Thailand is renowned the world over for its vibrant and flavourful cuisine, which tends to draw upon perfect combinations of spicy, sweet, sour, and salty. In the land of smiles, street food is king, and Thai people love to get their daily meals from quaint stalls on the sidewalk. These meals are, of course, extremely kind on the purse strings, and restaurants across the world try to replicate this experience. Here we take a look at some of the most budget-friendly Thai options in Singapore. If reading this makes you too hungry, don't worry. Everything on this list can be ordered for delivery with Deliveroo.
1. Thai Green Curry
Thai green curry is miles apart from the tomato-based masalas of India, and offers a refreshing change to those seeking something different. It all starts with a mixture of crushed chillies, garlic, shallots, galangal and lemongrass, and this paste is watered down with coconut milk. The result is a light, creamy curry which packs a mean punch. Different restaurants have diverse ideas about what should go in the sauce, but chicken, eggplants, and mushrooms are common features. The offering at Thai Express is served with chicken, and has a reasonable price of just over $12.
2. Som Tam
Som Tam isn't quite as well-known as the green curry or Pad Thai, but this is a staple dish on the streets of Thailand that is almost like an addiction to Thai people. A som tam seller can be found on nearly every street corner in Bangkok, and they are recognisable by their huge pestle and mortars and large stockpiles of papayas. It's an insanely spicy papaya salad which also incorporates dried shrimp, peanuts, and tomatoes. This cheap but incredibly healthy dish can be picked up at Bangkok Jam, under the name of "Spicy Green Papaya Salad with Dried Prawns and Peanuts."
3. Thai Fishcakes
Thai fishcakes are great as a starter or sharing dish and usually come served with a sweet chilli dip. The hand-sized bites themselves are made by blending together fragrant ingredients such as garlic, lemongrass, chillies, lime zest, and coriander, along with the choice of fish. This paste is then formed into small patties and fried. The fishcakes are bursting with a wonderful variety of flavours. This is a cheap dish as well, and you can order it from Rennthai for $7.49.
4. Noodle Soup
Noodle soup is another staple Thai dish that can be acquired from street sellers for next to nothing. The seller will normally stew down pork bones to create a rich broth, and then offer a selection of noodle types to submerge in the soup. In addition to that, customers get a combination of tasty treats included, and these can range from slices of crispy pork to boiled eggs. There are restaurants in Singapore dedicated to this dish, and the Street Side Combination Noodle bowl at Bowl Thai is well worth a try.
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