Pad Thai and Red Rubies

After reading a freshly pressed blog on Thai Iced Tea, I was tempted to have some Thai Food myself.  I decided to try out Diandin Leluk which seems like an authentic place with chefs from Thailand. Thai Food always features a strong element of fish sauce, lime and sugar which gives it the unique sourish, sweetish, out of this world, spicy taste. The curries are coconutty and spicy sweet too.

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The first thing that caught my eye was the lunch special for $7.50 (including the $1 top up for dessert). I was majorly craving for Pad Thai and a dessert called Red Ruby.

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The restaurant is spacious on the inside with huge teak tables with ornate flowers carved into them.

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The Pad Thai which is a sweetish flat noodle was so yummy I wished I could have had a larger portion. Maybe I’m greedy but the portion size for the set seemed rather small. This is very close to what I had in Thailand. It is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, tofu, prawns, chicken, fish sauce, tamarind juice. You garnish the dish with a squeeze of lime and you can add the condiments provided like crushed peanuts and grounded chilli peppers to it.

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For the other set we chose pineapple rice for the main course which was lovely too. The pineapple rice is garnished with pork floss and is usually served in half of a hollowed out pineapple (sadly it wasn’t done here maybe because the portion size for the set was too small.) The pineapple which the rice is cooked with gives it such a wonderful flavour that if you haven’t tried this, you just must. It’s quite a taste sensation.

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We ordered a green curry with chicken off the ala carte menu. It was so good, but so decadently rich with coconut that we were quickly filled up. This cost $8.50 Singapore dollars.

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It was great that we could share the 2 starters and we had selected Tom Yum soup and Mango Salad. The Mango salad of half ripe thinly sliced green mango, was a great accompaniment to the potently spicy Tom Yum soup which is basically a spicy seafood soup with mushrooms and lemongrass added. Luckily they provided us with a free flow of iced water.

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The set also came with a choice of drinks and we had Thai iced coffee and lime juice. The iced coffee was just right and not too sweet, while the lime juice had a intensely sourish sweet taste that we liked. A great counterbalance to the deceptively spicy meal we were having. And believe me, the both of us can take a lot of spice. It’s just that the spiciness takes a while to hit you.

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The red ruby which is water chestnut and tapioca balls in ice and coconut milk was so divine I would definitely choose this for dessert again. If you are hankering for a cold refreshing dessert I would recommend coming here for just this. Although my favorite Thai dessert is actually warm Thai sticky rice with mango, but this was not one of the selections on the set menu. Well maybe next time.

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This steamed sticky sweet tapioca dessert was lovely too, but I was incredibly full by then. I would chose the red ruby over this the next time as I found this a little bit too sweet. It would be ok if you share it with a few people and just have a small portion.

The total cost of the very satisfying meal was S$23.60, with no service charge or any extra charges, which was great! The waiters were polite and attentive. Although it helped that the restaurant was quite empty, and they didn’t have many customers to handle.

Diandin Leluk
68/68A Serangoon Garden Way
Singapore 555964
Tel: 6286 6768

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