Asia’s Delectable Food Scene: 1 Day Itineraries for the Best Eats

Tuesday March 28, 2017 | by Gladys Ang | In Asia

It isn’t always about Phad Thai in Bangkok, Dim Sum in Hong Kong and Oyster Mee Sua in Taipei. These gourmet cities are known for their eclectic array of street food and unique local delicacies so you will be spoiled for choices!

In this week’s ZUJI Passport, we give you the lowdown on the local favourites in the food scene. Don’t be too overwhelmed by the food – we have carefully curated 1 Day itineraries to save you the hassle of planning. Ditch your diet plans and do yourself a favour – TREAT YOURSELF 2K17.

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Bangkok

First up, Bangkok! We are no strangers to this electrifying city of Thai Milk Tea and incredible shopping deals. Tom Yum and Phad Thai will come to mind when we think of Thai Cuisine but locals turn to other food alternatives for their daily grub.

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Breakfast: Jok Prince

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Start your day right by having a hearty bowl of rice porridge from Jok Prince. Don’t be fooled by its unassuming appearance; Jok Prince’s porridge has a smoky yet fragrant taste that is a league above any other porridge you have ever tasted!

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Though the location is convenient, it will be a challenge to spot this small eatery since the signboard is in Thai so remember to save the picture above for reference!

Price: 45 THB (approx. SGD1.82)
Address: 1391, Charoen Krung Road, Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok, 10500, 10500, Thailand
Opening Hours: 6am to 10am, 5pm to 11pm

Lunch: Victory Monument Boat Noodles

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You may have seen your friends gorging on multiple bowls of noodles on their trip to Bangkok and secretly thought that that they were gluttons. But the truth is, the portions of these noodles, better known as boat noodles, are really small.

The idea first started when noodle vendors at the floating markets wanted a spill proof method to serve their noodles to customers on shore.

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Ask any local in Bangkok for the best bowl noodles will return you the same answer – the store behind the Victory Monument. With their bite-sized portions, each individual would need at least 5 bowls of these delicious noodles. If you are in for a challenge, finish 20 bowls of the noodles and be rewarded with a complimentary 1 litre bottle of coke.

Price: 12 Baht (approx. $0.48 SGD) per bowls
Address: Victory Monument, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm

Dinner: Bamee Sawang

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End your night with a piping hot bowl of Bangkok’s best egg noodle soup from Bamee Sawang. The handmade noodles are springy in texture and topped with honey-glazed barbequed pork slices roasted to perfection. That’s not all, flavourful wantons and crab meat are added for a wholesome serving. *drools*

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Being one of the best comfort food that Bangkok has to offer, long queues are expected so do make your way down earlier if you want to savour this delish bowl of noodles.

Price: 60 to 150 Baht (approx. SGD2.42 to 6.06)
Address: 982 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Makkasan, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Opening Hours: 5pm to 11pm (Closed on Mondays)

Hong Kong

What’s for lunch in Hong Kong? If you guessed dim sum, I am sorry to disappoint you but that is so passé! The true local delights are tucked away in the most obscure corners in Hong Kong’s alleys and promises a dining experience like no other!


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Breakfast: Sun Hang Yuen新香園(堅記)

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Australian Dairy Company may be everyone’s first choice for a standard (mainstream too) Hong Kong breakfast but Sun Hang Yuen’s minced meat and scrambled egg toast will give them a run for their money. The flavourful beef bits are enveloped in the egg omelette which is best eaten when it’s hot! Like every Hong Kong teahouse, Sun Hang Yuen is small and cramped. So be sure to nom on your sandwich quickly and give your seats up to the next batch of customers.

Price: HKD17 (approx. SGD3.06)
Address: 38 Kweilin St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 24 hours! :D

Lunch: Man Sing Restaurant 民聲冰室

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Dim Sum and Roasted Meat may be every tourist’s favourite Cantonese dishes but only the locals know what’s the real deal. One of the locals’ secret foodie spot is Man Sing Restaurant that is located in one of the hottest (and competitive) restaurants districts in Hong Kong.

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Its main draw is the Salted Egg Yolk Meat Tower that is best complemented with a bowl of rice. If you have more company, why not order a few more dishes like their Saliva Chicken (it sure sounds tasty…) and Steamed Egg with Crab? You’re in for a cheap and authentic Cantonese feast!

Price: Fr 22.9HKD (approx. SGD4)
Address: Hong Kong, 大坑浣紗街16號地下
Opening Hours: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

Dinner: Tung Po Seafood Restaurant 東寶小館

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Settle down for some Hong Kong styled tze char, which means Wok-Fried dishes. In Hong Kong, however, the tze char stores are known as Dai Pai Dong, which is a dying trade like the hawker centres in Singapore.

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Feast on their signature dishes like the Deep Fried Pork Knuckles, Salted Egg Yolk Shrimps and Fried Rice. Fancy some beer to go along with your meal? Tung Po serves your alcohol in porcelain bowls like the good old days as seen in Chinese period dramas.

Price: 150 to 200 HKD (approx. SGD 27.04 to 36.05) depending on the number of dishes ordered.
Address: 2/F Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Rd, North Point, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 5:30pm to 12:30am

Taipei

Tired of having fried skewered snacks and Mee Sua? Don’t you worry, Taipei’s plethora of street food will keep your eyes, mouth and stomach occupied for the entire trip. Ditch the typical street food and head for the local favourites for the authentic Taiwanese taste!


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Breakfast: Yong He Eating House 永和豆浆

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Like the rest of Asia, The Taiwanese take breakfast very seriously and kick-start their day with a typical Taiwanese breakfast set of deep fried youtiao (dough fritters) and a warm bowl/cup of frothy soybean milk. For maximum satisfaction, dip the dough fritter into the soymilk. Mmmhmm.

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The best place to get this ultimate breakfast fix is at Yong He Eating House, which is a household name for the nation’s best soymilk and dough fritter combination.

Price: NTD 40 (approx. SGD1.84)
Address: 108, Taiwan, 台北市中正區漢口街二段30號
Opening Hours: 5.30am to 2pm

Lunch: Lao Wang Ji Beef Noodles 老王記牛肉麵大王(桃源街無招牌牛肉麵)

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Beef noodles have such a special place in the hearts of Taiwanese that it is known as the unofficial national treasure with an annual Beef Noodle Festival held in Taipei. Among the ubiquitous beef noodle stores in Taipei, the Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles has captivated the hearts of many locally and internationally.

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The hype is justified with the broth’s full-bodied flavour and chewy (or the Taiwanese like to say, QQ) noodles. The owners are extremely generous with their beef, with thick succulent chunks swimming in the tasty soup broth. Choose between a clear broth for a more refreshing taste or the original red-braised broth with a headier flavour. Don’t doubt the intense taste of the broth; it is devoid of any form of MSG!

Price: NTD 220 (approx. SGD 10.11)
Address: No. 15, Taoyuan Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Opening Hours: 10am to 8.30pm

Dinner: Mala Hotpot 馬辣頂級麻辣鴛鴦火鍋

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Mala Hotpot is a hit among the locals and tourists for a good reason, especially Mala Supreme Yuanyang Hotpot. As its name suggests, the Yuanyang hotpot allows you to choose 2 different soup stocks and the recommended stocks are the original Mala Soup and a non-spicy soup to balance out that fiery aftertaste of the spices.

Known for their substantial servings of meat and wide selection of Haagen Dazs and Movenpick ice cream, Mala Supreme Hotpot is definitely worth every dollar spent. The prices are downright reasonable at only 549 NT (approx. 25 SGD) for dinner!

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Besides its extensive selection of meat and ice cream, there is an extensive assortment of fruits, cakes and herbs tea to cleanse yourself after that heavy meat intake. Their value for money buffets have attracted a crowd of loyal customers so be prepared to channel that Singaporean spirit of queuing when you’re in Taipei!

Price: Weekday Lunch – 449 NTD (approx. SGD20.63); Weekday Dinner – 549 NTD (approx. SGD 25.22); Weekend – 549NTD (exclusive of 10% Service Charge)
Address: 108, Taiwan, 台北市萬華區西寧南路62號2樓
Opening Hours: 11:30AM to 2AM

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