ThaiExpress (United Square)
I clearly remembered the first time I went ThaiExpress. It was during my college days when a friend brought me there for lunch after school and introduced me to Soft Shell Crabs. Since then, we would go ThaiExpress for lunch almost every week and eat their soft shell crabs. Then somehow, when I grew older and get involved in the local culinary scene, food in ThaiExpress didn’t impress me anymore.
But lately, when I went ThaiExpress for meals, I was surprised. Very surprised indeed, because their menu was different (as compared to 10 years ago) and their food was not bad!
ThaiExpress has just launched a series of new menu additions where 9 ThaiExpress outlets (Citylink, Iluma, Kallang Leisure Park, Kovan Heartland Mall, Marina Square, Plaza Singapura, Siglap Springvale, United Square and West Coast Plaza) each features 2 exclusive dishes. These dishes are inspired by the authentic flavours of Thailand using the chef’s secret recipe.
The United Square outlet features Kra Phroa Poo Nim ($10.90) which is my favourite soft shell crab with Chef’s Famous Kra Pro Thai Sauce. The crab was crunchy yet when you chewed into it, it was juicy.
Phat Mee Thai Von ($13.90) is stir fried rice noodles with fresh prawns in tamarind juice and grounded chilli, complete with a perfect omelette. It was tasty and savory.
Of course, we had the award winning Masaman Chicken Curry with Thai-style Pancake ($12.90) which is enjoyably hearty. All you have to do it to dip the thai style pancake into the curry to soak in all the goodness of spices used or devour the tender juicy chicken cooked to perfection as they taste as good even on its own. But note that this dish is very lemak, so it may not appeal to some of you.
Yam Neua Yang ($8.90) or beef salad is the best appetizer for such a hot day. The smoky grilled beef cubes are blended with the light salty flavour of fish sauce, lime juice, onion, chilli and fragrant mint, it is explosive and addictive.
OK. THIS IS THE MOST SPICY DISH IN THAIEXPRESS.
Outlet manager, Cynthia, dared us to try the Gai Phat Pet Ched Nam Ta ($10.90), the most spicy dish in Thai Express (with 4 stars), of course we took up the challenge. Of course, Cynthia asked the chef to cut down on the spiciness but…
IT IS STILL VERY VERY VERY HOT & SPICY.
This plate of Rice with yellow ginger chicken is said to chase the wind away. I think it is the chilli seeds that caused the spiciness. I only ate one small bite and I was already sweating and drinking alot of water. My gosh, how can something be that spicy! But I have to admit that, though it was very spicy, it was very addictive. We were just tempted to eat it again and again despite having to drink many cups of water after each bite.
Looking at us sweating, Cynthia offered another dish: Tau Hoo Na Kung ($7.90), which is layered tofu with minced shrimp paste. These tofu were indeed soft and crispy.
This is a MUST TRY dessert in ThaiExpress: Green Emerald Thai Lod Chong ($4.90). Forget about the usual Chendol, these silky smooth chendol strains are handmade with concentrated pandan juice, hence giving a jade green colour.
The chendol strains are very very soft and fragrant, served with rich coconut milk and an extra bite from tropical atap seed. It is a tedious process to create the perfect texture of chendol strains. The chef has to keep stirring until the mixture became thick. It is then pass through the colander where the green noodles will hit the cold water and cool down.
A very simple and traditional recipe, yet it is something so fragrant. MUST MUST MUST TRY!
ThaiExpress (United Square)
Address: 101 Thomson Road #02-06/07 United Square
Tel: +65 6258 2812