Will wonders never cease – A actually chose to come here on his own accord! No arm-twisting from me or anything. He came here with a friend a couple of weeks ago, and realised that besides pad thai and pineapple rice, there’s actually other Thai food that he can eat, and the standard here isn’t too bad either.
For a start, we had the stuffed chicken wings, which were decent but not as good as some of the others that I’ve tried. The stuffing was less pork/prawn, and more like fishcake which wasn’t quite as flavourful.
A came here specifically to have the soft shell crab curry, and I must say it was very interesting and pretty tasty. The menu stated that this dish was created to celebrate the wedding of a Thai chef and a Japanese chef. Aww… The curry tasted like a mix of Japanese curry and local chilli crab, and with deep fried soft shell crab with no messy shells to worry about, what’s there not to like?
I was deciding between a number of tung hoon (glass noodles) dishes. I ended up having the tung hoon soup with egg and chicken balls. This was ok but I definitely needed the chilli padi. Next time I’m either trying the tom yam tung hoon, or the stir fried tung hoon with prawns that the other table were having.
We shared a red ruby, which surprisingly came with coconut ice cream rather than coconut milk. The rubies lacked the more intense rose flavour of those at A-Roy Thai, but all in all, the ice cream gave it a nice twist.
One caveat is that while the food was much better than expected for a chain restaurant, don’t come here expecting the same standard as A-Roy Thai. To me, that’s the real deal, whereas Thai Express is still a local version of Thai cuisine. As long as you bear that in mind and keep your expectations in check, you’ll probably be as pleasantly surprised as we were.
Props to my friend S for suggesting this place. The staff at this branch try hard but can be a bit blur. Food-wise, the standard is not bad but it can be hit or miss. I’d recommend the main dishes but not the starters or desserts.
The Heeren Shops
260 Orchard Road, #05-10
Mon – Thurs: 11.30 am to 10.30 pm
Fri – Sun: 11.30 am to 11 pm
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