Get Saucy, Salty and Wet this Songkran!

What a teaser tagline!

I like it! 😀

Saucy and Salty I meant. Wet – not quite. 😛

For the uninitiated, Songkran refers to the traditional New Year’s Day which is celebrated from 13th to 15th April in Thailand. If you are in the county, get ready to be drenched, soaked, poured, sprayed with water – a symbol of washing away all the bad. Well, if you are not in Thailand during that season, fret not. Soak up the atmosphere with sizzling spicy food at your friendly ThaiExpress or Basil!

We were kindly invited to sample the new dishes in conjunction with the Songkran festival at Basil by ThaiExpress. Basil is a contemporary casual dining restaurant with a fresh and young interpretation on Thai food. I actually prefer Basil’s fresh outlook and “hipper” feel. It’s located at Kallang Wave, Sport Hub Retail Mall if you will like to check it out.

Drinks to start off the dinner; try the Virgin Basil Mojito, Bael or Roselle Drink for a refreshing take. If you like a sweeter beverage, the Pandan drink or the traditional Thai Iced Tea will not fail. One tip here: If you can’t take spices that well, get a Thai Iced Tea. The milk will help to neutralise the “fire” in the tummy. 🙂

Without much disappointment, we tasted rich varieties of spices in traditional Thai cooking styles. Here are what’s new on the menu:

1) Phad Mee Phuket (Stir-fried Thai-Style Bee Hoon served with Tiger Prawns)

The bee-hoon had been infused with a homemade sweet and sour sauce and every bite entails a taste of fragrant coconut taste. This is right up my alley! I enjoy bee-hoon slightly wetter with sauces and the “lemak” taste make it so Singapura! Tiger Prawns are fresh and succulent; done nicely to the T. This is my favourite new dish for the evening. Share it with a few persons to allow tummy space for other dishes! 🙂

2) Songkran Wing

Now now now…. what is there not to like about deep fried chicken wings???!!!! If there is any food that you can bribe me with; it got to be fried chicken wings. We try not to deep fry too much at home and thus my indulgence got to be fulfilled when we dine out.

These wings are specially sprinkled with crispy basil leaves, fried garlic flakes, dried chilli, salt and sugar. It could do better with a longer time in marinating to give the meat more depth but otherwise, I will devour any chicken wings with crispy golden brown skins! Yes – I eat skins! Do you? 😛 (Gone with that diet-plan for now).

3) Pla Muk Khi Khem ( Thai-Style Salted Egg Calamari)

My 2 favourite ingredients doing a duet! This is something tough to duplicate at home due to the high heat needed for this dish to taste good. With a unique sweet-creamy salted egg sauce coupled with a slight tinge of basil and spice, it marries the squid pretty well. A twist to the usual salted egg dishes, try this for a twist in your usual salted egg dishes.

4) Som Tum (Papaya Salad)

I hate papaya. period. I dislike papaya to the core!

And guessed what I didn’t realise I ate papaya salad till I started writing this post and was reading the menu! Ok – granted – it’s green papaya. And it is such a refreshing appetizer that I didn’t ask further what were the ingredients! It was the dish nearest to me and I greedily gobbled it up! Enough said, order this as an alternative to the usual green mango salad.  It’s so good that you don’t know you are eating papaya (yes, papaya-loathers? Or it’s just me?!)

Some other dishes we had which are worthy a mention too:

** Grilled Beef Salad **

Chewy sliced ribeye beef tossed in chilli & lime dressing and sprinkled with roasted rice. This is a chef recommendation and I totally agree. Load up if you like your beef spicy! I enjoyed this while the hubby felt it’s a little too spicy for him.

** Fresh Prawn Omelette **

Simple as it sounds; but big on taste and crunch especially when it’s paired with fried basil and the special chilli dip on the side. One of those dishes that is tough to get it right at home as you need a deep oil wok with a big fire. Order this if you are craving for simple comfort food! 🙂

Lastly we sampled almost all the desserts!

Thai desserts are sweet and sweet! If you like your desserts sweet, you have to order one here.

Sharing with you 2 of my favourites:

** Mango Sticky Rice **

Good quality mangos on a bed of warm sticky rice served with fresh coconut cream; B.E.S.T. combination. If you have tummy space for only 1 dessert, got-to-try-this.

** Homemade Lod Chong **

Not my first time having Lod Chong but I kinda forgotten it’s name! The lod chong is freshly home-made and has a slightly herby-fresh taste (like chewing on a fresh mint). It goes well with the sweet coconut-based dessert. Good for those who might like a lighter taste for desserts.

Win a luxurious trip to Thailand

In collaboration with Bangkok Airways and Tourism Authority of Thailand, ThaiExpress will be giving away a pair f return Business Class tickets to Bangkok and Koh Samui to experience the festival of SOngkran in Thailand itelse.f!

Winners will fly off on 10th April to Koh Samui, stay 1 night in Anantara Lawana Samui Resrt & Spa –Deluxe Plunge Pool Room from 10th to 11th April followed by 3 night stay in a 1 bedroom Suite in Anantara Sathorn Bangkok from 11th to 14th April 2015. The accommodations include breakfast and a round trip airport transfer.

How?

Simply spend a minimum of $50 (before GST and service charge) to get a free mini water gun (great for waterplay!) and a unique code to enter the lucky draw for the grand prize. The unique codes will be given out till 29th March and the winner will be announced on ThaiExpress’ Facebook Page on 1st April 2015.

Pose and Win

If you at ThaiExpress/Basil outlets, you will see a “Trick-eye” museum-like standees, Pose with it and post it on Instagram with the hashtages #thaiexpresssg and #songkranthaiexpress, and stand to win $200 worth of ThaiExpress vouchers. The 3 most creative photos will be chosen as winners! We are “gunning” for it too!” 😛

More details on the Songkran promotion at http://songkran.thaiexpress.com.sg

Basil 1

Don’t miss the promotion now!

Check ThaiExpress website: www.thaiexpress.com.sg and Basil: http://basil.com.sg/ for more details and locations of outlets.

^Songkran promotional dishes will be available 9th March till 19th April 2015.

Disclaimer: We were kindly invited to sample the new dishes in line with Songkran festival. No other compensation had been received. All photos and opinions remain blogger’s own. Flabbier tummy included.

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