Tabemono 6: Thai food @ Shinjuku

We had not intended to eat Thai food but we came across two restaurants who seemed to be doing very good business during lunch hour and we decided to try one of them. The first thing I noticed was the size of the noodles in the Pad Thai. They were finer than the usual thin noodles. In fact the size was closer to fat bee hoon size than the thin rice noodles we usually have in Singapore.

Basil Chicken rice


Pad Thai with the much thinner rice noodles.


Both orders came with a small side dish.

The meal was surprisingly good and the food actually tasted better than the Thai food we normally get in Singapore. And no, I did not take a picture of the restaurant front. This was in the side lanes of Shinjuku.

Sawadee in the heartlands

This was another affordable place we came to for dinner. Located as a coffee shop below a HDB flat with no air-conditioning, we waited our turn in the short queue. There is always a queue here and they will take your order as you are waiting. By the time it is your turn, the food comes rather quickly.

We ordered a green chicken curry, minced beef with basil leaves, stir-fried kailan and mushroom and rice. The green curry was creamy without being too spicy while the stir-fried vegetables still had a slight crunch in them. I’ve come here before and had their tom yum. Definitely a good place to come to for reasonable Thai food, but come early. Next time, I’ll try their desserts.

This is a no frills eating place so don’t expect the service to be great. They expect you to order, eat and leave (preferably quickly as there are always people eyeing your seat or table though they won’t ask you to leave though).

Nakhon Thai, 212 Hougang Street 21, #01-341, Singapore 530212. Tel: 6286 8785.

Stir-fried kailan and mushroom

Green curry with chicken and brinjal. This was sufficently thick without being overly spicy.

Beef with basil leaves. A very fragrant dish because of the basil leaves. This one seemed a little salty though.

Down Under: Cheap and good Thai food

Happy New Year, everyone! May you all have a wonderful, healthy and prosperous year ahead! I did have something special to eat on New Year Eve but the post on that will come much later in the month, after this series ends, so stay tuned!

There are some really cheap and good food places in Sydney and this Thai food place is one of them. The lunch special here was $6.50 per dish and the portions were very hearty. Good for those on a budget, looking for Thai food. Many students come here to eat. There are other Thai places in the vicinity where their lunch specials were going for $6.90.

Thai La Ong, 89-91 King St, Newtown. Tel: (02) 9550 5866.

Fried pork with vegetables and rice

Pad Thai — fried thin and flat rice noodles with vegetables, tofu and meat, sprinkled with crushed peanuts