During our recent Singapore trip, we had three things on our agenda - do some serious R&R, meet up with friends who are working down under, and eat some awesome food! So, what's better than getting to kill two birds with one stone?
We decided to meet Suk Kwan, a friend of mine, for lunch on our second day there, but having only three days, we decided to also squeeze in a Katong Laksa hunt in the morning for breakfast. Needless to say, we arrived at lunch already full. (Eek! :P)
Suk Kwan had planned to bring us to Ah Loy Thai, a small, popular Thai restaurant located in Shaw Tower along Beach Road that is almost always packed to the brim especially with the working lunch crowd. Make sure you have reservations, if you ever intend to step foot in there on a working weekday!
The place can get rather cramped and noisy, but we're told it's one of the places where you can get the most authentic Thai food in Singapore, and some local Singaporean food bloggers also laud it as the best place for value-for-money Thai fare.
|Lots of executives in crisp shirts|
We started out with one of our favourites at any Thai restaurant, a plate of Thai Pandan Chicken (SG$9). I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was - the chicken had been very well-marinated, I believe with a dash of kunyit or tumeric, and it was strongly infused with the scent of pandan leaves. I don't remember getting so much pandan flavour usually!
After the Thai Pandan Chicken and trying this Thai Garlic Pork or Ge Tiam Mu (SG$6.90) as well, I'm quite convinced that their meat dishes are pretty good. Each piece of fried crispy pork tasted marinated to the core! This was highly addictive, especially dipped into the sweet and spicy Thai dipping sauce.
The Fried Glass Noodle (SG$6.50), though a mess, was also good. The noodles were a lot 'wetter', with more gravy compared to usual Pad Thai-style fried noodles, but it made for a comforting slurp. Like all Pad Thai, this dish was also sweet, and just slightly tangy, which was absorbed well by the thin springy glass noodles. Yum! I would have this for lunch, any time.
Of course, what's a Thai meal without some Tom Yum? We all shared a serving of Tom Yam Seafood (SG$6.90), a serving big enough for three and quite generously peppered with seafood and oyster mushrooms. The broth had great flavour, but wasn't as spicy as I had expected it to be. Even Adam with a low tolerance for spice, could take this! :p
To make up for our glaring lack of vegetables in our diet (it's okay, you don't have to pretend like you didn't notice), I suppose you can say that we had the Thai Fried Tofu (SG$5.50) to fill that void. Soft beancurd, crispy on the outside with sharp, sweet and spicy Thai chilli sauce and a shattering of peanuts is not all that healthy, but tasty was all we were looking for that day. A nice simple dish that went well with white rice.
|Traditional Thai Milk Tea (SG$2) and Kamquat Juice (SG$1.70)|
Ah Loy Thai is certainly a place for good, affordable food (well before conversion back to Ringgit Malaysia anyway), and I'm actually somewhat inclined to think that it might be a hidden food gem. Service is brusque save for one kind, old lady, and food can arrive rather slowly, but it is tasty. Top it up with good conversation like we did that day, and you're in for a pretty good lunch. :)
Ah Loy Thai Restaurant
100 Beach Road,
#01-39/40 Shaw Tower,
Tel: +65 9165 1543 / +65 9329 7599
Tel: +65 9165 1543 / +65 9329 7599
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 12pm-8pm; Sat, 1pm-7pm, closed on Sundays & PH