Every now and then, I’d need my quick fix of spicy, sour and sweet all on one plate and there is no other cuisine I like more than Thai food for this! One of my top haunts after work is to pop by Beer Thai at Golden Mile Complex for a quick bite before heading home and boy is it gratifying. First introduced to me by my thai friends; food is authentic, cheap and oh so good! The menu is also helpful for non thai-speaking individuals as there are pictures tagged to each menu item. But fret not, some of the waitresses there do speak decent English to take your order! Golden mile is also the place where most Thais do hang out so you will get imports from Thailand readily available such as spices, fruits and ingredients! (Even their famous instant noodles!!)
Last week, I needed my quick fix once again and here are some of my favourite dishes! Brought my godmother for the first time and along with my mum and brother, we definitely had a feast!
Goong Chae Nam Pla (Raw Prawn in Fish Sauce)
Goong Chae Nam Pla is a dish made from fresh prawns that are cleaned thoroughly, dipped in cold water to firm up the flesh, and drizzled with garlic, chilli and then soaked in seafood chilli sauce to serve. A little bit like the Japanese Sashimi that you get but spicy and tantalizing. Pop the whole prawn in your mouth and feel the prawn melt away while flavours quickly take over. Best with beer I heard. ($15)
Goong Chae Nam Pla (Raw Prawn in Fish Sauce) a closer look
And the ever popular soup for a Thai meal…
Tom Yum Goong
This dish definitely needs no introduction! Packs a punch and gets your appetite raring to go! ($10)
Time for the mains….
Nam Tok Moo (Spicy pork salad)
This is one of my favourite meat dishes! Sliced pork is cooked with roasted rice, garlic, chilli, dried chilli, shallots and MINT leaves! The mint leave really brings out the flavour of the spice and the meat meanwhile taking away the monotony of meat on its own. The marriage of the flavours is really something new but very well received! ($8)
Gai Pad Krapow (Chicken stir fried with Basil)
After these two dishes, you should be able to guess how important spices are in Thai Food. Basil is used extensively in Thai food and this is no exception. ($8)
Last but not least, the highlight of the night…..
Thai Deep Fried Fish with Fried Garlic and Chilli
Not much needs to be said. Fish is fresh, meat is sweet, deep fried to perfection, accompanied with garlic and onions is like heaven. The size is good for 3-4 people but you’ll never have enough! There are 3 other ways available to eat this dish. ($25)
Of course, Beer Thai does serve desserts and drinks that would end the meal on a high note. However, cautious for my waistline, no more sweets and coconut milk for the day! Cha-yen or Kafei-yen (Thai milk tea/thai milk coffee) are best pals with the spicy dishes as the milk quells the heat. It doesn’t taste like our chinese made tea and coffee nor european/american styles, word of warning though, it’s a strong brew – no more extra shots required!
Beer Thai and many establishments are open till late. Word of warning though, large crowds and a smell like wet markets may greet you initially but its definitely worth the trip. Do not be afraid to venture the other stalls there as there are many hidden troves of delicacies littered in Golden Mile Complex. And don’t forget to get a pack of Thai mangoes that are so difficult to come by!
Cheap Cheap! =)
Beer Thai Restaurant is located at:
Golden Mile Complex, #01-94
5001 Beach Road
Nearest Mrt Station : Nicoll Highway (5 Mins walk), Lavender Stn (10 Mins walk)
Bus: 100 (Right in fron of Golden Mile Complex), 10, 14, 16, 70, 196 (5 mins walk)
(P.S. Don’t confuse Golden Mile Complex with Golden Mile Tower!!)