The land of smiles have not only been a hot tourist location for Singaporeans but the source of one of our favourite cuisines. Thai Food. From Thai steamboat to typical Phad Thai, our fussy taste buds are in for a treat at this small Thai eatery. Situated far from the bustling Orchard Road at Shaw Towers, Ah Loy Thai still faces long queues on weekend dinner service. So what sets them apart from modernized restaurants like Thai Express and Bangkok Jam. Authenticity. Manned by true Thais(they were conversing with each other in Thai language), the dishes all carry a oomph that is similar to the food they serve in Thailand. Phad Thai: If there is one dish that you must order from every Thai restaurant, it is the Phad Thai dish. Like pizza to the Italians, the Phad Thai is one of the most iconic national dishes of Thailand. Flat and thin rice noodles cooked in a savoury and sweet sauce, coupled with a squeeze of lime, this is my favourite Thai dish. Ah Loy Thai uses the right amount of wok fire and seasoning, rendering an authentic-tasting Phad Thai that is much closer to the country of origin.
Garlic Chicken: This was one of the dishes that were recommended by patrons. The chicken cubes are well-marinated and carries the aroma of fried garlic, whetting our appetite.
Pandan Chicken: The name does not imply chicken meat coated with pandan flavouring but simply fried chicken meat wrapped in pandan leaves. The fragrance of the pandan leaf is infused to the chicken meat during the frying process, resulting in a savoury chicken dish that appeals not only to your taste buds but your nose as well.
Butter Calamari: One can never have enough of fried calamari. The perfect combination of the chewy squid rings on the inside with the fried batter surrounding it is just phenomenal for our palates. The batter is well-seasoned and the flavour not too overwhelming.If I were to continue talking about how great the food taste at Ah Loy Thai, there would be no end to it. Yet, it is naive to say that this eatery is flawless. Patrons would notice that their service is disorganized and unpredictable. Waiting time for dishes does not depend on which table orders first. It seems to me that the kitchen is lacking a system. Chefs are unaware that diners have been waiting for half an hour for their last dish. Protein arrives before the starch dishes. Waiting staff are serving the same dishes twice. Ah Loy Thai just needs to implement a new system in their kitchen, and they will be on their way to greater success.
Ah Loy Thai
100 Beach Road
Mon – Fri: 12:00 – 20:00
Sat – Sun: 13:00 – 19:00