Sweet Salty Spicy – Still My Favourite Thai Restaurant in Singapore [CLOSED]
THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED.
5 years ago, while I was doing my internship in a food magazine, I came to Sweet Salty Spicy for a lunch tasting. The restaurant had just opened then and was one of the first in Singapore to have a deli counter within a restaurant. I still clearly remembered how much I fell in love with the restaurant then.
I have finally revisited the restaurant after 5 years. Nothing much have changed for them. As I flipped through the menu, I could still tell my dining partner, Derrick, some of the dishes that I like. The canteen menu is an exciting collaboration with the famous “Sailors Thai” restaurant in Sydney’s Rock’s District. Having trained in both Thailand and Sydney, Sweet Salty Spicy cooks a contemporary selection of dishes with authentic Thai flavours using top rate ingredients.
Our lunch started with Green Mango Salad ($9 / $14) was tangy and full of texture. Tossed with crispy salmon with cashew nuts and chilli lime dressing, the salad served as an excellent palate cleanser and appetizer. Crunchy and juicy, the mango slices was deliciously tangy and sweet. The salmon adds a unique and tantalizing taste to it.
Tasting Platter ($26) has 4 different kinds of street hawker. You can also order the different dishes individually.
- Traditional Prawn & Vegetable Rice Rolls ($6) looked similar to vietnamese rolls and was complemented with a sweet tamarind dressing & crispy garlic.
- SSS Crispy Rice Cakes ($10) was served warm with a bowl of yummy chicken & prawn chilli dip.
- Refreshing ‘Miang’ of Prawns & Pomelo ($3.50) on betel leaves with a palm of tamarind dressing & crispy garlic
- Crispy Soft Shell Crab ($13) with chilli jam & lemongrass dressing
Presented in a bowl, Hot & Sour Soup ($12) was aromatic. The clear soup base was coupled with prawns, straw mushrooms and herbs. It has a nice blend of lemongrass and galangal without being overpoweringly sour or spicy.
Deep fried Silken Tofu ($18) was stuffed with fresh crab, coriander and minced pork. Each homemade tofu was packed with flavours. I would prefer the tofu skin to have a more crispy skin rather than soft.
I still love Sweet Salty Spicy’s Pat Thai ($12). Thai rice noodles was stir fried with chicken, peanuts and bean shoot. Noodles was tossed with just the right amount of tamarind and fish sauce. I love the wok flavour!
I love how meticulous the menu is! When you can’t decide on what to eat for the street hawker dishes, you can choose the tasting platter which lets you try 4 different street hawker food. When you can’t decide on which curry you want to eat, you can pick the Curry Triplets ($18 / $24) which consists of:
- Roast Duck Red Curry ( $10 / $14) with seedless grapes & fried shallots
- Jungle Curry ($12 / $17) with scallops and prawns with long green beans and sweet Thai basil
- Green Curry ($10 / $14) of baby snapper with apple eggplants & holy basil
My meal is complete with Black Sticky Rice ($7) with caramelised coconut flakes and coconut cream. The texture of the rice is crispy outside and soft inside, making the dessert much more interesting to eat.
The interiors have a warm modern aesthetic with a focus on Asian beauty highlighted in the fabulous hand painted mural by London based artist Sara Rustin. Food here has never failed me this time. And I really enjoyed the street hawker food here. Moreover, the price is pretty affordable. It is still my favourite Thai restaurant.
Sweet Salty Spicy
Address: 392/394 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore
Tel: +65 6877 2544
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 1130am – 230pm, 5pm – 10pm; Sat-Sun: 9am – 4pm, 5pm – 10pm