BESIDES ITS natural charms of the sea and surrounding islands, Phuket retains its own unique appeal for those staying ashore, with a rich history, amazing cultural diversity and palate-pleasing food. Phuket Old Town packs in a lot of history all on its own, with a continuous stretch of more than 140 shophouses, some beautifully restored and many still inhabited. The venerable commercial centre is lined with impressive Sino-Portuguese architecture. The Portuguese and British left their imprints on the island when they came to mine tin in the 16th century, and the Chinese did the same 200 years later. Part gallery, part boutique hotel, Woo occupies a century-old Sino-Portuguese shophouse in Phuket Old Town. Newly opened on Thalang Road is a gallery- boutique hotel called Woo, whose owner spent two years renovating a 130-year-old Sino-Portuguese shophouse, returning it to its original grandeur. The row house boasts intricate European neo-classical and Renaissance … [Read more...] about Phuket for landlubbers
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Famished after a long day of work and fasting but not anywhere near Geylang Serai Bazaar? Not to worry! We've put together a nifty list of places around town that serve up bites for you and the whole squad to break fast together. From grabbing a couple of healthy Korean rice bowls to go, to cutting into juicy portions of steak or kicking it up with some Thai food in a snazzy hotel, your dinner plans for this season are sorted. Assemble the gang because with eight or more in your party, you'll be able to use up to four 1-for-1 Burpple Beyond deals at a time- score! FOR ZI CHAR WITH THE WHOLE FAM Hit all your cravings at once with a balanced zi char meal. Grab the whole family and order several dishes to share at Jiak Modern Tzechar (Esplanade Mall). We say get an eclectic mix of Curry Fish Head ($15), some stir-fried veggies and maybe an egg dish or two to accompany that killer view of the Singapore skyline. FOR HEALTHY RICE BOWLS THAT NOURISH Stop by after work at this wholesome dinner … [Read more...] about 9 halal places with 1-for-1 deals to Buka Puasa this Ramadan
Several hotels and restaurants in Malang, East Java are offering special iftar (breaking-of-the-fast meal) menus for those wishing to break their Ramadan fast and proceed to dinner. The iftar menu is usually presented in packages for group dining with family or friends. For those in Malang but craving Balinese food for iftar, Ubud Hotel and Cottages in Malang may be a good choice. The establishment is presenting main courses such as sate lilit (ground meat seasoned with herbs grilled on lemongrass skewers), ayam taliwang (spicy grilled chicken dish), urap-urap (green vegetable salad dressed with spicy shredded coconut), complete with Balinese special chili and spicy condiments sambal embe and sambal matah. For those in Malang but craving Balinese food for iftar, Ubud Hotel and Cottages in Malang can be a good choice. (JP/Nedi Putra AW) The menu is presented in the Kampoeng Ubud package that can be enjoyed for Rp 75,000 (US$ 5.24) per pax. Meanwhile, … [Read more...] about Malang hotels, restaurants present special dishes for ‘iftar’
More akin to a vinegar-based cooking technique than a specific dish, adobo counts endless variations across the different regions, and even around the world thanks to overseas Filipinos. Now, adobo’s origin and a possible logical pursuit of its old pre-colonial name that was lost in translation are heatedly discussed at the table. More about Filipino cuisine: From curacha to lamb lechon, Isabela is definitely more than just their pancit An appreciation of Moro food can bring Pinoy Muslims and Christians closer, says this Muslim chef VIDEO: We take a food crawl with Chef Sau del Rosario in his native Pampanga This way, Ma’am Sir: getting a seat at the Pinoy resto Los Angeles loves Proof of adobo’s pre-Hispanic origins Pedro de San Buenaventura, a Franciscan missionary, was the first European to write about adobo de los naturales (adobo of ethnic Filipinos or their dishes with vinegar) in Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala, published in Pila, Laguna in 1613. … [Read more...] about There’s nothing Spanish about adobo—should we ditch its Spanish name?