thai express, changi airport

okayish neo-thai food at this across-the-island chain at changi airport’s terminal three. I have a soft spot for this place – much as I did busaba in london – it’s not the most authentic, and doesn’t bear comparison to my favourite thai place in singapore – but this place reminds me of years-long-past relaxing after-a-hectic-schoolday meals with friends.

so while I may have outgrown this place – I return ever-so-often. it’s to thai food what sushi tei is to japanese (though the latter has higher standards), and rather cheap and cheerful.

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aroy dee thai kitchen, bugis

surprisingly good – though a tad salty – rustic home-style thai cooking at this small cafe along middle road, near the more famour rocher beancurd store. we’ve driven by this place countless times on our way to grab a spot of beancurd late at night, and this was the first time we remembered it in time for dinner.

the food is simple, tasty and very rustic – in that it’s hearty and rather unpolished – and the place is almost unbelievably crowded, filled to the rafters on a sunday night.

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the fat cat bistro, serangoon

good thai-indian-europeanish food at this hidden open-air cafe in serangoon. I’ve heard of this place quite a bit – but I never knew it was quite this close to me – and it’s now become a regular friday-dinner haunt (especially since there’s the prospect of dessert just a few doors down).

it’s a baffling prospect to go to a place that serves up three cuisine options all at once – and rather a relief to find that this isn’t some madcap venture, and that the food is genuinely all good. I put this down to the fact that it’s done up food-court-style, with the cafe basically serving as a communal dining area for three different stalls (and therefore three kitchens): thai yai, masala mantra and the french onion.

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thai layered coconut jelly dessert (ta ko)

ta ko is a thai dessert that used to be pretty popular in singapore – we used to get it all the time in restaurants, but now it seems like its popularity is waning in the light of sweets like red ruby and mango-sticky-rice. this is still one of my favourites though – the slightly salty coconut layer and crisp kernels of corn in a soft jelly.

it’s not too difficult to make, but I find that as with other asian desserts, much of the recipe is about approximations such as how long you should cook a mixture for, and what result you have to get – not so great for an obsessive a detail-oriented chef.

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lime at parkroyal on pickering, chinatown (part 2)

very good, concise buffet spread at the new parkroyal on pickering. so I’ve told you a bit about this place and how pretty it is in my last post – and now let’s talk about the eatin’.

I feel the need to insert a caveat here – I enjoyed this spread because it had precisely the sort of thing I like to eat, but if you come here expecting the massive sort of round-the-world line-up the shangri-la provides,  then you might be a tad disappointed. I don’t personally go in for large spreads – I once filled up on popiah (a cheap local dish of braised radish) at another buffet to the desperation of my partner – and I appreciate quality over quantity.

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lime at parkroyal on pickering, chinatown (part 1)

for part 2 of this post (with photos of the food!) – here’s it!

really good international-asianish buffet at the spanking-new parkroyal at pickering. it’s managed to bring some modern cool to this area – which despite growing into a hipster enclave, has kept to kitschy old-means-retro, rather than a modern aesthetique. this post also marks my first post back in singapore, and boy am I excited about that – I have an incredible backlog of posts and so ready to share.

so, the short: one of the better buffets, a small but good spread (might be subjective), and a lovely, gorgeous space with great service and no issues you’d associate with new establishments. this first post on the place is more space-descriptive – the eating comes in the next one here!

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addie’s thai cafe, london

really good thai food at earls court. addie’s is pretty well known despite the fact that it’s more of a local than a destination restaurant, but the offerings of fantastic thai food at reasonable prices in london are less abundant than you might think. I generally like going to busaba eathai, but with a small-ish (comparatively) menu as compared to addie’s, the flavours there can get a little monotonous after a couple visits – and addie’s is brilliant for punchy thai meals.

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aroy thai, town

really good thai food at the funan shopping mall. we’ve been coming to this restaurant for quite a few years now, and it constantly surprises me that the place isn’t filled to its rafters with people. the restaurant is relatively small, and the tables placed in a rather cramped manner, but service is usually prompt and friendly and the food really good and rather authentic.

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busaba eathai, london

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fantastic thai all over town. I’ve wanted to share this place with you guys for so long, and even though I’ve been here more than 10 times now, it’s so much a weeknight-treat sort of place that I’ve never had my camera with me. (well, so thank goodness for the iphone, and sorry for the artificial quality of the photos)

I’ve had all the noodles on the menu, all the grilled dishes and the sides, most of the soup noodles, and my partner has basically worked his way through the rice dishes. I suppose what I am telling you is that I have never had a bad dish here, although the strangest one that I wouldn’t order again is the fruit salad – which was not to my taste though I wouldn’t say it was a bad dish.

the best dish here is by far the thai calamari, which is the second photo on the left you see there. I always shuffle through my choices for the main, but we always order this dish when we’re at busaba, and the meal wouldn’t be complete without it. the special thing about this dish is the fried battered battered squid covered in a bit of pepper sauce – which is really more like a glaze than sauce, and which perks the dish up like crazy.

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thai square, london

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average thai in south kensington. it’s my first time blogging with my phone – how do you like it? I try very hard to keep the photos on this blog high-quality and with good light that comes with a great camera – but I don’t always have it with me.

at south kensington, there are only a few options we consider for dinner, mainly kulu kulu and thai square (and maybe comptoir libanais, though I prefer yalla yalla which is further away). of course there are options like the south kensington creperie and the requisite bad-chinese-food places – but I would rather go home and have cereal.

(though I love cereal and go through a bag at alarming rates, so I leave you to decide just what that means about the creperie and etc.)

in any case, thai square is a good spot for a quick dinner. it’s not cheap, and is definitely more than a tenner each, though that’s not too bad in the area. the  photos are of a plate of fried squid – soggy breaded outside but rescued by the all-saving sweet thai chilli sauce, a plate of beef with chillis and sweet basil, spicy phad kee mao noodles, and a dish of mixed vegetables. in general the food is a  little on the salty side, and ought to be had with rice.

I’ve been here more than three times (I think), and it’s just a very convenient place to eat in the area. I just wish we had a few better-valued options around in southken!

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