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Easy. Chatuchak Beef Noodles – MacPherson, Singapore

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Opened not too long ago by young hawkerpreneurs, this Thai style beef noodles is really pretty close to what I ate in Thailand. Got the lead from one of my riders working in Wawa Pictures and so here I am.

Located away from the main road, this little stall is tucked away from sight and you’ll have to find the coffeeshop that is within some neighbourhoods. Check it out.

I put about half of the little saucer… damn spicy but shioks!

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: The broth is da bomb!!! Rich and beefy! A little sweet like Thai style but I reckon the Thais would love it sweeter! Glass noodles are nicer and chewy, the way I like it! Beef Shank and beef slices could be a little more tender but the satisfaction from the broth and noodles are enough to hide that part. The chilli oil is really damn spicy! Really awesome!

Portion: Above average. Noodles quite good portion or is it cos I dieting?

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Coffeeshop 

Price: $6 + $1.50 (extra shank)

RTE: Yes! The roast meats stall beside is also damn good!

Location: 18B Circuit Rd, Singapore 372018

10 UNIQUE F&B OUTLETS IN MELBOURNE

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Hey y’all!

I told myself to complete this write up before my next trip and here I am now compiling all the unique eating places which I’ve been to during my last trip in Aug this year (2016). There are definitely more hidden gems located in this beautiful city which I call my second home. Maybe I can unearth them up during my future trips there to visit my beloved God daughter and buddies.

For those going to Melbourne for the first time, this may not be a good guide for you because first timers usually go to the usual touristy and popular places. Follow a tour if you need to but if you like free and easy like me, maybe you might wanna check out my previous posts of the following:

Cafes and Eateries In Melbourne – Day 1

Cafes and Eateries In Melbourne – Day 2

Cafes & Eateries In Melbourne – Day 3

Cafes & Eateries In Melbourne Day 4

Cafes & Eateries In Melbourne Day 5

Cafes & Eateries In Melbourne Days 6-10

Ok let’s start this unique eating journey now.

 

1. GLADSTONE VIEWS FISH & CHIPS (CAR BONNET EXPERIENCE)

If you’re renting your cars from APEX like I did, you may be hungry after all the documentation. I found this little takeaway store not too far away, just to try some local fish and chips. It was surprisingly good, so was the burger. Just don’t look at how they prepare the food though, hygiene is definitely questionable. But after deep frying, no worries mate! Afterall, how often you get to enjoy lovely weathers and savour your food off your car bonnet? 😉

Storefront
Chinese guy cooking
Lay on your car bonnet and eat away!

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/7fkKQd5uRF12

2. HELLO COFFEE (DOCKYARD EXPERIENCE)

Found this little gem when I was at Apollo Bay. Located amongst a dockyard area, Hello Coffee started less than a year ago. Very self-sufficient by roasting their own beans and getting supplies from the neighbouring farms. Totally envy them on the the freshness of these supplies! A very nice place to chill and would revisit if I have another chance.

Signage
Love the space and simplicity
Lovely fireplace which is a gem during winters
Sourdough bun with bacon. Yums!
Coffee by the fireplace is just so warm at heart
Little roaster is good enough!
Me and the bosses

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/z1kRSjfsiHC2

3. FOCUS COFFEE (RARE COFFEE BEANS EXPERIENCE)

Little do many know that this coffee joint imports their beans from the world renowned Ninety Plus Coffee whose coffees are largely sort after. Coming here you will definitely satisfy your caffeine cravings. You may wanna check out their daily specials as well if you’re feeling peckish, they change their menu frequently.

Cafe front
Love the decor, spot the Slayer!
Lovely cuppa
Me and coffee guru owner Ken

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/eEb9hZDzU9S2

 

4. LONGRAIN RESTAURANT (HIDDEN GEM EXPERIENCE)

Tucked at the end of Little Burke Street, this restaurant is always crowded with locals mainly and little do they know that the chef there used to work in Michelin starred restaurants. It was recommended by a manager at a whiskey distillery down at Apollo Bay area. The Thai-influenced fusion food was amazing all the way from appetisers to desserts and the wine selection was pretty good as well.

Entering the place was a little dark
As you can see, loads of customers
Fresh Oysters
This tuna salad is really good. Gotta eat with the crackers.
This grilled squid was very well done and the dipping sauce it came with was the bomb.
Can’t remember the name of this egg net thing but it’s a big portion. Best for sharing.
Caramelised figs, aerated white choc, and Thai Milk Tea ice cream… What a way to end the dinner.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/BtEmZaTm7Tw

5. THE VERTUE OF THE COFFEE DRINK (BEHIND PETROL KIOSK EXPERIENCE)

This one’s a winner. Finding this place is half the fun! I circled around a few rounds just to find this place. What’s even better is, they have awesome beans which are roasted in-house and the food is just to die for! Service wise is just excellent. Definitely needs a revisit!

Yeah this is the entrance of the cafe!
Double check, yeah it is!
Shot from the stairway
Their roaster
Crispy Pork Belly ($22), served with soft duck egg, spiced sweet potato puree, black pudding and quince gel. A damn awesome dish!
Love the crackling skin!
Their signature blend, Sabertooth. Love it!

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Y4mStF9jQXS2

6. AUNTY PEG’S (NO MILK EXPERIENCE)

Aunty Peg’s is a spring off of the famous coffee roaster/cafe Proud Mary. This premise not just roast for their own branches but supplies to other cafes as well. so what’s so unique about this place? They only serve black coffee… meaning, they do not have milk at all. So if you love coffee as it is, you can order your filtered coffees and espressos here like I did. Nightmare to milk base coffee drinkers. Heh heh…

Cafe front
Love their interiors!
Spin some music?
The bar. If only I can buy these good machines. Sigh…
Roasters
Tried all 3 Ethiopians!

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Lg1taTM87zy

 

7. IZAKAYA DEN (UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE)

Like some of the places listed here, half the fun is finding them. I came across this place by chance and was indeed quite hard to find. Service is excellent, food is damn good. A little pricey though, but the quality is what you are paying for. Check out below how I found the place.

Not a very big signage so quite hard to spot
First flight of stairs downwards is a yoga studio
Second flight of stairs to the restaurant
There it is! An elongated restaurant!
Love sitting at the counter!
Tuna Tataki ($21). Very yummy!
Kingfish Sashimi ($19) is yummy too!
Den Fried Chicken ($14) is nice and juicy… prep and fried on the spot.
Kale Agebidashi ($11). Deep fried, not too bad.
Grilled Cheek Barra ($17). Quite nice and fatty.
Fried Black Rice ($12). Quite a unique dish offered.
Pork Yakiniku ($19). Love the part meat part fats combi. Yums!

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/EgTSuduZkEG2

 

8. BROTHER BABA BUDAN (CHAIRS OVERHEAD EXPERIENCE)

Ok this place is not exactly hidden but I have not written about it for my previous trips. But the unique thing about this place is that they hanged all the chairs up on the ceiling! But of course their coffee is good as well… Seven Seeds is a little hard to go wrong. 😉

Entrance
Quaint but always busy shop!
Woohoo!
Seven Seeds paper cup.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/xjs4JQ3P8LE2

 

9. MART 130 (TRAIN STATION EXPERIENCE)

This is another unique place which is introduced by a friend. Love this old train station converted into a cafe. The food here is actually pretty good! Coffee is ok. Best place for brunch but can get super crowded.

View from across
Train arrived!
MART 130
Inside is quaint and crowded
The other side is a park
Brunch. Lovely eggs.
Latte to start the day

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/na5uw1rjXKt

 

10. EASEY’S (TRAIN CARRIAGE EXPERIENCE)

Easey’s is one of the most unique places I’ve been. From the above train station, to eating in a train carriage. Not a common place for tourists but definitely a great place to satisfy your burger cravings.

Train carriages on rooftop
Entrance
Top floor we go!
Front
Back
Outdoor seating.
Real deal.
Love the graffiti!
Melbourne Madness ($23). Really satisfying!
Beef patties done to perfection.
Chilli Chips ($10). A very yummy side.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/aKHBsFnq47s

 

Alright that’s all for now, Melbourne never fails to amaze me with new stuffs with every visit. Feel free to ask me about Melbourne if you’re planning a trip there via eatwithroy@gmail.com. I’ll reply as soon as I can. Till my next post, Merry Christmas y’all!

Gastronomically yours,

Big Roy

ROY THAI KITCHEN – HOUGANG, SINGAPORE (CLOSED)

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Intro:This is definitely a hidden gem which I came to know recently. Roy Thai Kitchen (no, I don’t have any invested interest in this if you’re wondering!) is nestled within a coffeeshop where the famous roast meat joint Guan Chee is. Although competition is strong, the boss of RTK (Which literally means Authentic Thai Kitchen) Admond, is determined to set a foothold in there to start providing affordable authentic Thai food to the neighbourhood. Even the Head Chef, Lob and second chef are from Thailand! Check out my reviews below:

Humble little stall in a coffee shop!
Damn yummy pepper prawn crackers! The sambal even more bombastic! These crackers are complimentary for a la carte orders only.
Oh when I sipped this Tom Yum Seafood soup ($8/$12), I know Mum will like this. Very nice and yummy.
Sliced Pork Salad ($8) Love the spicy and tangy taste.
Green Curry Chicken ($8) for a very good portion and the flavours are quite close to what I had in Northern Thailand. Love this dish a lot. Go with white steamed rice best! Alternatively, you can order their Green Curry Fried Rice ($5) too!
Thai Style Steamed Fish with Lime Juice ($22). Priced very reasonably and taste really appetising and homely. A must order!
Pad Thai ($5) doesn’t come with any meat cos originally is like that. Best of all, final details like little dried shrimps are added which authenticates how Thais love it. Another must order!
Me, Chef Lob, Admond & Wife!

Taste:

Generally, all the dishes we had were very tasty! Really good! Only set back was the Sliced Pork Salad, which was a little tough for my liking. But the team will be working on this and hopefully we’ll have yummy tender pork on our next visit! Keep up the good work guys!

Price:

Reasonable

Portion:

Above average.

Service:

Served.

Waiting Time:

5-15mins.

Rating:

4.5/5.

Location & Contacts:

HG 106 Food Point

Blk 106 Hougang Avenue 1, Singapore 530106

Tel: 97701168

Hours: Opens daily 11.30am to 10pm

Foodtrail In Chiangrai Day 2 – Chiangrai, Thailand

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Began day 2 in Chiangrai pretty early by catching the sunrise at the rooftop of the hotel. Buildings in Chiangrai are not tall, maybe because of regulations on building heights. Anyways it was a pretty long day so be prepared to scroll down like mad. More of what I see, food wise was limited ‘cos I had very full brekkie at the hotel which lasted the whole day. Anyways, check out below:

Sunrise, what a nice cool morning at 14 degrees

Simple brekkie buffet, I’m ok with it actually.

Wow double yolk egg. How lucky!

Love it cos they have loads of veg for the brekkie

Fish porridge

Don’;t forget to eat your fruits!

Trying this for the first time. Ok lor, black sesame with soy bean. Not too bad.

Something you wanna be equipped with when on self-drive mode. An USB car adaptor! Just in case your car doesn’t already have one.

And a lot of snacks, water and tissue paper!

How the roads look like in Chiangrai. This is heading towards the Golden Triangle.

Found a quaint cafe which caught my eye along the highway.

Simple set up which to me is sufficient for business.

Oooooo ice cream cakes!

Yummy yummy!

My morning coffee fix!

Arrived at House of Opium

All these are for sale… I don’t have access to opium so didn’t buy hahaha

Temple uphill entrance

Arrived at the Golden Triangle

Pano shot of the Golden Triangle. As you can see, the water is very choppy and that’s about it.

🙂

Yeah I did many selfies here hahaha

One huge buddha here.

Boat structure not functional

See how narrow the boat at the bottom? That’s the transport to head over to Laos for some casino action.

Continued my journey northwards to Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Arrived and check out the flower arrangements on the floor

Wow no wonder 6 star hotel

My view at the coffee house

Very expensive per night stay here

Coffee house

Yes I was here to try this

Price for the coffee

Here it is, the much talk about coffee

Tried once, enough. Nothing special. No body, just like drinking tea.

Love the resort

Wonder if this is heading to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. But no access so headed off.

Scenery on my way back

Stopped by the roadside for some honey pineapples. Very very sweet and really delicious! I’m referring to the fruits lah. ;P

Yummy!

Spotted a cute resort opposite the road, made a u-turn and check it out

Cute

Simple resort

The top part has no purpose

Hey cutie!

Coffee house

Babe spotted

Nice chill place

Latte came… extraction could be better but it’s alright.

Bananas are free to eat.

Lady boss brought me around to view the resort

Simple rooms lah, cheap at 600 baht per night.

Lady boss decided to give me a tour around the vicinity of the resort by driving around in her pickup

Mae Fa Luang University

Interestingly I thought this is a temple but it’s actually the school’s Chinese culture society.

Wah got nice landscaping

This land will be cleared for some big hospitals

Some damn nice hilly resort

Protected area so cannot go in take pics

Even the roads they constructed all the way into their resort

Left the lady boss and drove on my own to check out this orphanage I found.

Ok looks good and very well organised

Nice landscaping inside also.

Alright head back to city for dinner!

Much needed Iced Thai Milk Tea

Phad Thai

Fried chicken was ok but I love the sausages,

Favourite mango glutinous rice. Mango was sourish sweet though.

After dinner walk to check out other shops. This one sells loads of sausages. This is where I tapao my Thai sausages!

At snack shop. Crispy worms anyone?

At Yoddoi Coffee. Best view to watch the Clock Tower

See my view… and it’s cool air 😉

Cappuccino is much to be desired.

Proceeded to Central Plaza. The only shopping mall which is pretty much what we have in SG.

Biggest mall in Chiangrai.

Foodcourt!

Got multiplex

Paus

This vegetarian takeaway is damn good.

Check out the colours from the glutinous rice!

At the supermarket and checking out the Thai bentos. I love bentos!

Wah lau so tempted… but didn’t buy lah.
So that ended my Day 2. Feel so tired just writing this post! Ok stay tuned for Day 3!

 

Yours gastronomically,

Big Roy

RUEN-MALLIKA @ BANGKOK, THAILAND

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I reckon I should write about this awesome place I’ve been to during my last trip to Bangkok. Reason is, this place serves very authentic Thai food dated back to the days where they are being served to the Thai royalties and these dishes are believe to have medicinal effects on our bodies. No wonder most of the Thai girls we see are so slim! Well the attraction of this place is not just the food but also the whole structure. The place is made from traditional Thai teak wood and service staff are all dressed in traditional Thai costumes. So are the utensils and serving plates and bowls. My buddy in Bangkok brought me there for dinner much to my surprise as this place is tucked in some back alleys in Sukhumvit Soi 20 and it’s a really nice little paradise to have authentic Thai food, chat up with your mates, or even a date with that special someone. Check out the pics below:

As you enter the place...
Many sculptures and carvings along the way
Wood carvings like these are all hand crafted.
Cashier Counter AKA Finanace Dept...
Outdoors ambience
Another side outdoor
Me with service staff
Menu
First up, Chun-Cheu-Boos-Sa-Ba. An assortment of Fried Flowers which is said to aid digestion. This is nice. 🙂
Tod-Mun-Goong. Some prawn mix batter. Taste good! Aids appetitie.
Khao-Tang-Nha-Thung. Traditional rice crackers with shallot and garlic dip. Relieves cold & cough and reduces blood pressure.
This is how you eat it... addictive!
Kor-Moo-Yang. Grilled Pork and if eaten with dip, will aid digestive system, blood circulation and gas in stomach... No wonder that night I was so farty... ;P
Tom-Yum-Goong-Mae-Num. This soup needs no introduction but Tom Yum soups have some medicinal effects on us too! It has high vitamin C, decreases blood sugar and relieves coughs and indigestion.
This is the clear broth version. Just love the big river prawns and the taste!
Gang-Kheaw-Waan-Gai or Pla -Grai... Or Chicken Green Curry. Lovely dish and this dish actually helps in bone strengthening, cures rheumatism and decreases blood pressures.
Nam-Prik-Khai-Poo. Salad base dish but the main thing is the dip. Very healthy dish. Promotes appetitite and healthy skin, relieves coiughs and promotes a healthy heart.
Wonder how long they spend carving this... hmmm

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Awesome. Must check it out at least once.

Portion: Average

Price: Buddy paid but I should think it’s quite reasonable for the quality of the food and ambience.

RTE: Yuppers!

Location: 189 Soi Sukhumvit 20, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 02-663-3211-2 Fax: 02-663-3212

www.ruenmallika.com

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Thai Food Restaurant (301 Ubi Ave 1 #01-273) (Moved – See new address)

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Ok this is not my first time eating here. Many times already. Reason is that it’s really good and affordable. So I’ve arranged to meet up with 2 girl-friends to introduce how good the food is.

The shop owners are an old couple who hired a Thai cook from Bangkok (His name is Ah Thep or Ah Boy). Very nice and friendly people and somehow they are very contented with their lives until I decided to feature their food. I hope they have better business as they are really old already.

Small shop with old uncle sitting there.
Just opposite the Ubi Automobile Mart Only
Paad Thai! The girls were crazy over this!
Tom Yum Soup
Olive Fried Rice – Real preserved olives are minced and fried together.
BBQ Squid. All time favourite. A must try! Cooked perfectly till tender and tasty. Must eat with chilli.
Deep Fried Seabass with Green Mango Salad (Som Tam) topping
Thai Fishcake. Very nice texture. Special sauce made by the cook.
All these food goes best with Singha Beer!

Rating: 4.5/5 (No aircon and got funny smell coming from the Thai provision shop next door.)

Taste: Very nice like I said. A change from the expensive Thai restaurants we use to know. Other must tries are Pandan Chicken, Fried Chicken Wings, Tanghoon Salad, Pineapple Rice, etc. Oh for the Thais, you might like to know they have glutinous rice (Khao Niao) as well to go with your dishes instead of white rice.

Portion: Very good.

Price: All the above for only $57.00. (Did not show us consuming 4 can drinks and 1 hot tea)

RTE: Always! My mum just love eating here!

Operating Hours: 11am to 9pm

Location: 301 Ubi Avenue 1 (see comments for new address)