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8 Things I Love Most in Bangkok

Bangkok is the one city in the world I would not hesitate re-visiting over and over again. My four-year old passport has accumulated 10 sets of Thai immigration stamps, yet I’d happily give up more pages to absorb the chaos, ascend the buildings and devour the dishes here. Embarrassingly, I only made my way to check off The Grand Palace on my last visit. But that’s the thing; Bangkok is not about the sites to see. The charm of the city can only be felt by living in it. And here are 8 ways I lived the city that made me fall in love with it. 1. Rooftop Bar with Wine & Cheese at Scarlett There are countless rooftop bars dotted all around the city. While Above Eleven and Octave seemed to be the typical recommendations, Scarlett stood out to me more because of its laid back rustic vibe, which also felt a little less commercial. It was, as expected, more quiet than your usual rooftop bar at 6pm, yet turned out to be the perfect spot to enjoy …

The House on Sathorn (BK): A Turkish-Asian Tasting Journey

Bangkok and Lima are no doubt my favourite cities to experience food in general, but especially “fine dining”. If you read my feature on The Maker’s The Hit List, or Fine Dining Redefined in Hong Kong, you’ll know that this concept often makes me cringe. But a number of restaurants on the World’s 50 Best or Asia’s 50 Best lists stray far away from the white tablecloths stereotype of fine dining, and focus on creating an experience of a meal. For example, the experience at World’s #5 Central in Lima taught me everything I wanted to know about unique Peruvian ingredients at different altitudes. Asia’s #36 The Dining Room of The House on Sathorn in Bangkok brought me a similarly impressive experience, teaching me much more than just Turkish cuisine, but also how to get creative. The Dining Room of The House on Sathorn As soon as I got off my Uber to check in at W Bangkok, this beautiful house next door had my full attention as I eagerly turned to a friend, to ask “what …

Nostalgic of Bangkok: Quick guide on where to eat local Thai

I wrote about one of my favourite brunch spots in the first part of “Nostalgic of Bangkok” but that clearly is not the local meal tourists are looking for when in Thailand. So this time, I’m going to go through a few easy places to get great local Thai food. 1. Eathai: all-encompassing high quality upscale food court *must visit* Their tagline is “If food is a journey, we make Thailand a little smaller for you” and that is exactly what this place is about. They have food stalls serving cuisines from all over Thailand (Central, seafood, Northern region, Southern region etc) and even stalls with street food and desserts – it is definitely exhaustive. Apart from a great seating area and ambience, the food is very very good, which is kind of unexpected for a food court, right? Numerous dishes I had were the best I ever had, better than the “authentic” recommendations you have to trek miles and sit on dirty stools for! Here are some must-try dishes: Raw shrimps marinated in lemon sauce Tom yum soup noodles …

Nostalgic of Bangkok: Best coffee and brunch at Roast

Even for a three-day trip, it’s ok not to eat Thai food every meal you’re in Bangkok for. This city has so much personality that goes far beyond a good meal of local food. Among my first impressions, I thought the city must be made for (and made by) foodies and hipsters. The originality of the coffee shops, dessert cafes and restaurants was truly inspiring and my shallow experience makes me believe that it’s something best experienced through eating “normal food” rather than “authentic Thai”. I mean as a local in Hong Kong, eating “authentic Cantonese” is rarely on my agenda. So in the first part of “Nostalgic of Bangkok”, I take you through the best ever coffee and brunch meal I had at Roast Coffee & Eatery! It’s definitely the place I’m missing most right now.  Roasted tomato soup *must order* This was my second visit to Roast and this soup was the one and only repeated food order from my previous visit. It’s so flavourful and the roasted smell was very pleasantly strong. But my descriptive …