Missing Thailand so much!!!..
Food, Glorious Food!
Being a glutton, i miss Thai food the most..
So when Elfaine from Thesamplestore invited me for a Thai Food Tasting session, i was thrilled!
Despite the fact that i’m on a diet now, a little thai food won’t kill right?? :p
So here i am @
Ah Loy Thai Restaurant
Located at 100 Beach Road
#01-39/40 Shaw Tower
To avoid long waiting hours, i’ll suggest that you come a little early the lunch / dinner crowd sets in..
When i arrived at 3 plus, the place is about 3/4 full..
When i left at about 5 plus, there is a Queue outside…
Good things are worth the wait right? 🙂
But a little tip, you can make a reservation before hand to skip the wait…
Although the restaurant draws a large crowd during operation, the setting gives me a warm and cosy feeling..
Each and every corner are furnished with a nice touch of modern Thai culture which aren’t too overwhelming..
Embrace in the vibrant atmosphere while catching up with friends and filling your empty stomach..
Life is good, isn’t it? 🙂
Thai Lemon Glass Drink – $2.30
Upon settling down, i was served with one of their signature drink – Thai Lemon Glass Drink…
Drink is refreshing due to lemon glass but it is a little on the sweet side…
Papaya Salad – $5.30
This dish is very popular in Thailand but in Sg, we prefer Mango salad (i’m not an exception as well)… Before every hearty meal, i’ll prefer to have an appetiser to prep my stomach and taste buds.
This papaya salad is light, spicy and sour so it entices my tastebuds … I love the tomato especially as it is firm and juicy.. Yum Yum!
Fried Butter Calamari – $7.00 ★★
I’m a big fan of Calamari and this dish which is one of Ah Loy’s specialities does not fail me…
The calamari are crispy yet not oily, juicy and texture is just right (it is not rubbery which makes chewing difficult).. The buttery taste and great seasoning (slightly salted with egg) made the whole dish so perfect!
Sinful i know!
Tom Yum Seafood – $6.90
Tom Yum soup is one of the MUST order dish to complete your thai food cravings.. Although this soup only costs $6.90, Ah Loy is pretty generous in the soup’s ingredients which are fresh and tasty.. As i have a weak gastric, i only had a few mouthful of the soup as it is a little too spicy / sour that my tongue is numbed… Once you have swallow the soup, the spiciness will linger and builds up in your mouth; so if you have a low threshold for chilli, i’ll suggest that you order the clear soup instead..
Thai Style Fish Clear Soup (Non-spicy) – $6.00 ★★
Similar taste compared to Tom Yum Seafood but minus the spicy factor… Soup is appetizing and flavoursome which ‘induces’ my appetite so that i can digest more food… Like the Tom Yum Seafood, portion is decent enough to share between 2 – 3 paxs.
Thai Mango Crispy Chicken – $7.50
The portion is large as usual and the chicken is fried well enough so it is very crispy..
I like the fact that this dish isn’t too oily and that it comes with generous fresh garishes..
However, i will prefer to have more mango sauce being poured onto this dish to give it a better tangy taste.
Thai Green Curry – $6.50
Another not to be missed dish while having thai food – The Green Curry… Ah Loy’s green curry is rich, aromatic and flavourful with juicy and tender chunks of boneless chicken to complement it.
Every mouthful of this sweet curry broth brings about a strong coconut /milk taste which can be a little too ‘Je-Lat’ so i will suggest that you take it together with rice.
Pineapple Fried Rice – $5.90
I will expect my pineapple fried rice to have floss and cashew nuts on top of the usual pineapples and prawns. I was disappointed when I saw this dish as its appearance doesn’t appeals to me. Although the dish looks simple but the rice is not dry, hard nor oily… Sad to say, the taste is too mild and I have eaten better pineapple rice elsewhere.
Tom Yum Fried Rice (3pm – 6pm) – $6.90 ★★
If you want some rice with a more powerful taste, i’ll suggest that you order their special Tom Yum Fried rice.. Ah Loy is one of the few places offering this dish from 3pm – 6pm.. Its tom yum fried rice is really delicious and it feels as if you have soaked your rice in Tom Yum Soup.. Rice has a unique spicy taste which is not too overwhelming. Only complaint is that the prawns are a little too soggy.
Thai Garlic Pork (Ge Tiam Mu) – $6.90 ★★
Next, this is certainty a dish to try! Any food fried with Garlic will get me hooked and addicted to….
Although the pork is deep fried, it is NOT oily at all.. Also, there’s no fatty deposit on the meat so you can eat this dish ‘in peace’… The seasoning on the meat taste really wonderful and it leaves me wanting more!!! Do take it together with the cucumber and chilli sauce.. Shiok man!!
Thai Pandan Chicken – $9.00 ★★
Thai Pandan Chicken consists of chicken wrapped in pandan leaves help trap flavours. Although the chicken looks charred, it doesn’t have a burnt taste.. Instead, chicken is moist, soft, juicy, tasty and well-marinated. In addition, i can detect a little pandan taste when i bite into the chicken.. This dish is slightly on the oily side and it is a little cumbersome to eat.. Oh well, for delicious food, it is worth all the calories and effort.. =D
Thai Fried Keotow (Phad Thai) – $5.90
If you prefer to eat noodles instead of rice, you can give Phad Thai a try.. FYI- Phad Thai is the thailand version of fried kway teow and it is usually accompanied with peanut, chilli flakes, sugar and lime… Ah Loy’s Phad Thai doesn’t come with sugar but it is still tasty…The noodles are springy, not sticky and certainty not oily..
(TOP) Fried Sweet Potato Leaf (Spicy/Non Spicy) – $4.50
(BOTTOM) Fried Kailan (Spicy/ NonSpicy) – $4.50
Both vegetable dishes are fried with chilli and garlic. Vegetables are fresh and crunchy so both dishes are nice and tasty.. However, i’ll prefer my vegetable to be cooked the healthier way so i think that Ah Loy’s veggie is a little oily and salty… To overcome this shortcoming, i took both dishes with rice.
Stir-Fried Basil Leaf with Chicken – $5.80 ★★
This dish is stir-fried so it is healthier… I love it! Chicken is well-done, non-fatty and not dry.. Basil leaf is fresh with awesome taste of chilli and garlic… For the price, Ah Loy is really generous with the portion…
Stir Fried Basil Leaf with Pork – $5.80
Another version with Pork and this is more popular with Singaporean… Maybe i am the odd one who prefers the chicken version… Personally i find that the pork taste is too strong and i certainty doesn’t like that… Other than that, i’ll also prefer more Basil leaf should be thrown in. A little less meat and loads of vegetable! 🙂
Thai Lemon Fish (New New!!) – $13.50 (TOP)
Thai Lemon Grass Steam Fish – $13.50 (BOTTOM)
Both dishes are both as good – one with Lemon taste and one with Lemon Glass.. I’ll prefer the one with lemon as i cannot accept the strong taste of lemon glass… Fish is steamed to perfection as meat is fresh and smooth… The meat doesn’t not have any fishy smell/taste (Due to the lemon glass / lemon) and it will melt in your mouth.. The dish also comes with a lot of gravy and you can practically treat it as a soup as all nutrients are inside.. Gravy isn’t too salty and it is rather refreshing.. Do try it!
Only rant is that the fishes are too skinny!! But for the price you are paying, you cannot expect too much right? hehe~
Thai Crispy Spicy Sauce Fish – $12.00 ★★
This fish is another star dish worth ordering as it is is nice and affordable. Fish is crispy on the outside and soft inside. Yummy Yummy!! Since it is fried fish, meat is usually tougher but i can poke my fork in and pick the meat off easily so softness is acceptable..
You have to make sure that you take the meat together with the chilli sauce on the fish… The chilli sauce made the fish taste unique as it is not the usual thai sweet chilli sold outside.. There’s a slight ginger taste cupped with slight sweetness. But due to the massive amount of chilli seed, it can get a little too spicy so get some water ready..
Thai Black Pepper Crispy Fish (New New!) – $14.50
Sorry, i cannot give my review for this dish as i did not try it… But from the appearance, it must be a really solid black pepper dish.. See the amount of black pepper ‘floating’ on the sauce.
Beside the dishes mentioned above, Ah Loy has many other food selections as well…
Do note that those dishes with ★★ beside them are the MUST TRY (IMO)..
Overall, it is worth to visit Ah Loy for good and authentic Thai cuisine at affordable prices..
Taste is very similar to what you will get in Thailand.
Only thing, you must be patient enough to Q and to wait for your food..
Monday – Friday : 12pm – 8.15pm
Saturday – Sunday: 1pm – 7.15pm
(Closed on PH)
Will end this post with a group shot..
All the full and pretty ladies falling in… 😀
Merry Merry X‘mas everyone!!!