My Jesse 吉士 obsession – Shanghai

Seriously, the only reason why I fly to Shanghai yearly is for Jesse 吉士.  The food is amazing.. …as evidenced by the outpouring of my devotion in my previous posts:  200920102012 and 2012.

This time, we went to Jesse’s for dinner all 3 nights we were in Shanghai! But what made this time extra special was that I persuaded my BFF to make a 10 hour stop in Shanghai before taking the connecting flight to Zhengzhou… Why? so we could dine at my favourite restaurant together!

A compilation of what we ate all 3 nights:

kao fu..

jelly fish head in vinegar..

ma lan tou….

salted chicken…

sauteed river shimp..

braised pork with squid 

braised amaranth with ginger..

braised fish head with scallions…

dates stuffed with glutinous rice…

glutinous rice dumplings in sweet rice wine..  The only time I tried this was the last night of my last visit.. and I only ordered 1 small bowl.  I’ve been dreaming of this for the past year.. so this time, I ordered the XXXXL version with 10+ bowls!

the new items we tried this time:pan-fried crab… loved the presentation.. so colourful!

sauteed crab meat and roe with river shimp…. I don’t like this combo because the crab roe overpowers the sweetness of the shrimp..

Ji Shi fried rice.. perfect texture and flavour! but slightly oily…

fish (carp) soup… this was so creamy, sweet and flavourful!  I like this more than their chicken soup. My VVIP foodie uncle said that he calls a day early to request this soup to be made with other seafood… I need to try that combo next time!


Jesse 吉士

No. 41, Tianping Road, Shanghai

Tel: +86-21-6282-9260

Baan Klang Nam 1 – Bangkok, Thailand

The highlight meal of this trip was seafood dinner at Baan Klang Nam.

I was extremely psyched because I read really good reviews about this restaurant.  A few taxis didn’t want to drive us there because it’s located out of touristy central Bangkok.  The taxi driver that drove us there didn’t seem to know the location.. so I kept showing him screencapped google maps!

The restaurant is so famous that there’s another branch down the road.. but obviously, I wanted to try “1”.

We made a reservation and found our name on the board.

so many celebrities! I spot Keanu Reeve and Jay Chou!

The restaurant, situated next to the river, gives off a very relaxing atmosphere..

I just went pointing and pointing at the menu and ordered so much!

steamed curry with crab meat…..  I learnt how to make this a couple months later when I went to Chiang Mai.

steamed scallops

pan-fried pomfret..

minced pork wrapped with rice flour

sauteed morning glory..

fried shrimp cake

curry crab… not as good as Somboon.. this has less egg white and less coconut..

tom yum kong.. mom said it was really good..

mango sticky rice….

taro in coconut milk..


Baan Klang Nam 1

Address: 288 Ban Klang Nam Alley, Bang Khlo, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Phone:+66 2 292 0175

Food Courts in Bangkok!

I wanted to try street food but since mom got diarrhea, we decided to try “street food” at the food courts.  Not an authentic experience but it seemed cleaner than the streets.

We went to Terminal 21, one of the many malls in BKK, but its food court is one of the best quality/value for money.

Food court’s in BKK requires payment with prepaid cards/coupons.  You can put in any value, buy food and the exchange leftover credit for cash.

Please excuse the un-rotated photos.. I host it on tumblr but there’s no way for me to rotate it there….

Pad Thai!



pan-fried oyster omelette

look at all the mangos!!!!!!!

mango sticky rice..

durian sticky rice in coconut milk

young coconut

Terminal 21 has a great variety of food offered for a really great price.  We also went to Paragon’s food court and the price was almost double the price at Terminal.


Pad Thai

fried rice

mango sticky rice..


Terminal 21

2,88 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Sukhumvit Rd, North Klongtoei, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Siam Paragon

 Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan, 991, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Som Tam Nua – Bangkok, Thailand

Son Tam Nua serves Isslan dishes (northeastern Thai) and is extremely famous with both locals and tourists.

We went there at 3pm so we just missed the lunch time rush.

I didn’t know beforehand that most of the items are spicy….

som tam  (papaya salad)… this is what the restaurant is named after… it should be pretty good but I died from spiciness after the first half a bite.. even though I asked for no spice……

grilled pork cheek

fried noodles with pork

fried chicken wings

cold beer to somewhat cool down my mouth…


Son Tam Nua

Address :392/14 Siam Square Soi 5, Bangkok, Thailand
Telephone: 02 251 4880


Hoon Kuang – Bangkok, Thailand

Well.. we did do some sightseeing before the eating.  We hiked up Wat Arun and saw this amazing view of the Chao Phraya River, Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

Afterwards, we took a taxi to Chinatown for lunch and snack-shopping.

I didn’t do any research beforehand so I didn’t know what was good in Chinatown.  We asked a shop lady and she recommended this restaurant a few blocks away.

We found her recommendation, Hoon Kuang, and I was surprised with all the articles written about this restaurant.

their signature dish, prawn curry flat rice noodle…. so delicious! the curry is the egg white curry..

crab fried rice..

3 different types of appetizers.. these were fried really well….

 sauteed morning glory

We stumbled into a gem! All the dishes tasted really good!


Hoon Kuang

Soi Yaowarat 10, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
Phone:+66 83 845 0845

Somboon Seafood – Bangkok, Thailand

Please bear with me.. I’ve been way behind with the blog because of all the short trips I’ve taken since my last post… Shanghai, Japan, Thailand, Japan.  The perks of living in Hong Kong!

I went to Chiang Mai last month right in the middle of the coup.. but that will be a story for the later blog posts.  First,  I’ll be blogging about last Christmas’ trip to Bangkok.   We went during the beginning of the protests and we were already kinda iffy about the situation.  Since this was our 3rd time in BKK, we mainly focused on eating and didn’t see any protesters!

Our first dining stop was to Somboon Seafood, THE place for curry crab!

Somboon is so famous that there are reports about taxi drivers driving customers to a fake Somboon…. I made sure to google-mapped it before hand!

We went there around 6pm to avoid the lineup…

curry crab! I normally don’t like curry (spicy!) but this was amazing!  Perfect mix of egg white and curry.. so the spice was mild enough. The curry had coconut in it.. so it was rather sweet and creamy.  I normally don’t eat rice but I ate a whole bowl with multiple spoonfuls of curry! So delicious! The crab was more of an afterthought.. but still good.

panfried pomfret with soysauce..

sauteed prawns and vermicelli….

sauteed morning glory

oyster omelette…  this was so good! the oysters were so fresh and juicy!

We loved Somboon so much that we came back on our last night to have curry crab again!


Somboon Seafood

Address: Bang Rak, จังหวัด กรุงเทพมหานคร Thailand; 169,169/7-12 Surawong Rd., Suriyawong, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500

Phone:+66 2 233 3104

Hidemi Sugino – Tokyo, Japan

I love love love cakes…. so obviously, I visited one of the most famous pâtisserie in Tokyo, Hidemi Sugino.  In the French pastry world, Hidemi Sugino is so renowned and has won the prestigious Coupe de Monde de la Pâtisserie award back in 1991.

I read about the long lineups and potential shortage of cakes so I was extremely worried .. but when we  got there, there was no lineup!!!

Hidemi Sugino is famous for his artisan mousse cakes which is made with limited amounts of gelatin.  These cakes are very delicate and temperature sensitive and must be consumed immediately… which is one some of the cakes are only for “eat-ins.”

We waited for a table in the cafe and ordered a few of the “eat-in” and “take-out” cakes.

Eat-in cakes:

Sicilie (pistachio and blackberry mouse cake)

Geometrie (pink grapefruit and mint mousse)

La harmonie (cherry and lemon mousse)

Everest (base: fromage blanc mousse, top: chantilly cream, middle: red fruit confiture)

take-away cakes:

Ambre noix (starting with the base: biscuit au noixmousse au chocolat au laitm mousse au caramel with a layer of biscuit joconde au chocolat sandwiched in between, topped with caramel glaze and a piece of walnut…..)

Charme (black forest)…

Since I’m typing this entry almost 10 months later, I forgot the individual taste but I remember that these cakes were in a league of its own. Seriously! The texture is so different than the others. The consistency’s like flan.. kindly jiggly.. and I would say it borders on jello/tofu… but more moussy than jello. No wonder these cakes must be eaten immediately! It was like eating a work of art… all those intricate layers and flavours blending into a masterpiece. It’s certainly worth the expensive price (around 600+ yen per cake!)

I didn’t know that photos weren’t allowed until the staff informed me… oops.. my bad!


Hidemi Sugino

京橋大栄ビル 1F, 3-6-17 Kyobashi, Chūō, Tokyo 104-0031, Japan
Phone:+81 3-3538-6780