Kaffir & Lime: Sister Concept to ThaiExpress @ Paragon (Media Tasting)

This is my first time trying Kaffir & Lime, which is the sister brand of ThaiExpress, albeit a more upscale version. The restaurant is located at Paragon and while it is in the heart of Orchard Road, the prices of their premium dishes are rather affordable.

Kaffir & Lime had recently undergone a major revamp, from the fixings and upholstery to even the most minute details like plates and utensils. The restaurant space is now segmented into two areas, one for big groups and the other for couples and business meetings.

Chiang Mai Mango Blend ($6.50). A very thick and creamy mango smoothie!

Kaffir Spicy Mango Sparkle ($6.90), one of the two new mocktails (together with Lime & Blood Orange Cooler) created to celebrate the opening of the revamped restaurant.

Prawn Cake Donuts ($8.90), served with Thai sweet chilli dip. A very unique way of serving the usual prawn cakes!

Chicken & Shrimp Ball Kebab in Kaffir & Lime Sauce ($11), complemented with their special house sauce. If two sticks are one too many for you, you may choose to have a stick for $5.90.

Kaffir & Lime Beef Salad ($11.90). The salad primarily comprises of sliced beef in homemade Kaffir & Lime dressing, sitting atop fresh greens.

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Phuket Travelogue 2: Mali Chic, Number 6 Restaurant, Naka Market & More!

Location is key and I was glad that just across from Club Med Phuket was a whole stretch of restaurants, cafes, street food, spa outlets and shops. During our free time, we would hang out at one of the cafes or walk around the area.

One of our favourite hang outs was Mali Chic Restaurant, located in the newly opened Palm Square, just a stone’s throw away from the entrance of Club Med.

Friendly staff, beautiful decor, lovely ambiance with floor to ceiling windows. What is there not to like?

After our first visit, we mostly returned for drinks and ice cream. I highly recommend the mango and coconut ice cream from their homemade ice cream section. There are many flavours available but these were the most memorable ones, you can actually taste the bits of mango and richness of the coconut.

The Chocolate Tart (160 Baht = SGD$6.30), served with orange sabayon and strawberry ice cream is another must try. Presented beautifully and tasted exquisite. Definitely something you cannot find of this standard for this price in Singapore.

The meal above cost us 1729 Baht (SGD$67.70). Honestly, the Thai food was only average, but the drinks, dessert and ambiance made it ok.

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[Newly Opened] Tuk Tuk Cha @ Suntec City Tower 3 (Media Tasting)

The first thing you will notice about Tuk Tuk Cha is its namesake located at the front of the kiosk.The tuk tuk with its headlights on is something that will draw your eyes. The cafe/ kiosk, a sister outlet to Thai Boat Noodles at Bedok Point, serves mainly finger food and drinks, which have been specially imported from Thailand.

We tried as many cold drinks as we could! From left (medium $2.80, large $3.20):

  • Homemade roselle (high Vitamin C content)
  • Homemade lemongrass (refeshing)
  • Thai milk coffee (thick enough)
  • Thai green milk tea (a hot favourite)
  • Thai milk tea (superb!)

You may add $0.50 for toppings like pearl, coconut jelly, aloe vera, etc. Some of the drinks like the Thai milk tea and coffee also come in hot versions for less than $2 each.

Golden Toast, Tuk Tuk Cha’s signature food item.

The basic Golden Toast ($3), comes in the following flavours:

  • Condensed Milk
  • Maple Syrup (if you want to play safe, this definitely goes well with the toast)
  • Blueberry
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry
  • Orange

You can also opt for more premium flavours for $3.80:

  • Homemade pandan kaya (this is my favourite!)
  • Homemade taro kaya (flavour needs to be more distinct)
  • Homemade Thai tea kaya (flavour not strong enough)
  • Nutella
  • Condensed milk + milo (for the sweet tooth)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Honey

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Celebrate Songkran Festival at Basil by ThaiExpress @ Kallang Wave Mall (Media Tasting)

ThaiExpress, a renowned Thai food chain in Singapore, has opened its first Basil by ThaiExpress restaurant at Kallang Wave Mall. As reflected in the modern and unpretentious interior, the restaurant is targeted at the younger generation of Singaporeans, offering a fresh interpretation of Thai food.

I started dinner with their Homemade Virgin Basil Mojito ($3.90), which is one of the thirst quenchers they offer. You can also opt for one of the more traditional Thai drinks like their Signature Thai Iced Tea and Lemongrass Tea. I wished that the drinks came with less ice though.

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The Best of Thai @ One Farrer Hotel & Spa (Media Tasting)

Thanks to Derrick of SgFoodonFoot, I was invited to a sneak peak at The Best of Thai buffet at Escape Restaurant & Lounge at One Farrer Hotel & Spa. This buffet is going to be held for a limited time only, from 2 to 16 April 2015, and it is a special collaboration between the hotel, and Guest Chef Aek Charttrakul and his team from the Thailand Culinary Academy.

We got a special demonstration by the chef himself how to make Som Tum (spicy papaya salad). He showed us the important ingredients like shredded papaya, dried shrimps, chilli padi, lime, fish sauce, garlic, etc. Chef also mentioned the difference between pounding the ingredients and gently mashing them to bring out the flavours.

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My Day at Singapore Zoo

Sis and I went to the zoo last weekend. I have always loved going to the zoo, even though I often end up walking a lot and perspiring, As you can tell, I am not an exercise kind of person, but anything for the animals.

Before going to the zoo, we went to Nara Thai @ Westgate for lunch. The food there is decent but portions of main dishes are rather small.

Green Mango Salad with Prawns ($12.90). I loved how colourful the salad was, but not chunkiness of the slices of mango. The salad could also use some dried shrimps and shallots.

Stir-fried Minced Chicken with Chilli & Hot Basil ($12.90), served with steamed Jasmine rice. While the basil chicken was flavourful, it was not spicy enough for me.

Green Curry with Chicken ($13.90). Sis found the curry too sweet for a savoury dish.

And for your information, they started charging for iced water since 1 December 2014. It is 50 cents a glass and refillable. I find it ridiculous when restaurants charge for plain water.

We headed to the zoo immediately after lunch. It was not as crowded as I would expect, seeing that it was a weekend.

I was pretty sad that I missed my favourite show ‘Rainforest Fights Back’, which starts at 12.30pm and 2.30pm daily. It is a short but entertaining presentation, showcasing the rich and diverse wildlife of the rainforest. I kept assuming that there was a show at 4pm and took my time walking around the various enclosures first.

Here are some shots I took that day:

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Nakhon Kitchen Now at Holland Village!

I was in Holland Village the other day and noticed that the famous Nakhon Kitchen from Hougang Street 21 has now opened a new branch in Holland Village! Nakhon Kitchen is synonymous with Thai food here in Singapore and is possibly rated as the best Thai food found locally.

With this outlet opened, Nakhon Kitchen currently has five branches (Bedok North Avenue 3, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Pasir Panjang Road and Marine Parade Central). It is so great that more food outlets are moving west!

The outlet at Holand Village is rather small, but rate of change is very fast. We went after the lunch crowd, around 2pm, so we did not have to wait long for a table. The food arrived promptly as well.

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