Sticky Rice – Affordable Halal Thai Cuisine for the Masses!
Many of my Muslim friends lament to me that there isn’t a wide variety of halal food in Singapore. Thankfully, the recent years have seen a sprout in the number of halal eateries that specialise in various cuisines — Vietnamese, Swedish and even Japanese. There is no reason to not expose everyone’s taste buds to the different cuisines out there.
We stumbled upon Sticky Rice, a Halal-certified Thai restaurant along Bali Lane. We decided to have lunch there at around 12.30pm on a Tuesday, and were greeted by a large crowd. From our observations, the restaurant caters mainly to the office crowd.
The offerings at Sticky Rice isn’t extensive, but they do serve up some interesting dishes that we enjoyed.
An interesting find would be the Crispy Chicken Skin ($8), which came with two types of homemade chilli dip — a sweeter version, and a spicier one. We really enjoyed how the chicken skin wasn’t oily like how many deep-fried items are, and had a nice crispiness. It makes a really addictive snack.
We also had the Cha Om Omelette ($8). Cha Om, the Thai variety of acacia, is a weed-like vegetable that has earthy and herbaceous flavours. When fried together with the egg, it gives off a good chew and light fluffiness. Pair it with the Thai belanchan dip for an additional burst of tartness and spiciness.
The restaurant serves up a variety of spicy soups, such as the classic Tom Yum Soup ($6 for chicken, $7.50 for seafood), Clear Tom Yum Soup ($6 for chicken or vegetables, $7.50 for seafood), and the Tom Kha Gai Soup ($6 for chicken or vegetables). I enjoyed the richness and creaminess of the Tom Kha Gai soup, which oddly had a cheesy aftertaste.
The restaurant also does classic Thai dishes, such as Green Curry Chicken ($8), and Pad Thai ($7.50 for prawn, $6.50 for chicken).
The green curry was rich and creamy, but there’s nothing to shout about. As for the pad thai, I felt that it was rather bland, and lacked wok hei. The prawns were also very bland without any natural sweetness.
All in all, I think it’s great that there are more Halal food alternatives here in Singapore. With a little bit of work, Sticky Rice might just become a top-rated Halal Thai eatery!
Address: 23 Bali Lane, Singapore 189859
Phone: 6294 0118
Opening Hours: Mondays to Thursdays: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm, Fridays & Saturdays: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, closed on Sundays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.