Rochor Thai (Note: The restaurant has relocated !)
What first caught my attention was the splash or bright orange paint at the storefront. If the owner(s)’ intention was to capture people’s attention, they sure did a good job! Before entering the restaurant, we were immediately greeted with smiles from the very friendly waiting staff. Good start for dinner, let’s hope that they can keep it up! Rochor Thai.
We ordered their Papaya Salad as a starter, followed by Po Taek (Clear spicy soup), Pad Thai, Pineapple Rice, Omelette, Kang Kong, Kai Lan, Red Curry Snapper. As for dessert, we got the Mango Sticky Rice, Thai Red Ruby and Thai Tapioca with Coconut Milk. Before we go on about the dishes, we would like to add that all the dishes were MSG free! (How they make food taste good without that is beyond our understanding!)
We’re not sure if that’s how the authentic Thai like to have their papaya salad, but we thought that the salad was a little too soggy. It could’ve been better if it was slightly crunchier. The addition of blanched long beans meant that it wasn’t fully cooked, and if I’m not wrong, raw long beans might be slightly poisonous. Clearly we left it untouched!
Po Taek (Clear Spicy Soup)
The Clear soup had lemongrass, chicken, prawns, mushroom and squids in it. It was rather tasty, if you love spicy soup, this is the dish to order!
One of the tastier and nicer Pad Thai we have had so far! When served to us piping hot, the glass noodles used in the Pad Thai was so soft and slightly chewy, coated with a tinge of spiciness and tanginess; perfect blend of flavours! There was also the presence of the wok smell, this is another dish we couldn’t get enough of!
There are quite a few versions of this around, the slightly more savoury and fragrant ones like the one at Rochor Thai, or the sweeter ones at Bei Sheng Seafood Restaurant (Taste of Thailand). There were raisins, squids, prawns, eggs and of course not forgetting the fresh crunchy pineapples! (More pork floss would have been ideal!) Depending on which one you prefer, I thought that the one at Rochor Thai suited my palate more.
Extremely tasty, the omelette was crispy at the outside and still extremely moist inside. It was so good, we ordered this dish twice!
Kang Kong and Kai Lan
Both dishes were fairly tasty, nothing extraordinary though.
Red Curry Snapper
I have never been a huge fan of fish, so I was shocked when I took a bite of the Red Curry Snapper and immediately fell in love with it. The Snapper had no bones, so it was a joy to eat and kids friendly! (other than the fact that it is slightly spicy) The Red Curry sauce totally blew us away, and it wasn’t entirely spicy, it had a bit of sweetness to it also, making it a recommended dish for us!
Mango Sticky Rice
We loved the mangoes! It was so smooth, without that kind of fibre that gets stuck in your teeth (which is something every good mango should not have). The mango was sweet and sour, balancing out the sweetness of the Sticky Rice! No milk was used to ensure that the fragrance of the rice is not overpowered by the milk.
Thai Red Ruby
This is a dessert that we will always order whenever we can, because a good Thai Red Ruby can be real good… or real bad too. Luckily for us, at Rochor Thai, it was the former! The unique point of this Thai Red Ruby is that ice cubes are used instead of shaved ice. That’s to actually make sure that your dessert’s still cold, at the same time not diluting the milk too quickly, ensuring the fragrance of the Thai Red Ruby is still there! No colouring was also used in the making of the Red Ruby, (beetroot was used instead) making it a real healthy version of Thai Red Ruby. We highly recommend!
Thai Tapioca with Milk
This is a new addition, so it’s off the menu! However, we were not too pleased with the tapioca which was filled strings of tissues that got stuck in between the teeth.
Rochor Thai was a joy to dine in at. Be it the lovely food or the friendly staff, you almost can’t go wrong with this place! The fact that all these dishes are prepared without the help of MSG is also another huge selling point. Parking might be a slight problem though, you might want to go early to avoid the lunch and dinner crowd.
Rochor Thai (Relocated !)
Address: 340 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427592 Telephone: 64403270 Operating hours: 11.30am to late daily
(Opp Novena Church), Singapore 307645 T: +(65) 6440 3270 M: +(65) 9820 8739 (SMS Only) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
11:30am – 2:30pm
6:00pm – 9:30pm