Thai Express, including Absolute Thai, is one of my favourite Thai restaurants. I always love their spicy tom yam soup, pineapple rice and other Thai favourites.
With a sudden craving for Thai food, I brought my parents out to Thai Express for dinner at Junction 8. It is always exceptionally crowded at Junction 8. Most of the restaurants are also full and people have to queue to get a table. Thai Express is no exception. We queued at least half hour to get a table. The staff were very busy and it was a little difficult to grab their attention to take orders and other ad hoc requests like asking for the menu again. Apart from that, dining at Thai Express had been great especially with the great food.
For the dinner, we spent a total amount of about SGD100.00 for items 1-5. It was worth it, I must say.
(1) Thai Mango Salad or Yam Mamuang is my favourite salad at Thai Express. The mango strips were sweet and the sauce was spicy. It became a good blend of sweet and spicy that gave me the 'oomph' feeling. The salad somehow whetted my appetite and I could not wait for the rest of the dishes to be served. (Food rating: 3.5/5)
(2) Thai-style roasted chicken thigh or Gai Op Peek Gai was sweet and succulent. The roasted chicken thigh was glazed with honey that gave the sweet taste. The chicken thigh was tender and juicy with the charred crispy chicken skin. The side dish was very delicious. (Food rating: 3/5)
(3) The Chicken with potato in red curry or Kaeng Daeng Gai (photo above) caught me by surprise. The spicy and creamy curry was simply divine. The curry was thick and the chicken was tender. I was disappointed when the dish came with white rice. I would definitely want to dip it with french loaf as it will be heavenly. (Food rating: 4/5)
(4) I love their stick noodle with sliced beef in beef broth or Sen Lek Neua! The rich beef broth that simply whets your appetite. The perfect flat rice noodles were cooked in al dente style. The garnishes topped over the broth. All these simply made the beef noodles immensely delectable. The only setback was that the sliced beef was a little tough. Otherwise, it would be the most perfect dish I ate this evening. (Food rating: 4/5)
(5) Did I say that I love their Tom Yum Seafood Soup or Tom Yum Talay? I bet I did in the earlier part of the page. The tom yum soup was both sour and spicy. The sourness and spiciness of the soup left the tongue and tonsils tingling after drinking the soup. The paddy straw mushrooms were delicious. Despite the sourness and spiciness, you just cannot stop drinking the soup. (Food rating: 3.5/5)
A few days earlier, I also met my friends for Thai food. We ordered the Seafood Tom Yum soup, chicken in red curry and two other dishes below.
The sauteed sliced beef with kai lan or Ka Nah Phat Neua was highly recommended by their staff. The vegetable kai lan was first blanched and then cooked with chopped garlic and sliced beef. The beef slices were very tender. The kai lan was emerald green in colour and very fresh. (Food rating: 3.5/5)
Stir-fried kang kong with special ThaiExpress spicy shrimp paste or Pak Bung Phat Phrik was similar to the local stir-fried sambal kangkong. It used the restaurant's spicy shrimp paste to fry with the water spinach or kang kong. The vegetables were well cooked and retained its emerald green colour. The shrimp paste was delicious. It was spicy and gave me that 'oomph' feeling. I was sniffing my nose while eating the spicy vegetables. (Food rating: 3.5/5)
Address: 9 Bishan Place, #01-32, Junction 8 Shopping Centre, Singapore 579387