Sometimes I crave for that spicy and savory elements of Thai cuisine and at the same time, the homely feeling that Chinese food brings. Tampines Safra has recently undergone renovations and Gin Khao has opened their new branch, specializing in Sino-Thai Cuisine, stitching the best of both worlds together.
The restaurant is very bright and spacious, with hygge private dining areas and 10-seaters round tables, a perfect place for a group of friends to come together for a good meal.
Crispy Salmon Skin w/ Smoked Duck | $14
Their featured appetizer features a classic Thai dish, the papaya salad, with thick cuts of smoked duck atop.
The salted egg yolk flavor on the crispy salmon skin had a milder tone to it so if you’re going for that overly salty Irvin’s taste, you might be a little disappointed. But personally, I loved the way it tasted.
Braised Fish Maw and Crab Meat | $38
Many might be familiar with this dish that usually appears in the set courses in Chinese 酒楼 restaurants.
There was a substantial amount of seafood in each bowl and the soup was rich without being overly filling.
Green Curry Seafood Fried Rice in Coconut Husk | $18
“Eh, can you smell that?” My friend asked me as the waitress was bringing our food to the table; the fragrance of the green curry wafted in the air.
A dish for two, the flavor of the curry in the rice was flavorful without being overly overwhelming and salty. Having thick cuts of a variety of seafood such as prawns, mussels and squids certainly made this dish even more worth it.
Prawn w/ Salted Egg Pumpkin Sauce
Absolutely loved how fresh the prawns were, especially when it gives you that crunch when you bite into it. However, the salted egg flavor was somewhat masked by the sweetness of the pumpkin sauce.
This dish comes in three different sizes- $16 (S), $28 (M) and $36 (L).
Crab Leg Meat w/ Thai Red Curry | $26
For those who have zero spice tolerance yet, wishes to enjoy Thai cuisine, this dish is perfect for you. Chunky crab meat fried with egg in a very mild red curry sauce, it presents to your taste buds an overall sweetness, with a hint of spice.
Longan Gu Lao Pork | $10 (S)
In case you were wondering where the thai aspect of this fusion dish is, it is… drumrolls please… the longans. The sweet and sour pork had a good crunch to it and every piece was perfectly bite-sized.
This dish comes in three different sizes, $10 (S), $12 (M), $17 (L).
Braised Vermicelli w/ Bitter Gourd and Sliced Fish | $26
Definitely my favorite dish of the day. The sliced fish was tender and had a good amount of the fatty part between the skin and the meat.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of douchi (fermented black bean sauce) as most dishes are rather salty. However, perhaps it was due to the bitter gourd, the dish ended up to have a good balance of flavors.
Their desserts are a must-try here. The Golden Tapioca w/ Coconut Gelato (left) had a strong natural tapioca flavor, with just a hint of sweetness from the vanilla ice cream and evaporated milk. And guess what? It’s only $5 per serving!
Ginkhao also took an interesting take on everyone’s favorite Mango Sticky Rice ($6), by using black glutinous rice which are more commonly found in Chinese desserts.
Their Hot Black Coffee has a sourer accent to it which I didn’t fancy initially. However, together with the desserts, it had a rather interesting flavor.
1/A Tampines Street 92
#01-K2, Tampines Safra
Tel: (65) 6226 0959
- Mon – Thurs: 12:00pm to 3:00pm
5:00pm to 10:00pm
- Fri – Sun: 12:00pm to 11:00pm
- Last Order: 30 mins before closing
*This post is written in collaboration with Gin Khao