Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Having Thai at Orchard Towers

Orchard Towers is not the place most would think of for dinner (I think). So it was with keen interest that I wanted to join Recent Runes and his friends to check out the Thai stuff. But my schedule kept me from it.

It is said that when there's a whore will, there's a way and I found myself with friends at Jane Thai for an impromptu Saturday dinner.

A fresh-tasting, sharp and crunchy Papaya Salad ($5) was good to get the salivary glands working. Note the big hei bee (dried shrimps)!

The Stir Fried Basil Pork ($10) is one dish that will demand rice. Rich and savoury, the garlic and basil accents were perfect with minced pork.

For the must-eat-otherwise-we're-not-eating-Thai-food dish, Tom Yum Telay ($10) was a seafood medley in Tom Yum soup. While the seafood could be fresher, the soup was a good balance of salty, spicy and tangy.

For the customary order-one-veg-dish-so-dinner's-balanced dish, we had the Kang Kong with Bean Paste & Chili ($6). Here's an example of simple food that's simply good. The kang kong was crunchy and stir fried with garlic, chili padi and preserved soy beans. With good wok hei too!

It was my first time trying Tom Kah Gai ($10)- a saucy chicken dish flavoured with lemon grass, kaffir lime leaf, coconut milk and chili among others. Unfortunately with the pronounced sweet edge of the coconut milk, it was pretty much a taste I have not learnt to acquire. To make things worse, the chicken pieces had a 'frozen' taste to them.

I very much enjoyed the Green Curry Chicken ($10) instead. :)

The Pineapple Fried Rice ($5) was tasty turmeric-flavoured rice with a monumental scattering of pork floss!

Not to be outdone, the Olive Fried Rice ($10) was denser and nutty and flavoured with just a bit of olive.

But it was the barbecued stuff that was even better!

BBQ Squid ($10) featured soft, springy squid with an aromatic grilled flavour.

The Grilled Pork with Lemon and Chili ($10) was another stunner. The sweetness of pork was accentuated by the salt, lemon and spice.

Jane Thai does pretty good fried food too.

The Stir Fried Spicy Chicken Wings ($10) is really a misnomer. Deep fried till golden, the chicken wings were taut and delicious with a Thai chili dip. Every bar should get this on their menu.

Another fried item to order is the Prawn Cakes ($10)- bread-crumbed-coated and crisp on the outside with a good springy bite on the inside.

Lime Juice ($2)- refreshing.

The crispy Pig Skin (~$2) was a good Thai keropok! The pink parts should be where the pig was stamped? Hehe.

This dessert of Iced Gingko Nuts and Lotus Seeds (~$2-5) packed a strong almost jasmine flower-like punch. Unfortunately, too strong for my liking.

I left Thai Jane happy. It was a nice hole-in-the-wall kinda place that serves up unpretentious, rustic Thai food. We were never visually bored and the tunes blasting from Crazy Horse brought back memories of primary and secondary school.

Such a cute pic, I couldn't resist not putting it up here. We took this outside Toys "R" Us at Forum Shopping Mall.

Jane Thai Restaurant
Orchard Towers
Opens: Monday-Saturday- 6pm-5am
Sunday- 6pm-3am

Chew On This: "Hit me baby one more time!"


Camemberu said...

Food looks good! Prices look extremely reasonable! I hear there is another Thai restaurant at Orchard Towers that's not too bad either. Forget the name...

Unknown said...

Wow the prawn cakes and the BBQ squid makes me salivate!

Derrick said...

i am so going there ! I would order a beer to go with the nice nice food !
Catherine when u going ?

The Hungry Cow said...

Camemberu: Another Thai restaurant there? Maybe it's time for a recce. Hehehe.

Slurp: Me too! :)~~~

Derrick: Bro, you can BYO (corkage $5/bot but you can try negotiating especially if you're ordering quite a bit). I did a lambrusco and a very smooth n light shiraz.

LJ said...

Food price is so reasonable! Will try one day

The Hungry Cow said...

LJ: Do give them a shot! But rem to dress appropriately. Haha.

Anonymous said...

Hi, you mean it opens at night and till wee morning????

The Hungry Cow said...

Anonymous: That's right! People there work late and need to eat at odd hours. ;)