Baan, which means “home” in Thai, is started by the team behind Rochor Thai at Novena..
The Thai stall within the popular Alibabar Kopitiam along East Coast Road, serves up a lean menu of Wonton Noodles ($5.30, $6.80), Braised Pork Leg ($6.30), Green Curry Chicken ($5.80) and Basil Pork ($5.80).
The Wonton Noodles has received some attention after a favourable review in the local papers.
The star in the bowl to me, is the Grilled Pork Collar, firm yet with a suitable amount of tenderness. Also, a refreshing change instead of the usual char siew.
Baan uses Hong Kong egg noodles to best replicate the style from Thailand. The other components are worth its buck too, with inclusion of the pork crackling, crispy wonton, and lava egg.
While there wass a specially home-made braised pork sauce drizzled over, the thing I found disappointing was the lack of sauce and the signature pork lard aroma. Probably needed more fish sauce to lift up the overall taste.
The sprinkled pork crackling could also have been crispier. Perhaps the stall can look into ways to making the pieces more air-tight.
The Green Curry Chicken ($5.80) was towards the sweeter, and less spicy side. My rationale is Rochor Thai can be trying to reach for a more family-friendly taste due to its customer base around the area.
Would come back for the Thai Wonton Noodles again, and it would just require just some refinements for it to be a bowl to be reckoned with.
Baan by Rochor Thai
125 East Coast Road, Alibabar the Hawker Bar, Singapore 428810
Tel: +65 9820 8739
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (or until the food is sold out)