trip to 
Samet Nangshe Viewpoint. The stunning view of the bay was totally worth the time and effort.

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint


Address: Khlong Khian, Takua Thung District, Phang-nga 82130, Thailand


Tel: +66 81 894 1159


Hours: 4:00am - 12:00 midnight

The Andaman Beach Hotel Phuket Patong · Sweet Spot of Good Value, Great Location, Nice Food, Excellent Rooms, Splendid Views

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We stayed two nights (three days) at The Andaman Beach Hotel Phuket when we were in Phuket island. We enjoyed the very comfortable room, splendid view of Patong town and the Andaman Sea, good food and service, peaceful resort ambiance, coupled with convenience of quick, easy access to the legendary Patong Beach.

Hotel name: The Andaman Beach Hotel Phuket Patong


Address: 17/1-3 Soi Prabaramee 4, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand


Hotel Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Pork Free


Tel: +66 7662 6777

Briley Chicken Rice in Patong Phuket · Affordable Thai Hainanese Food

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I have a little obsession about chicken rice - I want to try the local chicken rice dish wherever I go. At Patong Beach in Phuket, my lovely travel kakis indulged me when I said that I wanted to try Briley Chicken Rice which is the Patong local townsfolk favourite 🙏

Stall name: Briley Chicken & Rice ข้าวมันไก่ไบรเล่ย์ Briley


Address: 102 Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Road, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand


Tel: +66 81 597 8380


Hours: 7:00am - 5:00pm

Chillva Market Phuket · Family Friendly Night Market · Fav of Local Young & Trendy

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Buddy Ken and family are regular visitors in Phuket. Co-incidentally, we were both in Phuket and he suggested that we meet up at Chillva Market. Chillva Market is midway between the tourist hotspots of Patong (in the west) and Old Phuket Town (in the east). I love Chillva Market as there are lots of local street food and prices are local.

Night Market name: Chillva Market


Address: 141/2 Yaowarat Road, Ratsada, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand


Tel: +66 99 152 1919


Hours: 5:00pm - 11:00pm