To end off the short trip to Bangkok, Thailand, my BFF and I decided to drop by Siam Paragon, one of the biggest shopping centres in Asia, again after four years. The purpose was to try a more upscale beef noodle, elevated from the traditional street food, at Nuer Koo.
Doesn't Melon look round like the fish balls in front of her? :P
Phuket Fish Balls THB 120.00 (~S$4.60)
Prior to the dinner, I actually hadn't had any idea that Phuket is famous for its fish balls until I saw the menu and subsequently did a Google search. Anyway, I'm not really a big fan of fish balls, but those served at the eatery were pretty springy with clean-tasting sweetness of the protein. The accompanying fried shallots made them savoury, and the chili sauce was fiery enough.
Steamed Rice Topped with Sliced Pork THB 155.00 (~S$5.95)
Let's look at the non-beef main course first that came with Japanese rice and topped with sesame seeds. While the pork slices stir-fried with onions were pretty tender, I felt that the teriyaki sauce could be slightly less sweet. Pika's advice: If you feel like splurging, try the Kobe Beef Rice, which is priced at 970.00 THB (~S$37.20) at the point of writing.
Bone Marrow Beef Broth Noodle THB 165.00 (~S$6.35)
As suggested by its deep brown colour, the broth made of bone marrow reduction and the eatery's secret sauce was pretty rich without being too salty. The beef used was fresh, going well with the tangy chili vinegar dip. BTW, I chose the flat noodle, which can't be seen in the picture above, that turned out to be enjoyably springy.
Taro Balls in Coconut Milk THB 60.00 (~S$2.30)
I appreciated the sweet and savoury concept behind the dessert, as well as the thickness of the coconut milk that was just right. However, I felt that the level of sweetness level could be reduced a little bit for a finer balance of flavours. Besides that, the yam balls could be bouncier.
Iced Thai Tea THB 55.00 (~S$2.10)
Alas, the Thai tea wasn't up to my expectation. While it wasn't bad, the aroma of the tea could definitely be stronger. I'd also prefer something more silky smooth. The degree of sweetness was pretty alright, but there were simply too many ice cubes, or rather, cylinders inside the glass.
Perhaps one day I should really give the more expensive Australian wagyu or Kobe beef a try to decide whether any of them is really worth the money.
Did you know that you can find many different Kit Kat flavours directly imported from Japan at Gourmet Market, a premium supermarket at the basement of Siam Paragon?
991 Rama I Road
4/F Siam Paragon
(Daily: 10.00am - 10.00pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT.
Have a nice meal,