Authentic Thai food at Rochor Thai.
I spent the best years of my life in Bangkok and I still hold fond memories of the city, the genuine hospitality, the happening nightlife and of course, THE FOOD.
Since moving back, I’ve been on the lookout for Thai food that’s authentically Thai and I was very happy to chance upon Rochor Thai recently!
This humble family restaurant at Joo Chiat serves Thai food the way it is found in Thailand, true to their tagline Eat Thai Like a Thai.
Here are some of the dishes we tried!
Grilled Pork Collar ($12.80)
I used to have this Isan (northeastern Thailand) dish quite a bit in Bangkok but it’s not commonly found here in Singapore. This rendition at Rochor Thai has a good balance of fat and lean meat, with charred bits quite like our local char siew. There’s a strong smokey flavour and the dip is a subtle sour-spicy blend that complements the pork well!
Tom Yum Seafood ($8.80)
If you’re a fan of spicy food, this is seriously the real deal. This has not been watered down for the Singaporean tastebud and I personally found it too spicy to the husband’s delight - he ended up slurping it all up -__-
He also liked how it’s a well-balanced mix of spiciness and sourness - not too extreme like some places in Singapore that serve up either a very spicy or very sour tom yum.
I ordered a Thai Iced Tea ($3.50) to cool my spicy mouth after the tom yum and this beverage is pretty much like what you’d get in Thailand! (Especially since the ingredients are all directly imported from Thailand…) It had a strong tea taste with just the right amount of sweetness.
My face wtf
Papaya Salad with Salted Egg ($8.80)
OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE SOMTUM! I ate it practically everyday when I was in Bangkok (no… it wasn’t because they say eating this can help you lose weight)
Then I came back to Singapore and realised everywhere was selling yam mamuang (green mango salad) instead. WHY?!?!?!?
This one from Rochor Thai is exactly the way I remember my papaya salad to be like - sweet, sour, spicy, crunchy, aromatic from the roasted peanuts and the salted egg added an extra dimension and distinct flavour to this dish!
Fried Morning Glory ($7.80)
You can’t go wrong with this Thai favourite of kang kong with fermented bean paste and LOTS OF GARLIC!
Pad Pong Curry Prawns ($18.80)
To be honest, I have never tried this in my entire life… then Joel, the owner, told me that this dish is as iconic to Thailand as chilli crab is to Singapore.
*crawls under a rock and hides *
Okay, but seriously the sauce was an interesting mix of milk and eggs and the prawns were HUGE! Pretty good value for the price.
At this point, we were really full and they started clearing the table so I thought that was it and started thanking Joel for the truly Thai style dinner AND hospitality…
And then he said there’s still dessert!
I wanted to pass on dessert cause I was seriously stuffed and then I saw it was Mango Sticky Rice ($7.80) so I told the husband, “Never mind, I’ll diet tomorrow.”
I was actually looking for the coconut milk to pour all over the dish like how it’s normally served here but Joel said that they had already added it to the glutinous rice and freshly steam it upon order - and I must say I prefer it this way! I love the how the hot, coconut milk-soaked rice contrasted with the perfect mangoes (not too sour, not too sweet, not too ripe, not too unripe)… I’ll return to Rochor Thai just for this!
Thank you Rochor Thai for having us!
Here’s the owner Joel I have been talking about! He’s a huge fan of Thai culture and his chefs are all from Thailand too!
340 Joo Chiat Road
This was a sponsored tasting session.