(Closed) Talad Thai – Authentic Thai Street Food in Bedok Mall
Street food is a quintessential part of the Thailand experience. Wherever you go in the city, there are always plenty of street food serving convenient, delicious and cheap meals. Keeping the mood truly local, the new Talad Thai in Bedok Mall has all the ambience of a Thai street stall – metal tables, old school gates, push carts… A new sister brand under Simple Eats | The Thai Noodle Bar in Changi Airport, Talad Thai prides itself on serving a list of favourite Thai street food.
That stack of Spicy Pork Salad ($6.80) tossed in a tangy dressing was pretty much authoritative. The sliced pork, fish sauce, chilli, lime juice, sugar, topped with slivers of mint, coriander, chilli and onion combined to knock out all the flavours of the Thai holy foursome: spicy, sour, salty, sweet. After having this, the Spicy Egg Salad ($5.80) becomes too mild for my liking. So is the Thai Style Prawn & Pork Shiu Mai ($5.80). It was a little dry, but the fried garlic and soy dipping made up for it.
Pork Slice with Spicy Lime Sauce ($7.80), on the other hand, was a pleasant surprise for me. When you dip the sliced pork and garlic into a green chilli sauce, you get such a burst of flavours instantly. Like a bolognese, Northern Tomato Pork Chilli Dip ($7.80) has so much mellow taste. With sweet, sour and salty that can go perfectly well with minced pork and tomato. You can eat with fresh vegetables. I thought rice crackers work better.
To be honest, I love boat noodles but I find it gimmicky to eat in small bowls. So when Talad Thai serves a full portion of their Spicy & Sour Mixed Noodles ($8.90), I applauded and slurped it all. It’s a bowl of wildly potent broth which was insanely spicy, intensely rich with onsen egg. If I may, this is probably a better version of bak chor mee.
Another dish that wow-ed me is the Fish Maw Soup ($7.80). The soup is rich and tasty, yet not overpowering. Couple with bamboo shoots, mushrooms and shredded chicken, you can choose to have it soup or with bee hoon. Don’t forget to add some quality vinegar to enhance the flavours.
One of the most famous and sought after Thai dishes is Thai green curry. Green curry paste, coconut milk and Thai herbs make this curry an unforgettable blend of delights. The beef brisket was a little too tough, probably because it was cut into too huge pieces. But other than that, the sauce is good with a plate of rice which is necessary to sop up every intricate drop.
The chicken rice of Thailand may not be as famous as Singapore’s, but it is still a popular comfort food. Using their own recipe, Grilled Chicken with Hainan Rice ($8.90) is well-marinated to give a tender and tasty meat. The rice made from chicken stock is milder as compared to our local version. Their homemade chilli sauce is incredible. The sweet-spicy sauce which will have you gobbling your dish down. I thought it is a great accompaniment for other Thai dishes.
End the meal with some decent Thai dessert such as Bread & Coconut Ice Cream ($3.80), Toast with Pandan Sang Kaya Dip ($3.80), Thai Pancake ($2.80), Mango Sticky Rice ($6.80), Sticky Rice with Assorted Toppings ($5.80). For genuine quality of local food, I think Talad Thai is a rising star.
Address: 311 New Upper Changi Rd, Bedok Mall #01-78, Singapore 467360
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily (last order 9.30pm)
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