Saap Saap Thai is a Halal Thai Specialty restaurant chain that serves all-time favourite dishes most of us are familiar with. It boasts the use of fresh produce, genuine Thai imported sauces, herbs and spices, hence, it brings across the true essence of Thai cuisine - sweet, sour, and spicy. Saap is translated as yummy.
It has been a couple of years since I published a food review on Thai cuisine. Some restaurants survived and some don't.
Unlike the typical Thai restaurants, my first impression was that it is a quasi-fast food restaurant. It has a list of standard dishes that you can choose from. I can say that the owner(s) are very thoughtful. The selections are suitable for people who wants to order takeouts; for people who are dining alone and do not want to order too much food; for people dining in groups but not comfortable to share dishes due to hygiene reasons.
I ordered a couple of dishes after consulting the counter staff for recommendations.
For starters, the 6-pc Mixed Thai Crispy Chicken Drumlets and Wings were plainly battered chicken wings and drumlets. Three were original flavours and the remaining ones were drizzled with Thai Chilli Sauce. They are available at exclusive outlets such as Our Tampines Hub, Wisma Geylang Serai, and Jewel Changi Airport. Originally, I expected the Thai Pandan Chicken but it was not. The chicken were freshly prepared. The batter was crispy and the chicken meat was tender. It was just fried chicken wings. (Food rating: 2.5/5)
Seafood Carribean Tom Yum (or Seafood Tom Yum in plain English) was amazing. The seafood tom yum was gentle to the stomach though it was filled with red chilli strips and red broth. Instead, it was more sour than spicy. Served with fresh seafood ingredients, this seafood soup totally whetted my appetite. Fish slices, mussel, straw mushrooms, crab sticks, etc. were very fresh. The soup has a very beautiful rich fragrance that you cannot help but drinking spoonful after spoonful. (Food rating: 4/5)
"Yum" Beef Slice Thai Salad. I thought it was a chilled salad and I was wrong. It was a hot Thai Beef salad. The salad consists beef ball, beef slices, tomatoes, onions, carrots and glass vermicelli. The dish was not overly sour nor spicy. It was gentle to those who cannot take spicy food. Is it yummy as it claimed? Well, I can say that I was indifferent. (Food rating: 2.5/5)
"Kra-Pao" Basil Beef Slice with Rice tasted nice. Kra Pao means holy basil in Thai, which has a spicy, peppery and clove-like taste. The portion was just right for one person. It came with white steamed rice, vermicelli salad and of course the basil beef slice. Again, I am indifferent to this dish. (Food rating: 2.5/5)
Dessert, finally. We ordered a portion of the original mango sticky rice, which came with coconut cream, glutinous rice and, the most important item, mango. The mango was ripe and the sweetness level was no more than 25% . The glutinous rice was beautiful cooked and moulded into a ball, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. The coconut aroma in the rice cake was rich and somehow I finished the rice within minutes. (Food rating: 3/5).
Saap Saap Thai is indeed a self-served restaurant chain. I left that I was in McDonald's. I entered the restaurant and found a table. I went to the counter and ordered my food. The buzzer rang and I went to pick up the food. Finally, I have to clean up after my meal by returning the food tray to its designated area. However, McDonald's gave me a better service experience than Saap Saap Thai. Food wise, it is so-so "saap".
Address: Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Blvd., #B1-299, Singapore 819666
Food Rating: 2.5/5 ★★★
Recommended dishes: Seafood Carribean Tom Yum Soup