Have a taste of Bangkok Street food in Singapore

[Invited Tasting]

I have a confession to make: I love going to Bangkok and just eating EVERYTHING along the streets – most times that’s the reason why I always get sick when I’m there… thankfully Nara Thai’s brought the street flavours of Bangkok back to Singapore in a comfortable, clean and hygienic setting 😀

Started off with some meat:

Gai Tord Kapi – Deep Fried Chicken in Traditional Thai Shrimp Paste, $10.90

This wins because it basically tastes like har cheong gai; is crispy outside and juicy inside… just a damn good fried chicken. No one can say no to this!

Moo Yang Jim Jaew – Barbecued pork neck, $13.90

I don’t think I’ve ever had pork neck! (Do pigs have necks?) This was my favourite dish by far. There’s something about the texture of the pork neck; it’s not too fatty like pork belly, neither is it too dry. It has just the right amount of fat, muscle and tender flesh, and tastes awesome with the tamarind sauce! Must try!

Cha Om Omelette, $12.90

Cha Om is an acacia leaf that’s commonly used in Thai cooking. The omelette was nice but tasted like any normal omelette – not quite a stand out dish.

 

Neam Moo, Barbecued Fermented Sour Pork Sausage, $13.90

We’d initially been told that this was either a hit or miss… basically because it’s fermented meat and glutinous rice. But it really doesn’t taste bad at all! It’s a little bit sour but not jarringly so. Again, worth the try, but not a standout dish for me.

Assorted Grilled Seafood Platter, $88.90

If you love seafood, this one’s for you! Didn’t expect everything to be that fresh – they didn’t have to make up for flavours by introducing taste-heavy sauces. Everything I tried on the platter was really good (sans mussels… I don’t like them in general) The star was really the sea bass stuffed with lemongrass, kaffir lime and galangal, then slow cooked on the grill. The flesh was really tender and yummy. Really liked the scallops and squid too; and they all went brilliantly with the nam jim seafood sauce: a blend of coriander, lemongrass, fish sauce, galangal, kaffir lime and palm sugar (all sourced from Thailand). The platter’s good for up to three.

Caramelized mango with coconut ice cream and basil sauce, $7.90

Ended the meal with this dessert, which was a pleasant sweet ending that rids your mouth of all that seafood remnants haha. It’s quite a nice change from the traditional mango sticky rice dessert, and is lighter as well.

All in all I think Nara Thai’s new menu introduces an interesting perspective on Thai culture to Singapore – elevated street food. Might be a little pricey, but definitely worth a try, especially if you want a taste of Thai street food in the comforts of good service and an air-conditioned setting.

Nara Thai Singapore

ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn #B3-21

Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Last order at 9:30 pm

Tel: +65 6634 5787

Westgate
3 Gateway Drive #03-07

Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Last order at 9:30 pm

Tel: +65 6710 5867

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