Competition is heating up in Tampines Street 81 with the opening of another neighbourhood Thai eatery, Bangrak Thai Kitchen just two doors away from Soi Thai Kitchen. It was a rainy afternoon and perfect for some Thai food. I was there with Maureen and Leroy to check out the 2 months old restaurant.
Thai Prawn Cake 3/5
Lunch started with the Thai Prawn Cake ($6.90) which was deep fried to a nice golden brown. The crust was crispy and not oily. However the filling was lacking that prawny satisfaction that one seek out in a good prawn cake.
Pandan Leaf Chicken 4.2/5
The other appertizer in the menu we tried is the Pandan Leaf Chicken ($5.90/2pc). This fair much better than the Thai prawn cake. The aroma of the pandan leaf can be detected from a distance and infused to the chicken. The chicken was also tender and moist.
Stir Fried Chilli Basil with Chicken 3.5/5
The owner told us that their Stir Fried Chilli Basil with Chicken ($5.90) was cooked to order unlike other restaurants that prepared in batch. Flavours were spot on but it was lacking that unique fragrant basil aroma.
Stir Fried Squid with Salted Egg Yolk 4.2/5
It just seems like salted egg yolk can be incorporated in almost any dishes. Bangrok created the Stir Fried Squid with Salted Egg Squid ($16) which is one of their popular dishes. I can understand why so, with the salted egg working magically well with the fresh and crunchy squid.
Steamed Fish with Spicy Lime Sauce 4/5
Another popular item on the menu is the Steamed Fish with Spicy Lime Sauce ($22). The fresh and moist fish definitely will be well received with their spiciness and sourness. However, I felted the flavours can be more heavy handed.
Red Curry Prawn 3/5
The Red Curry Prawn ($11.90) was a love and hate affair. I loved the sweet creamy gravy that goes well with a plate of rice. However the prawn was lacking in sweetness even though the restaurant claims that they used live prawns.
Clear Tom Yam Soup with Seafood 3.5/5
The Clear Tom Yam Soup with Seafood ($7.90) was perfect for the rainy day. Like most of the dishes, I can taste that fiery level of the dishes have all been toned down to suit majority of the patrons. I personally prefer it to be more spicy or else that will lose the characteristic of Thai cuisine.
Stir Fried Kang Kong Thai Style 3.8/5
The Stir Fried Kang Kong Thai Style ($5.90) was cooked to a nice crunchy bite but not overly spicy.
Phad Thai 4/5
The Phad Thai ($5.90) was actually pretty delectable. It's probably one of the better one that I have eaten.
Tapioca with Coconut Cream 4.2/5
Our lunch ended with some Tapioca with Coconut Cream ($7.90). The tapioca was pretty fork tender. Paired with the coconut cream which I suspected honey was also added gave it a nice sweet finishing.
It is good to see another Thai eatery opening in the neighbourhood offering affordable Thai cuisine. My first impression of Bangrok Thai Kitchen is that the pricing is wallet friendly. While the food is good but I think it has lost the characteristic of authentic Thai cuisine when seasoning is being toned down too much.
Bangrak Thai Kitchen
Blk 824 Tampines Street 81
Nearest MRT: Tampines (EW Line)
Daily: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm
1) Alight at Tampines MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Tampines Bus Interchange (Stop ID 75009). Take bus number 291 or 554. Alight 4 stops later at Block 827. Walk to Block 824. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]