Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pra Ram Thai Cuisine, Toa Payoh Central

This shop (179 Toa Payoh Central) was a good find.  It certainly inspired some confidence that the people running the place were all Thai serving up the common representation of their food as this country knows it. While I don't pretend to know what forms the range of authenticity for Thai food, it felt like it was a very good rendition as far as preparation went. I'm pretty sure that there's some nuances that cannot be replicated from perhaps a particular brand of fish sauce that cannot be gotten here or the quality of the pork that was used for the khao kha moo or type of mango for their som tam mamuang. One thing we knew for sure was that the pork that we had in Bangkok were a lot more tender and over there, they were certainly also less shy about having the rendered pork lard in their braising liquid than here did.

That being said, the food was very enjoyable. I especially liked the spikes of heat in the sour from the mango salad that paired up well with the aroma from the bits dried shrimp; we also felt that the olive fried rice was straight up comfort food. Notice the intensely yellow eggs that they have.

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