Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CHA THAI on Telok Ayer Street

With Singaporeans visiting Thailand so often, it is hard to resist that thai food craving everytime. But other than visiting Golden Mile, where else do you go for your thai food craving?

I got invited to the new Cha Thai located at Telok Ayer, just outside Telok Ayer Mrt, Exit B!
At Cha Thai, you can often see its Founder, Permsiri Sirijindapan, also affectionately known as Leah, rolling up her sleeves and working her wok magic in the kitchen, whipping up Thai cuisine from the central region we all love. Leah speaks fondly of their family legacy of recipes passed down from one generation to another, and she picked up this heritage of food from her grandmother. Using and adapting the recipes now at Cha Thai, Leah certainly makes Cha Thai quite a newfound treasure and dining pleasure.

“The quality of Cha Thai’s food is the result of premium quality ingredients, along with traditional (not authentic) recipes cooked with modern techniques, to bring out another dimension in the taste of Thai, so our customers experience the best of Fine Thai Food”, Leah Said

Lets get started on some drinks shall we.
Here we have a Coconut Smoothie. I love the look of it, really pure and comforting and cooling on a hot day! We also had the Thai Green Tea smoothie, very strong Tea taste despite it being blended with Ice. Hehe.

The Purple drink is not Ribena ok, it is the Butterfly Pea Tea, which is a sourish but refreshing drink! Try it! Hehe. Smoothies goes at $4.50 each, Cold drinks at $2.90 each and Hot drinks at $2.50 each!

At Cha Thai, there is one thing you will definitely notice - the portions are so large you should always come with friends. It is in the Thai’s tradition and culture to gather, and therefore, their food always comes in portions large enough for sharing. Food always tastes the best in good company.  We started with the Creamy Crab Roll($15). It is served with deep dried spring roll sticks served with crab cream sauce made of finger roots herbs, and the fragrance of the crab cream sauce tastes like Thai laksa in a creamy state, Very addictive!!

Then came the Crispy Prawn Cake ($15). Some may think why so pricey, but at Cha Thai, quality is not compromised. Tiger Prawns are used in each of their dishes. This Prawn cake is very juicy with a good bounce. Me Like Me Like!

Besides the large serving portions, Leah insists on great quality ingredients. Most of Cha Thai’s seafood is sourced locally from our own kelongs for freshness but its signature Tiger Prawns are sourced from Thailand as it is not as easy to get such large fresh tiger prawns here. 
My Favourite of the night is this Lemongrass Prawn Salad ($28). Bits of mince pork stir fried together with lemongrass, shallots, kaffir lime, coconut cream and roasted chilli paste. I could down 3 bowls of rice with this dish! They have a pomelo salad version too! Very refreshing twist!

At Cha Thai, it's ok to be different. In Singapore, Curry to us must be spicy or have abit of kick. However, the Signature Tiger Prawn "Panang" Curry ($28) was nothing like we imagined. It was sweet and creamy. With Huge prawns & Lychees for you to chomp on. A very unique taste!

Vegetarian friends! Cha Thai serves up vegetarian options too! Like this Dumpling in Tom Yum Soup ($25), it is not very spicy but the dumplings have soaked up the flavour. I couldn't believe that it is a vegetarian dish!

Though I am a real fan of Pad Thai ($22), the one at Cha Thai did not wow me. It is a little on the dry side but I love the noodles!

Some dishes to go with fragrant white rice perhaps? Here we have the Saute Kai Lan with Roast Pork ($16)! Deliciously healthy & sinful!

Here we have Garlic Chicken with Bird's Chilli ($18). Please don't think that the green little chilli padi looking thing is harmless. It is Harmful.. if you can't take the spiciness. Haha, everyone should try!! :P

Which thai food joint sous vide their meat? Cha Thai does! They sous vide their meat to achieve tenderness in every bite! You can enjoy it here with the Simmer Pork ($22). Sous vide Pork Knuckle with Kai Lan, I prefer this dish to the one above, the Kai Lan with Roast Pork.

I love Claypot Glass Noodles! And since Cha Thai uses Tiger Prawns, I was so excited to try it!
The huge claypot was served and the huge prawns came in to sight, I cannot see any glass noodles at all! Haha. Cha Thai has Tiger Prawn Glass Noodles Claypot ($55) and Premium Giant Tiger Prawns Glass Noodle Claypot ($159) and also Baked Giant Crab Glass Noodle Claypot ($159) for you to choose from! The Premium Giant Tiger Prawns are about 35-40cm each!!

After feasting on the above, I was already in food heaven. But then came these beautiful desserts. Here we see the famous Red Ruby ($8) and Cha Thai's Green Ruby - Emerald Jade ($8). Personally I find no difference in taste, just colour! Haha!

Here is a sweet potato treat - Summer Potato ($8). I like this one drizzled with coconut. Aromatic and yummy!

There are also(Bottom Left - Right) Melon Sago ($8) and Sweet Corn Herbal Jelly($8) . Both also very refreshing and shiok la! Up to your individual preference!

Charcoal Kaya Toast ($8) - Adapted from Cha Thai’s signature toast, Charcoal kaya toast is even fluffier and softer, paired with kaya dip or Thai Tea Dip. Crowd favourite and also my favourite.  Everyone please order ok!!

Mountain Milo / “Milo Phu Kho Fai” ($8) - It's like our Milo Dinosaur! Haha. It is shaved Ice with signature toasts and milo crunch within, drizzled with milo sauce, sprinkled with milo powder. Milo Fan rejoice!

Fresh Berries Toast ($8) - Fresh berries toast ‘bed’ with toast cubes within, topped with berries and drizzled with homemade sauce. This is the one to go for if you want something less guilty but still delicious and photo worthy, because the colours all so nice!

If you are looking for an enjoyable fine Thai meal of high quality, Cha Thai is certainly the right place for you. Cha Thai is just located outisde Telok Ayer MRT Exit B! You come out of Exit B right, you turn your head left, you will see Cha Thai opposite you liao! Haha. Super good location!

80 Telok Ayer Street #01-01 
Singapore 048466 
Tel: 6636 3696

Cheers! With Love, M

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