Spicy Thai – Thai Cafe @ Aljunied – They Use Charcoal for Soup and Steamed Dishes
Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe was founded by homegrown businessman, Ron Poh five years ago. It started with the passion of seeking real authentic Thai food. Ron was an engineer by training and owns another business in the Telecommunications Engineering industry. However, he has an unexplainable affinity with anything Thai, from culture to food.
If you are one avid fan of Thai food, you’ll be happy that someone is doing it the real authentic way right here in the heart of Singapore; from using charcoal for soup and steamed dishes to maintain heat consistency and quality, importing tea leaves from Thailand for the signature Thai Iced Tea, different own-made dressings for different dishes, to desserts made from scratch… this is exactly the authenticity Ron wants to bring across as the brand personality and offerings of Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe.
There are LOTS of dishes in the menu. We started with Prawn Cakes ($2/pc) and Fish Cakes ($2/pc), served with sweet chilli sauce. I like the prawn cakes with is chockful of prawn paste deep fried to perfection. Deep Fried Kang Kong with Special Thai Sauce ($10) is a special creation with crispy batter coating around the crunch vegetables. Eating alone is quite plain, but the special thai sauce makes it better.
If omelette is your thing, then the Dill Pattie (Cha Om) Omelette ($8) is a good choice. For healthier option, try their Water Fry Egg with Thai Style Crispy Sun Dried Fish ($12). Yes they “fry” it with water and don’t be deceived by its plain look, it is packed with a spicy, tangy kick.
I once at BBQ Pork Neck with glutinous rice and very spicy chilli sauce in Bangkok. Till today, it was still very memorable. And Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe’s version of BBQ Pork Neck ($10) reminds me of the similar dish I had in Bangkok. Cooked over charcoal of the right temperature until smoky, the pork neck has just the right amount of a nice balance of lean meat and tender juicy fat. It can be served with steamed rice or sticky rice but many also love it on its own. MUST TRY! Equally grilled to perfection is BBQ Chicken Wing ($6 for 4pc/ $9 for 6pc) which is sweet, smoky and slightly charred.
If you are a fish lover, Spicy Thai – Thai Cafe cooks fish in Thai style. Thai Walking Cat Fish with Spicy Lemon Soup ($28) gives you a refreshing take with firm meat drenched in a tangy soup base cooked under constant charcoal heat. Alternatively, Red Emperor Snapper with Chilli Garlic (market price) offers a garlic and chilli combination with hint of lemon zest to boost up the flavours of the fish. Everyone on the table enjoyed it.
Another MUST TRY is their Lala (Clams) Fried Bee Hoon ($18) which is a new addition to the menu. The chef is a deft hand at balancing the flavours of ingredients to achieve that perfect equilibrium between the delicately briny clams and the flavoursome stock to fry this delicious pot of bee hoon, toeing the line between rusticity and refinement with impressive balance. The natural sweetness from the clams and the wok-hei skills from the chef combine to give this Lala Fried Bee Hoon a piquant and smoky flavour.
Ending the dinner with a range of desserts. Spicy Thai offers a good selection of Thai desserts such as the Lemongrass Jelly with Aloe Vera Cubes and Calamansi ($2.50), Tapioca in Coconut Milk ($3.50), Thai Red Ruby ($3.50) and Sticky Glutinous Rice with Mango ($6). The lemongrass jelly and red ruby are perfect to cool off that fiery tongue after all the spicy food.
If you are looking for a classic meal of Thai cuisine that delivers on taste and won’t break the bank, Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe is a good choice. The cafe is decked out in a comfortable non-intimidating Thai decor, with ornate patterns, bouquets of flowers and ceiling fans whirling. Savour authentic Thai cuisine with laid-back atmosphere!
Spicy Thai – Thai Cafe
Address: Blk 115 Aljunied Avenue 2, #01-35
Tel: 6747 8558
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily
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