Toi Thai Kitchen

June 27, 2017 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Toi Thai Kitchen
505 Beach Road
#01-68 Golden Mile

314 Bedok Road

978 Toa Payoh North #02-01


https://www.facebook.com/toithaikitchen/


Deep-Fried 3 Tastes Sea Bass Fish (SGD $22)



Above Average & Affordable Thai Chinese Dishes

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 5
Food & Beverage: 7
Service: 6
Value for Money: 9
Spent about SGD $11 per person.


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Having been established since 2013, or possibly even earlier, Toi Thai Kitchen is a casual, hawker style stall, serving up hearty portions of delicious Thai Chinese fusion dishes. These days, they're a hidden find, with 2 outlets in Singapore, the original at Golden Mile, and the branch in the Toa Payoh North industrial area.

Ambience at Toi Thai Kitchen takes after its location, sharing with the other stalls in the hawker centre. Usually, it's brightly lit, clean, and decently comfortable, with modern functional furniture. I like that the stall display is brightly lit and attractive, displaying their menu clearly.

Service at Toi Thai Kitchen is largely self-service, with ordering, payment, and collection of cutlery over the counter. However, staff do serve orders to your table, as there is usually a short wait of about 10 minutes for your order to be prepared. There's little engagement, as with most hawker stalls, but staff do make recommendations if asked.

Food at Toi Thai Kitchen is all about Thai Chinese fusion dishes. What I like best are their huge, generous portions; the serving size is designed for communal dining of between 2 - 4 people. Taste is above average, most dishes are delicious and well-executed with fresh ingredients. Prices are very affordable, budget about SGD $11 per person for a full meal here.


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Toi Thai Kitchen Facade
Toi Thai Kitchen Facade


Toi Thai Kitchen Menu
Toi Thai Kitchen Menu



The Tofu With Minced Pork Soup (SGD $5) is decent, the thin clear soup / broth is slightly savoury sweet from the inclusion of minced pork, cabbage, kai-lan / Chinese kale / Chinese broccoli, straw mushrooms, crab stick, soft silken tofu beancurd, and carrots. Pure comfort food, makes a decent accompaniment to a meal.

Tofu With Minced Pork Soup
Tofu With Minced Pork Soup (SGD $5)



The Omelette With Prawn (SGD $10) is large and fluffy in texture, but overly greasy. Also, the ratio of prawns / shrimp within is far too little. Looks great, but doesn't taste as good. Skip this.

Omelette With Prawn
Omelette With Prawn (SGD $10)



Love the Thai Style Kai-Lan (SGD $6), with its fresh, crunchy kai-lan / Chinese kale / Chinese broccoli, in a savoury sweet oyster gravy. Stir-fried along with carrots and straw mushrooms, this was delicious and fresh. Good!

Thai Style Kai-Lan
Thai Style Kai-Lan (SGD $6)



The Green Curry Chicken (SGD $5) has a lovely fragrance, and the green curry has a smooth, milky texture. There is a generous portion of chicken and chopped string beans within, nicely tender in texture with good savoury sweet herbal flavours. Slight departure from the traditional recipe, they've replaced the pea eggplant with cabbage instead. I find this delicious, because it lacks that metallic taste present in other versions elsewhere, and the herbs lend a refreshing touch. Good!

Green Curry Chicken
Green Curry Chicken (SGD $5)



The Pandan Chicken (SGD $10) is great value for money. Large, baked chunks of chicken, infused with the fragrance from the wrapping of pandan / screwpine leaf, juicy and tender in texture, with bold savoury sweet flavour. So so good. Highly recommended!

Pandan Chicken (SGD $10)


Pandan Chicken
Pandan Chicken



While the Olive Fried Rice (SGD $5) is slightly lacking in the earthy olive taste, it has excellent wok hei / breath of the wok, each grain having a smoky savoury sweet flavour. The fried egg is decent, but I like the inclusion of the green mango salad, the sharp sour strips of young mango lend a bright zesty juicy burst of flavour. There is a hint of spicy heat as well, though I'd prefer it to be more spicy. Good!

Olive Fried Rice
Olive Fried Rice (SGD $5)


Olive Fried Rice



The lovely Pineapple Rice (SGD $5) has a delicate smoky fragrance of wok hei / breath of the wok, and the rice is nicely perfumed with the fruity sweetness of raisins and pineapple chunks. A dash of chicken floss lends texture and a depth of savoury flavour. An above average rendition.

Pineapple Rice
Pineapple Rice (SGD $5)



The highlight was the Garlic Fried Chicken With Rice (SGD $6), so good that I wished it could be a stane-alone dish without rice. The large, generous portion has fried chicken strips whose interior is moist and tender, with a nicely crisp exterior. Fragrant with garlic, each bite releases the succulent, savoury sweet salty flavour. Pair it with the Thai chili sauce for added kick. Highly recommended!

Garlic Fried Chicken With Rice
Garlic Fried Chicken With Rice (SGD $6)


Garlic Fried Chicken With Rice



The Combo Set Meal (SGD $7) is incredible value for money, as it's a huge serving just for a single person. Each of the 8 sets are served with a Tom Yum Seafood Soup, which has a lovely balance of sour sweet spicy flavours, filled with onions, straw mushrooms, 2 crabsticks, and 2 deshelled fresh prawns. I got the set with the Basil Pork Rice, which is served with plain white rice and a fried egg. The minced pork is stir-fried with carrots, basil leaves, string beans, sugar, light soy sauce, and chili. I find their version to be very good, less salty than elsewhere, having a nice savoury sweet flavour, with a mild spicy kick. Highly recommended!

Combo Set Meal
Combo Set Meal (SGD $7)


Tom Yum Seafood Soup
Tom Yum Seafood Soup


Basil Pork Rice
Basil Pork Rice



The Deep-Fried 3 Tastes Sea Bass Fish (SGD $22) is named for its trio combination of sweet, sour, and spicy flavours. The sea bass fish is large and fresh, with a nicely crisp exterior that holds up well beneath the thick gravy, yet the fish meat is moist, tender, and clean-tasting. Great value for money too, it's among the cheapest fish dishes with a decent quality. Worth ordering!

Deep-Fried 3 Tastes Sea Bass Fish
Deep-Fried 3 Tastes Sea Bass Fish (SGD $22)



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