When I visit a new place, I always like to visit the markets. That is where you can see what the locals eat, and get a glimpse into their life and culture. While in Hanoi, I visit a couple of markets, and there was quite a surprise sight. You will see what I mean !
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
We stayed in a boutique hotel right in the centre of the Old Quarters. Hanoi is one of the cities which seems to exist in a time warp, it hasn't seen the rapid modernization of most of the Asian cities - but that will come soon enough. SO this is the best time to visit, before it is all erased by globalization.
The most interesting part of Hanoi is the Old Quarters. This historical part of the city has a history of over 2,000 years. The streets are organized according to the different trades, so you have Silver Street, Paper Street, Silk Street and so on. Many of the old crafts are still around, but they are slowly being replaced by boutiques, back-packers inns, and cafes.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I was in Singapore recently for a conference, and took the opportunity to explore the culinary scene. Canele is one of the new crop of outlets where dessert is the star. This one is located in the basement of Raffles City. They also serve other courses, but you go there mainly for the confections. I tried the chocolate macaroons and hazelnet praline macaroons. They were delicous.
There were many other sweet temptations !
Taking a break from Bali, now we are back in Kuching. This place is an interesting concept - a two-in-one carwash and cafe. You can have your car washed while having a bite to eat, or vice versa. The food is mainly Thai, you get the usual Pad Thai, salads, etc. My favoutite dish here is the Kui Teau Rad Na, fried flat rice noodles in gravy with chicken, vegies, and prawns. It is a generous portion, and the rice noodles are served in cripsed layers above the sauce. I like to eat the rice noodles on its own before tucking into the rest.
The cafe also serve other stuff like this pasta, but its best to stick with the Thai food.
The sticky rice with fresh mango was quite good.
The interior of the cafe is very nicely done.
You can watch your car being washed while having your meal.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
It is worth the wait ! The roast pig is really great. Marinated with spices and coconut milk in the stomach, the meat is juicy, tender and very flavourful. And the most important part - the skin, is crispy and not too oily. Eaten with rice and the accompanying chilli sauce, this is one of the best meals you could ever have. Provided you are a pork lover, of course !
This was a whole pig when we went there. This was what's left after about half an hour.
Monday, June 16, 2008
The restaurant is called Casa Luna, and it serves traditional Balinese food. I had the roast duck in spices, which was really good. The meat was tender and really well seasoned by the spices. I would go back just for that !
This is the pork curry served with condiments. The skewers are seafood skewers, kind of like satays. Tasty !
A view of the restaurant from the road.