Yhingthai Palace on Purvis Street is currently the only Thai restaurant honoured the Michelin Guide for Singapore, holding a Michelin Bib Gourmand distinction. Founded in 1993, it has certainly managed to hold its own for all these years.
We are accustomed to Thai food generally being a quick and casual affair but Yhingthai really proves that Thai dining is also perfect in a more formal setting. The restaurant is a great spot for a special family dinner or to impress a first date. It sports traditional Thai artwork and decor, giving the place a warm and welcoming feel.
Must-Try House Specialties
Yhingthai Palace offers many traditional Thai dishes that are generally hard to find elsewhere in Singapore.
For appetisers, the Crispy Rice Chips (Khao Tang Nah Tang, $12) really hit the spot. This consists of addictively spicy coconut milk, minced chicken & shrimp sauce accompanied by slabs of rice crisps. This sounds like an odd combination but trust me, it works.
For mains, the Yhingthai’s Thai Otah (Hor Mok Talay, $15) was simply delicious and cannot be missed. This dish consists of individually baked rounds of homemade spicy fish paste. Every piece was perfectly soft and moist as the special earthenware dish helped to seal in all the flavour.
Overall though, the Thai Crab Cakes (Poo Ja, $6.50/piece) were true stars of the show. These crab cakes are made of minced chicken and prawns with crab meat centre. The entire creation was juicy and tasty despite the deep frying and the sweet crab went really well with the savoury meat. I would come back just for these.
Comforting Thai Favorites
Besides house specialties, rest assured that Yhingthai also serves up every Thai classic that you could dream up.
We liked the Olive Fried Rice (Khao Phad Nam Liap, $18) and thought that it was decent overall. The strips of sweet chicken and dried shrimps on the side was a nice addition.
The Thai Omelette with Minced Pork (Khai Jeow Mhoo Sup, $18) was really, really good. This omelette was fairly thick yet fluffy all the way through which was really impressive. I definitely recommend this.
Another dish we enjoyed was the Thai Green Curry Chicken (Gaeng Keow Wan, $20). This was standard fare as much as green curry goes and a little more on the spicy side. They were really generous with the amount of chicken though so I would advise to share this with someone.
On the other hand, the Sambal Kang Kong (Phak Boong Fai Dang, $30) was average and the only dish that was somewhat disappointing. It was just a bit too watery and the sauce was not flavourful enough.
Finally, a special mention to the Tom Yam Kung ($10 per bowl) and Tom Yam Talay ($10 per bowl), which were both incredibly good (and spicy!) but not pictured here. Each bowl is probably enough for two people to share if you are ordering dishes as well.
Refreshing Sweet Treats
Desserts are just something that you absolutely cannot skip over! Yhingthai has about five traditional desserts to choose from and we opted for the two below.
The Young Coconut Jelly (Woon Ma Praw On, $6) was a refreshing end to the meal and something you don’t typically see in other restaurants. This is similar to agar-agar but made with young coconut water and filled with bits of fresh coconut as well.
Finally, no Thai meal is complete without Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Neow Ma Muang, $8). The mango was incredibly sweet and the rice-to-mango ratio was just right. They could have afforded to be a bit more liberal with the coconut cream, but that is just my personal preference.
Overall the quality of food was definitely top-notch. It was an eye-opening dining experience and I really enjoyed trying new traditional Thai dishes.
However, note that many of the more typical Thai dishes are available at more affordable price points in many casual Thai joints, so some may feel that these are overpriced. I felt that the quality and ambience justified the price point though and Yhingthai Palance will probably remain one of my go-to places for that special one-in-a-while dinner.
Spent: $48 ++ per person
Yhingthai Palace Restaurant
Address: 36 Purvis St, #01-04, Singapore 188613
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2pm, 6-10pm every day