Nam Ngew Chiangrai – The Hidden Gem

While we were having beer at Stuttgart’s event at 27 Scotts Road, Gan asked if I have eaten Laos cuisine before. I replied no. He said he found a similar cuisine in Golden Mile Complex but it is Thai cuisine from Chiangrai. When he described the dishes and how they were meant to be eaten with the hands, his face practically litted up and his voice was in deep reverence. Ok, he got me convinced and we met this afternoon for something I have no name for.

Sidetracking a bit, I posted a picture of Gan from the beer fest on BT’s facebook page and Marcus (from Little India post) commented on it. A few exchange of words later, Marcus was enticed into having lunch with us too.

Moving forward… I was the first to arrive at 11.30am on the appointed Tuesday and called Gan to find out where to meet exactly. He told me he was still on the train coming in from Dover.

“Dover?! That’ll be like 20 minutes later?”
“No, it’s more likely 30 minutes” he replied, “but Marcus is already on his way.”

I had nothing better to do so I whipped out my camera and took pictures of bushes on the streets.

“and the leaves were telling secrets to the wind.”
― Peter Mulvey

Marcus called and told me he’s already in the building. He had scouted the place and said to go up to level 2, “I’m guessing from Gan’s description of the food that it’s a corner stall at the supermarket”.

“No… Using hands to eat while standing at the supermarket? He must be kidding me!”

I found Marcus at the lobby area of the supermarket. We loitered around the kiosk-stalls nearby, making small enquiries about the snacks sold.

Batter on hotplate promises to be hot and crispy.

Batter on hotplate promises to be hot and crispy.

Crispy Thai Pancakes.

Crispy Thai Pancakes.

I thought they were cheese but these shreds were in fact egg yolks.

I thought they were cheese but these shreds were in fact egg yolks.

Coconut flavoured ones.

Coconut flavoured ones with egg whites.
The satin white cream was rich but not overly sweet.
The crepe was really crispy you can hear CRUNCH with every bite.

The lady and her customer/friend were explaining to me about the egg yolk ribbons and offered me a piece. The kind young vendor also offered Marcus one. He liked it and promised to buy some from her after lunch.

The lady and her customer/friend were explaining to me about the egg yolk ribbons and offered me a piece.
The kind young vendor also offered Marcus one.
He liked it and promised to buy some from her after lunch.

A short distance away from the crispy pancakes, another beautiful Thai lady was slicing up these bananas.<br />How do you think it these would be handled?

A short distance away from the crispy pancakes, another beautiful Thai lady was slicing up these bananas.
How do you think it these would be handled?

Banana Fritters or what we locals called goreng pisang (Malay for fried bananas).

Banana Fritters or what we locals called goreng pisang (Malay for fried bananas).

Gan was still nowhere in sight.

“It’s 12.10pm and I have an appointment at 1.30pm. He should be punished”, Marcus said mischievously.

“Let me call to say lunch would be on him”, I winked.

Gan finally arrived and Marcus was right. It was the stall he suspected but they do have a few tables. I found one and sat down to order.

Roving eyes discovered what others were eating. A spicy looking noodle dish that was not on the menu but I'll have what they are having.

Roving eyes discovered what others were eating.
A spicy looking noodle dish that was not on the menu but I’ll have what they are having.

The diners told us this was pork noodles and that it was good...<br />"You should try it," they offered.

The diners told us this was pork noodles and that it was good…
“You should try it,” they offered.

As we were trying to find out what lies in this bowl, Marcus exclaimed, "Chicken feet! Er... I don't eat them". Ok, then have a look at the menu and order something else.

As we were trying to find out what lies in this bowl, Marcus exclaimed, “Chicken feet! Er… I don’t eat them”.
Ok, then have a look at the menu and order something else.

Meanwhile, Gan went to the Sausage "counter" and placed an order of his choices of meat and glutinous rice.<br />This was the unique meal we came for.

Meanwhile, Gan went to the Sausage “counter” and placed an order of his choices of meat and glutinous rice.
This was the unique meal we came for.

Sausage and Pork (satay?).

Sausage and Pork (satay?).

Gan said we were supposed to pinch some of the glutinous rice and round them into a small lump. Together with a piece of sausage or meat, dip them into the Thai sweet chilli sauce and nom nom nom.

Gan said we were supposed to pinch some of the glutinous rice and round them into a small lump.
Together with a piece of sausage or meat, dip them into the Thai sweet chilli sauce and nom nom nom.

Marcus wasn't too keen on using his hands. After all, we had no where to wash before and after the meal.

Marcus wasn’t too keen on using his hands. After all, we had no where to wash before and after the meal.

Gan and Marcus. Marcus saw seafood salad and asked if he could have seafood in his noodles but the server said no. So he ordered a fish ball curry noodle instead and we also settled for mango salad over of papaya.

Gan and Marcus.
Marcus saw seafood salad and asked if he could have seafood in his noodles but the server said no. So he ordered a fish ball curry noodle instead and we also settled for mango salad over of papaya.

Since Marcus didn't like chicken feet, I had the vermicelli. The vermicelli tasted more wheat than the rice variety (mee sua).

Since Marcus didn’t like chicken feet, I had the vermicelli.
The vermicelli tasted more wheat than the rice variety (mee sua).

Thai Curry Vermicelli -S$5.

Thai Curry Vermicelli -S$5.

Mango Salad.

Mango Salad.

We had Iced Coffee and 2x Iced Teas (all with milk).

We had Iced Coffee and 2x Iced Teas (all with milk).

BBQ Eggs with special marinade injected into the small opening.<br />The lady just said it was good but couldn't or didn't want to divulge the seasoning.<br />S$1 each.<br />We didn't try it this time as I only saw them after we're done with lunch.

BBQ Eggs with special marinade injected into the small opening.
The lady just said it was good but couldn’t or didn’t want to divulge the seasoning.
S$1 each.
We didn’t try it this time as I only saw them after we’re done with lunch.

And as Marcus promised, he got us each a bag of these goodies - S$5 each bag.

And as Marcus promised, he got us each a bag of these goodies – S$5 each bag.

Lunch was very good. It was so good we had 3 rounds of the sausage and pork dishes.

There was no bill to show but we had altogether (plus the takeaway that Gan ordered for his dinner) 3 drinks, 2 noodles, 1 salad, 2 glutinous rice, 5 sausages, 3 sour sausages (not so nice) and 6 pork (skewered) and Gan paid S$47.50 for them. That’s his penalty for being late, lol… Thanks Gan, lunch was FANTASTIC!

Golden Mile Complex @ Beach Road, Singapore.

Golden Mile Complex @ Beach Road, Singapore.

Just above Na Na Thai Restaurant, beside the supermarket.

Just above Na Na Thai Restaurant, beside the supermarket.

Nam Ngew Chiangrai
Address: 5001 Beach Road,
Golden Mile Complex #02-64,
Singapore 199588.

Rating: 8/10

Nam Ngew Chiangrai is just above Na Na Thai Food. Click here to see post.

Comments
4 Responses to “Nam Ngew Chiangrai – The Hidden Gem”
  1. daniellajoe says:

    barbecue eggs?? i have never seen that one, but I like eggs so it should be delicious 🙂

  2. Sam–I gain calories (and intense hunger) just looking at your lavishly illustrated posts. Your vivid descriptions make me wish we could send samples through the Internet!

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