Mango Tango @ Siam Square, Bangkok

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, April 29, 2016 | Published in

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During my first night in Bangkok, I visited Mango Tango to try their famous mango desserts. Located at Siam Square Soi 3, this shop is very conveniently located near the Siam BTS Station.

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I came here alone before meeting up with my friend for dinner at Inter Restaurant later. It's just desserts - surely I would not be too full for dinner after this right? LOL!

The restaurant was actually quite small with just a few tables. Luckily there was no crowd. I heard that in the day time, there would be long queues to get a table.

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Cute mangoes decoration!

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My photos did not turn out well as it was rather dim.

The menu was basically a variety of desserts based on the one and only fruit - mango!

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As there was no one to share the desserts with, I decided to go for their Signature Mango Tango with Sticky Rice (145 baht). I believe it's a wise choice as I get to sample everything - the fresh mango, mango pudding, mango ice cream and sticky rice.

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My verdict? It was OK - the mango was sweet and juicy. The ice cream was pretty good, but I was not impressed with the pudding and the sticky rice.

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I will definitely not queue for this, so if you see a long queue outside this restaurant, I will suggest that you go elsewhere for your dessert! Otherwise, it's worth a try at least once. I have no complaints about their fresh mangoes though.

As for mango desserts, it's probably much better to fly to Hong Kong to try the Hui Lau Shan mango desserts!

After You Dessert Cafe @ Silom Complex, Bangkok

Posted by : foongpc | Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | Published in

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Looking for desserts in Bangkok to satisfy your sweet tooth? Why not try After You Dessert Cafe located at Silom Complex?

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It was my second day in Bangkok and my friend and I decided to part ways after enjoying the yummy toasted bread at Mont Nom Sod in MBK Centre. Yes, we sometimes like to explore Bangkok on our very own - solo style - and I would suggest you do the same whenever you travel with friends.

If you have never traveled alone before, you will experience that awesome feeling of freedom, doing what you like, with no worries about pleasing or accommodating your travel partners!

Anyway, I left MBK Centre and somehow ended up at Silom Complex. What I did in between these two places would perhaps be best left for another post in future.

I had heard about After You Dessert Cafe before I came to Bangkok, so when I saw this cafe on the second floor of Silom Complex, I immediately went in.

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Everything on the menu sounds so sweet! And I mean it literally. Well, it's to be expected, since it's a dessert cafe. I chose the Shibuya Honey Toast, which I was told is the bestseller.

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As for the drinks, I went for iced apple cider (95 baht). Not sure why I chose apple cider but it was nice! So refreshing.

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Notice that jug of honey? That's for the Shibuya Honey Toast. By the way, Shibuya toast is originally from Japan, so I was curious how this toast in Bangkok matches up. Although, I would not be able to compare since I have never tried the one in Japan! Lol.

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The cup was pretty interesting. While I waited for the toast to arrive, I decided to read what's written on the cup.

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By the way, you would need to order at the counter and they will then deliver to you.

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After You Dessert Cafe is a chain in Thailand and you can find them elsewhere in Bangkok. The original outlet is at J Avenue, at Thonglor Soi 13.

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Finally, my Shibuya Honey Toast arrived. Priced at 175 baht, the toast was huge enough for sharing with another person, but of course since I was there on my own, I ate it all myself!

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The thick chunk of toast was crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy inside as there were melted butter inside. It was accompanied with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

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I don't fancy whipped cream, so I did not eat much of it. But I gobbled up the rest! Haha. If you don't find it sweet enough, don't forget to add honey from the jug of honey available.

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Their tagline - There's always room for desserts - definitely gets my wholehearted support! :)

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Maybe I will come here again to try their other desserts next time I go Bangkok!

Mont Nom Sod @ MBK Centre, Bangkok

Posted by : foongpc | Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Published in

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There is a hidden gem in Bangkok and it's this cafe called Mont Nom Sod located on the 2nd floor of MBK (Mah Boonkrong) Centre.

If you like toasts or bread and milk, then this is the place to go to! This is my toasts with condensed milk and butter (left) and toasts with original coconut custard (right). Both were delicious, and each was priced at only 23 baht!

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And my cup of slightly sweet hot milk to go with the toasts! 32 baht.

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My friend ordered toasts with coconut custard and chocolate spreads, but I forgot to take photos of them! The toast with chocolate spread was a little bit more expensive at 25 baht.

We went to MBK Centre right after our morning trip to Or Tor Kor Market and our early lunch of pork satay rice at Cafe Boran Hat Yai. As soon as we stepped into the cafe, we scanned the menu displayed behind the counter and were delighted to find so many different types of spreads.

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You can order toasts with sugar (only 18 baht), condensed milk, original coconut custard (orange color), coconut custard (green color), marmalade jam, corn soup (all at 23 baht each), strawberry jam, chocolate and taro custard. (the last three were priced at 25 baht each).

They have two types of bread - the toasted bread topped with your choice of spreads, and the soft steamed bread that comes with dips. However the dips were limited to just original coconut custard, coconut custard (both priced at 65 baht) and chocolate (70 baht) only.

And they have many of these packaged for takeaways.

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The place is famous for their milk, so make sure you order their milk if you come here. You can choose either hot or cold milk. But they are slightly sweetened, although I would have preferred non sweetened as the toasts were already sweet.

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Loaves and loaves of bread on the rack.

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Yummy spreads!! The orange and green coconut custards are similar to our Malaysian kaya but I found that the original coconut custard (orange color) has a much stronger coconut taste.

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They even sell cakes with coconut custard dips. Hmmm, I think I would prefer to just eat those cakes on its own without the dips.

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I really, really like their toasts! They were crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside.

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The condensed milk with butter was sinfully delicious! Definitely not healthy, but it was like comfort food to me.

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It's good to know that all of Mont's products are preservative-free as they are made fresh daily.

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Actually, I would have preferred a cup of coffee instead of just milk.  But no complaints about the milk though.

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First started in 1964 selling toasts from the street, Mont Nom Sod had grown and become a successful chain in Thailand.

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Not many people when we went there that day. Probably it was lunch time, and the locals do not normally eat bread for lunch.

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I liked it enough to buy a pack of steamed bread and coconut custard dip for takeaway.

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Mont Nom Sod
2nd floor, MBK Centre
Opening Hours : 11am - 9pm daily

Pork Satay Rice @ Cafe Boran Hat Yai, Bangkok

Posted by : foongpc | Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | Published in

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I am not sure if I should call this pork satay rice but the real name for this dish in Thai is Phra Ram long song, or Rama Takes A Bath. More popularly known as Swimming Rama, I figured it's the Rama King (pork) swimming in peanut gravy! LOL!

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And that's also why I am sure it can also be called pork satay rice.

Maybe it's not very clear from the photo above (since it looks like a huge big mess!) but the dish is actually made up of thin slices of grilled pork, with steamed morning glory and white rice drowned in a sea of satay peanut sauce. Plus, a tablespoon of chili-garlic sauce (see that red oval shape thingy?) plopped on top! Oh my, are you salivating yet?

Where can you find this simple yet unique dish? At Cafe Boran Hat Yai opposite the famous Or Tor Kor Market in Bangkok.

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Yes, there is no English name on the signboard. You just have to memorise how the signboard looks like if you plan to go looking for it.

So, after a long hiatus, I am back blogging and this time, I am going to blog about my Bangkok trip back in February 2014. Yes, that's how backdated I am in my blog posts. LOL!

This was a short 3-day Bangkok trip, but instead of starting from Day 1, I have decided to do it randomly this time, and start with Day 2. And in between, maybe I shall throw in some posts about my more recent trip to Taiping. Hopefully, you will not be confused between Bangkok and Taiping haha! (I really hope not, because they are so different)

Anyway, back to my story. It's Day 2 of my Bangkok trip and both my friend and I took an early morning MRT ride from our hotel to Or Tor Kor Market. It was my first time visiting this fresh market.

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There's a Black Canyon Coffee restaurant opposite the market.

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Although this post will not be about Or Tor Kor market, I thought I just share a little bit about it before we go back to that Swimming Rama dish.

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My first impression of the market was wow! How clean! And bright! Looks more like a supermarket than a fresh market, don't you think?

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The market is actually not very big but they sell fresh produce like fruits, vegetables and seafood. There is also a food court where you can eat to your heart's content. However, I did notice that the prices here are slightly more expensive than other markets in Bangkok. But then, the quality of the products sold here are better, so I guess it depends on what you want.

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I almost wanted to buy the durians but my friend stopped me. Luckily he did, because honestly, I think Malaysian durians are nicer, although the durians at this market were very fleshy!

OK, that's about as brief as I can get regarding Or Tor Kor market. Do check it out if you have never visited it before. By the way, did you know that Or Tor Kor market is listed in CNN's Top 10 of the world's best fresh market? Read it HERE.

Back to Cafe Boran Hat Yai. To locate this cafe, just exit from the back of Or Tor Kor market and you will easily find this cafe along the road.

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It was not lunch time yet, so there was no crowd. Only two or three customers when we were there. The cafe looks slightly more upscale than the average street restaurants in Bangkok but the prices were reasonable.

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Some condiments on our table. I did not touch them as the pork satay rice we ordered were tasty enough on its own.  The cafe also sells noodles and buns but mostly had to do with pork as the main ingredient. We skipped all that, because all we really wanted to try was the pork satay rice or Swimming Rama as it is popularly known.

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I enjoyed this dish as the pork was tender and the peanut gravy which also contains coconut milk was more savoury than sweet. Yummy! Price was reasonable at only 40 baht.

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Cafe Boran Hat Yai (opposite Or Tor Kor market, Chatuchak)
Opens : Daily 8am - 5pm
Direction to Cafe Boran Hat Yai : Take MRT to Kampheng Phet Station, exit #3 (look for signboard that says Marketing Organization For Farmers), walk up the stairs and turn right to Or Tor Kor market. Walk inside market till the back and exit, walk across the road. Cafe Boran Hat Yai is one of the shops along the road facing the market.