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Thai Thai

It seems that most people who go to Mandarin Gallery in Orchard road mainly do so to dine at  these 3 restaurants: Jones the Grocer, Ippudo Ramen and Wild Honey Cafe. I was there on Monday at 2pm and guess what? There was a 45 minute queue at Wild Honey Cafe and a 20 minute queue at Ippudo Ramen. There was no queue at Jones the Grocer but nearly every table was occupied. Don’t people have to work? Yeah I know it’s December and just after Christmas, but stilll!

We were originally going to go to the Wild Honey Cafe but 45 minutes was too ridiculous so we forced ourselves to join the Ippudo queue. But a few paces down was this atas looking restaurant called Thai Thai. The waitress was standing there calling out to everyone who would walk by. There was a set lunch going on for $18 where you can get an appetiser, noodle mains and a drink. We though hey why not since that’s about the price we were going to spend at Ippudo anyway and of course we didn’t have to queue at all.

We jumped out of the Ippudo queue and entered the serenity that was Thai Thai. Instantly, I felt as if I’d just been plucked out of the noise from the unwashed masses to be planted in a peaceful and pretty palace. Okay maybe palace is an exaggeration but it was just great to be able to plop ourselves onto the seats with cushions all around and attentive waitresses at my service.

We both ordered the $18 noodle set. I took the Phad Thai while the Partner opted for the Laksa with green curry. There were also other choices such as beef kuay teow etc.

Thai Thai Prawn WontonsAppetisers of prawn fritters with sweet chilli sauce – The fritters were crispy and tasty, however the chilli sauce seemed diluted and was more sweet than spicy.

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Laksa with Green Curry – As you can see, the presentation was quite unique. The partner said the dish was very tasty. The chicken was tender while the curry was fragrant and had just the right amount of spice. The laksa noodles were springy and paired very well with the curry. Only grouse is that while there were lots of ingredients in the curry, it would have been nice if there had been just a little more curry to slurp at the end.

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Phad Thai – If I may say so I think Thai Express’ Phad Thai is better! The noodles seems a tad too soggy, there was not enough egg and whatever egg there was was clumped on the left side of the noodles. The peanuts that came in a tiny glass container looked like there was some peanut rationing going on. It didn’t taste bad, it just didn’t taste good.

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Nice seating area makes us want to return again to give Thai Thai another chance. Ordering via the Ala Carte menu isn’t cheap though. Be prepared to pay about $15 or more per dish ordered.

Thai Thai

Daily noon-10pm

#04-08 Mandarin Gallery 333 Orchard Road

Tel: 6737 9107

Farmers’ Market at Loewen Gardens Dempsey

Jun 6, 2010 @ 14:38

Here are the photos of the new Singapore farmers’ market organized by The Pantry. It is also the largest farmers’ market in Singapore as far as I know. Contrary to my fears, the farmers’ market is very much like the farmers markets you see in NZ, UK and USA. They had lots of stalls selling fresh produce, artisan breads and jams, brownies, cakes and muffins of all colours and sizes. Go hungry, because there are lots to sample and how else can you tell whether what you’re buying is good?

My only grouse is that most of the items on sale are more expensive than what I am used to when I visit the farmers markets overseas. This is undoubtedly because a lot of the premium ingredients have to be shipped from overseas.

Despite the initial drizzle I’m glad I did make it to Loewen Gardens in the end. You can see the roads are wet, but it’s fine because all the stalls are under tents. In fact, it was pretty cooling even though it was noon. I had a wonderful time taking in the vibrancy of the place as well as taking photos.

For such an “off-the-map” location by Singapore standards (you really need a car to get here or risk walking uphill for at least 20 minutes?), the market was pretty crowded. Most of the people there, be it customers or stall-owners were Caucasian. I wonder if this is because Singaporeans are not interested in Farmers’ markets. Does the average Singaporean even know what a Farmer’s market is? Or is just because the farmers’ market was the brainchild of a Caucasian woman, and the word-of-mouth has yet to spread to the locals? Whatever the reason, it’s definitely a treat to spend a Saturday morning at Loewen Gardens whoever you are.

The Pantry - Inside

Inside The Pantry cafe. I love how the goodies are stacked on the counter top in full view.

The Pantry close up shot of muffins

Closer shot of the muffins. Now tell me you can resist this and I’ll tell you you’re lying!

The Pantry - Scones

Scones from The Pantry

Wild Honey baked goods and jams

Wild Honey – They sell jams and loaves of cakes here. They also have a cafe at Mandarin Gallery along Orchard Road.

Wild Honey baked goods and jams close up shot

Close up shot of the Wild Honey goodies – According to their facebook page, they were selling brioche breads, granola, jams and honey, doughnuts, chicken pies, tea breads etc The stuff is not cheap. We tried their delicious jam and wanted to buy some but it cost $18 per bottle! The tea breads cost $15 I believe!

Zenxin stall

Zenxin – Zenxin is also available at Shop & Save. In my opinion, Zenxin sells the cheapest organic produce in Singapore.

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Imported Organic vegetable seller

Unnamed fruit stall

Another stall selling organic veggies and fruits

The Pantry Baked Goods

Baked goods and artisan breads. No more generic Gardenia or Sunshine for me.

Open air cooking of paella

Open air cooking of Paella (seafood rice dish) $5 per serving

MadzChef

MadzChef – Baked goods of all sorts

Freedom Eggs

Freedom Eggs from Chews I believe– No more battery hens. About $2.50 for half a dozen

The Pantry's alfresco area<br />

The Pantry’s Alfresco area for you to rest after a hard day’s marketing, or to watch the shoppers haggling

Farmer's Market kids playing

The little ones can be amused at the painting area, or the trampoline

More pictures below and directions on how to get to The Farmer’s Market

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