It seems that there is a trend of Thai iterations of local food going on of the late, especially with Thai Wanton Mee and Yentafo (the Thai variant of Yong Tau Foo) being introduced into the Singapore market over the past number of years.
Situated conveniently at Upper Serangoon Road near to Kovan MRT Station as well as just a stone’s throw distance from Punggol Nasi Lemak Centre, Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap is a newly-opened shop that serves up Thai-style Kway Chap. The interior of Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap is relatively spartan; furniture and fittings are pretty functional, with the use of metallic furniture against grey painted walls while the space is mostly cooled by the use of wall-mounted electric fans instead of air-conditioning. The menu is relatively straightforward; patrons who wish to try a little bit of everything can opt for the Signature Thai Kway Chap, which comes with some of the condiments available as a side such as the Deep Fried Thai Pork Belly and Thai Fish Sausage. Otherwise, patrons can also opt to go for either Plain Rice or Plain Kway Chap and order the sides individually, which comes in different size options that would suit groups well. Beverages available at Yaowarat Thai Kwap Chap include Thai Red/Green Milk Tea, Iced Lemon Tea, Lemongrass or Barley, apart from fresh coconut and a variety of soft drinks.
Sharing a number of the side dishes, we went for the Thai Mid-Wings. Essentially fried mid-wings, these were easy to eat with its crisp skin with juicy and tender flesh, the mid-wings were also not greasy as well; pretty delightful and great to share around the table.
(Braised Beancurd, Braised Egg)
Going for the braised beancurd and braised egg (both being separate menu items), the former was pretty decent; reasonably smooth and soft braised tofu that is well-flavoured with savoury notes from the braising liquid, which carried deep, savoury flavours. The braised egg was decent, though the yolk felt a tad too dry and stiff for our liking.
(Thai Fish Sausages)
We also went for the Thai Fish Sausages, which was an interesting item on its own. Being pretty similar to the Chinese sausages (lup cheong) that we are familiar with, the Thai Fish Sausages carried a sweet crust on the exterior while carrying a firm bite; the sausages being chewy and slightly crumbly, whilst sliced in larger chunks to bring more bite. This works well with the Thai Kway Chap, which helps to add a hint of sweetness for more contrast with the Kway Chap.
(Plain Kway Chap)
Being the main focus of Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap, we had to get ourselves the Plain Kway Chap; it would have not been a visit made here if we did otherwise. The Plain Kway Chap comes with the sheets of rice noodles rolled; a thoughtful touch that is signature of Thai-style Kway Chap which makes it easier to eat. The clear broth is pretty peppery, however, though should work fine for those who can tolerate moderate levels of spiciness. Chilli flakes are readily available on the side for those who wish to ante up the spiciness of the Thai Kway Chap.
Overall, we felt that Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap is a pretty decent spot to dine at. Being one of the first establishments around Singapore to have its focus on serving Thai-style Kway Chap, it does offer Singaporeans an interesting option for those who have not tried this Thai variant before. Sure; some folks may not be as accepting towards the peppery broth as opposed to the herbal one that is often used in the local version, but otherwise, the food is relatively decent while priced at an affordable price point that is not too different from the local ones. We would probably not be rushing back for a revisit, though there is a chance some might, given how the food here is generally executed well and would have their fair share of fans too. Regardless, Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap would be a good place to head to if in the area, especially for those who are considering to have something a little different without having to splurge.
Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap
945 Upper Serangoon Road
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/YaowaratKwayChap/