At Long Chim, Singapore, internationally acclaimed, award-winning Australian chef David Thompson invites you to ‘come and taste‘ his rendition of Thai street food, in a sleek, casual setting. Incidentally, ‘come and taste’ is what the words Long Chim translate to. Known for his culinary expertise in Thai cuisine, Thompson offers a carefully crafted menu at Long Chim, that combines traditional street food with contemporary flavours.
My first visit was a couple of months ago and we absolutely loved the food and the ambience. No wonder it features among our top picks for vegetarian thai food in Singapore. *Most of the dishes we tried seemed to be vegan. But if you’re vegan, do remember to check with the restaurant on particular dishes. On 5th September, the restaurant is hosting a special vegetarian/vegan dinner for the plant-easters.
The Ambience at Long Chim
The interiors are seriously quite cool, with Thai street art and graffiti adorning the entrance walls and interiors, and Thai trinkets spread through the space. The concept of roadside eateries is further emulated in the open kitchen where the food is prepared right in front of you.
Also, worth mentioning are the comfy chairs, which are actually good enough to lean back in and enjoy your meal for a couple of hours. I know no one ever talks about the chairs in a restaurant, but they should. Most of them are built as if their sole purpose is to chase diners out of the restaurant. But that’s definitely not the case here!
What a Meal!
Love Thai food but you still haven’t been to Long Chim? If you’ve been worried about the price tag that automatically comes with celebrity food, put your worries to rest. Surprisingly (and thankfully) not so at Long Chim. The great food comes at very affordable prices with the Vegetarian Weekend Brunch Menu at a very reasonable S$49++. Add to this the great food, the afore-mentioned vibrant interiors and the friendly service, and no wonder the restaurant was abuzz at weekday lunch hour when we visited.
Long Chim also offer a Vegetarian Set Menu (S$69++) for weekdays, but we went for a few vegetarian dishes off the regular a-la-carte menu. Here’s a round-up of all that we had.
We started our meal with the Chive Cakes (S$15) and the Vegetarian Spring Rolls (S$13). The chive cakes tasted unexpectedly good, with a crispy exterior and soft on the inside. The dark soy garlic, chillies and coriander make the dish quite flavourful. Definitely a big hit! The deep-fried Spring Rolls tasted good too dipped into the accompanying sweet and spicy sauce that adds a nice tang to the mildly spiced rolls. Alongside the appetisers, I sipped on a Thai Iced Tea (w/o milk) which was quite refreshing – strong and not too sweet, just the way I like it.
After the appetisers, we proceeded to try a few mains. The Rice Noodles with Chinese Broccoli (S$22) were quite good – mildly spicy and with a robust flavour of soy sauce. Crushed peanuts and a fried garlic garnish add a nice crunch to the dish. I requested mine without the soy egg and so can you. We had the Silken Bean Curd accompany our noodles. The stir-fried dish of tofu and shitake mushrooms is loaded with chives and is extremely flavourful. A big hit again!
What’s Thai food without some nice, hot curry? Happy to see something besides red and green curries on the menu, we went with the Aromatic Vegetable Curry (with tomatoes, cauliflower and shallots, S$26), which came with rice and Achar (pickled cucumber and onion in water flavoured with sugar and vinegar). The curry was quite different than the usual red and green counterparts – spicy but also sweet. I personally would have preferred it to be less sweet but hubby absolutely loved it, precisely because of the sweet and spicy taste.
Sinful Desserts at Long Chim
For dessert, we blundered and ordered the Banana Roti (S$12) and Rin’s Thai Tea Ice Cream (S$14). Thankfully, the blunder wasn’t about the taste but the quantity. We hadn’t realised that the desserts are meant for sharing – the portions were huge.
Rin’s Thai Tea Ice Cream topped with ribbons of young coconut and pistachiosNo seriously, 4 of me couldn’t have finished the Thai Tea Ice-cream, as good as it was. And it was quite good, with ribbons of young coconut and pistachios thrown on top. They also have a Durian Ice-Cream which I might, just might, give a try to next time; no promises though.
The star dessert though was the Banana Roti. Again, a big portion good enough to be shared by 2-3. This is a roti prata stuffed with bananas, fried to a crisp and drizzled with sugar and condensed milk. The roti was perfectly crispy and crunchy on the outside, with a warm, soft, aromatic filling. Sinful! And highly recommended!
So, you don’t have to wait till your next visit to Bangkok if you’re hankering for some great authentic Thai food. Try David Thompson’s tantalising renditions instead and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Long Chim: Level 2 dining, L02-02, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018955. P: +65 66887299