ICYMI: It's been a massive week for imported chains. Join the queue.
The UK’s favorite soft cookies are here! The red Ben’s Cookies kiosk on the ground floor of Siam Paragon serves up flavors of daily-baked cookies, including double chocolate and nut, white chocolate chunk and coconut, at B75 each, B375/five or B750/15. Cookies are also available in gift tins at B365/four and B645/8. Known for its daily-baked, palm-size soft cookies that feature chocolate chunks instead of tiny chips, the cookie brand characterized by its red color and cartoon boy has more than 10 grab-and-go cookie shops in the motherland. It has also spread to New York, the Middle East and a few of our East Asian neighbors including Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo.
After keeping us waiting for several months, the Bangkok branch of American breakfast specialist IHOP has finally opened its doors. Known for its breakfast items served all day with extra-long hours (some branches even stay open 24/7), the IHOP chain has more than 1,600 locations across the US, Canada and Asia. Sticking to Siam Paragon's opening hours (10am-10pm), this open-plan space in the mall’s new dining zone (G/F) only serves up light bites like sandwiches (B240), salad (B240) and omelets (B170-175) and sweet varieties of pancakes (B180-195), crepes (B195), waffles (B195) and French toast (B170-195). The staff tell us construction is ongoing at another IHOP outlet on Paragon’s fourth floor, where breakfast plates and heavier meals will be served in a few months.
Move over Tim Ho Wan. Another Michelin-starred cheap eat has arrived at Terminal 21. Singapore's Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Chicken Rice & Noodles was one of just two street-food stalls to be awarded a star in the first edition of the country's Michelin Guide in 2016. After that owner-chef Chan Hon Meng rapidly expanded his empire with two further "quick-service" outposts in Singapore, plus one in Taipei (where it opened to three-hour-long waits), under the name Hawker Chan. Now it's brought specialties like Hong Kong-style soya sauce chicken and barbecue pork to Bangkok in a no-frills space that operates not unlike a small food court. Claiming to offer the world's cheapest Michelin-starred meal, the restaurant lets you pair your choice of meat (soya sauce chicken, char siu, roast pork belly or pork rib) with rice, hor fun (rice noodles) or egg noodles, with prices ranging from B88-120). You can get a whole chicken at B580, too.