Friday 12 July 2019

UYKDSG – Thai Issan Cuisine [MEDIA INVITE]

Leng Zaab

Un-Yang-Kor-Dai Singapore (“UYKDSG”) is a Thai Restaurant in Singapore servings Thai and Issan Cuisine. UYKDSG received recognition of Thai Select by Ministry of Commerce of Thailand as a restaurant that serves Fine Thai Food with Thai taste.

Un-Yang-Kor-Dai Singapore 

My experience with Issan cuisine was during my trip to Phuket and Hua Hin. The grilled chicken there was so delicious, it leaves a positive impression in my memory.

Part of the Seating Area
Part of the Seating Area & Kitchen

One of the dishes that catch my eyes here is Leng Zaab ($28, the smallest for 2 to 3 pax). It is a Prime Pork and Back Ribs with Isaan Spicy Sour Soup. When this dish is served on the table, the server will pour a small amount of Thai rice wine and light the fire on it. The purpose is to intensify the flavour of the pork ribs.

Leng Zaab

The prime pork rib is tender, succulent and the meat fall of the bones. For the back ribs, the meat is lean and require more chewing. For foodies, keep a lookout for the hidden marrow below the back ribs. The broth is robust fill with herbs, tasted almost as robust as our Bak Kut Teh followed with spicy and sour in it. These flavour profiles are the characteristic of Thai flavour.

Leng Zaab

Scotched Eggs with Tamarind Sauce ($12.50). Hard-boiled eggs topped cooked with tamarind sauce. The tasty egg is coated with sweet dark sauce, with a faint touch of tanginess. A good dish to be eaten with rice.

Scotched Eggs with Tamarind Sauce 

Signature Grilled Chicken ($12 half / $21 whole). This grilled spring chicken is well marinated with lemongrass, fish sauce and grilled to perfection. It has an aromatic charcoal flavour, tender and succulent. On the side, there is spicy dipping sauce to accompany the chicken.

Signature Grilled Chicken - half

Although the chicken is delicious on its own, you should try it with Glutinous Brown Rice (mix of black and white glutinous rice) served in kra-tips ($2). Normally it is eaten with white sticky rice, however, the glutinous brown rice looks healthier and taste nicer.

Glutinous Brown Rice

Red Curry with Grilled Chicken (quarter), Lychee, Tomato and Sweet Basil ($23.80). A unique version of red curry. It uses the signature grilled chicken as the protein, cooked it with lychee, tomato and sweet basil. The combination of sweet, tangy and savoury plus the rich curry sauce is just superb; perfect with a bowl of jasmine rice ($1.50). A “rice thief” dish here and I will just return for the red curry.

Red Curry with Grilled Chicken
Jasmine white rice - minced pork not included

Stuffed Whole Squid with Tom Yum Fried Rice ($23.90). Springy and tender squid with tom yum marinate. The stuffed tom yum fried rice infused flavour to squid and it also absorbs the jus from the squid. Yum Yum.

Stuffed Whole Squid with Tom Yum Fried Rice

Eggplant with Spicy Minced Pork Hot Basil ($14.50). Spicy, aromatic and juicy minced pork, cooked with sliced eggplant. The spiciness of this dish is definitely on the high side.

Eggplant with Spicy Minced Pork Hot Basil 

For the drinks, I choose Lemongrass with Lime and Honey ($5.50). It is refreshing and helps me to put out any spiciness from dishes. Also, check out the following drinks Butterfly Pea with Lime ($5.50) and Iced Thai Milk Tea ($5).

Lemongrass with Lime and Honey

UYKDSG offers cold and warm desserts. For the cold dessert, Thai Milk Tea Pudding ($5.50) is not to be missed. The pudding is light and wobbly, while the Thai milk tea flavour is very intense. Upon serving, it is poured with a dash of evaporated milk.

Thai Milk Tea Pudding 

Warm desserts that we tried are Trio TingKat Delights ($12) and Rice Balls with Sweet Coconut Milk and a Whole Egg ($6.50). The Trio TingKat delights is like our version of Bo Bo Cha Cha deconstructed. Each TingKat has coconut milk as the base, followed with different fillings, banana, sweet potato and yam.

Trio TingKat Delights

Trio TingKat Delights

Meanwhile, the Rice Balls desserts is unique. The rice balls are served with sweet coconut milk. The surprising item that I found here is a whole poached egg. It adds to the richness to the dessert, but the sweet poached egg just tastes weird.

Rice Balls with Sweet Coconut Milk and a Whole Egg

Rice Balls with Sweet Coconut Milk and a Whole Egg

The Rice Balls

Overall, Un-Yang-Kor-Dai Singapore served authentic and unique Issan cuisine. The Leng Zaab, Signature Grilled Chicken, Red Curry with Grilled Chicken and Stuffed Whole Squid with Tom Yum Fried Rice are just awesome and worth the calories. Cheers!!

Butterfly Pea with Lime 

Thank you, Kris and Un-Yang-Kor-Dai Singapore for the tasting invitation.

Food: 8/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50

UnYangKorDai Singapore
57 South Bridge Road
Singapore 058688

T: +65 6787 8575
IG: @uykdsg
Tue – Thu & Sun: 11.30 – 15.00; 18.00 – 22.00
Fri & Sat: 11.30 – 15.00; 18.00 – 23.00
Closed on Monday.

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