Thai Express may not offer the most authentic Thai cuisine, but it is the definitely the most successful chain locally with 24 branches, and somehow has become a default choice for many when they have Thai food cravings.
I am so relieved that Thai Express has moved beyond the usual Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai and Green Curry because Thai food is so much more than that. With a revamped menu with over 130 items, they have chosen to go more street – with a variety from different regions, and more obscure parts of Thailand.
Some of the new favourites include the popular street snack – Khoa Tang Naa Tang, rice crackers served with special creamy chicken and shrimp sauce ($7.90); Gai Op Pattaya Thai-style roasted chicken thigh ($9.90); Pueak Himmapan fried taro with cashew nut ($9.30), super spicy Kraphoa Gai Kai Yeow Maa stir-fried minced chicken with Thai basil and century egg ($9.30); and a very different sweet-spicy Kway Teow Sukhothai ($11.30).
To my surprise, somebody finally brought in Complicated Noodles, at least that’s how Thailand’s Greyhound Café (Bangkok) calls it. Thai Express’s version is named a more forgettable Kway Teow Lui Suan, a DIY minced chicken and dry kway teow salad dish ($9.30). (DIY really means Do It Yourself, don’t think too much).
There is nothing too complicated about this dish, but it will probably get your hands quite messy. (Must wash before eating!) So the ingredients are served on a wooden board, with stacks of square noodle sheets, lettuce, and a bowl of spicy minced chicken.
The trick is about how you can wrap everything up – lettuce, kway teow, a teaspoon of meat and spicy dressings in that sequence – all elegantly and effortlessly. And stuff the entire clutter in your mouth in graceful fashion. Practice makes perfect, and you never know eating can be this fun.
The Kway Teow Sukhothai ($11.30) departs from the familiar taste of any noodles. This stick noodle with minced chicken and prawn swimming in chilli oil soup topped with crushed peanut, is hot, sour, salty and sweet at the same time.
The element of sweetness is stronger than usual, tasting somewhat like a diluted minestrone soup, and all on the table agreed it is both strange and memorable.
One of the most popular dessert I call ‘Big Brother’, but is actually named ‘Ta Kor’ ($6.80) is a half-and-half Thai fragrant pandan jelly with coconut custard. Forget about the calories for the time being, and indulge in a sweet happy ending.
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