Thai food is almost synonymous with the word “spicy”, and in Singapore – where a myriad of spices are part of almost every local’s meal – Thai food is pretty much sought after. With the market demand, it is no surprise that many Thai food places, from street-food cafes to fine dining restaurants, have opened its doors in Singapore. However, while some of these food outlets do serve up tantalizing Thai fares, there are others that may disappoint with their lack of authentic flavours. If you would like to have a memorable Thai food experience in Singapore, then read on to find out where you should head to ignite your senses!
Central Thai, which is located in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2, serves very good and authentic Thai food at an extremely reasonable pricing. Usually, dining on Thai food at restaurants would cost quite a bit but at Central Thai, each person should be prepared to spend about S$25 (US$20), inclusive of drinks and desserts. Central Thai offers an array of curries, from green to yellow to red that would definitely make you want to come back for more. The highlights at this restaurant include its Seafood Tom Yam and the lime and chilli steamed fish. If you are not ready to turn up the heat so high, then you can start off with the Tom Yam Talay pizza, which gives you an East meets West flavour.
Address: 60 Airport Boulevard, Changi Airport Terminal 2 Viewing Mall, Level 3, Singapore 819643
Tel: +65 6546 1585
Diandin Leluk Thai Restaurant
Located in a place aptly called “Little Thailand”, Diandin Leluk Thai Restaurant is a well-known haunt for Singaporeans and many Thai nationals who crave for their local cuisine. While the building (Golden Mile Complex) that it is located in may be a bit dodgy, it is apparent that the quality of the food is a two-thumbs up as this restaurant draws in throngs of diners. Diners at Diandin Leluk Thai Restaurants often rave about the Stir Fried Kangkung Belacan (vegetable cooked in shrimp paste) and the Sticky Mango Rice, which is basically glutinous rice, served with ripe mangoes and drizzled with coconut milk. The pricing is also quite decent at Diandin Leluk Thai Restaurant and diners can expect to pay approximately between S$15 – 20 (US$12 -16) per person for a complete mea
Address: 5001 Beach Road, #01-67/68/69 Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588
Tel: +65 6293 5101
Another place that is often recommended for Thai food is Nakhon Kitchen, located at Hougang. In Singapore, you can tell if a place is sought after by the queue that snakes outside of the establishment, and at Nakhon Kitchen, you have to be prepared to join the queue. However, the waiting time will be well worth it when you finally get to slowly (and carefully) slurp on the very spicy Clear Tom Yam soup, and tuck into the popular Pineapple Rice, Pad Thai Noodles, Pandan Chicken and Red Curry Prawns, amongst other dishes. Cost wise, it is not too expensive either, depending on whether you order a single plate meal or multiple ala-carte items, it should cost approximately S$8 to S$15 per person (US$6 – $12).
Address: 212 Hougang Street 21, #01-341 Singapore 530212
Tel: +65 6286 8785
Ah Loy Thai
Don’t let the simple façade of the restaurant fool you because Ah Loy Thai might just leave you with tears in your eyes – from the spices of course! Ah Loy Thai is a no-frills restaurant with one main objective, serving tasty Thai dishes. The recommended dishes at Ah Loy Thai includes the Butter Calamari, – which is not too spicy so it might be ideal for those with a low spice tolerance – the Tom Yam soup, and their Mango Fried Chicken, amongst many other Thai specialties. You might have to put up with a slightly slow service but what’s a little waiting time for good food? Dining here will cost you between S$18 to S$40 (US$14 – 32) per person, depending on what is ordered.
Address: 100 Beach Road #01-39/40 Shaw Tower, Singapore, Singapore
Tel: +65 9165 1543