Bangrak Thai Kitchen – Another Thai Eatery in Tampines
Competition is heating up in Tampines Street 81 with another Thai eatery appearing just a few doors away from Soi Thai Kitchen. Bangrak Thai Kitchen, which opened its doors just a few months ago, offers traditional Thai dishes at HDB price, prepared by chefs from Thailand.
In Thailand, Bangrak is the district famous among Thais for its diverse local flavors. The area is a true melting pot, where you can find Thai delicacies from various regions and ethnicities. So how does Singapore’s version of Bangrak Thai Kitchen fare?
Our appetizers begin with Pandan Leaf Chicken ($5.90/2pc) which is highly recommended. Not bad, it has a sweet, unique flavor and the meat is moist and tender. The Red Curry Prawn ($11.90) was creamy and fragrant.
However, Thai Prawn Cake ($6.90) was lack lustre. The skin was thick while the prawn paste was not packed, which makes it unsatisfying.
Some dishes here is best to go with rice, such as the Stir Fried Chilli Basil with Chicken ($5.90) which has an aromatic basil fragrance. And Fried Squid with Salted Egg Squid ($16) which is an Asian inspired dish. The squids are generously coated with salted egg mixture which gave a burst of flavor and a delightful texture which contrasted well with crunchy squid texture.
I was expecting to have a fiery kick for the bowl of Clear Tom Yam Soup with Seafood ($7.90) but this was very mild. Good for people who can’t handle spice well but I really think they can be more generous with their spice because that is what Thai food is all about – spicy enough, sour enough!
The Phad Thai ($5.90) here is not bad, pretty decent with generous portion and good wok hei.
My favourite for that day was Steamed Fish with Spicy Lime Sauce ($22). Maybe because I was disappointed with the tom yam soup, when I first had a taste of the spicy lime sauce, I literally woke up. “WAH, THIS IS SHIOK!” That’s what I tell my dining partners. Spicy but super shiok. We have the whole fresh fish drenched with spicy lime sauce, definitely a highlight.
Tapioca with Coconut Cream ($7.90) gave us a sweet ending to the meal. The tapioca was soft and sweet.
Bangrak Thai Kitchen probably still needs to fine tune some of its dishes if they want to offer authentic Thai dishes. Service is also something that they have to look into. Nevertheless, it is a pretty decent meal to satisfy my Thai food craving.
Bangrak Thai Kitchen
Address: Blk 824 Tampines Street 81
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