Khun Mee Thai Noodle Bar – Best of Bangkok Street food
Phad Thai, Pineapple Rice, Olive rice, Thai three flavour fish and Fried Kang Kong etc, the typical Thai dishes you can find in any Thai restaurant in Singapore. When Khun Mee Thai Noodle Bar joined the new wave of Thai restaurants that have been sprouting out everywhere on the island, could it be another trend follower that offers the same-old?
Honestly, we hope to see some innovation or breakthrough away from the traditional Thai dishes, as new Thai food outlets have grown at the unprecedented pace in recent years, and in our opinion, the market seems to be a little too saturated with the similar type of Thai food.
So when we flipped through the menu, and found that there weren’t any of the usual dishes, but instead unique offerings like Ba Mee, we were really excited. Yes! Finally something different! Khun Mee Thai Noodle Bar moves away from the typical Thai dishes to introduce a completely new kind of Thai food to Singaporean – Bangkok Street Food! We’ve been to Bangkok and love the street food there, so we couldn’t be more thrilled to find that it’s available in Singapore now.
Khun Mee Thai Noodle Bar is a new Thai noodle bar and casual dining restaurant serving quality authentic Thai-Chinese street food commonly found along Bangkok Streets. Khun Mee Thai is the first casual dining restaurant in Singapore that serves Ba Mee, the Thai version of egg noodles or our version of Wanton mee.
So, how authentic is the Ba Mee served here? One thing’s for sure, all the Thai ingredients used to produce the items are sourced directly from Thailand. The lovely lady boss even showed me the tin of Thai tea leaves they used to make the Thai ice tea on our second visit, just to convince us it is authentic. Of course, I was fully convinced.
Authenticity is not only expressed through its food but also in the restaurant’s setting. Khun Mee Thai is designed as a casual and contemporary setting, with dark wood tables and benches decorated with Thai cushions. Every table is adorned with a wooden cutlery box, typical of Thai dining outlets in Bangkok, with wooden chopsticks and stainless steel Chinese soup spoons. On every table is a Thai condiment set where customers would enhance their enjoyment of the Thai food flavours of spicy, salty, sour and sweet with condiments like Chili powder, Green Chilli in Vinegar, Fish Sauce and Sugar.
Ba Mee ($5.80 – $9.80 depends on topping)
Ba Mee is their anchor and signature dish here; and we fell in love with it during our first food tasting session! We tried the dried egg noodles that were topped with Thai charshu, lava egg and vegetables. Just as good as on our first try, the Ba Mee was incredibly flavourful, the Thai charshu (char siew) somehow is tastier than our local char siew, noodle was infused with the seasoning sauce and was overall an impressively tantalizing wanton mee. The Ba Mee here definitely lives up to its name.
Egg Noodles with Green Curry and Chicken ($9.80)
The curry was neither too thick nor too cloying, goes great with both noodles or rice.
Tom Yam Egg Noodles with Prawns ($8.80)
Slightly on the sweet side, we prefer the version of Tom Yam without milk; somehow that’s more appealing to our taste buds.
Thai-Style Garden Roll ($5.80)
Garden Roll is soft rice paper wrappers filled with Thai sausage, pan-roasted peanuts, Thai Sweet Basil and Thai Long-leafed Coriander, enhanced by the vibrancy of the special sweet, sour and spicy chilli sauce. This is a Thai spring-roll that’s perfect as an appetizer.
Pork Leg ($7.80)
The lady boss’ Khun Aum’s grandmother’s traditional recipe, the pork leg is marinated and braised for a long time until fork-tender. The result is melt in your mouth braised pork leg in a spice and herbs served with vegetables.
Fried Chicken Joints ($4.80)
When Khun Aum presented the dish of Fried Chicken Joints to us, the first thought that came to my mind was “Where to find so many chicken joints?”, each chicken only has two cartilages – one from each leg, looking at the number of joints, many birds were needed to make the plate of chicken joints.
Fried Chicken Joints is fairly common in Thailand but not here for sure. Best snack to go with a glass of beer, that was exactly what some of the food bloggers asked for, we truly enjoyed every bit of the crispiness and crunchiness from the fried chicken joints.
Thai sausage with Glass noodle in spicy dressing ($5.80)
Moo Yor Salad is a salad using Thai sausage made of pork and speckled with crushed black peppercorns, which is commonly used in Thai-Chinese street food dishes in Bangkok. The salad was mixed with glass noodle and other seasonings, tossed in a zesty Chilli and lime dressing. The salad was served warm than the usual cold dish which is more refreshing in our opinion. However, what we understood from Khun Aum was that it’s supposed to be served warm and not cold, if going by authentic Thai.
Special Homemade Chicken Wings (3 pieces) ($5.80)
The chicken wings were deep fried but retained tenderness and juiciness. Taste could be a little bland but when accompanied with the Thai chilli, it tasted delicious.
Fried Dumpling (8 pieces) ($3.80)
My glutton son loved the crispiness of the fried dumpling and we had to place another order for it to satisfy his craving!
Fried Rice with Shrimp Paste ($8.80)
The fried rice with shrimp paste was served with a bowl of Thai sweet stewed pork, and accompanied by crispy dried shrimp, green mango, eggs, sausage and other flavorings. You have to mix all the ingredients together for a contrast of tastes, textures and flavours. A dish that’s well-liked by all.
Fried chicken skin
This was new on the menu on our second visit, Khun Aum told us that 2kg of chicken skin can only make 5 small boxes of fried skin and even though harvesting the skin was a tedious and lengthy process, she is determined to serve the dish despite even her chefs complaining about the tough work involved! The fried chicken skin was well seasoned and flavourful except it had softened by the time we got to eating it. When we gave our feedback to Khun Aum, she immediately removed all the remaining stock on the counter and apologized profusely. We fully applauded her action and the demonstration of an excellent customer service standard.
Homemade Ice Cream
It wasn’t in our plan to order this dessert but Khun Aum offered her special homemade ice cream as a good gesture to make up the embarrassment from the fried chicken skin. Good and rich coconut ice cream with milk topped with crunched peanuts, a perfect dessert to end the meal and sweetened our tooth.
Glutinous Rice with Mango ($5.80)
A favourite amongst lovers of Thai dessert. Glutinous rice was infused with fresh Pandan and coconut cream. Our stomachs were bloated by now but we simply could not resist the temptation of the alluring dessert.
Glutinous Rice with Durian ($5.80)
Durian served with fresh Pandan-infused glutinous rice topped with coconut milk, the piquant taste of the dessert instantly fills your mouth. Love it.
Lemongrass Drink ($2.50) and Cold Thai tea ($3.00)
Refreshing is the keyword for the lemongrass drink, a great way to complement the dishes.
You can try the traditional Thai milk tea made from a blend of black tea, vanilla, cinnamon and star anise. Smooth and fragrant.
Overall, Khun Mee Thai Noodle Bar offers a different dimension when it comes to Thai food, you can now truly enjoy authentic Bangkok street Thai-Chinese food right on this island. As what Khun Aum said “I set up Khun Mee Thai because I want to bring the best of Bangkok street food to Singapore.”
We think she is pretty successful, we have already made our second visit and Khun Mee Thai has not disappointed us!
Khun Mee Thai Noodles Bar
Add: 799 New Upper Changi Road, #02-32/34 Bedok Point, Singapore 467351
Sunday to Thursday 11.30am – 9.30pm
Friday, Saturday & PH eve 11.30am – 10pm
Tel: 6445 3392