MY BANGKOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Hi! Just gon keep the intro short and sweet cause no one cares lol. Hope the following helps some of you! (None of these recommendations are sponsored. I paid for everything and tried everything myself and these are my own opinions.) 

FOOD

(Disclaimer: Bangkok is not known for their QC on most things, so I might just be lucky and went on the days the chefs were in a good mood. Also, taste is subjective. So far the food I jio-ed my friends they all like. But if you don’t like, don’t come scold me!}

Mookata:
Khun Ple Mookata: 211 Soi 20 Mithuna Yaek 6, Huai Khwang
THIS PLACE MADE ME RUSH THIS POST OUT. THIS IS SO F AMAZING. The sets come in 300/400/500 thb. Super good value for money. Chilli sauces are MAD. Try all 3 and mix!

Seafood:
Khwang Seafood: 166/1-6 Ratchadaphisek Soi 10,Ratchadaphisek Road,Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand
This is where I always eat the peeled curry crab(must order!). The cockles salad, chilli-fried clams, crab fried rice are not bad. Overall better and cheaper than Somboon(MY opinion only!).

J Tim Seafood: Pracha Songkhro Rd, Khwaeng Din Daeng, Din Daeng, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400
This is at Huai Khwang night market, a few shops down from Huai Khwang Terrace. Order the snapper steamed with lemon(PLEASE!), blanched cockles, and ask for “seafood sauce”. A lot of Singaporeans go to Noi Seafood (a few doors further down) and it’s v famous, but I prefer J Tim. :)

Chinatown Cockles Stall: I’m lazy to find the address. CLICK HERE cause this person dedicated an entire blog post to these cockles lol. Both my SG and BKK friends LOVE this tiny stall, think it’s cause of the peanut sauce, the way they blanch the cockles, and how INSANELY fresh they are. I haven’t had fresher cockles anywhere else in Thailand, even at the beachy areas. Because I’m extra like that, I tapao the cockles back to eat with my Singapore sambal chilli sauce hahaha (dm me or leave a comment if you want me to share which sambal I freakin hand-carried from SG, it’s the best!).

Street Food:
Huai Khwang(there’s street food everywhere in BKK but cause I live near HK and I tend to go out and eat at night, I’m always here haha):

Sirichai Pork Leg Rice: 40 Pracha Songkhro Rd, Khwaeng Din Daeng, Din Daeng, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
60 thb. Imo it’s nicer than the super famous Soi 19 one at Pratunam, but even if you don’t agree, this opens 4pm-6am so it’s another option for you night owls. The cockle salad and mango sticky rice here are v good too! This place is so good my SG friends asked for franchise to bring to SG but were sadly rejected.

Yam mama: There’s this lady in a push-cart that’s USUALLY outside 7-Eleven(or the 24-hr pharmacy). I say usually cause they always move around lol. I’ll ask her for a pic the next time I buy. I freakin love her cause she makes the best mama ever. But it’s DAMN spicy, her chilli padi is free one. Tell her “ped noi”(less spicy) if you can’t take too spicy, or “mai ped” (not spicy), which is alr spicy lol.

Strawberries w plum powder: THIS IS FREAKING VOODOO. ALL non-strawberry fans will be converted after this. There are 3 powders: purple is plum, orange is sugar and salt(I think), and brown is chilli. I usually go for plum only, but plum and salt are good too! The peeled and cut fruits all over HK are awesome (except durian, do NOT buy ANY durian in BKK, they all suck). I don’t usually buy cut fruits at street stalls, cause cut fruits are damn susceptible to bacteria/germs etc, but those at HK got damn high turnover(everyone buys a lot of fruit there) so I guess it’s okay!

Night Market Food:
Hua Mum Night Market Bucket Shrimp: This place damn zzz. They open on selected days(I think it’s up to them lol) and don’t have any website or address. The food is really good(go for the Seabomb sauce) but I suggest you only check them out if you happen to be at Hua Mum. Otherwise it’s v far for most tourists and this night market is a bit sian(Liap Duan is my fave but I will cover that next time) so don’t go all the way just to eat this.

Hubba Shrimps: Talad Neon container #C03
I might be biased cause my friend opened this but he’s the same guy who jio-ed me Khun Ple Mookata so you know his standard of food is legit one haha. They bought the recipe from the competitor of Bucket Shrimp and tweaked it to make it even better! And it’s at Talad Neon which everyone goes to anyway, so TRY this if you’re there! DM to tell me nice or not. Not nice I help you tell him LOL. But seriously, go for the small head shrimps (the big head ones are like the prawning kind if you know what I mean) and the clams! The sauce is bomb– girls w long hair, pls bring a hair-tie!

Chimney Cake: Talad Rodfai Ratchada behind Esplanade
Also opened by my friends(are you noticing a pattern here?? I also wanna do F&B here!) haha but if not nice, I won’t jio okay. Think Auntie Anne’s pretzels rolled up into a cone, with Nutella spread on the interior of the cone, an Oreo at the base of the cone, creamy vanilla/chocolate ice-cream, topped with cinnamon/coconut shavings/caramel… OMG. Just share this, so you can eat all the other food BKK has to offer!

Mall food:
Kin Tiew KanUnion Mall, 4F, Lat Phrao Road | Lat Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
Boat noodles! These tiny bowls of goodness used to cost 12 thb last year when I first tried them. Now they’re 14 thb but erm not complaining lol. My fave is the beef with thickened broth and rice noodles/vermicelli. The menu also expanded– get the fried wanton and medium boiled eggs and fried lard! If you still have space, try the coconut pudding that’s on every table, 12 thb for a pair. So so good for something so accessible, plus aircon and shopping in Union!

Nuer Koo: 4th floor Siam Paragon
Wagyu beef noodles. And this is legit wagyu. Not the nonsense wagyu that EVERY rabak western food restaurant here claims to sell. Really the BEST Thai beef noodles I’ve had in my life. But it’s also 550 thb and that’s before the noodles lol. The Kobe version is better but imo not worth 950 thb (this is pretty crazy in BKK). Wagyu is good enough! And I tried the branch at Thonglor, not nice one (super salty and a far cry from the Paragon one but maybe I was unlucky idk).

Som Tam Nua: 392/14 Siam Square Soi 5, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330
This is quite touristy la. Most people know this already but still one of my faves! Get the fried chicken wings(world bessst!) and pork neck slices, and sticky rice if you want something special!

A Ramen: B floor The Street Ratchada
Comforting 24-hour ramen! Definitely not Ichiran or Ippudo but legit for something that opens 24 hours in Bangkok. I’m not exactly sure why, maybe it’s the garlic, maybe it’s the thick chashu slices, maybe it’s the salty tonkotsu broth, but I F LOVE THIS LOL. Esp now during the rainy season here, I find myself craving this a lot.

Buffet:
Shibuya Shabu: G Floor, Vorasombat Road, Rama 9 Road, Din Daeng District, Bangkok, Thailand.
699 thb for legit wagyu buffet. Really eat until you can’t breathe cause it’s so good. Even the lime sorbet and jellies are good. Every freaking thing is free flow. But go only if you have spare time in Bangkok. If you’re here for a short holiday, I think you’re better off eating wagyu buffets in SG. Again, another of my rainy day faves.

Night spots:

The Iron Fairies: 394 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
The most magical spot in Bangkok haha. Think Harry Potter vibes, borderline claustrophobic area, great live band, TONS of rainbow FAIRY DUST in MAGIC BOTTLES. You will forget the outside world and all your troubles temporarily.

JJ Green: Opp Chatuchak Market
Only opens at night. It’s a big open space with lots of food and quirky buys (awesome place to shop for souvenirs for your friends). Super chill vibes, with artists creating their work live, vintage stuff, old school barber shops etc. Very very different from JJ Market.

Massage:

Healthland: Google the address pls cause they have a lot of branches
Consistently good massage/spa at good prices! I used to tell people “you haven’t tried a good Thai massage till you go to Healthland”. All the roadside ones really quite shag. I don’t doubt some places have legit masseuses but you know who to ask for meh? If you don’t, just go to Healthland. The couple rooms (for oil/aromatherapy massages) at the Pradit Manutham branch are awesome but pls go with someone you’re okay to shower naked with cause it’s an open shower concept.

Let’s Relax: Also Google cause many branches
Tammy jio-ed me to go to this one cause she went to the atas Thonglor one(with onsen). I still haven’t found the time to go to that branch but I’ve tried at least 2 or 3 other branches. The massage is really legit. But some of their staff got a bit of attitude? Maybe cause their business is so good already they don’t really care lol. This place serves free mango sticky rice after your massage. But at 1000 thb for 2 hours traditional Thai massage (Healthland is 600, Relax Time is 650 before member’s discount), my opinion is that they should give me a f big plate of mango sticky rice LOLLL. If you go to any of their branches though, pls try the Citrus Cooling Oil (they sell it at the reception area), I love it sooo much!

Relax Time: 99 Ratchadaphisek Road, The Esplanade 3rd Floor Dindaeng Bangkok 10400
Special mention to this new place cause it’s opened by a Singaporean! I’ve been a couple of times and the massages were really really good! This girl May (I think that’s her name) had me wanting to marry her when I left lol. Also, the above 2 places are always very out of the way for me, like I’ve to specially go there. But this is at Esplanade which is super convenient for me! (Also, the Big Dog Cafe is across the road!!! But I’ll share that later, it’s 3am now zzz.)

That’s all for now. If or when I add pics/info here, I will update on IG stories. If you’ve anything you want me to try or cover, please lemme know in a comment here! Sorry I haven’t added pics, I’ve SO many and you guys keep rushing me to get this out so just bear with this for the time being!

 

Bluwel– NOT an ad

Hello.

I know I don’t update here much but this is too wordy for IG, so please just read ok?

I recently had some car issues and because I was in Japan working, my dad sent the car in to a workshop at Sin Ming cause it’s nearer my place.

BIG MISTAKE.

My dad paid $369 for wheel alignment, the pipe for wiper water, and a light bulb for the front light.

Okay right?

NOT OKAY.

We took the car back and it was fine then a few days later, ALL OF A SUDDEN, the car started shaking very badly whenever we hit the brakes.

Like vibrating A LOT. So much that it freaked us out.

So obviously we sent it back to the Sin Ming workshop(let’s just call it Sharky Workshop from now on). And guess what they said?

“Engine pistons malfunction”. Cost to change?

FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

WTH?

And yes, it’s a BM so we should have expected that repairs would be costly. But things started to get fishy…

This car has one year of COE left so my dad was contemplating scrapping it now instead of paying the 5k, cause who knows within this year, how much more we’d have to pay for other potential repair work right? If we scrap now and buy another car, it would make more sense than paying this 5k. (lengthy explanation for this, something about scrap value now vs a year later and cost of another car etc, I’m v lazy to elaborate, anyway it’s not the point)

The moment the guys at Sharky Workshop heard that, they said,

“Okay, we can do it for THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS.”

WHUT.

Can suddenly discount TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS???

Super sharky right? If really need 5k to repair, how can they give so much discount so randomly?

So the moment I heard this, I insisted my dad take the car back and reject Sharky Workshop. And send the car to Bluwel for a second opinion. If really need to pay 3 or 5k, then we would consider scrapping. At least I know Bluwel won’t try and con me.

So my brother(he just passed so yay someone else to pick me from airport haha) sent the car in to Bluwel the next day.

Within 2 hours, Mervyn (the car angel in case you forgot the other post I wrote on Bluwel), bless his heart, texted me:

$300 can settle already. Change spark plugs and ignition coil. I ordered for you already the parts.”

Me: “Wah cfm? My dad asks if anything wrong w the 4 pistons”

Mervyn: “No leh the computer just say misfire. Which involves the spark plugs and coil. If change already still misfire means engine problem. Need to monitor, but just now we went to test drive all is good. So change already y’all monitor”

Erm obviously all that is Greek to me haha. But I was just SO happy we saved money and could fix the issue! 5k to 300 bucks leh!!! It’s crazy a lot of difference.

And I was extra assured cause Bluwel test drove it to make sure it was working fine.

We ended up paying 300+ cause of some other stuff(something to do with the aircon), but the breakdown was super clear on the receipt and my family was so relieved we don’t have to rush and hunt for another car now.

Now, I shared this story with my personal friends and everyone was like WHICH IS THE SHARKY WORKSHOP??? WE DON’T WANNA GO THERE.

I don’t want to share which workshop it is, cause there MAY BE a chance they diagnosed another problem which they deemed fit for repair. Like how different doctors diagnose illnesses and prescribe treatments differently. And I know by not sharing, a lot of you would just avoid all the workshops in Sin Ming in general, but this post isn’t about them. (And I’m still gon call it Sharky Workshop based on the fact they quoted us 5k then adjusted to 3k when they knew we weren’t gon go ahead with it)

What I wanna say is, even if you have a current workshop you’re happy with, you can always send it to Bluwel for a second opinion. Don’t be lazy when it comes to your car, cause you’re not a mechanic, you won’t know what’s really going on inside. If we were lazy, we would have paid 3k or even 5k to solve a $300 issue.

And if you don’t have a mechanic you trust, I personally vouch for Bluwel. So many workshops are so sharky, plus I really think my dad looks like he can be makan-ed lol he’s a f nice old man (love you daddy), and they’ll just milk you for whatever you’re willing to pay.

At least you know Bluwel won’t try to con you. This is NOT an ad, we paid for the new parts and Mervyn has no clue I’m even writing this. He didn’t even ask for an IG post or anything. Please just send your cars there for repair work and accident claims or any car issues la. If you’re a girl like me, you send to sharky workshops sure kena conned one. Just text Mervyn!

Bluwel Automotive Service Pte Ltd
Autobay @ Kaki Bukit
1, Kaki Bukit Ave 6, Blk C, #01-55, Singapore 417883

96610302 MERVYN
6745 2088  Office
9755 2088  Kenny Yap
9488 7111  Kwang

P/S: I’m super cynical and I think the sharky workshop might have done something to the car when we first sent it in, cause we never encountered any shaking prior to that. But obvsly my dad the nice guy doesn’t think so and I think he might make me remove this part of the post so I’ll just add it as a footnote cause I really think they made the shaking problem happen! So annoyed. If you’re reading this, probably means my dad hasn’t read my post yet hahahah.