Along the streets of Tan Quee Lan – a.k.a the back street alleys of Bugis – you’ll find many dining options that have snaking queues. Sawadee Thai Cuisine is one such restaurant amidst that jostle. On a Monday night, it is bustling and boisterous. It’s not easy to find a place that serves so authentic yet unique Thai dishes, we reckon that’s why!
– Gail & Jem
Papaya Salad (Som Tam) – $12/$18
G & J: Shredded papaya with dried shrimps and chilli; a Thai-favourite appetiser. It is however, a little too spicy for our liking! If you’re a chilli lover, though, this might be your favourite dish yet. You can feel the crunch and the different textures of old and new papaya used when you chew.
Alternative option: Pomelo Salad – $12/$18G & J: Upon seeing our furious gulping down of the Thai iced milk tea, the owner kindly presented us with a refreshing pomelo salad, which was wiped clean within minutes. Bits of minced meat, garlic and pomelo make up this salad. A thumbs up!
Grilled Kurobuta Pork Collar – $22G & J: Very tender and thinly sliced. The grilled flavour is made more prominent with their special homemade sauce, which they took 1.5 months to perfect. You can expect to taste tumeric, lime, basil, fish sauce and grounded glutinous powder in the sauce.
Thai Coconut Chicken Soup: $13G & J: This is the savoury version of Tom Yam soup. Served in a coconut husk with chicken and galangal, the coconut notes come through very well to bring out the “lemak” of the broth. Very soothing and not too overwhelming.
Panaeng Red Curry Roast Duck – $17G & J: This is a new dish you definitely haven’t tried before. An interesting combination of roast duck soaked in Panaeng red curry, with lychees balls and pineapples slices. The smoked duck flavour is on point!
Panseared Black Angus Beef Ribeye – $32 for 220gG & J: Green curry sauce lovers, this is for you. There is a tinge of lemongrass in the curry, for a refreshing twist. The beef slices are cooked medium well, but is not overly dry or chewy. It is cooked the same way as the Kurobuta pork – sous vide style!
Superior Seafood Fried Rice – $18/$28G & J: Sawadee’s special stir-fried rice with crab meat, prawns and conpoy. In every mouthful, you can taste fresh seafood, dried shredded scallop and the added crunch of rice puffs. Not your usual every day fried rice for sure! Highly recommended.
Thai-style Otah on Clayplate – $16 for 7 pcsG & J: The presentation of this dish will get you excited. Bouncy mackerel fish mousse with Thai herbs is served in a traditional clayplate. When you bite into it, there is also prawn and squid stuffing.
Fried Fish Maw with Beansprouts – $14/$20G & J: This comforting dish reminds us of home on a rainy night. A very Chinese-style dish with wok hei.
Thai Stuffed Chicken Wings – $12 for 3 pcs or $18 for 5 pcsG & J: The usual Thai fare of deboned chicken wings stuffed with mushroom, chicken meat, long beans and Thai spices. Crispy chicken skin fried to a golden brown to boot.
Mao Shan Wang Durian Sticky Rice – $12G & J: Unless you don’t like durian or sticky rice, you’ll be a fan of this dessert. Premium mao shan wang durian with glutinous rice topped with sesame seeds. The durians are brought in daily from Johor Bahru, so they are very fresh! Complete with a drizzle of gula melaka.
Mango Sticky Rice – $7
Steamed Tapioca with Coconut Cream – $6
Red ruby – $6G & J: All our favourites gathered on one platter. We love the mango sticky rice and steamed tapioca, be sure to order it when you dine there.
We can see why Sawadee Thai Cuisine is almost always crowded during meal times. If you’re a fan of Thai food, stop by for a try!
Sawadee Thai Cuisine
9 Tan Quee Lan Street
#01-01 Singapore 188098
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Opening Hours: 11am-2:30pm, 6:00pm-10:30pm daily
* This is an invited media tasting by Sawadee Thai Cuisine.
Average cost per pax: $20-$35
What you should order: Pomelo Salad, Seafood Fried Rice.