Thursday, May 06, 2010

Casual & Robust Thai Food Marks Poster Completion!

This post almost marks the end of Final-Year Project. The bench work, thesis and poster have been by now all completed.

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
Closes: Sunday

Chew On This: While pigging out eating, take a breather to enjoy the Thai paintings hung on the walls.


Emmanuel said...

Emmanuel here, try the thai shop next door to this. the pineapple fried rice there is good. as well as the larb salad and the fish cakes

The Hungry Cow said...

Emmanuel: Heya! Emmanuel Sim? I didnt notice that there is another Thai shop next door. Will check it out the next round. Thanks!