Yhingthai Palace @ Purvis Street
I first tried this appetizer when I was on a business trip in Bangkok many years back. My Thai business associates had taken me to a local joint as they were determined to make me sweat (not from the heat of the weather, but from the heat of the chili). I had told them that I love spicy food and that I wanted to eat like the Thais do. My criteria: Not for farang (farang is the Thai word for foreigners). They were kind in ordering some milder dishes in case I couldn't handle the spiciness but I must have shocked them with the amount of chili that I ate during that meal as I added bird's eye chili (prik kii noo) to many of the dishes.
Do not be fooled by the innocent-looking clear broth. It is spicier than some of the reddish-coloured versions that we often get at other Thai restaurants. I prefer clear Tom Yam Soup as the red ones indicate that nam prik prao, a sweetish-tasting Thai chili paste, was added. The most popular brand, Mae Pranom, is often used in many establishments for various dishes.
Kra Phoh Pla Nam @ S$8 per bowl Fish Maw Soup
Peek Kai Sord Sai @ S$3 per piece Deboned Chicken Wing Stuffed with Mushrooms & Asparagus
Thord Mun Pla @ S$2.50 per piece Deep-Fried Spiced Fish Cakes
I generally love to eat otah (spiced fish/seafood paste), so I would usually order Hor Mok (Thai otah) at any Thai restaurant that I come across. I like the Hor Mok Talay served here partly because of the flavour and partly because of the presentation. They are served on a earthernware platter with grooves for the otah to sit in and individually covered with conical shaped covers that resemble the cover on a Moroccan Tajine.
Gaeng Keow Wan Gai @ S$15 (small) Thai Green Chicken Curry
Phad Krik Khing @ S$20 (medium) Thai Long Beans in Spicy Sauce
Khao Pad Nam Liap @ S$20 (medium) Thai Fried Olive Rice
Phad Khad Na @ S$12 (small) Thai Baby Kailan stir-fried with Oyster Sauce
Hot Lemongrass Tea @ S$3.50 per cup
This was the view from my table on my last visit. The quaint conservation shophouses and lush plants provided for a most relaxing view.
Yhingthai Palace 36 Purvis Street, #01-04 Talib Centre, Singapore 188613 Tel: +65 6337-1161 / 6337-9429
Operating Hours: Daily: 11.30am - 2pm & 6pm - 10pm