A Taste of Singapore…

Even before my recent trip to Singapore, I already heard of a new craze. Oh well, of the potato chips kind of craze. With limited time I wasn’t sure I’ll be able to buy a pack since the store is located in Vivo City. But, I didn’t realize I have a great colleague and friend who went all the way downtown to buy me some and it was waiting for me when I arrived. 😄 And so, the famous Irvins Salted Egg Potato Chips and Salted Egg Fish Skin were successfully imported back to the Philippines. 

Irvins Salted Egg Potato Chips & Fish Skin


Irvins Salted Egg Potato Chips & Fish Skin in Vivo City


They don’t come cheap though at S$16 or approximately PHP 550. Their website www.irvinsaltedegg.com said that it is “Dangerously Addictive”. Yes, they can rightfully say so. It is good but frankly speaking I only appreciated it when it’s almost gone. The family didn’t like the taste so we didn’t immediately finish the pack. Unlike when eating Lays or Doritos which is literally gone in 15 minutes. Maybe the salted egg didn’t sit well on their tongue. Ha!ha!ha! Anyway, I finished it all by myself. And with no rivals or no one to share it with,  I did it in 3 days. Yes, days and not 15 minutes. 😄 The taste kind of grow on you. I guess you can say it’s an acquired taste to the product. Some people were really raving about the goodness and so if you would like to try it, go ahead! I liked the potato chips better than the fish skin though. 

I also liked the Pineapple Tart from Mirana Cake House that I received from a colleague. I did not pay attention to it upon arriving home but once I tasted it I couldn’t stop munching. This one I literally got addicted to. 😅 It was so good that I am craving for it until now. After finishing this one, I had to research for their website www.mirana.com.sg and location so I can ask a cousin to buy me a tub or a couple of tubs to bring back to the Philippines. This is a bit pricey at around S$ 15 but I can say it’s okay to spend some money for such yummy goodness. 😋

Mirana Pineapple Tart



I can’t wait to go back to Singapore and taste all the other Pineapple Tarts sold there. My colleague said that the one from Bengawan Solo is to die for. Oh well, probably okay to die with a happy tummy than a sad one. 😄

I should plan a “gastronomic” vacation in Singapore with the family soon. Just eat and relax. Let the kids try the food from the Hawkers market unlike in the previous trip where fastfood and pizza places were selected. The chicken rice, char kway teow, black pepper crab, fried oyster cake, katong laksa are waiting. 😄

Til then…

xoxo, 

the traveling KANGaroo

Advertisements

Back in Bangkok…

I’m back in Bangkok! 😄

And as usual it’s not for pleasure but for work. I’m back to my daily train rides that surprisingly I really liked. 

Train Station

I noticed this time that Bangkok probably have the most brilliant way of moving people around. We all know they have their water taxi or canal taxi boats. They have the car taxi, uber, trains, buses and tuktuk. I never noticed in my previous trips but they also have a Motorcycle Taxi! 😮

The motorcycle drivers have helmets but the passengers don’t have any. I was told there’s an available helmet but the commuters refused to use one because of sanitation issues. Oh well, imagine using one with other people’s sweat on it. The smell alone will probably scare you and you’ll opt to just pray to God that you will not meet an accident to/fro your destination. 😜

I finally had a Thai Foot Massage just beside the hotel on this trip. The name of the massage parlor is Lek and the staff are good. You’ll know from the number of customers inside having a foot massage. 

Lek Foot Massage


 The price is not that bad at THB 300 for an hour of foot massage. A little pampering after walking will be appreciated by your feet! 

Although there are signs that it’s the Great Bangkok Sale, I couldn’t find anything worth splurging. Although I did spend money on my Neobun and Salonpas analgesic plasters. 😂 Went around the Siam area and visited the posh and newly renovated Siam Discovery mall. I am however disappointed why there wasn’t a Philippines from their lobby display when I saw most of the ASEAN countries plus Japan & Korea! 

Siam Discovery

And for food, my tummy was happy with MK Restaurant. A shabu-shabu style restaurant that is probably best with a large group of people. 😊 

MK’s Ordering Machine

Overflowing Cold Tea


Shabu Shabu

Yum!


My tummy probably enjoyed this trip more than any part of my body. After You Cafe had this new product Mango Sticky Rice and it was soooo good! I’m not easily impressed with desserts but this one is really good! 


Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice


I had more food trips in the non-touristy area of Bangkok but it’s for another post. This will do for now! 😄

Apologies if my photos aren’t that great. It’s taken only from my iPhone 6  with a camera that isn’t good anymore since the phone gets dropped sometimes. 😄😂😅 
Til next time… 

xoxo, 

the traveling KANGaroo

Bangkok Food Trip…

Food is essential to us and when you are in a foreign land, you either go out and eat their local food or stick to international fast food a.k.a. McDonald’s (Ha!Ha!). I am not normally adventurous (if I travel alone) when it comes to eating local food as I’m afraid I might get an upset stomach. But thanks to a colleague who recommended good places to eat, I was able to do so in Bangkok. From tom yum soup, Phad Thai, pineapple fried rice in restaurants or food halls to eating noodles in a hole in the wall kind of place. 

Some places around Siam Square you should try:

1. Inter Restaurant – they offer inexpensive but very good food. It’s not a high end resto but who cares if the food is really good? I tried the pineapple fried rice with stir fried shrimps. So yum! I actually finished the whole serving. Talk about gluttony!😄😝 Oh well, at less than 300 baht I had a Happy Tummy! My pictures are unedited and not photoshopped so pardon the mess! Get lost in translation though in this resto because the staff aren’t so good in speaking or communicating in English. Just point what you like! 😜

Address: 432/1-2 Siam Square 9, 10330, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Inter’s Pineapple Fried Rice


Stir Fried Shrimps

  

Chow time for a hungry person


Wiped out food = Happy Tummy!😋

 

2. See Fah – I tried the Shrimp Cake and Phad Thai and it’s really good. Too bad I can only eat one meal in this resto and can’t try everything but I’m sure the other food in the menu are all good. Especially if the place is well recommended. 😊 

Address: 434-440 Siam Square 9, Rama 1 Road, 10330 Bangkok, Thailand

 

See Fah Restaurant


Sample of See Fah’s Menu

  

Phad Thai


Shrimp Cake

 
3. White Flower Factory – the ambiance of the place alone was already worth it. Tried this with my colleague and the food did not disappoint!😋

Address: 4/F Siam Square One, Pathum Wan, Bangkok

 

Tom Yum Soup & Salad

 

Stif Fried Shrimps.. Forgot the name of the dish

 

4. Coffee Beans by Dao – if you’re taking a break from eating Thai food, this place offers western style food. And it’s delicious! I tried this place in Siam Paragon’s food hall located at the basement of the mall. 

www.coffeebeans.th 


Cute Food Menu at Coffee Beans by Dao


Sample of the menu

  

I tried their Carbonara and it’s good 😋


The desserts at this place is to die for. If only I can bring it all home I will. I just tried one of their best seller. Bought a slice and brought it back to the hotel to eat. 😅

 

Coffee Beans by Dao Cake

 

Vanilla Crepe Cake with Strawberry Sauce


What I haven’t tried in Siam Square area was the After You Cafe due to lack of time. But, it’s something to look forward to when I go back for a visit. Hopefully with family and for vacation!😄

 

After You Cafe


That’s all for now. The next post will be the food adventures outside Siam Square area. 😊 

xoxo, 

the traveling KANGaroo 

Where and What to eat in Japan…

Japan is a food haven for a lot of people. So many good places to eat and satisfy your cravings for ramen, sushi etc that I will no longer dare mention where is the best place to eat as I’m sure you’ll find out for yourself. Or, have read it in food blogs or other sites. Some are pricey, some are not.

What I want to share are some of our family’s favorite cheap finds in Japan.

  • Ohsho – founded in 1967 and known for its low-priced fare is a Japanese restaurant chain serving gyoza (fried dumplings) and other Chinese-style food. There are over 600 restaurants in Japan. It is everywhere in Osaka and Kyoto. Unfortunately in Tokyo, we had a hard time looking for one. The only restaurant we found there is located somewhere in Shibuya.
  • Pablo – cheese tart that we found in Shinsaibashi, Osaka and Shibuya, Tokyo. You will not miss this because the locals are lining up to buy this melt in your mouth creation. The family devoured this in seconds.
  •  Shirokuma – Japanese curry house that we found in Osaka near our hotel in Shinsaibashi. Quite good and the staff was very friendly plus there’s free wi-fi. This is a “counter style” place as in most of the places to eat in Japan. People go in, eat and leave.
  • Yoshinoya – although it can be found in our home country (Philippines), this is one of our favorite go-to fast food restaurant in Japan. It’s a good place to fill the tummy especially for a family with picky eaters (kids) and it is reasonably priced too.
  • Sukiya – another fast food restaurant that is abundant in Tokyo. Cheap and will fill your hungry tummy after miles and miles of walking. Quite good but beware because the crew is very lean. Sometimes there’s only one person serving the whole restaurant. Japanese are efficient and there’s no question that they can do it but you’ll also get lost in translation because some of the crew don’t understand english. My daughter complained that she ordered curry but got served with beef bowl. ha!ha! Check out their menu at: http://www.sukiya.jp/
Sukiya

Sukiya

  • Hidakaya – a very good and affordable ramen place in Tokyo. Offers smaller size bowls at a cheaper price. They offer gyoza, chicken karaage and fried rice too which is great because my kids are not too keen on eating ramen. Look for this sign and you’re in the right place! Their website is: http://hidakaya.hiday.co.jp/

Hidakaya

  • Lotteria – started out in Japan in 1972 but is more popular in South Korea. The kids love this place and their order is always “the big boneless fried chicken”. It’s an alternative to McDonald’s. My personal favorite is the Shrimp Burger. I just don’t know if they offer it all year round. Again, this place is value for your money. Here’s their website: https://www.lotteria.jp/

Lotteria

Aside from these places, one should not miss going to the local market where you can find more places to eat sushi, sashimi and a lot more. In Osaka we went to Kuromon Market. Not only can you eat good food in the market but you can also shop for kimonos, food stuff to bring home etc.

The trip is not complete if we don’t step in at McDonald’s where they served Green Tea shake. It is the kids preference when they get tired eating Japanese food. They also love 7-Eleven, Lawson’s and Family Mart because of the many food choices in these convenience stores.

Another way to find good and cheap food are bento boxes sold in the grocery/supermarkets. When you visit a department store, try to check out the basement where the grocery is usually located. It is where you can find good stuff and where some of the locals buy their meal.

Of course, when you go and explore places you are bound to discover something that will interest your palate. Or there will be recommendations from other food blogs on what and where to eat. Just savor it. Enjoy every moment and don’t be afraid to try new things.

Lastly, when you are in Dotonbori area in Osaka, don’t forget to eat Takoyaki!

In Dotonbori

 xoxo,

the traveling KANGaroo