I love Thai food. I would never say “no” to Thai food. That is why I am always in a prowl for good Thai restaurants.
I was happy to discover a Thai restaurant in Telok Ayer Street, the Cha Thai that provides a finer taste of Thai food and debunks the myth that authentic Thai food means street food at a cheap price.
Historically, authentic Thai food means cooking with palm or coconut sugar and coconut milk. Leah, the owner of Cha Time, realized the need for Thai cooking to evolve with the change of time, ‘to fine tune their cooking methods to suit the modern palate.’
Leah is the perfect person to bring the East meets West approach to Thai food. She has been admitted to culinary schools in Thailand and France which gives her an edge on how to combine the West’s modernization and technology but still maintaining and fine tuning the East’s traditional taste.
I was excited for the Thai feast I have prepared my stomach for. The portions were big and great for sharing. I don’t think 1-2 persons can finish one dish. The prawns used were huge! They used tiger prawns in most dishes and I learned they sourced their seafood from their own kelongs to ensure freshness. They also cooked their meat in sous vide technique to achieve the right tenderness. All of the dips, sauces, milk teas and drinks are made from scratch. Leah said, “I do not want Cha Thai customers to be compromised, I want them to enjoy high quality Thai food”. So I wasn’t surprised to see the prices are not similar to the street price like many because Cha Time uses premium quality ingredients with modern technology cooking without squirming on the portions of the dishes.
Lemograss Prawn Salad ($28)
This is one salad that salad-haters like my husband would love! The tiger prawns are fat and juicy. There are mixed with lemograss minced meat. This is a salad that some would just want some rice to eat with it.
Creamy Crab Roll ($15)
I love food with dips and this one is no exception. This is a crispy deep-fried springroll skins that is dipped into the creamy crab sauce. It is one of those dishes that are great when you want some light snacks with drinks while chatting with friends.
Crispy Prawn Cake ($15)
This is one of my favorites! It is thick and juicy and surprisingly not oily. It is generously made of tiger prawns and best dipped in the sweet chilli sauce.
Green Mango Salad ($16)
One of my favorite fruit is green mangoes because I love sour fruits. I was surprised how spicy this dish is though. I had to drink lots of water because it was really spicy for me who has low tolerance to hot dishes. But I surprised myself that inspite of its spiciness, I can’t seem to stop getting several helpings of this dish. Yes, it is that good. There were some diced nuts mixed in the salad that gave it a sweet and sourish taste.
Saute Eggplant with Basil ($16)
Eggplant happens to be in my top 3 fave vegetable to eat. I love to learn how to cook eggplant in differently. I love their take on cooking eggplants with basil. It is nicely paired with rice.
Signature Tiger Prawn Panang Curry ($28)
This is creamy dish with enormous tiger prawns. It is lightly sweet and spicy with several lychee mixed in the dish to give it its sweetness.
Pad Thai ($22)
Of course, there should always be Pad Thai. I like the texture of the noodles and I like that they didn’t mix the chilli, beansprouts and nuts, allowing those who order dish to add the ingredients they prefer.
Thai Curry Soft Shell Crab ($28)
This is one of the recommended dishes to order because of its generous serving of soft shell crabs. I love the sauce of this dish. It has a proportioned amount of spiciness and sweetness that I like.
Tiger Prawn Claypot Glass Noodles ($55)
If you are a big group dining out with a big appetite, go for this. I love the peppery taste and silky texture of the noodles.
Tom Yum Vegetarian Dumplings ($18)
So our vegetarian friends won’t miss out, this is the dish for them. It is unlike the usual Tom Yum soup I ever tasted. It still have its distinct sourish taste but it’s spiciness level is off the roof. Also the vegetarian dumplings are yummy that our carnivorous friends might just give this a try.
Garlic Chicken with Bird’s Chilli ($18)
If you want something besides seafood, you can have this diced stir-fried chicken breast with lot of garlic. But if you spoon in a bit of the bird’s chilli with your chicken into your mouth, I have to tell you that you would feel firecrackers inside your mouth. I know I did.
Charcoal Toast ($8)
I just fell in love with this dessert considering I am trying to go gluten-free as much possible. But for this, I wouldn’t mind going easy on my gluten-free diet. It looks very interesting. I would expect that it would taste charcoal-y or burnt but there was none of that. It has crisp outer layer and soft in the inside. There were two dips to choose from: milk tea and pandan. Both are yummy but I prefer to dip my toast in the milk tea sauce. I excited for my family & friends to try this.
Mountain Milo ($8)
This is another interesting dessert that is good for sharing. You get to pour the creamy milk to into the mouth of shaved-ice volcano-shaped milo. It maybe too sweet for most people but sweet-tooth that I am, I liked this. It is a good dessert for sharing for sweet-lovers like me.
There are several desserts to choose from also.
Emerald Jade Green Ruby and Red Ruby ($8)
Sweet Potato ($8), Sweet Corn Herbal Jelly ($8), Melon Sago ($8), Tropical Paradise ($12)
There are refreshing colorful drinks to choose from.
Of course, there is always the Thai Milk Tea that is filling and yummy.
Cha Thai is a good place to take your family and friends to enjoy interesting and yummy Thai foods that does not compromised quality or taste. I can’t wait to bring my family and friends to Cha Thai.
80 Telok Ayer Street
#01-01 Singapore 048466
(Far East Square)
Telok Ayer Exit B
Raffles Place Exit F
Call +65 6636 3696
Disclaimer: This was a food tasting event invited by Thox.Sg on behalf of Cha Thai The food tasting was free. No monetary compensation is involved. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.