Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jane Thai at Orchard Towers

Yum Woon Sen (S$10) - Seafood Vermicelli Salad
Jane Thai at Orchard Towers is my new favourite place for authentic spicy Thai fare. The dishes have this rough and ready homemade quality, and yet in my book, they qualify as some of the best Thai food in Singapore. I'm only kicking myself for not coming here earlier. It's been around for 11 years!

Stuff here sure is spicy. I'm not kidding. I'm the sort that likes chewing chili padi, and even I was defeated. Your nose will run and your tears will follow. But joyfully so. It's so delicious, you keep reaching for more.

Take for example, the Yum Woon Sen (S$10) - Seafood Vermicelli Salad (above). The tanghoon and seafood had absorbed so much killer chili heat, but only let it out after a while. After a few mouthfuls of other stuff, you're left wondering which dish did you in!

Thod Mun Kung (S$10) - Deep Fried Prawn Cakes
We also started with some Thod Mun Kung (S$10) - Deep Fried Prawn Cakes. Very good. Sweet and tender minced prawn inside the crispy batter. This one's safe for children.

Seafood Tom Yum (S$10) - Spicy Sour Red Soup
Of course, we have to have some Tom Yum (S$10) - Spicy Sour Red Soup (seafood here, other options include fish and prawns). It's a well-balanced soup, and you do get to enjoy all the flavours of sweet, sour, savoury and umami, before the chili hits you.

Peek Gai Thod (S$5 for 3 pieces) - Fried Chicken Wings
What's also good here are the fried chicken wings. Seems like all the fat's been rendered out from the skin, leaving it thin and crisp. Really fragrant and savoury Peek Gai Thod (an absolute steal at S$5 for 3 pieces).

Phad Pak Bung (S$6) - Kang Kong
Phad Pak Bung (S$6) - Kang Kong is decent, but not stellar.

Khao Nam Liap (S$10) - Olive Minced Pork Fried Rice
Khao Nam Liap (S$10) - Olive Minced Pork Fried Rice. I was so glad at least the rice wasn't spicy, and could be used as a base to temper all that hot food. It's quite tasty on its own, with mild nutty flavours.

Phad Thai (S$5) - Fried Thai Flat Rice Noodles
Phad Thai (S$5) - Fried Thai Flat Rice Noodles. Probably the only let-down of the evening. The noodles are a little too soft and sweet for my liking.

Ka Pao Moo (S$10) - Stir Fried Pork with Basil
Ka Pao Moo (S$10) - Stir Fried Pork with Basil. I am always amused to see that Thais use "moo" to refer to pork. I wonder what their cattle would say. Anyway, this tasty dish goes best with white rice.

Heart-shaped mound of rice
What's really cute here is that the rice comes in heart-shaped mounds. The portion is a bit small, so each of us needed extras.

Moo Yang (S$10) - BBQ Pork
Moo Yang (S$10) - BBQ Pork. It looks and tastes a tad dry, but the marinade is great. Lovely flavour.

Som Tam (S$6) - Papaya Salad
We finished off with some more salad. Som Tam (S$6) - Papaya Salad. It's another killer just like the Yum Woon Sen. That odd combination of cold and hot. Searingly fiery hot. We were downing glasses of lime juice and Thai iced tea.

Well, it looks like a lot of food, but hey, we're food bloggers (Keropokman and Momo, plus a HungryCow). And it only came up to S$25 per person.

Jane Thai at Orchard Towers
Jane Thai is up on the fourth floor. Turn left after the escalator, and you'll see the little cramped eatery. There are now Chinese mainlander waitstaff, who can help you in Mandarin, where previously it was largely Thai with limited English. Picture menus still help. There's also a display case of more "exotic" Thai foods that the native Thai workers here flock to. Try some if you dare.

400 Orchard Road
#04-30 Orchard Towers
Singapore 238875
Tel: +65 9174-1616
Open Mondays to Saturdays 6pm to 4am
Sundays 5pm to 3am

P.S. They have opened a second outlet at a less seedy place - out East at Simpang Bedok, but they've had to tone down the spicy levels for the residents there.


  1. This looks so good! I'm definitely checking it out. =)

  2. Looks great! And good to know that there is one in the east for the eastlanders! Will definitely try it. Another good Thai place i tried recently is the Thai table at Jalan Pari Burong (Very near Simpang)- worth a visit. :)

  3. So, this is the pedas version huh? ;) Looks good! I must go and try ... though every time I think of Jane Thai, I am reminded of that fermented crab claw. LOL!!!! :p

  4. Bing and P.Chong: yes, do! Hope you'll like it!

    Keke: thanks, seen that place but wasn't open when I was last there.

    Ju: oh yes, very pedas! Hahaha, that crab claw that crawled out of the sea...10 days ago! lol

  5. Thai table is opened now. :) The al-carte buffet is tasty and value worth. You might want to check out the details in my review http://twiceasdelicious.com/2011/08/24/thai-table-bring-a-hearty-appetite/


  6. I like the sound of this place! Will definitely check it out :)

  7. I like the sound of this place! Will definitely check it out :)

  8. I'll be sure to look for this since I love Thai food. Thanks.

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