Singaporeans now have another choice of Thai food with the entry of Baan Ying. Baan Ying is a brand which started in 1999 at Bangkok’s Siam Square and today, they have more than 10 outlets across Bangkok. Baan Ying is popular for dishes made from family recipes. Today, Baan Ying have ventured into Singapore at Royal Square in Novena area.
Baan Ying’s restaurant and decor remain similar to the branches in Bangkok and they are all bright and airy. Baan Ying recently launched a weekend treat called “The Great Baan Ying Brunch” to allow diners to have authentic Thai food without leaving Singapore.
It is actually a weekend semi-buffet featuring popular Thai favourites that include a choice of one main course along with a buffet spread of 12 to 15 appetisers, sides and desserts on rotation every week. It is priced at $38.80++ per adult and $19.40++ per child (four to ten years old; kids under three dine free; child price includes a complimentary fruit juice). You can also enjoy free-flow of beer and wine at a top-up of $29.80++ for the entire brunch duration from 11am to 3pm. Let’s take a deeper look into their offerings.
Firstly, you have to choose your choice of mains.
Bone-In Iberico Pork Chop (add S$9.80) or
Angus Beef Steak or
Grilled Large River Prawns or Pan-Fried Salmon Steak (not in picture). Once that’s chosen, the rest below are buffet spread!
Thai locals traditionally start the meal with an assortment of homemade Nam Prik (traditional Thai dip) together with raw vegetables. Singaporeans are not so familiar with raw vegetables so, at Baan Ying, they have boiled the vegetables (cabbage, winged beans, cucumber and Thai mini eggplant). This way, we are more willing to give it a try, isn’t it?
There’s also a DIY Thai Salad (Som Tam) station where you can mix and match your own ingredients (peanuts, dried shrimp, cherry tomatoes, long beans and either, tangy green papaya (Som Tum) or green mango (Yum Mamuang)) to personalise your own Som Tam.
The other buffet spread includes Baan Ying White Sesame Pork, Thai Style Minced Pork Ball, Crispy Wanton Skin with Pork & Shrimp Dip, Crispy Fish Flakes with Mango Salad Dressing.
Instead of using rice crackers, it is being replaced with Crispy Wanton Skin to give it a little Singapore twist.
This is quite a popular dish in Thailand. You basically mix these 2 dishes and eat it together for a mix of flavours and textures.
You also have more Chinese style dishes such as Stir-fried Pickled Cabbage with Pork, Glass Noodle Salad, Omelette with Shrimp & Onions and Thai Sweet & Sour Fish.
There’s a variety of soups too, such as Tofu Pork Soup (which is what founder, Aunty Ying) usually cooks at home and Tom Yum Chicken.
Get to try different curries such as Pineapple Curry with Pork or Green Curry with Chicken.
There’s also fried rice and fried noodle options (not in picture).
End off your meal with popular desserts such as Purple Sweet Potato in Coconut Milk or Rainbow Ruby.
Parents with children will happy to know that there’s a section allocated for children for them to play.
So, if you are craving for some good Thai food in a comfortable and bright setting, Baan Ying can be a good choice for you!
[Singapore] Baan Ying
This was an invited media tasting. As always, all reviews and opinions are entirely my own.
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