Kra Pow Thai Restaurant which means “holy basil” in Thai, is one of those restaurants which gained its popularity through word-of-mouth.
Its store at Far East Plaza has expanded previously, and it has also opened a second outlet at Chinatown Point Level 2 – much welcomed by the busy lunchtime crowd in the vicinity.
Its menu at the Chinatown Point is more extensive, and pricing remains nett with no service charge.
Some of its popular items include Devil’s Beef Fried Rice ($10), Tom Yum Fried Rice ($10), Green Curry ($8.90), Pork Drunkard Noodles ($8.90), Pad Thai ($11), Clear Tom Yum Seafood Soup ($8.90), Thai Style Omelette ($12).
I compared both the old and new menus and noted that most of the prices have increased by $1. Funny how a dollar doesn’t seem like a lot, but has a psychological effect when the dishes add up.
The Drunkard Noodles remain a favourite, as while this is a popular street food in Thailand, it is not that widely available here.
There are several versions to the origin of the name: the earlier versions had alcohol added; was cooked up by someone drunk; or that the side dish was good to pair with alcohol.
There are two versions of Drunkard Noodles available at Kra Pow – with Pork ($8.90) or Seafood ($9.90).
What you get is broad and flat kway teow fried with minced pork or seafood, fresh holy basil, chillies and a secret spicy soup.
Generally, I enjoyed the noodle dish for its wok-hei, and while the spiciness has probably been tamed down to suit the local palate, it still had that distinct kick and tingling that made you feel like you are in Thailand (the music and Thai service staff helped too).
Wanting to try something soupy, I also had the Golden Coin Braised Beef Noodle Soup ($10) which was also included with beef balls.
Compared to most average versions in which the broth also tasted more local than Thai, I thought this hit the right spot with its aromatics, stock with sweetness (some may feel too sweet, but I was okay with this), beefy taste, and moderate richness.
Kra Pow’s Slow Braised Pork Meat Cuts on Rice ($9.50) with that ter-kah meat falling easily off, melt-in-the-mouth fats, and unravelling collagen also makes this a worthy-dish to have.
The addition of both pickled and green vegetables (which helps cut through the greasiness) and half an egg, garlic and chillies helped make this a complete dish as well.
With a wide repertoire of food on its menu, maybe not all the food hits the right spot. But its friendly pricing, speed and authenticity makes this a fuss-free place to visit when craving for Thai food.
Kra Pow Thai Restaurant
133 New Bridge Road Chinatown Point Singapore 059413
Kra Pow Thai Restaurant – Far East Plaza
14D Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #03-26/27, Singapore 228217
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
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