The Place How does Thai style Chicken Rice sound? I made my way down to Nex at Serangoon to check out Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam from Thailand, which is on the Michelin Bib Gourmand of the Bangkok guide. The brand has been established for over 50 years and this is their first overseas outlet brought in to Singapore by The Minor Group, which also manages Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe and ThaiExpress. The franchise outlet in Singapore is named Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice. Located at basement one of the mall near Din Tai Feng, the space at Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice is relatively open concept and casual. As the mall is usually very packed, expect some waiting time during dining hours.
The Food Expect chicken rice, braised pork, vegetables, tofu and other side dishes on the menu. The kitchen staff were trained in Bangkok by the brand’s founder to ensure consistency, with chicken imported from Malaysia.
I had the Single Portion Chicken Thigh (S$5.50), served with their homemade chilli sauce. For someone used to Singapore-styled Hainanese chicken rice, the rice here looks like our local style, with a glossy and oily texture, though I feel it lacks the aroma I’m used to. Go generous with the homemade chilli sauce, which is sweet and spicy. For the chicken meats, it is quite tender but similar to the rice, it lacks a strong flavour profile.
Some dishes good for sharing include the Plain Omelette (S$5.50), Stir Fried Sliced Tofu with Dark Soya Sauce (S$8), Stir Fried Basil Chicken with Kai Lan (S$8) and Steamed Sea Bass with Chilli, Lime & Garlic (S$28).
The side dish which stand out for me is the Stir Fried Sliced Tofu with Dark Soya Sauce. The tofu has a firm texture which a little bit of crunchiness, and that dark soya sauce completes the flavour.
That said, the basil chicken could have been spicier. The steamed sea bass is competent, which spots a good spicy sauce to go along with the rice as well.
I also tried the Signature Braised Pork (S$8/small), which I feel that the flavour is not intense enough even though the pork meat is relatively tender.
Rants There are no lack of chicken rice options in Singapore.
Will I Return Again? If you are up for a casual family meal, Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice is quite ideal if you are staying in the north-east. Prices are fairly reasonable, and while it is certainly not the best chicken rice I have had, it is a good addition to Nex if you are tired of the usual Chinese restaurant chains.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice
Nex Shopping Mall
Daily: 11am to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter