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9 authentic Thai restaurants
By Where Singapore Staff | Oct 02, 2017
If you're craving Thai curries, papaya salad or just stir-fried pad ka prao (basil leaves and minced pork), this list of arguably the best and most authentic Thai places in Singapore has you covered.
This family-run diner is perpetually packed with crowds, so make a reservation in advance, or queue early for a table. Popular items on its menu are the tom yam seafood soup, pandan chicken, phad thai and butter calamari.
Those hankering for Thai food late at night should head to this no-frills restaurant. It's open until 6am daily, and serves typical Thai fare at low prices and can get pretty crowded at lunch and dinner.
Thai hotpot and barbecue specialist Mookata needs no introduction. This sister outlet holds no surprises—you cook your ingredients on a dome-shaped metal grill over a charcoal fire surrounded by a moat for the soup stock. Supper runs until 6am so it's a great late night spot, too.
A popular chain that has various outlets at Pasir Panjang, Holland Village, Hougang and Ang Mo Kio, dining at Nahkon Kitchen is perhaps the closest you'll get to an authentic experience. Here, you'll be seated in a sparsely furnished space, with rolls of toilet paper serving as napkins on each table. Order cheap and reliable classics like tom yam soup, sambal kang kong, pandan chicken and green curry, and skip the ambiguous Chinese-inspired dishes.
If you're in the mood for a fancier treat, this ION Orchard restaurant is great for family dinners and power lunches. Prices are steeper than what you'll find at a grittier outfit, but the food is reliable. Some must-haves include the deep-fried pork neck, cha om omelette and stir-fried soft shell crab in yellow curry.
Set in a pretty, lemongrass-scented space, dine on fine modern Thai dishes such as lemongrass-marinated New Zealand rack of lamb with spicy green papaya salad. Not the cheapest of the lot, but it has the right ambience for formal occasions.
Retaining its coffeeshop look, this restaurant offers classic Thai dishes like steamed catfish, barbecued pork neck, mookata and jim jum, a charcoal claypot hot pot. Finish your meal with a dessert like the aloe vera lemongrass jelly, or wash it all down with Thai iced tea.
Want to feel like you're in Thailand? This resort-like establishment will provide the holiday vibes. Set in a historic colonial building at Labrador Park with Asian-inspired decor, it serves sophisticated and modern Thai plates like deep fried lobster in tamarind sauce.
As one of the pioneers of fine Thai dining in Singapore, this place hardly disappoints. While the dishes are not uncommon, the restaurant is famed for serving authentic Royal Thai cuisine. Prices are a little steep, but the quick and efficient service and the food more than make up for it.