Memories of Bhutan! 回忆不丹！爬到山顶后，我才发现什么都没有！人在这世界是多么的渺小！人又算什么呢！After reaching the summit, I came to realise that there is nothing up there! Man is just so tiny as compare to the vastness of this world! What is man!
Memories of Bangkok. 回忆曼谷！Oh, I have tonnes of memories with this city! Sukhumvit Soi 38 is certainly one of them! 哇，我有好多回忆在曼谷哦！Sukhumvit 38 小巷是其中之一！Here you can find a congregation of street food of Bangkok in one small road! And today is the last day of operation for this place! After today, the stalls will move to their various locations and give room to condo development! 小小的一条小巷，它聚齐了曼谷的街头小吃. 今天是这条小巷的最后一天的营业！过了今天，小巷就要让位给私人公寓发展商！可惜啊！
I was drawn to this cafe by its famous coffee jelly. Read a fair bit about it and was thinking of going there to try it out. I have tried the expresso ice cube in Bangkok and so thought this coffee jelly thing should be quite exciting. Froth cafe is located in Big Hotel along Middle Road. Its not that difficult to locate the hotel and perhaps I should have a staycation in the hotel soon.
I asked for recommendation and the staff did. I ordered the Tom Yum seafood risotto, the spicy winglets and of course the coffee jelly. The coffee jelly thing was really a plus point to this cafe. I have not heard of anything like this so far in Singapore or Bangkok. It basically coffee jelly mixed with fresh milk. Before drinking, you should break the jelly at the bottom of the glass and mix it well with the milk. However, as I feedback to the barista, I would actually prefer the coffee taste to be stronger. I couldn’t taste too much of the coffee and as such I felt like I was drinking some milk tea with pearls. The seafood risotto was served with prawns and shells and to be honest I am not a great fan of shell stuff. The good thing is that the Tom Yum taste was strong enough to cover the shell stuff in the dish. I love the tom yum taste to be honest, however, the rest of the ingredients in the dish didn’t quite impress me.
As for the spicy winglets, that’s the saving grace for the visit to Froth. I love the texture of the dish and the chicken was tender and juicy. The juicy chicken was sprinkled with smashed nachos and some shallots as well. Love this combination and truly a good snack for the afternoon.
Overall, my experience with the cafe was a good one. The cafe has a lot of potential given more time to fine tune its menu. They have a lot of fresh food idea and I am sure they will do all the necessary adjustments to make things better. I am looking forward to see Froth grow in maturity as a cafe. Good luck!
I went to Keong Siak street specially to visit this Banana Tree cafe, another Korean style cafe serving Korean bingsu. I was so intrigued by their flower pot decorative of their dessert. Not difficult to locate this shop that just started operating about a month or so. I took a cab to Bukit Pasoh and this I was really out of cash by the time I entered Banana Tree. After I have decided on my order, I was told that they don’t take cashless payment. I wasn’t feeling that lousy but I knew that the nearest ATM from Keong Siak is pretty far and the weather was really hot. I guess I had no choice but to walk down the street to hit an ATM. Just when I was packing my bag and getting ready to leave, the beautiful lady boss asked if I work around this area? I said I don’t but I frequent this place. She suggested that I should stay and have my order and come back another day to pay for it. I was feeling rather comfortable with that but the lady boss insisted seeing the hot weather. I took the offer and I really enjoyed my dessert very much.
After I walked out of the place, the first thing I did was to get my cash and pay for what I owe. I was touched by the lady’s trust in me even though I was just a customer. I would certainly want to come back for the bigger pot of flower when I have people to accompany me. Good luck to your new and exciting venture!
First the location map shown on Instagram indicated a wrong place. Instagram map shows the cafe to be on Smith Street in Chinatown and there was not Cafe Insadong there. I decided to take a look across South Bridge Road and lo and behold, the cafe was there. I was so glad that I found it as the weather outside was extremely hard to bear. Temperature was easily 33 or 34 degree Celsius that day. When I stepped in the cafe, I was greeted by one of the staff of the cafe and I feedback to her that the map on Instagram is wrong about their location. She seemed very serious about it and expressed that she would update the info which to be honest I didn’t quite know how that is done.
In any case, stepping into the cafe was already making me feel great as the weather out there was really very hot. I asked for a recommendation as I was really clueless what I should order and it was my first time visiting a Korean-style cafe. I actually found the price a little on a high side for their menu. I ordered the Beef Bugolgi Toast for a light lunch and the Red bean and sweet potatoes for dessert. Both items each falls within the range of $7 to $9. I do find that for a toast or ice dessert to cost around this range ….its a little too pricey. I can easily get a local ice kacang for just less than $3.
I was particularly fond of the beef bugolgi toast as I always wanted to do something with toast and kimchi and I must say they did pretty okay with their combination. I messaged a group of friends that I was in this shop and one of the foodie friends replied me and said that she doesn’t really like their ice dessert. Well, I tend to disagree with her because you really can’t be too wrong with sweet stuff. But like I said, for this kind of price, I can get two ice kacang when I crossed over to Chinatown Hawker Center. One thing for sure, the korean-style ice kacang did help to beat the heat outside for me.
I guess, its still pretty worth coming here and enjoy the dessert after a tiring shopping at Chinatown…
It was my laze around day and I wanted to laze to a nearby cafe in the same area. However, the cafe that I intended to go had a private function, so I decided to hop to this one which I missed the other day when I was here for staycation. From the time I stepped into the cafe till the moment I left the cafe, I must say that I was very pampered by the staff of the cafe. I stepped in and was greeted by the staff. I was not allowed to order anything until the staff had finished explaining to me all their products on the classy glass display. It was very boutique indeed. They had a few dessert on display and the staff took a lot of pride and most importantly, a lot of heart to introduce all of them to me before I decided on one.
I was ushered to my seat and was made very comfortable there. When my dessert arrived, the staff once again explained in greater details about the making of the dessert and how I should go about consuming it. From his narration of the dessert I ordered, I came to know that this little piece of thing have ingredients from more than 3 different continents and countries. After all the narrative, I finally get to savour my precious dessert served by staff with so much heart and soul in them. With all the narrative still at the back of my mind and my tongue physically tasting it, I must say that the experience was heavenly. The chocolate was smooth and the fill inside this little thing is wholesome and and not overwhelming.
Throughout my stay in the cafe, the staff would regularly, at a very comfortable pace, check on my well-being and asked if I am alright with everything. The attention that I received from them was superb and I felt almost like a celebrity. After I have posted my food picture on my Instagram, they replied to my IG and they actually remembered that I came and remembered that I was writing my poem then and they actually refrained from disturbing too much. I was extremely touched by their service…or I should say more than service to me. They have made dining at Mad About Sucre an art by itself….They are inspirational!
Thank you guys for your hospitality…
This is a long-awaited staycation I have planned for myself. I first heard about the hotel beginning of the year. I walked pass it a couple of times while cafe hopping and often I am attracted by the unique character of the hotel. This time round I was very impressed by the unique design of the hotel. I was told all the 30 rooms in the hotel is uniquely designed and I got the A Big Goldfish room for the stay. I love this room. And I must say the courtyard style bathtub was awesome! I visited nearby spa and it was super rejuvenating. The staycation was partly my writer’s residence as well. I hope to be able to publish a poetry collection by the end of this year. Have been working hard on it.
I decided to take a walk down the old lanes and corners of Chinatown in Singapore yesterday. I love walking through the stalls and shophouses along all the avenues, Smith Street, Pagoda Street, Kreta Ayer Street and more! Took lots of photos as I walked through the many people and the braving the hot sun. But I think it’s worth the effort as I captured some interesting angles and corners of the area. Here are some of my works from yesterday….of course I didn’t forget to hop into some cafes along the way. I have written about The Lokal…next on line will be Roosevelt Diner and Bar.
This is one very unique cafe in Singapore. It’s uniqueness is in the fact that it’s formerly Chung Hwa Free Clinic! This Chinese clinic used to provide free medical care to our pioneer immigrants in the early days of Singapore history. Till today, Chung Hwa Free Clinic still functions as a free clinic in various parts of the island. I love the fact that they have preserved the original main entrance of the clinic. The interior decor of the cafe left some traces of the old medical clinic and added in elements of the modern cafe. Love the overall feel the cafe have to me when I stepped into the premise.
However,I was rather disappointed with the food they serve. I couldn’t decide what to order and eventually ordered their Awesome Breakfast Set. Well, since it’s called awesome, I was expecting it to be awesome. When the set came, I was rather disappointed by the food. It was simply very ordinary croissants and a few pieces of normal hams and scrambled eggs. That’s about it. They tasted very ordinary and
I really don’t think it would take a lot of skill to make the set at all. Adding to my dissatisfaction, the avocado and pineapple which was in the menu were missing from the late and when probed, the service free said they don’t have the ingredients in the kitchen. Well, I mean if you don’t have the full ingredients in the kitchen, you should at least inform me before I made a decision!
This incident made me minus some points from my original good impression of the cafe. The latte was ordinary as well I must add. In general, I should think that the selling point for the cafe is really the historical context of the place. Give it benefit of doubt, maybe I haven’t experience the cafe enough to give a fair judgement. Perhaps the next time I will try something different and maybe I will say something else about it.
Just a side note, I did have a good get together with my friends, chatting and making jokes. Thanks for the very cosy place to chill out.
Wow…it’s been a while since I posted on my blog! Well, was busy with many other stuff and finally squeeze out some time during my recent work trip to Korat and Bangkok! I felt so at home when I was in Thailand and really planning for my next cafe-cation or food stood this coming March. When I told my sister that I am planning to go back to Bangkok again…she was like “huh!” Hahahaha….
Okay, this time round is a cafe with an interesting name, Ink and Lion Cafe! Not too sure why that name but it certain has the feel of Chronicles of Narnia. Perhaps it has to do with the lion, Aslan? Nah, that’s just my wild guesses! I went there with a friend and we wanted to grab a slow breakfast there but unfortunately they don’t really serve breakfast there! I decided to order a piece of coconut cheese cake and my usual latte! I love the coconut cheese cake and I love the size of it even more! It’s probably about 1/3 of the size of a normal slice of cake and thus, it’s really a good mini bite for a morning! The coffee was good and most importantly, the cafe give customer a very cosy and comfy feeling! My friend and I actually sat there for almost the whole morning…he was doing his work and I was just chilling out!
The best part of it is that ye of us… Or perhaps just me had a load of fun role playing and posing emo in the cafe! I simply love my experience here. The cafe is tucked in Ekkamai Soi 2… Not exactly far from the BTS Ekkamai! If you happen to be shopping in Bangkok…go visit Ink and Lion and it’s certainly a good place to just rest your legs before heading for more shopping spree!