KHA (Martin Road)
Having travelled to Thailand twice last month, there was one thing which I missed dearly when I came back to Singapore — street food!
And it seems modern Thai restaurant KHA knows how much Singaporeans love those crunchy bites and spicy soups we can get along Bangkok busy streets, because it has came up with items like grilled pork skewers, salt and pepper crispy garlic squid, Thai-style laksa and more to its lunch menu.
|Som Tum ($6)|
We began our meal with green papaya salad, which is popular in Thailand. The crunchiness of the green papaya combines well with the spice of red chili pepper and the saltiness of dried shrimps and fish sauce. Som Tum is a beautifully unique dish that will open up your palette.
|Muu Bing ($6 for 3)|
One of the most common sites in a Thai street food market is their grills. When the Grilled Pork Skewers arrived at our table, I immediately exclaimed:“好香啊！”
Indeed, the grill imparts a depth of flavour that makes such grilled pork meat irresistible. Thin slices of pork meat are skewered and marinated in spices like coriander root, ginger, fish sauce, dark soy sauce, and sugar. Grilled to perfection, the pork pieces were slightly charred. I was put off by the marbled and fatty meat initially, but after my first bite, I was converted. In fact, the more fatty the meat is, the rich and more flavourful the taste! *MUST TRY*
|Pra Merk Tod Kratiam ($8)|
Salt and Pepper Crispy Garlic Squid is something that will never go wrong. Crispy to the max, the batter is lovely and not very salty.
|Khanom Chin Nam Ya ($7)|
I have eaten Singaporen style Laksa, but not Thai Style Laksa. There were lots of vegetables in the dish, the soft vermicelli was cooked in a very thick and spicy laksa gravy. Vegetables were garnished at the top, hence it remained crunchy. There were some small fish bits in the soup, but I thought it would be better if there were more. Well, it’s either you love it or you hate it.
|Phad Thai ($9)|
When I was in Thailand two weeks ago, I tried Phad Thai is almost every meal and questioned the Thai people how does a classic plate of Phad Thai exactly taste like? These Thai friends, who have been living in Singapore for many years, complained that our local Phad Thai tasted more like Char Kway Teow because Phad Thai should be sweet and not savoury.
Here at KHA, I have tasted a sweet Phad Thai, which was packed with prawns, tofu, banana blossom salad, while remaining the wok hei flavour. Not the very best I have tasted, but it’s not bad!
|Khao Pad Roast Fry ($7)|
In Thai, khao means “rice” and pad means “stir-fried”. This dish differs from Chinese fried rice is that it is prepared with Thai Jasmine rice instead of regular long-grain rice. It is stir fried with onion, garlic, vegetables and pork, an ordinary dish.
|Papa Adun’s Phad Tow Hu ($14)|
Here is Papa Adun’s Famous Wok-Fried Crispy Tofu with Alfalfa and three flavour sauce. I felt the tofu skin was too thick and the tofu filling in each piece was too little. Every bite of it felt abit empty and the 3 flavour sauce was almost inexistent. I would prefer to pair it with sweet and sour sauce.
|Khao Neaw Ma Muang ($7)|
Instead of the normal coconut cream, KHA’s mango sticky rice was drizzled with coconut pandan sauce which was pretty unique. However, the sticky rice was abit hard on that day.
|Sang Kha Ya Fug Thong ($7)|
I like the baked pumpkin custard that comes with vanilla ice cream. Very smooth and creamy, and you can eat with green apple slices and strawberry cubes.
|Ruby Starlet ($12)|
Finish your meal with Signature Kha Mocktail with pomegranate, fresh mint leaves, lychee juice and fresh lime juice.
Overall, I would say there are more hits than misses. You got to choose the right dishes lah!
Address: 38 Martin Road
Tel: +65 6476 9000