Widely studied, soya benefits the bones, heart, helps prevent cancer and reduces body weight. Good news for those who are on a diet. But enough of the lecture. Where can you find a yummy soya-based treat that’s not all about milk? Let’s face it, when you say soya, the first thing that pops into your mind is soy milk.

"Irasshaimase!” Boom! The shouted traditional welcome yanked us out of Vietnam and into Japan, or at least, a small slice of it in the form of Tamago, a pretty little place nestled in the leafy otherworld suburb of District 2.

When it comes time to nurse that morning-after pain, don your most ridiculously oversized sunglasses, pop two aspirin and head to these spots. Reviews by Julian Ajello

Part of being a foodie means knowing where your food came from. Who hasn’t heard of the 18th century Earl of Sandwich who, reluctant to leave his 24-hour cribbage game for a meal, famously ordered a servant to bring salted beef between two pieces of bread (ostensibly so he wouldn’t get his card-playing fingers greasy)? Or the ubiquitous La Vache Qui Rit cheese whose creator threw together leftover comté, gruyere, and emmental cheeses at the end of WW1 and named it after a sign he saw on a meat wagon — Wachkyrie — after the Valkyries of Norse mythology?

Based on the concept of rejuvenating discarded objects, two friends have turned shipping container crates and anything else they can find into the latest hang out craze. Words by Ed Weinberg. Photos by Doan Phuong Ha

R.E.D with its red-lit sign adds some life to this relatively uneventful street, noise comfortably falling out of its doors as well as the odd customer after one too many. Recently changing its name from Red Drum (Trong Do), the popular downtown watering hole has renovated its upstairs area to a more diner friendly space. Modern in design without being too sterile, the area upstairs manages to live up to the bar’s name-cum-acronym — relax, eat and drink.


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Plush and indulgent, Xu’s main currency is escapism. A long bar manned with more than capable mixologists downstairs is an instant draw. But we were here for the food, so we headed upstairs into the soft lighting and intimacy of the dining area. Boasting a well-conceived collaboration between Vietnamese cuisine and overseas cooking styles, and with the likes of Square One and Blanchy’s Tash just a stone’s throw away, our expectations were high.

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