I am glad that a new Thai restaurant, Siam Society has opened up near my neigbhourhood at Upper Serangoon. Located at the same row of shop houses along Jalan Riang as Cajun King and Wimbly Lu, Siam Society has taken over from The Fat Cat which has moved to Holland Village. Spotting a white and black interior theme with floor to ceiling glass around the restaurant, it has a modern but yet casual ambience where one can relax eat, drink and fell in love with the place.
I got myself a refreshing Lemongrass ($4) which is served in a nostalgic metal mug while I waited for the rest of the dinner companions to arrive. It was also a good precaution for fire fighting if I could not handle the hot and spicy Thai flavours.
Prawn Cake Balls 4/5
A little twist to the usual prawn cakes, Siam Society shaped them into these delectable Prawn Cake Balls ($11.50) served with Thai sweet sauce on the side. Popping them like having popcorns, these plump and crusty prawn cake balls were very addictive.
Cabbage with Fish Sauce 4.5/5
Stir fried with fish sauce, the Cabbage with Fish Sauce ($9) was simple but yet so delicious with the saltiness of the fish sauce and the sweetness of the cabbage working harmoniously. What I enjoyed most is the cabbage still has an enjoyable crunch to it.
Clear Tom Yam Seafood Soup 4/5
With a sip of the Clear Tom Yam Seafood Soup ($10/$16.50), my dining companion commented that it tasted like Beach Road? Huh? Beach Road Golden Mile Complex is known for being a gathering place for Thais in Singapore and there are a lot of Thai eateries there servicing authentic Thai cuisine. I took it that he meant the signature soup flavoured with fragrant lemongrasss and kaffir lime leaf was very authentic.
Weeping Tiger 4/5
The grilled sirloin beef has a very interesting name, Weeping Tiger ($24). Legend has it that the Thai style grilled sirloin steak was so good that tigers started weeping after eating it. Marinated in an in house special sauce, the grilled sirloin beef not only was succulent but bursting with bold robust flavours. The flavour was so strong that it made me wonder was there a need of the homemade side sauce.
Deep Fried Pork Knuckles 4.2/5
Marinated for a good full day with the in house special marination sauce, the Deep Fried Pork Knuckles ($35) was crispy crackling on the outside and still succulent inside. Eat with the dipping sauce, this further accentuated the flavour. No wonder this is one of their popular dishes. Order a beer or cider to go with it with be just perfect for the night.
Steamed Seabass in Chilli Lime 4.8/5
Another must try dish at Siam Society is the Steamed Seabass in Chilli Lime ($32). The fish was cooked to perfection with all the beautiful sour, sweet, spicy Thai flavours that packed a punch.
Actually the people behind Siam Society is the same owner of Soi Thai Kitchen at Tampines. Having try their food before, I am glad that the owner has continued to ensure that the food is as authentic as possible with the distinct sharp flavours of Thai cuisine. What I noticed is the heart put into preparing the food with a different homemade dipping sauce to accompany each dish. With such heart and soul, I am sure to be back again for their Thai food.
15 Jalan Riang
Tel: +65 62868603
Nearest MRT: Serangoon (CC Line, NE Line)
Daily: 1130am - 3pm, 530pm - 1030pm
1) Alight at Serangoon MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at Serangoon MRT station (Stop ID 62139). Take bus number 107, 147, 153 or 853. Alight 1 stop later. Cross Upper Serangoon Road onto Wolskel Road. Walk along Wolskel Road and turn right onto Jalan Riang. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Serangoon MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk to bus interchange (Stop ID 66009). Take bus number 105. Alight 2 stops later. Track back and turn right onto Jalan Girang. Walk along Jalan Girang, take left of Jalan Girang at the intersection. Continue on Jalan Girang and turn right onto Jalan Riang. Journey time about 18 minutes. [Map]
3) Alight at Lorong Chuan MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at Lorong Chuan MRT station (Stop ID 66391). Alight 1 stop later. Walk down Serangoon Ave 3 and cross the road onto Jalan Girang. Walk along Jalan Girang, take left of Jalan Girang at the intersection. Continue on Jalan Girang and turn right onto Jalan Riang. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]