While waiting for the poster to be printed, a few friends and I hopped across the printer shop for lunch at a Thai cafe. Ryan said he brought his girlfriend there and found the food to be spicy and portions to be big. I like that combination too.
First up, the Tom Yum Seafood Soup ($6). It was beaming with squid, prawns, fish slices and aromatic herbs like lemon grass, galangal and lime leaf. While the seafood items could be fresher, the soup was pretty enjoyable- a mixture of sour, spicy and salty.
The Pahd Thai aka Thai Fried Noodles with Pork ($4) had thin, flat rice noodles and was stir-fried with egg, beansprouts, firm tofu and well-marinated pork slices. There was a slight wok-hei which was perked up by the fish sauce. The squeeze of lime and scattering of chopped peanuts added a fresh dimension and texture, respectively. Only the raw beansprouts on the side made me queasy due to my dislike for the 'raw' taste of beansprouts.
Pahd Pak Boong aka Stir-Fried Kang Kong ($6) was a potent vegetable dish with the popular vegetable cooked till still crunchy in a sauce that screamed garlic, fermented black beans, fish sauce and fresh red chilies! The fish sauce gave it a distinct Thai feel and added that salty-savoury boost. Very good with rice!
Another dish that demanded rice was Beef Pahd Ka Pao aka Stir-Fried Beef with Basil Leaves ($7). Small pieces of beef were stir-fried with chopped long beans and basil. The sauce mirrored that of the earlier kang kong dish but had a fresh, aromatic lift thanks to the inclusion of basil.
In addition to white rice, I also tried the Kao Pahd Saparot aka Pineapple Fried Rice ($6) which turned out to be packed with the flavours of turmeric, shallots, pork floss and perhaps curry powder. The only disappointment was the rice which was a tad too wet. Maybe using overnight rice would fix this.
There were desserts available but I guess I'll have to leave it till the next visit... not that I needed an excuse to return. The rustic appeal and robust flavours of the food here I like! Portions are generous too.
Aroy-Dee Thai Cafe
91 Bencoolen Street
#01-12 Sunshine Plaza
Tel: 6336 8852
Opens: 12noon - 10pm daily
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