Singaporeans love affordable and authentic (debatable word) Thai food, and 87 Just Thai at Pasir Panjang Road is one of those which gained popularity through word-of-mouth.
It has opened a second outlet at Killiney Road, just a short walk away from Somerset MRT Station.
The menu is currently more limited compared to the Pasir Panjang Road outlet, but still serves up the necessary Thai staples to fill up your cravings.
The dining crowd is lesser than the original outlet (for now – because nobody wrote about it), so it is easier to get a seat as well.
Some of the standard items include Tom Yum Soup ($8), Tom Ka Soup with Coconut Milk ($8), Green Curry ($10), Red Curry ($10), Stir-Fried Minced Pork with Hot Basil Leaves ($8), Stir-Fried Kang Kong Belachan ($7), Pineapple Fried Rice (8), and Phai Thai Noodles ($7).
You can note that most of the dishes are considered price-friendly even though it is that close to Orchard Road, most in the $8 to $10 range.
I managed to grab hold of the off-the-menu Chef Special of Deep-Fried Century Egg with Hot Basil ($12) when I visited anonymously.
While you would occasionally see the dish of Pad Kra Pow Century Eggs in Thailand, this is less commonly found in Singapore.
The deep-fried century egg pieces give that added pieces of crispy outer layer with creamier centre for texture variety, and the entire dish is best to go with steamed hot rice.
The other special dish was the Pandan Chicken, which the server said was their version of “Korean Fried Chicken”… and “possibly better”.
I was initially half sceptical about that, but it turned out to be my favourite new dish of the eatery – crispy with being oily, juicy, and that faint aroma of sweet pandan was rather alluring.
Its Claypot Tang Hoon with Prawns ($14) is quite a steal as there were five pieces of prawns within.
Their version of Goong Ob Woonsen had thoroughly braised glass noodles in a claypot with a fragrant mix of herbs and spices, though I felt it could have been on the hotter side.
87 Just Thai reminds me of a friendly family Thai restaurant. Most of the dishes I had were considered above average (in Singapore’s Thai food standard, though there were some misses), at an inexpensive pricing.
In fact, I find this better than some of the long-queued ones, which shall remain unnamed. Not difficult to tell why this eatery has become popular.
87 Just Thai
57 Killiney Road, Singapore 239520
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm, 5:30pm – 9pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed