Monday, March 21, 2016

Dinner @ KRA POW Thai Street Food, Far East Plaza

Yeah.. so apparently we didn't get enough Thai food during our trip to Thailand last week because over the weekend, we went to eat at KRA POW, a new Thai Street Food restaurant that opened in Far East Plaza {FEP} recently haha.

It's actually owned by the team behind Primitive Art Piercing & Tattoo, the place where the boy and I usually go to get inked in Singapore. They already have 3 body art shops in FEP and I guess now they want to venture into the food business. Doug messaged me that they opened just before we left for Thailand so as soon as we could when we returned, we popped by to have dinner to check it out and show some support.

Anyway, I really was missing the yummy Thai food and had a craving for creamy Thai milk tea!!

The decor is rather tastefully done up and has a cool Thai, hipster vibe. It looks very different from Primitive Art and I reckon it would be even cooler if they had some of Doug / Wendy's {resident tattoo artists at Primitive Art} impressive artwork up to decorate the walls & tie-in both brands.

The restaurant area is kinda small and I reckon that pretty soon, they will need to expand haha.We went down for an early dinner about 5+pm because we were going to catch Zootopia {which was awesome by the way!} after that and the place was almost full! It got even more crowded during the usual dinner time and I was so glad we came early and got a table.

Even though it just opened, I guess word got around on the delicious Thai food {cooked by a native Thai chef} at really affordable prices {no GST or service charges}. One of the owners, Ratree, is Thai too by the way.

KRA POW has a very simple menu of Thailand's most popular street food. There are just 4 noodle dishes, 4 rice dishes, 3 side dishes for sharing and 2 desserts available. Prices start from S$4.90.

Same same grin as the boy!! (*^▽^*) I like the giant egg basket hanging by the kitchen haha..

We ordered the Mango Salad {Som Tum Mamuang, S$6.90} which had a burst of tangy tropical flavours that was very refreshing. It was spicy, sweet, sour and fruity all at the same time.

The Chili Salt White Bait {S$6.90} is lightly dusted with chili flakes and comes with a lime mayonnaise dip but I reckon it tastes great even without. It was cooked to crispy perfection and I suggest you eat it while it's hot.

My mum had the Basil Chicken with Egg & Rice {Pad Krapow Gai, S$7.90}, which is probably the most popular, and the most beloved street food dish in ALL of Thai cuisine.

If you love hot and spicy food, you will love this vibrant dish. I had a bit of it and the chicken tasted heavenly mixed with the runny egg yolk over the hot rice!! ೭੧(❛▿❛✿) The traditional recipe calls for Thai holy basil, but this herb is usually very rare outside of Thailand and most overseas restaurants substitute it with Thai sweet basil.

However since this restaurant is called KRA POW, which means holy basil in Thai, I'd think that they used Thai holy basil in this dish for an authentic taste haha. Anyway when the dish first arrived at our table, our noses were all tickled by the peppery smell and I reckon that came from the Thai holy basil? 

We ordered the Basil Pork with Egg & Rice {Pad Krapow Moo, S$7.90} for Lil Pumpkin, which has a very similar look and taste to the Basil Chicken except that it's well, pork (*≧▽≦)

Totally forgot to ask them to not put chili inside so unfortunately, Lil Pumpkin could only eat the rice and egg... with the meat and veg from my soup noodles.

My Sliced Pork with Pork Balls Soup {Guay Tiew Moo, S$6.20}. Something simple as we were going to eat popcorn during the movie later hehe.. Mum was impressed that the soup was very flavourful even with no added MSG.

The boy had the Braised Beef Soup {Guay Tiew Nuea, S$6.90} which has a similar soup base to my Sliced Pork Soup. The meat was really tender and juicy, but I think the dish would be better if it had more slices...

Lil Pumpkin was very happy with her meal, and opportunity to drink Thai Milk Tea again too!! Yum yum.. We love it so much!

I was very tempted to order the Mango Sticky Rice for dessert but didn't as I wanted to save the calories for my movie popcorn hehe.. I guess we'll be back again to try that dish and I'll order the Thai Basil Chicken for myself.

Usually when we're at FEP we'll eat at the Ayam Pengyet restaurants at Level 5, so it's nice to have another food option available there. I hope they add more items to their menu, especially more vegetables and kid-friendly, non-spicy food dishes. Currently, probably 8/10 of their dishes are spicy, which Lil Pumpkin can't take.

Maybe they would add on the famous Thai delicacy - Malang Tod. We had our first bite of Thailand's deep fried bugs {e.g. grasshoppers, crickets, water beetles, silk worms} served with a few shots of pepper and a spray of soy sauce at our recent trip. They were really appetising and even Lil Pumpkin bravely chomped down at least one small bowl! (⁎⚈᷀᷁▿⚈᷀᷁⁎)

KRA POW Thai Street Food
#03-89 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road
Open 12pm - 8.30pm {Mon - Sat}
Tel: 6734 1946

*Note: This is not a sponsored or paid post. All opinions are my own.

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8 comments:

Stacy said...

Somehow I don't think fried insects would catch on... hehe.

Lil pumpkin's dress is nice - from Thailand?

alissa apel said...

It does look like a great place. I'd like to try that drink Little Pumpkin is drinking.

mail4rosey said...

I can see why you like to go. I wouldn't mind trying the milky tea.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I don't think I've had milky tea before, but it sounds delish! The food all looks good and really does some reasonably priced.

I have to ask. I read somewhere that chewing gum is banned in Singapore and customs will confiscate it at the gate. Is this true? I could have sworn I've seen Lil Pumpkin blowing gum bubbles here before and I think the Aussie who posted the comment was just being silly.

Ai Sakura said...

Stacy: hehe maybe not, eh?? No her dress is from an online kids store based in Singapore! It's a long bishop dress.. very pretty hehe.

Alissa / Mail4rosey: Thai milk tea is super yum!!

Theresa: Yes chewing gum is banned in Singapore, except those used for medicinal purposes :P Oh it's prob when we were in Aust or Japan that you saw those pics? Nobody sells chewing gum here! haha

Cascia Talbert said...

That looks like a beautiful family restaurant. I bet the food was delicious too!

indah nuria Savitri said...

I love thai food as well..it's yummy and healthy :)

Theresa Mahoney said...

That is so interesting about the gum! I'm sure that's why Singapore is known as one of the cleanest places on the planet. I wish we had that ban here. It is so disgusting to walk around town and see black spots on the sidewalks from old gum people just spit out.