I'm not the biggest fan of Thai food. I mean I like it, but I don't love it enough to ramble on and on about it. I do however train Muay Thai, and as Muay Thai students we get dragged along to huge Thai dinners with fellow students and instructors. Thus I have had my share of fairly authentic Thai food (at least those that get a huge thumbs up from the instructors).
Till now, Nakhon Kitchen has always remained my favourite.
With 3 restaurant outlets across the island, Nakhon's reputation and popularity is most acutely observed during dinner times where long queues form up outside the restaurant. Even during lunch, a queue is not uncommon. Either head there early, or be prepared to join the queue.
Belachan Kang Kong ($6)
At $6, Nakhon Kitchen dishes up decent portions for their veggies. With most restaurants charging much more for an order of vegetables, Nakhon is probably a step up in both pricing and flavour.
Green Curry with Chicken ($8)
Thick and fragrant with spices, this is one of my favourites from Nakhon. Generous amounts of chicken slices, vegetables, in an aromatic curry, theirs is by far the best green curry I've had.
Tom Kha Seafood Soup ($6)
But nothing beats their Tom Kha soups. A rich broth that perfected the balance between the creamy coconut, aromatic spices, and sour tang, their Tom Kha soups are the best of any I've tried in Singapore. I haven't been to Thailand so I can't make that comparison, but within this little island I've not tasted bette. Not even in other restaurants fully operated by Thais.
Basil Beef Rice ($6)
Spot-on seasoning with just the right amount of spice from the chilis, this is yet another dish Nakhon trumps hands down. And who doesn't like a perfectly fried egg with a runny yolk?
With the generous ingredients, wonderful flavours and more-than-reasonable prices, Nakhon Kitchen is definitely one Thai restaurant to visit. Every dish of theirs reveal the complexity a proper use of delicate spices can bring. The queue may be a downside to some; but for the quality, it's well worth the wait. Besides what are Singaporeans more well known for than following long queues?
Nakhon Kitchen (Bedok)
136 Bedok North Avenue 3
Opens daily: 12pm-3pm; 5.30pm-10pm