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The best Thai food in Singapore

Good Thai food is pretty easy to come by in Singapore with the likes of casual eateries and fancier restaurants around the city

By Huang Junyi and Nathalie Teo
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Tom yum goong, pineapple fried rice, minced pork with Thai basil served with an ultra crispy egg – these are just a few of our favourite things. We love Thai food for a multitude of reasons: it's packed full of flavour, won't break the bank and has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Bangkok might just be two hours away, but the next time you're craving for Thai food, head to these joints that are a little closer to home.

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Real Thai
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Real Thai

Restaurants Thai City Hall

Real Thai has all the favourite Thai dishes: including tom yum, pad thai, pad see ew, Thai green curry, and som tam. Khao pad kra pao (Rice with Thai basil meat) has been gaining popularity among the locals. Spicy and savoury minced meat on top of fragrant Thai jasmine rice (highly recommend trying with a sunny-side-up, like how the Thais eat). Fancy Thai food with a bit of a kick? Give the seafood glass noodle salad and spicy minced chicken salad a try.

Thai Boat Noodle
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Thai Boat Noodle

Restaurants Thai Kallang

What makes this different from a bowl of Vietnamese Pho? Although the noodles are similar, Thai boat noodle has a strong flavour of pork and beef. The Thai boat noodle stall of Golden Mile Complex served their bowl with rice noodles, thinly sliced beef and meatballs. With tables and chairs set up with the self-serving condiments (sugar, dried chilli flakes, vinegar and fish sauce), it gives off a nostalgic feeling of Bangkok.

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GMC Fried Banana Fritters

Restaurants Thai Kallang

Maybe you would prefer something light? At the entrance of the Golden Mile supermarket, there is a kiosk that sells Thai banana fritters, sweet potato balls, sweet potato chips, and yam chips. These street snacks are reminiscent of Bangkok. The banana fritters ($3 for six pieces) are deep-fried that give a crunchy and delicious texture. The other choices are the sliced sweet potato and sliced yam deep-fried in the same batter. The sweet potato balls are an alternative choice that is more crisp and chewy texture.

Diandin Leluk Thai Restaurant

Restaurants Raffles Place

So you’ve just watched a late-night screening at The Projector or you’re waiting for the bus to take you to Malaysia in the middle of the night – where do you go for a quick meal? Why, Diandin Leluk, of course. The Thai eatery is one of the largest in Golden Mile Complex and the menu is just as extensive. There are the usual suspects – pineapple fried rice, tom yum soup and basil chicken rice – and a host of other Thai favourites.

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BeerThai House Restaurant
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BeerThai House Restaurant

Restaurants Thai Kallang

If you can handle your spice pretty well then the amount of red chillies in the dishes at BeerThai won't faze or intimidate you at all. Though hidden in the corner of the basement, the joint is a favourite with the crowds. Highlights on the menu include the handmade Thai fish cakes, rich green curry and more novel dishes like the raw crab and prawns – think of it as a spicy, tangy Thai ceviche – that are a hit with the loyal and regular customers. 

Sawadee Thai

Restaurants Thai Rochor

Sawadee Thai has been around, serving Thai favourites at a reasonable price for over 18 years. If you're in the area, stop for some spicy fare. Start from its green mango salad ($12) before delving into the mains. There's the classic tom yum soup ($12) for something punchy as well as creamy curries like the Panaeng red curry roast duck ($17).

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Sabai Fine Thai on the Bay

Restaurants Thai Raffles Place

For posh Thai food with a view, stroll on down to Sabai Fine Thai on the Bay. It prides itself in serving royal Thai cuisine and the restaurant’s decor plays up to this status through a stately interior dressed with wooden flooring, low-burning spotlights, starched linen tables and walls adorned by exquisite Thai artefacts. There's stuffed chicken wings ($6/piece) deep fried to perfection, tear-jerking tom yum soup ($9.80/$26.50) as well as green curry with generous fillets of beef ($26.50) and eggplant.

Nakhon Kitchen
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Nakhon Kitchen

Restaurants Thai Kent Ridge

This Thai joint has outlets across the island, making it a favourite spot for the heartland crowd. Don't expect bells and whistles here – the restaurant interior is simple with its plastic chairs and lack of air conditioning. The menu is extensive and provides delicious dishes that start from $5. Some star dishes include the clear tom yum soup, pandan chicken, vermicelli noodles with prawn and boneless stuffed chicken wings. 

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Jai Thai

Restaurants Thai Marine Parade

This humble restaurant along East Coast Road serves up some of the most tantalising Thai dishes you can find in Singapore. Some recommendations by regulars include its pineapple fried rice ($10), steamed tofu with chicken basil ($10) and tom yum seafood soup ($14) for a wholesome meal. 

Soi Thai Kitchen

Restaurants Thai Tanglin

With outlets at Tampines, Serangoon and Jurong, Soi Thai Kitchen brings cheap and good Thai food to the heartland masses. The red tom yum soup ($7), Thai yellow ginger chicken ($9) and basil pork ($7) are some menu highlights that seem to be the crowd favourites.

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Siam Square Mookata

Restaurants Thai River Valley

One of the mookata pioneers in Singapore, Siam Square Mookata helped kick off the trend with its concept of cooking raw meat on the grill. Plus, it's also very affordable. Located in Little Thailand aka Golden Mile complex, dishes go for as low at $1.80 a plate so load up on all the meat, seafood and vegetables you want. 

Ladyboy Mookata

Restaurants Thai Orchard

Ladyboy Mookata prides itself in the fresh ingredients and high quality produce. It also has some of the best grills on the market, with separate sections for oozy cheese for dipping to complete your meal. This unique spin of cheese-wrapped meat adds a little edge to your meal.

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Cheese Story Mookata Buffet
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Cheese Story Mookata Buffet

Restaurants Thai Kallang

Mookata (Thai barbecue and steamboat) is a must-do at least once when you're at Golden Mile Complex. Get ready to get your hands dirty grilling marinated meat, seafood and vegetables on a skillet (while letting your steamboat stew). As the name suggests, Cheese Story Mookata Buffet has a cheesy element to the mookata experience. On top of the buffet spread, you also get a compartment of melted cheese for dipping. Prices are really affordable too – adults pay from $29.90 per person. 

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