There’s that decades-old debate about the Singlish and Malaysian definition of shiok vs syok, but whether you prefer to interpret it as a term of approval, or just to mean cheap, Sisaket Thai Food delivers on both fronts to bring you one of the most satisfying Thai food out there.
While the first store is tucked away in a corner of Maxwell Food Centre, they soon grew to expand to Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre over at Redhill, and most recently at Telok Blangah Crescent too. It’s no wonder they grew to be so popular too—if the queues lining up outside each branch is anything to go by—with meal sets, individual dishes and sharing platters, they’re the perfect stop for a quick lunch break or a nice family dinner.
We ordered their Green Curry Rice (S$4.50), Phad Thai (S$4) and Basil Leaf Rice (S$4.50). Typical, we know, but it’s only through choosing the most classic of dishes that we find out for certain what makes them stand out.
Served piping hot, the fragrant aroma of basil leaves, long beans and the minced chicken was enough to make our mouths (and eyes) water. The chicken was juicy enough without being overly watery, with the heady notes of spice coming through from the generous serving of chilli padi.
The fried egg’s running yolk served on top of the rice was the only thing that offered our tongues salvation from the fiery heat, but it was definitely a spice that we’d continually go back for. The composition of textures from the crunchy beans to the bites of meat to the soft gooey egg and sauce-mixed rice resulted in an extremely satisfying mouthful.
The Phad Thai oozed an intense wok hei as it’s served from the wok to the table in less than a minute. The firm chewy rice noodles were stir-fried with plenty of egg and chopped tofu, giving it that moist creamy texture that played off the crunch of the prawns and peanuts.
With an added touch of lime and a scattering of chilli flakes, the Phad Thai tastes even better the more you eat it. It’s safe to say it’s a dangerous dish with how addictive it was.
Perhaps the most quintessential Thai dish around—apart from Tom Yum Soup—is Green Curry. The aromatic curry was on a slightly thinner side without being diluted, which meant we exercised almost zero self-control in spooning it over our rice, diets be damned. The creamy decadent sweetness of the curry was readily soaked up by the brinjals in it, and coated the thick cuts of chicken in a blanket of green.
The chicken was just cooked too, still moist and succulent, but just dry enough for the curry to seep through it.
If you haven’t already tried their authentic grub, then it’s time to do so. Regardless of which branch you go to, the ladies there are sure to serve you with Thailand’s trademark smile and friendly service.
Sisaket Thai Food
#01-85 Maxwell Food Centre
*1 Kadayanallur Street
Daily: 8am – 2am
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer
*Multiple Locations Islandwide.