All posts tagged: thai food

Unexpected Reasons to Love Chiang Rai, Thailand

Having accumulated 16 of Thailand’s immigration stamps over the past two or so years, it’s easy to rule that this is my favourite Asian country to visit. But Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi and Bangkok do get boring, which is why this time I ventured up North to Chiang Rai, when I was looking for an equally convenient destination for a short trip over Christmas (and the weather turned out to be perfect during this period). Where is Chiang Rai? Chiang Rai is further up north from the better-known Chiang Mai, bordering Myanmar and Laos. It is similarly mountainous and host to amazing scenery, cute coffee shops and interesting hill tribe vibes. It’s raw, very natural and relatively underdeveloped in terms of tourism and that’s the charm we enjoyed absorbing during our 5-day stay. Paying a visit to the standard itinerary items like White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), Singha Park and a tea plantation (Choui Feng) is probably a must, but here are some of the unexpected aspects we loved about our trip. 1. Beautiful Laid Back Garden Cafes Wherever …

Koh Samui: Fisherman’s Village Food Street

I didn’t expect a lot local food when planning my trip to Koh Samui. I’ve been here twice before (about 8-10 years ago) and back then it was all about edge-of-the-cliff restaurants, buying cheapy tshirts and drinking in Chaweng. Since then, I realised the view is pitch black if you’re having dinner, I never ended up wearing the Chang beer tshirts and I don’t really drink anymore. So this time we steered clear of Chaweng, except for the Tesco (likely a sign of aging…). 10 years ago, we toured around the whole island but it was generally uneventful outside of our hotel and Chaweng. But lots have changed on the island since… And one of my favourite newer spots is the “Walking Street” in Fisherman’s Village, Bo Phut, populated with stalls on Friday and Monday nights (6pm ish onwards). The line up of food and shopping stalls were endless – despite perseverance, I was exhausted and wanted to go back to the hotel by the time we realised we had only covered about 3/4 of …

Banyan Tree Samui: Full review of Pool Villa, Spa and Facilities

I’ve been to Thailand five times in the past two years alone so there’s no doubt this is my favourite country to visit. The pad thai, Thai iced teas and water sports keep me coming back, but the only purpose of my trip to Koh Samui this time was to unwind. That’s exactly why we chose Banyan Tree, a high-end resort known to be perfect for relaxing and has their own top-notch spa service too. We spent most of our time hibernating in the resort (best idea!) and so I thought I’d do a detailed review to give you all an idea of what to expect – in terms of rooms, service, activities, spa and food – if you ever plan a similar luxurious retreat for yourself. Beautiful seaview and private beach We were greeted with the most beautiful seaview off a cliff at the hotel reception/lobby. The service was expectedly top-notch and maintained at all moments of our stay here. We’d always get what we wanted, including our own yoga mat in our room or …

Hong Kong food news and highlights (Apr 2015)

Feature: A popular holiday destination for foodies As I write this from my hotel room in Hobart, it’s already clear why Tasmania is such a popular holiday destination for Hong Kong-ers. Apart from the breathtaking scenery and nature, it’s home to the freshest produce and seafood, that’s affordable and accessible; restaurants use these local ingredients and come up with the most delicious brunches and dinners. It’s heaven for foodies like me and much of Hong Kong. Stay tuned for upcoming posts highlighting my food journey in Tasmania. Josef Chromy’s botrytis dessert wine at the beautiful Josef Chromy vineyard (Launceston, Tasmania) New and noteworthy Djiboutii naan Djiboutii is a new bar/eatery serving African inspired food and their quesadilla-looking naans are a must-try! They’re located in a slightly hidden obscure side line of Landale street in Wanchai. Djiboutii is located on 2 Landale street, Wanchai. It’s about HK$400-500 per person, including drinks.  Tuna tartare taco from Soi 7 Soi 7 has replaced Koh Thai among the busy bars on Wyndham street and it’s definitely a welcomed replacement. Actions speak louder …

Soi 7: Hip fusion Thai on Wyndham street Central

Soi 7 has replaced Koh Thai among the busy bars of Wyndham street. But apart from being Thai, there’s little reason to associate the two with eachother. Soi 7 is much hipper, better and serves fusion Thai. In fact, I came here for the second time in less than a week! Great ambience for get togethers The taste of the food is usually priority. But if you’re dining out for an occasion or with a larger group of friends, the environment does matter. There’s nothing more awkward or turning off than a too-formal, too-quiet restaurant when you’re with a group of chatty giggly girls, or one where the music is too loud to even chat. This place is laid back, kind of dark (they always are nowadays) and not too noisy either. Tuna tartare wonton taco (HK$148) *must order* Our dinner got off to a really good start with the tuna tartare taco – this must have been my favourite or second favourite dish I had. The raw tuna was delicious, mixed with aromatic Thai herbs …

5 great Asian lunch spots in Tsim Sha Tsui for under HK$100

In Central, when you’re paying less than HK$100, it’s hard to get good food that’s not designed for your desk, barring cha chan tengs and places with uncomfortable seating. As such, Tsim Sha Tsui has become my favourite destination for lunch as it’s only two MTR stops away, food is much cheaper and you can easily avoid table wait time. Here are some of my best value-for-money recommendations for lunch: New Bangkok Restaurant New Bangkok Restaurant Thai – New Bangkok Restaurant (6/F iSQUARE) The restaurant is kind of hidden in the corner on 6/F between Shanghai Popo and the Hokkaido ramen place. They fry their noodles and rice really well (with “wok hay”) and so I would also recommend their Pad Thai. Their tom yum soup noodles was so-so though. Another key highlight of this place is definitely the price. Lunch set includes good soup and a drink; we paid HK$45 per person (shocking!!!). New Bangkok Restaurant is located on 6/F of iSQUARE. Not sure if they take reservations but they are usually not full during lunch time. …

Hong Kong food news and highlights (Feb 2015)

Feature: Bread Street Kitchen v. Jamie’s Italian It’s definitely a controversial apples-to-oranges comparison, but people love comparing Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver! I enjoyed both restaurants a lot actually. Though for a similar price each, I personally preferred Bread Street Kitchen. The tastes in each dish had that extra oomph which really stood out. I can’t forget their short ribs burger! Watch out for an upcoming review on Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen in Hong Kong. Check out my recent review on Jamie’s Italian here. Steak tartare from Bread Street Kitchen Lamb lollipops from Jamie’s Italian New and noteworthy Mrs. Pound‘s Asian fusion is as hipster as it gets – but it’s also very good. See the full review here. Moyo serves uniquely Korean Italian fusion food. I loved the kimchi bruschetta and kimchi disco fries. See the full review here. so thai so good opened in Miramar and serves Thai fusion like Tom Yum spaghetti. I loved the ideas on the menu though I think the execution can be improved – let’s see how …