People do not head over to Indus Road for food on an ordinary day, though it is of walking distance to Valley Point and Beo Crescent Food Centre.
Let alone for authentic Thai food. So, Thong Aik Coffee is considered a well-hidden find within this older estate near Bukit Ho Swee.
Even though I was more or less familiar with the River Valley area, it took me a while to find the place (It’s kind of nearer Lower Delta.)
As to why it is called “Thong Aik”, the family used to own a petrol kiosk in Thomson Road called “Thong Aik BP Service Station”.
While the business was eventually taken over by the corporation, they wanted to bring a piece of family history into their new business venture.
Thong Aik serves up Nanyang coffee in the morning, and Thai food from lunch (11am) to dinner as it is a collaboration with Ying Thai (not to be confused with Yhingthai Palace Restaurant).
Starting with the morning offering from 8am to 11am, there are items of Lu Rou Fan aka Braised Pork Rice Bowl ($3.90), Century Egg Porridge ($2.90), and Green Bean Soup with Gula Melaka ($2).
The hearty Lu Rou Fan cooked with a family recipe, contained generous portion of well-braised savoury pork belly slices, though I wished shorter-grain fluffier rice could have been use for better blend with the dark sauce.
The Green Bean Soup with Gula Melaka ($2) also had a good consistency and not too sweet, though at the end of the day you wonder if there could be more distinct breakfast offerings for repeat customers.
The Nanyang Coffee ($1 – $1.60) is brewed using a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans, and the roast is freshly-grounded just before brewing to bring out the fragrance with a chocolatey twist.
Moving ahead to Lunch (yes, I had to come here a few times haha), you can expect something totally different with Basil Minced Pork Rice ($6), Thai Fried Rice ($5.50), Tang Hoon with Pork or Chicken ($5.50), Green Curry Chicken with Rice ($6), Pineapple Fried Rice Chicken ($5.50), Phad Thai ($7) and Tom Yum Fried Rice ($5.50).
I was initially quite surprised at the quality of the Green Curry when I first tried – rich and deliciously creamy, not losing out on the heat factor.
The chef specialises in authentic home cooked Chiang Mai cuisine, so you would find their dishes fragrant and flavourful.
Both the Thai-styled Pork Basil Rice and Phad Thai used Thai herbs and spices, and I reckon the standard is actually better than some of the established Golden Mile type restaurants.
If you are near this area, you know where to head for inexpensive Thai food.
Thong Aik Coffee
78 Indus Road #01-495 Singapore 161078 (15 min walk from Tiong Bahru MRT Station)
Tel: +65 8901 7155
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun, PH
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