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Best PALCES to go in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore!!

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1. Posted by moxxo (Full Member 32 posts) 12y

moxxo has indicated that this thread is about Thailand

Best places to go at night in this 3 countrys?... The most trendi places, the best night in this countrys?....
THe best beaches partys!!!!???

Regards MOXXO

2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

In Thailand I would say that Bangkok and Phuket are two "trendi" places where a lot of tourists go to party... The night life is full of excitement and things seem to always be going on in those places.

In Malaysia my favorite place to go clubbing is Kuala Lumpur's Bangsar neighborhood. It is several square blocks of some of the best...( a lot of fun/action, but with an overall friendly mood in the air.)... clubs I've ever been to..

3. Posted by mikescott (Budding Member 23 posts) 12y

Hi,
Singapore is brilliant - I lived there for years when I was younger and I still visit there all the time so this is my advice:

- Mohammed Sultan or Boat/Clarke Quay for Clubs

- Newton Circus 'Hawkers Centre' for really good, cheap local food (my favourites: Hokkien Mee and Chicken Wings washed down with a nice cold Tiger Beer, followed by Ice Kachang for dessert). You may hear about 'Char Kway Teow' (very tasty local dish; don't get put off by what it looks like): the best place for it is the Zion Road Hawkers Centre (buy the $4 packet because you get the best deal)

Although these are not at night, it is worth doing anyway:

- Take a boat out to Pulau Ubin for a bit of mountain biking (not at all difficult and it's the best way to see the island which is well worth seeing in the first place)

- Definately visit the Zoo, but the Night Safari (I think) is a bit of a let down

- Tai Chi at the Botanical Gardens (cnr Tanglin/Holland Road) early
Sunday morning and have a fresh starfruit juice afterwards

- Do it all by public transport; the MRT and buses are worth taking because it's cheap, very efficent and they're all air-conditioned which can be a godsend from a long day of walking outside in the heat

Any questions/qualms send me a message and I'll do my best to help

Mike:)

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 12y

Mike,

Err... have the authorities in Singapore allowed the use of thick soya sauce now?

If it's still prohibited, I don't think you're actually getting the "actual" Hokkien fried mee (guys, mee = noodles) in Singapore. Come over to KL, Malaysia and taste the Hokkien fried mee here. You'll notice the difference.

The only one thing I can say about food in Singapore is that most, if not all, will never taste as nice as those in Malaysia if the dish requires the use of thick soya sauce. The Singapore authorities have banned the use of thick soya sauce, because it was deemed to be "unhealthy". So, without the use of this sauce, many foods (mostly Chinese) will not taste the same, as the sauce has been substituted by other sauces.

I'm sure most Malaysians and many Singaporeans will certainly agree with me on this. :)

Cheers,
Hien

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 12y

Mike,

Something to add here. If you are coming to KL to taste the "real" Hokkien fried noodles, try to look for one which is cooked using charcoal. It tastes better if cooked the old way, that is using the charcoal. There are still some roadside stalls in KL that use charcoal to cook their dishes, you just have to look for it. Most of them are now using gas to cook because it's easy and convenient.

--
Hien

6. Posted by mikescott (Budding Member 23 posts) 12y

Hien,
To tell you the truth I didn't realise that they had banned the use of thick soya. I haven't been back for a bit now, but I presume that the 'Health Nazis' (who seem to control everything) must have done it when I left. I bought a bottle of it at the supermarket when I was last there for use here in the UK when I cook hokkien mee 'a la Mike' - eventhough it's just not the same... :(

However, I hear that oyster sauce seems to be a good substitute for thick soya... I'll guess have to try the "actual" hokkien mee when I'm next in KL (only a couple more months!)...

Mike :)

7. Posted by Yan (Full Member 27 posts) 12y

'lo. you might want to drop by bed supperclub if you'll be Bangkok. its a bar/restaurant/club with a rather intriguing concept. if in doubt, click www.bedsupperclub.com

trendy clubs (subjective, of course) in Singapore: Zouk www.zoukclub.com / Centro www.centro360.com

about the ban on thick soya sauce (not sure why this would interest the original poster) ... it's news to me. when did this ban come into effect?

fried hokkien prawn mee in Singapore has never been fried with dark/thick soya sauce as far as i remember. the end product retains the original colour of the noodles (yellow/white) ... perhaps its another dish thats being discussed ... char kway teow, maybe, but that is fried with thick sweet sauce and not soya sauce. confuzzling, this.

8. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 12y

Yan,

The standard Hokkien fried mee in Malaysia does not have prawns like Singapore, but it does have a few shrimps in it. It's originally fried with large yellow noodles, but I love to have it mixed with rice vermicelli (better known as "Beehoon" in Malaysia and Singapore).

It's been very well known to Malaysians that THICK soya sauce is not available in Singapore. This could be the reason why the Hokkien fried mee in Malaysia and Singapore are different. And I know a lot of friends and relatives from Singapore who would crave for Hokkien fried mee (Malaysian version) and other noodle dishes whenever they come to KL. I have also heard that some of them would even go to the extent of "smuggling" thick soya sauce for their home use when they return from their trip to Malaysia.

Well, unless I've been wrongly informed by so many people (including Singaporeans themselves), thick soya sauce really is not available in Singapore, like chewing gums.

Char-koay-teow (pronounced Charr-KoAy-TeYow fast! ) is a very famous Penang dish. It is totally different from Hokkien fried mee. And it's very nice too.

Apart from these two, there are many other good noodle dishes too in Malaysia. I think I had better stop here, or I'll go on non-stop on this food thingy!

Cheers,
Hien

9. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 12y

Mike,

Are you sure the bottle that you bought from Singapore was really the THICK soya sauce? If you're sure, then I must really have been misinformed, alongside with many Malaysians, for more than a decade!

Anyway, I don't think oyster sauce can be used as a substitute here. It's so different, at least for me. ;)

Cheers,
Hien

10. Posted by mikescott (Budding Member 23 posts) 12y

Hey,
Cheers for the invite to sample mee when I'm next in KL - i'll definately take you up on that! Personally, I put oyster sauce with so many dishes that it has now become part of my diet... Yan is right about the colour of Singapore Hokkien Mee, though (plus the prawns and squid rings that are put in...mmm!).

I don't think you're misinformed, I'm just plain confused (it's hard being an 'ang mo' in Singapore - about 10 different types of soya: only an Asian would be able to tell the difference!)

Apparently chewing gum is being legalised again... what i've heard on the grapevine is that nicotine gum (for those who are giving up smoking) has been allowed, and they are pushing towards all kinds of gum, but you will have your details taken down when you purchase some (or somthing absurd like that - you know the Singapore government; always have to make things difficult). Actually, if this happens, i'll lose out on business when I smuggle in packs for all my western friends: i get paid a great premium for it!

I think this topic should be dropped: if moxxo has flagged this conversation, I think that s/he will be less than impressed with all this babble about Chinese dishes... ;)

Mike :)