More Thai restaurants have set up shop of late, adding vibrance and variety to Singapore's already crowded food scene. Even boat noodles, one of Thailand's best loved street foods, is now a staple here.
I particularly enjoy the version at Noodle Cafe, which has two outlets - a cramped, slightly dingy one at Golden Mile Complex and another at Sim Lim Square which is airy and more brightly lit.
I prefer the Sim Lim outlet. A bowl of noodles (above right) here costs $5.50. The eatery also offers tasting portions (about one very large mouthful) for $1.90.
There is a choice of beef or pork and five noodle options - bee hoon, kway teow, tang hoon, mee kia and glass noodles. I like glass noodles for two reasons: the smooth texture, and because when immersed in broth, they soak up with flavour.
Skip the tom yum, which is diluted and unremarkable, and go straight for the special soup - a thick, hearty and robust broth. Spice levels here are potent. If you have a low threshold, order noodles without chilli and then add it yourself.
To complement the meal, order the crispy pork crackling ($3.20) and iced milk tea ($2).
WHERE: Noodle Cafe, 01-06 Sim Lim Square, 1 Rochor Canal Road
OPEN: Noon to 9pm daily
This article was first published on October 28, 2016.
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