Bangkok: Gaggan

So when I told J that I was going to Bangkok, she told that I had to eat at Gaggan and my first reaction was, “Indian food? But I’m going to Thailand!” Nevertheless, she was convinced that I should try and get a reservation and if successful, I would not regret the experience. I was skeptical, and even more so since I already had a reservation at Le Du. So when I actually managed to get a late 9pm reservation at Gaggan, my immediate thought was “crap, how am I going to eat 25 courses at 9pm at night?”. J was nonplussed and just told me to “go for it.”  Continue reading

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Taipei: Choose me Cafe & Meals

One of my favourite features of Taiwan is the number of themed cafes that keep popping up all over the city. Each cafe strives to be different from the other, and in some way, most manage to create a distinctive feature of their own. During my latest trip to Taipei, I was really eager to visit Choose me Cafe which was rather famous for their “cartoon” cakes. Continue reading

Taipei: Yong Kang Beef Noodle

If Singaporeans argue over where is the better chicken rice, I suppose Taiwanese would beg to differ with each other on whether is the better beef noodles.

Yes, we actually some a glimpse of this conversation where our Taipei based friends insisted that Yong Kang was the place to eat beef noodles. So this is a eating trip right (culture totally took a back seat here), so after our first xiao long bao lunch, we actually headed to Yong Kang beef noodles for our second lunch.  Continue reading

Taipei: 红翻天生猛海鲜Hong Fan Tian Live Seafood

This was a restaurant located really near our hotel which our friends brought us to for dinner. Feels like one of those fresh seafood places we see around in Singapore, where you select which seafood you like and they cook it on the spot. Of course, the freshness is likely to be better and as we found out, the prices were very very decent as well. We rushed here (kinda) after a day of taking photos around the CKS Memorial Hall, including this rather funny shot below:

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Taipei: 盛園絲瓜小籠湯包 Sheng Yuan Si Gua Xiao Long Bao

I’m so glad that when S and J brought us to eat xiao long bao, they did not bring us to din tai fung, but to another XLB place, which they said was just as good and one of their favourite places. We have din tai fung in Singapore, so I did not really fancy visiting it again, even though the flagship Taiwanese branch is super famous. Continue reading

Candlenut

So before Malcolm Lee became all Michelin fame famous, I had the opportunity to visit his restaurant when he first opened at Cantonment Road. Good wholesome Peranakan food was what he was known for. I remember having good impressions of his cooking, very tasty, wholesome, “home cooked” food.

Now that his cooking has been recognized by the Michelin inspectors, it’s no surprise that he has since packed up and moved to more lavish digs at Dempsey and his prices have certainly increased as well. However, I trusted that the quality of the cooking would still remain and when J suggested visiting, I was all for it.  Continue reading