I vaguely remembered coming across 'Rochor Thai' on some food blogs before and thought of giving it a try since I happened to passed by Joo Chiat Road one Saturday evening. The folks were kind enough to serve us at 5.25pm even though they are only open at 5.45pm for dinner.
It wasn't when we sat down that I saw 3 lines of words plastered on the glass doors:
NO SERVICE CHARGE
"No MSG" struck me the most because I hate the thirsty feeling at the end of a MSG-laden meal and I must say that the taste of the food didn't disappoint!
The Pad Thai Talay (stir fried rice noodles with seafood) is by far one of the best I've had. At $7.80, the rice noodles were slightly chewy but there is a subtle wok hei smell, and I love the sweet and slightly salty combination of the seafood and the flavours in this dish. We couldn't stop eating this and it was the first time where I didn't even feel like adding the peanut bits nor the chili flakes so as not to spoil the original taste! Absolutely yummy and I think the portion is just right for 2 persons, but you can order the bigger plate at $14.80 if you are having a meal in a big group.
It's interesting that they have in-house promotion for canadian oysters as well, $2 per oyster and the waitress guaranteed that it's freshly flown in on the day itself. I can't say no to fresh oysters! However, I think there's still a slight fishy taste and unless you crave for oysters that day, I think you can pass on this at Rochor Thai.
We talked to the restaurant manager for a bit and got to know that Rochor Thai just recently opened for about 6 months and the chefs are from Pattaya in Thailand. This definitely explained the close resemblance in taste to the ones we had back in Thailand!
Overall, Rochor Thai is perfect for meals with families, friends where you get to enjoy authentic Thai food without breaking the bank. It's easy to locate as well and not far from 112 Katong shopping centre. Do check out this place if you reside in the east or just happen to stroll along Joo Chiat area one day!
340 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: 6440 3270
Tues - Sundays : 11.30am to 10.00pm
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