One of the advantages of staying at Waterloo Street is you are never short of amazing food just few steps away. Last weekend I was craving for some chilli hot food and before I could think of anything my husband declared it was time for Thai food…
Of all the cuisines, my husband loves Thai food… “It’s one of the only cuisines that understands that vegetarian food can go beyond mushrooms and eggplant,” he often smirks… I reserve my judgement. After all I don’t eat mushrooms and eggplant as much as he ‘HAS’ to.
Since we had decided to try Thai last minute, on a weekend, any place requiring reservations are out. “Let’s try this small place next door,” I suggested… “You sure this place will have something vegetarian?” he asked suspiciously, and I couldn’t really blame him. He has had to suffer through salads at the small and authentic places around… “I am sure they will… let’s try it. If not, there’s a subway at Bugis…” I joked, a joke not appreciated, I could tell.
So we headed to Bencoolen street, to Gold Food, a Thai Chinese Cuisine restaurant at Sunshine Plaza. And within minutes of being seated at this really small, extremely simply decored restaurant, all his doubts about vegetarian food disappeared.
Gold Thai food has around 8-9 small 4 seater tables inside the shop-restaurant and a few tables outside on the pavement. Situated right opposite the NAFA campus, you see a bustle of students all day long…
The place is minimally decorated… yet some things deserve a mention.
For example, the huge paper fan hanging on the wall…
Or the small temple of sorts… check out the beer and coke bottle 😀
Overall, the entire restaurant has a homey feel to it. Unpretentious, simple eatery.
The place understands vegetarian food. And you can ask the servers if a particular dish you want can actually be made into vegetarian… This is what we tried:
 Tom Yum Soup (vegetarian): One thing you must remember at Gold Thai Food is that their portions are really huge… and are meant for sharing. A huge bowl of spicey, tangy vegetarian Tom Yum Soup was placed before us and we were glad we didn’t order another soup. It was delicious. In fact it is one of the best Tom Yum soups I have tasted… the aroma of ginger perfectly balanced with chilli and the whole dish just took our appetites to another level. It is a must try, veg or non-veg…
 Mango Salad: None of our Thai meals are ever complete without the tangy mango salad… and this one did not disappoint. Hot and tangy, it went perfectly with the Tom Yum Soup. The generous amounts of cut mango and other veggies made it a great accompaniment.
 Green Curry (Vegetarian): The green curry was good, not as spicy as the soup, nicely flavoured and well balanced. It was tasty enough to be eaten without the plain rice in fact. Again the size of the portion was quite large.
 Vermicelli with Prawns: This dish was probably the most underwhelming of the lot… glistening vermicelli cooked in stock with prawns was actually a decent dish, but not as spicy or flavourful as the rest… however, eaten with the green curry, the dish made a great accompaniment instead of the rice.
 Sticky coconut rice & Mango: One of the biggest determinents of whether this dessert comes off well is often the taste and quality of the mango itself. This is the first time I realized that even though the mango wasn’t the best quality, the sticky coconut rice was so well made that after a point the quality of the mango didn’t matter. Great way to finish of a delicious Thai lunch!
How much will it cost me: The lunch for 2 cost us S$ 40… however, the portion size was really large, and to be honest we definitely overate.
Verdict: The place scores really high in the affordable Thai food category. To be honest, the taste of the food beats some of the expensive places I have tried… it’s simple, non-fussy and unpretentious little place you can go to for a tasty and delicious Thai meal. What’s more, it is open till quite late most days… I give Gold Thai Food a definite Thumbs Up!
Address: 91 Bencoolen Street #01-14/22, Sunshine Plaza Singapore. Tel: +65 9014 3218