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The Best Places to Introduce Your Kids to Thai Food in Singapore

There’s something quite charming about eating Thai cuisine. In Thailand, dining is a family thing. All dishes are shared at the table at once, allowing brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers to enjoy the fragrant flavours of Thai cooking together. On the whole, Thai food relies heavily on its combination of spicy and sour flavours. Of course, there are many other ingredients that add further subtle dimensions and aromas, but Thai food is certainly considered some of the spiciest in south-east Asia. If you’re thinking of helping your children become acquainted with delicious Thai food, you’ll be pleased to know there are many fantastic Thai restaurants throughout the Lion City.

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One major bonus for Thai over other Asian cuisines such as Chinese is that it’s easier for youngsters to eat. Traditionally, Chinese food is eaten with chopsticks, which can be somewhat off-putting for little ones that can’t get to grips – quite literally – with their new found eating devices. Meanwhile, Thai food is more often eaten with forks and spoons, with chopsticks only used to eat noodle-based soups and broths. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best family-friendly Thai restaurants in Singapore.

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Jai Thai Restaurant, Purvis Street

If you’re looking for a wide range of dining options, look no further than Jai Thai’s extensive menu offering over 100 Thai dishes. They also offer individual set menus for families that aren’t overly fussed about sharing different plates. The restaurant’s specialities include Pandan Chicken and a mesmerising Thai Green Curry that goes down perectly with a side of sticky pineapple rice.

Joe’s Kitchen, Bukit Merah Lane

As casual, laid-back Thai restaurants go, Joe’s Kitchen must be up there with the best. Established for more than a decade, Joe’s Kitchen has become a go-to eatery for families looking for authentic Thai snacks at reasonable rates. Joe and his team can also tailor the spiciness in each dish depending on the tastes of you and your bambinos. Their stuffed chicken wings are the ultimate fun Thai-style finger food!

Aroy Dee Thai Kitchen, Middle Road

Specialising in north-eastern Thai cuisine, Aroy Dee Thai Kitchen offers a great-value hawker centre-style dining experience. Lots of Singaporean and Thai families like to convene here, with their generous portions, as well as extensive starter and main options. Better still, you’re more than likely to get change from $10 per head here.

E-Sarn, Ridgewood Close

Nestled away neatly in a quiet cul-de-sac near North Buona Vista Road is the casual family-run E-Sarn Thai restaurant. At the front of house, mother Neng and son Guy are extremely accommodating when it comes to recommending dishes and adhering to requests on levels of spice. If your family are fish fiends, they’ll love tucking into the steamed sea bass, topped with toasted coconuts, lime and fried baby shrimp.

Of course, an alternative option would be let your kids experience Thai food and flavours in the comfort of you family home first. Deliveroo deliver restaurant-ready Thai food to homes across the city state. This allows your children to sample the dishes they do and don’t like without the trauma of going out to eat in a busy restaurant. Once you’re aware of their likes and dislikes, it will make ordering out at your favourite Thai joint that much easier – and cost-effective too!

As Singapore is in the same peninsular as tropical Thailand it’s unsurprising that the Lion City specialises in Thai flavours. Who knows, if your children fall in love with Thai cuisine just as much as you do, it could transform extra-special occasions in the future.

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Explore Singapore: Experience Nature and Heritage in Pulau Ubin

Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle? Try exploring Pulau Ubin, an island northeast of mainland Singapore. A one-way boat fare cost $3 per person and it takes about 15 minutes to reach the beautiful island.

Visitors are greeted by the tranquil island offering untouched nature. Take a pause and keep a lookout for wildlife in the mangroves.

A must-do activity in Pulau Ubin is to rent a bicycle and get off the beaten track to enjoy the views of traditional kampong villages, nature trails that weave through old rubber plantations and discover the island’s mangroves. It is not uncommon to encounter abundant wildlife like jellyfish, kingfishers and sometimes, even pink dolphins!

House 363B has a rich historic background and it was owned by Mr Chew Teck Seng, a local provision shop owner from 1970 to 2005.

The house has since been conserved and refurbished as a model Chinese kampong house. The original architecture was retained and minimal changes were made to conserve its rustic charm. The house now serves as an immersive “museum” that takes guests back in time to life on Pulau Ubin during the 1970s. Many items in the house, including furniture, appliances, kitchen utensils and photograph were donated by past and residents, as well as friends of Pulau Ubin.

Those who are interested to take a look at this house will be pleased to know that it will be open on the 2nd and 4th weekend of the month and public holidays, from 10.00am – 2.00pm. Teck Seng’s Place is currently one of the highlights in NParks’ Kampung Tour, held on every third Saturday of the month.

We took a walk along the Sensory Trail. If the scorching heat is not a show-stopper, you should take a walk through the backyard planting of the Pulau Ubin village home where nature-lovers will love to see tropical fruits trees of different varieties. It takes about 1 hour to complete the trail.

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Some kampong houses may look dated but they still retain their rustic charm. It was learnt that the National Parks Board (NParks) will be restoring kampong houses on Pulau Ubin to their former glory.

The first of its kind in Singapore, Ubin Fruit Orchard is a one-hectare site that showcases fruits such as rambutan, lychee, logan and others.

Further into the island, visitors get to see kingfishers, magpies and native birds inhabiting along the mangroves of the Chek Jawa Wetlands. Travelers to Singapore, mark Pulau Ubin down during your visit!

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Katong Point: Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee Lifestyle Concept Cafe

Slowly but surely, Katong Point is going to be developed into a favourite hunt for the cafe-hoppers. Located at Level 1, Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee is a lifestyle concept shop/cafe/bar that offers a relaxed DIY atmosphere to enjoy specialty coffee, craft beers, or to browse through the selection of vinyl records.

When coffee is your way of life, the specialty coffee that comes in a hand-stamped takeaway cup will make you love it from the bottom of your heart. Beneath the aroma features a blend of the finest beans from Brazil, Honduras, and Ethiopia that gatecrash their way into the menu. The cafe also offers teas from T2, organic hot chocolate, organic sodas from Melbourne Soda Co., spiced chai and matcha lattes.

Fashion isn’t just about big names. Check out the various apparel designs that suits your personal style.

Choice Cuts touts itself as a place for coffee, beers & music lovers who have a penchant for anything funk and soul inspired. Brought to you by the DJs from Matteblacc / Blaccsmith.

Like-minded folks with penchant for vintage records will surely love this.

Choice Cuts will also be serving up new breakfast items:
– peanut butter & jam, banana toast
– smashed avocado marmite cheese melt
– granola bowls: vanilla bean greek yoghurt, with choice of matcha w/ banana & blueberries or peanut butter chocolate w/ mango & blueberries
Our healthy range of artisanal baked goods from Muncha Bunch will also available:
– Chia Seed & Goji Berry Energy Bar
– Carrot Cake Turnover
– Banana Bread with Walnut & Chia Seed
– Flourless Almond Beetroot Brownie

Carrot cake muffin

Banana Walnut Chia Seed Muffins.

Chia Seed & Goji Berry Energy Bar.

Need that specialty coffee to perk up your weekend, Choice Cuts is now open at 9am.

Address: 451 Joo Chiat Road, #01-07, Katong Point, Singapore 427664

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/choicecutsgoods/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/choicecutsgoods

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Affordable Western Food You Must Try at Katong Point: STREETS OF LONDON

The Katong restaurant and cafe scene never stops to attract hungry food lovers. While there are many eateries to choose from, we would like to recommend a wallet-friendly cafe (important consideration) offering no-frills, authentic dining experience right at Katong Point.

Streets of London cafe offers a scrumptious menu that includes fresh and delicious dishes and hey, talk about Instagram worthy food!

A peek at the menu which will definitely pique your interest. The spread includes the ever popular Fish and Chips, Pasta (with seafood option), Baked Fish, Babyback Ribs, London pride IPA Chicken and many more. What a way to experience communal dining in Katong without spending a bomb.

Driven by his passion for food and cooking, Chef Thomas takes pride in delivering freshly-prepared comfort meals for customers to indulge everyday.

We thought Streets of London has a very beautiful and large interior that bodes well for a good family (kids’ friendly) and friends’ gathering, not to mention a suitable go-to-spot for the Millennial to hang out. The decor looks cosy, calm and hip to customers.

Cute miniatures all the way from London just made it hard for anyone to resist whipping their phone out to take a quick picture. For the Instagrammers, Streets of London cafe certainly meets the criteria to be one of the most instagrammed place in Katong (Joo Chiat Road).

A healthier choice – Baked Fish ($12.80).

Mid-joint wings  marinated with a touch of Green Devil IPA, an American IPA style beer (7 pc for $8).

Did we forget to mention you can enjoy fabulous food and drinks at Streets of London with no GST and no service charge? Yup, you don’t need a silver fork to enjoy great food – all at the Streets of London cafe!

STREETS OF LONDON

Address: 451 Joo Chiat Road Katong Point Mall 01-01 Singapore

Contact Info: 9754 7716 | streetsoflondon.co@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Streets-of-London-305385316190806/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weibinthomas/

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Taiwan Northern Regions: 15 Worthy to Visit Attractions in Your Itinerary

Northern Taiwan includes Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County and City and Yilan Country. Probably one of the best regions to explore and take pictures, here are 15 attractions to check out for good food and fun recreational activities.

#1 National Palace Museum

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The National Palace Museum houses large collections of artifacts, paintings and books from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. There are about 690,000 artifacts; each one is an exquisite representation of its kind, earning the museum’s reputation as the Chinese cultural treasury.

Address: No. 221, Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111

#2 Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園)

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Entirely formed by nature, Yehliu Geopark is a popular scenic spot on the North Coast with unique geological terrains and strain rock formations. Erosion, weathering and crustal movements have all contributed to the strange rock formations such as sea trenches, candle rocks, mushroom rock, tofu rock, homeycomb rock, potholes and melting erosion panels. The ever-popular Queen’s Head, fairy’s shoe and candlestick rocks are famous representations of the world’s sea erosion landscapes.

By Long Distance Bus:
From Taipei West Bus Station – Terminal A (located at Taipei Main Station), go to the KuoKuang (國光) window and purchase a ticket for NT$96 to Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園). The journey takes around 90 minutes, and the bus will drop you on the main road just outside the park entrance. Walk down the lane on the left side to enter.

By Shuttle Bus:
Ride comfortably in a shuttle bus from Ximen to Yehliu, followed by the Ying Yang Sea, 13-Layer Remains, Golden Waterfall, Jiufen (九份), and Shifen Old Streets (十分老街), leaving at 9AM and returning at 17:45.

By North Coast Shuttle Bus (from Tamsui (淡水, Danshui) or Keelung):
Take the North Coast Shuttle Bus NT$200 all day unlimited rides from either MRT Tamsui Station or Keelung Railway Station.

#3 Xinyi Shopping District 信義區

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The Xinyi Plan Area is a new business zone and is currently Taipei’s landmark shopping district. Besides Taipei 101, there are many departmental stores, hip restaurants and international 5-star hotels. During the day, Xinyi Shopping District is a fast-paced business and financial district, but at night it’s a dazzling urban entertainment area. Did we mention it’s known as “Taipei’s Manhattan”?

Address: Songzhi Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Transportation:Nat’l Hwy 1 → Tingding Interchange → Tingding Blvd. → Maishuai 2nd. Bridge → Keelung Rd. Interchange → Sec. 1, Keelung Rd. → Shifu Rd. → Songshou Rd. → Songzhi Rd.

Public:Take THSR or train to Taipei Station, transfer Taipei MRT to Taipei City Hall Station.

 

#4 Taipei 101 Observatory台北101觀景台

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Taipei 101 was once the world’s tallest building, reaching 508 meters in height. The inspiration for the building comes from the bamboo plant, as each segment resembles a section of bamboo, symbolizing continuous growth. Visitors here can take a ride on the world’s fastest elevator and enjoy the exhilarating sensation of going to the top in 37 seconds. The Observatory on the 89th floor offers  a 360-degree field of vision and a birds-eye view of Taipei. The brilliant scene at nighttime is especially dazzling.

Address: 89th Floor, No. 7, Xinyi Road Section 5, Taipei City

Opening Hours: Every day from 9 AM to 10 PM. Closing time of ticket sales and entrance at 9:15 PM

#5 Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (松山文創園區)

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The Songshan Cultural Park has been developed from what was originally a tobacco factory operated by the Japanese colonial government. After a number of changes, it was transformed and renamed Songshan Cultural Park in 2010. The park has a combination of arts, cultural creativities, and design exhibitions, and is currently an important base for Taiwan’s design and cultural arts industry.

Address: 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, 光復南路133號

#6 Guanghua Digital Plaza Computer Market光華數位新天地, 光華商場

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The Guang Hua Digital Plaza was orginally located on Bade Road between Section 1 and 2, under the Guang Hua Bridge, and was the first shopping mall in Taipei. When Guanghua Bridge was demolished, the businesses moved to the nearby Taipei Information Building and continued to develop along with surrounded businesses into a large shopping district for information products and parts. Currently Taiwan’s biggest 3C (Computers, Consumer Electronics and Communication Products) shopping area, and is often compared to Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan.

Address: No. 8, Section 3, Civic Blvd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

#7 Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914文化創意產業園區)

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Huashan Creative Park is located at the former site of the Taipei Winery. It has an outdoor art space and an indoor exhibition area. The modern art on display contrasts with the old structures in the park that evoke a nostalgic atmosphere and retro flavor. Innovative art shows and pop music concerts are often held here, which makes this attraction an example of the interaction between the new and old eras. For those of you who love cultural events, art, photography and retro relics, it’s well-worth a visit.

Address: 100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, 八德路一段1號

By MRT: Take the Orange Line 4 or Blue Line 5 to Zhongxiao Xinsheng (忠孝新生), Exit 1. Continue walking straight until reaching Jinshan Rd intersection. Cross the intersection and enter the park’s main entrance on the right.

#8 Martyrs’ Shrine (忠烈祠)

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Located near the Grand Hotel, Taipei Martyr’s Shrine was built in 1969 to honor 330,000 soldiers and officers who heroically sacrificed themselves for their country. The guards who stand by the entrance are often targets for visitors who attempt to distract them and elicit a smile, but these statue-like armed guards will not let them succeed.

Address: 10491, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, 北安路139號

#五分埔 Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area

Located near the Songshan Train Station, Wufenpu is a garment wholesale area with hundreds of wholesalers. During the early Qing Dynasty, five families settled here (with the surnames He, Zhou, Shen, Du and Li), hence the name Wufenpu. This area is the best place to shop for discounted fashion items each seasion, and it is also the largest apparel wholesale center in Taipei. You can find men’s and women’s apparel, maternity and children’s clothing, and even clothes for cats and dogs here!

Address:  110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, 永吉路443巷9弄

By MRT: There are two ways to reach Wufenpu. The most convenient way is to travel to Songshan Station (松山), terminus of the Green Line 3. After leaving from Exit 3, walk straight and continue until you cross Songlong Road. The shopping complex is located within the maze of alleys and lanes to your front and left. Wufenpu is also reachable from Houshanpi (後山埤) on Blue Line 5.

#10 士林夜市 Shilin Night Market

Since it’s established in 1909, Shilin Night Market has become one of the largest night markets in Taipei. It’s close to Jiantan Metro Station and there’s a large crowd of visitors all the time. There are many food vendors and a large variety of food items to choose from. Strolling along the winding alleys often brings pleasant surprises. Besides the famous Shilin snacks such as crispy pancake, stir-fried squid and Shilin sausage, there are also other delicious Taiwanese snacks here.

Address: 111, Taiwan, Taipei City, Shilin District, 基河路101號

By MRT: Take the Red Line 2 to Jiantan Station (劍潭), not Shilin Station. After leaving Exit 1, diagonally cross the street to the left to enter the night market.

#11 Beitou Hot Spring Museum北投溫泉博物館

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Beitou is famously known as the Hot Spring Hometown. Located in Beitou Park and near Beitou River, Beitou Hot Spring Museum is an important representation of the hot spring history in Beitou. Currently classified as a Class 3 historical site, the museum was originally built as the Beitou Public Bathhouse. The north part of the architecture exudes a solemn ambiance like that of a Japanese shrine.

Address: 112, Taiwan, Taipei City, Beitou District, 中山路2號

By MRT: The Beitou Hot Spring Museum is located in the Beitou Hot Springs (北投溫泉) area.Take the Red Line 2 to Beitou (北投), then change to the Xinbeitou branch (新北投). After arriving at Xinbeitou, walk straight out of the station and along Zhongshan Road (中山路). The museum will be on the right side.

#12 Beitou Hot Spring Museum北投溫泉博物館

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Route Map

Maokong used to be the biggest tea plantation area in northern Taiwan. Now it is mainly a recreational space that integrates the art of traditional tea drinking and dining. On a clear day, the entire Taipei landscape can be seen from the Maokong Gondola ride. At night, it is an ideal place to enjoy the Taipei night scene. Maokong Gondolo was the first cable car system in Taipei, boasting a nearly 90-degree wide turn. As the Gondola ascends to the top of the mountain, the entire tea plantation area can be seen at a glance.

■ Take the Metro

  • Take the Wenshan-Neihu Line of Taipei Metro to the Taipei Zoo Station and then walk to the Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo Station (about 350 meters).
  • MRT Nangang/Banqiao/Tucheng Line: Get off at Taipei City Hall Station, and then take bus route G1, BR18 or BR21.

■ Take a Bus
Take Bus 236, 237, 282, 294, 295, 611, 676, 679, 793, 933, 1501, 1503 (except holidays) , 1558, S12, Brown 3, Brown 6, Brown 11, Brown 15, Brown 18, Brown 21, Green 1 or Maokong Tour Bus (Left Line, Taipei Zoo) to the Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo Station.

#13 Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf 淡水漁人碼頭 / Tamsui [Danshui] Old Street淡水老街

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Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular spot for visitors to stroll and enjoy some of the famous Tamsui snacks. Located along the riverfront in Tamsui, Tamsui Old Street is a boardwalk-like area full of shops, carnival games, restaurants, cafés, and xiaochi snacks.

By MRT/Bus: After arriving at Tamsui Station (淡水), Red Line 2, take bus 紅26 (Red 26), 836, or 857 towards Fisherman’s Wharf (漁人碼頭).

#14 Jiufen九份

Jiufen (meaning 9 portions) got its name because in the early days there were only 9 families that lived here. Due to transportation difficulties in the mountain area, whomever went to town to buy goods would always divide the goods into 9 portions to share among the 9 families. Some of the must-not-miss old-time favourite local snacks in Jiufen are taro balls, taro cakes, and A-Po’s fish balls.

#15 Jiufen九份

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It only takes a 40-minute car ride from Taipei to reach Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County, Jiaoxi Hot Spring is one of the rare flatland hot spring areas in Taiwan. Known as the “Essence of Hot Springs”, Jiaoxi’s hot spring water is clear, odorless and rich in minerals. Besides hot springs, Jiaoxi also has other attractions such as Wufenqi Scenic Area, Longtan Lake, Houdong Waterfall, Linmeishipan Trail and Paoma Historic Trial.

Address: No.16, Gongyuan Rd., Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County

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Phuket Food Recommendation – First Seafood Restaurant (Thai Food Number 5)

Searching for wallet-friendly Thai food could not be better than First Seafood Restaurant in Patong. A little gem hidden off the beach side of Rat-U-Thit road, First Seafood Restaurant at first glance may not look classy but it sure attracts many hungry customers especially the tourists.

We were wondering why so many customers were dining here and not the neighbouring restaurants and decided to give it a try.

The menu was extensive and seafood were fresh. Customers can choose to pick your own seafood from the tanks and price will be quoted after the catch.  Seafood is to be found aplenty on Phuket Island and delicacies are to be indulged in. The restaurant chef will cook fish, prawns, squid, crabs, shellfish, lobster and other items in local Thai styles. The prices for are generally reasonable and dishes come with fairly generous serving.

Thai Steamed Seabass – our favourite!

Tom Yam Seafood Soup.

Stir-Fried Baby Kai Lan with Garlic.

Stir-fried Minced Meat with Long Beans and Tomatoes.

Steamed Crab with Garlic.

Mango Sticky Rice.

First Seafood Restaurant is located at Off Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee RoadKathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand. Click here for the TripAdvisor recommendation.

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