Palsaik

Palsaik (팔색 삼겹살)  is a famous Korean cuisine with three branches in Seoul and outlets in the US, Japan, Australia, China, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines. With a recently opened branch in Thailand in 2nd floor of Siam center.

Famous for 8 colorful different flavors. I started with their signature set with pork belly that is marinated for 12 to 36 hours in eight different sauces – gingseng, red wine, pine leaves, garlic, herbs, curry, miso and gochujang.

Similar to some Korean places, staff took care of grilling and keeping pan clean using Radish which is an amazing idea. The thing about Thai people is that we are not used to have stranger cooking while we are eating in front of us and it could be awkward sometimes. Not a big deal though, still an amazing experience to leave it to the expert.

Pork belly are cooked very well with firm and fragrant texture. Different flavor offered a variety of enjoyable choice to choose from and side vegetables are surprisingly fresh.

Cheesy fried rice to complete the meal. The rice are not too dry or soggy and well-balance flavored.

Ministry of Crab

The Ministry of Crab, a Sri Lankan restaurant institution, led by Chef Dharshan Munidasa(#25 Asia’s 50 Best 2018), cricket legends; Mahela Jayawardene; Kumar Sangakkara. Recently opened from 1st of December for dinner, My foodie instinct told me to book the table and went for this famous Sri Lanka originated restaurant.

Arriving around appointment time around 18:00 on 5th day of grand opening. Guest are arriving fast. Vibrant decoration on 1st floor. I was seated on 1st floor and did not take any peek at 2nd. Maybe next time then.

The menu range from famous Chili, pepper, curry, Garlic Chili or even butter crab. Size and availability of crab and shrimp are displayed by glowing crab shell on the decoration. Their constitution showing crab size start from 500 g to prevent under grown sized crab from being served.

Before starting the meal, waiter/waitress ask for a permission to provide you with a lap apron with apron. Apron are for one time used and you could bring it back home as a souvenir. Just don’t forget to wash it first if there are any spot from eating those yummy crab.

Crab liver pate (20 g) served with Melba toast and syrup

First of all, love that tiny beaker. Probably the smallest on I have ever encountered. Second of all, forget all extremely strong crab liver odor. I am not a big fan of crab liver sushi however, this one is just insanely good with a not too sweet syrup. A perfect appetizer indeed.

As my table consist of only 2 persons, we went for a medium (up to 800g) curry crabs served in a pot. I had observed that there are variety of crab that were served on plate too depends on your order. Crab quality are absolute fresh with insane amount of natural sweetness. Curry style remains different from what Chinese style curry crab with lots of egg and sweetness from seasoning. This curry crab are more packs a punch curry style with a dip of juicy Garlic bread to crack up enjoyable moment. I think the price are reasonable for the freshness of crab on the menu.

Chicken curry rice served with Pol Sambol, fried egg and Kade bread.

This soft and cooked to perfection chicken curry are spicy even matching Thai’s standard so that is a good sign with a punch of curry. Combining with Pol Sambol, Fried egg and Kade bread to ease spiciness. Pol Sambol is also refreshing light texture.

Complimentary Coconut Crème Brûlée

As the only dessert on the menu which they are planning to expand further in the future, aromatic coconut Crème Brûlée is a good way to complete this wonderful meal. The texture are enjoyable at first however, a little bit too creamy about half a way. I had also comment regarding this point to the waitress.

In conclusion, the restaurant service are smooth as for first week of opening as the staff are attentive and knowledgeable for their menu . It is also interesting to have a little chat with Jay (General Manager) and to see our wish list from Sri Lanka arrive before we even visit their original branch. I would say the place is well worth the experience.

Tri Tôn

Vietnam is famous as a tourist destination as a vibrant, dynamic south-east Asian country. I have traveled from Ho Chi Min city to Tri Tôn in the southern part of Vietnam. Starting my trip with delicious and full of flavor Beef Pho near my hotel.

Ciao hotel is convenient and close to the airport since I have to catch an early flight in the morning.

Arrived in Rag Gia and had my breakfast at Boulevard cafe. Bánh mì with Pate and sauce on hot plate with outside crispy and soft inside Baguette is such an enjoying way to start my morning.

Hồ đá đồi Tà Pạ is one of the most scenery tourist attraction in Tri Tôn. The landscape were shaped by dynamite explosion in order to extract gravel. I have observed that this place mostly consist of local tourist in Vietnam.

Elephant shape mountain

Tri Tôn are located in southern part and not far away from the sea. Therefore, local seafood are relatively easy to find. We have stop at street vendor with variety of seafood to choose your preference of cooking method.

Every plate are delicious. Still the sauce are not as spicy and sour as Thai seafood sauce
Grilled fish – Very fresh river fish and pork belly in the middle.
Sweet sauce squid and shrimp
Second street seafood vendor next to previous one.
Blue crab and grilled snail
Conch shell taste are good still a little bit too salty though
Finished my trip with Popeye Fried chicken at Ho Chi Min airport