[Updated from previous entry] ”Eh, where’s Tuk Tuk Cha?”
The familiar Tuk Tuk Cha that I used to walk past all the time at Suntec City, has been converted to “Siamese Cat” at both Suntec City basement and Novena branches.
The rest (Raffles City, Sun Plaza, Tampines 1, Junction 8, Jurong Point, 313@Somerset, Waterway Point, NEX, Hillion Mall, Bugis Junction, Harbourfront Centre oulets) remains as Tuk Tuk Cha.
Reason being: A partnership fallout, but I won’t dwell into the drama and details.
This branch of Siamese Cat is where you can have Chinese La Mian with Thai Milk Tea. Slightly disjointed, I know.
The La Mian value meal which includes one noodles, one side and drink, cost $10.90 onwards.
They are mostly fusion of Chinese and Thai flavours – Szechuan Spicy Chicken Dry La Mian, Beef La Mian, Wonton La Mian, Dry Minced Pork La Mian, Szechuan Dan Dan Noodles and Tomato Egg La Mian.
Widely known as Lan Zhou La Mian (hand-pulled noodles), the noodles are freshly made and prepared in their open concept kitchen by Chef Liu, who had 16 years of experience working in Crystal Jade Singapore.
“Piak Piak” the startling sound echo-ed throughout the shopping mall as Chef Liu prepared the dough and pulled each noodle strand by strand.
My favourite was the Beef La Mian ($7.80), a common dish in China.
The clear soup made with beef shank, spices and coriander was light, which did not over-power and complemented well with the springy, al-dente noodle (the highlight of the dish).
While the Tom Yum Seafood La Mian ($10.80) might sound quirky with the choice of noodle used, the tom yum flavour leaned towards the spicy profile.
Not the type of tum yum I had expected, and I preferred a more balance of sour and spicy flavour.
Just like all other Chinese restaurants, side dishes priced between $3.80 and $5.80 were available.
The side dishes weren’t exceptional and included Dou Miao Pork Strips ($4.80), Pickled Cucumber ($3.80), 5 Spices Beef ($8.80), Floral Century Egg ($4.80) and Beancurd Strips ($3.80).
The Thai Milk tea selection comes with the option to choose sugar level (I usually go for the lowest at 5%).
Most of the drinks were available in 2 sizes: Regular and Large (at an additional $0.40- $0.60).
I had the Thai Iced Milk Tea. At $3.30, it seemed cheaper than “the other version” but I wondered about the considerable amount of ice. Also, there was a stronger bitter ”siap siap” aftertaste.
Compared to the one I was familiar with, I would still say about 70% the same?
Diners will get to sit down and enjoy their noodles with Thai Milk Tea, with the occasional fountain performance as entertainment at this outlet.
Siamese Cat Café
Suntec City #B1-173/174, 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 039593 (5-10 min walk from Promenade MRT)
Novena Square #01-68/69, 238 Thomson Rd, Singapore 307683
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