#01-32 Junction 10, 1 Woodlands Road, tel: 6765-8819.
This tiny (pardon the pun) Thai restaurant in the West is located at the somewhat obscure Junction 10 (previously known as Ten Mile Junction AKA the shopping mall where the Bukit Panjang LRT stops over). If you manage to find your way there, you will have arrived at Thai food haven because Thai’Ny Town serves really good Thai food. I’ve tried plenty on the pretty extensive menu and have yet to be disappointed. Go for the Green Curry Chicken ($9). The curry is thick and sedap enough, with a rich and sweet coconut fragrance that whets the appetite. I also love the Steamed Rice with Basil Beef ($7). The basil beef sits in quite a bit of gravy, but there is a strong basil flavour in it. The spiciness of the gravy, the sweetness of the beef and the crunch from the long beans pair really well with the slightly sweet steamed rice. The noodles of the Phad Thai ($7) is just springy enough and there is good amount of beansprouts and chopped peanuts. Add your own sugar and chilli flakes and you have a dish that is spicy, salty and sweet all at once.
203 Bedok North Street 1, tel: 6636-1477.
This might not be as good as the other famous Bedok Thai restaurant (Nakhon Kitchen), but it’s still pretty decent and affordable. And there’s no queue! Service usually takes a while, and not everything is good on the menu. Nonetheless, there are a few decent things and portions are usually quite generous. The Olive Fried Rice ($5) is fragrant, with a side of julienned green mangoes, cashew nuts, fresh onions, and sliced chilli. The Tom Yum Goong (from $5) is also deliciously spicy, with the strong whiff of lemongrass hitting all the right notes. Other mains to try include the Pineapple Fried Rice ($5) and the Basil Minced Pork Rice ($5).
PEPPER JADE THAI VEGETARIAN CUISINE
#01-28-19/20, Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen Street, tel: 6337-7030.
Pepper Jade is a rarity in the Singapore restaurant scene – it is vegetarian and it serves Thai food. You don’t get that many places that do that here. The restaurant has a decent selection of Thai cuisine alongside its Chinese dishes, but the Thai food tastes really authentic – you actually forget that you are at a vegetarian restaurant. Start with appetisers like the Thai Fish Cake ($12 for five) before moving on to the mains, which include the Pad Thai ($8) and the Tom Yum Fried Rice ($8), both of which are also suitable for vegans. End the meal with their signature Premium Sweet Mango with Sticky Glutinous Rice ($12), which features a fragrant coconut milk topped over big pieces of sweet mangoes.
BASIL THAI KITCHEN
#01-16/K8, Kallang Wave, 1 Stadium Place, tel: 6702-7332.
This Thai restaurant by the people from Thai Express is opening another outlet at Paragon at the end of the week. But their first outlet, which opened two years ago, is located at Kallang Wave Mall. I love this spot for its ambience – it’s located next to the Kallang River, so you can a really idyllic view if you manage to snag a spot near the windows – but food (and the plating!) is equally awesome here – yes, it isn’t anything like Thai Express. There are lesser known dishes such as the Nam Prik Ong ($8.90), a platter featuring spicy minced chicken and tomato dip served with rice crackers and vegetables and Phad Keemao Chicken ($10.90), otherwise known as “drunken noodles”, which features rice noodles stir-fried with chicken, holy basil and chilli. There are also familiar favourites like Black Olive Fried Rice ($10.90) and the Tom Yum Chicken Noodle Soup ($10.90) that is served with crushed peanuts.
#01-03 Novena Regency, 275 Thomson Road, tel: 6440-3270.
This casual eatery relocated a couple of times. Its latest location is at Novena Regency along Thomson Road. Recommended picks include the Coconut Chicken Soup ($15), a comforting, creamy broth that is a less spicy than the usual tom yum goong and the Green Curry Chicken ($15), which is made using the restaurant’s own green curry paste and features chunks of fresh chicken thigh. Their Pad Thai Rocher Thai ($14), the restaurant’s take on this definitive Thai dish, is also really yummy, and features bits of crab meat and prawns tossed with beansprouts, chives and egg. End the meal either with the classic Mango Sticky Rice ($8) or the more unconventional Iced Salak ($3), a salty, sour dessert made with marinated snake fruit (salak).