Given the recent episodes of rain storm in Singapore, I’m craving for some hot & spicy Tom Yum soup…Hidden in Amara Hotel is Thanying Restaurant which had been in operation for more than 20 years. There is a nostalgic feel to the decoration of the restaurant, but one can sense the grandeur of the restaurant back in the good old days. The spacious dining hall makes it convenient for large group dining.
Upon seated, I ordered a refreshing Lemongrass drink (a must at any Thai restaurant) before taking my time to decide what dishes to order.
Top of my priority list was the Tom Yam Goong, followed by Peek Gai Sod Sai (Stuffed Chicken Wings) and Pineapple rice with pork floss. After much deliberation, we decided to add just 1 more specialty dish: Poo Ja (Deep-fried Crab Meat), so that we could leave some space for desserts.
- Tom Yam Goong – the simple clear looking soup certainly pack loads of punch, being potently spicy. But at $10 for a single serving, the ingredients were slightly disappointing as it only had 2 prawns with straw mushrooms. No doubt the prawns were really fresh, I was expecting inclusion of some other seafood like fish and squids.
- Peek Gai Sod Sai – 4 pieces of boneless chicken wings stuffed with minced chicken and Thai herb. Outer skin was fried to a nice dark brown crisp, but I find the minced chicken inside slightly dry and too firm. I had tried some other versions of stuffed chicken wings at other restaurants whereby they added diced asparagus or turnip in the minced meat paste to add some crunch to the texture of the meat.
- Poo Ja – 2 shells of deep fried crab meat mixed with minced chicken in a crab shell dipped with salted egg yolk. The fried mixture was not as dry as the minced meat in the stuffed chicken wing and I can taste the chunks of crabmeat. It was served with a variety of condiment sauces to dip in.
With a pot of pineapple rice, we were too full to try their Dessert Buffet (available with a top-up of $9 per pax). However I was certainly attracted to the colourful display of fruits and kueh-kuehs. You can also do your own Red-Ruby dessert with the ice shavings, attap fruit and water chestnuts.
For those who have a sweet tooth for desserts, you’ll like what’s on offer at Thanying Restaurant.
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