Thai cuisine is known to have a balance of at least three to four fundamental taste senses of sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy, thus the naming of this Thai restaurant “Sweet Salty Spicy”. It is obvious why they left bitter and sour out.
Some call this place at The Rail Mall a ‘canteen’, with a deli featuring house brand Thai goods, titbits (such as floss crackers) and curry kits.
Sweet Salty Spicy’s menu is a collaboration with the famous “Sailors Thai” restaurant in Sydney’s Rock’s District. Therefore, the Thai food served generally has a modern take, with the taste rather muted possibly to suit the ‘ang moh’ expat crowd frequenting here.
To introduce one sweet, one salty and one spicy dish…
No visit to a Thai restaurant is complete with the sweet signature dessert of Khao Niaow Ma Muang – Mango with White Sticky Rice ($9) which I would name the Top 10 desserts ever. Their version is surprising good because I seldom had mangoes here with are sweet and succulent, with addition of cashew nuts giving it a light crunch.
Mind you, I already had 4 main courses before this, but I still finished the dessert.
If you come in a group, try the Tasting Platter ($26) which consist of crispy soft shell crab, rice cakes, ‘miang’ of prawn and pomelo on betel leaves, and prawn vegetable rice roll.
I would have expected the fried crabs to steal my attention (which was blah), but it was instead the rice cakes with its addictive salty chicken and prawn chilli dip. The dip reminds me of my own grandma’s cooking and can go well with any rice or crackers.
For the spicy, the Curry Triplets ($18) is a value-for-money must-order, where you can select any three from Panang, Green, Massaman, Roast Duck or Jungle Curry.
Do you know that the Thai Massaman Curry is chosen as the world’s MOST delicious food by CNNGo? Indeed, its taste is an exciting combination of coconut-ty, salty, spicy and slightly sweet – which should really be the most representative dish in this restaurant.
Sweet Salty Spicy
392/394 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678047, Tel: +65 6877 2544
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11am–2pm, Dinner: 6pm–11pm (Mon–Fri), Lunch: 11am – 4pm, Dinner: 6pm–11pm (Sat, Sun, PH)