Jan suggested heading to Chinatown for breakfast. There are a number of stalls here known for their kway chap (also a common breakfast dish in Singapore), which consists of flat rice noodles in broth served with pork. I'm familiar with the brown herbal kway chap broth but it was my first time encountering rolled rice noodles in a clear, peppery soup. I liked the kway chap here at Nai Ek Rolled Noodles well enough but I have to say that the crackling roast pork stole the show entirely.
Just a few doors down from Nai Ek is a fishball noodle stall apparently famous with locals and tourists alike. The Chinese words on the signboard say 黄炳春鱼丸 which uh translates to Huang Bing Chun Fishballs? Haha you'll be better off noting that it's right across the road from Hotel Royal.
I thought these were okay - the thin yellow noodles were wonderfully springy and were accompanied by a pretty decent assortment of fishcakes. I've probably been spoiled by the bak chor mee back home, though...
We walked around the nearby market for a bit, stopping only to grab some groceries and a packet of khanom bueang (crispy coconut pancake) before hightailing it out of there for the air conditioned comforts of our hotel.
After we've checked out from the hotel (Aloft on Sukhumvit 11 - spacious rooms but a little further from the nearest BTS station than I'm used to), we return to EmQuartier. It really is quite a beautifully designed mall. My favorite wing is the Waterfall Quartier.
People who have two breakfasts in one morning don't deserve to have lunch. Still I'm glad we had an undeserved lunch at Greyhound Cafe, a popular modern eatery with one of the most extensive menus I've seen. We took ages just going through the menu once. I definitely recommend the wings here - also this is the third time I'm having fried chicken in just over 24 hours...?
Headed back to Singapore all too soon!