Yentafo Kruengsonge, a well-established noodle chain in Bangkok, has come to town! The outlet specialising in yen ta fo (Thai style yong tau foo) opens its first Singapore outpost at Cineleisure Orchard. Currently, they have 28 outlets in Bangkok, two in Laos and now one in Singapore.
A glass of Thai Iced Milk Tea ($3.50), which was not as thick as those I had in Thailand. Also, the glass was on the small side.
Kratong Tong ($5 for six pieces), served with carrots, peas, minced chicken and coriander root. The root is actually more fragrant than the leaves and added depths to the flavour of the chcken.
Kao Tang Rice Crisps ($6 for four pieces), served with signature dip of red curry sauce, peanut, palm sugar and lime, resulting in a sweet curry accompaniment. This was rather unique and very appetising.
Yum Crispy Salmon Skin ($7), a popular dish served with prawns, minced chicken and yum sauce, which is a sweet, sour and spicy sauce.
There are four choices of yen ta fo: Soup, Dry, Kway Teow Soup and Tom Yum.
Soup Yentafo Kruengsonge ($8.50), the namesake of the restaurant and also the best of everything in one bowl. The bowl comes with kway teow, authentic pink sauce made with fermented red tofu and cooked Thai red rice, pork bone broth and nine YTF treasures like fishball, tofu and black fungus mushroom.
Unlike the Chinese version where there is a choice of noodles, you have only the kway teow here. It is wider than the usual ones, more like the kind you find in kway chap. If this is too much for you, there is an option with five treasures ($6.50) instead.
Dry Yentafo Kruengsonge ($8.50), similar to the above but this one comes with chilli. You can vary the level of spiciness depending on how much you can take: dek-dek (not spicy), jai-soh (spicy) and rod-jeb (very spicy). I find jai-soh just nice.
Original Thai Tom Yum Noodles ($9). As you can tell from the picture, the ingredients do not differ much for the noodles. The soup base was slightly rounder than the usual sharp and tangy tom yum you get in Singapore. This comes in a dry version as well.
One of the most talked about dishes from Yentafo Kruengsonge is the Gad Pad Krapow ($8.50), also known as basil chicken rice. The dish comes with egg and an invigorating level of spice. The kick comes in later, but is till tolerable for me. However, you might want to stand by a cup of Thai milk tea at the side just in case.
The last dish we had was the Nam Prik Khai Poo ($9), which is crab egg paste, vegetables, fried egg and rice. I found the dish too oily. Do not get this dish thinking that it will taste like salted egg yolk!
For desserts, we had Nam-Wa Banana in Coconut Milk with Sesame Seeds ($5). The dish has a greyish tinge from the coconut milk and the banana is slightly sour. The banana is specially imported from central and North-eastern parts of Thailand as it is able to hold its shape after being cooked in coconut cream.
Santol Sweety Delight ($5), made with a tropical fruit called cottonfruit. This tasted like yellow guava, which I do not like.
8 Grange Road, #02-06A/B,
Cathay Cineleisure Orchard,
Tel: 6736 0971
Opens daily from 1000-2200hrs
Nearest MRT Station: Somerset Station (North South Line)