Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bangkok 2015 18/9-24/9 Day 5 Street food, After you cafe, Genshiyaki

Finally penning down Day 5 of the trip, I'm so missing the Teppanyaki styled Phad Thai.
We didn't try the so called Phad Thai that is rated #1 in Bangkok by Tripadvisor as it seemed to be superrr out of way with the insanely long queue recommended by my friend.

We chanced upon this street stall while making our way from our hotel- Playhaus Thonglor to the BTS.

Wearing the new headtie from chatuchak. How to not wear new loots in Bangkok?(:

Crispy phad thai and oyster omelette. Yum yum, but so much oil!

They seemed to have also won a few awards as displayed in their eatery!

Check out the crispy skin!

Fast forward to teatime at After you cafe, which is always our must have destination for the Shibuya Honey toast and now up on my list, the milk tea.

It is more pricey than those from the street stalls, but it is less sweet, which is a refreshing change for me.

Not that ex, maybe like 100baht or so? But expensive as compared to those streetstyle kind of 20-25baht.

Oh drizzle, drizzle my honey.

Oh gosh, nothing in between for the whole day and its now shots for dinner. I think we seriously just eat and shop, and since there's nothing nice to shoot for shopping, here's to all the food photos.

What else better than to eat at Bangkok?

Dinner was at Genshiyaki restaurant which we first tried at our previous trip and we LOVE it!
This time we tried a different branch located at Sukhumvit 26 for a change as we thought it was nearer!

We cabbed there after shopping at Siam Paragon. Oh yes now I recalled. Bought lingerie at Wacoal Siam Paragon and it was so so affordable! Prices were approx 30% compared to that in Singapore. And we caught a couple of them filling up the baskets in Lingerie.

Abit overwhelming imho. But it is reallyyyyy comfy!
In case you would like to know, bras cost about 30SGD and undies from 10SGD

Sorry for the side track cos the schedule just flowed back. Back to food!

Bfie's beer.

And my sake. Sadly he hates, yes hates sake, but its ok, #letmefinishitmyself.

This kinda topped the bill to one of our most expensive meals here in Bangkok. This bottle of sake costed 20SGD (I think)? Selected the cheapest one, and it seemed reasonable to me, and we have already decided to splurge on this meal (: 

And SGD 20 for a bottle of sake seems reasonable, just that there are so much cheap and good street food around Thailand that it makes my sake seem so expensive.

Sashimi platter, oohhhh yess(:

The very charismatic and charming boss attended to us and asked if we have any preference for sashimis, and topped up our platter with some extras.

How nice of him! Absolutely loving Bangkok for their very friendly people! He's a Japanese and there's a short background of the shop's history in the menu (I think),I'm so sorry I can't remember the details, it has been 6 months since then ):

Fresh fish, charcoal grilled, One dish which is the store's signature which we had also ordered during our previous visit here.


YES! Missed this the previous round and I'm so glad we tried it this time! The fragrant smell of cheese enveloped us when we stepped into the restaurant.

And yes, this is also the restaurant's signature.

The charming and charismatic japanese boss.
He's a really nice and humble guy who patiently recommended us dishes and also sake for me cos I couldn't decide what to get.

Really awesome service.

Based on my observations, 

1. Cheese flakes are first scrapped off from the huge cheese tub.
2. Spaghetti is boiled till cooked, and while it is pipping hot, tossed, stirred and rolled onto the cheese flakes (inside the cheese tub) to absorb the flavour
3. After which it is placed in a pan while (milk and bacon added I think?)
4. And finished up on the hot plate.

OK, in short, this is damn good stuff.

It just tasted better and better after each bite.

It is definitely a must-try dish if you are here! And we are thinking of bringing our friends back to this restaurant for our next trip to Bangkok, which is another 3 months time!

*excited much*

(Because I delayed the completion of 2015 bangkok post till now, oops )

The bill totalled about SGD 80/100 for both of us, which was reasonable given the quality of food and service (:

Bfie is super satisfied with this restaurant too!

And the very very nice boss also helped to arrange a cab for us back to our hotel, and even ushered us to the taxi.

Definitely giving him a best service award. 
Thank you so so much for the hospitality (:

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bangkok 2015 18/9-24/9 Day 4 Playhaus hotel

Hello! I'm finally back with the next post! As I was sorting out the photos and doing the edits, I finally realise that we really reallyyyyy ate ALOT! Haha maybe cos there's nothing to shoot apart from food? hehe

When we head to Bkk for many days, we like to hotel hop and try the different hotels so it wouldn't seem so boring!

After the first part of the trip at Shanghai Mansion, we decided to try Playhaus Thonglor.
It's a quaint little boutique hotel with very interesting furnishings.

It is a 10-15min walk to the Thonglor BTS station and we had to get directions from the reception.

The lobby features a very Victorian-ish and Queen Elizabeth era setting with it's furniture, feathers and gold/brass metals.

Definitely not the common lobby around, though it is much much smaller than the more popular hotels like Glow Pratunam/ Amari Watergate.

Because the room charge is almost half of that, ~50- 60 SGD per night after taxes.

Love all the brass and vintage elements they used to design this room.
It gives the room a very lovely European touch, and I think this is the Mary Poppins room or something.

They have a different theme room in each level if I'm not wrong.

They also treat you with Elle Spa series toiletries during your stay with them.

A very meticulous backdrop painting that welcomes you when you step into the room.
A very refreshing change for a hotel stay indeed.

But the rooms were really abit smaller for my liking.

Day 4 was pretty boring for us as we took quite long to check out from Shanghai mansion and it was a huge terror trying to get a cab to this hotel. No taxis would take the ride for a meter and we had to settle the trip for 300baht, coupled with immense traffic jam ( a total journey of ~45mins, I think I can already reach the airport) , which probably justifies the 300baht.

We only managed to check into Playhaus Thonglor at 4PM or so, and had a hard time trying to find food, because it was a Monday and the streets were so empty!):

It was a huge disappointment as I was hoping to have some streetfood.
After chatting with the staff, we learnt that every Monday, it was a so-called street-cart free day where the street carts are not supposed to be out doing businesses along the roads.

But if you are lucky, you may just find a handful that breaks the rules (:

Playhaus Thonglor

PlayHaus Thong Lor’s Address
205/22-23 Sukhumvit soi 55 (Thonglor) Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
“The hotel is in between Thonglor Soi 9 and Soi 11 and the hotel settle in the same Soi as Chalachol Hairdresser and Thonglor Pet Hospital.”
Tel: +66 2712 5747-8 
Fax: +66 2712 5749 
E-mail: info@playhaushotel.com

สำหรับรถแท๊กซี่ (Hotel's address in Thai)
โรงแรม เพลยเฮาส์ ทองหล่อ 
เลขที่ 205/22-23 สุขุมวิท ซอย 55 (ระหว่าง ซอยทองหล่อ 9 และซอยทองหล่อ 11) 
หน้าปากซอย มีร้านตัดผม ชลาชล 
แขวงคลองตันเหนือ เขตวัฒนา 
กรุงเทพฯ 10110 
โทรฯ 02-712 5747-8 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Valentine's day

Happy Valentine's day everyone! (tho belated) 

A simple get up in comfortable whites as we decided to explore the new Punggol Waterway Point!
Hope everyone enjoyed their day!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Happy Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year everyone!
Sorry I have been neglecting this space and haven't been updating the BKK post ):
Have been busy with work especially for the pre cny launches.

Will try to push to complete the posts for BKK soon! So many photos to edit!
Anyway, one reasons why I love CNY is the abundance of food, and YES, everyone's favourite abalone! Or rather, my favourite!

Love the broth to max, and with the CNY ingredients, I get to pamper myself with a super luxurious practically instant-mee style.

Except that I'm more picky with the method of cooking. This simple dish is made more troublesome.


For one person, I take 1.5 bundles of mee sua for cooking.

1. Cook mee sua separately in water so the taste doesn't damage the essence of the abalone broth.
2. Drain mee sua and put separately in a bowl once it is al-dente (or the texture that you want)
3.Bring to boil about 1 cup of water to half can/ 3/4 can of abalone broth. 
4. Add in ingredients (3 prawns and 2 scallops for me- Raw ingredients left from the steamboat on CNY eve)
5. Once everything is cooked, throw back mee sua again to absorb the flavours from the ingredients and broth
6. AND you are now ready to tuck into the most luxurious instant mee sua (:

So love love this! Hope you love it too!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

T-EDIT VOL 1 Part 2

Also available in lavender

Also available in white

Also available in black and wine
(White sold out)

Read T-EDIT VOL 1 Part 1 here