Thai street food restaurant, Long Chim Singapore is coming up on its first birthday, and we check out how the menu has evolved over the year.
Long Chim, a Thai Street food restaurant by celebrity chef David Thompson, is a name familiar to many. Boasting outstanding service, ambience and food, this restaurant has definitely earned its place at the prestigious grounds of Marina Bay Sands. A year later, we check out this hot spot again to see if the newly refined menu still lives up to its name.
Our meal began with some savoury starters and salads, which range from light and refreshing to strong-flavoured and appetising. If you’re looking for a mild and tangy start, consider the Grilled Long Eggplant Salad ($24), which is a hot favourite amongst many visitors. This salad is a medley of eggplants directly imported from Thailand, topped with a soft-boiled egg and a dusting of pork floss. The Chiang Mai Larp of Chicken ($16) on the other hand is spicy and notorious for being Long Chim’s spiciest dish. So if you think you can get past the heat, try this one!
If we had to choose a few of our favourite curries and soups on this menu, the Green Beef Curry ($34) and Sour Orange Curry of Snakehead Fish ($29) would come out tops. The former is a rich and meaty dish, made with melt-in-the-mouth tender beef slices, and cooked to flavourful perfection by the thick curry. This dish is served with fried roti slices instead of plain rice, which makes for a wonderful carbohydrate to go along with the curry. However, only order this if you have a strong palate, or it may come across as a tad too salty. The latter dish is an appetising curry cooked with Snakehead Fish; a fish rarely used by restaurants in Singapore. This curry goes very well with plain white rice, and I’m sure you’ll appreciate the generous chunks of fish in the curry. Another hot favourite at Long Chim is the Mussaman Curry of Beef ($34), a curry cooked with sweet potatoes, giving the dish a savoury yet sweet finish.
Thai street food is known for serving piping hot bowls of delicious noodles, and so is Long Chim. There is a wide variety of noodles available, but don’t miss their signature Charred Noodles ($27), Prin’s Noodles ($31) or Stir Fried Glass Noodles ($26). The Pad Thai ($30) is also a dish that’s widely ordered at Long Chim. It’s familiar taste is accentuated by a small twist – the noodles are served slightly more wet than usual. We thoroughly enjoyed this wetter version of the Pad Thai!
And of course, one never ends a Thai meal without indulging in some sweet treats. For durian lovers, you must try the Durian Ice-Cream with Sesame Wafer ($15). It tastes like frozen durian with a crispy wafer on top and has a distinctive black sesame taste. Sounds delicious, no? Another dessert that stole our hearts is the Banana Roti ($12) – banana encased in crispy flour and drizzled with a copious amount of sugar and condensed milk. We like how the rotis are crispy but also have a slight chewy feel so that our mouths get to fully explore the depths of flavour.
For those who need a casual drink after work, or a quick pick-me-up during lunch, Long Chim whips up special cocktails inspired by Thai cuisine. Try the Thai Pisco – a combination of dry vermouth with Chilean brandy, watermelon and plum bitters. This drink is good to help kickstart a meal, and also equally good to just drink on it’s own because hey, we sometimes we don’t need a reason to drink, right?
In conclusion, Long Chim has way more hits than misses in its newly refined menu. For fans of the old menu, don’t worry as there are still plenty of those options on the new menu; but do give the new items a chance too. You won’t be disappointed!
Long Chim, L2-02, Atrium 2, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, Tel: (+65) 6688 8888, www.longchim.com.sg