Friday 4 December 2015

Spicy Thai – A Different Taste of Thailand [MEDIA INVITE]

Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe

Spicy Thai – Thai Cafe is a home-grown Thai restaurant opened Mr. Ron Poh, a Singaporean who has unexplainable affinity towards everything Thai. Other than serving authentic Thai Cuisine, Spicy Thai also deliver of the authentic way of cooking Thai food, especially in the use of charcoal in soup and steam dishes here.

Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe Story

The décor of the restaurant has give you the feel of a traditional restaurant in Thailand. Even with its simple and minimalistic decor, the presence of the Thai offering altars in the centre of restaurant, leave you no doubt that you are in a Thai restaurant.

Part of Indoor Dining Area

We started the tasting with the signature dish of Spicy Thai, Lala (Clams) Bee Hoon ($18). A dish that are not commonly found in any Thai restaurant here. The bee hoon is slightly thicker and cooked to al-dente. It soaks up the flavours of the clam and be warned, watch out for the mind blowing chilli lingering in between the bee hoon.

Lala (Clams) Bee Hoon

Lala (Clams) Bee Hoon - Check out the Bee Hoon

Prawn Cake ($2 per piece). Nicely executed, crispy on the crust while juicy and succulent in the middle. No fishy taste from the prawns, indicating fresh prawns was used. Dill Pattie (Cha Om) Omelette ($8). Yup, the fluffy omelette is infused with a pleasing taste and flavour of Dill.

Prawn Cake

Dill Pattie (Cha Om) Omelette 

Deep Fried Kang Kong w/ Special Thai Sauce ($10). I had this dish when I was in Thailand a few years back. A dish that can be even well-liked by people for do not like vegetables, with its good pairing of the sweet and sour special Thai sauce. Hammok (Thai Style Otah - $16). Nice presentation, using Thai coconut as a bowl. No flour was added, so it tasted like combination of fish paste, seafood, egg, Thai herbs & spices and coconut milk. Yum Yum, remind me of the Thai curry crab.

Deep Fried Kang Kong w/ Special Thai Sauce 
 Hammok (Thai Style Otah)

Thai Walking Catfish w/ Spicy Lemon Soup ($28). Forget about the boring sea-bass, Spicy Thai hit the jackpot here. The meat of the catfish was smooth and flaky. If you are worried about the muddy smell, it was non-existence. Even though the catfish was continuously heated by the charcoal, the meat remain soft, smooth and flaky. For those who like tom yum soup, the version of spicy lemon soup will definitely tingle your taste buds. Plus, Spicy Thai actually give you extra big bowl of soup to top up. Be adventurous and give the cat fish a try. Definitely a “Rice Thief” dish.

Thai Walking Catfish w/ Spicy Lemon Soup

From the charcoal bbq, we tried BBQ Chicken Wings ($6 for 4 pcs) and BBQ Pork Neck ($10). The chicken wings were overcooked resulting in dry and chewy meat. The same with the pork neck. Surprisingly the Deep Fried Pork Belly with Garlic ($12) fare much better. It is tasty, succulent and pack of flavours due to the infusion of garlic.

BBQ Chicken Wings

BBQ Pork Neck

Deep Fried Pork Belly with Garlic

Basil Black Pepper Crab (Seasonal Price). The fragrance of the basil really resonance in this dish. The crab is about medium in size and its fresh. The meat was fluffy and sweet, infused with basil flavour. The pairing of basil and crab really works in this dish. Again watch out for that hidden chilli, ready to give you the kick.

Basil Black Pepper Crab

Though we are quite full, we need to sample some desserts. Sticky Glutinous Rice with Mango (warm - $6), Thai Red Ruby ($3.50), Lemongrass Jelly w/ Aloe Vera Cubes & Calamansi (cold - $2.50) and Tapioca in coconut milk (warm - $3.50). Let me be upfront, the desserts can do with some improvements, except for Tapioca in Coconut Milk, which was excellent.

Tapioca in coconut milk 

The glutinous rice in the mango desserts was too dry. It can be more moist with thicker coconut milk. Thai red ruby was overcooked, the tapioca flour almost melt and the water chestnut missing the crunchiness. The syrup was too diluted and did not gel with the coconut milk. For the lemongrass jelly, it was just too plain. No flavour of calamansi and again the syrup was just too diluted. Hopefully the chef can look into this.

From the top: Thai Red Ruby (2);  Sticky Glutinous Rice with Mango
Lemongrass Jelly w/ Aloe Vera Cubes & Calamansi;
& Tapioca in coconut milk

For drinks, I had Thai Ice Milk Tea ($2). I find it was just all right. I like my tea to be thick, so there was something missing here.

Thai Ice Milk Tea (2); Lemongrass; Lime Juice and Budweiser

Overall, Spicy Thai served a very good and unique Thai cuisine. I personally like the Thai Walking Cat Fish w/ Spicy Lemon Soup, Hammok (Thai Style Otah) and Dill Pattie (Cha Om) Omelette. The price is very reasonable and for those MOOKATA lovers, they also serve it here. So if you are looking for a unique Thai food, give Spicy Thai – Thai Cafe a try.

Thank you very much to Spicy Thai – Thai Cafe team, Shauneeie & Msginginly for the tasting invitation.

Food & Drink: 7.25/10
Value: 8/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25; $26 - $50

Spicy Thai – Thai Cafe
218 Bedok North Street 1
#01 – 01
Singapore 460218

T: +65 6747 8558
IG: @spicythaithaicafe
OH: 11.00 – Midnight Daily

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