Jane Thai at Orchard Towers

Flaming Tom Ka Gai

Delicious Flaming Tom Kha Gai!

Su-Lin of Tamarind and Thyme flew in from the UK and I brought her to Orchard Towers which is famous for housing the only country music bar in Singapore.

Q: What do you get when you play a country song backwards?

A: Your wife comes back, dog finds his way home, you get your job back, and you’re no longer just a man, maybe because cowboys are no longer frequently, secretly fond of each other.

I’ve been wanting to bring people for dinner at Jane Thai for ages but never really successful; too much country and not enough western would be my bet.

Fortunately, Su-Lin and her friends were game enough to give it a try and even Cheryl of She Bakes & She Cooks was able to join us after recovering from a headache. With safety in numbers, we ventured forth.


Awesome Barbecued Squid

We had a carbo-heavy lunch earlier, so I decided to walk the protein line starting with some piquant Thai sausage which was so garlicky that I was amazed that Rachel could pick out hints of lemon grass in it. The BBQ Squid was done just right and with a nice Thai sweet chili dip. And I could not resist ordering the stir-fried Basil Beef because a while back, Su-Lin and I were experimenting with Moo Pad Krapow (she cooks a better-looking egg than I do). It came out a little tough for my preference (I think they used beef chuck) but I was rocking the heat and the flavors of the beef; it was a happy chew.

And to kick-off dinner, a steamboat of Tom Kha Gai with a tall gout of flame was brought with some ceremony to our table.

Stir-fried Basil Beef

Stir-fried Basil Beef

And speaking of tables, eating at Jane Thai means eating by the corridor of Orchard Towers which is fun because Orchard Towers offers the intrepid tourist an exciting experience that offers more than country and western, if you get my drift.

But really, we were rocking the 80’s Top of the Pops pulsating from the nearby Crazy Horse whilst watching the world go by, much like the cafes in Paris where all the chairs face the street, only with better music and less cloth per apparel than your average Parisian.


Olive Rice – a comfort food

To provide a buffer for the wonderfully spicy Tom Kha Gai, Pineapple rice and Jasmine rice available but I thought that the Olive rice would be a nice off-the-beaten-path change. It was; slightly sticky which prompted speculation about some glutinous rice inside, the rice was savory from the preserved olives, spicy from the tiny firecracker chilli that bites you back and there was a distinctly nutty flavor component too.

What I really liked was the BBQ Pork which was slightly over-grilled but I enjoyed the burnt crunchy bits and the vinaigrette dip that came with it was most excellent in cutting through the richness. And of course, there were the fried chicken wings. Hot crispy crunchy chicken wing served with sweet Thai chilli sauce; biting into one, you feel as if you can finish a hundred of them. Su-Lin, in an effort of masterly self-control, waited a while before announcing that she will finish the last chicken wing. They’re that good.


Crispy crunchy chicken wings – You know you want this

Dinner was somewhat quiet because we were busy concentrating on the amazing amount of good food and I was constantly stunned at the songs that were being blasted, most of which I’ve not heard since my teens. Excellent.

I was asked incessantly about how I knew about Jane Thai. Well, because Jane Thai has the distinction of opening till the wee hours of the morning and is centrally located, it is very popular with people who want a quick bite before heading home after their night shift in town. They introduced me to Jane Thai. One even said that he would devour 20 chicken wings because they are just that good.

So, people who want a nice late supper which does not feature the usual Muslim Indian or Chinese fare will be pleasantly surprised by a visit to Jane Thai which serves really good Thai street food in Singapore. Not high quality but it’s just that good. If you get my drift.

Jane Thai Food is at 400 Orchard Road, Orchard Towers, #04-30. Opens till very early.


Happy Su-Lin!


Most excellent BBQ Pork with tangy vinaigrette dip


Green Curry Chicken

Thai Sausage - Garlicky!

Thai Sausage – Garlicky!


This is something you can really eat all night long


Awesome prawn cakes – according to them

Tom Gah Gai

Tom Kha Gai!

Posted on 11th Jun 2010 in Food and Drink, Old School, Thai


There Are 6 Comments


Nicholas commented on June 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm

That fried chicken looks to rival even Kyochon, which I hold dear and close to my heart.

I got a good chuckle from the backwards country music thing. Unless it’s a Taylor Swift song. In which case nothing happens.


Mark Vice commented on June 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I love it!


Su-Lin commented on June 14, 2010 at 12:50 am

Look at the flames shooting out – fabulous shot! The prawn cakes really were excellent.

(dear everyone else, I don’t normally look that mental, honest!)


Ivan commented on June 14, 2010 at 8:38 am

@Su-Lin: Not mental, just in a happy place. 🙂


carrie commented on June 18, 2010 at 6:01 am

Haha, love how you say chicken wings all night long.

20 chicken wings all at one go. In my dreams!


ivan commented on June 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

@carrie: Oi! Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar! Unless it’s a chicken wing.

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