I went with a date at Soi. Soi is a Thai Restaurant. The branch that I went to was in Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City. My date treat me with a sumptuous meal. These are what we ordered:
- For appetizer, it’s fried spring roll.
- For my main course, Singaporean Pad Thai—my favorite!
- For my drinks, my date ordered for me and let me try, Vanilla Thai Tea Shake. (I initially declined because I didn’t like the taste the first time I drink a cold beverage Thai tea. Well, he had his reason and I just followed it. He told me that I should try it because of what I ordered.)
- For a drink that I like, it’s calamansi juice, which he usually orders also for him whatever it is that I order as a drink. This is one of my favorite cold drinks.
- For his main meal, breaded pork chop with yellow rice, which is a bit spicy too. It has curry in it.
What I especially like in Thai food are their sauces! I was so amazed with the sauce of the fried spring rolls. It is carrot sauce, which is blended carrot with a little bit of sweet vinegar. Fried spring roll with the carrot sauce is so appetizing!
And just look at the place, isn’t it so enticing? Your senses will slowly open in these Asian colors.
Going back, Singaporean pad thai is a kind of fried noodles, which has barbeque pork, bell pepper, bean sprouts, green onions and scrambled egg. How the spicy flavor of this dish was mixed, it is so yummy! The taste is just so rich in flavors. Each ingredient is defined in every bite. I would say, the chef here really is a good cook! I’m no food connoisseur, but I tell you my tongue has a way of dissecting taste of every ingredient in a food. I am very particular if the ingredients used are natural, with quality and where is it made from. I like organic food so my taste buds are I think trained to know if one has natural flavors.
I’m the type who eats because I love the taste. I love the feel-the ambiance, the place itself, the company. I love the service.
I am just an ordinary person who likes simple food with natural flavors. It makes it more wonderful when I am with people who like the same. But I just really like the taste of Asian cuisine, especially that of Thailand, Singapore and Korea.
That is why my date is my best partner in eating at restaurants. For him, he doesn’t mind what he eats as long as he is with a person he wants to be with. And I happen to be the lucky one!
I am no feast eater too. I don’t like having so many food in front of me. I’m the type who takes a pick on what I eat by looking at the menu. I love looking at the menu with all the choices the restaurant offers. But I don’t like having too many to choose from.
Here’s the thing, I want practical, orderly and quality things. So that is why I guess each thing having a particular plate is so appealing to me. I like being able to customize particular food. Which is why condiments section or having specific containers for each condiment is very important. Here at Soi, it is nice.
Chilli flakes is one particular condiment that I especially like when eating at a restaurant. I like eating in Asian restaurants so I especially like or very particular with the sauces and condiments they offer. And for me, the sauces in Thai food is the mark of success of the restaurant.
When I tasted the sauce of the fried spring rolls, which was the first time that I tasted it as a fried one (I usually order it fresh with peanut sauce, which I also like), the sauce is very appetizing. The sauces they make are what makes me crave for more.
It actually reminded me of the delicious sauce I also tasted in another Thai restaurant here in the Philippines. The sauce is mashed eggplant and green chillis with sweet vinegar. It is the sauce for their Chilli Squid O’s, their brand of Calamares, the breaded squid rings.
I love these sauces and food. I love their spicy noodles. And need I say more that their food are really delicious?
My favorites in Thai food are pad thai, noodle soup and chicken. With others, if there are vegetables and side dishes too like that in Korean food, I like it a lot. It’s only the time that I can eat meat. But when it comes to spicy food, nothing beats Singapore and Thai’s spicy noodles!
With Singaporean pad thai, I like its spiciness. It tastes like the spicy dried “pusit” (dried squid) here in the Philippines. They almost have the same flavors, which is why I guess Singaporean pad thai is something close to my heart when it comes to spicy food. I used to eat these spicy “pusit” when I was a child like it is a candy. It is actually in very small transparent square plastic wrappers with small amounts of tiny bits of spicy squid, about five pieces at most where you can buy in sari-sari stores.
In the Philippines, sari-sari store is usually a small portion in front of a house turned into a convenience store in a residential area . A store where you can buy in retail products for everyday use. Most of the products are what we call “chichirya”, goodies for kids like chocolates, chips, candy bars, bubble gums and other sweets. Other food usually being sold are sometimes ice candy (different kinds of juice made frozen), ice buko, instant noodles, instant coffee and many others. Beverages being sold include softdrinks, beers, bottled water, milk and juices in tetra packs, bottles and cans. Other retail products are soap, shampoo and conditioner, detergent bar or powder and the like. Natural foods include raw and salted eggs, bread, and some vegetables. Just a trivia here in the Philippines.
Going back to these Asian noodles, I’d like to tell the difference I observed with the Singaporean pad thai and the pad thai. This is what I have only observed in Thai restaurants here in the Philippines. The Singaporean is spicy while pad thai is not. With the former, the egg ingredient is scrambled while with other pad thai, it has an egg net. The egg net is like beaten egg sifted while being fried and put on top of the noodles, which looks like chicken wire. Also, with Singaporean pad thai, for me, there’s no need to add chilli condiments for it is already spicy while with pad thai, to make it spicy, you have to add chilli condiments. And that’s the fun part!
Now, to make the spiciness of the food be neutralized, that’s where the Thai tea is for. For me, as a stand-alone cold drink, Thai tea shake is not one I especially like. With the Vanilla Thai Tea Shake I ordered, it is like a float-there’s a vanilla ice cream on it. That’s what my date ordered for me (which I agreed), he knows that I’m going to need it. He is right. It goes well with spicy food. After all, he lived in Thailand for 4 years when he was young, that is why he knows about it.
I love my man. We always eat in peace. We have good conversations while eating. He makes me feel secured. And he can make me smile.
And one more thing, he ordered a dessert to make our meal complete despite telling him that I’m already not feeling well because of feeling full. Or rather because of having put chilli flakes in my Singaporean pad thai a little more than I should (which I realized only later). And so our dinner was culminated with sweet banana with cocomilk. He always eat half of the food I order because I have a smaller capacity for eating. Although he does wait for me when I am still half-way to go and he’s done eating everything he ordered including half of mine. And when I’m done, he’ll have the dessert served. And we eat them together.
This is what we had in Soi. I love the food. I love the structure of the place. I even liked the drawings of elephants in small frames in the cupboards.
And so, our date was said goodbye with a picture of the elephant, which is the pendant of my necklace I remembered. He was even embarrassed to take a picture of the drawings in the cupboard near us when I asked him to.
Well, no doubt there will be more of these food reviews. Chow lah! 😉