Throughout my years spent travelling around Thailand as a travel editor, having been to remote areas way up in the mountains of Chiang Rai, and driving deeper into the south as well – I must say that one unique Thai dish I’ve had the pleasure of sampling was ants egg soup at a lovely diner in Chiang Mai.
I would say that this is a pretty rare Thai dish (at least hard to find for travellers who don’t quite know what to look for) and it’s pretty cool that we now have it available here in Singapore at the newly opened Tara Thai!
Located at Boat Quay, this Thai restaurant serves contemporary Thai food with a good variety of dishes to choose from. First up, of course, we have the Ant Egg Tom Saap (S$18) for those who are a little more adventurous with their food. Spicy and tangy with wild ants eggs and mushrooms – think of it as a different version of the usual tom yum soup, complete with a unique source of protein that tastes a little bit like fish roe.
If you’re not quite up for it though, there are plenty of other delectable dishes that are more on the safe (but still really yummy) side of things such as Deep Sea Spiny Lobster Thai Braised Glass Noodle (S$48) – a definite upgrade from my usual order of Thai Claypot Prawn Vermicelli (or Goong Ob Woonsen).
Other notable dishes also include Smoked BBQ Iberico Pork Jowl (S$24), Coconut Fried Eel Sandwich (S$18), Mussel Green Curry (S$21), Thai Octopus Leg Salad (S$21), and Claypot Pad Kra Prao Pork Cheek (S$36).
And if you’re not leaving without having imbibed a tipple or two, go ahead and try their cocktails like Tara Signature Tom Yum (S$16), and Lemon Grass Thai Tea (S$18) – especially if you’re up for trying a tom yum cocktail.
Ready to take a walk on the wild side with a tasty serving of some ants egg soup? You know where to find it!
PS: They’re also currently running an opening promo where you can enjoy Sakoshi Bay Oysters for S$2 each from now till 31 August 2022!
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