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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Lunch at Folks Collective @ China Square Central

20 Cross Street #01-25 China Square Central, Singapore 048422
Tel: 6536 6739

When I heard some friends mentioning visiting and revisiting Folks Collective for good Thai food, I was excited to drop by and experience dining here. So 5 of us headed down.

I was charmed by the beautiful and artistic decor of the place, with funny, funky touches all reflecting the traditional Thai icons, such as the Tuktuk in front.

The interior was dimly-lit with authentic Thai decor, evident from the display of products and industrial lamps overhead.

We attacked the menu and selected some dishes to share, then keyed our orders into the tablets attached to the table.  The food was served pretty fast upon order.

A round of drinks were served first - Thai Iced Milk Tea (SGD$4.90) and Iced Lemongrass drink (SGD$3.90).

Chargrilled Pork Collar (SGD$8.90) was tender and quite crispy, served with chilli jaew dip giving it a spicy kick. It was without grease, a little dry in my humble opinion.

Pork Strips (SGD$8.90) was sun-dried strips of pork fried with garlic and fish sauce. It had a nice crunch to it especially around the edges, each strip bursting with flavor.

The Papaya Salad with Salted Egg (SGD$9.90) consists of green papaya strips with cherry tomatoes and nuts tossed in palm sugar, garlic and fish sauce. This flavorsome appetiser was robust in taste. We were surprised that "salted egg" was literally wedges of salted egg instead of the now-trending salted egg yolk sauce; but welcomed the mix of salty flavour into the tangy salad.

The Green Curry Chicken  (SGD$10.90) with green curry paste, aubergine and pineapple with coconut base. Ingredients were aplenty and comprised of tender chicken pieces, pumpkin cubes, basil and cherry tomato. Loved the creamy spicy soup, especially when drizzled over rice / noodle dishes.

Tom Yum Potaek (SGD$8.90) with seafood was made up of clear broth fragranced with basil leaf, kaffir lime, lemongrass and chili. We chose seafood, and enjoyed the squid, prawn and fish infused with the deliciousness of the spicy soup.

Mains were served next, starting with Pad Thai with seafood (SGD$10.90) with tamarind dressing, and stir-fried flat rice noodles, eggs, tofu cubes, beansprouts and peanuts. We liked the palatable taste of this dish, filled generously with ingredients.

Then Pineapple Fried Rice (SGD$10.90) with seafood was filled with peas, raisins, carrots and chicken floss. Quite tasty, but a little sweet for my preference.

Olive Fried Rice (SGD$10.90) - Chinese infused fried rice with olives, shallots and cashew nuts. I liked this, because the grainy rice and gentle flavor of this rice dish.

Time for desserts now. We started with Red Ruby (SGD$5.90) - tapioca jelly coated water chestnut balls, served in coconut milk and topped with jackfruit strips. I loved the crunchiness of the sweet spheres, and the addition of aromatic jackfruit upped the taste.

Then there was Honey Mango (SGD$7.90) made up of ripe mangoes, warm sticky coconut glutinous rice, and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. The mango slices were nectarous but too thin for my liking; the warm coconut glutinous rice was aromatic and soft.

Finally, Ice-cream Kati (SGD$5.90) was coconut ice-cream with toasted peanuts, coconut glutinous rice, palm seeds and jackfruit strips.

Overall, dining experience here was very good, in terms of quality of food at reasonable prices and the lovely ambience; don't expect too much out of the service though.

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