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Chang Sensory Trails

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When I first heard about the Chang Sensory Trails Event, I was quite skeptical about it. Most free events I attended in Singapore have been very crowded or poorly managed to say the least. Anyway, The Mbassadors decided to cover this event last Saturday and I drew the short straw. My thoughts are as follows.

About the Event

Chang Sensory Trails is a global event where you can sample delicious Thai food while enjoying refreshing Thai lager from Chang.

This year, the event took off in London during the month of April. It then moved to San Francisco in May and finally,  Singapore being its last stop. Unfortunately for those who missed it, the event took place exclusively during that one weekend (Fri 7 Jul – Sat 8 Jul, 4 PM till late).

Chang Sensory Trails scenery

A scenic spot to chug beer

Ambience

Singapore’s Chang Sensory Trails was organized at the Promontory next to the Marina Bay Financial Center. The open space overlooks Marina Bay and and Esplanade, a perfect spot to chug on beer indeed. It’s also a great location to catch the National Day Parade rehearsal and if you’re lucky, fireworks too!

The decorations and props were predominantly green and white, the corporate colors of Chang Beer (obviously). I must say I was thoroughly impressed with the effort that went into creating the ambience.

Surprisingly, it was not as crowded as most free events we had been to. To top it off, the weather was very nice. It drizzled a bit at the beginning but the staff helped open a big umbrella for us. That was really nice of them!

Chang Sensory Trails the food

Gang Hang Lay

Food

There were 12 stalls from top Thai restaurants gracing the event. Two dishes which stood out in our view were Pork Neck Panang Curry from Tamarind Hill and Moo Ping (Grilled Pork) from Nara Thai.

Chang Sensory Trails grilled pork

Moo Ping ( grilled pork )

We also enjoyed the Chiang Mai Larp from Long Chim but it could be a bit spicy for people who are not well acquainted with spicy foods.

Gang Hang Lay Moo (pork belly curry) from the Thai Society was a bit of a letdown. While this Northern Thai curry was tasty and authentic, the bread served with it was a bit hard. It would have been better if it were served with hot sticky rice just like in Thailand.

Chiang Man Bites from Long Tail which included Sai-Uo (Northen Thai styled sausage, pork rind and Nam Prik Num (grilled chili dipping) was also commendable. Overall, we enjoyed the food here. The only drawback was that food options were not vegetarian-friendly.

Chang Sensory Trails the bar

Chang beer, quality beer as usual

Beer

Chang Beer is nice and refreshing as usual, or maybe I’m just biased since I’m Thai. They sold 4 PLASTIC cups for 20 dollars. Individually, you’d pay 6 dollars per cup. We’d say that it was a very good deal for beer drinkers in Singapore.

Chang Sensory Trails O.K Ready band

Live performance by O.K. Ready

Live Music

We came early so we had the privilege of getting a table relatively near to the stage. The band jamming their set at that time was called O.K Ready. They had a nice selection of songs lined up and their music was pleasant to my ears. Two thumbs up to O.K Ready for making the event an enjoyable one.

Verdict

We cannot praise this event enough. Good food, cheap beer (that taste great!) and awesome live music. What more can we ask for? We hope Chang Sensory Trails will return again next year to Singapore. Better yet, make it a regular event! We will not hesitate to be frequent patrons.

The Weekly Glutton (19/6 – 25/6)

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Thai Super Bowl

thai super bowl trending eats

instant noodles at a premium price

Posts on Thai Super Bowl have been flooding my socials recently and I decided to jump on the band wagon after noticing pretty good reviews about the place.

Located deep in the heartlands of Hougang. Thai Super Bowl began business in April and have been exponentially gaining popularity ever since.

I admit, there was some level of expectations I had conceived prior to my visit. The images and videos I saw on my socials looked amazing. BUT you know that old saying?

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This is a classic example of just that.

The Food

Armed with hungry stomachs and great expectations, we, a party of three, decided to order the signature Thai Super Bowl, $36.

thai super bowl seafood meal

a meal for three, signature Thai Super Bowl, $36

As you can very well see, it looks great! The colors, positioning of ingredients and composition of the image is of a pretty high standard. The taste, however, I’m afraid doesn’t do the image justice.

TIPS: If you do decided to go after reading this, as soon as they serve you your tray/bowl, take out the prawns, squid and mussels. You don’t want them to be over cooked. Also, try to finish your noodles ASAP, they’re going to turn soggy otherwise.

The Thai Super Bowl comes with Prawns, Squid, Crab Sticks, Meatballs, Chicken Minced, 2 eggs amd Mussels cooked in a spicy Tom Yum Broth . Sounds like a pretty good deal for $36 no? Throw in 6 packs of instant noodles too just for that carbohydrate fix.

BUT

Them Prawns

thai super bowl prawns

frayed flesh on prawns– telltale sign that they are NOT FRESH

The Prawns were NOT FRESH. Take a look at Exhibit A, fresh prawns are supposed to have an easy to peel shell and firm inner flesh. This prawn right here has frayed flesh which speaks volumes of its freshness.

Them Mussels

thai super food mussels

mussels were not fresh too– they were tough and dry

As mentioned above, we took out the prawns, squid and mussels as soon as the tray was served but them Mussels were still tough and extremely dry.

#looksgoodtastesbad

Le Squid

The squid was tethering on the edge of failing but there were still some hints of freshness so I’ll give it to them.

Other than that, everything else was honestly pretty normal. Only the Chicken Minced managed to excite my severely disappointed taste buds, but then again, who could possibly mess up Chicken Mince?

The Untruths of Online Marketing

I honestly don’t understand or can begin to fathom the positive reviews this place has on some content platforms. They are all lies, just heed my advice and don’t bother going.

thai suer food overpriced food

overpriced food

“What they’re serving is essentially a huge pot of instant noodles and charging you a premium for it”

For those additional ingredients, I wouldn’t mind paying that $36. Of course, if they were of a decent quality and standard. But nope, IT FAILED IN ALL ASPECTS.

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This is a joint that will definitely not withstand the test of the time if they don’t buck up. They serve other dishes too but I’m not going to stick around to find out more thank you very much.

Expect to wait for hours if you pop by during dinner time. I tried on Father’s day but Dad got impatient and we went to eat somewhere else. Thank goodness for that, or he would have killed me for bringing him to such a place.

thai super bowl exterior

front layout

Thai Super Bowl

 

thai super food queue

no reservations, walk ins only

Thai Super Bowl
Address: #01-41 Hougang 1, 1 Hougang Street 91
Singapore 538692
Tel: 6385 3195
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30 pm daily

 

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Soi Thai Soi Nice at Alexandria

Soi Thai Soi Nice

The long weekend’s over. Am I the only one who feels that it flew by just like *snap* that? Hang in there though, the weekend is fast approaching.

I chanced upon this Thai joint over at Alexandra Central (It’s the building right next to IKEA @ Alexandria) during the weekend.

It felt like a posh place with its adorning purple sofas, chairs and fancy chandelier dangling from the ceiling. Their prices are just a wee bit higher compared to what I’m normally used to for Thai dishes. But then again, someone has to pay for the chandelier no?

Soi Thai Soi Nice dishes

The Food

I honestly have mixed feelings about this one. The reviews online told me to go for the Thai hotpot but I went against my better judgement and ordered various dishes instead.

Soi Thai Soi Nice seafood

Curry Prawns (Kung Chuchee) $15.80

I’ve worked out the math, you get 5 prawns for $15.80 that works out to be about $3.30 a prawn. When you work it out like that, it doesn’t seem as appealing anymore.

That being said, the curry was a sweet curry without any hints of spice, which was disappointing and the prawns were not that fresh. You can tell if a prawn is fresh simply by the way the shells part from the prawn meat. The meat in these prawns desperately clung to their shells so go figure.

Sorry Soi Thai Soi Nice management, it wasn’t soi nice.

Soi Thai Soi Nice super fluffy and light omelette

Minced Pork Omelet (Kai Jiao Moo Sap) $8.80

On a positive note, the omelet was super fluffy and light. I feel that heaps of effort went into the beating of the eggs. As soon as they served it to me, I was genuinely impressed by the airiness and thickness of the omelet.

Fast forward a couple of seconds, disappointment took over. The lack of minced meat in the egg was a little frustrating. Maybe it’s concentrated in the center? Maybe there’s more on the other side? But nope, the hard truth was that there was barely any minced to begin with.

Soi Thai Soi Nice Grilled Pork Neck

Grilled Pork Neck (Kho Moo Yang) $9.80

This dish could very well be the star of the restaurant if done right. There’s honestly a lot of potential and promise here.

Pork neck is a tricky cut to work with. Optimally, the meat should be moist and tender. On the other hand, you might get dry and chalky meat if you’re not careful.

The slices with fats were spot on – the fats sort of melted in your mouth as you chewed into them. But then the other pieces that had no fat were really dry and chalky.

Soi Thai Soi Nice prawns

Prawn Tom Yum Soup (Red) (Tom Yum Kung) $9.80

There are two sides to this dish and I’ll let you be the judge as to whether to try it or not. Tom Yum is supposed to spicy and sour, that’s just how it is, no deviations from this rule. Me thinks the Chef at Soi Thai Soi Nice was a little heavy handed with the sugar and forgot the chilies.

Then may I divert your attention to the prawns. Those babies are HUGE (and fresher than the Curry Prawns).

I’m leaning more to “I didn’t like it”. The prawns may be humongous but the juice isn’t worth the squeeze if you know what I mean.

Soi Thai Soi Nice Hor Mok Ma Praw Talay

Coconut Seafood Otah (Hor Mok Ma Praw Talay) $12.80

If you’re thinking of that fish cake wrapped in wrapped in banana leaf, think again. It seems more like a coconut seafood stew than Otah really.

The presentation was nice, serving it in a coconut husk does not only have an aesthetic value but it also aids to contain the pleasant coconut aromas and flavors. They provided a generous portion of shredded coconut flesh (which can be easily mistaken for sotong) so no complaints there.

Taste wise, once again, the heavy handed chef with the sugar struck. I’ve eaten lots of Thai food in my life and I know Thai people love sugar but they save that for their desserts and milk teas.

Soi Thai Soi Nice hotpot

In all my reviews so far, I’ve always identified at least one star dish of the establishment. This time, I have none.

But like I said, the reviews told me to go for the hot pot and I should have listened. I would revisit just for that but I can’t see myself coming back for their dishes. I should have gone for the IKEA meatballs and chicken wings instead. #regret

soi Thai soi nice layout

Soi Thai Soi Nice
Address: #02-01 Alexandra Central, 321 Alexandra Road, 159972
Opening Hours :Mon – Fri 11:30am – 3.30pm, 6pm- 10pm, Sat – Sun 11.30am- 10pm
Tel: (+65) 62504863

 

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Long Chim – Legit Thai Street Food

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As a Thai, I am always in search of good authentic Thai food in Singapore. Although there are many Thai restaurants in the little red dot, there are unfortunately few of them that are really good. Today, I am proud to present to you another favorite Thai restaurant of mine – Long Chim by David Thompson.

Long Chim means try or taste the food in Thai. It serves unpretentious Thai street food which are tasty and some uncommon here in a restaurant setting. The restaurant is helmed by David Thompson, whose restaurant ‘Nahm’ in Bangkok was ranked 37th best restaurant in the world by San Pellegrino 2017 and No. 5 in Asia.

Street Food Goodness

Long Chim offers diners modest Thai street food served in simple plates and bowls. The restaurant ambience and quirky decoration gives the place a fun and cheerful vibe.

Interesting Menu

I have tried Long Chim in MBS a few times and have also visited the branch in Perth once. I have to commend David Thompson for his choices and creativity. The menu is split into 3 zones: starter, Aharn-Jarn-Diao (individual dish) and Gap-Khao (food to share). If you cannot decide, you can opt for a set menu (called Ma Long Chim), which is available for minimum 2 persons per order.

Authentic Thai Flavors

long chim Miang Kham as starters

We ordered Miang Kham (dried prawns, ginger, toasted coconut, in betel leaves, $14) as a starter. The Miang Kham was wrapped and prepared for you so all you need to do is just putting it in your mouth. I decided to order this for my friends as it is not a common dish to have here in Singapore. 2 Singaporean friends who have been to Thailand many times admitted that they had not eaten Miang Kham before. The flavors burst inside our mouth – really great starter to whet your appetite. (I notice that Miang Kham is quite common in Australia though.)

For the main course, we ordered roast duck red curry ($24), grilled tilapia in salt crust ($34) and fried sun dried squid in garlic and peppercorn ($26) to share. We had the three dishes together with Thai jasmine rice. All the 3 dishes were very tasty – something quite surprising for Thai restaurants of this setting in Singapore.

 

long chim roast duck red curry for main course

roast duck red curry ($24)

long chim fish

grilled tilapia in salt crust ($34)

long chim fried sun dried squid for main course

fried sun dried squid in garlic and peppercorn ($26)

Superb Desserts

long chim banana roti for desserts

banana roti ($12)

We had banana roti ($12) and mango with sticky rice ($14) for desserts. It’s my first time having Thai rotis in Singapore. Long Chim’s version is really great as it is not too sweet. The price is about 10 times the one you get on the streets of Thailand though.

long chim mango with sticky rice for desserts

mango with sticky rice ($14)

The mango with sticky rice is good although I’d say there are already many places selling good mango with sticky rice in Singapore at half price.

Happy Hour

The Happy Hour is from 12 PM – 8 PM daily. You can order selected cocktails with some Thai inspiration at $10++. If you are not a cocktail fans, you can also order bottled beer from either Chang or Leo at the same price too.

long chim refreshing 555 drink

I ordered 555 (or Ha-Ha-Ha as pronounced in Thai). This drink of laughter is basically fortified wine & gin combined with fresh coriander, lemon and cucumber. It was quite refreshing and a pretty good deal for the price.

Long Chim serving simple yet tasty food

Verdict

Long Chim serves authentic Thai street food with dishes that you will barely get in Singapore. The food is simple, yet very tasty. The prices are quite high considering the type of food you get but then they are also lower than the other celebrity chef’s restaurants in the MBS. My only gripe about the place is that the serving is pretty small. I remember the portion of Prin’s Noodle I had at Long Chim Perth and it’s much larger. In fact it was so large that I could not even finish it (I also ordered a starter before the noodle).

I’d totally recommend this place to anyone looking for authentic Thai food in Singapore. It’s also very spacious and this makes it a perfect choice for a party or an event.

Long Chim 
Address: The Shoppes
10 Bayfront Avenue, #02-02, Atrium 2 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018955
Tel: 6688 7299
Operating Hours: 12-11pm daily

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