With more heartland malls opening, cafe hopping is more convenient with an increase in eateries opening in the heartlands.
Easties will rejoice with Tampines Mall, Century Square, Tampines One and the latest addition – Our Tampines Hub located at Tampines Ave 4 with Commonground, Out Of The Cake Box and Tenderfresh Classic.
Saap Saap Thai caught my attention when I walked past it on a weekday afternoon, which was almost fully occupied with the OLs (office ladies) during lunch hours.
Saap, pronounced as Sap, means “Delicious” in Thai, and I was curious if the food is as ‘legit’ as the name sounds.
Personally, I felt that the ordering process was interesting – everything was automated, from “feeding’ the notes and coins into the machine at the counter to the automatic refund for our change.
With that said, I think more eateries and food courts should be moving in that direction. Pros and cons.
There are more than 50 items such as Chicken and Beef Boat Noodles ($7.90/ $9.90), Classic Rice Dishes ($7.90/ $9.90), Tom Yum ($7.90/ $9.90), Thai Glass Noodle Salad ($6.50/ $8.50) and Thai desserts and drinks on the menu.
So many choices, so little stomach space. #FirstWorldProblems
I had the Signature Australian Beef Boat Noodle ($7.90) served in a clear soup.
While the glass noodles were springy and al dente, the soup was a tad bland, unlike other Thai Boat Noodle
places which offer a more robust flavour.
Unfortunately, the soft, mushy and starchy beef meat balls did not make the situation better.
The Thai Grilled Chicken Noodle ($7.90) with a choice of dry or soup, on the other hand, was on point.
Springy noodles with chicken slices grilled with savory-sweet sauce was aroi mak mak (‘Tasty’ in Thai).
Drinks were available as a top up with every main dish purchased at a $0.50 discount.
Both the Iced Thai Milk Tea and Iced Thai Green Milk Tea were strong in tea flavour, non-diluted.
Perhaps providing an alternative option for choosing the level of sweetness will elevate the drinking experience.
As the saying goes, we all have a separate stomach for desserts, especially when the dessert menu revolves around their local specialty – Thai Mangoes.
Think Mango Sticky Rice ($5.50), Mango Sticky Rice + Red Beans ($6), Mango Sticky Rice + Ice Cream ($6.50), Mango Cubes with Coconut Cream and Sticky Rice/ Sago ($4.80).
The Thai mango was as good as the ones I had in Thailand – sweet and juicy, whereas the sticky rice was on the dry side though.
Saap Saap? Not quite, but passable as a convenient and fuss-free place to eat at Our Tampines Hub.
Saap Saap Thai
Our Tampines Hub, 51 Tampines Ave 4, #01-100, Singapore 529684
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.