Spicy Thai Thai Cafe is hidden at a quiet corner of Aljunied Ave 2. Beside the block is a swimming complex. When I saw the spot, I believe most would miss this gem if they don’t frequent the place. To make things worse, there is a food centre diagonally across the block which most patron will stop there when they spotted the food centre.
Spicy Thai Thai Cafe is founded by Ron Poh who is very passionate of seeking authentic Thai food. As such at Spicy Thai Thai, tea leaves were imported from Thailand for the signature Thai Iced Tea, different dressings for different dishes were made in-house and desserts were made from scratch. This is the dedication of Spicy Thai Thai in providing authentic Northeastern Thai dishes to their customers.
Spicy Thai Thai Cafe offers both the indoor seats and outdoor seats. The setting is very similar to the food court or some may termed it as neighbourhood coffeeshop style. Hence, the dinning environment is causual.
When we were handled the menu, I noticed the thickness. One could easily be drowned in it. The menu consists of Appetizing Bites, Salads, Soup, Seafood (King Prawns, Squid/Shells, Abalone, Crab), Fish, Meat, Eggs, Vegetables, Noodles and Rice. And it includes Mookata Combo Set. There is no lack of selections.
We started with a soup, the Fish Maw Crab Meat Abalone Soup in Coconut ($28). This isn’t found under the Soup section, instead it is at the “Luscious Abalone” grouping. The other dish that falls at this section is the Abalone Salad ($38).
Since it is a starchy soup, it is very much similar to the Shark Fin Soup. In each bowl, there are 2 ten heads abalone in it. And that’s not all, there were generous amount of Fish Maw and Crab Meat too. Soup was flavourful with a perfect level of salt amount.
If diners prefer some regular choice such as Tom Yum Soup, both red and clear ($7/$14) are available and the Coconut Tom Yum Soup Special ($18/$28) were also offered. Other choices includes Mushroom Soup ($7/$14) and Tofu Soup ($6/$14)
We didn’t have any of the salad. As much as 8 types of salad were found on its menu. Instead we proceeded to have its Hommok, Thai Style Otak ($18) which is found under its “Succulent Squid/Shell” Section. The Otak has a good sense of coconut and aroma and the various herb and it is lightly spicy. It also has hefty amount of seafood in it.
Don’t be deceived by the look of this dish. The Stir-fry Fish Maw, Crab Meat & Bean Sprouts ($18) was surprisingly good. It was flavourful contributed by the various sauce and the egg. The beansprout and the carrot added crunch to the dish.
In this same section, we ordered the BBQ Squid (seasonal price). Tender to the chew with its natural sweet retained. Most may find the chilli roe sauce that is by the side, weird. This has a strong liver flavour, coming across pungent to many. It certainly is an acquired taste. I was neutral. Many find it not unacceptable. For the faint-hearted, don’t try it. It is for the adventurous only.
The last dish we ordered under the “Succulent Squid/Shells” section was the Lala (Clam) Mee Hoon ($18). This is highly recommended by NAHMJ. All the diners at the table enjoyed this dish. The Lala amount was plentiful. I hardly see Mee Hoon but the clams. The flavour of this dish is mainly garlicky.
Other dishes found in the “Succulent Squid/Shells” section are Squids in Spicy Lemon Soup (seasonal price), Thai Style White Pepper Clams, La La ($15), Steamed New Zealand Mussels ($18) and Basil Mussels ($180.
Coming to meat selection, there is a page devoted to it under the category “Tender Juicy Meat”. First dish from this section we ordered was the Stir-Fry Basil, Minced Meat (Chicken) with Long Beans ($10). Also available in pork and seafood. This is one of the best Basil Minced Meat dish in Singapore as it has a strong basil fragrance. I could have only this with a bowl of rice.
BBQ Pork Belly ($28) is the other meat dish we ordered. It was succulent and a nice marinate outer coat.
We also ordered a fish, the Deep Fried Sea Bass with Mango Salad (seasonal price). Spicy Thai Thai provides 3 types of fish cooked in various way; the Red Emperor Snapper, Sea Bass and Cat Fish.
The fish was fresh and well fried till golden brown, leaving a nice crisp layer to the bite. With the Mango salad, the dish was appetising. I wouldn’t mind eating the deep fried fish alone.
Thai Style Curry Crab (seasonal price) was what we chose among the 11 selections available under the “Luxurious Crab” section. It isn’t spicy instead it has lots of eggs and lightly curry flavoured with some Thai spice.
Among the selection, there are 3 other crab dish which was highly recommended by the restaurant, Crab Meat Curry Egg ($18), Basil Black Pepper Crab (seasonal price) and Stir-Fry Tang Hoon with Crab (seasonal price). If diners are keen to eat the Chill Lady Boy Crab (seasonal price), this would require advance order of 2 days.
Fried rice is usually a must to complete the meal. And as such, we have a Tom Yum Fried Rice ($6). It was a strong tasting dish, instead it has light Tom Yum flavour with seafood. Alternatively, diners could opt for Fried Rice with Seafood, Pork, Chicken ($5) or Crab Meat, Olive, Pineapple or Belachan ($6).
The other rice option are Thai Style Pork Porridge ($5), Braised Pork Rice Set ($5) and Stir-Fry Thai Basil Minced Meat Rice Set with Chicken or Pork ($5), Seafood or Pork Belly ($6) or Beef ($8).
For beverages, there is a good range of the typical Thai drinks such as the Ice Thai Tea ‘O’ ($2.20), Ice Thai Tea ($2.50), Ice Lemon Tea ($2.20) and Ice Lemongrass Tea ($2). The best part of the drinks was they were lightly sweetened. To me, it was the perfect sweetness level. Other drinks include the Barley, Coffee, Milo, Chrysanthemum with both hot and cold available.
A pity we didn’t manage to order any dessert as we were too full to have any.
We thought well of the food whipped by Spicy Thai Thai. In general, all were delish but due to personal preferences, we may find some dishes less enjoyable than others.
Finally, NAHMJ recommendation on the must order is the Lala (Clam) Mee Hoon, Stir-Fry Basil, Minced Meat (Chicken) with Long Beans, Deep Fried Sea Bass with Mango Salad and Hommok, Thai Style Otak.
Spicy Thai Thai
Blk 115 Aljunied Avenue 2, #01-35, Singapore 380115
Tel: +65 6747 8558
Daily 1100 to 0000
- East West line – Aljunied station
- alight at or opp Geylang Polyclinic along Geylang Est Central 80, 155
- alight at Blk 102 along Aljunied Road 40, 62, 63, 100, 158
- alight at Blk 60 along Aljunied Road 40, 62, 63, 64, 100, 125, 158
- alight at or opp CISCO Centre along Paya Lebar Road 24, 28, 43, 70, 70M, 76, 135, 154