[Updated] Soi 55 at Golden Shoe has moved to One Shenton Way.
[Original Entry] There was Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee, Soi 60 Thai Restaurant, and now a Soi 55 Thai Ice Tea stall.
The stall is so named due to the famous Sukhumvit Soi 55 street known for its exciting nightlife and cafe cultre, and 55 means ‘haha’ in Thai. You know that?
I have a heart for this stall at Golden Shoe – local start-up, opened by a young couple (one working, the other still studying), selling my favourite Cha Yen, and this is despite them not being Thais. The story of overcoming odds.
Soi 55 had been operating as a pop-up stall at local farmers’ markets and private events, and eventually found a space and settled down at a hawker stall at Golden Shoe Food Centre.
There are 4 basic drinks on sale, Thai Milk Tea, Milk Coffee, Rose Milk Tea, and Green Milk Tea ($2.50) with various toppings of sago (50c), pearls (30c) and red ruby (70c). Red rubies are chestnut in tapioca flour.
Of all, my personal favourite was still the original cha-yen. If you must know, I would order a glass every day when in Thailand.
Soi 55’s cha-yen is quite close to what I drank Sawadee-land, much better than diluted versions that many supposed Thai restaurants in Singapore serve.
There are distinct differences though, Soi 55’s version is less milky, a lot less sweet, and no crushed ice. (Somehow I am too used to Thai drinks with half portions of crushed ice.)
My guess is they wanted to suit the taste to local markets. Perhaps because the owners are just starting out, they try to incorporate customers’ feedback. Most OLs would request for ‘siu dai’, or less sugar (waan noi / mai waan maag). Though that’s not quite the real thing.
Rose Milk Tea with Red Ruby combination is my next favourite, and the hot versions ($2.30) are worth a try as they are more authentic tasting. I though the Green Milk Tea could do with more intense flavour, and Milk Coffee (kah-feh yen) needed further kick.
Soi 55’s drinks are promising. With some fine-tuning, I think they can grab the taste that we always crave for.
#02-19, 50 Market Street, Golden Shoe Food Centre, Singapore 048940
Tel: +65 90604594
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm (Mon-Fri)