We’ve been trying to get more people to come to A-Roy Thai with us, so that we can try more dishes other than the tom yum noodles and pineapple rice that we inevitably order when it’s just the two of us. We hadn’t been successful until Saturday night, when we finally managed to find takers in the form of M, J and baby E.
Some of the new dishes that we ordered were the Pad Thai, A-Roy Thai Fried Rice (rice fried with garlic, carrots and spring onion), Fried Kailan with Roast Pork, Green Curry Chicken and the Claypot Tung-hoon with Prawns.
The fried rice was pretty ordinary. The Pad Thai though, was excellent. Light, not greasy, and savoury, spicy and sour all at the same time, thanks to the generous dose of lime that was added (in addition to the lime wedge that came with the dish). Beansprouts and diced taupok added to the texture. If Pad Thai is the mark of how good a Thai restaurant is, then A-Roy Thai is way up there.
The baby kalian with roast pork was barely Thai – indeed, it looked like a typical vege stirfry from any zi char stall. One bite and you can tell that it’s on a different level from zi char though. The taste of the gravy just blew us away – garlicky, rich and intense, it somehow absorbed the flavours of the roast belly pork. Delicious.
The green curry wasn’t spectacular, but the claypot vermicelli (tung hoon) with prawns was a winner. Huge amounts of ginger, garlic and peppercorns were buried under the pile of tunghoon, infusing the noodles with an amazing medley of flavours. An added bonus – the prawns were shelled! Woohoo!! I’m SO ordering this for myself when we next go.
Besides sharing a couple of bowls of the awesome red ruby, the four of us also shared a small plate of the tapioca with coconut milk. Bearing in mind that A and I are both not fans of this dish, we still ate a considerable amount of it. They do it so well here that it’s really addictive.
Another truly satisfying meal here. I needn’t have worried that they may close down, because the place was packed on Saturday night, with a number of Thais dining there. Another sign that this place is the real thing.
Very good desserts. While the food is good, I think I’d rather go to Tuk Tuk (a more convenient one, not the Beach Road one).
109 North Bridge Road
#04-06 Funan Centre
Open daily: 11.30 am to 3 pm; 6 pm to 10 pm