It was after a visit to Chef Kang, then I realised that Thai hipster eatery Nung Len at Mackenzie Road has closed. A waste really, because some of the modern Thai dishes served were not quite the ordinary and tasty.
I found out that the team has reopened as Tiew Mai Thai Boat Noodles at Hougang Midtown.
If you are coming in a cab and taxi uncle has no idea what “Midtown” is, the former “Hougang Plaza” may be a better clue.
The configuration of all the eateries here is strange and not exactly the most spacious – level 1 for the cashier and cooking area, level 2 for dining.
Tiew Mai’s menu is more straight-forward and stripped down from the former Nung Len, with the offerings of 3 types of noodles – Pork, Beef, Tom Yum, priced at $1.80 for the small bowl and $6.00 for the regular-sized.
A couple of side dishes such as Grill Pork or Beef Balls ($4.00), Fried Wanton ($3.00), Fish Sauce Winglet ($4.00), Chicken Roll ($4.00) and Spring Roll ($3.00) arealso available.
I ordered a small bowl of Beef with Egg Noodles ($1.80), with the length of the bowl slightly smaller than an iphone7 plus. Perhaps ordering 2-3 bowls would be a better idea if you want both variety and a filling meal.
The soup base was likely to be the best component. It was moderately rich and flavourful, and somehow manged to achieve that unique Thai Boat Noodle umami taste even without the incorporation of pig’s blood.
While I read another review that the egg noodles were mushy, mine were springy. I wondered if the size of the bowl made a different in how they controlled quality, as another friend who tried both bowls preferred the smaller ones as well.
The Fish Sauce Winglet ($4.00) brought me to the streets of Thailand, well-marinated with sauces, juicy and addictive, best paired with some Thai Iced Milk Tea ($2.80).
Staff at Tiew Mai is mainly Thai, and offers a certain level of authenticity. If only more people knew about Hougang Midtown.
Tiew Mai Thai Boat Noodles
1187 Upper Serangoon Road #01-22 The Midtown Singapore 533971
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 10:30pm (Mon, Wed – Thurs), 12:00pm – 11:00pm (Fri), 11:30am – 11:00pm (Sat), 11:30am – 10:30pm (Sun)