Took Lae Dae – Cheap Thai Restaurant at Tai Seng

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Full Menu, all prices S$ Nett

Restaurant works like a fast food restaurant: Order at counter, pay nett prices, wait for order and take. Air conditioned on the inside, some open area seating outside.

Although I said cheap, it really is mostly just the S$3.80 menu item (Pad Krapow), with the rest at pretty standard prices.

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Ordered this because this isn’t something I ate before and it looked nice.

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Khao Kluk Kapi – S$8.80

Sadly, the presentation isn’t as neat, but it still looks pretty.

Khao Kluk Kapi is a sort of deconstructed fried rice, as it is usually presented with the ingredients separated, with a combination of flavours of savoury from a braised pork and the shrimp paste, saltiness from the same components, sourness from lime and green mango slices, and spiciness from the chillis. You can sort of combine the flavours yourself in every bite to get every type of combination as you desire.

That was what I got. The sourness from the mango and lime actually worked pretty nicely with the salty, savoury flavours of the other ingredients, making it a very balanced taste.

Admittedly, this is also the first time I am eating this, so I can’t compare this dish to a good Khao Kluk Kapi. But, I felt that there could be a stronger shrimp paste flavour in the rice. While the dish is overall delicious, it felt expensive at S$8.80, in relative to other menu items here.

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Thai Iced Coffee – S$2.80

Very sweet and creamy. It reminded me of a NesCafe canned coffee.

Rating for Took Lae Dae

I rate food based on how far I am willing to travel, as well as whether I think the price I paid for it justifies it. You can read more about why here.

Travel-meter:

1It is not mind-blowing, but offers pretty standard fare for a reasonable price. Much media will focus on the S$3.80, but just be wary that it is mostly just marketing, since the marketed S$3.80 is just one incomplete dish without the egg. With the egg, it is S$5. I am ok with taking a short walk to eat this.

Worth-it-meter:

3 out of 5At its price, I got what I paid for. Nothing more, nothing less.

But I’m just a fat boi… What do other people think?

The Media People

Seth Lui thought that the restaurant was cheap and authentic.

EatBook focused on the price (and especially the S$3.80). Liked it. 8.5/10

SGFoodOnFoot wrote nice things about the food, but gave a pretty average number score.

The Community

Google reviews are 3.2/5 with 31 reviews. Pretty average. People who didn’t like it had some complains about inconsistency for food and service. Opinions on whether it is cheap and good are mixed.

Facebook reviews are mixed. 3.1/5 stars, with 18 giving 5 stars and 15 giving 1 star out of 44 reviews. There seems to be very varying degrees of service and food standards.

Burpple reviews are mixed. Most thinks that it is as the name, cheap and good. Some however, think that it is disappointing or average.

Location

At 18 Tai Seng, just opposite Tai Seng MRT Station.

Took Lae Dae, 18 Tai Seng Street, #01-34/35/K9 18 Tai Seng Singapore 539775

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