At Orchid Hotel lined with Japanese restaurants such as Keisuke Tonkotsu King, Teppei Japanese Restaurant, Kajiken, Hana Hana, Gyoza King, Menya Sanji, and Ryo Sushi, perhaps you may miss out the only Thai eatery there.
Sukhothai Boat Noodles is a humble-looking, small and narrow shop right smack in the middle, and is easily missable. Even if you work nearby at Tanjong Pagar.
The type of restaurant you walk past all the time but not head in (yet).
It is one of the few Thai eateries around that serves up Sukhothai Noodles.
The rice noodle soup dish is characterised by thin translucent noodles, topped with sliced pork, ground pork, crackling in a sweet-sour red-colour soup base.
You will also spot tiny bowls of Boat Noodles ($2), Tom Yum Noodles with Bouncy Pork ($12), Tom Yum Noodles with Seafood ($15), Creamy Tom Yum Goon with River Prawn ($15), and Rice with Braised Pork or Beef ($15).
You can pick from Rice Noodles, Egg Noodles, Rice Vermicelli, or Sweet Potato Vermicelli for the carb choices.
For nibbles, also available are Moo Ping Skewers – grilled pork ($6) and Chicken Wings ($10) that can be paired with Thai Milk Tea ($3.50).
Feeling like I wanted to have something meaty, I had the Wagyu Beef Noodles ($15) which also came with meatballs, crackling and some kang kong vegetables.
This momentarily brought me back to Bangkok’s Victory Monument for a while, as the broth had rich, robust and strong flavours that was also belly-warming.
Could be a tad salty for certain local diners, but I think they maintained to find a good balance point in trying to maintain authenticity as well (as we cannot use pig’s blood in soups here, which adds that umami-like flavour in boat noodles).
It also has a more ‘commercial’ taste, compared to say eateries at Golden Mile.
I am curious to try out more noodle dishes here, such as the Tom Yum Egg Noodles with Bouncy Pork.
Sukhothai Boat Noodles
Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link, #01-07, Singapore 078867
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon