1. SOI 19 THAI WANTON MEE
Be prepared to wait at least 15 minutes during lunch time for your bowl of Thai-style wonton noodles here. The popular coffeeshop stall run by Mr Ng Sing Choo and his son Alex Ng sells up to 400 bowls of noodles daily. Each bowl (from $3.50) comes with springy egg noodles tossed with a “secret recipe” sauce, char siew, and deep fried wontons.
Where: Block 151, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, stall number 5
Open: 7am to 3.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday and Tuesday
Info: Call 9613-3340 or go to www.facebook.com/pages/Soi-19-Thai-Wanton- Mee/511834992185973
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2. MAK MAK THAI STREET FOOD
This three-month-old takeaway kiosk comes fitted with a second-hand red Vespa scooter. Of the 14 snacks, popular picks include crispy garlic pork ($3.60), skewered grilled chicken ($1.20) and the eye-catching Microphone ($1.50), which is a gigantic sphere of deep-fried pancake batter with a meatball core. For a more filling meal, pair the skewered bites with turmeric rice ($1).
Where: 200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction, B1-K04
Open: 11am to 10pm daily
Info: Go to www.facebook.com/MakMakSingapore
3. PONG GELATO
Former accountant Seah Ping Long discovered the popular coconut ice cream sold at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok through his Thai brother-in-law, and decided to expand the concept by serving sorbet with coconut gelato in a coconut shell ($5.50). Customers can choose from three flavours of sorbet – banana, passionfruit and mango, and choose three toppings such as sweet corn and red bean. It also serves a Yakult and coconut water drink topped with coconut gelato ($4.40).
Where: 2 Orchard Link, *Scape, 02-18C
Open: 12.30 to 10pm daily
Info: Go to www.facebook.com/pong.gelato
4. CO NUT INK
The owner of this home-grown brand bought the recipe from a famous coconut ice-cream vendor at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, and sells more than 10,000 servings a month. Prices start at $5 and toppings include peanuts, red ruby and sticky rice.
Where: Three outlets including 1 Esplanade Drive, 01-K7
Open: 1.30 to 10pm on weekdays, 11am to 10pm on weekends
Info: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.facebook.com/pages/Co-Nut-ink/526386947450533
5. BAAMEE BANGKOK
This coffee shop stall sells 400 portions of its Thai-style wonton noodles daily, dished up by its head chef Rick Tan (with the stall’s operations manager Anthony Ang).
It has a small menu of six dishes. There is Baa Mee with tom yum ($5), noodles tossed in garlic-infused lard oil and tom yum paste and served with char siew and wontons.
It also sells Kaa Moo or stewed pig trotters (from $6), which are slow-cooked for eight hours and stir-fried basil chicken noodles ($5).
Where: 45 Syed Alwi Road
Open: 11am to 9pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday
Info: Go to www.facebook.com/BaaMeeBKK
6. FOON’S THAI RECIPE
Owner Foon Sangon, 34, from Songkhla, Thailand, sells about 150 bowls of Thai-style wonton noodles (from $4) daily.
The noodles are tossed with fish sauce, chilli, sugar, pork lard and crushed peanuts, and served with roast pork, fried and steamed dumplings.
She also provides condiments such as chilli flakes and sliced chilli with lime.
Where: Old Airport Road Food Centre, 01-65
Open: 10am to 9pm daily, except Wednesday
Info: Go to www.facebook.com/pages/Foons-Thai-Recipe/855575974454214
7. THAI BOAT NOODLE
The highlight of this casual Thai eatery is its namesake dish, which has a dry and wet variation.
Each bowl ($1) comprises rice noodles, pork balls, bean sprouts, kang kong, with either pork broth or soy sauce-based black sauce. Each serving can be eaten in three mouthfuls. Unlike Thai Boat Noodles in Thailand, the local version does not contain pig’s blood.
The eatery is holding an eating challenge on March 29. The person who can wolf down the most number of bowls of Thai boat noodles within 15 minutes will win an iPhone 6.
Where: 799 New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Point, 02-32/34
Open: 11.30am to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6445-9932 or go to www.facebook.com/boatnoodlesg
8. PORN’S THAI BOAT NOODEE
This casual restaurant is the fifth by TV host Pornsak Prajakwit and serves boat noodles and snacks.
Instead of bite-sized portions, the servings come with 130g of noodles. There are six varieties of noodles, such as Suki Chicken Noodles Soup ($6.50), which features a spicy Suki sauce made with lime, coriander and chilli, and Yen Ta Fo Fishball Noodles Soup ($6.50), which comes with a pink fermented beancurd sauce.
Save space for snacks such as fried dough fritters with a kaya and condensed milk dip ($3.50).
Where: 809 French Road, Kitchener Complex, 01-43/44/45
Open: 10am to 10pm daily
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