March 27, 2017
Yhingthai Palace @ Purvis Street ~ The Thai Restaurant With A Michelin Bib Gourmand Award
Never judge a restaurant by its appearance. From the looks of its imposing store front, Yhingthai Palace all along gave me the impression that the Thai food it serves is expensive and the place is somewhat a trap for unsuspecting tourists.
Whenever I passed by the establishment at Purvis Street, I always gave it a skip and headed for other eating places nearby like Yet Con, Chin Chin or even Gunthers.
That was until a friend told me that she and her family dine there quite often. "Food is reasonably-priced and good!" It then dawned on me that my myopic view had turned out to be so wrong.
Throw in a Singapore 2016 Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition, it felt like I was hit with a "what have you been missing?" moment. The only way to get over it is to make a visit!
And my friend is right. The food at Yhingthai is indeed not as costly as I've imagined and we did not have a single bad dish while there.
Perhaps that also explains why Yhingthai has been in business since 1993. That's more than 20 years and counting! Not an easy feat for an independent establishment considering the competitive F&B scene and rising operating costs in Singapore.
Its menu features an array of familiar favorites including Thai Papaya Salad ($18), Lemongrass Fried Chicken ($15), Thai Green Curry ($18), Tom Yum Soup ($8), Pineapple Rice with Prawns & Pork Floss ($15), and Phad Thai ($15).
I asked the waitress for a recommendation of their signature dishes. We were told there are none. "All are good", she said.
Well, I could sensed some pride in that statement, but it certainly wasn't helpful. So the three of us just "anyhow ordered" and had a very delicious meal. It felt like we have struck toto with random numbers lol!
Their Thai Otah ($14) counts as one of my favorites. It was served in a traditional earthernware with little cone covers which lifted up to reveal pieces of slightly-spicy and aromatic mixed seafood mousse.
The Crispy Rice Chips ($10) served with a fragrant coconut milk-based minced chicken and shrimp dip was another winner. I love it with chili padi for that fiery oomph factor.
We also finished the Stuffed Chicken Wings ($4 per piece) easily. The deboned chicken wing was stuffed with chicken meat, asparagus, and shiitake mushroom, before being deep-fried to a lovely golden brown hue. It was crisp, moist, well-seasoned and tasty all at once.
All the three soups that we ordered - Clear Tom Yum Prawn Soup ($8), Coconut-based Tom Yum Seafood Soup ($8) and Double-boiled Fish Maw Soup with Mushroom & Dried Scallops ($9) - were slurpilicous!
The sweetness of the Thai Green Curry ($18) complemented our choice of carbs - Spicy Fried Rice with Pork & Basil Leaves ($15) - well. Will also try the Olive Rice ($15) which I heard is the better-received rice dish, next time.
For desserts, there are the classic options including Thai Red Ruby ($6.50), Steamed Tapioca ($6.50) and a very very excellent Mango Sticky Rice ($8)!
The glutinous rice itself is especially superb! Evenly-cooked to a soft bite, it was drizzled with sweet-salty coconut milk and topped with crunchy mung beans. Best of all, the rice was served warm. It went perfectly well with the chilled mango.
While Yhingthai might not be the cheapest Thai food option along Purvis Street, it is still considered affordable. Great for any occasions when you want a delectable meal in a comfortable setting.
Address: 36 Purvis Street, #01-04, Singapore 188613
Contact: +65 6337 1161 / +65 6337 9429
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-2pm & 6pm-10pm
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is correct at point of published date.
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