Friday, September 2, 2016

Cha Thai - True Taste of Thai at Telok Ayer

Situated at a prominent location in Telok Ayer Street is Cha Thai that serves quality Thai food.

Cha Thai can be found just right across the street when you come out from Telok Ayer MRT station exit.

Cha Thai has a simple and comfortable setting that makes people at ease, a place where we can enjoy chatting with friends over a delicious meal. 

Cha Thai uses premium quality ingredients, along with traditional recipes cooked with modern techniques, while preserving the traditional taste of Thai cuisine, bringing out another dimension in the taste of Thai. Therefore, their prices might not come across as street price like many.

For drinks, I went for my all-time favourite - Ice Milk Tea ($2.90).
The sweetness of the milk tea was to my liking and their milk tea was made from scratch.

We began our food tasting with Crispy Prawn Cake ($15).

Beneath the crispy skin was a meaty interior made using tiger prawns. It was accompanied by their homemade plum sauce that enhanced the flavour of the prawn cake when dipped. I love this classic dish so much and one piece is not enough for me.

Creamy Crab Roll ($15) was super addictive.
Dip the fried roll into the cream crab gravy for savoury flavours. The gravy was creamy and full of flavours with hinge of spiciness.

Lemongrass Prawn Salad ($28)

Indulge ourselves in the generous servings of tiger prawns. Little did you know, Cha Thai uses tiger prawns on all their prawn dishes. The prawns are sourced from Thailand. 

Saute Kai Lan with Roasted Pork ($16), some vegetables to go with during our tasting. The garlic has added fragrance to the kai lan and roasted pork. The roasted pork has a well proporation of lean meat and fats.

Let's try the Signature Tiger Prawn ‘Panang’ Curry ($28).

The curry was really creamy and flavoursome. The tiger prawns were coated with the curry gravy, making the prawns tasted spicy good. Lychees were added inside the curry to reduce the spiciness of the curry, striking a balance between sweet and spicy.

Boat Noodles ($18) for the pork lover.

Garlic Pork with Bird's Chilli ($18)
The garlic pork delivered an aromatic taste with a mild spiciness. If you are someone who prefer a more spicy taste, eat the garlic pork together with the green chilli. The meat is sous vide to achieve tenderness.

Pineapple Red Curry with Pork Loin ($18)

This dish may look like the Signature Tiger Prawn ‘Panang’ Curry, same same but different. They are 2 different dishes.
They used the same curry gravy but ingredients in it were different. The tiger prawns and lychees were replaced with pork loin and pineapple. It tasted delicious but my favourite was still garlic pork.

Pad Thai ($22)

You might be wondering why a plate of pad Thai cost $22 right?
That's because of tiger prawn was added to the dish. Peanut was placed aside for people who wish to mix it. The noodles were well tossed and every strand tasted delicious.

Tiger Prawns Claypot Glass Noodles ($55 for 4 pax)

You can also opt for Premium Giant Tiger Prawns Claypot Glass Noodles at $159.  The giant tiger prawn is about 35-40cm.

At Cha Thai, the portions served are large so it is recommended to come with a group of friends or with family. It is in the Thai’s tradition and culture to gather. Food always tastes the best in good company.

I really love the tiger prawns, so fresh and succulent.

Despite feeling full, there's always room for dessert. First up was Red Ruby ($8).
The red ruby in coconut milk tasted refreshing, I like the crunchy water chestnut.

Sweet Corn Herbal Jelly ($8), Summer Potato ($8) and Emerald Jade ($8).
The herbal jelly was awesome, I love the grass jelly.
The summer potato was made using sweet potato while the emerald jade resembled the red ruby.

Good things are saved at the last, Tropical Paradise ($12).

Initially I thought this was just normal coconut ice-cream, but as I started digging underneath, I noted a hard texture and it turned out to be mango sticky rice. This was a creative invention allowing me to have 2 of my favourite Thai dessert all in one go. Every mouthful was bursting into flavours.

Thanks Cha Thai for the delicious food tasting and GF for bringing me to feast. I want to come back again and have the tropical paradise soon. I'm missing it.

Cha Thai
80 Telok Ayer Street 
#01-01 Singapore 048466
Operating hour: 11am to 10pm daily

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