48 Hours in Singapore

Our second trip to Singapore was a whirlwind as we tried to fulfill our food cravings, shop, and attend a beautiful wedding. I noticed even with the pictures that I took this time; they were not as great because every capture was rushed. Thus, I have added some scenic sights of Singapore that I captured on my last trip with the recent food adventures from the weekend. You can also click here to see my first food trek to Singapore!

Start the day with poached eggs and kaya toast to give you enough energy to last till lunch time.

Eggs poached in the confines of its shell. Ya Kun Kaya Toast cracks the eggs for you so you can slurp away after a splash of soy sauce and a dash of pepper.

Enjoy the thin slices of toast that has Kaya Jam with slivers of salted butter.

A walk to the famous durian shaped Opera House is not far from the Fairmont hotel. Prepared to get sweaty from Singapore’s humidity.

Need to cool down? Take the SMRT to Orchard Road, the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore. The air conditioner is on full blast and malls are connected through underground walkways. Ion Orchard is one of the newer malls on Orchard.

After some retail therapy, go to one of the  food courts to try some yummy Singaporean staples. Sergeant General’s chicken rice is everywhere!  Food courts in the US cannot compare to the Singapore food courts.  Meals are prepared right in front of you and the variety of Asian cuisines are amazing.

Mini donuts for dessert at Sapporo Petit Doughnuts in Takashimaya.

A late afternoon snack for chocolate lovers. Awfully Chocolate sells cake by the weight. With a scoop of their dark chocolate ice cream and the cake slightly warmed, this snack is very rich and indulgent. With one bite, you can automatically tell that they use quality ingredients.

Clarke Quay has some of the trendiest night spots and of course Jumbo’s famous Chili Crab!

A view of Singapore’s beautiful nightscape is also a must. New Asia at the Stamford, a swissotel property, is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and the view.

A complimentary breakfast at Prego, within Fairmont, is a great way to start the day before we make our way back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Bites This:


Kaya Toast Set
#B1-80 Raffles City Shopping Centre


Super Stacked Chocolate Cake
#B1-52 Raffles City Shopping Centre


Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches

About those leftover gingerbread cookies, I did put them into good use. A satisfying cooling treat for any day in Ho Chi Minh City since it is always summer over here.

Don’t want to break a sweat making it homemade? Go to the place where I first experienced this yummy treat. In one of the small alleys of the backpacking area, Pham Ngu Lao, Bread & Butter serves Australian and American fare. It is a local watering hole for expats who want a no frill casual bites around the very tourist focused area. Their gingerbread ice cream sandwiches are phenomenal with small pieces of crystallized ginger. If we’re around the area, we always stop by to share an ice cream sandwich.

Bite this:
Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwich
Barbecue Chicken Sandwich

Bread & Butter
40/24 Pham Ngu Lao, Q1

Steak and Eggs Tran Huu Trang

This is not your typical steak and eggs. Beefsteak Tran Huu Trang only opens for the dinner crowd. Beefsteak and additional fixings come bubbling on a cast iron skillet. Veggies and bread come with the order. Break the crusty bread, slather some pate, and sop up the running egg yolk in between bites of beef. Repeat.

The full on mixed plate comes with beefsteak, egg, half a sausage, a nugget of pate, and slices of onions. The normal style is garlicky, while the Hong Kong style is oyster sauce sweet. Whatever flavor you choose, you can’t help get excited for your very own meal on cow shaped cast iron skillet. For only 33,000 VND ($1.74 USD), I can totally dig into steak and eggs for dinner any night.

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Beefsteak Thap Cam
Beefsteak Hong Kong Thap Cam

Beefsteak Tran Huu Trang
84A/14 Tran Huu Trang
Ward 20 Q. Phu Nhuan

(Pictures taken w/HTC Desire)

Pho Hung

Over a year and I haven’t blogged about the most popular and recognized bowl of noodle soup from Vietnam, the all mighty pho.

I first tried pho when I was living in Phoenix, Arizona. I think I was in my sophomore or junior year. I’ll be honest. The first time I tried it, I didn’t like it. The second time, I still wasn’t feeling the pho. Everyone promised me the third time is when I would fall in love. The result? Here I am now writing about my favorite pho restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City.

Pho Hung is the spot for many expats and locals. We take all our visiting friends and family to get the “Pho in Vietnam” experience. A big bowl of fresh herbs accompany the order and don’t forget to also order a drink from their extensive list of fruit juices and shakes.

The broth is very flavorful on its own. I add the requisite squeeze of a slice of lime and a spoonful of sate sauce to give the broth an extra kick.

There are multiple locations around the city. This pho chain also has some US presence in Oregon and Texas (no promises on whether it tastes exactly the same as the bowl of pho I get over here).

Pho Hung
371 Hai Ba Trung
Phuong 8, Q3

10 Nguyen Thi Nghia
Ben Thanh, Q1

Bangkok – Somboon Seafood

A one day trip to Bangkok consisted of heading to the nearest McDonald’s from our hotel for lunch. Half of our group never tried McDonald’s before so it was fun to be part of their first experience from this iconic fast food chain. Vietnam is one of the countries with no McDonald’s presence and expats love making at least one meal at the golden arches when they are in a country that does.

However, this post is not about lunch. It is about the yummy meal we had at Somboon Seafood for dinner. This Thai-Chinese restaurant has been in existence since 1969. Its specialty is the Fried Curry Crab. My colleagues call it peanut butter crab because of the nutty undertones. The other four plates had a lot of heart healthy garlic.

The Fried Curry Crab is sinfully rich with the curry sauce that has a thick eggy consistency, a perfect topper for white rice.

Not sure what type of veggies these are but the sauce had some spicy zing from the garlic and chili

Steamed Grouper with Garlic

Steamed Freshwater Prawns with Garlic

Stir-fried Morning Glory

Somboon has 5 locations; watch out for the fake Somboon Seafood restaurants!

Somboon Seafood
169/7-169/ Surawong
Suriya Wong, Bang Rak,
Bangkok 10500, Thailand