Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Menus With Funny Food Names

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You know I come across many menus with funny names in my history of eating and I have taken some of them down just to show you guys here why the person doing the translation needs to be shot. Even Google don’t translate that badly! Here are some examples.

Ok this one cannot eat too much, you'll get mad...
Ok this one cannot eat too much, you’ll get mad…
Eggs clipped on crispy pineapples, don’t sound too appetizing…
Next time no pay slips, just give spicy tofu.
This is a damn potent drink… One hundred… Sparta divide by 3?
Now Sydney has a juice they didn’t even know!
It’s milk tea mix with coffee… If it comes with a Mandarin Duck, I don’t mind!
Mr Wong, you’re in demand… to be sauteed!
I asked my African friends, they have never heard of Zhian before in their life…
If you’re Jane, you probably have them bacteria…
It’s actually squid…
Cross cultural networking event…
I don’t see any er… black caviar… For RMB18, I don’t think I’ll ever see it…
Once upon a time…
Not the chicken’s fault, the abalone slipped!
I suspect the wolf disguised as a berry and that’s why the pig ran?

Home-cooked Thai Food @ Purl’s

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I’m back in Singapore and have been busy with medical check ups and running errands. It is very important to get your body checked up annually, so that you can eat more! 😉 Met up with a few friends as well over coffee and meals ever since I came back. And last Sat, I was invited to a pal’s place for dinner and it was my first time visiting her place. The menu for that night was Thai as she is like me, a foodie as well. Check out the food below:

Special Spicy Pork – Purl’s specialty ‘cos of her homemade chilli paste. Love the taste!
This was another friend’s dish of pork seasoned and cooked one week ago. Pretty awesome as well and goes great with white rice.
Bittergourd omelette – One of my favorites.
Chilly Prawns – Took only one due to cholesterol. 🙂 Taste nice and tangy. Not very spicy.
Fried Mung Bean Vermicelli – Pretty awesome especially after squeezing lime juice over.

Dinner was simply awesome especially for someone like me who loves Thai food. But the most lovely thing that my pal Purl did for me was a trio strap leather cuffs which is specially designed by her for me. It is actually a charm bracelet, with charms that suits the personality of the person wearing it. (Yes, men look pretty good wearing these as well). Purl is actually a fashion designer and have been in this business for more than a decade. Very passionate about her work, she is always looking to design and manufacture trendy apparels and accessories for her outlets. And it’s the first time she made a trio as well cos a single or double will look too thin on my thick wrist.  Check out my custom leather cuffs below:

Trio Leather Cuffs just for me. The links are magnetic for easy putting on and taking off. Spot me wearing this when you see me outside guys! 🙂

Then I thought, wouldn’t it be great that you guys can also own one of these. So I’ve spoken to my friend about it and she is offering a 20% off all mens’ leather cuffs if you provide the promotion code ‘eatwithroy20%‘. Check out her shop over here The Trunkshop or Facebook page. For my female readers… hmmm… you can try typing in the promo code, she’s a very nice lady and she might just give you the discount too! 🙂

Happy surfing guys! 😉

Gastronomically yours,

Big Roy

Big Roy’s Siew Yoke (Chinese Roast Pork)

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Ok this is my first time collaborating with my dear friend from Hong Kong, Christina who bought the pork and shared with me her recipe and how to roast this. The roast pork is actually quite easy to do just that try not to have it too often unless you get those Berkshire or Hungarian pork, where the fats are suppose to be good for you. 🙂

Seasoning:
Sea Salt (Remember to recycle the salt after removing from the pork! I use it for cooking and cleaning chicken/fish)
Five Spice Powder
White Pepper
Chinese wine

All base on agaration (estimate)… depending on how big a slab your pork belly is. White vinegar is not used here to prove that the skin can still be crispy without it.  (I don’t have vinegar at home that’s why! ;P) You can use if you wanna follow the books. 😉

Check out the video below and don’t hate me for making you salivate! ;PPP

Charity Coffee Appreciation Workshop

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Hey y’all,

My charity group is gonna have a fund raising drive this coming Dec 14th at the Highlander Coffee and this is great for foodies and coffee addicts like me who would wanna know more about what goes behind our favorite caffeine drinks! Furthermore, doing charity at the same time! Awesome right?

Check out the link below and if you’re keen, do sign up early as each session is limited to 25 pax only. Hope to see you there my foodie friends and maybe this will be our first outing? 😉

http://wp.me/pE63z-al

 

Yours gastronomically,

Big Roy

Feeling Appreciated

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You know when you write about food, you really wanna tell others how heavenly the stuff that you’ve tried and hope that they too, can enjoy the flavours that you experienced. And I really appreciate the owners/representative of the establishment writing back to at least respond to what you wrote. If not in my case, they would respond to customers who commented on the food and place, regardless of good or bad the comments. This is a way of telling your customers or critics that you do take in feedbacks and try to make it better when there are any negative remarks. 

Lately I did get some responses on my writing. One of them is my write up on MacDonald’s (http://wp.me/pCcuC-tW) where the management responded to me and gave the well deserved commendations to one of their older staff who went out of her way to make me feel comfy and welcomed back home at Changi Airport Terminal 3. That staff Swee Yong, wrote on my About Roy page (http://wp.me/PCcuC-2) thanking me for my writing in to MacDonald’s and is an avid reader of my blog now. To me, you don’t have to thank me at all, you really deserve it ‘cos you didn’t expect I can be THAT influential with my writing by making your management notice your efforts. Keep up the good work and may every Singaporean based overseas get to feel your warmth when they are back and have their first meal at MacDonald’s Terminal 3. 🙂 

Then of late, I wrote about a few must-go places in Perth and they responded to my TripAdvisor reviews. 

Response from Cottage Cafe @ Berry Farm
Response from Jean-Pierre Sancho

Seriously you’re welcome peeps! Please let the staffs who are behind the scenes, know that they are being appreciated for making such wonderful food!! I really enjoyed my meals there and nothing went to waste! 🙂 Will try to visit again soon! You can see the reviews I wrote here http://wp.me/pCcuC-uA and here http://wp.me/pCcuC-zq. If you wanna read more about my reviews on TripAdvisor, you can check out http://www.tripadvisor.com/members/bigthing

I just wish that customers can be a lot more generous in giving their compliments when the food is good. Most of the time we keep quiet about it. I for one, wouldn’t. I would make sure the chef/cook preparing my meal knows that his/her work is being appreciated. ‘Cos it is really a very very tough job being in the kitchen more than 8 hours a day, in excessive heat and the potentials to get heat rashes, heat cramps, heat exhaustions, heat stroke and dehydration. And while all that is happening, they have to make sure the food is cooked to perfection, presented nicely, and prepared in the quickest time and hygiene. 

Alright, I promised Ho Chi Minh write ups… soon this week! Later y’all! 😉

 

Big Roy

Bangkok’s Most Hated

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You must be wondering why such a subject title… I don’t usually write such stuff except on my Facebook notes. But I think this is way overdue. I believe others have written about this and I should do my part as well to help bring this to the attention of the Tourism of Thailand and hope they can work with the Thai Department Of Land Transportation asap.

I’m talking about the pesky tuk tuk drivers and taxi drivers. Tuk tuks are an icon in Thailand. You mention tuk tuk, everyone knows its Thailand. To be honest, I have stopped taking tuk tuks more than a decade ago. Reason is they don’t charge reasonably anymore. What used to be 20-40baht, became prices with no ceilings. I witnessed one couple being quoted 150baht to their nearby hotel from MBK‘s taxi stand when I was here in Jan but they still went for it… I reckon they thought it was cheap and they were middle-easterns. That’s why when someone comes up to me and ask if I wanna take a tuk tuk, I just walk pass them and brush them away. Tuk tuk my foot! Tuk your head then you know!

Of late, taxi drivers are also picking up the unreasonable ceiling-less cab fares. Yes, even when you board at MBK or any malls now. For those who have never been to Bangkok and MBK, this mall has everything you need and would cover perhaps 80% of your entire shopping in Bangkok. Hence the taxis that comes in the taxi queue now have only one thing in mind… SLAUGHTER. ‘Cos they know, 9 out of 10 in the queue is definitely a foreigner. So one of this taxi driver met me tonight, as I pretended I cannot speak Thai… tried to slaughter me.

I lined up as usual at the taxi queue around closing time around 10pm. When it was my turn to board, I told the security who will announce to the taxi driver where your hotel is so that they will have no excuse for not knowing where it is. So I boarded the taxi with the top sign turned on (it say metered btw) and I repeated to the driver my hotel name in English and the street name. He drove off, started smiling and said,”Heh heh gimme 200baht ok?” I was shocked and replied,”200baht??? No way! Go by meter!” Then he went on,”Ok ok 150baht!” I replied,”Go by meter if not I’ll get off!” Then he said,”Ok then you gimme how much? 100baht?” I said,”No meter, I get off!” Then he stopped the taxi and said,”Ok get off! I queue again” I told him I’m gonna report this and asked for his car number. He even pointed to me the number! I was so pissed I kicked open the door, told him he’s F#$KED UP and walked off without closing the door! After that I walked back to the taxi stand, the security guard was closing up the stand and got me another taxi and made sure he would go by meter before I got on. I got back to my hotel straight without going in circles (normally they would), and the fare was only 41baht. I gave the driver 60baht and asked him to keep the change. I came back and told the front office ladies about the whole incident, and they clapped and said I was very good and did the right thing!

Well this is not my first time happening to me and all my other friends experience the same shit as well. Obviously this has been reported many times and has been going on for the past 6-8 years? What are the Tourism Board and Land Authority of Thailand doing about this? What is suppose to be a relaxing and pleasant trip to Bangkok, turns out to be a bitter one, full of rage! Even the locals are affected by these blood suckers who are suppose to ferry their passengers safely point to point, going by the correct prices. Luckily for me, I had the last laugh because the queue was closed already and no more passengers, so if the bastard came back after one round, it’ll be an empty run! 🙂

Just in case the authorities do not know what to do, here are some suggestions:

  1. Suspend the driver’s license for one month for first reported case, 6 months for second offence and 1 year for third time. After which, he/she will not be able to drive anymore.
  2. Make first offenders serve the one month suspension above at the malls blowing the whistle and announcing the names of the hotels of every passenger.
  3. Make second offenders wash 50 taxis daily for 6 months.
  4. If need other suggestions, please let me know, my friends will be standing by with lots of ideas.

For foreigners in Bangkok for holidays or business:

  1. Insist on going by meter for all cabs!
  2. Tuk tuk rides should NOT be more than 100baht. 50bahts for less than 2km distance.
  3. Do not oblige by going to visit some temples, jewellery shops, souvenir shops, etc. These drivers will get 5-10baht petrol vouchers if they bring you there and you must stay there for at least half an hour. The sales people are damn good at what they do, they’ll have a way to convince you to buy something.
  4. Taxi from airport will go by meter as the ladies at the counter will write the name of your hotel to the drivers. If they wanna go by highway, then you’ll have to pay for the toll fees for a few more tenths.
  5. Taxi to the airport from city should not be more than 300baht, including toll fees.
Exactly what I meant… a sign in the lift of my hotel.

If only everyone do what I did; that is, do not encourage these drivers to cheat and reward those who didn’t, then they will wake up their ideas and turn on the meter without a doubt whenever someone comes on board! It is so bad now that the driver is not even afraid of complains anymore… does that mean the authorities do not have any power over them? If the authorities do not do anything soon, the Land of SMILES will not be a nice place to visit anymore because the ones SMILING are the tuk tuk and cab drivers, with a long sword waiting to slaughter any foreigners.

Sounds scary right? Then do something about it by sharing with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, etc… so that more people know how to react when they encounter during their visit to Bangkok. At the same time, I really hope this blog reaches the eyes of the authorities. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thailand. My relatives are here and loads of friends too. Just that some black sheep are making Bangkok really ugly and in the long run, will affect the livelihood and economy of Thailand.

Big Roy

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Singapore Coffeeshop Lingos

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Thought I would do this sometime… Think most of us are quite curious about what some coffeeshop lingos when we hear the coffee boys or ladies shout our orders in a different language in a neighbourhood coffeeshop. Here is a list that I’ve came across and compiled for your reference! 😉

 COMMONLY USED LINGOS:

  1. Kopi – Coffee
  2. Teh – Tea
  3. Kopi O/Teh O – No evaporated and condensed milk.
  4. Kopi C/Teh C – With evaporated milk added. Usually the sweetness from the usual condensed milk is replaced by sugar.
  5. Kosong (Means ’empty’ in Melayu) – Refers to nothing added to the beverage say kopi, teh, milio, horlicks, etc.
  6. Siew Dai (Less Sugar) – Usually they will put half the usual amount of sweetness. Usually used with the name of the beverage in front; Kopi Siew Dai, Teh C Siew Dai, etc.
  7. Kar Dai (More Sugar) – Usually one more teaspoon of sugar or condensed milk added.
  8. Nai Long – Condensed milk with hot water. This was the milk replacement for our grandparents when they do not have access to fresh milk in the old days.
  9. Diao Heu (Means ‘fishing’ in Hokkien) – Refers Chinese tea bag with hot water. Usually Oolong tea.
  10. Tak Kiu (Means ‘play soccer’ in Hokkien) – Refers Milo drink. Can be used with O, Siew Dai or Kar Dai. Lingo came about from the soccer image on milo tins.
  11. Sua (Pronounced as ‘Swa’) – Refers to double order. So if you have 2 people ordering the same thing, use it behind the beverage name. For eg., Kopi Sua, Teh Sua.
  12. Dinosaur – Not in the usual coffeeshop but usually at muslim and indian eateries where pratas and mee gorengs are sold. Used for Milo and Horlicks only and it refers to having more milo or horlicks powder sprinkled on top of the iced milo or horlicks. Super sinful…

UNCOMMONLY USED LINGOS (BUT CATCHING ON):

  1. Clementi (Name of a town in SG) – Refers to Ice Lemon Tea. Lingo came about cos it sounds like it.
  2. Tio Huay Sio (Means ‘caught fire’ in Hokkien) – Refers to Hot Chrysanthemum drink. Dunno how this term came about though…
  3. Si Geena (Means ‘dreadful kids’) – Refers to Ribena drink. According to a friend, the term came about probably due to advertisement with kids jumping around in it… Geez…

Will update more if I come across more of these lingos. Stay tune! 🙂

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