Sorry if you have googled for sleazy “Porn” but ended up here. Although the previous shop space was “Massage King”, this is a actually month-old restaurant near Bugis, serving “Sexy ∙ Thai ∙ Food”.
Porn’s was packed at 9:30pm, but I was quickly led to an inner-court yard. where you might see stars above (the real ones) and within (the local celebs). I was startled by a familiar voice “万荣！好久不见！”, and saw the jumpy cheery face from 食在好源头. I should have known. Porn’s is opened by Pornsak Prajakwit!
From Radio1003 DJ, to one of MediaCorp’s most popular host, and now a young boss, this 28-year ‘boy’ is a high achiever. But his success is unsurprising. I knew Pornsak when he was still an SMU student, and his PR ∙ People ∙ EQ skills has been electrifying. He promptly jumped up the seat for a cutesy pose when I asked him to. This guy is as real as he can get.
“Porn” which means “blessings” in Thai, served up the usual Thai signatures such as Tom Yum Goong ($10.90), Green Mango Salad ($7.90), Thai Green Curry ($10.90), Tod Mun Goong Prawn Cakes ($8.50 for 3), Sticky Rice with Mango ($8.50) and Thai Iced Tea ($3.90).
The price was reasonable though I wished there were more carb dishes (surprisingly) such as beef vermicelli, kway tiao, and olive rice.
Perhaps it was a new establishment; the service was sincere but awkward. I asked if they had Pai Thai, which was such a standard Thai dish, but the waiter looked at me bewilderedly. In the end, I had a Pad Thai Hor Kai ($9.90), a version wrapped with egg.
The Pad Thai was light and not oily, nicely complimented with the condiments of chilli flakes, peanut, and sugar. It was a personal preference, and I wished there was a stronger essence of fish sauce and tamarind juice. This version was probably muted to suit the local tastes.
In a supper mood, I also ordered a Pik Gai Tai Sai ($8.50 for 3) which was fried stuffed chicken wing. It was a rarer find in Singapore, because the preparation could be rather complicated and time-consuming. The finger-licking good wings were firmly packed with marinated meat, shrimps and vermicelli, made more brilliant by the sweet chili dip.
The food quality was not ‘wow wow’ but decent. Plus, it would not be surprising to see boss Pornsak taking orders and serving you dishes. With his magnifying friendly charm, this place should be packed. And I will be back. All the best Pornsak!
Porn’s, 28 Liang Seah Street Singapore 189049 Tel:+65 63375535
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm, Sun: 6pm – 10pm