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Myanmar appoints anti-Rohingya media critic as deputy information minister

Myanmar appoints anti-Rohingya media critic as deputy information minister

by Jacob Goldberg @ Yangon

Veteran journalist and media critic Aung Hla Tun was appointed as Myanmar’s deputy minister for information on Monday. The Rakhine State native has built a reputation recently as a guardian of Myanmar’s public image, but his selective adherence to media ethics has been a source of anxiety among critics of the country’s military. Aung Hla ...

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Insider’s View. Episode 7 – Jean Ngo (The Expat Shop)

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Editor’s Note: Episode 7 of Insider’s view comes from Jean Ngo, owner of “The Expat Shop.” Jean is yet another visitor who fell in love with this crazy city while on holidays and returned to make Saigon her home. As...

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Specialty Delivery Services: Digitally-Driven And To Your Door

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

In Vietnam, the average living area of a family of three is around 50 square meters. That means a centrally positioned sofa would be 25 meters from the front door, which is an easily reachable distance to pick something up. With that short distance in mind and considering the global rise in food deliveries that led us to […]

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Where to Eat in Budapest Hungary – The Best Budapest Restaurants, Cafes and Markets

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Wondering what and where to eat in Budapest Hungary? We spent a month eating our way through the sprawling Hungarian capital city. Check out our Budapest Food Guide with the best Budapest restaurants, cafes and markets. Four weeks of eating our way through Budapest was overwhelming. The Hungarian capital’s food scene, with its never-ending selection of restaurants, cafes and markets, kept us constantly on the go. But with the help of our and lots of third wave coffee, we survived a month of hearty eating without sacrificing our sanity or waistlines. ...

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Rohingya deal aims to repatriate refugees ‘within two years’

Rohingya deal aims to repatriate refugees ‘within two years’

by AFP @ Yangon

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to repatriate Rohingya displaced by an army crackdown within two years, Dhaka said Tuesday, the first concrete timeline for a return of hundreds of thousands of refugees even as conditions for their homecoming remain uncertain. The deal, hammered out in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw this week, applies to approximately 750,000 Rohingya ...

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Food Courts And Parks In Ho Chi Minh City - Vietcetera

Food Courts And Parks In Ho Chi Minh City - Vietcetera


Vietcetera

Here are 5 food courts/parks to go to and end whatever food cravings you have. Choices are narrowed down so you'll be able to try almost everything at once.

7 Natural Beauty Brands From Vietnam

by Minh Nguyen @ Vietcetera

Vietnam’s cosmetic retail market rakes in US $1.78 billion per year and is expected to hit US $2.35 billion by the end of 2018. That’s one of the fastest compound annual growth rates on the planet. Currently, 90% of Vietnam’s cosmetic market share is dominated by multinationals including companies from South Korea, Europe, Japan, Thailand, […]

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Living in Ho Chi Minh City

Living in Ho Chi Minh City


RMIT University Vietnam

Vietnam is a bold, dynamic canvas on which a vibrant image is rapidly emerging; an image that is unique in the world and full of contradictions and surprises. This vision of change is reflected in every facet of the nation, but Ho Chi Minh City is at the apex.

Overview of Vietnamese Cooking and Flavors

by FlashpointStrategy @ Idea Flash

Next week I leave for Vietnam.  As only a foodie will, my preparation has been focused around, well, food. I have visited my doctor for my needed shots but really to get prescriptions to assist me if I consume anything that doesn’t “agree with me”.  I have downloaded my English to Vietnamese smartphone application and [...]

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Speed POS: Diagnostic Data For Reactive Restaurateurs

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

In 1883, Dayton, Ohio restaurateur James Ritty was growing frustrated at his staff. Cash kept going missing and customers thought he was overcharging them. In response, he invented the first ever “incorruptible cashier” or mechanical cash register. It could calculate the total price of each bill, keep a log of each day’s total sales, and […]

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Socially Responsible Travel in Hanoi (Travel and Give Back)

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

The phrase “socially responsible travel” is a new trend followed by travelers all over the world, in the context that traveling and experiencing new cultures is popular nowadays. Hanoi, renown for the chaotic Old Quarter, many little temples, Dong Xuan Market that sells household goods and street food, already has so much to offer. However, […]

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A Shopping Guide For Flights From Siem Reap To Ho Chi Minh City | Cambodia Angkor Air

A Shopping Guide For Flights From Siem Reap To Ho Chi Minh City | Cambodia Angkor Air


Cambodia Angkor Air

Are you planning for a trip from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City? Find out more about flights from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City and its best shopping places.

Chief ministers seek to end Myanmar’s casino ban

Chief ministers seek to end Myanmar’s casino ban

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Five of Myanmar’s 13 state and regional chief ministers have petitioned the central government to end its ban on casinos in the country, arguing that casinos will attract high-end foreign tourists and help fund their regions’ development. The chief ministers of Mandalay and Tanintharyi regions and Shan, Kayin, and Mon states made their case during a ...

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Chen San Ding 陳三鼎青蛙鮮奶 – Best Bubble Milk Drink In Taipei, Near Gongguan Night Market

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[Taipei] Chen San Ding 陳三鼎青蛙鮮奶 has been widely reviewed to be the best bubble milk drink in Taipei. It is located near Gonguan Night Market, an area where the university students typically hang out. What? Not 50嵐, Chun Shui Tang 春水堂, ShareTea, 丸作 which all have more swanky shops and long list of beverages. While Chen San Ding is widely known to serve “bubble tea”, there is no tea in any of its offerings. The signature drink is called 青蛙撞奶, directly transported to “frog knocking against the milk”. No frogs are harmed in the process, as the boba (tapioca pearls) used are thought to resemble frog’s eggs. What you get is a cup of boba pearls, caramel, cold milk, with choice of ice. All drinks are affordable priced at TWD40, which works out to be SGD$1.80. This is what you call cheap and good. Upon holding the cup, I couldn’t help noticing that the bottom was warm while the top layer was cold. That is because the tapioca pearls are cooked on the spot in brown sugar, giving them the soft texture and lingering sweetened and caramalised taste. The pearls were indeed soft, sweet, chewy and you just couldn’t resist having more. Like having a mini-party in your mouth. It felt like a kind of stress-relieving munching on them. The milk itself was not that sweet, which made the entire cup kind of balanced. Other drinks such as Ai Yu Glass Jelly, Brown Sugar Glass Jelly, Lemon with Pearls, Green Bean with Pearls are available, all priced at TWD40. While you cannot choose your sugar level, you can have an option of with or without ice. I went early in the morning, and was faced with a queue of about 5 to 10 people. But it quickly got longer, though...

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Singaporean couple on trial for brutally abusing Myanmar maid

Singaporean couple on trial for brutally abusing Myanmar maid

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

A married couple in Singapore are on trial for subjecting their Myanmar maid to brutal abuse, including forcing her to drink floor cleaner and pour hot water over herself. The several charges against the couple were read out at their first court appearance on Monday. Linda Seah Lei Sie, 38, and her husband Lim Toon ...

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Places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Travelfish.org

Places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Travelfish.org


Travelfish

An opinionated restaurant, entertainment and eating out travel guide for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Yong Kang Beef Noodles 永康牛肉麺館 – One Of The Best Taiwanese Beef Noodles In Taipei

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[Taipei] Yong Kang Beef Noodles 永康牛肉麺館 is known to be one of the best Taiwanese beef noodle joints in Taipei, well-known for its spicy soup. This two-level restaurant serves up signature Beef Noodles with tender Australian beef and chewy noodles in a flavourful broth, definitively a winner judging by the line in front of this dining establishment. (The other famous shop in the neighbourhood is 老张牛肉麵店 Lao Zhang Beef Noodles.) I went at about 10:45am and there were about 2-3 people in the line. Thinking that it should be okay if I take a stroll around the neighbourhood, I returned at 11:00am only to see about 30 – 40 people in the queue already. Many of them brought along their luggage or entire families. Lesson learnt: Come early. Yong Kang Beef Noodles was founded back in 1963 by Mr. Cheng who originally from Szechuan in China. After he finished his military duties, Mr. Cheng decided to open a small stall at Yong Kang Street and sell beef noodles. The stall became an instant hit and started to attract both locals and people from China who moved here to Taipei City. After Mr. Cheng retired in the 1970s, the place was handed over to his protégé, Mr. Luo who is the current owner. As for the interior, it has not much changed over the years. There are dozens of tables and they are usually packed with customers. You will also see the counter with a menu to choose from. There is also a tourist-friendly English and Japanese menu with photos. Most of the tables are round and can accommodate up to 6 people. If you come solo or in a pair, you are likely to be seated with other patrons. Their signature dish is the Braised Beef with Noodles in Spicy...

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Paper statues remind Yangon shoppers to stand up for elephants

Paper statues remind Yangon shoppers to stand up for elephants

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

A herd of colorful papier-mâché elephant statues has been appearing at Yangon’s shopping malls over the last few days. They are part of a campaign by Voices for Momos to petition the Myanmar government to crack down on the illegal trade of elephant parts. Voices for Momos is a coalition of six conservation organizations that ...

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Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice 金峰魯肉飯 – Popular Lu Rou Fan Eatery In Taipei

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[Taipei] Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice is a well-known eatery (at least among the locals) in Taipei that serves one of the most popular Taiwanese dishes, “Lu Rou Fan” otherwise known as Braised Pork Rice). There are several other places in the Roosevelt Road (Luosifu Lu) neighbourhood that serve braised pork rice, but this hole-in-the-wall dining spot has a reputation for being the best in town. The good news is that this place is budget-friendly with reasonably priced dishes that come in big portions. Keep in mind that there is usually a line in front of Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice, especially during lunch hours. Do not expect too much from the interior, as this place is more like casual local eatery than an actual restaurant. The tables are close to one another, and there is a chance that you will have to share a table with other guests. If you are in a hurry, you can always take your food to go. The Braised Pork Rice, priced at NT$30, NT$40, NT$50 (SGD$1.30, SGD$1.80, SGD$2.50) for their small, medium and large bowls, is definitely the signature dish here at Jin Feng in Taipei. The dish is served with a large amount of rice and topped off with a slice of bitter melon and braised pork. One thing to note is that while Singaporeans are used to bowls with loads of meat with less rice. The reverse seems to apply to many Lu Rou Fan stalls in Taiwan where there is very little meat in contrast to rice. I also noticed that other restaurants that offer this dish tend to serve it with more fat than meat, which is not the case here. The draw to me was the savoury sauce on the fluffy rice, when paired with hot soup was...

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Coffee Libre 커피리브레 – Hidden Award-Winning Cafe At Myeongdong Cathedral, Seoul

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[Seoul] When I needed a good coffee recommendation, food blogger Daniel (yeah, same name) from Seoul Eats took me to Coffee Libre 커피리브레at Hong Dae near Hongik University Station. The thing that makes Coffee Libre stand out from other coffee shops in the city is the fact that the owners are dedicated to coffee. This is from sourcing the best coffee beans in the world, and choosing to have different brewing methods. Established in 2012, Coffee Libre 커피리브레 is an independent coffee shop in Seoul with branches in Yeonnam-dong, Yeongdeung-po, Shinsegae, and Myeongdong. The name of the coffee shop comes from the Spanish word “libre”, which translates to Mexican luchador wrestlers. The icon on the cup did remind me of Jack Black’s character from the Mexican-American sports comedy film Nacho Libre. Coffee Libre grinds beans for every single cup of coffee, and they have participated in dozens of coffee-related events in the country. I have been to 3 different branches of Coffee Libre. Hong Dae’s branch has more indie vibes for coffee aficionados; Time Square has a much bigger space and appeals more to the young; while Myeongdong’s outlet is a hidden spot right in the middle of a tourist hub. This small branch of Coffee Libre in Myeongdong boasts a quite unusual location, as it is situated within the Myeong-dong Cathedral complex. Yes, right in front of the famous church. The interior is simple and cozy with several tables and a long bar. Guests can choose to either drink their coffee indoors or take it to go. They are especially known for sourcing their single-origin coffee beans via fair-trade directly, and obtaining highly regarded CoE (Cup of Excellence) beans as well. As one of the top independent roasters they participate in various coffee-related events in Korea, and top baristas...

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5 Signs Your Training Efforts Are Failing

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

We have again gone full circle… a new year has started… what does 2018 hold for you? Is this going to be the year you ...

Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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10 Top Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

10 Top Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City


Touropia

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is Vietnam's largest city and a bustling blend of the old and the new. For instance, visitors to this city will find both elegant shopping malls and old-fashioned

3D2N Ho Chi Minh City Travelogue – (Part 4): Day 2 @ Vincom Centre, Street Food Market, Chinatown Cholon, Saigon Square 3, Diamond Plaza and Book Street

3D2N Ho Chi Minh City Travelogue – (Part 4): Day 2 @ Vincom Centre, Street Food Market, Chinatown Cholon, Saigon Square 3, Diamond Plaza and Book Street


Katong Kids Inc | Singapore Parenting & Lifestyle Blog

Come day 2 and we woke up to the sight of slight drizzle in Ben Thanh. As you can see, the night market has disappeared and replaced by the scene of daily routine.

Underground in Ho Chi Minh City: insider’s guide to the places to eat, drink, party and shop

Underground in Ho Chi Minh City: insider’s guide to the places to eat, drink, party and shop


South China Morning Post

Where to find the hidden restaurants, back alley bars, concealed clubs and more as we take you beyond the tourist haunts of a city that offers a fascinating mix of cultures and cuisines

Hot and Sour Soup Recipe (Suan La Tang)

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Simple and satisfying soups are commonly served with other dishes to make a multi-dish Asian meal but you don’t always have to follow convention! When autumn’s chill recently set in big time, I decided to make a pot of hot-and-sour soup for lunch. It was a main dish bowl of soup, the star of the...

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Myanmar troops shoot Indian farmer in both legs

Myanmar troops shoot Indian farmer in both legs

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Myanmar security forces shot and injured a 67-year-old farmer in the Indian state of Mizoram after mistaking him for an insurgent on Jan. 12, Indian police have reported. The farmer Monondo and his wife Banati, members of the Bru ethnic group, were foraging for medicinal herbs near the Myanmar border that evening when Myanmar troops ...

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An updated map of the future Saigon Metro

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

[HCMC Metro Map (download full resolution image here.] Out of all the megacities of Southeast Asia, Saigon is the only city without any form of metro transport. Even the traffic-dystopias of Jakarta and Manila have a few rail lines between them. This will change when the first metro line in Saigon opens sometime after 2020 […]

Back To Black With Conceptual Artist Phuc Van Dang

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Phuc Van Dang is an artist and storyteller who moved to Denmark when he was only nine. He now lives in a converted former prison that has become a cultural hub in the central Danish town of Horsens. Phuc works in a restricted palette of black and white in different mediums—ceramics, painting, and drawing—and with […]

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Saigon's Binh Tay Market - What to Do and Eat

Saigon's Binh Tay Market - What to Do and Eat


Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

Binh Tay Market, located in Saigon's Chinatown, is one of the biggest and liveliest markets in the city. Here's what you can do and eat on your visit.

Ho Chi Minh Museum

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Underground eateries a must-visit in downtown Ho Chi Minh City - Tuoi Tre News

Underground eateries a must-visit in downtown Ho Chi Minh City - Tuoi Tre News


Tuoi Tre News

Underground eateries offering a range of Asian and Western delicacies have ‘sprung up’ in downtown Ho Chi Minh City

Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck

Bitexco Financial Tower - Saigon Skydeck


Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Bitexco Financial Tower houses shops, cinemas, cafes, bars and fine dining. and the Saigon Skydeck s perched 49 floors above the city with an amazing view.

What It’s Like To Be Home – Lost and Found

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We’ve been back in the city a week now, we’ve seen friends and family and the most common question is, “what’s it like to be […]

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Parkson Sai Gon Tourist Plaza in Ho Chi Minh - Shopping in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Justgola

Parkson Sai Gon Tourist Plaza in Ho Chi Minh - Shopping in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Justgola


Justgola

Parkson Plaza is a successful model in Vietnam offering a wide choices of items for shopping at a modern system. It is really a wonderful heaven for shopping.

Copper Cow Coffee: Vietnamese Pour-Over Goes Global

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Like her Copper Cow Coffee, Debbie Wei Mullan is a mix of Asian and American. She was raised in San Francisco by her Chinese-Vietnamese mother and American father, and although they assimilated into American culture, growing up, her mom’s kitchen was filled with the pungent aromas and intense flavors of Vietnamese and Chinese home-cooking. That […]

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Escape Hunt Experience Ho Chi Minh City

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The Lion Restaurant and Brewery

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19 earthquakes hit Myanmar since Jan. 1

19 earthquakes hit Myanmar since Jan. 1

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Myanmar was hit with an unusually large number of earthquakes in the first two weeks of 2018, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH). However, experts say this is no indication that a big one will strike soon. “Between Jan. 1 and now, many earthquakes have been recorded. Tremors usually follow after a ...

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Watch Bayinnaung’s massive empire rise and fall

Watch Bayinnaung’s massive empire rise and fall

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

The reign of King Bayinnaung of the Taungoo Dynasty has been described by a historian as the “greatest explosion of human energy ever seen in Burma.” The empire he built is known as the largest in the history of mainland Southeast Asia, and in honor of the 464th anniversary of his coronation, we think his ...

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Bonsai Saigon River Cruise – Resurrection!

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Bonsai is Back!!! It’s my great pleasure to announce that as of April 2017, Bonsai Dinner Cruises has a brand new boat, “The Bonsai Legacy,” and is re-open for business. I often get queries from my readers about which night...

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Bangladesh says it’s hosting over a million Rohingya

Bangladesh says it’s hosting over a million Rohingya

by AFP @ Yangon

Bangladesh has counted more than a million Rohingya refugees living in camps near the border with Myanmar, higher than previous estimates, the head of its registration project said Wednesday as preparations for their return got under way. The Bangladesh army began biometric registering of the refugees last year after the latest mass influx of Rohingya ...

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Facebook user sued by Mon State official for insulting chief minister

Facebook user sued by Mon State official for insulting chief minister

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

A Facebook user was sued by a Mon State government official on Saturday after he used his profile to criticize the performance of the state’s chief minister. Thaton Township resident Aung Ko Ko Lwin had previously posted a video clip showing Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan advising the residents to “eat only one dish of ...

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Sichuan Magic Dust Popcorn Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Since late November, my friend Andrew Janjigian and I have made a total of about 55 batches of this popcorn. It’s his recipe, which he shared with me after I wrote about MSG in pho. When he realized that I was open to tinkering with monosodium glutamate in cooking, he sent the recipe to me....

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Endurance Athlete Chi Nguyen Aims To Run In 100 Cities

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

In November, Chi Nguyen finished third in Ho Chi Minh City’s first Techcombank International Marathon in a time of 3 hours 22 minutes. The Vietnamese endurance athlete has also completed the Mont Blanc CCC, a 100-km mountain challenge that quickly climbs to the Grand Col Ferret Alpine pass at 2537 meters. It’s a race in […]

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Chè Chuối Nướng Út Lúa

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Chè Chuối Nướng Út Lúa 115 Phan Đăng Lưu Street, P.7 Phú Nhuận District DT: 0915 762 076 DT: 0121 547 3763 Facebook:Chuối Nếp Nướng Nam Bộ *************************************************** If you’re in Saigon, and can’t quite make it to the Mekong River Delta countryside, don’t despair. There’s still a way to find yourself inside a Mekong [Read on ...]

Mr R Drinks 雨田先生手冲饮品吧 – Instagrammable Fox And Rose Milk Tea, At Zhongxiao East Road Taipei

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[Taipei] Instagram has certainly changed consumer habits and how coffee shops keep themselves abreast in a very challenging market. Mr R Drinks 雨田先生手冲饮品吧 at Zhongxiao East Road got into the social media limelight with its very photogenic drinks of Rose Milk and Marsh Milk Tea aka Mr Fox Milk Tea. Sometimes, you get other animals on the drink. Do not discount Mr R Drinks, or “Yu Tian Xian Sheng” as another one of those just riding on the Instagram trend. The barista-owner is serious about his coffee, importing coffee beans from various parts of the world, offering hand-drips and takeaway cups. Until he was overwhelmed with orders. When I visited, the shop had a limited menu of Marsh Milk Tea (NT$180, SGD$8.10), Rose Milk, Strawberry Milk and Baileys Milk (NT$150, SGD$6.80), Apple Cider (NT$150, SGD$6.80), Umeshu Soda (NT$140, SGD$6.30), Pikachu Soda (NT$65, SGD$2.90) and… Miso Soup (NT$90, SGD$4). As this is a one-man-show operation and lines can be long, every customer is limited to buying just one cup. During peak hours, you have to get a ticket first before queuing. The barista was seen frothing and making his drinks cup by cup, so wait can be rather long. Each cup took at least 5 to 10 minutes to make. I ordered the Marsh Milk Tea (NT$180, SGD$8.10) only because I was intrigued at the cute fox on the drink. Like how it got there? However, I was slightly disappointed when he handed me a hot frothy cup of milk tea on one hand, a fox on the other enclosed in a plastic packaging, and told me to put it on myself. I see. There wasn’t any 3D latte art involved. For the Rose Milk (NT$150, SGD$6.80) drink though, he helped to carefully place the rose ‘biscuit’ made of egg white...

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Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice patties, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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Malaysian man killed in hit-and-run outside Myanmar Plaza

Malaysian man killed in hit-and-run outside Myanmar Plaza

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

A Malaysian man was fatally hit by a car outside Yangon’s Myanmar Plaza early Saturday morning. Vinothkumar Marimuthu, 33, died on the spot at around 2am, shortly before members of the Moe Saytana charity organization arrived on the scene to provide assistance. “The man was already dead when we arrived there,” a representative of the ...

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Airport - Ho Chi Minh City

Airport - Ho Chi Minh City


My Guide Vietnam

Our guide to Airport - Ho Chi Minh City by our Vietnam local expert - Built by the French during the 1930’s and then expanded into a military airbase by the ...

Eat With a Local Saigon Family – An Amazing Experience!

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Once in awhile Hai and I get feedback from our readers that makes us feel great about what we’re doing here at Eating Saigon! In this case, Justin and his friends from Michigan, USA shared their thoughts about their recent home-cooked Saigon dinner with our family hosts, Hà and Hà. Seems they had a wonderful Eat With [Read on ...]

Very Ngon Homewares

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

When Lise Nguyen-Owen came to Vietnam in 2008 to volunteer at a non-governmental organisation, she noticed a disturbing dearth of tea towels. Then she discovered ...

Eight seats in play for by-election due later this year: UEC member

Eight seats in play for by-election due later this year: UEC member

by DVB @ Yangon

Aung Myint, a member of the Union Election Commission, told a session of Parliament’s Upper House on Monday that a by-election would be held sometime in 2018 to fill eight vacant seats in legislatures at the state, regional, and national level. He was speaking to lawmakers in response to a question from an MP representing ...

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Eating Saigon!

Eating Saigon!


Eating Saigon!

Saigon Street Food Adventures

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh protest repatriation move

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh protest repatriation move

by AFP @ Yangon

Hundreds of Rohingya refugees staged protests in Bangladesh Friday against plans to send them back to Myanmar, where a military crackdown last year sparked a mass exodus. The refugees chanted slogans and held banners demanding citizenship and guarantees of security before they return to their home state of Rakhine in Myanmar. The protest came ahead ...

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SBCD Korean Tofu House – Korean Soontofu Restaurant Offers NEW Unagi (Jang-Eo) Dishes, Starting from $5.90

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The one Korean dish that I enjoy for the level of comfort it brings is the Soontofu, the soft tofu stew with ingredients such as seafood and vegetables in a spicy broth. “Soon” in Korean means “soft”. SBCD Korean Tofu House is one of the few Soontofu specialty restaurants in Singapore, with branches at Tanjong Pagar Centre and a newly opened outlet at Millenia Walk. The Millenia Walk branch was HUGE (at least in Singapore’s context), with spacious interior, tall ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and open kitchen concept where you can observe the team of chefs preparing the soups. Don’t have to worry smelling like Korean stew as you walk out as the space is ventilated enough. One important highlight: At the back of the Korean restaurant is where the soft and silken tofu is made FRESH daily. The tofu you are eating is made right in the morning. The chefs from SBCD use special soybeans imported from Paju, South Korea. The area is said to be close to Korea’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and contains the freshest-tasting produce due to the untouched nature. Surprise, surprise. The Korean restaurant has also introduced NEW Jang-Eo (장어) dishes – fresh water eel imported from Korea. While the Jang-Eo is popular during the hot summer days in Korea, you seldom see it in Singapore, at least not yet. The NEW menu will comprise of 4 new Jang-Eo dishes including three under the dine-in menu and one for takeaway. Here are the food items you can expect: Unagi Main on Hotplate ($19.90++, with Soju $29.80++) The Koreans love their Jang-Eo – freshwater eel marinated in novelty sauces, with savoury and delicate taste. Called the “Jangeo-gui” which literally translates to “grilled eel”, the Koreans believe that eating this dish can help improve stamina and prevent heat...

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Is there such a thing as a “Bad Idea”?

by FlashpointStrategy @ Idea Flash

A very weighted question indeed.. And a tricky answer. One of my favorite things to tell clients is that when it come to innovation, “There are no bad ideas.. Just ideas that distract you from more profitable choices.” I recently shared this philosophy with a fellow innovator and not only did he agree, but he [...]

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50 Things To Do In Jaipur – The Peacock Restaurant

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OKAY EVERYONE! I feel, for many reasons, that I need to put at least one thing in the hat for the 50 Things To Do […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Shopping in Saigon - The Christina's Blog

The Ultimate Guide to Shopping in Saigon - The Christina's Blog


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Saigon is a shopper's paradise - offering a chaotic maze of malls, boutique shops and markets. This is your comprehensive guide to shopping in Saigon.

Insider’s View Episode 8 – Fiona Briers

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Episode 8 of Insider’s View comes from Fiona Briers who runs the brilliant Bright Solutions in Vietnam. The work they do to empower women and produce gorgeous handicrafts is fabulous. She’s been here almost 9 years so I’d say she...

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Stock Photo - Food Court in Vincom Center. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Stock Photo - Food Court in Vincom Center. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


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Mutilated Irrawaddy dolphin washes up in Katha

Mutilated Irrawaddy dolphin washes up in Katha

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

The mutilated carcass of an endangered Irrawaddy dolphin washed up on the bank of the Ayeyawady River in Katha Township, Sagaing Region, this week, Myanmar’s Department of Fisheries has reported. “The dolphin was found with an injury on her blowhole believed to have been caused by a human. It is also thought to have been ...

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Maison Marou – Best Chocolate in Saigon, or Anywhere?

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Maison Marou 167-169 Calmette Street District 1 +84-873005010 09:00 am – 22:00 pm ************************************************************************ Fifteen years ago, when I first began traveling back and forth between Vietnam and California, there were two predictable requests by my Vietnamese friends about what items I must buy in the USA and bring back for them upon my return [Read on ...]

Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by train

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

The railway line from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville was reopened for passenger services in 2016 after 14 years of being out of action. I’ve been to Phnom Penh numerous times and I have always admired the old train station, hoping that one day that train services would resume. If you want to ride the only […]

Li'l C - Big Shoe Lady

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4 P’s Pizza – Saigon’s Best

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

4 P’s PIZZA 8 Thu Khoa Huan, District 1 (immediately behind Bến Thành Market) +84-8-3622-0500 (Reservation Only) ***************************************************** Once in a while, Hai and I decide to leave Saigon’s streets and enjoy dinner inside a “fully-enclosed” eatery. And we recently decided to do it in real style! Not only had we convinced ourselves that we deserved an [Read on ...]

Jaima Al Muslimin Mosque

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Budget Travellers or Cheapskates?

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

This is probably a bit contentious but today I am going to write about the plethora of stories that are cropping up on social media ...

Sweet Home Chicago

by Margaret @

I’m HOME. I’m home, I’m home, I’m home! We left Jaipur one thousand hours ago after many teary goodbyes. We had a chaotic, tummy churning, […]

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5 Best beaches in Thailand

by Hao-Nhien @ Living Local

Top 5 best beaches in Thailand is an exotic list for anyone out there who is a big fan of tropical heat, the beach and fresh coconut water. Why? Because these 5 beaches have extra-ordinary features of the most exotic beaches on our Planet Earth. 1. Undeniably no. 1 among the best beaches in Thailand: […]

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Wild elephant wrecks village north of Yangon

Wild elephant wrecks village north of Yangon

by DVB @ Yangon

A wild elephant on Sunday rampaged through Lu Thant Inn village in Taikkyi Township, north of the commercial capital Yangon, destroying six houses and a monastery. “The elephant encroached upon the village in the afternoon,” said Thein Zaw, a local villager whose house was destroyed by the elephant. “Forestry Department officials and captors tried to ...

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Day-After Thanksgiving Turkey Pho Recipe — Pressure Cooker and Multicooker Edition!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

  Do you cook during the holidays with leftovers in mind? I do. There’s so much involved in pulling off a holiday meal to feed a crowd that I love to bank my efforts by repurposing ingredients and using up scraps. Many Americans make soup from the leftover turkey carcass and vegetable, but what about...

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Rakhines protest over Muslims claiming Kaman ethnicity

Rakhines protest over Muslims claiming Kaman ethnicity

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Around 500 Rakhine Buddhists gathered in the town of Yanbyal, Ramree Township, on Jan. 12 to protest against Muslims in nearby Kyauknimaw village claiming Kaman ethnicity in order to gain Myanmar citizenship. The protesters say the Muslims are actually “Bengalis” – a term used to imply that Rohingya Muslims are not indigenous to Myanmar. The Rohingya are widely considered illegal immigrants from ...

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Police arrest Rakhine leaders for inciting armed rebellion

Police arrest Rakhine leaders for inciting armed rebellion

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Two prominent leaders of the ethnic Rakhine community have arrested after delivering fiery speeches in support of Rakhine independence and armed struggle against the Myanmar government. They spoke at a Buddhist monastery in Rathedaung Township, Rakhine State, at a commemoration event for the 233rd anniversary of the fall of the Arakan (Rakhine) Kingdom at to ...

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Sugar Miss – Popular Instagrammable Marble Cube Cake And Marble Cheese Cake At Taipei

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[Taipei] One of Taipei’s most instagrammable dessert café of late has to be Sugar Miss, with photos of their famed Marble Cube Cake trending in several social media feeds (at least the Chinese ones). The Marble Cube Cakes come with varied fillings of matcha, raspberry and taro, available in very limited quantities. Each is priced about NT$240 – 265 (SGD$10.80 – SGD$11.90), considered on the higher side for Taiwan, though Singaporeans should be used to these prices for cakes. Do note there is a minimum expenditure of NT$200 required for each customer, which should be easily met as long as you get a drink. Reservations are recommended, as the café can get very popular during the weekends. As I arrived about 2pm, there were just 2 Marble Cube Cake left. The décor looked rather “Lady M” – all clean, white with marbled tables, and ironically Lady M Taipei is just located a short distance away with a moderately long queue. The entire vibes felt rather ‘cold’ though, without the extreme friendliness you see at other Taipei café places. Other offerings included the best-selling Marble Cheese Cake (NT$190 per slice, SGD$8.50), and Mille Crepe Cakes with flavours of Matcha Milk, Earl Grey, Valrhona Chocolate, Taro and Seasonal Fruit (NT$180 – 230, SGD$8.00 – 10.30). The Marble Cube Cake was certainly a good-looker, different from other conventional cakes, placed on a marbled plate on white table. This café certainly knows about how to get good lighting for optimal photos. Unfortunately, taste wise, it wasn’t the most impressive. It was OKAY. While the top molten layer looked melty, it was solidified and didn’t add much taste wise. Beneath was a chiffon layer and raspberry fillings that didn’t quite flow at all. It was probably just this cake, as I have seen other versions...

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Myanmar, Bangladeshi officials meet to ‘settle issues’ on Rohingya return

Myanmar, Bangladeshi officials meet to ‘settle issues’ on Rohingya return

by AFP @ Yangon

Talks were held Monday to “settle issues” over the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, Bangladeshi officials told AFP, as doubts linger over how many of the 655,000 Muslim minority who fled violence are likely to return. Under diplomatic pressure, Myanmar has vowed to repatriate refugees driven into Bangladesh by an army crackdown last year, ...

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Top 12 must-eat dishes in Ho Chi Minh City - Living Local

Top 12 must-eat dishes in Ho Chi Minh City - Living Local


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If you’re lingering here in Saigon, whether it’s for a short or long term, these are the 12 must-eat dishes that you can’t just simply miss them out on your top things to do in Ho Chi Minh. From main courses, light bites to desserts, you name it, we have it for you. Vietnamese dishes […]

Best of 2017 – Our Food and Travel Favorites

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

2017 was a busy year for the 2foodtrippers. We traveled to three continents, 13 countries and too many cities to count. Check out the food and travel experiences that were our best of 2017. We began the year 2017 without definite plans. Perhaps we could plan our calendar way in advance as some ‘type A’ people probably do, but what’s the fun in that? Sometimes, we’re just hanging around our Naples, Italy apartment and, all of a sudden, the spark of travel shoots across our brains and, on a whim, we ...

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Lost and Found at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

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*this is a sponsored post but the opinions are most definitely ours.* The Potawatomi Hotel & Casino! We figured after a THREE MONTH trip to […]

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BonBon Residence

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

BonBon Residence 2C8 Trường Sa Street P. 19, Bình Thạnh District **************************************** Let’s get this out of the way right up front.  I hate the name BonBon Residence.  Sounds like an assisted-living home for expired frozen treats. And, I want to be clear that Eating Saigon! is not in the business of reviewing the Saigon hotel/housing [Read on ...]

Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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Knife Sharpening and Maintenance Tips

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Folks, working with a new blogging system is confusing. I made a mistake with part of this post. For a Japanese knife buying guide, see my 2017 Gift Guide for Curious and Obsessive Cooks. For this post, I’m focusing on how I keep my all of my knives in ship-sharp shape. Read on! Since I’d invested...

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2018 Soft Drink Trends

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

We talked last year about this year’s alcoholic drink trends, so this month we’re looking at soft drink trends. Don’t underestimate the soft drink market ...

Trishaws keep rolling on Myanmar’s clogged streets

Trishaws keep rolling on Myanmar’s clogged streets

by AFP @ Yangon

Surrounded by a trove of tools and spare parts, trishaw maker Aye Zaw works on his latest model of the pedal-powered three-wheeler, readying it for the clogged roads of Myanmar’s biggest city. Undeterred by the rapid transformation of Yangon’s streets from sedate thoroughfares to car-choked arteries in just a few years, the 46-year-old revels in ...

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Quan Ut Ut - District 1

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Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers | Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers | Hotel in Ho Chi Minh


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Experience Ho Chi Minh City's best business hotel. Located in the heart of the business and entertainment district

A Day with Triip Creators in Tokyo, Japan

by Ha Lam @ Living Local

Japan and Tokyo have been in my bucket list for a long time. The country appears quite often in my dream, those shiny smiles of Japanese people, the Wagu beef, Sappor, Asahi beer, sake, salmon, sashimi, sushi, udon, ramen, tempura. My gratitude to ChangeMakersXchange – you made this happen: Tokyo – happier and easier traveling with Triip’s local experts […]

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Myanmar scientists seek lessons in India to boost tiger population

Myanmar scientists seek lessons in India to boost tiger population

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

A group of Myanmar scientists traveled to India over the weekend to learn how to boost the Southeast Asian country’s tiger population. The effort is part of a global commitment to double the world’s tiger population by 2022. Myanmar has the world’s largest single tiger habitat, but it is very sparsely populated. The Hukawng Valley ...

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Four Rohingya killed, seven ‘severely burnt’ in Bangladesh camp fire

Four Rohingya killed, seven ‘severely burnt’ in Bangladesh camp fire

by AFP @ Yangon

A Rohingya woman and three children perished when a fire gutted their tent shelter in a UN camp in Bangladesh, authorities said Friday. Police and a Red Crescent official said a candle sparked the fire late Thursday at a UN-run transit camp for refugees in Ghumdum border village. “Seven people were severely burnt. They were ...

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The Shelter Collection

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

The Shelter Collection was founded in 2004 by Danish national Ole Riis in collaboration with the Danish Vietnamese Association. Father of two adopted Vietnamese children, ...

Best Thailand honeymoon resorts

by Hao-Nhien @ Living Local

Best Thailand honeymoon resorts A list of the best Thailand honeymoon resorts is all you ever need to complete your perfect wedding package.  Thailand earns its name as “the Vegas of the East” for its top-notched services filled with pure hospitality and mesmerizing resorts on the sexiest beaches of our Planet Earth. All of which are […]

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The Rex Hotel

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Survivors say victims of Rohingya killings civilians, not fighters

Survivors say victims of Rohingya killings civilians, not fighters

by AFP @ Yangon

Rohingya Muslims who fled a village where Myanmar has admitted its forces helped massacre 10 people said Thursday the victims were all civilians, not fighters as asserted by the army. The Myanmar army chief’s office confirmed Wednesday that security forces took part in killing “Bengali terrorists” on September 2 in the village of Inn Din ...

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Where are the Shopping Centers and Markets in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Vietnam) ?

Where are the Shopping Centers and Markets in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Vietnam) ?


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First, a little piece of advice : If during your trip, you are also going to visit Bangkok in Thailand which is just 1 hour flight from Saigon, then you better do all your shopping in Bangkok. It is superior to Saigon in any aspect : variety, prices and fun. You can see what I wrote … Continue reading Where are the Shopping Centers and Markets in Saigon ? →

The food of Ho Chi Minh City

by FlashpointStrategy @ Idea Flash

So much good food to eat, so little time to blog.. A week in to my culinary travels around Vietnam and this is the first post I am squeaking out. To say the food is fabulous and stop there is a tempting place to stop given how complex and foreign many of the ingredients and [...]

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Chiều Cháo Lòng

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Chiều Cháo Lòng 26 Huỳnh Mẫn Đạt Bình Thạnh District 0934 324557 ******************************* One of my favorite memories from my years living in Hanoi (already 10 years ago now), is a small cháo lòng eatery just a few blocks from my apartment there. On a chilly Hanoi winter morning, there was nothing better for breakfast than [Read on ...]

2017 Gift Guide for Curious and Obsessive Cooks

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Looking for last-minute ideas for a favorite cook? That may entail gifting yourself (!), a friend, or family member. This year, I found myself obsessing about certain kitchen tools and cooking appliances. Maybe it was an escape from the political roller coaster that we’ve all been on — no matter what your affiliation or inclination...

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Woman convicted in high-profile Yangon domestic abuse case dies in prison

Woman convicted in high-profile Yangon domestic abuse case dies in prison

by DVB @ Yangon

Tin Thuzar, the owner and matriarch of a Yangon tailoring shop embroiled in a high-profile domestic abuse case that ultimately saw her sentenced to more than 15 years in prison last month, died on Sunday at Insein Prison Hospital. “She died from diabetes and heart disease,” Thiri Latt, a daughter of the deceased, told DVB. Tin ...

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Chen Ji Intestine & Oyster Taiwanese Vermicelli Shop 陳記專業蚵仔麵線 – Possibly The Best Mee Sua In Taipei

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[Taipei] Ah Zong Mian Xian, otherwise known as Ay Chung Rice Noodles 阿宗麵線 used to be my favourite Mee Sua from Taipei. When I say “used to”, it could be as far a decade back when it was crowded, but not flooded with tourists like now. Unfortunately, the standard and consistency was not like in the past as the store gets more commercialised. I was recommended to Chen Ji Mee Sua 陳記專業蚵仔麵線, or Chen Ji Intestine & Oyster Taiwanese Vermicelli Shop. Many call it the “Best Mee Sua in Taipei”, with “original local taste without over promoting”. Mee Sua is a Taiwanese dish that is basically a vermicelli soup included with large pork intestine or oysters. The noodles served with the soup should never fall apart or stick together. At least, this is what the general rule is. Chen Ji Mee Sua looked like an average Taiwanese food stand. No fanciful interior, just a counter where you can order food, and a couple of tables outside the shop. A large bowl大碗is priced at NT$65 (SGD$2.90), smaller bowl大碗at NT$50 (SGD$2.25), with clear vermicelli soup清麵線at NT$35 (SGD$1.60). If you like your pig’s intestines, then you would love the Mee Sua here. I found the pieces extremely soft, tender, and flavourful, and as a friend @eileen_eats_alot described, ”clean unlike some that have strong porky flavour”. I bought both large and small bowls to compare, and found the large bowl to be a lot more generous in ingredients. For the amount of oysters given, this bowl is reasonably priced. The consistency was smooth and thick without being sticky. Tip: Have it plain before adding some chilli and vinegar for more layered taste. I tried about 8 different bowls of Mee Sua in Taipei, this ranks as my top so far. In order to reach...

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Rice exporter allegedly defrauds merchants out of K5.3 billion

Rice exporter allegedly defrauds merchants out of K5.3 billion

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

A rice exporter is believed to be on the run after he allegedly swindled 64 rice merchants out of K5.3 billion (US$3.9 million). The merchants have filed a complaint through the Myanmar Rice Traders Association, which is preparing to file a lawsuit against the suspect. The rice merchants, who work out of Bayintnaung Market in ...

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The Lion, Brewery and Restaurant

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Where I’m At: November, 2017 – Chiang Mai edition

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

[Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next.] Greetings from Chiang Mai! I’ve been here for nearly two weeks on a visa run from Vietnam. In that time I’ve completed a new map of current and proposed railways of Southeast Asia. [Click here for […]

ADB launches $500 Instagram contest

ADB launches $500 Instagram contest

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has invited citizens of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) to post photos on Instagram that showcase the area’s development and encourage regional cooperation. Three winners will win $500, $200, and $100, respectively. The contest celebrates the 25th anniversary of the GMS, which includes Cambodia, China (specifically Yunnan Province and Guangxi ...

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Vietnamese Fashion Brands: The Future Of Brick And Mortar Retail

by Minh Nguyen @ Vietcetera

With the current Vietnam fashion retail market reported to be worth US $358 million, Vietnam is attracting global industry players drawn by its double-digit growth figures of 22.5%. For the consumer, that means choice across different segments; for the retailer, that means new strategies are required to increase sales both on- and offline. Despite impressive […]

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Leprosy refuge dismantled after being featured in award-winning photo series

Leprosy refuge dismantled after being featured in award-winning photo series

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

A makeshift village that had formed in a forest on the outskirts of Taunggyi was dismantled by city authorities late last month, just days after it had been featured in a photo series that won first place in the Shan State Photo Festival. The community of 37 people, mainly adults with leprosy and their children, ...

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Bobii Frutii Singapore – Colourful Bubble Tea From Taiwan Opening At The Clementi Mall, 10 Jan 2018

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The Return Of The Taiwanese Bubble Tea craze in Singapore sees old players such as Gong Cha, Singapore brand LiHo and Taiwan’s PlayMade 丸作, all of them with difference in their areas of specialty. Let’s just say Gong Cha is known for their Alisan Milk Foam, LiHo for Cheese drinks (which is now everywhere) and PlayMade 丸作 for their freshly made pearls. Bobii Frutii will be opening its first store in Singapore at The Clementi Mall. I first tried Bobii Frutii 珍珠水果特調 in Taipei which attracted a crowd initially due to its distinct coloured and “Instagram-worthy” layers. Each cup is made using milk, tea and colourful pearls, with no artificial flavourings, man-made essences, creamer or preservatives. The menu in Singapore features a total of 37 drinks in a single cup size and divided into 5 different categories – Tea/Au Lait aka “served with milk” in French ($2.50 – $3.90), Ice Blended ($5.90 – $6.90), Matcha ($4.90 – $6.50), Fruit Tea ($3.90 – $5.90) and Cheese Tea, exclusive to Singapore ($4.50 – $5.90). Pearls aka bobii (Taiwanese slang for tapioca pearls) that are preservative-free come in 3 different flavours: Original ($0.60), Butterfly Pea ($0.90) and Brown Sugar ($0.90), are made in Taiwan and air-flown to Singapore to ensure freshness and consistency. One thing to note, the bobii in each cup is considerably less compared to other competitor brands out there. Apart from their aesthetically pleasing appearance, each of their signature items have funky names that made me wonder what the flavours are, so I gave up on their names and ended up ordering by colours. “Hi, can I have the blue and yellow layered drink?” “Oh, you mean Mermaid’s Tears?” “Ya, that one.” I cried. The names included Don’t Want To Work, Pandora Treasures, Childhood Memory, Green Romance, and Don’t Want...

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Myanmar makes record drug bust with 30 million meth pills

Myanmar makes record drug bust with 30 million meth pills

by AFP @ Yangon

Myanmar has seized 30 million meth pills along with more than two tons of “ice” and heroin in a record bust, the government said Thursday, as drugs pour from labs in lawless border regions. The operation in a remote part of northern Myanmar came after the Tuesday arrests of four suspected traffickers who led police ...

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Traveling North in Vietnam: Seafood Focus

by FlashpointStrategy @ Idea Flash

Traveling North in Vietnam to Dong Ha in the Quang Tri Providence has brought us closer to the sea and thusly Seafood. And it has been wonderful to taste that influence in the foods. For example, take the lowly squid. Boiled it doesn’t do much more most people but serving it with cilantro, morning glory [...]

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The Best Places to Eat in Seattle Washington

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Seattle is known around the world for its coffee culture, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. But what about Seattle restaurants? We’ve asked a local expert to share her picks for the best places to eat in Seattle Washington. Read on to find out how to eat like a local in this wonderful Pacific Northwestern city. Seattle is famous for its cutting-edge coffee culture. But coffee is just one aspect of Seattle’s culinary landscape. Locals dine at the best restaurants in Seattle, shop at Pike Place Market for some of the ...

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Malt - Bar and Restaurant

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Travel to Sapa – Homestays and More

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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Myanmar police kill seven Rakhine protesters in Mrauk-U

Myanmar police kill seven Rakhine protesters in Mrauk-U

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Rakhine State police have confirmed that they opened fire on a crowd of protesters late last night in the ancient city of Mrauk-U in northern Rakhine State. At least seven people were killed and 12 were severely wounded by gunfire. The protest erupted on Tuesday over authorities’ decision to cancel a celebration of the 233rd anniversary ...

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Myanmar army admits to Rohingya massacre

Myanmar army admits to Rohingya massacre

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Myanmar troops took part in a massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State in September, the office of Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday. This is the first time the Myanmar military has admitted to abuses since it launched military operations that have displaced more than 650,000 Rohingya ...

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Silverland Sakyo Hotel and Spa

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Com tho ga – claypot chicken rice

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

According to the worldwide web, cooking in unglazed pots has been around since Roman times, or 27BC. Cooking rice in claypots is also thousands of ...

Wakanui Grill Dining – Steakhouse Using Meats From New Zealand And Cooking Techniques Of Japan, At Marina One

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On the 4th level of the rather futuristic looking (like off a Hollywood set) of Marina One lies two glass capsules. One of them contains Wakanui Grill Dining, an 86-seater restaurant which features steak and lamb from New Zealand. Wakanui, a New Zealand term meaning “to canoe over the land of plenty”’ is a grill restaurant concept that showcases the best available meats from the country. Its first outlet opened in Tokyo in 2011, and its success soon meant the opening of its second outlet there, focusing on lamb chops. Therefore, you could also find some Japanese influences in the menu over in Singapore’s outlet. The stars and the essence of the restaurant are therefore the New Zealand Ocean Beef and Wakanui Spring Lamb, which are grilled over Japan-sourced Binchotan charcoal in the centrally-placed, open kitchen. Starters included Neck Clam Soup ($12), Steamed Green Lip New Zealand Mussels ($22), Hot Smoked Salmon ($24), Seasonal Hassun ($32), Kikorangi Blue Cheese Caesar ($22) and Green Salad ($16) I was recommended by the service manager the Wakanui Spring Lamb Chop ($8) as the starter, and it turned out to be quite exceptional. The lamb had intense flavour and retained its natural juiciness, without the usual gaminess lamb would have. In fact, this would count as one of the most tender lamb chops I ever had. The Wakanui Spring Lamb are raised for approximately six months on the lush and highly nutritious spring pastures, with meat then aged for around four weeks until reaching its peak flavour. This process would ensure that the optimum flavour and texture of the lamb can be enjoyed year-round. In terms of the Ocean Beef, there were choices of 21 Days Dry-aged Bone-in-Ribeye ($199 for 1000g), Ribeye Cut ($79 for 350g, $109 for 500g), or Sirloin ($72 for 350g,...

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District Eight’s Marcus Loke’s Life In Furniture Production

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Marcus Loke is the production manager at District Eight. Like many of us, he found his vocation by chance. Disappointed by his high school exams, Marcus set off on his bike to the industrial zone near the edge of his hometown in the north of Malaysia to look for work. That journey led to a […]

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Bago citizens turn on their ‘failing’ chief minister

Bago citizens turn on their ‘failing’ chief minister

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Hundreds of Bago Region residents staged a demonstration on Sunday to call for the resignation of Chief Minister Win Thein, claiming the leader has failed to meet the needs of his constituents. The chief minister’s critics say he has failed to boost local development, prevent traffic accidents, create jobs, and resolve land disputes. The protesters’ ...

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Blue River Hotel 3

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10 NEW Restaurants Singapore January 2018 – Hawaiian Pancakes, German Burgers, And Korean Grill Meats

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Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao Ngee Ann City #B2-36A, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873 (Orchard MRT) Tel: +65 6733 3229 Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm Daily NEW Outlet At Ngee Ann City B2 Great to have Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao back at Ngee Ann City, which is a constant favourite for family meals. This is especially when we need to satisfy Xiao Long Bao cravings in the heart of town. In terms of food choices, the restaurant continues to specialize in Northern Chinese specialties – as its name suggest La Mian and Xiao Long Bao dumplings; along with meat and seafood dishes from around the Jiangnan region. The specialty is the Hainanese Chicken Xiao Long Bao ($6.80) which incorporates the Singapore signature dish of Hainanese Chicken Rice into their famed Chinese dumplings. To complete the experience, I would recommend dipping the dumpling into the specially made ginger paste, then let the entire piece burst in your mouth. Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Ngee Ann City) Food Exchange Novotel Singapore On Stevens, Orchard District, 28 Stevens Road, #01-01, Singapore 257878 Tel: +65 6491 6100 Impressive International Buffet At Novotel Singapore on Stevens The international buffet restaurant is located on the 2nd storey of the new hotel located in the prestigious Stevens Road neighbourhood. Ready for some fresh sashimi and seafood, hot cooking stations serving up Eggs Benedict, Risotto, Foie Gras, and BBQ and Grill? You must leave some room for the roast meats, which I thought was a cut (pardon the pun) above the rest. The Sunday Family Brunch from 12:00pm – 3:00pm is priced at $78++ or $128++ with free flow Moet Champaign, Rose wine, Red wine, White wine and Draft Beer. HSBC Card Holders enjoy 50% OFF the 2nd diner till 28th...

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Top 4 best South America tours

by Hao-Nhien @ Living Local

Top 4 best South America tours The “Best South America tours” is a must-read list should you booked your tickets to the land of Latin American. We have come up with the list of top 10 tours for you to save your time researching. Read on and book a tour to enjoy every minute there. 1. […]

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Myanmar’s press freedom in freefall

Myanmar’s press freedom in freefall

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Myanmar’s media has long been on the rack. On Wednesday, the situation worsened markedly when police formally charged two Reuters reporters with breaching the Official Secrets Act. The case against Myanmar nationals Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years, follows their work on the Rohingya refugee crisis. Hopes ...

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Mrauk U massacre exposes Myanmar’s combustible ethnic mix

Mrauk U massacre exposes Myanmar’s combustible ethnic mix

by AFP @ Yangon

The deaths of at least seven ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in Myanmar’s northwest have cast fresh light on the complex swirl of religious and ethnic tensions in one of the country’s poorest and most troubled regions. Rakhine State usually makes the news because of the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority who have fled to Bangladesh in an ...

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Bangladesh court upholds ban on Rohingya marriage

Bangladesh court upholds ban on Rohingya marriage

by AFP @ Yangon

A Bangladesh court on Monday upheld a government ruling banning marriage between its citizens and refugees from Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority, who have fled ethnic violence in the neighboring country. The High Court in Dhaka dismissed a legal challenge from a father whose son married a Rohingya teenager in a Muslim ceremony in September despite ...

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Important Holidays in Thailand to Keep in Mind

by Haylie Hoang @ Living Local

Thailand is a multi cultural country that you can easily get immersed in, literally everyday is a party or a memorable celebration of a royalty. But if you want to double up the fun, Thailand does have their regional holidays to offer if you wish to learn more about their distinctive heritage. Songkran Festival (April […]

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Oroblanco Grapefruit Salad Recipe (Goi Buoi)

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Within the past seven days, I’ve made this salad twice. It’s that good. The first time was the day after Thanksgiving at my parents’ house. When I arrived, I notice in their entryway a basket full of oroblancos, a type of sweet grapefruit with a short season. My brother Dan brought them from Visalia, a...

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18 injured in YBS bus crash

18 injured in YBS bus crash

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Eighteen people were injured when a Yangon Bus Service (YBS) vehicle collided with a van on Pyay Road in Mingaladon Township on Monday. The two vehicles hit each other as they were both trying to turn at the same traffic light. The injured included 14 passengers on the YBS No. 91 bus and four people ...

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Homemade Hoisin Sauce Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Love hoisin sauce with pho and in other Asian dishes? Make it yourself! I didn’t think it would be easy, but for the sake of excellent pho and the desire to offer a gluten-free hoisin recipe in The Pho Cookbook, I experimented for about two weeks to come up with an excellent recipe. Now, you...

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Kazo – Taiwanese Kazu Kazu, Lava Polo Buns And ‘Sexy’ Matcha Latte Bottles, At Chinatown Point

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Taiwanese Bakery Kazo has opened at Chinatown Point (nearer Hong Lim Food Centre side), offering a selection of Polo Buns, Cream Puffs, and Kazu Kazu which are long choux pastries. The brand is supposedly popular in Taiwan, with a different name of Nichifu 日芙洋菓子 with stores in Taichung. (My Taiwanese friends have never heard of it though.) Having just returned from Taiwan, I was inevitably curious towards Kazo and its products. Offerings included Premium Ice Cream Polo ($5.50 for 2 scoops, $3.80 for 1), Hokkaido Cream Golden Lava ($3.00), Crispy Cream Puff ($1.80), Kazu Kazu ($3.50), Cheese Tart ($3.00 for original, $3.20 for chocolate or matcha) and Kazoman Beverages ($3.00 – $3.50). This is like many things trending / instagrammable all in one store. The Premium Ice Cream Polo ($5.50) could remind some of Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff, in which you could choose from Hokkaido Cream, Matcha, and Chocolate. The former boosted a more crusty puff pastry and creamier quality ice cream, but lacked of that buttery fragrance. While I wished I could eat the Polo with my hands (like how the photos featured). In reality, the ice cream would start dripping within seconds and scooping from the provided plastic box would be cleaner. I was curious how the Kazu Kazu would match up with the famous Japan’s Zaku Zaku – which by the way has opened in Taipei and ‘inspired’ many other versions. This Kazu Kazu had a firmer crusty outer layer which I did not mind, though its filling of Hokkaido cream was mild and pale in comparison. My sense is the Hokkaido Cream Golden Lava ($3.00) could land up being its most popular item, as local consumers are still fascinated by the idea of flowing lava. Mine was indeed very molten. Though I suspect some might come...

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The Year in Pho: Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Family Stories from 2017

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

| Wouldn’t you know it, there was a lot of pho fervor this year, especially at Viet World Kitchen! Instead of doing a year-end summary of the most popular recipes on the site, I decided to round up all the pho-related content that published during the past twelve months. I published tips, tricks, and recipes...

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How to survive gecko-land

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

Being a mum of a newborn means long hours of having the baby attached to your chest as she nurses or sleeps (especially if you ...

Budapest Cafes – A Budapest Coffee Guide for the 21st Century

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

The new breed of Budapest cafes are hip, happening and highly caffeinated. Read on to find out our favorite spots to drink third wave coffee in Hungary’s capital city. Budapest is a city known for a cafe culture that’s as rich as the cream that flows into its coffee. Back in the day, artists and poets would meet at Budapest coffee houses to share ideas and philosophies while sipping strong brews and eating a variety of Budapest cake specialties like strudel and flodni. Hundreds of cafes graced both sides of ...

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Ho Chi Minh City downtown sidewalks set for informal food courts

Ho Chi Minh City downtown sidewalks set for informal food courts


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Marina Square – 1-For-1 Buffets, Chirashi, Oysters, Amazing Dining Discounts And FREE E-Vouchers

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1-for-1 Buffets, 1-for-1 Chirashi Don, 1-for-1 Oysters, $5 off your favourite meal, 10-20% OFF your dining bill… these are just some of the incredible dining deals found at Marina Square. Marina Square has just launched an all-NEW app, which includes over 100 dining and shopping deals exclusively via the app (download from App Store or Google Play). If you are going to dine at Marina Square, I would encourage you to use the app to enjoy all the cost-savings. Redemption of the deals is extremely easy: just open the app, click on “Deals”, scan the QR code and enjoy the promotion! Here are 10 Restaurant & Cafes found at Marina Square, and the Special Dining Deals they offer: reDPan #02-03/04 Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm, extended till 11pm on Fridays Marina Square App Deal: FREE house beverage with every main purchase Set up by DP Architects and The Food Explorer Group behind Cookyn Inc and Grub, redpan is all about “local fun dining”. Their best-selling dish continues to be the Prawn & Hae Bi Hiam Pasta ($19), tossed with sakura ebi and sautéed prawns, using a house-made paste from Chef Mervyn Phan’s (from Cookyn) grandmother’s recipe. Also look out for the Bak Chor Foie Gras Pasta ($19) which provides a new interpretation to one of our favourite local dish, added with foie gras; and Cold Pasta with House-Cured Salmon ($20) aromatic with a touch of truffle oil. Get the house-concocted beverage such as the refreshing Roselle Sour Plum Soda, Lychee Earl Grey Tea, or Lemongrass with Gula Melaka. Emporium Shokuhin – Senmi Sushi #01-18 Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Marina Square App Deal: 1-for-1 Chirashi Don & Hokkaido Don Freshness is the key to all the thick-cut sashimi slices and sushi offered at Senmi Sushi. I am a personal fan...

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Visiting Aomori Prefecture in Japan

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

Aomori Prefecture is at the northern tip of Honshu (the largest island of Japan). Like many casual visitors to Japan with no ties to the country, I had never heard of Aomori. There are 47 prefectures (like a province or state) in Japan, and Aomori is one of the lesser visited of Japan. [Map of […]

Why a Bhutan honeymoon is worth your romance, find out here

by Hao-Nhien @ Living Local

Why a honeymoon is worth your romance, find out here! Bhutan honeymoon may be your sweetest decision to start an eternally peaceful and harmonious marriage life. Why? Because the humble Buddhism kingdom has been designed to adopt Buddhism into every aspect of life. Every single living creature is treated fairly and equally in Bhutan since it […]

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Bago palace uses anti-Burmese symbol to attract Thai tourists

Bago palace uses anti-Burmese symbol to attract Thai tourists

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

The people who run the Kanbawza Thardi Palace in Bago – a replica of the King Bayinnaung’s 16th century palace – have devised a clever way to entice Thai tourists to visit the big, golden building: place a statue of an ancient Thai princess in the yard. This might not sound super clever, but it ...

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Bottoms Up – Budapest Ruin Bars and Beyond

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Feeling thirsty in Hungary? Check out our favorite places to drink including hip Budapest ruin bars plus cool spots for beer, cocktails and wine. Finding a bar in Budapest is like finding hay in a haystack. The Hungarian capital has a lot of drinking establishments, many filled with young professionals and visiting tourists. Though infamous for its funky ruin bars, the river split city also has traditional pubs, classy wine lounges and even spa bars. Yes, you can imbibe at Budapest bars while getting your soak on. We visited our first (but ...

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Myanmar police charge Reuters reporters under Official Secrets Act

Myanmar police charge Reuters reporters under Official Secrets Act

by AFP @ Yangon

Two Reuters journalists were formally charged by police in a Myanmar court Wednesday for breaching a colonial-era secrecy law that carries up to 14 years in jail, despite calls for their immediate release. Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were arrested a month ago under the Official Secrets Act after they ...

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Fish farmers seek help as suckermouth catfish invade

Fish farmers seek help as suckermouth catfish invade

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Fish farmers in Twantay Township, just south of Yangon proper, are struggling to deal with an invasion of suckermouth catfish, which threaten to take a bite out of farmers’ productivity. Suckermouth catfish are native to South America but have been sold and bred around the world as aquarium fish. However, they are small and not marketable ...

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85 percent of Myanmar Internet use is on smartphones: survey

85 percent of Myanmar Internet use is on smartphones: survey

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Myanmar Internet users prefer smartphones, especially Samsung smartphones, a recent survey by Myanmar Online Advertising (MOA) has found. The survey includes data from over 12 million unique devices that were linked to MOA websites in 2017 and aims to shed light on Myanmar people’s online habits. Among the main findings are that 85 percent of ...

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How to Eat in Saigon

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Saigon is a city filled with motor bikes, coffee and soup. Check out our favorite ways to eat in this exciting Vietnamese city.

Ancient ruins not as old as originally suspected

Ancient ruins not as old as originally suspected

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

A trove of ancient bones and bricks that was revealed when the bank of the Samone River collapsed in Wundwin Township, Mandalay Region, is now thought to be several centuries more recent than originally suspected. When the bones and bricks were first discovered in November, a local expert proclaimed them remnants of the Pyu period, ...

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A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Come to Hue and Eat like a Local Hue City is the old capital of Vietnam. Despite its location – next to Da Nang – the new economic center, Hue is calm and peaceful in a unique way. If you want to have a truly relaxing travel experience, Hue is definitely the city you must […]

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How to Do Mount Fansipan Right

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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Mellow Pan。メロ Singapore – 1st Japanese Melonpan Specialty Shop With Ice Cream At Our Tampines Hub

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The melonpan with ice cream, a Japanese sweet bun, reminded me of our popular local street food: Ice Cream Sandwich. The $1 Ice Cream Sandwich sold along the streets in pushcarts had always been one of Singapore’s Must-Eat items, so popular that it made into one of BuzzFeed’s listicles in 2016, which (unfortunately) went viral for the wrong reason. The Japanese melonpan (also known as melon bun) was named due to its outward appearance which resembled that of a rock melon, but in fact doesn’t taste like one traditionally. Located at the basement level of Our Tampines Hub is Singapore’s first melonpan specialty shop, offering Plain MelonPan in 2 different sizes: Small (1 for $2.60, 5 for $10) and Large (1 for $3.40, 3 for $9), MelonPan Gelato with 3 options: Small melon pan with 1 choice of flavour ($4.80), Small melon pan with 2 flavours ($6.80) and Large melon pan with 2 flavours ($7.80). Order and payment is first made at the casher before proceeding to the right for selection of gelato flavours from their wide selection on display. Interesting flavours include Avocado, Chendol, Honeycomb, Yuzu and D24 Durian, which are local and relatable. Toppings such as Sunflower seeds, Rainbow sprinkle and Peanuts are available at an additional $0.60 whereas durian toppings are priced at $2.50. I chose the Avocado and Black Sesame Gelato to go with my Large MelonPan Gelato ($7.80) that came with 2 rusks (twice-baked bread). The rusk actually acted as a “spoon” to scoop the gelato instead of licking or biting directly into it. I made the mistake of eating my “spoon” (accidentally) and ended up in a mess while licking the gelato though. The generous amount of gelato (which tasted more like ice cream with a harder texture and more solid shape) was actually...

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Visiting Saigon During TET – 2017

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

TET or Lunar New Year occurs at the end of January in 2017. The lead up to the Year of the Rooster will be very festive, but during the actual holiday period, the atmosphere around the country will change completely. The...

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Connecting you to the local experience – My day out with Inspitrip

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Well, I haven’t been out on a trip for quite a while. (I think the last one was with Saigon Treasure Hunt) The main reason is, I’ve been totally flat out writing and editing the second edition of my book...

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Sihanoukville – The New Macau of Southeast Asia

by James Clark @ Nomadic Notes

“Guess how many casinos are in Sihanoukville”, my taxi driver asked as we drove from the train station. “20”, I said with confidence. I had read a news report about it recently and I felt certain with my answer, even though it seemed like a ridiculously high number. “55”, he said. I don’t know if […]

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Restaurants - Where and What to Eat in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Restaurants - Where and What to Eat in Ho Chi Minh City


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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) restaurants cater to a wide range of budget, ranging from decades-old food stalls by the roadside to sophisticated restaurants with picturesque surroundings for affluent diners. Inexpensive, hearty and enjoyable at any time of the day, Vietnamese dishes such as banh mi

Journalists barred from crony’s gun trial

Journalists barred from crony’s gun trial

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Journalists were not allowed into a Thaketa Township court on Tuesday where ACE Group chairman Phyo Ko Ko Tint San and three other defendants were on trial for illegal firearms possession. Phyo Ko Ko Tint San, 41, is the son of Myanmar’s former sports minister and himself once a parliamentary candidate for the military-affiliated Union ...

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Aung San Suu Kyi named ‘Biggest Backslider in Press Freedom’

Aung San Suu Kyi named ‘Biggest Backslider in Press Freedom’

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

Myanmar’s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has been named the “Biggest Backslider in Press Freedom” by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The title is one of several given out by the organization in response to US president Donald Trump’s announcement on Jan. 3 of plans to give awards to the “most dishonest and ...

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Saigon Central Post Office

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Myanmar’s snub-nosed monkey inching away from extinction

Myanmar’s snub-nosed monkey inching away from extinction

by Coconuts Yangon @ Yangon

An elusive, noseless monkey that lives in the forested mountains of Myanmar’s Kachin State and China’s Yunnan province is now inching away from the brink of extinction, a new conservation status report by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) says. The Myanmar snub-nosed monkey, known as “snubby” by scientists, had a population of between 260 and 330 when ...

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Quan An Ngon – A Should Go for Foodies at Ho Chi Minh

Quan An Ngon – A Should Go for Foodies at Ho Chi Minh


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Spread the loveSubscribe: [Ho Chi Minh City] Vietnam’s good food places are not all about Ben Thanh Market. If you have been to HCM a few times but have not been to Quan AnNgon, you do not know what you are missing out. Quan An Ngon translates to “a delicious dining place” and it feels like a Marche, marketplace or foodcourt – and a more beautiful and higher-classed one. It brings the classics to the streets. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This ‘restaurant’ at Pasteur Street is located within a classic French colonial style bungalow, and food is displayed like an open-air village market setting. Many visitors enjoy Vietnam’s street food, but may worry about comfort and hygiene. Here, you can see the food prepared right in front of you, or wait in comfort under blossoming trees. Ngon provides a plethora of Vietnamese delicacies from all around the country, and some of the recommended must-haves are the “West Lake” Shrimp Patties, Vietnamese Rice Pancake “Banh Xeo”, “Mi Quang” Tumeric Noodle Soup, “Ngon” Pork Salad and Vermicelli in Soup with Pork Leg and Indian Taro Stem. The Banh Tom Ho Tay “West Lake” Shrimp Patties (45000 VND, SGD$2.70) are a speciality in Hanoi, North Vietnam. Thankfully, it was not overly greasy but I was not blown away by it, perhaps because we have something similar in Singapore. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Attracted by a strong aroma I spotted a stall selling grilled seafood which I could not stop ordering. The cuttlefish, lightly salted, and grilled with spices and chilli was indeed addictive stuff. There is also a saucer of spicy salt at the side for dip. The Bun Bo Hue (34000 VND, SGD $2.10), a beef noodle soup Hue style from... Continue Reading

Spiced Persimmon and Ginger Muffin Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

My parents adore bargains, especially the ones at their local Salvation Army on Wednesdays, when seniors receive a 25 percent discount. On October 12, 2016, they scored a charming set of English Royal Wessex Red Willow dishes for about $22 (discounted from the original $29.50). They bought it with the intention of gifting it to...

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Purist Patisserie – Exquisite Entremet Cakes Found In the Heartlands. Hidden Gem At Kovan

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It was quite a journey to locate Purist Patisserie, for it was smack right in the middle of a Kovan private housing estate, with no direct train or bus services. Situated at the end of shop houses of The Promenade @ Pelikat, it may be easy to overlook the shop if not for its bright pink interior and rose gold chandelier which caught my attention. Also note its rather limited opening hours, from Fridays to Sundays noon to 6pm. Not the most ideal location to set up a patisserie, but that does not deters Patissier Joanne from pursuing her dreams and setting up a place of her own to showcase her creations. Joanne’s forte lies in French entremet, which her meticulous crafting skills can be observed from the exquisiteness and aesthetic details of every entremet. But when it comes to taste evaluation, it is usually based on Patissiers’ concept as well as individuals’ preference due to the complexity and various components that go into the dessert. I took a liking to the Cebu Sunrise [$8] which consisted of coconut, mango and jasmine rice. The light coconut mousse was well complemented with sweet mango gelatin fillings and added rice cracker base for that crunch. The most aesthetical pleasing award would go to Fleur ($8), layered with thin waffle biscuit base, raspberry mousse and white chocolate. It was further topped with freeze-dried fruits, popping spheres and edible flowers for elevated appealing factor. I also liked how various components blended well to give an overall tangy note. While I usually love matcha desserts, the Zen Garden ($8) slightly fell short of my expectation. Layered with matcha, black sesame and yuzu, I found the citrus flavor of yuzu slightly overwhelming and outshone the other two components. For alcohol lovers, go for the Whiskey Bar...

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