The quiet residential neighbour of Braddell Heights, a David’s stone-throw from the Nex Shopping Mall off Upper Serangoon Road, is getting buzzy with the sprouting of eateries along a stretch of shophouses at Jalan Riang. There’s Rokeby, an Aussie-style bistro; Pizzaiola, a casual Italian diner; Wimbly Lu Chocolates, an eccentric cafe; Cajun King serving Louisiana-inspired seafood; and Siam Society, a little Thai cafe.
Siam Society and Pizzaoila are my 2 favourites there; my family’s go-to for a quick Thai or Italian food fix a mere 5-minute drive from my home. This evening, we choose Thai for our Sunday night dinner. Siam Society was bustling when we got there at 8pm.
The cafe is simply decorated with a few colourful posters adorning the white-washed wall, but the place looks pretty in the evening washed with the warm lighting.
The black formica tables works well to highlight the distinctive Thai style white-and-blue crockery.
We started with the Mango Salad, which was tangy and spicy, and deceptively dangerous with the hidden chilli padi waiting to explode in the mouth of the unsuspecting diner; a perfect tear-inducing dish to whet your appetite.
The Basil Pork was coarsely-minced pork sautéed with basil and Thai fish sauce, creating an explosion of piquant and herbal flavours in your mouth; an absolutely must-order to go with the piping hot rice.
Making a good omelette is not easy. With their Tofu Prawn Omelette, the folks at Siam Society aced the test – fluffy golden egg ensconcing tender pieces of tofu and prawns – a quick fry at high heat with just enough oil to impart a lovely wok-hei smokiness. Simple yet delicious; a classic Thai hawker food.
The standout of the dinner was the Prawns Vermicelli; fresh and succulent prawns served in a tin pot with cloves of garlic and coriander roots, and al dente vermicelli that’s coated with a zesty sauce. A very delectable dish.
The Belachan Morning Glory was pungent and tasty, with the vegetables still crisp.
The Seafood Fried Rice was disappointing though; I love the eggy Thai fried rice but the version here is a little tomatoey, and very pedestrian.
You can’t have a Thai meal without finishing with a dessert of Mango Sticky Rice; here you get fresh mangoes with warm glutinous rice drenched with savoury coconut cream.
The specials of the day are listed on a chalkboard at the entrance.
Service was brisk, and I like that they provide self-service canisters of water. Siam Society delivers solid Thai street-style fare at very reasonable prices in a comfortable setting. It is indeed a neighbourhood dining gem.
15 Jln Riang,
Phone: +65 6286 8603