Showing posts with label Mango Sticky Rice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mango Sticky Rice. Show all posts

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Thai Paradise @ Clementi Ave 5 - New Thai Eatery In The West To Spice Up Your Meal


Thai Paradise is a new Thai eatery located at Clementi Ave 5 near the Clementi police station. Though it has limited seats, the standalone eatery offers an extensive menu ranging from one meal dishes to cooked dishes for a family meal.

Basil Pork with Rice & Egg 4/5

As we were at Thai Paradise for lunch, we ordered the one meal dishes accompanied by several side items. First is the Basil Pork with Rice & Egg ($6.50). The pricing is very reasonable, with a decent portion for a meal dish. The flavours for the basil pork are on the spot, which goes very well with the steamed rice. I only hope that it can be spicier.

Beef Noodle 4/5

If you prefer noodles over rice, the Beef Noodle ($5.90) is a delicious consideration. The beef noodle comes in a robust and thick broth, accompanied by beef slices, beansprouts and beef balls. I usually add a bit of Thai chilli flakes to give it some extra kick, boosting the enjoyment.

Grilled Pork Cheek 3/5

Next, we have the Grilled Pork Cheek ($12), which looks like boiled pork instead of being grilled. It's tender and clean tasting. Best to have it with the accompanying Thai chilli sauce. However, I prefer it to be more grilled and charred for that smoky aroma.

Tom Yum Milk Red 4/5

You can go for either the clear or red for tom yum soup. I decided to go for the Tom Yum Milk Red ($7/$12/$18), creamy, spicy and brimming with seafood.

Pandan Chicken 4.5/5

A must-try is the Pandan Chicken ($8.90 for 4pc). The chicken is deep-fried to crispy on the outside yet tender and juicy inside. It even comes with a beautiful pandan and lemongrass aroma.

Mango Sticky Rice 4.2/5

Red Ruby 4.2/5

We had the Mango Sticky Rice ($5.90) and Red Ruby ($4), Wrapping up our lunch. These desserts are legit, using the freshest ingredients. They are not to be missed to complete a satisfying meal at Thai Paradise.


Note: This is an invited tasting.

Thai Paradise
Blk 378 Clementi Ave 5
Singapore 120378
Tel: +65 88877512
Nearest MRT: Clementi (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1030am - 3pm, 5pm - 930pm
Sat-Sun: 1030am - 930pm

1) Alight at Clementi MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk along the sheltered walkway to Clementi Ave 5. Cross the road and walk to block 378. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Clementi MRT Station. Take Exit A. Walk to Clementi Bus Interchange (Stop ID 17009). Take bus number 7 or 282. Alight 1 stop later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Greenhouse @ Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore - Multi-ethnic Cuisine Served All Day From Five Show Kitchens


At Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, Greenhouse is an all-day dining multi-ethnic restaurant anchored by five show kitchens. The beautiful restaurant is clad in lush greenery and bountiful botany, with an unobstructed view of the golf course.

Tom Yum Goong 4.2/5

From the Thai kitchen, we started with Tom Yum Goong ($24++) packed with the characteristic Thai sweet, sour and spicy flavours. It even comes with huge river prawns. The authentic taste makes me miss my trips to Bangkok.

Phad Thai Phak 4/5

Another staple Thai dish on the menu is the Phad Thai Phak ($25++). The stir-fried rice noodles with tamarind sauce are nested in an egg nest, paired with broccolini and beansprouts. I am glad they do a wet version, which is also not too sweet—precisely the way I preferred.

Khao Niao Mamuang 4.2/5

We had our favourite Thai dessert to complete the Thai food section. The Khao Niao Mamuang ($12) comes in trio-coloured glutinous rice - blue pea, pulut hitam and pandan paired with sweet mango.

Binchotan Robata Sanchoku Wagyu Beef 4.8/5

From the Japanese kitchen, we had the Binchotan Robata Sanchoku Wagyu Beef MS 6/7 ($38++). The chunky wagyu is extremely tender and juicy, grilled to a delectable smokiness.

Corn Fed Coquelet Tandoori 4.2/5

Diners craving traditional Punjabi Tandoor cuisine will enjoy the Corn Fed Coquelet Tandoori ($36) paired with freshly baked naan. I enjoyed the succulent chicken marinated in yoghurt and spices that has been roasted to perfection.

Kurobuta Pork $30

For something closer to my heart is the Sweet & Sour Kurobuta Pork ($30) from the Chinese kitchen. It is meaty and juicy coated in a delightful sweet and sour sauce comprising tomato, Chinese rice wine vinegar and plum sauce. Worth noting is the addition of lychee, giving it a fruity, sweet finishing.

Personally, I love the space at the restaurant and am impressed with the food at Greenhouse. Unfortunately, the restaurant is very inaccessible. Unless you drive, if not even taking public transport, you still need to walk quite a bit from the main road to the restaurant. I would recommend taking the MRT to Expo MRT station and taking a cab or private hired car to the restaurant.

Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore
11 Laguna Golf Green
Singapore 488047
Tel: +65 68418888
Nearest MRT: Tanah Merah (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Weekday Breakfast: 630am - 10am
Weekend Breakfast: 630am - 1030am
Daily Lunch: 12pm - 3pm
Fri-Sat Dinner: 5pm - 11pm
Sun-Thu Dinner: 5pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Tanah Merah MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop at Tanah Merah MRT Station. (Stop ID 85091). Take bus number 35. Alight 5 stops later. Walk to junction of Xilin Avenue and Laguna Golf Green. Turn left onto Laguna Golf Green. Walk to destination. Journey time about 25 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Dine At Home During Circuit Breaker - Soi Aroy


One of the better meals I had during the circuit breaker period is Thai food from Soi Aroy. I am glad that even during this pandemic, I am still able to discover new restaurants that I didn't get to visit before the whole world goes into various lock down measures to fight against the pandemic.

Premium Tom Yum Soup with Thai Mama 

In my opinion, the best way to tell whether a restaurant is serving legit Thai food is from their tom yum soup. When I took a sip of the Premium Tom Yum Soup, it blew me away with its depth and bold flavours. You can choose to go along with some rice or add noodles to it. Customers will have a choice of egg noodles, brown rice bee hoon, Thai rice noodle or Thai Mama. I have gone for the Thai Mama as I like my maggie mee. 

Thai Collagen Porridge

Another dish that caught my attention is the Thai Collagen Porridge. The rice and ingredients come packed separately from the 12hr collagen base soup without MSG. It is very hearty and comforting. You can also request additional ingredients such as egg, vegetables, meat patty and more. 

Grilled Pork Cheek

Lemongrass Chicken

For some grilled stuff, they have Grilled Pork Neck and Lemongrass Chicken. The grilled pork has a delightful crunchy bite on top of its smokiness. The lemongrass chicken was tender with refreshing lemongrass aroma.

Thai Fish Cakes

Another popular item on their menu is the Thai Fish Cakes which goes excellently with the Thai sweet spicy sauce. 

Thai Seafood Fried Rice

As I mentioned earlier that I have not visited Soi Aroy at Sim Lim Square so I went online and try to find out more about the restaurant. I realized it is actually quite a small place located on level 2 of the mall. It amazes me that with such a constraint space, the restaurant was able to wok up so many varieties on their menu. Besides the dishes I mentioned earlier, they have many more cooked dishes such as Thai Seafood Fried Rice, Thai Basil Pork, Sambal Kang Kong with Squid and Sambal LaLa.

Thai Basil Pork

Sambal Kang Kong with Squid

Thai Basil Pork and Sambal Kang Kong with Squid is probably two of my most ordered items whether I visited a Thai restaurant. With a plate of fragrant steamed rice, it basically completes a meal. 

Sambal LaLa

Worth mentioning is their Sambal LaLa. Not only was the LaLa fresh and juicy, it like the layer of aroma from the Thai basil which just elevated the whole spicy affair.

Mango Sticky Rice

Not to forget to wrap your meal with some sweetness too. This can also helps to cool the tongue after all the spicy food. Some of the desserts I tried are Mango Sticky RiceTapioca, Red Ruby and Mango Sago.

Tapioca, Red Ruby and Mango Sago

Currently the restaurant is having the following promotion. Free drink for every $15 spent and $5 off for orders above $50. Delivery fees ranged from $5 to $17 depend on the zone. You can refer to their facebook page for the delivery fee charges. To order WhatsApp the restaurant at 9641 8988.

Soi Aroy
Sim Lim Square
1 Rochor Canal Road
Singapore 188504
Tel: +65 96418988
Nearest MRT: Rochor (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11am - 8pm
Sun: 11am - 4pm

1) Alight at Rochor MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Auntie’s Wok and Steam @ Andaz Singapore - Celebrate Asia Street Food By Top Female Chefs


The start of the year 2020 sees female power taking over Auntie’s Wok and Steam at Andaz Singapore. As part of a culinary series that aims to celebrate the unique taste of Asian street food, a scheduled line-up of top female chefs of different Hyatt hotels in Asia will set up a short-term residency at Auntie’s Wok and Steam, and they shall be whipping up their city’s authentic street food tastes and flavours. Kickstarting this culinary series is Chef Tubtim Warapai, who will be presenting to you Thai cuisine from her hometown of North-east Isan with a specially crafted a la carte menu, lunch and dinner sets, which will be available daily from 3 to 14 February 2020.


Prices for the a la carte menu start at $12 per dish and $26 for the lunch tray sets which include an appetizer, main and dessert. Set dinner menu which we had tried is priced at $68, which showcases Chef Tubtim Warapai's home-cooked local specialties such as Chicken Green Curry (Gaeng keaw wan gai) and Crab Fried Rice (Khao pad poo).

Som Tum 3.5/5

You get to choose any 3 dishes from Appetizer. Som Tum is what most of us are familiar with - the spicy, sweet and sour green papaya salad that we love in our summery weather. What I like about this Som Tum is that the fish sauce is not as assertive like some others, and definitely not as fiery as well.

Grilled Pork Neck 4/5

The next two dishes are the must-order - Kor Moo Yang (Grilled pork neck) and Nam tok Thai Beef Salad. Grilled Pork Neck is blessed with the right amount of lean meat and fats and when grilled perfectly, like ours, they get really tender and flavorful. But what really pushes the experience up a notch is the accompanying spicy Isan dipping sauce that counters the fatty pork neck - nam jim jaew chilli sauce. Like most Thai sauces, it is tart, sweet, spicy, and nutty with tamarind, herbs, sugar and ground peanuts, and ours had such a good balance of flavours that I had the remaining for most of the other dishes too.

Thai Beef Salad 3.8/5

The Thai Beef Salad is essentially beef slices mixed with dried chilli, kaffir lime and mint. Similar to the grilled pork neck, the beef slices had a beautiful texture to it. The condiments did not at all overpower the meat but they combined to serve as a refreshing counterpoint to the beef.

Tom Yum Talay 3/5

You get to select 3 Mains as well. Tom Yum Talay, again, a hot and spicy soup that we have grown to love. Although it lacked the usual shiokness from the sour-spicy kick that I was craving for, the fresh and succulent ingredients somewhat make up for it.

Crab Fried Rice 4/5

Khao Pad Poo (Crab fried rice) was yummy with chewy-tender fried rice and I love the chunks of scrambled organic egg that marbled the rice. Topped with chunks of crab meats, tossing them together gives a satisfying textural bite.

Gaeng Phed Goong 4/5

Gaeng Phed Goong serves up tiger prawns in red curry. The curry can certainly be more robust I feel, but it suits diners who can't take much heat.

Mango Stick Rice 3.8/5

For Dessert, on the menu are Mango Sticky Rice and Tub Tim Grob (Red rubies). Don't expect them to be street-food quantity but the sweetness of them will satisfy that post-meal craving for sure.

Red Ruby 3/5

Written by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.

Auntie's Wok & Steam
Andaz Singapore
Level 25
5 Fraser Street
Singapore 189354
Tel: +65 64081255
Nearest MRT: Bugis (DT Line, EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 10pm
Weekend & PH Yum Cha Buffet: 12pm - 3pm

1) Alight at Bugis MRT station. Take Exit F. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Blue Jasmine @ Park Hotel Farrer Park - A Flavourful Thai and Chinese Reunion


Celebrate Lunar New Year reunion dinner with a different at Blue Jasmine located at Park Hotel Farrer Park Level 5. On Lunar New Year eve, the Thai restaurant will bring together a buffet feast of Chinese dishes on top of the Thai dishes.

Available for both dine-in and takeaway is the Thai Chin Yu Sheng. This is inspired by classic Thai salads including the Northern Thai classic pomelo salad. This is a refreshing twist to the traditional yu sheng with slices of salmon gravlax, vegetables, Thai green mango, papaya, pomelo and pickles dressed in a plum and passion fruit sauce.

Poached Chicken Salad

Start off from the appetiser section with the Poached Chicken Salad with Sze Chuan sauce. If this is too spicy for some, there are other choices such as Prawn & Melon Salad and Smashed Cucumber Salad with Seafood. For the older folks which prefer warm foods, there are tempting little bites such as Crispy Prawn Wanton or a bowl of comforting Fish Maw Soup with crab meat and bamboo soup.

Spice Braised Duck

For the mains, be delighted with the tender Spice Braised Duck infused with Chinese herbs aroma. It even comes with braised tofu and braised eggs that have absorbed the delicious braising liquid.

Mixed Roasted Platter

Roasted meats are always on the dining table for Chinese festive occasions and its no different at Blue Jasmine for the Lunar New Year reunion buffet dinner. On the buffet spread, diners will find the Mixed Roasted Platter comprises of Roasted Chicken and Roasted Duck served with crispy garlic bits.

Claypot Rice

Carb lovers will enjoy the Claypot Rice, fragrant by cooking together with Chinese sausage. It also comes with flavourful marinated tender chicken and greens to complete the meal.

Steamed Grouper 

Fish is an auspicious tradition Lunar New Year dish serves on the Chinese New Year menu as it symbolises abundance or surplus for the year. If you want a good year ahead, then don't miss out on the Steamed Grouper with ginger and soy sauce.


There will live station at the buffet dinner too. Instead of the usual laksa or noodle soup live station, diners can enjoy the Wat Tan Hor Fun, wok-fried flat rice noodles served in light egg gravy.

Mango Sticky Rice

Not to forget the dessert station whereby diners will get to enjoy a variety of Chinese and Thai desserts. The selection includes ever-popular Mango Sticky Rice and Durian Sticky Rice. For the Chinese dessert, we have Almond Bean Curd with Mixed Fruits, Deep-fried Nian Gao and Sweet Glutinous Rice Ball Soup.


Chinese New Year Eve Reunion Dinner Buffet
Date: 24 January 2020
Time: 630pm - 10pm
Price: $58++ per adult, $29++ per child (6 - 12 years old)

Note: This is an invited tasting. 

Blue Jasmine
Park Hotel Farrer Park
10 Farrer Park Station Road
Level 5
Singapore 217564
Tel: +65 68248851
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 10pm
Fri-Sat: 630pm - 10pm (buffet dinner)

1) Alight at Farrer Park MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Sampan @ Boat Quay - A Refreshed Menu Focused on Local Produce And Asian Flavours


We are back at The Sampan located along the Singapore River in Boat Quay for its revamped menu. The new menu will focus on local and regional produces, transforming them into sensational dishes, incorporating Asian flavours. Lead by Head Chef Ahmad, even the kitchen team is local.

Espresso Martini 4/5

Emping Crackers

I started with an Espresso Martini ($18) and snack on the complimentary Emping Crackers. I realised many restaurants have begun to introduce emping crackers on their menu, not sure whether it is a trend but I find it a bold move, as not many people like the bitterness taste of it.

Half Shell Japanese Scallops 3/5

For appetisers, we started with the Half Shell Japanese Scallops ($15 for 3pc). The scallop is topped with laksa leave pesto. I like the idea, but the sauce didn't quite bring out the taste of the scallop for me.

Silken Egg Tofu with Peanut Sauce 3/5

The Silken Egg Tofu with Peanut Sauce ($12) is probably inspired by the local Tahu Goreng. It is topped with vegetable fritters for that extra crunch. However, I didn't find it quite as inspiring as a dish. It felt more like a shrink version of Tahu Goreng which is presented delicately but at a steeper price.

Pot Sticker Dumpling 3.5/5

The Pot Sticker Dumpling ($12) fares better than the other two appetisers. The dumpling skin is not too thick, with a decent proportion of minced meat stuffing. It even has delectable crispiness on one side, giving it an additional contrast in texture.

Spicy and Tangy Singapore Salad 3/5

Moving on to the salad menu, they are not actually the most healthy salad I have eaten. The Spicy and Tangy Singapore Salad ($14) is an interpretation of our local multi-cultural dish - Rojak, with a prawn paste sauce to hold the different components together.

Crispy Thai Beef Salad 3.5/5

The Crispy Thai Beef Salad ($15) compared to the Singapore salad has more textures, and I enjoyed the addition of the basil leaves to give it a boost in taste profile.

Kampung Bali Fried Rice 4/5

Sad to say, the dish that I enjoyed most is the Kampung Bali Fried Rice ($15) which is packed with rustic flavours infused with the smoky aroma.

Beef Cheek Rendang 3.5/5

I was left feeling speechless and stunned when the Beef Cheek Rendang ($26) was served. The plating with the grilled vegetables and steamed rice cake was so elementary. I also didn't get the idea behind the steamed rice cake. The saving grace has to be the flavourful and fork tender beef cheek.

Fresh Local Seabass 3.8/5

Among the mains, the Fresh Local Seabass ($21) is my favourite. The portion is generous, moist and comes with crispy skin glazed with Asian soya sauce. It is paired with smooth potato puree and pickled cucumbers.

Charred Chicken with Mango Sambal 2.8/5

Whole Baby Chicken with Tomato Sambal Aubergine 2.8/5

We tried both the chicken dishes, Charred Chicken with Mango Sambal ($19) and Whole Baby Chicken with Tomato Sambal Aubergine ($22). Putting aside that the chicken is tender and juicy, I didn't enjoy them. The chickens were bland, and the sauces didn't help to bring it together.

Local Coconut Pudding 3.8/5

For dessert, we have the Local Coconut Pudding ($13) that is topped with crunchy coffee tuille and served with a scoop of charred bread ice cream. A well-balanced dessert that is not overly sweet and has a smooth, creamy consistency.

Pandan Pancakes 4/5

The Pandan Pancakes ($13) is served with vanilla ice cream and palm sugar syrup. The texture of the pancakes tasted more like our local "Min Jiang Kueh" with the fragrant peanut filling.

Thai Sticky Rice 3.5/5

The Thai Sticky Rice ($13) with mango slices and mango sorbet is enjoyable, but I think there is room for improvements. I felt it was missing some elements such as coconut milk to bring everything together. Perhaps, also garnished with some mung beans for the extra texture.


In my humble opinion, I felt that The Sampan has a great concept, but it still hasn't found the exact identity in its food yet. It seems that they are caught in this barrier to elevate the traditional dishes and/or flavours, into a modern take that is something new and creative. If I were to compare the dishes I tried, I would say the dessert are much closer to the goal than the savoury dishes.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

The Sampan
63 Boat Quay
Singapore 049851
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay (NE Line), Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 12midnight
Sat: 430pm - 12midnight
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Clarke Quay MRT station. Take Exit E. Cross the road walk to Upper Circular Road. Walk down Upper Circular Road to North Bridge Road. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Raffles Place MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk to the riverfront. Turn left and walk down Boat Quay. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]