Posts Tagged ‘Thai Cuisine’

Sanook Kitchen– Affordable Thai food worth coming back time and again!

Contrary to popular belief, I don’t always eat at expensive restaurants. Here’s proof.

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Sanook Kitchen opened late last year at East Point mall and has been my go to restaurant for fuss-free, tasty and affordable Thai food. I have been treating it like my “office canteen” during this work-from-home period! You can basically get a meal starting from $5.90++. There are quite a number to choose from such as Basil Chicken/Beef Rice, Pineapple Fried Rice, Seafood Fried Rice with Shrimp Paste and Phad Thai just to name a few. The rice dishes come with a fried egg too.

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River Wok at Robertson Quay–Surprisingly good IndoChina food in a predominantly Western food enclave

Who knew that one would be able to find a restaurant focussing on food from Indochina in the heart of Robertson Quay, and a very good one at that? Newly opened River Wok offers flavours from countries like Laos, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. The menu is a reflection of Executive Chef Kantha Chookiat’s travels and extensive cooking experience in the region. Chef Chookiat grew up in Chiang Mai, Thailand and has over 30 years of culinary experience.

River Wok - Ayam Buah Keluak and Gaeng Phed Ped Yang

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Chinese New Year 2018 – Tamarind Hill, literally a hidden gem in Labrador Nature Reserve

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Situated atop the densely forested Labrador Nature Reserve, and yet only a 10 minute walk from Labrador MRT Station, the restaurant Tamarind Hill qualifies to be called a hidden gem. When you arrive at the restaurant, it’s hard not to be wowed by the charming colonial bungalow that has been decked out to exude a rustic-luxe Asian flair, amidst vast greenery. It really feels as if you are cocooned away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Singapore.

Bridge leading to Tamarind Hill

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The bungalow may seem small from the outside, partly because it is obscured by all the plants. But once you open the main door, you will surely be wowed by this imposing and grand looking bar area. This is probably the most instagrammable spot in the entire restaurant!

The restaurant serves traditional and contemporary Siamese cuisine, and is led by Executive Chef Wanthana Nikonsaen who hails from a small village near Laos, North-East of Thailand. But I was there to try the Lunar New Year menu, so I was keen to see how this menu might be different from all the Chinese New Year menus I have tried in the past few weeks.

For $88/pax, Tamarind Hill will be offering a 4 course set menu comprising fixed dishes of appetisers, soup, mains and desserts. If you want to have Yu Sheng / Lohei, that’s an additional $38 (small for 3 – 4 pax) or $68 (large for 7 – 8 pax). Check out the photos of the food below. If you have the chance, sit outdoors in the al-fresco area because the greenery all around is just so pretty.

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Long Chim–Affordable eats at MBS Celebrity Row

Well by affordable, I do mean relative to the other celebrity restaurants at Marina Bay Sands. The recently opened Long Chim takes the space that was formerly Guy Savoy. The thing that struck me most when I first heard that Bangkok based Michelin-Starred Australian chef David Thompson would be opening a restaurant in Singapore, was the rather unflattering name of “Long Chim”. Long Chim means “come and taste” in Thai, which is the restaurant’s invitation for you to come and try out its street food inspired Thai dishes.

I’m afraid my photos don’t do justice to the food this time round, as the restaurant was dark and bathed in yellow hues. You’re best checking out the mouth watering dishes on the Long Chim website itself.

Our friend from the UK was in town, and we were torn between impressing our friend with the Chinese cuisine at 9Goubuli (also at MBS) or checking out something new, ie Long Chim. Turns out said friend is a fan of Thai food, so the choice was easy. Interesting to note that the English are more used to spicy food, as compared to say the New Zealanders, probably due to the large population of Indians and Pakistanis.

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Long Chim boasts a very impressive entrance, despite its humble motto of featuring street food inspired cuisine. The wait staff will ask you if you’re going to have a drink first or head straight to dinner, which reveals David Thompson’s roots.  We took a long time to decide on the dishes to try because the menu is just 2 pages long, with the 1st page being more of single pax dishes type.

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Recently awarded the No. 7 spot on San Pellegrino’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 and 13th on World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 for his restaurant in Bangkok, Long Chim is Chef David Thompson’s first venture into casual dining. At first glance, the menu seems affordable, as most of the dishes are around $20+. But then again, it’s comfort food in casual plating that we’re talking about, even if the food does please in general.

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Thanying Restaurant

Of late, I have been trying to get my parents to try out new restaurants instead of the same old thing every time. When I say “same old thing”, I really do mean that! My parents are perfectly fine with eating at Sushi Tei three times a week! The problem partly stems from the fact that my father is a Pescetarian, and my mother is a health abiding citizen, so Japanese soups and fish fit their idea of healthy and not meat fare.

But being a food blogger, I find this extremely limiting and I’ve kinda reached the last straw. I’ve decided to take my parents to sample new places whether they like it or not! Thank god the results have been quite promising. Just today, I brought my parents to try out German food at Werner’s Oven in East Coast Road! That’s really quite a feat, but as always, the deal sweetener is when I say, “it’s okay, the bill is on me” !!!!!

We had a lovely meal at Thanying too, thanks to some vouchers I managed to lay my hands on. I think Thanying has seen better days in terms of numbers of patrons. My parents say that a decade ago, going to Thanying would have been a highlight. Well it still is, and the food is really very good, so it’s a pity that the restaurant was about only 1/4 full on the two occasions we had lunch there last month and the month before.

Thanying - Tom Yam Goong (Thai Spicy Prawn Soup with mushrooms) $10

Tom Yam Goong (Thai Spicy Prawn Soup with mushrooms) $10

Started off the meal with 2 soups. The first soup was an appetite pleaser, ie the Tom Yam soup. Lots of fresh prawns and mushrooms but be careful about not slurping too much soup too quickly. It was damn spicy even though the menu said “hint of spice”!

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