The friends told us that we have to go to Kra Pow Thai Street Food on the third floor of Far East Plaza. Okay. These friends know our tastebuds; each time they tell us to go eat at some place in whatever city, we will obediently head there. Hehehe.
It was a super satisfying casual lunch. We were all at the gym earlier, had a coffee, and needed more sustenance. Since the restaurant is named thus, their phad kra pow chicken and pork (ผัดกระเพราไก่, ผัดกระเพรา ปอดหมู, minced chicken or pork basil stir-fried with rice) were indeed legit and not as ridiculously salty as some other stalls. "No MSG", the kitchen promised. The spices all hit a spot. Our stomachs were very happy.
Kra Pow Thai Street Food has been around for a year or so. Their 'Drunkard Noodle' with either pork or seafood are delicious. I'll have to come back and order its phad thai. They've got a full menu with tom yam soup and green curry and all; these are standard happy fare we can never tire of eating. It's a decent option of food in the area. If you're worried about greasy smells and the sorts, it isn't too bad. The kitchen is sited in one unit, and the seating area is across the corridor in a separate unit. It's pretty all right.
We ate Thai street food in a Singapore mall. The irony isn't lost on us. Especially when the stall has to state it's serving 'Thai street food'. Even more ironic, Bangkok authorities announced that they want to hold a street food festival this coming June, but has issued a statement to ban hawkers on the streets, then two days later, seemingly back-pedaled to grant a partial reprieve to street hawkers in certain areas, and the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) "pushed back against fears that Bangkok was being gentrified in the image of Singapore — a city that relishes orderliness but is often characterised as tame compared to its Southeast Asian rivals." OH GOOD THEN.
Kra Pow Thai Street Food
14 Scotts Road, #03-89 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
T: +65 6734 1946
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, noon to 8.30pm; Sundays are open now too.