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Ah Loy Thai, not for the service but definitely for the food.

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. IMG_9469Phad 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. 
IMG_9470Garlic 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. 
IMG_9475Pandan 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.
IMG_9460Butter 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.IMG_9478If 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
Shaw Towers
100 Beach Road
Singapore 189702

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 12:00 – 20:00
Sat – Sun: 13:00 – 19:00
Closed: PH

Taste of Thailand

Another one of the few places that I’ve been eating since young, this place sure has its history. From its original location at pre-renovated Sembawang Shopping Centre, it has moved to its current spot at the industrial estate nearby. First and foremost, one should not jump at the notion of getting authentic Thai food at this restaurant. The speciality dishes are influenced by the culture but the others are your typical Zi Char fare. But what sets this restaurant apart from your next door Zi Char stall are the quality of the food and the price. 5 girls, 5 dishes + 1 soup for less than 50 bucks. Good food does not necessarily come with a high cost.

Taste of ThailandPineapple Fried Rice: Served steaming hot, the rice, sprinkled with cubes of pineapple, slices of preserved sausages, shreds of omelette and topped with pork floss, is flavourful and definitely a force to be reckoned with. It scores very well with the kids and the carbo-loading men.

Taste of ThailandFried Fish: This fish may look all bones and skinny to you but do not judge too soon. Fried using a strong and powerful fire, the fish is crispy on the outside and yet, meaty and delectable within. Not to forget, have the fish with some of the chilli that they serve along. Like most, your taste buds will be in for a treat.

Taste of ThailandFried Cuttlefish: For years, this dish will never fail to be on my family’s table at the restaurant, but we still never solve the mystery that ensues this dish. Addictive and delicious at the same time, the cuttlefish is definitely well-marinated and fried. A must-try! P.S. They go well with the chilli sauce too.

Taste of ThailandSweet and Sour Pork: Something about their wok and fire-power makes their food extraordinarily tasty. A notch above the other versions I’ve tried, the sauce is of the suitable taste, neither too sweet nor too sour. Most importantly, the meat is of the right biting texture. Crispy on the outside and juicy within.

An important tip to take note is that the restaurant gets extremely crowded during the weekends. A queue starts snaking even before the sun sets for dinner time. Rumor has it that the quality of the food deteriorates when they have to be rushed during busy periods. So I suggest to try out this restaurant during the weekdays.

Taste of Thailand
1001 Yishun Industrial Park A
#01-1001 Yishun Industrial Food Centre
Tel: 67589121 Fax: 67540053