Dee Tongue Thai by Rung Mama – We Can’t Stay Tongue-tied
Step into Golden Mile Complex today, and you will be transported to Pratunam. The worn-down interior of the complex combined with the many stalls selling quintessentially Thai goods really give the building a certain character.
Even with the address, it took us a few turns, and quite a bit of navigating before we finally located the stall. While we flipped through Dee Tongue Thai’s extensive menu, the many fantastic and lesser-seen options made it apparent that it will take some time before we can decide what to order. We strategically ordered our Thai milk teas ($1.50) first while we deliberate over a few choice. Toeing the line of over-ordering, we placed an order for 5 dishes.
The Grilled Thai Sausages ($12) were incredible. They were pretty “porky” and carried a mild spiciness. It is one of those dishes where everyone quickly takes a piece until there is only one left on the plate. The sausages come with some raw vegetables and chilli padi. We were informed by the staff that we should chase the sausage with a bite of the chilli padi. Not one to back down from a food experience, I faced the blunt burst of heat. Wow, I loved it!
The Thai Papaya Salad ($5) was remarkably tasty. The piquancy of the dish dazzles your palate with equal parts acidity and spiciness. There is an unmistakable fragrance that gave a touch of sophistication. This dish sure packed a punch. It was way too spicy for me, but I couldn’t help but go back for more.
The Stir-fried Beef in Red Curry Paste ($12), the spiciest dish on the table, featured thinly-cut beef slices stir-fried with an aromatic red curry paste. Even though the entire dish was insanely spicy, the fragrance of the ingredients was clear as day, with the holy basil taking centre stage. The white rice, which I had been neglecting so far, came to my rescue to mitigate the heat.
The Thai Omelette ($8) is a deceiving dish — it looks easy to whip up but is, in fact, difficult to perfect. Beaten eggs are poured into a wok with a good amount of oil that must be of the right temperature so that the eggs can become crispy but not overly oily. It is also extremely difficult to fully capture the fragrance of the eggs. I was so glad that the omelette that reached my table was fragrant and crispy. It was a dish that I can have anytime any day, with just a bowl of plain white rice.
Whether you’re Camp Red or Camp Clear when it comes to tom yum soup, Dee Tongue Thai has got you covered. I belong to the latter, so I ordered the Clear Tom Yum Seafood(Large/$15, Small/$12). The sweetness of the seafood is distinct in the clean tasting broth,which is flavoured by aromatics such as lemongrass. The unique acidity and heat that usually accompanies a good tom yam soup was sufficiently present. What a tantalising and addictive bowl of soup!
We barely scratched the surface of Dee Tongue Thai’s huge menu. Dishes that I wished I had the stomach space for include Grilled Squid ($16), Thai Fish Cake ($10), Garlic Pork Intestines ($12) and Steamed Fish with Lime Sauce ($30/35). They also offer a variety of one-dish meals such as Tom Yum Seafood Fried Rice ($6/10/15), and Beef Meat Noodles, soup or dry ($5).
As I was leaving Golden Mile Complex, I was reminded of how lucky we are to be able to enjoy such great Thai food right here on our small island. At the same time, I was already plotting to bring a big group here, so that I can try all the dishes that I didn’t get to!
Dee Tongue Thai by Rung Mama
Address: 5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, #02-33, 199588
Phone: 8152 8821
Opening Hours: 11am to 12mn daily.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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