Tha Din Daeng is not only a lively pier, it’s also the site for heaps of stalls selling yummy street food. 

Chua Kim Huad

One of the most popular haan palo (braised goose) spots in town, Chua Kim Huad wages a daily battle with nearby Chua Jiab Nguan (02-437-7608. Open daily 9am-5pm), but truth be told, both offer a similar delicious taste (B105 for a small plate). While Chua Jiab Nguan also serves up many cooked-to-order dishes, we really like Chua Kim Huad’s succulent and refreshing soup. 

02-437-2427, 02-863-0701. Open daily 8am-5pm

Kanom Pia Tha Din Daeng

Even though this shophouse specializing in kanom pia (baked bread balls stuffed with beans, B35) recently moved further away from the market, it’s still very popular, especially during Chinese New Year. The kanom pia is aromatic and stuffed with yummy black beans.

02-437-4164. Open daily 8am-7pm

Coffee stall

The sweet lady who makes the old-style Thai coffee (B20) here understands that everyone has different tastes when it comes to their cup of joe. So be as picky as you want and she will still serve your coffee with a smile. Oh and it’s pretty likely she’ll remember your order the next time you drop by, too.

Open Tue-Fri 9am-5pm

Nam Taohoo

The lady and her daughter at this stall make much more than just tasty nam tau hoo (soy milk, B8); they also have assorted, freshly made Thai desserts like kanom chan (Thai pudding) and kanom tom (coconut balls) in takeaway packs, perfect for snacking when on-the-go. 

Open Tue-Fri 6am-2pm

Jae Bua

This noodles stall seems to have a never-ending list of orders to get through before yours (waits can last almost up to an hour), but it’s totally worth it. Here you’ll find excellent guay tiew moo (pork noodles) but the real clincher is the perfectly fried gratiem jeaw (fried garlic).

081-700-4132, 089-517-0387. Open Tue-Sun 7pm-2am

Moo Satay

It is impossible to walk down Tha Din Daeng Road and not stop to stare at the two huge fire grills heaped high with pork satay. The two pork satay shops sat side by side are owned by two siblings. They both also have separate guay tiew pla (noodles with fish balls) shops right next to each other. Needless to say, the moo satay (pork satay, B5/piece) is delicious, while the guay tiew pla (B30-40) is equally tasty—making these two (or four) of the busiest shops on the strip. 

02-437-1172, 081-628-8740. Open daily 11am-8pm

Bok Kia Tha Din Daeng

With choices galore, this dessert shop is definitely not to be missed. One of the highlights is the Hainanese bokkia (B25), steamed flour noodles with a mix of fruits and beans in syrup. Here, the noodles are the super chewy ones that we love. But with more than 20 options to try, from coconut chunks to khao tom nam woon (sweetened sticky rice), return visits are a must. 

02-438-0574. Open daily 5pm-9pm

Sor Rad Na

Even though this stall is actually hidden away down soi 13, its great rad na (B30), khao pad (B35) and pad see-ew (B35) ensure it’s one of the bestselling shops in Tha Din Daeng. The rad na (noodles in gravy) is our pick as it’s perfectly made—not too gooey, not too watery and hardly requiring any additional seasoning bar a pinch of chili. 

085-143-2267. Open daily noon-7pm

Khao Kha Moo IMF

Blink and you’ll miss it. This stall arrives late and before you know it, all the braised pork leg is already gone. It’s easy to see why: the reasonably priced (B25) dish comes with tender, fatty pork that’s not too greasy, while the gravy is such a wonderful topping on the rice.

Open Tue-Sun 5pm-8pm

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A short distance from BTS Talat Phlu, in Bangkok, you’ll find a long street absolutely loaded with heavenly food stalls. 

1. Kim Aeng

Gluay chuem (sweetened banana with coconut milk, B20) may be a mainstay at any market, but this stall’s auntie has dedicated more than 30 years of her life to serving up her delicious secret recipe. The flavor has changed little over the years, and you can be guaranteed the banana, sourced from Phetchaburi, won’t be soggy and the magical coconut milk will be so light, fresh and addictive, you’ll be licking your bowl clean.

084-971-7876. Open daily 9am-6pm

2. Tek Heng

The story goes that the owners’ great-great-grandfather once cooked the very same mee krob (fried rice noodles with marinated garlic, palm sugar and soy sauce, B120) recipe they still serve today for HM King Rama V. In any case, their use of genuine som saa (bitter orange) is a rare treat nowadays, making this mee krob the real deal—aromatic and perfectly piquant.

02-466-9170, 02-466-9037. Open daily (except the last Mon of every month) 10am-10pm

3. Sab

Right next to the railway station, you’ll find lots of yummy stalls clustered together from poh pia sod (fresh spring rolls with greens) to yen ta fo (noodles with red sauce) and guay jub (Chinese noodles). All are full of flavor but this grungy stall, Sab, is worth mention for their impressive pladuk foo (crispy catfish with salad) that’s fried to a delicious crispiness that’s so hard to find nowadays.

Open daily 9am-9:30pm

4. Ung

This shophouse offers both ped yang (grilled duck, B100) and ped palo (braised duck, B100). The ped yang is good but we find the ped palo irresistibly yummy, mildly herbed and super juicy. Sadly, the grandpa proprietor is growing tired and isn’t sure how long he’ll be keeping shop, so do be sure to drop in for a bite when you’re in the neighborhood.

081-613-6239, 02-893-3306, 083-844-1002. Open daily 6am-6pm

5. Kanom Bueng Su Arpa

Wonderful kanom bueng Yuan (Yuan pancakes, B40) are a rare treat. We’re mighty grateful that this auntie still uses the finest ingredients to come up with her delightful stuffing, especially the shredded coconut with shrimp head, that go wonderfully with her expertly prepared pancakes. There's no seating here so you’ll need to gobble them on-the-go.

086-988-5054. Open Tue-Sun 6-9pm; Sun 11am-7pm

6. Pad Thai Jay Wan

Everything at this shophouse is on the money—the noodles are not soggy or greasy, the fragrance is heavy on the tamarind juice and slightly smoky, while the shrimps are fresh and naturally sweet. Available on weekdays only, this pad Thai (B30) is simply superb, showcasing some of the very best frying techniques in town.

089-054-7214. Open Mon-Fri 4-11pm

7. Namtaohu

Unlike other namtaohu stalls, this grandma’s soy milk 

(B10) is not overly sweet. It’s naturally sweet, rich and very fragrant. A must. 

087-910-3533. Open Tue-Sun 4-9:30pm

8. Tor Janpen

With its stunning braised beef, properly cleaned entrails and super-flavorful soup (B60), Tor Janpen ranks top of every beef noodles list in the city. The place also sports a very friendly owner who’ll convince you to end your meal with their kanom Thai, such as the luscious tua kiew tom (sweetened mung bean, B12).

02-891-4042. Open daily 9am-6pm

9. Kanomwan Talad Plu

Pick up a queue card and get in line for this dynamic dessert shophouse which boasts that their kanom is preservative-free. For more than 60 years, the desserts here having been drawing in the crowds. Just brace yourself for some marathon eating. We can’t stop peeling the kanom chan (Thai custard) apart and devouring it layer by layer—a delightfully sinful dish.

 02-466-9332. Open daily 2-7pm

10. Bamee Tongleng

This stall selling yummy noodles in the Teochew style is now run by second generation owners. The homemade noodles (B40) are pleasingly chewy and egg-y, while the condiments are also tasty and evidently of good quality. The same family actually runs four branches in the same neighborhood, all with different opening times, so it’s not too hard to get your fix. Otherwise, you can just drop by for some dried noodles if you feel like cooking at home.

02-466-5168, 089-990-9200. Open daily 9am-5:30pm (another branch at the railway station is open daily 6pm-midnight)

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Celebrate National Day (Aug 9) with Singapore’s favorite hawker meal.

Boon Tong Kee
This chicken rice specialist—which started in Chinatown back in 1979—later, opened at Balestier Road (1983). The joint is known for its silky chicken and zi char dishes like deep fried yam ring and prawn toast.

Chatterbox
This hotel restaurant has been famous for chicken rice since 1971, and is known as a favorite of celebs and even local government officials.

Loy Kee Chicken Rice
Established back in 1953, this dining joint offers their chicken rice in single, couple and family portions. You can also supplement your meal with recipes like char siew, chee cheong fun and Hainanese beef stew.

Nan Heng Hainanese Chicken Rice
This neighborhood chicken rice stall offers a homey plateful with well-balanced chicken, rice and chilli.

Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice
Good chicken, flavorful rice and kicky chilli are features of their recipe. Unlike most other versions available today, theirs is also made without ginger (old school Cantonese style).

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
The long queues for this eating spot are infamous. But if you manage to inveigle yourself a plate, the chicken is tender and juicy, and the housemade chilli sauce zippy with lime juice.

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Done all the famous khao man gai and Isaan stalls in town? Here is a fresh batch of must-try sidewalk-level dining spots which we think are even better.

1. Guay Tiew Moo (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวหมู)

Good kratiem jeaw (fried garlic) alone can go a long way. But this noodle stall takes it to a whole new level. The noodles here are everything they should be, cooked to perfection—chewy, not too soggy and stewed in the most fragrant kratiem jeaw we’ve tried. The other ingredients are pretty special, too, and not just the fishballs, either; we’re addicted to the tender moo ghon (shredded pork) and tasty entrails. The best bowl (B30) is the haeng (without soup) version. Do call ahead for directions as their soi has no name.
Rama 4 Rd. (next to Tai Tang Duan Rama 4 Junction), 02-249-7316. Open daily 8am-3pm


2. Gai Ping (ไก่ปิ้ง)

Sat on the corner of this soi, Jae Cherry grills up big chunky chicken skewers (B10), marinated in rich spices and cooked to perfection. The golden brown meat is more tender on the inside than any other grilled chicken we’ve tried. It’s pointless trying to stop at just one, while the accompanying dipping sauce is totally delicious with a nice balance of spicy, salty and sour.
Charoenkrung Soi 103/1, 080-595-8449. Open daily 5-7pm.


3. Guay Tiew Pla (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวปลา)

This slightly hard-to-find stall is worth the effort for its must-try fishballs. They’re light yet tasty, delightfully melt-in-the-mouth but not soggy. They’re loaded with fish without being overly pungent and go beautifully with the noodles. Just like other great stalls, be sure to call ahead as they run out very quickly.
Soi Phraya Singhaseni, Rama 4 Rd., 02-215-2165, 086-555-1262. MRT Hua Lamphong. Open daily 7am-3pm


4. Gade Ocha (เกตุโอชา)

It may be out on the edge of Bangkok, but many foodies rank Gade Ocha as one of the best guay tiew nuea (beef noodles, B50) joints in town. There is a great richness and stickiness to their beef broth and the nuea toon is, of course, really tender and flavorful.
200 meters from the beginning of Pattanakarn Soi 53, Open daily 9:30am-1pm


5. Burmese Noodles (ขนมจีนพม่า)

Hidden in the small Burmese community in Phra Khanong, this tiny shophouse is habitually swarmed by Burmese ladies from the neighborhood. At the entrance to Phra Khanong Market, turn left down a small alleyway packed with colorful clothing, and eventually you’ll find yourself in Little Burma. T-shirts, raw betel nuts and all manner of spices are just some of the goods on display. Not too far away is this well-known Burmese eatery, where you’ll be greeted by the smiling face of Dao Giri, the Nepalese-Burmese cook. Her most popular dish among Burmese and Thais alike is mohinga (Burmese cold rice noodles, B35). It’s cheap, tasty and served up in a matter of minutes.
Phra Khanong Market, Sukhumvit Rd. Open daily 8am-5pm


6. Rai Tiem Tan (ไร้เทียมทาน)

One for those with plenty of patience, this noodles (B35) and congee (B30) stall gets their queues confused and orders all mixed up, but really, we think you should invest some time to sample the delicious bowl of pork noodles served here—and you may well find yourself going back. The standout is their pork, which is cooked to be very moist and is served in both noodles and congee—both excellent. The portion is very small, though, so order big from the get-go.
Sri Ayutthaya Rd. (near Phayathai Hospital), 081-622-3153. Open Tue-Sun 6-10pm


7. Jay Yai (เจ๊ใหญ่)

Shining out from the dark street thanks to its fluorescent lighting, Jay Yai does guay jub (Chinese noodles) in both thick and clear broths. Those who like a herbal soup with a great aroma of Chinese star anise should opt for the thick option but, really, both are equally good. The moo krob is insanely delicious, too. It’s crispy and it doesn’t have that burnt aftertaste you sometimes get elsewhere. Trok Nawa, Tanao Rd., 089-226-8577. Open daily 4-9pm


8. Dara Dalay (ดาราดาเล)

Chiang Mai organic farm and homestay Dara Dalay recently opened a small eatery here, and we find ourselves regularly returning for its authentic Northern dishes. Helmed by the friendly auntie who owns the farm, they do a brief list of Northern dishes including kanom jeen nam ngiaw (rice vermicelli with spicy pork and tomato soup, B40) and khao soi (B40). Their very addictive take on the latter dish features a perfectly rich soup with a nice balance of flavors, while the chicken is tender and moist. Almost every dish here is made with organic vegetables grown on the farm. We recommend you check their Facebook page (www.facebook. com/daradalay) for news on when they’ll be serving special treats like hed nueng namprik kha (steamed mushroom with galangal paste). Pichai Market, Pichai Rd., Dusit, 086-378-3837, 089-499-2878. www.daradalay.com. Open Mon-Sun 12-7pm


9. Poh Pia Sod (ปอเปี๊ยะสด)

Everyone seems to be swamping Tang Sui Heng Pochana in Sapan Leung for their haan palo (braised goose) but we are pretty confident about this other contender. The little stall run by an auntie serves up an impressive poh pia sod (rice sheets stuffed with Chinese sausage and tofu), a specialty that is not too easy to find nowadays. Your B35 gets you some very good quality gun chiang (Chinese sausage), while the well-balanced gravy sauce is a classic balance of sweet, sour and salty, just as it’s supposed to be. The prik chee fah (Cayenne pepper) gives good contrast to the dish, too. Perfect for grab-and-go, or have it while feasting on the goose. Be warned, though, on some days she skips making the poh pia sod as she concentrates on selling her desserts.
Rama 4 Rd. (next to Tang Sui Heng). Open daily 8-11pm


10. Chairoj (ไชยโรจน์)

This humble shophouse is a real hidden gem. Chairoj has been up and running for 70 years now, as you can tell from the pale greenish walls and vintage wooden furniture. The highlights of the brief Thai and Chinese menu have to be the pla krapong tod rad prik (fried seabass with chili and garlic, B80), fragrant tomyam (B80) and stewed ox tongue (B80) in Hainanese style, an increasingly rare find.
467/25 Phyathai Rd. (next to Phyathai Dental Group), 02-354-4090. BTS Phayathai. Open Mon- Sat 11am-8pm


11. Lee Nguan (หลีง้วน)

We must admit, we were first drawn to this guay tiew nuea (noodles with beef) shophouse because of Richie, the fat, grumpy-looking bulldog sat out front. Ever since we tried Lee Nguan’s tasty noodles, though, we’ve been returning as often as possible— and not just for Richie. All the right ingredients are here for repeat visits, from the tender stewed beef and light but flavorful soup to the friendly service. If a bowl (B30) doesn’t fill you up, we recommend strolling a bit further to Phaholyothin Rd. and trying the yen ta fo noodles at Meng Pochana (02-279-2004, 085-321-8474. Open daily 9:30am-5pm), where the fishballs are just bursting with flavor.
7312 Saliratthawiphak Rd. (near Saphan Kwai Junction), 087-900-9600. Open daily 8am-3pm


12. Hia Waan (เฮียหวาน)

Located on the busy Chan Road, this humble khao tom pla (soft-boiled rice with fish, B90) joint might not be a centuries-old institution but who cares, once you try their fresh seafood. The fish, shrimp and squid all seem to come from another planet they’re so huge, meaning you certainly get your money’s worth. As for their khao tom, the broth is well-balanced, slightly peppery and without any hint of fishiness.
Chan Rd. (in front of Soi 32/2), 02-211-0829. Open daily 5pm-midnight


13. Guay Tiew Ruea (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ)

Legend has it that the way guay tiew ruea (boat noodles) are sometimes mixed with blood was started by the Chinese who would store thier beef on a sieve covered with ice. The blood would drip down into a pan and they would use it to make the soup more flavorful. We, of course, don’t know what the original version tasted like, but we do know that this shophouse serves up a pretty mean bowl. Forget the famous guay tiew ruea Rangsit, and come here for truly deepflavored broth with tender pork (B40).
Nanglinchee Soi 5, 084-159-7393, 082-687- 7966. Open daily 7am-2pm


14. Salim Porn Charoen (สลิ่มพรเจริญ)

Almost everything at Salim Porn Charoen is homemade. Featuring fragrant candle-scented coconut milk, the maprao kati (coconut, B30) is rich, almost sinfully so, while the smooth, silky texture will have you calling for seconds. Of course, you can choose your own flavor by adding the likes of salim (grass noodles) and tubtim krob (water chestnut) though disappointingly, the latter is not as good as it used to be.
Soi Sampeng (200 meters from the beginning of the soi), Chakkaphet Rd. Open daily 9am-4pm


15. Bua Loy Kai Wan (บัวลอยไข่หวาน)

This place takes their bua loy (taro balls in coconut milk) pretty seriously. While the very popular bua loy joint in Phaholyothin is now closed, this one is also a strong contender. The colorful array of little balls are a really chewy delight served with fresh coconut milk that’s not too sweet, fragrant and perfectly thick and rich.
Charoennakorn Rd. (Klongsan Pier), 081-697- 5971. Open daily 1-7:30pm


16. Somtam Khaya (ส้มตำขยะ)

Known as Somtam Khaya for its location, on the quieter side of Thammasat University Tha Prachan Campus, this stall may be small but it does a roaring trade. Despite its somewhat dodgy, burnt appearance, its fried chicken is a real treat. Marinated with spices and coated in a flavorful flour, the outside is nice and crispy while the flesh is simply succulent. If you pop in after noon, don’t expect any chicken though, as most will have been snapped up already.
16 August Rd. (right at the Phra Arthit entrance of Thammasat University). Open Mon-Fri 10am- 3pm


17. Lim Lao Sa (ลิ้มเล่าซา)

Lim Lao Sa occupies an old and charming space down a small alley. Open for more than 50 years, it’s now helmed by the second generation who are sticking to their family’s Teochew recipes. Everything’s homemade, from the giew pla (fish dumplings) to the fishballs in the guay tiew pla (noodles with fish, B60). The flavor is marvelous, as is the place: seat yourself by the pastel-framed windows as you contemplate your order of bamee (egg noodles), which features a sour sauce that gives the dish a welcome edge. The sen yai (rice noodles) is pretty unique, too—much lighter than you get at most places, so you needn’t feel guilty about ordering a second bowl. Do call ahead as opening times can vary and don’t mistake them for the other stalls around Bangkok boasting of using the same recipe under the Lim Lao Sa name.
Songwad Rd., 083-138-3636. Open daily 5:30- 10pm


18. Kanom Bueng Boran (ขนมเบื้องโบราณ)

Run by a grandma and her daughter, this stall is a shrine to the ever-comforting dessert that is kanom bueng (Thai pancake with stuffing). Here, you can be sure your B20 gets you a resolutely homemade treat: the foy thong (sweetened egg yolk) is not too sweet, while the coconut tastes fresh with a wonderfully fluffy texture. The pancake itself is thin, crispy and addictive. It’s fair to say that the opening times here can be pretty inconsistent—your safest bet for getting a delicious dessert is late afternoon (3pm-6pm).
In front of Ladprao Soi 33.


19. Rad Naa (ราดหน้า)

There’s nothing too revolutionary here, just one big, super-satisfying bowl of rad naa (noodles in gravy). The gravy is flavorful, perfectly balanced, while the pork is well seasoned and juicy. Just be warned that the sen yai (rice noodles) usually runs out around noon.
Soi Saladaeng, Silom Rd., 081-931-3380. Open daily 10am-3pm

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Mark your calendars for the hottest new events of the next few months.

You know you’re suffering from a case of same o same o when you're scanning the Sistic website and can't find anything that excites you. It doesn’t help that there are now so many events happening here, so filtering the good from the mediocre isn't easy. So what’s really worth your time? The list we've assembled here features huge stars, awesome new concepts and more than a few surprises. We've also thrown in some self-serving recommendations of where to find the best events coverage in town. Just remember—these debutantes are a big deal, so you'll want to book early.

Music

Zouk Indie Triple Bill
It’s been a while since our friends at Zouk organized live concerts at their venue (previous acts who performed there include Peaches, Chicks on Speed, The Radio Dept. and Mono), so we were excited to hear that they are bringing back their live music series with the launch of their first triple bill, which will have Icelandic band Mum performing (for the first time here) their brand of ethereal electronica alongside up-and-coming local bands Wavves and Shelves, who will open for them. Those who missed fellow Icelanders Sigur Ros’ gig a couple of months back have a chance to redeem themselves at this one.

Jun 15, Zouk.

The xx
Any hipster worth their skinny jeans knows The xx, but those who really know their music can testify that the group’s brand of moody electronics and hushed vocals hark back to the best of the shoegazing sounds from the ‘90s. Although the threesome performed here previously in 2010 to mark the launch of their acclaimed debut album xx (supporting Florence + The Machine) with a short-ish 45-minute set, their upcoming solo gig will have them perform a full set of tunes from their acclaimed last two albums (including the more recent Coexist).
Aug 2, The Star Performing Arts Center.

Pet Shop Boys
The last time these guys were here for SingFest in 2007, the crowd had so much fun dancing to their retro ‘80s tunes that the rest of the acts in the line-up (Cobra Starship, The Noisettes) seemed out of place. Part of their travelling Electronic tour (the album of the same name will be released in June), expect to see kitschy costumes and a fantastic multi-media backdrop that will rival even that of Kraftwerk’s 3D concert here last month. Yes, Neil (Tennant) and Chris (Lowe) will be dishing out newer tunes from their upcoming album, but expect the crowd to go wild when they play classics like “Rent”, “Heart” and “Domino Dancing” instead. That’s when we’ll be getting our glo-sticks ready (and you should, too).
Aug 3, Resorts World Convention Centre™, Compass Ballroom.

1 World Music Festival
Finally, something truly new for F1. Music gig inside the circuit tend to be disappointingly short and horribly crowded (let's hope The Killers prove us wrong), making this the to-go-to gig during the race. This two-day music fest to be held at the Marina Barrage (also a first) will feature international acts like Tinie Tempah and Iggy Azalea performing, while DJ acts include names like Orbital and Miguel Migs. "You’ll feel as though you’re in the eye of a hurricane, and the electric feeling generated from the stage will ripple through the crowd,” says Mark Rafter of organizers Retfar Entertainment (we think that's meant to be a good thing). Rumor has it that the celebrity-designer Jeremy Scott and DJ-partygoer Samantha Ronson will also drop by for the festival, so it's definitely one for the diaries.
Sep 20-21, Marina Barrage.

The Killers
When The Killers were announced to headline the F1 2013 concert at the Padang earlier this year, we were excited but apprehensive (they cancelled on us in 2010). Vocalist Brandon Flowers reunites with the rest of the team (after embarking on a semi-successful solo career) to promote their latest album Battle Born, although don’t be surprised if they serve up old favorites like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me” along the way.
Sep 21, The Padang
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Theater

Dirty Dancing
When you pit two feisty and rebellious characters with a cool old-school soundtrack featuring tunes like The Ronette’s “By My Baby” and Eric Carmen's "Hungry Eyes", nostalgia can only be a good thing. Sure the film version has pretty much reached cult status, but seeing the show live on stage takes it to a whole new level. Relive the story of Baby and her affair with dance instructor Johnny Castle in this timeless tale of youth, love and revolt.
May 24 - Jun 16,
Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands

One Man Lord of the Rings / The Lord of the Rings—The Fellowship of the Ring
The first of two unofficial* double bills (next up, Shakespeare, see opposite), these two shows promise to be a good use of your "precious" time. The first is the critically-acclaimed one-man stand-up comedy show by Charles Ross, whose hilarious spin on the series will amuse both fans and non-fans alike, while the latter is a live projection screening of the movie with live orchestral accompaniment by Howard Shore.
* Unofficial because they're completely unconnected and we've just grouped them together for the sake of a story.

Jun 18-23, DBS Arts Centre and Jun 6-8, The Star Theatre

Alfian Sa’at—In the Spotlight
Fans of the prolific playwright will not want to miss this triple bill of two rare works and one new one. "The Optic Trilogy" (a meditation on love and loss) gets a fresh new cast featuring Janice Koh and Brendon Fernandez, while "Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. 1" is a modern gay fantasia set in a fictional world filled with lots of topless boys and a couple of naughty “angels”. The new work "Cook a Pot of Curry" promises to be an outspoken take on migration and the changing demographics of Singapore.
Jul 3-20, The Singapore Airlines Theatre, LASALLE College of the Arts.

The Addams Family
More nostalgia in the form of this hilarious and dark musical based on the popular film series. This time round, Morticia, Gomez, Lurch and the rest of the family members are yet again up to no good (but with the best of intentions, of course) as they get sucked into the trappings of modern living.
Jul 9-28, Festive Grand™ Theatre, Resorts World® Sentosa
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The Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare / Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
If SRT's Shakespeare in the Park series got you all hot under the ruffled collar, then you'll want to book these now. First up, none other than the Globe Theatre are in town, with a completely new take on the classic tale of sisterly rivalry played out by an all-female cast (settle down, boys). That's followed by a hilarious take on at least 37 plays summarizing all the tragedy, romance and comedy that the Bard is most famous for.

Oct 2-13, Fort Canning Park.

Films

Films at the Fort
We love outdoor film screenings (the recent Art-in-Film Festival at Dusk held at Tanjong Beach Club was one of the freshest we’ve been to), so we’re certainly looking forward to this one, from the folks who put on the Green Corridor Run earlier this year. And what a perfect setting for a movie! Not only will you get the chance to see quality films like the nevver-before-screened documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 about the Bond franchise, you can also catch Oscar-nominated The Intouchables and the Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook if you missed them on the regular cinema circuit. The festival will also present short films by local directors prior to the screening of the feature length films. Plus, there will be lots of gourmet food and wine to go around, and a dedicated Champagne bar if you feel like making the occasion one to remember.
Aug 22-25, Fort Canning Green.

Food

World Street Food Congress
Think you've seen it all in the foodie scene? You're still in for an unusual experience as street food hawkers from all over the world clean up their acts and convene here to wax lyrical about the artisanal merits of their craft and how to best professionalize the industry for better recognition of their work. Before this get-together of cheap eats enthusiasts takes off internationally—organizer Carol Anne Wah hopes to hold it in "San Francisco, Mexico or even Israel" one day—food culture nerds had best get in line for this year's inaugural edition.

May 31-Jun 9, F1 Pit Building & Paddock.

Art

Essential Eames
Not only will this much-anticipated exhibition feature some of celebrated couple Charles and Ray Eames’ celebrated chair designs, it will also trace their personal life with a showing of Ray’s intimate drawings for the first time ever, as well as contextual display of a case study house for a more interactive experience and a Powers of Ten film screening, a little seen gem directed by the duo tracing the origins of the universe. Promises to be the most cohesive and complete art exhibitions here after Warhol’s 15 Minutes Eternal at the Art Science Museum in 2011.

Jun 29-Jan 5, 2013, Art Science Museum.

Sports

Mountain Bike Carnival
Missed OCBC Cycle but want to show off your pedaling chops beyond fixed gear? Sate your taste for terrain at the city’s first and biggest mountain biking event. Aside from the standard eight-hour Enduro marathon conducted on fireroads, there are likely to be other activities, including an exhilarating night race—just try overtaking en masse in that.

Aug 25, TBC.

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BK asks the city’s top cooks for their favorite street food stalls in their neighborhood

Somkiat Pairojmahakij, Chef at Seven Spoons

Area: Nang Loeng

“Pig tongue stew—the original nose-to-tail dish. The Chinese community has a long history in the Nang Loeng area and it’s little known that the wooden theater at the market was one of the first in Bangkok. People should go there for the novelty of the stew and for the authentic atmosphere of the market.”

Khao Gaeng Kari Stew, 93/8-9 Supanimit Rd., 02-282-3918. Open daily 7am-2pm

“Jay Wa Jay Yong’s Hainanese noodles are well known among the Hainanese community in the area. They are delicious, authentic and have a particularly strong following among the local r-ma (Chinese grandmothers) nostalgic for tastes of home. I’m a second-generation Hainanese and places like this represent renewed pride in my cultural origins.”
Kanom Jeen Hailum Jay Wa Jay Yong, Look-Luang Soi 8, 02-281-0444, 086-820-7890. Open daily 5-11pm

Christian Norbert, Chef at Johann Bistro

Area: Bang na

“Sataan Bu Lim has many dishes that are good, such as khao kha moo and pork balls on skewers. But the most impressive is the guay jub that comes with a flavorful soup and ingredients in big portions, especially the kra-poh (stomach) that is properly cleaned and very tender. Have it with their homemade drinks like roselle, lemon tea or, my favorite, guava juice—absolutely delicious. The owner is also very friendly.”
Guay Jub Sataan Bu Lim, 970-970/1 Sukhumvit Soi 103 (Soi Udomsuk, between sois 48 and 50), 02-746-5029. Open daily 10am-11pm

Kavin Lim, Chef at Kincucino

Area: Silom

“I like the guay jub (Chinese noodles) stall in Soi Convent. All the spices that guay jub needs are there, plus they put in dried kha (galangal) which results in a pleasant aroma. The important thing is that all the intestines are well cleaned. The moo krob (crispy pork) is perfectly cooked— very tender inside, crispy outside and not too salty.
Guay Jub Silom, Soi Convent (in front of Starbucks), Silom Rd., 087-995-6955, 085-508-0007. Open Mon-Sat 4-11pm

Can Markawat, Chef at The Local

Area: Bangkapi

“My family and I have been eating at Mae Yaa Jai for a very long time. When it comes to khao gaeng, it must be from the South. And Mae Yaa Jai offers you that, while the area is also special. The shop has all kinds of curries like namprik tai pla (fish intestines chili paste) and tai pla kati (fish intestines in curry) and they’re very generous with the sides of vegetables. I think it’s more than authentic enough for Bangkokians.”
Mae Yaa Jai, Flat No. 21, Khlong Jan Housing, Nawamin Soi 6, 02-377-9100. Open daily 7am-7pm

Pasakorn Sae-Eia, Chef at MisterPas

Area: Kanchanapisek

“I always like to eat beef and Khao Suay Po Nai Pol offers a delicious bowl of guay tiew nuea (beef noodles). The style would remind you of the popular noodle shop Soay (Phra Arthit Rd.). All the intestines are really succulent and the Chinese spices definitely make the soup fragrant. The place is pretty old with lots of history, as you can see from the certificates and newspaper clipping singing their praises.”
Khao Suay Po Nai Pol, Moo Baan Krissana, Kanchanapisek Rd., 02-459-2059,081-611-0413. Open daily 10am till they run out.

David Thompson, Chef at Nahm

Area: Yaowarat

“The oyster omelet at Nai Mong is one of the best renditions I have had. A crisp and rich base of eggs topped with an unctuous sauce of oysters and spring onions. Sprinkle it with some white pepper and splash over the Sriracha sauce and you’ll understand why the place has been going for 40 years. They sell other dishes too, but I have never been able to forgo this pearl.”
Nai Mong Hoi Nang Tord, 539 Phlapplaachai Rd. (off Charoen Krung Road), 02-623-1890. Open Wed-Mon 11am-8:30pm 

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Our favorite street-side places for a spot of khao mok gai.

Bang Dech

The owner-uncle might not be the most gentle and warm, but look past the grumpy service and you’ll realize the food here really is up there with the best. The khao mok (B50) is moist and aromatic—everything you need the dish to be. There’s a reason the place is more than 50 years old and now run by the second generation. Another dish not to be missed is the massaman (curry with beef, B60)—one of the best in town. The generous serving of beef is tender and the curry very rich and flavorful.
In front of Nakhon Kuenkan Soi 6, Phrapradaeng, 02-462-5983. Open daily 7am-4:30pm

Aisa Rotdee

This place is easy to miss amid the surrounding hustle and bustle. It’s situated down a side alley just past the 7-Eleven on Tani Road, on the other side of Rambutri. Look out for the sign in Thai only (non-readers can spot it by the red color and crescent and star logo). Seating is actually quite ample, but first you have to negotiate your way past their always-busy, street-side kitchen. The beef satay (B45), ox tail (B60) and khao mok gai (B40) are the highlights, and their beef noodle soup is super savory and chock-full of succulent chunks of beef.
178 Tanee Rd., 02-282-6378. Open daily 9am-10pm

Ahmad Rotdee

Ahmad is the real deal for khao mok (B50): fragant, not too fatty, with great rice and tender meat. The beef or chicken over rice goes great with a hearty bowl of oxtail soup. (If you prefer goat meat, khao mok pae [B200] is available only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.) Don’t forget to try the curries, too, while you’re there.
Rama 9 Rd., 081-811-4601, 089-076-7610. Open daily 9am-3pm

Khao Mok Gai Convent

Hidden among the many trolleys, this nameless khao mok gai stall draws in crowds of hunger-struck office workers at lunchtime. Their khao mok gai (B30) comes with a chicken drumstick, slices of cucumber and a smattering of fried chopped onions. The rice, though sometimes a bit too dry, is aromatic and well-seasoned and the chicken tender. Despite its look, the accompanying sauce is sour, not sweet, and a good complement. They also serve a sour and spicy chicken soup (B30), which is a must-have and the perfect way to wash down the khao mok gai.
Soi Convent (in front of Bua Restaurant), Silom Rd., 086-042-4645. Open Mon-Sat 11am-5pm

Khao Mok Gai Siam <BK PICK>

A list of the best khao mok gai isn’t complete without Khao Mok Gai Siam. Even though their many branches are situated around the outskirts of Bangkok, we think it’s definitely worth the trek. The chicken in the dish is very moist, fall-off-the-bone tender, and covered with spices. Of course, you should have it with guay tiew gaeng (noodles in curry, B35) to stock up on energy for the long drive back.
181/115 Sanambinnam Rd., 02-968-7447. Open daily 8am-4pm

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Our top picks in Bangkok's foodie-friendly neighborhoods Ratchawat and Sri Yan.

Suwannawatti

1116/4 Nakornchaisri Rd., Ratchawat, 02-241-4879. Open Wed-Mon 8am-2pm
A.K.A. Guay Tiew Nuea Naa Sapha, the place was originally a zaleng (pushcart) selling beef noodles in front of the parliament some 30 years ago. The guay niew nuea (B30) here are often described as the best in town. The soup is indeed succulent, aromatic and bursting with beefy flavors, while the big chunks of beef are tender and toothsome.

Orawan

Nakornchaisri Rd., Sri Yan, 086-973-0756, 080-973-5772. Open daily 4-10pm
Sat in front of Soi Chantima Theatre, Orawan might seem even grungier than your average stall, but we guarantee a dish of pad Thai (B30) here will make you forget any worries about hygiene. The daughter of the owner told us that her secret lies in the top-notch ingredients they use, such as real tamarind sauce. It shows. The result is a powerful flavor with pitch-perfect balance.

Nai Ma Yod Pak

775 Nakornchaisri Rd., Ratchawat 02-241-1860. Open Mon-Fri 11am-2pm; 5pm-12:30am
The yod pak rad na (B50) here contains only young kale leaves and they peel off the skin of the kale, which is pretty darn impressive for a basic rad na (noodles in thick gravy) shophouse. Nai Ma has been in the business for more than 50 years and now his son continues with the same recipe—with no added MSG (for those who care). Another thing we like is the delicious, tender and juicy pork. We suggest you opt for the kao lao pad see ew (stir-fried pork and kale with soy sauce, B60) and khao pad prik kana (stir-fried pork and kale with chili served with rice, B60), both equally impressive dishes.

Khao Tom Sri Yan

103 Nakornchaisri Rd., Sri Yan, 02-241-1897. Open daily 5pm-1am
If the charming and nostalgic look of this shophouse cannot attract you to walk in, their food certainly will. The place focuses on khao tom (boiled rice) and a brief list of made-to-order dishes that ranges from kha moo palo (stewed pork knuckle, B40) and pad pak (stir-fried vegetables, B40) to pla chon tom khem (steamed catfish in soy sauce, B50). The food might be old school, but what matters is the great taste and the freshness of the vegetables.

Den Sri Yan

In front of S&P Sri Yan, Nakornchaisri Rd., Sri Yan, 089-501-5610. Open daily 5pm-midnight
A few steps from Khao Tom Sri Yan, this stall attracts throngs queuing up for its guay tiew gai toon nam dang (noodles with steamed chicken in herbal soup). The most popular parts are the chicken legs and feet with mouth-watering, fall-off-the-bone meat. The broth is also luscious and that might explain the long waits you’ll have to put up with for a taste of perfection. Prices start from B35 for the chicken leg.

Look Chin Sri Yan

151/1 Nakornchaisri Rd., Sri Yan, 02-243-3537. Open daily 7am-4pm
It’s been here for over 40 years and you’ve probably already heard of it. Look Chin Sri Yan has never opened any branches so this is the only true place to get your meatball and noodles (B35) fix. The look chin here have a bouncy, meaty texture and a potent flavor that indicates very little flour goes into the mix. The clear broth is just as addictive, so that you’ll be tempted to drink from the bowl. Hot tip: do call ahead if you want to drop by in the afternoon as they run out of beef balls pretty early.

Hor Mok Mae Boonma

Near Sri Yan Soi 1, Sri Yan, 081-582-7345. Open Tue-Sun 8am-3pm
The friendly auntie of an owner tells us that she’s been selling hor mok (fishcakes) for some 20 years. With top quality catfish and clown featherback, prices are a bit of a steal at just B20 a piece. Expect generous chunks of fish without the fishy smell. All ingredients are fresh, including the coconut topping. Deep-fried catfish bones are available on Sun, but do call ahead if you plan to visit after 2pm.

Kanom Krok Kao Wang

Across from Ratchawat Market, Ratchawat, 081-916-0974, 02-241-3840, 02-591-5998. Open daily 5-11pm
Once you’re done with the savory highlights, treat your stomach right with some dessert, like kanom krok (coconut pudding). This stall is plastered with pictures telling of royal visits, hence the name Kao Wang (“Enter the Palace”). The kanom krok is very light, fresh and crunchy, while the coconut milk is so superb you may just gobble everything up instead of bringing some back to your office or family. Get the original flavor (28 pieces for B40) and avoid bagging the hot box so it doesn’t get soggy.

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Our top picks from foodie haven Saphan Lueng, Bangkok

1.) Long Leng/Bae Siang Kung

Rama 4 Rd., Between Chula Soi 7 and 9, across from Sapanlueng Church, Bangkok, 02-611-6338. Open daily 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm.
This place had been around for 70-80 years under the name of Be Siang Kung, but the second-generation owner has made it catchier, changing it to Long Leng (loud noises). Their fish balls (B3.50) are made with yellowtail fusilier, white fin wolf-herring, and mackerel—all homemade and with no flour added. The result is a fish ball that really tastes of fish with a bouncy texture; and the same goes for their shrimp balls (B3.50). Their fish wontons (B5) are just as exciting, with minced pork thrown in for richness. Fancy something crispy? Try fried swordfish skin (B20), or have it all with their yen ta fo (tofu noodles, B35-40), which is seasoned with ketchup instead of the normal pickled bean curd.

2.) Ros Dee Ded

Rama 4 Rd., Chula Soi 9., Bangkok, 02-611-9826. Open daily 10am-10pm.
After inheriting his father’s business on Rama 4, the son opened another branch at Chula Soi 9. It’s all about the meat here, with options ranging from rice to noodles and hotpot. The rice topped with pork tongue stew (B40) is simply delicious: the pork tongue is well-done and the sauce is delicate. The signature noodles (B40-60) are braised pork and braised beef, sweetened by meat bone soup. The meat is thinly sliced and so perfectly scalded that it practically melts in your mouth. If you want to cook it your own way, then hotpot it is. Get ready for all the premium meat cuts—sirloin, flank, shank, rib eye, chuck, etc. The tip from the owner is to adjust the pot’s temperature by slowly mixing in the soup with the meat in a separate bowl. This way you’ll experience a softer and sweeter meat. Do note that you have to call ahead an hour for the shop to prepare the premium meat.

3.) Kao Ka Moo Lert Ros

Rama 4 Rd., in front of Hong Chai Rice Ltd. Bangkok. Open daily 4pm-midnight.
The menu sounds simple enough—rice topped with stewed pork leg—but we all know how difficult it is to find the perfect kao ka moo. The pork skin is on the fatty side, but that’s why it’s so delicious. The pork is slowly simmered in a brown soy sauce for a sweet, rich taste, and the pickled Chinese cabbage and vinegar make for a perfect balance of sour, sweet, and salty. And if the rice dish (B35-50) isn’t enough, just order an extra plate of it (B70).

4.) Kao-tom-pla Sa-pan-leung

506/2-3, Soi Pranakares, Rama 4 Rd., Bangkok, 084-727-8899. Open daily 5pm-10pm.
Don’t get confused by the big ‘Viroon Ice-cream’ sign in front of the shophouse since there is no hint of ice-cream anywhere nearby. This place is known for its fish boiled rice (B150) that comes with a flavorful sauce on the side. It may seem a little pricey for a bowl of soup, some rice, and some fish, but they make each dish separately, and serve only the freshest fish. No need to worry about scales or bones: just let the fish melt in your mouth—just like eating ice-cream.

5.) Jae Sri

Soi Pra Nakares, Rama 4 Rd., Bangkok, 081-927-7017. Open daily 6pm-10pm.
Jae Sri has been in the business for 30 years, and her secret, she says, is using only the top part of the water mimosa, making her Yum Pak-Krachade (B80, B100) the talk of the town. Apart from her renowned dish, we also recommend the boiled cockles (B100, B150). As for her marketing strategy, you can even find her on Facebook!

6.) Sangkaya Bread by Chai

506/1, Soi Pranakares, Rama 4 Rd., Bangkok, 089-893-5393. Open daily 6pm-midnight.
Warm bread with sangkaya and a hot glass of milk is about as close to a grandmother’s hug as food gets. And that’s exactly who Chai got his recipe from, serving his grandmother’s not-too-sweet, yet very fragrant, sangkaya (B30). And if his specialty doesn’t warm you up, his genuine smile will.

7.) Seng Sim Ee

Rama 4 Rd., Soi Pra Nakares. Bangkok. Open daily 4pm-midnight.
What better way to end your day than seng sim ee (hot and cold Chinese dessert)? It’s sweet but healthy so don’t hesitate to have it at night. A must is ginger syrup served with grains (B35-40) gingko seed and lotus roots. If these sound too organic, try the bean curd, rice flour balls, and glass noodles. 

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Mango season is on the wane, but thankfully, the sweet, rich goodness of khao niew moon (steamed sticky rice with coconut milk) works with more than one topping. Here are our fave spots to try.

Sor Boonprakob

Sor Boonprakob is a near-legendary shophouse in Bangrak that has been serving khao niew moon since Rama V’s reign. Story goes people used to queue up here long before the craze for sticky rice and mango. Their beautifully shiny sticky rice (B150 for a kg) manages to be fatty and creamy without being soggy or overly sweet.
In front of Charoenkrung Soi 44, Charoenkrung Rd., 02-235-3442. Open daily 5am-7pm

Maewaree

The vast piles of mango at Maewaree take up half the sidewalk, but it’s their sticky rice from Chiang Rai that really quickens our pulse. The perfectly cooked khao niew moon (B190 a kg) is soft and flavorful, thanks to the excellent coconut milk used here. This is probably our absolute favorite in town, for its texture (not too mushy) and perfect balance of flavors. Don’t forget to try their assorted toppings such as the smooth, fragrant sangkaya (B35) or the mixed option (pla hang and dried shrimp, B50).
1 Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor, 02-392-4804. Open 24/7, khao niew moon only available 5am-11pm. www.maevaree.com

Kor Panich

The 80-year-old institution is a household name for its sweet sticky rice. The people at Kor Panich claim that the recipe has been taken from the royal kitchen where the owner’s wife’s mother used to work. And the standard they’ve been holding on to is that the sticky rice must be the popular khao niew kiew ngoo type, the coconuts must hail from Chumphon and the sugar from Kanchanaburi. Plain khao niew B160 per kilo, single portions with toppings B30.
431-433, Tanao Rd., 02-221-3554. Open Mon-Sat 7am-7pm

Luksao Kor Panich

Another member of the Kor Panich family, as the name suggests, this shophouse is owned by the daughter of the recipe’s owner at Kor Panich. After her mom passed away, she decided to open her own place and took the recipe with her. Both places are similar although the sticky rice (B160 a kg) is a bit more tender, and sweeter, here. It’s really a question of taste which one you prefer.
250/5 Samsen Rd., Tewet, 02-281-7838. Open daily 7:30am-8pm

Maliwan Kanom Thai

For over 30 years, Maliwan Kanom Thai has been making fresh Thai desserts. Popular for its ta go (Thai pudding topped with coconut) and kanom mun (tapioca mixed with flour and topped with young coconut), it also sells giant buckets of khao niew moon (B180 a kg).Their sticky rice is quite soggy, due to copious amounts of rich coconut. That’s not to our taste but it’s clearly popular as they often run out before lunch.
2/9, beginning of Ari Soi 1, 02-278-1179. Open daily 9am-3pm

Chor Sornkeaw

Once you’ve tried every sticky rice champ in town, you might want to give this colorful variety a shot (B160 a kg). Chor Sornkeaw stands out from the crowd thanks to its nine-color rice, depending on whether it has been sweetened with turmeric, rose, butterfly pea or pandanus. It’s not just about looks, though. This rice tends to be lighter, its flavors balancing themselves nicely with the coconut milk toppings. Chor Sornkeaw also serves its khao niew moon with a wider selection of fruits, such as longan, durian and lychee (B25-160).
23/500, Chok Chai 4 Soi 54, Lad Prao, 02-931-0000, 02-931-0005. Open daily 6am-9pm

EXPERT PICKS

Chawadee Nualkhair

Journalist, blogger and author of Bangkok’s Top 50 Street Food Stalls.
“I think the best khao niew moon is at Mae Nong Nut in Hua Hin. The rice is perfectly creamy yet still sticky, and the coconut milk is of such high quality. But if we’re talking Bangkok, I’ll go with everyone else and say you can’t go wrong with Maewaree.”

Daneeya Bunnag

Food blogger, host of food show Food & Health Gang and author of a soon to be published cook book.
“My favorites are the ones from Kor Panich and Mae Nong Nut opposite to Hua Hin market. For Kor Panich, I love its taste and its texture, because although it’s soft it’s not mushy and it’s not overly sweet. And since it’s been open for many decades, it has a real vintage charm to it.”

Nhoi chortip ouypornchaisakul

Chef at Parata Diamond.
“I just love the balance of the pandanus, coconut and sugar at A Mad Ros Dee (1217 Rama 9 Rd. Soi 39, 081-811-4601). The best part is that I can sense each individual rice grain in every bite and it stays that way no matter how long it sits there. I even snack on it when it’s a day old. I’m working on a sticky rice and mango dessert myself, but I’m happy to leave the ‘mooning’ technique to the masters.”

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