Decked out in colourful metal chairs and cartoonish graffiti, Tongue Thai’d is the place to be for modernised Thai cuisine in Tiong Bahru.

The Thai bistro is by the Novmen Group, which also has Thai’d Me Up (Balmoral Plaza) and Coq & Balls (also at Tiong Bahru) under its umbrella.

To be honest, I wasn’t exactly expecting much as this appeared more like a bar and drinks place. After my second visit, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the dishes.

There are bites, salads, soup, curries, vegetables, egg dishes, rice, noodles, meat and seafood under its menu – pretty extensive.

The section I was drawn to was the Tongue Thai’d Signature, offering Tongue Thai’d Hotpot ($39.90), Grilled Prime Ribeye with Mango Salad & Sticky Rice ($27.90), Grilled River Prawn with Thai Green Curry Pasta ($23.90), and Seafood Tom Yum Lava Omelette on Rice ($23.90).

The Tongue Thai’d Hotpot ($39.90) is the signature dish at Tongue Thai’d. For the price, the hotpot comes with prawn, squid, clams, sliced pork, hotdog, vegetable and noodles, which is good to serve 2 to 3 hungry diners. That looks quite worth it.

I had the Cheese & Crispy Chicken Lava Omelette on Rice ($19.90) and surprisingly they got the egg just right – with an aroy silky-smooth texture with enhanced bit of cheese flavour (not the best comparison, but these eggs than some served in hipster cafes).

The dish is accompanied with crispy garlic chicken which looked deep-fried calamari from far. While I wished they were meatier, they were addictively crispy.

It would be better though with more sauce of some kind.

If you are willing to spend a bit more, order the Seafood Tom Yum Lava Omelette on Rice ($23.90). The omelette contains tom yum sauce with prawn, squid and clams.

As a starter, have some more familiar dishes such as the Papaya Salad ($9.90) and Glass Noodle Salad with Seafood ($14.90) with fish sauce and dried shrimps.

Tom Yum Soups have always been a hit or miss situation in my many tries in Singapore, and this rendition turned out to be one I enjoyed.

The Red Tom Yum Soup ($11.90) came bold with the ‘right’ balance of spiciness and sourness. Was glad they didn’t tame it too much considering that this place was quite popular with expats around.

The meat at Tongue Thai’d is decently priced, with choices such as Basil Minced Chicken ($10.90), Grilled Chicken Thigh ($12.90), Grilled Pork Collar with Jeaw Sauce ($14.90), Chicken Cashew Nut ($12.90) – which is a dish of chicken breast, cashew and spices.

There were some which were more average though, such as the Green Curry ($11.90) which could do with richer and creamier base.

Aside from the authentic Thai dishes, Tongue Thai’d does fusion food too, which you can check out if you are ever in the Tiong Bahru area.

Tongue Thai’d
16 Kim Tian Road, Kai Fook Mansion, Singapore 169251
Opening Hours: 4:30pm – 11pm (Tues – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sun), Closed Mon

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* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.

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