Sunday, July 5, 2009

People and Places: Bangkok's Nang Loeng Market Part 1

You could very well be strolling down Thanon Nakhorn Sawan without realising that behind the double-storey King Rama V period row-houses, stands one of Bangkok city's most interesting and atmospheric markets. King Chulalongkorn inaugurated it in 1899.

Although it is more than a 100 years old, it does not look it, thanks to a recent makeover which saw the installation of stainless steel tables and chairs in the main eating hall. The cooked food stalls surround this hall while the fresh meat and vegetable stalls fan out from the centre of the market. The market is large covering the entire area of three 'trangs' or back lanes that run off from the main street.

While the centre part of the market looks new, thankfully the Rama V period buildings and wooden family houses that surround the market still retain their old-world charm.






We arrived close to lunch time and the place was already teeming with workers from the surrounding government offices. In fact, several ministers and politicians are known to have their own personal favourites at the market.

You can easily tell whether a stall is good by its crowd. Judging from the huge number of people gathering around Ratana's cooked food stall, we are convinced of its popularity and quality.

Ratana - popular with lunch-time crowd

Ratana - fried fish with crispy Basil leaves

Ratana - Thai-style steamed fish mousse

Ratana - steamed fish with ginger and scallions

At one end of the market stands a decrepit looking 2-storey wooden building. Today, it is used as a warehouse but in its heydays, it was a popular Thai cinema. It opened in 1918 showing silent movie to hordes of people who would pay a fee and then entered the movie hall and selected their own seats on wooden benches. Sala Chaloem Thani had been in service to the people of Rattanakosin for 75 years before it finally closed down in 1993. It now waits to be revived to its old glory.

Sala Chaloem Thani

At the other end of the market is the most celebrated of all of Nang Loeng's food stalls - Sorroongroj, famous for its stewed duck. More in my next posting.

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Favourite Eating Places (Singapore)

  • Asian Dessert - Hai Sing Ah Balling, #02-59 Chinatown Complex, Blk 335 Smith Street
  • Asian Dessert - Mei Heong Yuen, 65-67 Temple Street, Chinatown
  • Asian Dessert - Rochor Original Bean Curd, 2 Short Street
  • Asian Dessert - Ye Lai Xiang Hot & Cold Cheng Tng, Stall 31 Bedok Corner Food Centre
  • Bak Kut Teh - Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House, 208C Rangoon Road S(218453)
  • Bak Kut Teh - Sin Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh, 439 Joo Chiat Road (next to Community Club)
  • Biryani - Famous Islamic Restaurant, 795 North Bridge Road
  • Biryani - House of Biryani, 742 North Bridge Road (either moved or ceased operations)
  • Biryani - Taj, 214 South Bridge Road
  • Bread - Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, 204 East Coast Road (catty corner to Holy Family Church)
  • Bread - Coffee and Toast, #B1-40 Citylink Mall
  • Bread - Wah Yen Coffee Shop, Blk 23 Sin Ming Road #01-01
  • Burmese - Inle Myanmar Restaurant, #B1-07A Peninsula Plaza
  • Cakes - Ah Teng's Bakery, Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road
  • Cakes - Cafe Brunetti, 163 Tanglin Road, #01-35 Tanglin Mall
  • Cakes - Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, 204 East Coast Road
  • Cakes - Swiss Bake, 290 Orchard Road, #B1-21/22 Paragon
  • Cakes - The Patissier, 18 Ann Siang Road, #01-01
  • Cantonese - Fatty Weng, 92 Guillemard Crescent (not the one at Badminton Hall)
  • Cantonese - Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant, #02-19 Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road
  • Cantonese - Hai Tien Lo, 37th Floor, Pan Pacific Hotel
  • Cantonese - Hillman Restaurant, 135 Kitchener Road
  • Cantonese - Hua Ting Restaurant, Orchard Hotel, Orchard Road
  • Cantonese - Jade @ The Fullerton, Groundfloor, Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square
  • Cantonese - Lai Wah Restaurant, Blk 44 #01-1436 Bendemeer Road
  • Cantonese - Lei Garden, #03-00 Orchard Shopping Centre, 321 Orchard Road
  • Cantonese - Majestic Restaurant, New Majestic Hotel, 31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road
  • Cantonese - Moi Lum Cantonese Restaurant, 4 Murray Street
  • Cantonese - Spring Court, 52-56 Upper Cross Street
  • Cantonese - Teahouse - The Asian Kitchen, #B1-15 Raffles City Shopping Centre
  • Cantonese - Tung Lok Signatures, #02-80 The Central
  • Cantonese - Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant, Carlton Hotel, Bras Basah Road
  • Cantonese - Wing Seong Fatty's Restaurant, #01-31 Burlington Square (facing OG)
  • Char Kway Teow - Apollo Fresh Cockle Fried Kway Teow, #01-174 Marine Parade Food Centre
  • Char Kway Teow - Eng Ji Char Kway Teow, #04-45 Beauty World Plaza Food Centre
  • Char Kway Teow - Hill Street Fried Kway Teow, Blk 16 Bedok South Road #01-187
  • Char Kway Teow - Katong (Peter @ Jago) Fried Kway Teow, Blk 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #02-52
  • Char Kway Teow - Meng Kee Char Kway Teow, Blk 22 Havelock Road. #01-669 Wei Xuan Eating House
  • Char Kway Teow - No 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow, Stall 17 Zion Riverside Food Centre
  • Chocolates - Godiva Chocolatier, Basement 2 Takashimaya, 391A Orchard Road
  • Chocolates - Prestat, 252 North Bridge Road, #01-39A Raffles City
  • Chocolates - Teuscher of Switzerland, 390 Orchard Road, #01-07A Palais Renaissance
  • Claypot Rice - Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice, 335 Smith Street, #02-199 Chinatown Complex
  • Continental - Absinthe Restaurant Francais, 72 Boat Quay
  • Continental - Au Jardin Les Amis, 1 Cluny Road, EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • Continental - Bonta Italian Restaurant & Bar, 207 River Valley Road, #01-61 UE Square River Wing
  • Continental - DOMVS, Sheraton Towers, Scott Road
  • Continental - Dolce Vita, Poolside, 5th Floor, Mandarin Oriental Singapore
  • Continental - Enoteca LÓperetta, 78 Boat Quay
  • Continental - Gaia Ristorante & Bar, 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel
  • Continental - Iggy's, 581 Orchard Road, Level 3, The Hilton Hotel
  • Continental - La Noce Sicilian Diner, 491 River Valley Road, #01-01 Valley Point
  • Continental - NOVUS Restaurant Bar, Cafe & Courtyard, 93 Stamford Road, #01-02 National Museum of Singapore
  • Continental - Oso Ristorante, 46 Bukit Pasoh Road
  • Continental - PS Cafe, 390 Orchard Road, Level 2, Palais Renaissance
  • Continental - Pasta Brava, 11 Craig Road, off Tanjong Pagar Road
  • Continental - Saint Pierre (Member of Relais & Chateaux), 3 Magazine Road, #01-01 Central Mall
  • Continental - Stammtisch Restaurant & Bar, #01-04 Sixth Avenue Centre
  • Curry Puff - Yong Kee Crispy Curry Puff, #01-02 Sembawang Hill Food Centre, 590 Upper Thomson Road
  • Cze Char - Hwa Nam Restaurant, 244F Upper Thomson Road (near Thomson Post Office)
  • Cze Char - Lorong 9 Beef Kway Teow, 237 Geylang Road Lorong 9
  • Cze Char - Orchid Live Seafood, 1 Bah Soon Pah Road
  • Cze Char - Sin Huat Seafood Restaurant, 659/661 Geylang Road near Lorong 35
  • Cze Char - Wong Chiew Roasted Meat Rice, 19 Sembawang Road (opposite Springside Estate)
  • Cze Char - Yuet Loy Hong Kong Cooked Food, #02-151 Chinatown Complex
  • Epok Epok - Epok Epok Central, Block 4A Eunos Crescent, #01-09
  • Eurasian - Quentin's the Eurasian Restaurant, 139 Ceylon Road, Groundfloor, Eurasian Community House
  • Fried Carrot Cake - Fu Ming Food Stall, Blk 85 Redhill Lane #01-49 Redhill Food Centre
  • Fried Carrot Cake - Guan Heng Cooked Food, Blk 105 Yishun Ring Road #01-146 Chong Pang Hawker Centre
  • Fried Carrot Cake - Ke Shuan Xing Fried Carrot Cake, #01-104 North Bridge Road Market & Hawker Center
  • Fried Hokkien Mee - Come Daily Fried Hokkien Mee, #02-27, Blk 127 Toa Payoh Lorong 1
  • Fried Hokkien Mee - Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee, #01-32 Whampoa Drive Food Centre, Blk 90 Whampoa Drive
  • Glutinous Rice - Ah Lo Cooked Food, 335 Smith Street, #02-003 Chinatown Complex
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice - Leong Hainanese Chicken Rice, Block 320 Shunfu Road, #02-22 Shunfu Mart Food Centre
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice - Nam Kee Chicken Rice & Restaurant, 201 Upper Thomson Road
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice - Peng Kee Chicken Rice, Public Mansion, 432 Balestier Road (either moved or ceased operation)
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice - Tian Yuan Hainanese Chicken Rice, #02-162 Chinatown Complex (may not be in operations)
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice - Yet Con Hainanese Chicken Rice, 25 Purvis Street
  • Hakka - Moi Kong Hakka Restaurant, 22 Murray Street
  • Herbal Cuisine - Imperial Herbal Restaurant, #03-08 Vivocity
  • Hokkien - Bee Heong Palace Restaurant, 132-134 Telok Ayer Street
  • Hokkien - Beng Thin Hoon Kee Restaurant, #05-02 OCBC Centre
  • Ice Cream - Haagen Daz, 21 Lorong Mambong #01-07
  • Ice Cream - The Daily Scoop, #01-04 Clementi Arcade, 41 Sunset Way
  • Ice Cream - Udders Ice Cream, 155 Thomson Road (Goldhill Centre)
  • Indian (North) - Heritage - The North Indian Cuisine, 805 Bukit Timah Road @01-03 Sixth Avenue Centre
  • Indian (North) - Moti Mahal Restaurant, 18 Murray Street
  • Indian (North) - Mumtaz Mahal Restaurant, 14 Scotts Road, #05-22/23 Far East Plaza
  • Indian (North) - Punjab Grill, 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands B1-01A, Singapore 018972
  • Indian (North) - Rang Mahal, Pan Pacific Hotel, 7 Raffles Boulevard
  • Indian (South) - A One Restaurant, 17 Birch Road (Little India)
  • Indian (South) - Karu's Indian Banana Leaf Restaurant, 808 Upper Bukit Timah Road (outside Hazel Park)
  • Indian Snacks - Gina's Vadai, 237 East Coast Road
  • Indonesian - Ayam Penyet President, 304 Orchard Road #03-36/37 Lucky Plaza
  • Indonesian - Che Rose Nasi Padang, TP125 Food House, Blk 125 Toa Payoh Lorong 2
  • Indonesian - House of Sundanese Food, 865 Mountbatten Road #01-41 Katong Shopping Center
  • Indonesian - Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant, 3rd Floor Furama Riverfront Hotel, Havelock Road
  • Indonesian - Resto Surabaya, 304 Orchard Road, #02-63 Lucky Plaza
  • Indonesian - Sabar Menanti, 48/50 Kandahar Street (Kg Glam)
  • Indonesian - Sinar Pagi, 13 Circular Road or #01-353 Geylang Serai Temporary Market
  • Indonesian - Warong M Nasir, 69 Killiney Road
  • Indonesian - Yusof Arni's, 14 Scotts Road #05-67 Far East Plaza
  • Japanese - Hide Yamamoto, L2-05 Casino Level 2, Marina Bay Sands
  • Japanese - Kuriya Market & Restaurant, #B1-06/07 Raffles City Shopping Centre
  • Japanese - Nadaman, Lobby Level, Shangrila Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road
  • Japanese - Nanbantei, #05-132 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road
  • Japanese - Nara Japanese Restaurant, 167 Goldhill Centre
  • Japanese - Shimbashi Soba, #B1-41 The Paragon
  • Japanese - Tatsuya Japanese Restaurant, 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel
  • Japanese - Tonkichi, #07-06 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road
  • Lontong - Lontong Mee Siam, Block 40A Commonwealth Avenue #01-496
  • Lontong Goreng - Jesswan Kitchen, 665 Buffalo Road #01-252 Tekka Center
  • Lor Mee - Soon Heng Food Delights, #02-20 Tanjong Pagar Market & Food Centre
  • Lor Mee - Tiong Bahru Lor Mee, Blk 155 Bt Batok St 11
  • Mee Rebus - Hajah Hamifah Satay Stall, Blk 58 New Upper Changi Road #01-217
  • Mee Rebus - Rubiah Malay Food, 887 Bukit Timah Road
  • Nasi Melayu - Hjh Maimunah (Kg Glam), 11/15 Jalan Pisang
  • Nepalese - Gorkha Grill, 21 Smith Street
  • Ngoh Hiang Prawn Fritter - Beach Road Prawn Noodle House, 370/372 East Coast Road
  • Ngoh Hiang Prawn Fritter - Lao Zhong Zhong, 29 Tai Thong Crescent (347858)
  • Ngoh Hiang Prawn Fritter - Weng Seng Cooked Food, Block 724 Ang Mo Kio Food Center, #01-20
  • Pau - Teochew Handmade Pau, #02-02 Blk 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh
  • Peranakan - House of Peranakan Cuisine, Level 1 Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Road
  • Peranakan - Nyonya Sayang Restaurant, Level 1 Stardus Clubhouse, 277 River Valley Road (no longer in operation)
  • Peranakan - Princess Terrace Cafe, Copthorne King's Hotel, 403 Havelock Road
  • Peranakan - True Blue Cuisine, 47/49 Armenian Street (next to The Substation and Peranakan Museum)
  • Prawn Mee - Beach Road Prawn Noodles (East Coast), 370 East Coast Road
  • Roasted Meat - Dian Xiao Er Herbal Roasted Duck, #03-02 Causeway Point
  • Roasted Meat - Fu Shi Traditional Roasted, 320 Shunfu Road, #02-25 Shunfu Mart & Food Center
  • Roasted Meat - Kay Lee Roast Meat, 125 Upper Paya Lebar Road
  • Roasted Meat - New Rong Ge Liang Hong Kong Roast, Block 269B Queen Street #01-235
  • Rojak - Balestier Road Hoover Rojak, Whampoa Drive Market & Hawker Centre #01-06 Block 90 Whampoa Drive
  • Rojak - Kah Ping Ri Ye Xiang, Old Airport Road Food Center, Block 51 Old Airport Road
  • Rojak - Lau Hong Ser Rojak, #02-14 Dunman Food Centre
  • Satay - Shi Xiang Satay, #02-079 Chinatown Complex
  • Satay - Toa Payoh Satay, Old Airport Road Food Center, #01-78, Blk 51 Old Airport Road
  • Seafood - Crab Party, 100 Yio Chu Kang Road
  • Seafood - Hua Yu Wee Seafood Restaurant, 462 Upper East Coast Road
  • Seafood - No Signboard Restaurant, #01-14/16 The Esplanade Mall
  • Singapore Fare - Old School Delights, 215M Upper Thomson Road
  • Singapore Fare - Straits Kitchen, Lobby Level, Grand Hyatt Singapore
  • Steam Boat - Golden Mile Thien Kee Steamboat, Golden Mile Tower #B1-20, 6001 Beach Road
  • Tea Culture - Tea Bone Zen Mind, 38A Seah Street
  • Tea Culture - The Tea Party, 805 Bukit Timah Road, #01-07 Sixth Avenue Centre
  • Teochew - Ban Seng Teochew Seafood Restaurant, 20 Upper Circular Road, #B1-44/45 The Riverwalk
  • Teochew - Guan Hin Teochew Restaurant, Blk 34 Whampoa West #01-01
  • Teochew - Hung Kang Teochew Restaurant, 28 North Canal Road, #01-01 Poh Heng Building
  • Teochew - Liang Kee Teochew Restaurant, 737 Havelock Road
  • Teochew Fish Head Steamboat - Tian Wai Tian, 1383 Serangoon Road
  • Teochew Fish Head Steamboat - Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Stall, #01-15 Whampoa Drive Market & Food Centre, Block 91 Whampoa Drive
  • Teochew Meatball - Teochew Handmade Sotong & Meatball Soup, Stall 83 Maxwell Road Food Center
  • Teochew Meatball - Toa Payoh Lorong 5 Minced Meat Noodle, Blk 75 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh, #01-328
  • Teochew Porridge - Ah Seah Teochew Porridge, 31 Teck Chye Terrace (New Premises)
  • Teochew Porridge - Teochew Porridge from Beach Road, Food Park, Groundfloor, Blk 43 Cambridge Road
  • Thai - Bangkok Thai Food, #02-121 Chinatown Complex
  • Vegetarian - Classic Lao Di Fang Vegetarian Restaurant, Hotel Royal @ Queens, 12 Queen Street #02-03
  • Vegetarian - Ghanggothree Vegetarian Restaurant, 5 Hindoo Road #01-01
  • Vegetarian - Grand Court Vegetarian, 20 Trengganu Street #03-01
  • Vegetarian - Happy Realm Vegetarian Restaurant, #03-16 Pearl's Centre, 100 Eu Tong Sen Street
  • Vegetarian - Kwan Im Vegetarian Restaurant, 190 Waterloo Street, South East Asia Hotel
  • Vegetarian - Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, #02-00 Quality Hotel, 201 Balestier Road
  • Wonton Mee - Eng's Noodle House, 287 Tanjong Katong Road
  • Wonton Mee - Fei Fei Wonton Mee, 62 Joo Chiat Place, Sin Wah Coffeeshop
  • Wonton Mee - Hong Mao Noodle House, 182 Joo Chiat Road
  • Wonton Mee - Koung's Wonton Mee, Block 136 Bedok North Avenue 3, 333 Coffee Shop
  • Wonton Mee - Nam San (Old National Library) Wonton Mee, China Street (opp Don's Chicken Pie)
  • Yong Tau Foo - Hup Chong @ Blk 116 Toa Payoh Lorong 2 (outside Braddell MRT Station)
  • Yong Tau Foo - Lao Huang @ 861 North Bridge Rd #01-108 North Bridge Road Food Center
  • Yong Tau Foo - Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis Yong Tau Foo, #02-88 Chinatown Complex
  • Yu Sheng - Zhen Jie Yu Sheng, Block 335 Smith Street #02-172 Chinatown Hawker Centre

Favourite Eating Places (Thailand)

  • Chinese (Teochew): Hua Seng Hong Teochew Restaurant, 371-373 Yaowarat Road, Chinatown, Bangkok
  • Chinese (Teochew): Nguan Lee, 101/25-26 Soi Langsuan (corner of Sarasin Road)
  • Deli: Hundred Children Coffee & Tea Corner and Inspired Chinese Furniture, 326/1-3 Sukhumvit Road Soi 14 (near Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit)
  • French: The Boathouse Wine & Grill, Mom Tri's Boathouse Hotel, Kata Beach, Phuket
  • German: Bei Otto, 1 Sukhumvit Soi 20, Bangkok
  • International: The FoodLoft, 7th Floor, Central Chidlom, 1027 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok
  • Japanese: ISAO Japanese Restaurant, 5 Sukhumvit Soi 31
  • Japanese: Oishi Grand Buffet, 2nd Floor, Discovery Centre, 989 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
  • Mediterranean: Crepes & Co, 18/1 Sukhumvit Soi 12, Bangkok
  • Seafood: Kuang Sea Foods, 107/13 Soi Rangnam, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai
  • Seafood: Somboon, 169/7-11 Suriwongse Road (across from Peugeot Building), Bangkok
  • Street Food: Beef Noodle - Lee Nguan, 7312 Saliratthawiphak Road (near Saphan Kwai junction)
  • Street Food: Beef Noodle - Racha Neua Toon, Sukhumvit 103, Udom Suk Soi 25, Phra Khanong
  • Street Food: Boat Noodle Soup - GwayThiew Boat, Pan Road off Silom Road, Bangkok
  • Street Food: Chicken Wing Noodle - Guaythiew Pik Gai Sai Nampung, 392/20 Sukhumvit Soi 20 (Sainampueng)
  • Street Food: Claypot Crab or Prawn Glass Noodles - Somsak Pu Ob, Thanon Charoen Rat Soi 1, (outside Wattana Leather Centre)
  • Street Food: Cooked Food - Khao Gaeng Rattana, Nang Loeng Market,Nakhorn Sawan Road, Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok
  • Street Food: Cooked Food - Khao Tom 3/1, Yaowarat Road corner of Charoen Krung and Soi Plaeng Nam
  • Street Food: Crab Omelet - Jay Fai, 327 Mahachai Road (ridiculously expensive but worth it)
  • Street Food: Duck Noodle - Sorroongroj Duck Noodle, Nang Loeng Market, Nakhorn Sawan Road, Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok
  • Street Food: Duck Noodle - Thong Lor Pochana, Soi Thong Lor (Sukhumvit 55) opp Thong Lo Police Station
  • Street Food: Fishball Noodle - Guay Thiew Pla, Soi Phraya Singhaseni off Rama IV Road
  • Street Food: Fried Chicken - Soi Polo Fried Chicken, 137/1-2 Soi Polo off Wireless Road, Bangkok
  • Street Food: Ihsan Food - Isan Rod Ded Restaurant, 3/5-6 Rangnam Road (opp King Power)
  • Street Food: Ihsan Food - Som Tam Boo Baa Restaurant, 25/48 Thanon Charan Sanitwong, Bang Khun Non
  • Street Food: Mango Sticky Rice - 38 Best Bangkok Mango Sticky Rice, Sukhumvit Soi 38
  • Street Food: Mango Sticky Rice - Kao Neeo Korpanich, 431-433 Tanao Road, Saochingcha
  • Street Food: Meatball Noodle - Tien Song Ped Yang, 188 Dinsor Road (Opp Bangkok City Hall), Saochingcha
  • Street Food: Meatball Noodle Soup - Saew, 1093 Sukhumvit Road (between Soi 55 & 57)
  • Street Food: Pad Thai - Pad Thai Fire Look, Sukhumvit Soi 38 (right hand side on entering the soi)
  • Street Food: Pork Noodle Soup with Salted Vegetable - right hand side of Sukhumvit Soi 38
  • Street Food: Salt Grilled Fish - Unnamed roadside stall between Central World Plaza and Platinum Shopping Mall
  • Street Food: Seafood - First Stall in Yaowaraj, Yaowaraj Road, Chinatown, (corner of Soi Phaduang Dao) Bangkok
  • Street Food: Seafood - T&K Seafood, 49-51 Soi Phaduang Dao, off Yaowarat Road
  • Street Food: Thai Dessert - Nam Kaeng Sai Khun Muk, left hand side of Sukhumvit Soi 38 entering from Sukhumvit Road
  • Street Food: Thai Donut - Pa Tong Ko Sawoy, 540 Tanao Road, opposite Bangkok Bank
  • Street Food: Thai Ice Cream - Nattaporn Ice Cream, 94 Thanon Phraeng Huton, Phranakorn
  • Street Food: Tom Yam Prawn Noodle - P'Aor Restaurant, 68/51 Soi Petchaburi 5 (in an alley between Soi 5 & 7)
  • Street Food: Wonton Noodle - SabX2 Wonton Noodle, Petchaburi Soi 19, next to Glow Pratunam Hotel
  • Street Food: Wonton Noodle - Sukhumvit Soi 38, opposite to Pad Thai Fire Look
  • Swiss: Chesa Swiss Cuisine, 5 Sukhumvit Soi 20, Bangkok
  • Thai Chinese: Suda, 6-6/1 Sukhumvit Soi 14 (behind Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit), Bangkok
  • Thai Fusion: Blue Elephant Culinary Institute & Restaurant, 233 South Sathorn Road (opp Surasak Station), Bangkok
  • Thai: Baan Khanitha & Galllery, 69 South Sathorn Rd. Sathorn, Bangkok
  • Thai: Baan Khun Mae, 458/7-8 Siam Square Soi 8, Bangkok
  • Thai: Ban Chiang Restaurant, 14 Soi Sri Vieng, Bangkok
  • Thai: Basil, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, 250 Sukhumvit Road (Asoke Skytrain Station), Bangkok
  • Thai: Benjarong, Dusit Thani Hotel, 946 Rama IV Road, Bangkok
  • Thai: Bua Restaurant, 1 Soi Convent, Bangkok
  • Thai: Cafe Marmalade in the Garden, 3F Siam Center, Bangkok
  • Thai: Casuarina Hut, Dusit Laguna Resort & Hotel, Bangtao Beach, Phuket
  • Thai: Jao Khun Ou (Once Upon A Time), 32 Petchburi Soi 17, Pratunam, Bangkok
  • Thai: Lai Thong, Imperial Queen's Park Hotel, 199 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok
  • Thai: Rim Fang Floating Restaurant, Tha Nam Non 235/2 Mu 4 Pracharat Road, (near Nonthaburi Pier), Nonthaburi
  • Thai: Spice Market, Four Seasons Hotel, 155 Rajdamri Road, Bangkok
  • Thai: Sukhotai, Camp Davis, 88/5 Sukhumvit Soi 24, Bangkok
  • Thai: Thai on 4, Amari Watergate Hotel, 847 Petchburi Road, Bangkok
  • Thai: Thanying, 10 Pramuan Road (off Silom Road), Bangkok
  • Thai: Tongue Thai, 18-20 Soi 38 Charoenkrung (opp Oriental Plaza Shopping Centre), Bangkok
  • Vietnamese: Le Dalat Indochine, 47/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23, Bangkok
  • Vietnamese: Thang Long, 82/5 Soi Lang Suan, Bangkok

Favourite Eating Places (Outside Singapore & Thailand)

  • Australia, Adelaide: Central Market, Grote Street, Adelaide
  • Australia, Hobart: Drunken Admiral, 17-19 Old Wharf, Hobart, Tasmania
  • Australia, Hobart: Mozart on Collins, 121 Collins Street, Hobart, Tasmania
  • Australia, Hobart: Zum Cafe, 27 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania
  • Australia, Melbourne: Dragon Boat Restaurant, 203 Little Bourke St, Chinatown, Melbourne
  • Australia, Melbourne: Flower Drum, 17 Market Lane, Chinatown Melbourne
  • Australia, Melbourne: Grossi Florentino, 80 Bourke Street
  • Australia, Melbourne: Hopetoun Tearooms, 282 Collins Street, Block Arcade
  • Australia, Melbourne: King of Kings, 209 Russell Street
  • Australia, Melbourne: Lazar's Charcoal Grill, 87 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
  • Australia, Melbourne: Mekong, 241 Swanston Street
  • Australia, Perth: David Jones Foodhall, Groundfloor, 622 Hay Street Mall
  • Australia, Perth: Golden Century Seafood Chinese Restaurant, 191 James Street, Northbridge
  • Australia, Perth: Kailis Fish Market Cafe Waterfront, 46 Mews Rd Fremantle
  • Australia, Perth: Kalao World Cuisine, 171 James St Northbridge
  • Australia, Perth: Saigon Cafe, 101 James Street, Northbridge
  • Australia, Perth: Taka Japanese Cuisine, 152 Barrack Street
  • Australia, Sydney: BBQ Kitchen, 308 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW 2067
  • Australia, Sydney: Bills Cafe by Bill Granger, 433 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
  • Australia, Sydney: Chat Thai Thaitown, 20 Campbell Street, Haymarket
  • Australia, Sydney: Doyle's on the Beach, 11 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay, NSW
  • Australia, Sydney: East Ocean Restaurant, 421 Sussex Street, East Ocean Arcade, Haymarket, Sydney, NSW
  • Australia, Sydney: Emperor's Garden Restaurant, 96-100 Hay Street, Haymarket
  • Australia, Sydney: Marigold Restaurant, Levels 4 & 5, 683-689 George Street
  • Australia, Sydney: Pancakes on the Rocks, 4 Hickson Road, The Rocks
  • Australia, Sydney: Saigon Queen, 137 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
  • Australia, Sydney: The Wharf Restaurant, End of Pier 4, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
  • Austria, Innsbruck: China-Restaurant Canton, MariaThereseinstrasse 37, Aldstadt
  • Austria, Korneuberg: Gasthaus Zum alten Zollhaus familie Barenth, 2100 Korneuburg, Bahnhofplatz 2
  • Austria, Mondsee: Konditorei Frauenschuh, Marktplatz 8, Mondsee
  • Austria, Rattenberg: Gasthaus Kanzler Biener Restaurant Cafe Bar, 46 Sudtirolerstrasse, Rattenberg
  • Austria, Salzburg: Cafe Tomaselli, Makartplatz, Old Town
  • Austria, Salzburg: Nagano, Griesgasse 19, Old Town
  • Austria, Salzburg: Restaurant Zum Eulenspiegel, A-5020 Hagenauer Platz 2, Old Town
  • Austria, St Gilgen: Restaurant Gasthof Zur Post, 8 Mozartplatz, St Gilgen
  • Austria, Vienna: Cafe Central, Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien
  • Austria, Vienna: Cafe Hawelka, Dorotheergasse 6, 1010 Wien
  • Austria, Vienna: Cafe Sacher, Hotel Sacher, Philharmonikerstrasse 4, 1010 Wien
  • Austria, Vienna: Ege Iskender Kebab Cafe, Naschmarkt, Wienzeile, Wien
  • Austria, Vienna: K&K Hofzuckerbackerei Demel, Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Wien
  • Austria, Vienna: Nordsee, Karntnerstrasse 25, 1010 Wien
  • Austria, Vienna: Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant, Getreidemarkt 7, Wien 1060
  • Canada, Lake Louise: Lakeview Lounge, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta
  • Canada, Victoria: The Dining Room Restaurant, Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, BC
  • Czech Republic, Prague: Cafe No 1, 28 Rijna 9, Mustek, Praha 2
  • Czech Republic, Prague: Francouzska Restaurant, Municipal House, Republic Square 5, Old Town, Praha 1
  • Czech Republic, Prague: Nagoya Sushi House, Stroupeznickeho 21, Andel, Praha 5
  • Czech Republic, Prague: Restaurace Stare Casy, U Machtu, Rytirska 411/4, Praha 1
  • Czech Republic, Prague: The SushiBar, Zborovská 49 Mala Strana, Praha 5
  • France, Paris: Le Relais de L'isle, 37 rue Saint Louis en I'Ile
  • France, Paris: Louise Cafe, 8 rue Croix des Petits Champs
  • France, Paris: Taillevent (3 Michelin Stars), 15 rue Lamennais
  • Germany, Constance: Comturey-Keller, Harbour, Insel Mainau, 78465
  • Greece, Athens: Furin Kazan, Apollonos 2, Syntagma
  • Greece, Kalambaka: Restaurant Meteora, Townhall Square, Kalambaka 24320-22316
  • Greece, Santorini: Mama Thira, Clifftop, Firostefani
  • Hungary, Budapest: Cafe Hungaria aka Cafe New York, Groundfloor, Palais New York, Budapest
  • Italy, Bolzano: Panifico Franziskaner Backerei, Via Museo 10, Bolzano
  • Italy, Bolzano: Restaurant Magdalenerhof, 48 Via Rencio, Bolzano
  • Italy, Verona: Brek, Piazza Bra 20, Verona
  • Malaysia, Ipoh: Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant, 51 Jalan Leong Sin Nam
  • Malaysia, Ipoh: Purple Cane Tea Art Centre, Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar, Taman Jubilee
  • Malaysia, Ipoh: Pusing Public Seafood Restaurant, Jalan Laxamana, Kampung Jawa
  • Malaysia, Ipoh: Restaurant Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau, 49 Jalan Yau Tet Shin
  • Malaysia, Melaka: Kafe Bulldog Flavours of Nyonya Restaurant, 145 Jalan Bendahara (Opp Bayview Hotel)
  • Malaysia, Melaka: Lung Ann Refreshments, 93/807 Lorong Hang Jebat
  • Malaysia, Melaka: Restoran Laksamana Hakka Zhan, 76 Jalan Laksamana 5, Taman Kota Laksamana
  • Malaysia, Melaka: Restoran Lee (famous crab restaurant), 155 Jalan Bendahara (Opp Bayview Hotel)
  • Malaysia, Melaka: Teo Soon Loong Chan Teochew Restoran, 55 Jalan Hang Kasturi (off Jonker Street)
  • Malaysia, Penang: De Tai Tong Restoran, 45 Lebuh Cintra, Chinatown, Georgetown
  • Malaysia, Penang: Restoran Sun Yoon Kee, 35 Lebuh Cintra, Chinatown, Georgetown
  • Nepal, Kathmandu: Vesper Cafe, Pulchowk, Lalitpur
  • Norway, Bergen: Yang Tse Kiang Restaurant, Torgallmenningen 8, Bergen
  • Norway, Geiranger: Brasserie Posten, 6216 Geiranger
  • Norway, Henningsvaer: Fiskekrogen, Dreyersgt 29, Henningsvaer, Foloten Islands
  • Norway, Oslo: SoMot Vietnamese, Helgesens Gate 16, Grünerløkka
  • Spain, Barcelona: Cerveceria Catalana, 236 Calle Mallorca, Barcelona, Catalonia
  • Spain, Barcelona: Escriba, La Rambla, Barcelona, Catalonia
  • Spain, Barcelona: Forn del Pi, Ferran 10 Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Catalonia
  • Spain, Barcelona: Gelateria Italiana Giuseppe, Barcelona, Catalonia
  • Spain, Barcelona: La Cuineta Restaurant Especialitats Catalanes, Pietat 12, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Catalonia
  • Spain, Barcelona: Mercat de la Boqueria, La Rambla, Barcelona, Catalonia
  • Spain, Barcelona: Pastisseria La Colmena Bomboneria, Barcelona, Catalonia
  • Spain, Sitges: La Oca, Parellades 41, Sitges, Catalonia
  • Sweden, Stockholm: Restaurang Sallys, Vasterlangatan 52, Gamle Stan
  • Sweden, Stockholm: Shogun, Tyska Brinken 36, Gamle Stan
  • Sweden, Stockholm: Solliden Restaurant, Skansen Open-air Museum, Djurgarden.
  • Turkey, Istanbul: Amedros Cafe & Restaurant,Divanyolu Cad. Hoca Rüstem Sok. No 7, Sultanahmet
  • Turkey, Istanbul: Boukoleon Ayasofya Fish Restaurant, Küçük Ayasofya Mahallesi Mustafa Pasa Sokak No 45/1, Sultanahmet
  • Turkey, Istanbul: Tarihi Sultanahmet Koftecisi Selim Usta, Divan Yolu (ordu) Caddesi 12; near Sultanahmet tram station.
  • USA, Las Vegas: MGM Grand Buffet, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
  • USA, New York City: Big Wong King, 67 Mott Street (between Bayard and Canal), Manhattan
  • USA, New York City: Ciao Bella Italian Ice Cream, Food Concourse, Grand Central Terminal, Manhattan
  • USA, New York City: DB Bistro Moderne, 55 West 44th Street, Manhattan
  • USA, New York City: Europa Cafe, 3 Times Square @ 43rd and 7th Avenue, Manhattan
  • USA, New York City: Europa Cafe, 787 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan
  • USA, New York City: Hoy Wong, 81 Mott Street (between Bayard and Canal Street)
  • USA, New York City: Restaurant Bouley, corner Duane & Hudson, TriBeCa, Manhattan
  • USA, New York City: SBarro, 1606 Broadway, Times Square, Manhattan
  • USA, New York City: Yum Thai Cuisine, 44th Street, Manhattan
  • USA, San Francisco: Alaskan crab, Roadside Stall, Fisherman's Wharf
  • USA, San Francisco: Dojima-Ann, 219 O'Farrell Street, Union Square
  • USA, San Francisco: Swan Oyster Depot, 1517 Polk Street, Nob Hill
  • USA, San Francisco: Yabbies Coastal Kitchen, 2237 Polk Street, Russian Hill