A Thai restaurant serving Thai delicacies.
Taste of Thailand (Bei Sheng Seafood Restaurant) Hot
Awesome zichar at pocket friendly prices
My parents often brought me to dine at Taste of Thailand when I was a little girl, but I never really did enjoy the food until very recently, when I went back again to have dinner with my friends after hearing really good reviews about it. Indeed, the dishes offered at this restaurant is really scrumptious. It is no wonder why my parents were such avid fans!
There is often a queue during dinner time, so if you are the impatient sort, you should definitely make a reservation first. The boss is jovial and friendly and would easily stir up a conversation with you. Usually, you never have to wait beyond half-an-hour and you'll be ushered to a nice, clean table. Service is prompt there as well. Food always arrives almost as soon as you settle into your seat despite the crowd it garners.
Some of the popular must-try dishes include the crispy fried fish, the pineapple rice, hot-plate tofu and tom yam soup! I personally love the deep fried crispy fish - crunchy on the outside, but soft and tasty on the inside! They also have fried calamari rings and cereal prawns which are very delicious as well.
As for the ambience, it is of course nothing compared to a high-class restaurant. It caters more towards families and friends out to have a good meal and a hearty laugh and can be a noisy place at times.
The price range is extremely reasonable and friendly to the pocket as well. Usually, my friends and I order a few dishes to share and the each of us never had to pay anymore than $8 each and we could fill ourselves up to the brim with food already! A definite must-try if you haven't been there before.
User Ratings Summary
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Nothing overly fascinating about the food. I would like to think Bei Sheng Lou as the comfort food place for most Singaporeans. Never understand the link between the inclusion of the words 'thai food' in its name and the food it serves though, except probably the signature chilli sauce being sweet and sour like Thai's. Reasonably priced or cheap per se, they serve the least fanciful yet just-the-right-taste dishes one will expect from your regular Zi-char stall.
Especially love the curry prawns served in a hot claypot, which is also one of the few dishes served piping hot. Most of the dishes seem to be prepared in bulk ( pineapple rice, speciality fried fish ) prior to meal times and are served super quickly once your order is taken. But! I'm not complaining because the dishes are still as yummy albeit not hot. To perfect our meal of comfort food, we often get a few bucks slashed off the total bill upon payment, allowing us to walk out of the humble restaurant with tummy filled and agreeing nods.
I was in the area to visit a friend (wouldn't have travelled all the way there for any other reason) and she brought me to Taste of Thailand for dinner. We were greeted by a long queue of enthusiastic locals and friendly staff who were busy attending to their waiting customers.
To speed things up, their staff quickly took the orders of their waiting customers. I think their service was pretty good. All of them were chatty and very much knowledgable about their menu. On the other hand, I felt that their food was quite mediocre and not too similar to authentic thai food. I've tasted better thai food than what they are serving but they are offering decent dishes at reasonable prices.
The pork in the sweet and sour pork ($8) was fresh and there was a generous amount of meat (unlike some of the stingy zi char stores). However, the dish was lacking due to the slightly bland sweet and sour sauce. Their kailan with oyster sauce ($6) was uninteresting, nothing special. I think I could have done without their claypot tofu ($6). It had too much of the starchy sauce, the mushrooms tasted a little odd and overall, it was just a very plain dish. Their tom yum soup ($6) was a huge disappointment. I didn't like the sedimentary texture of the soup and it lacked the sour and spicy flavour - I was wondering if they had simply used the tom yum soup cubes to make the soup.
Visit Taste of Thailand for their reasonably priced thai food but not if you're craving for authentic thai food, you'll probably will not be satisfied!
Value for money!
A restaurant which truly embodies the words: “value for money”, taste of thai is a restaurant I would recommend to students looking for an upgrade on their usual fare and NSFs situated near the restaurant. I first came across this restaurant when I was serving the army, as my camp was just opposite. It soon became our usual hangout place for my army buddies and I, due to the really affordable food.
One dish I liked most would be the soft fried sotong that cost around 8 dollars for the middle portion. It is really crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making me miss that taste after having it for dinner and returning to camp!
Also, the portions of the fried rice and noodles which cost 6 dollars are really quite a lot compared to other restaurants, thus satisfying many hungry soldiers in my camp. A negative side effect of the cheap food, though, would be that the restaurant would be packed during dinner time, and thus the ambience may not be to one’s liking if table top conversations are important. Also, it is ironic that the restaurant is named: “taste of thai”, as I don’t think there’s any thai taste in the food.
All in all, cheap but good food!
A mere glimpse of Thailand
Despite being named Taste of Thailand, I could barely get a real taste of Thai food. Upon reaching the restaurant, it gave off an atmosphere not of a Thai Restaurant, but of a Zi Char Outlet. The menu seemed more like one of a Zi char restaurant with several thai dishes interspersed within.
My group of 4 ordered a plate of pineapple fried rice, sambal kang kong, tom yum soup and cereal prawn. The food was served at a surprisingly fast rate. All of us loved the pineapple fried rice, as it was simply scrumptious, with a light but sufficient flavour. It tasted rather authentic, thus highly recommended for those who dine here. The sambal kang kong was average, and would have been better if it were more spicy. The cereal prawns was also great and very fresh. However, the tom yum soup was a big disappointment. It lacked the sour and spicy flavour of authentic tom yum soup, and in its place, was a weird tasting concoction. Definitely needs to be improved!
Taste of Thailand merely provides a glimpse of Thailand. Nevertheless, some dishes are still good, and value for money. We only paid about $6 per person for the above dishes! Go to Taste of Thailand for its affordable yet good food, but not if you're looking for authentic thai food.
Hearty chinese food.
On contrary to it's name, I feel that the food do not really have a taste of thailand, that is it doesn't taste authentic. But, and there is always a but, I cannot deny that the food serve tastes good indeed. It would be better if they didn't indicate in their name that they would be serving thai style delicacies.
I love the cereal prawns there, the cereal is buttery and light, and doesn't taste cloying on the tastebuds. The prawns are also fresh unlike places where prawns have heads hanging- signifying that prawns used are not fresh.
The place is rather big and there are two dining areas, one air conditioned and the other in the open air. Make sure you make reservations, for the place is always fully packed, if not, be prepared to wait quite a while.
Zi Char that is cheap and pleasant!
Feel like eating zi char yet want something different from your usual zi char dishes? Taste of Thailand is the place for you then! Not only does it sell zi char dishes that can be found in most zi char stalls, it also sells thai-styled dishes! It will definitely have some dishes that suit your taste, at a pocket friendly price too!
It is located conveniently at Chong Pang, where you can bus down from Yishun or Sembawang. It is hard to miss, as queues are often spotted outside the restaurant. There is air con in the restaurant itself and there are otudoor seats too. If you come in large groups, you might have to wait for around 15 minutes or so before you can get seats. However, the cheap and quality food will surely make up for the waiting time!
My friends and I would always order our all time favourites - Tom yam soup, Kang kong (stir fried with sambal chilli which tasted spicy yet not too salty), fried calamari, pineapple fried rice, fried crispy fish and prawn paste chicken! You will definitely have a cheap and satisfying meal at taste of Thailand. The dishes are around $1 to $2 cheaper than the zi char stalls at hawker centres, incredible! I think that is why people flock to Taste of Thailand, who wouldn't love cheap and scrumptious food?