Friday, August 22, 2014

Chang Thai - Affordable and Tasty Thai Food in Bishan

Finding decent food in my hometown of Bishan can be quite challenging. It came as a delightful surprise then to discover this gem of a Thai place on the outskirts of the south of Bishan.

Occupying a couple of shophouses, it looks quite upmarket from the outside and you will be fooled into thinking that this is a premium thai restaurant. Taking a look at the menu and prices, it is actually not so.

Started by a couple of friends who loved Thai cuisine, the owners of Chang Thai are quite passionate about serving quality Thai food at affordable neighborhood prices. To this extent, they have largely succeeded.

The interiors do look very cosy and there is a sense of a simple elegance about the place. Nothing too fancy and fully air conditioned, it looks to be an ideal spot for a family night out.

Beef Noodle Soup

This beef noodle dish was simple and hearty and perfect for a cold, rainy evening. There was much body and flavor to the broth and the beef was well cooked and tender. I have not come across this Thai dish before and I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this dish was.

Pandan Chicken

I have only had pandan chicken in various Chinese zhe char places and restaurants, so it was another surprise to have it in a Thai outlet. The chicken was fragrant with the strong aroma of pandan, and perfectly tender and moist. I have to say that as far as pandan chickens go, this was one of the better ones that I have sampled.

Steamed Seabass with Lemongrass

This is a classic Thai dish and rarely can it go wrong. And it didn't let us down here either. The seabass was uber fresh and the aromatics perfectly judged. The combination of spicy and savory, coupled with the hit of the refreshing notes of lemongrass makes this one of the best Thai classics ever. Thoroughly satisfying.

Pad Thai

Another classic Thai dish and they did it just right. The flavors were bountiful with the sweet and savory and the noodles well fried. Though it lacked a slight hint of crisp and wokky odor, there is hardly anything to fault on the plate.
Sticky Rice and Mango

The key to a good mango sticky rice is the selection of mango itself. Thankfully, the mango served up here was perfectly sweet and the sticky rice was well judged and not clumpy. The coupling of starchy sweet and light citrus flavors from the mango is another winning flavor profile.

Though the plating for Chang Thai can be improved, the food and the cooking here is exemplary and will please most fans of classic Thai cuisine. It is not meant to be a fine dining joint and despite its outward appearance, what you will find here is actually more down to earth and comfortable Thai cuisine.

The flavors are all there and with the earnest efforts put in by the kitchen staff, compounded with the very pleasing prices, I believe this will be a Thai favorite for years to come.

Chang Thai
151 Bishan Street 11

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