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[Singapore] Sembawang White Beehoon from You Huak

There was also a small kaffir lime on top - to be squeezed over the noodles.

about 18 hours ago
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

NY foodies in Bangalore

Has anyone recommended the Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (better-known by its moniker 'MTR') to you? It's Bangalore answer to Tadich Grill in SF - everyone who visits Bangalore needs to go there to experience a bit of the city's culinary history. Very good crisp dosas (folded into a large triangle peculiar to Karnakataka), especially with ghee poured over the top for additional richness.

http://www.mavallitiffinrooms.com/

about 20 hours ago
klyeoh in India & South Asia

any recommendations for places to eat in Ubud Bali and Yogyakarta Indonesia

I'm not familiar with Ubud at all, but have had good meals at Naughty Nuri's.

Heard quite a bit about Ibu Oka but not been there myself yet - it's "touristy", but in Bali, it's the touristy places which can satisfy our expectations (with regards to service, hygiene) compared to *local* ones.

Jul 29, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

What is your perfect breakfast?

I just discovered my perfect breakfast last month in Saigon:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1017135

Jul 28, 2015
klyeoh in General Topics
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Dividing South Asian Cuisine as Broadly as Possible

"Created" is probably too strong a word to use. Dominated by Nepali chefs, more like:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/brunch-...

Jul 27, 2015
klyeoh in India & South Asia

any recommendations for places to eat in Ubud Bali and Yogyakarta Indonesia

Yogyakarta recs:
1) Nasi Gudeg Yu Djum, Jl. Kaliurang KM 4,5 | Karangasem CT III/22, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Jackfruit curry with sweet, soy-basted grilled chicken. Lovely.

2)Jejamuran, Niron, Pandowoharjo, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55512, Indonesia. Tel: +62 274 868170.
Amazing selection of dishes, all made from mushrooms!

3) Brongkos Warung Ijo Bu Padmo, Restoran Asia, Restoran Indonesia, dan Kedai BBQ, Pasar Tempel, Sleman (Bawah Jembatan Krasak), Mlati, Yogyakarta.
Been around since 1952 and still serves one of the most amazing beef stew on rice ever.

4) Of course, you can never leave Yogyakarta without trying the city's famous Ayam Goreng Yogya - competition is fierce between rival chains, Ayam Goreng Suharti and Ayam Goreng Ny. Suharti: owned by a now-divorced king-and-queen of Yogya fried chicken. Both chains are good.
I also liked to go to the original restaurant, Ayam Goreng Mbok Berek, belonging to the wife's side of the family http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814718

Jul 27, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

NY foodies in Bangalore

I'll always associate 100 Feet Road with Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant (Velachery branch?) - I visited it on my very first visit to Bangalore back in 2004.

Jul 27, 2015
klyeoh in India & South Asia

Authentic Thai Food in London - Have not found a single one!!

brokentelephone's right on the money: Thai 101 and The Heron are also my go-to places if I ever hanker for some good Thai whilst in London. However, both aren't on par with Sydney's top Thai spots, mind you.

But then, Australia had its Thai food 'tsunami' which almost wiped out Chinese eateries two decades back - London never experienced anything as such. David Thompson's Darley Street Thai in Sydney back in the mid-90s offered an authenticity which you cannot find anywhere else outside Asia. Despite his now-defunct Nahm London becoming the first ever Michelin-starred Thai restaurant in the world, David Thompson always had difficulty procuring the necessary ingredients in London - it was also one of the key reasons he decided to move Nahm from London to Bangkok.

Have you tried any of Patara's various outlets around London? Not cheap, but it's Thai-owned & managed. I'd only tried the Beauchamp Place branch, but they were quite good, especially since we told them we expected "real" Thai flavours and spice levels at the onset.

Jul 22, 2015
klyeoh in U.K./Ireland

Indian aluminum pots... NAME?

And there are the Indian 'Handi' pots:
http://www.homeshop18.com/mahavir-6-p...

Jul 22, 2015
klyeoh in Cookware

Guangzhou Restaurants

I stayed at the China Hotel before and remembered that the hotel itself has a really good Cantonese restaurant:
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-...

One of my go-to places in Guangzhou is the old Guangzhou Restaurant on 2 Wenchang Nan Lu:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

Jul 21, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

London Dining

Love Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - it really is quite an experience.

Jul 21, 2015
klyeoh in U.K./Ireland

HK 30 hour layover update

Nice pics! :-)

Jul 21, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

London--looking for lunch....

Now that you've mentioned it, Harters, I hardly ever noticed dim sum trolleys in London. Gleaning thru TripAdvisor, there was a post dated 13 July 2015 of New World Restaurant, 1 Gerrard Place, Chinatown, where the poster mentioned dim sum trolleys being used.
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaura...

Jul 20, 2015
klyeoh in U.K./Ireland

London--looking for lunch....

Yauatcha on Broadwick St would be less than 20 minutes' walk away from Russell Square, ditto Dumplings' Legend on Gerrard St, Chinatown.

Jul 20, 2015
klyeoh in U.K./Ireland

" CANLIS " - Another Year; Another Chef; Another Dining Experience!

You: "Waiter, my plate is dirty".
Waiter: "Sir, that's your appetiser".

LOL! Wished I was there with you guys, Charles.

Jul 16, 2015
klyeoh in Greater Seattle

Lunch @ Krua Apsorn

I love stir-fried cowslip creeper flowers or "pad dok kajon" (ผัดดอกขจร) - cannot find in Thai restaurants in Singapore or anywhere outside Thailand, for that matter.

Jul 11, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] Northern Vietnamese lunch at Tuấn & Tú, Pasteur

Tuan+Tu always have their own unique take on any dish - I'd asked my Hanoi-born colleague who did the ordering if it was Cha Ca - so she pointed it out to me on the menu :-D

Jul 11, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] Northern Vietnamese lunch at Tuấn & Tú, Pasteur

LOL, Charles! You and your predilection for yellow-skinned chicken.

Vietnam’s Untamed Cuisine

"Untamed" indeed. To the French, we'll always be the wild, exotic East ;-)

Jul 10, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] "Bánh mì Op La" from Hòa Mã

Make this your first stop when you get to Saigon - best banh mi in town.

Jul 10, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] Saigon Breakfast 2: Steamed goodies - Bánh Bao and Bánh Giò

You're right - their steamed buns are dry and crumbly, the same texture as our Chinese "mee koo", i.e. those we tinted pink and use for prayer offerings. The filling in the Vietnamese bánh bao are pretty tasty, though.

Jul 10, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] Crab Vermicelli at Quán ăn Thanh Bình

Quick lunch at Thanh Binh - a simple little Vietnamese eatery overlooking the famous Ben Thanh Market along Lê Thánh Tôn.

- Miến cua: A crab vermicelli dish which was highly-recommended by my Singaporean and Malaysian colleagues who'd visited Saigon in the past. It seems like *everyone* in my company knows this place. What you get is a bowl of fine, transparent glass noodles (mungbean threads) in a crab-flavoured consomme, garnished with crab claws and minced crabmeat/shrimp-paste balls, shredded coriander leaves, finely-chopped scallions and crisp-fried shallots.

The menu also has an all-crab claw version - *don't* order that: it's priced almost double the ordinary version, but contains only 4-5 pincers, whilst the amount of tasty crabmeat/shrimp-paste balls were cut down.

- Bánh bèo bì: Small steamed rice cakes, topped with dollops of mashed mung beans, and then garnished with finely-sliced cucumbers, banana blossom, pork sausage, chopped coriander greens and scallions. It was rather bland - the rice cakes are exactly the same as Singaporean "chwee kueh" and which I surmise was also introduced to the Vietnamese by Chinese-Teochew immigrants in the past.

But in Singapore, we topped these rice cakes with chopped, salted radish which had been fried in oil till fragrant - this complemented the rice cakes beautifullly. But the Vietnamese' topping was bland-ish and a dash of chilli sauce or soysauce would perhaps have pepped it up a bit.

Address
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Quán ăn Thanh Bình
140, Lê Thánh Tôn
Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1
Hồ Chí Minh
Tel: +84-838 232 412

Jul 09, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

[Malacca, Malaysia] Best "Cendol" at Aunty Koh's, Bukit Rambai

Try and arrive there around 11.45am, Martha. It's a 15-minute or so drive out of the old Melaka town centre (Jonkers area) along Jalan Klebang Besar. Keep a lookout on the right for a turning into Jalan Batang Tiga, just after the Golden Coast condominium.

You won't miss the tin-roofed shed-like kiosk on the right-side of Jalan Batang Tiga as there'll be a number of cars parked there, and customers lining up to place their order with Aunty Koh, who works alone.

Jul 08, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

[Mumbai, India] Bombay Duck & stuff from Konkan Cafe

Konkan Café at the Vivanta by Taj serves arguably the best appams in Mumbai. Ensconced within a dining room modelled after a "Nallu Kettu" (Keralan traditional courtyard house), this colourful eatery offers cuisine from the Konkan coast, which spans from Mumbai in the north, all the way down to Goa and Udupi in the south.

Our lunch here consisted of:

Jul 07, 2015
klyeoh in India & South Asia

[Singapore] Sembawang White Beehoon from You Huak

Mea culpa - poor quality pictures. I've been resisting DSLRs which would have delivered great images (don't want to lug one around) - instead, I use a small digicam which I can pop into my pocket.

Jul 07, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

[Singapore] Sembawang White Beehoon from You Huak

Those were the "choy sum" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choy_sum) leaves.

Jul 07, 2015
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Dividing South Asian Cuisine as Broadly as Possible

During a trip to Bangalore back in 2013, I bought a copy of Lathika George's "The Suriani Kitchen"
https://taleoftwotomatoes.wordpress.c...

It was very informative - Syrian-Christian cuisine in Kerala adds to India's rich culinary history.

Jul 06, 2015
klyeoh in India & South Asia

Dividing South Asian Cuisine as Broadly as Possible

Good suggestions, Kalivs.

I'd put Hyderabadi cuisine under South India - Andhra cooking is a close cousin of Tamil Nadu's rich repertoire of regional dishes, especially Chettinad cuisine. Also, Andhra's fabulous biriyanis have very good counterparts in Tamil Nadu (Dindigul biriyani cooked using tiny South Indian short-grained, aromatic "seeraga samba" rice known locally as "parakkum sittu" and "Kannivadi" meat, which comes from tender grass-fed goats.) and Kerala (Thalaserry Biriyani by the Moplah Muslims).

Goan-Jewish sounds interesting - I'd never tried that. Also, not forgetting French-Tamil Creole cuisine from Pondicherry:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1015277

Jul 06, 2015
klyeoh in India & South Asia
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Dividing South Asian Cuisine as Broadly as Possible

No, Konkan is a coastal region within Maharashtra state - the term is much-used in Mumbai but, it seems, not much outside it. I'm hoping long-time Hound, Howler, can chip in on this.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konkan

Some folks tend to lump the cuisine under Maharashtrian, but that would be diluting its uniqueness and its strong seafood identity. Others will describe that as Malvani cuisine. The Malvanis are a sub-dialect group of the Konkani:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvani...

I'm not as familiar with the subtle distinctions between Konkani and Malvani cuisines due to my limited exposure to them. I do hope anyone from that region can contribute towards this discussion.

I suspect your US-centric search engines on the Web somehow throws up different results from my Singapore-based one. When I Google here - there is no result at all on "Kinkani". Rather, Konkani is one of the languages in Goa - this excerpt from the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa, India - Language
www.goatourism.gov.in/people/language

"Goa is a multi-lingual state, thanks to its chequered history of thousands of years, which has seen people of various regions, ethnic races and religions from India and abroad coming over to and settling in Goa, while influencing the local language. At present, Marathi and Konkani are two major languages of Goa."

Jul 06, 2015
klyeoh in India & South Asia

Dividing South Asian Cuisine as Broadly as Possible

I think Konkani cuisine suffers from an identity problem (http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Konkani...).

Else, it would be the next big thing in Indian cuisine around the world - I especially liked its emphasis on seafood. Some of the top proponents in Mumbai:

1) Trishna
http://travel.cnn.com/mumbai/eat/tris...

2) Mahesh Lunch Home
http://www.maheshlunchhome.com/

3) Gajalee
http://www.gajalee.com/

4) Konkan Cafe
http://travel.cnn.com/mumbai/eat/mumb...

Goan cuisine has always had overlaps with Keralan, Konkani & Mangalorean cuisine, so no surprise that curried crabs would make an appearance there. I've had (the *very* Goan) bibinca served to me at the Konkan Cafe @ Vivanta by Taj Residency; and at Karavalli @ Gateway Hotel in Bangalore, a Keralan dining institution (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/842973).

Konkani and Goan are the only two Indian cuisines I'd come across where pork was used. Somehow, although there's no explicit restriction against consumption of pork in Hinduism, the Indians largely do *not* regard pig as an edible animal.

Jul 06, 2015
klyeoh in India & South Asia