Another hidden gem in Section 17, this "hole in the wall" eatery has been on my radar for quite sometime, and I finally had the chance to drop by - today!.
The thing is, this place has been getting real popular due to word-of-mouth, not to mention being posted on several bloggers' site, and it really only has 4-5 tables max. You see, this place is actually not a proper eatery per se. It is actually a mini-mart, selling everyday Thai perishables and dry goods, with a small cooking area smacked right at the entrance. So the key is to get there real early and beat the crowd - and heat. Hubby and I had just finished an early session at the gym, so we were thinking of getting an early lunch, when I suddenly thought of this place. It was only 11ish am, on a mild cooling day. Perfect to check out Lai Thai.
Happy Mansion in Section 17 has seen a flurry of eateries mushrooming in recent years. There is practically something for everyone on different budget range, from the no-frills coffee shops (one of the best char siu rice is here), to yuppie cafes/Western and Asian bistros.
Lai Thai is as no-frills as you can get.
|We reached there the same time as the delivery man.|
As you can see, having so much stuff and activity crammed into such a small space, there's hardly any room to manouver. This is a eat-and-scram place, unless you belong to the over 50s gang of aunties who seem to treat this place as a kind of post mid-morning marketing hangout :P
|I was so tempted to get a few of those prepacked |
Meng Kham, and the grilled pork rolls in the plastic container.
Oh well, another time.
|Aunties having their ice coffee and tom yam noodles|
I ordered several of our usual Thai favourites : Stew Pork Leg Rice, Green Curry Chicken with Brown Rice and Pork Noodle Soup. Unfortunately they didn't have the popular Mango with Sticky Rice.
I forgot to take a photo of their menu, but it's basically a bare list of about 10 items. No drinks - you just grab a bottle of either soft drinks or thai coffee or coconut from the industrial fridge.
|The food is served in these cute enamel mini-pots. |
Pork noodles in clear soup. One of the best I've eaten.
|I could eat this everyday. Portion is not big. |
A little less than your average bowl of chinese noodle soup.
|Stew Pork Leg rice. |
Again, it was passable. I found the gravy a bit watery,
with a faint flavour of spices. The generous addition
of salted/preserved mustard was nice.