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Long Chim – Legit Thai Street Food

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As a Thai, I am always in search of good authentic Thai food in Singapore. Although there are many Thai restaurants in the little red dot, there are unfortunately few of them that are really good. Today, I am proud to present to you another favorite Thai restaurant of mine – Long Chim by David Thompson.

Long Chim means try or taste the food in Thai. It serves unpretentious Thai street food which are tasty and some uncommon here in a restaurant setting. The restaurant is helmed by David Thompson, whose restaurant ‘Nahm’ in Bangkok was ranked 37th best restaurant in the world by San Pellegrino 2017 and No. 5 in Asia.

Street Food Goodness

Long Chim offers diners modest Thai street food served in simple plates and bowls. The restaurant ambience and quirky decoration gives the place a fun and cheerful vibe.

Interesting Menu

I have tried Long Chim in MBS a few times and have also visited the branch in Perth once. I have to commend David Thompson for his choices and creativity. The menu is split into 3 zones: starter, Aharn-Jarn-Diao (individual dish) and Gap-Khao (food to share). If you cannot decide, you can opt for a set menu (called Ma Long Chim), which is available for minimum 2 persons per order.

Authentic Thai Flavors

long chim Miang Kham as starters

We ordered Miang Kham (dried prawns, ginger, toasted coconut, in betel leaves, $14) as a starter. The Miang Kham was wrapped and prepared for you so all you need to do is just putting it in your mouth. I decided to order this for my friends as it is not a common dish to have here in Singapore. 2 Singaporean friends who have been to Thailand many times admitted that they had not eaten Miang Kham before. The flavors burst inside our mouth – really great starter to whet your appetite. (I notice that Miang Kham is quite common in Australia though.)

For the main course, we ordered roast duck red curry ($24), grilled tilapia in salt crust ($34) and fried sun dried squid in garlic and peppercorn ($26) to share. We had the three dishes together with Thai jasmine rice. All the 3 dishes were very tasty – something quite surprising for Thai restaurants of this setting in Singapore.

 

long chim roast duck red curry for main course

roast duck red curry ($24)

long chim fish

grilled tilapia in salt crust ($34)

long chim fried sun dried squid for main course

fried sun dried squid in garlic and peppercorn ($26)

Superb Desserts

long chim banana roti for desserts

banana roti ($12)

We had banana roti ($12) and mango with sticky rice ($14) for desserts. It’s my first time having Thai rotis in Singapore. Long Chim’s version is really great as it is not too sweet. The price is about 10 times the one you get on the streets of Thailand though.

long chim mango with sticky rice for desserts

mango with sticky rice ($14)

The mango with sticky rice is good although I’d say there are already many places selling good mango with sticky rice in Singapore at half price.

Happy Hour

The Happy Hour is from 12 PM – 8 PM daily. You can order selected cocktails with some Thai inspiration at $10++. If you are not a cocktail fans, you can also order bottled beer from either Chang or Leo at the same price too.

long chim refreshing 555 drink

I ordered 555 (or Ha-Ha-Ha as pronounced in Thai). This drink of laughter is basically fortified wine & gin combined with fresh coriander, lemon and cucumber. It was quite refreshing and a pretty good deal for the price.

Long Chim serving simple yet tasty food

Verdict

Long Chim serves authentic Thai street food with dishes that you will barely get in Singapore. The food is simple, yet very tasty. The prices are quite high considering the type of food you get but then they are also lower than the other celebrity chef’s restaurants in the MBS. My only gripe about the place is that the serving is pretty small. I remember the portion of Prin’s Noodle I had at Long Chim Perth and it’s much larger. In fact it was so large that I could not even finish it (I also ordered a starter before the noodle).

I’d totally recommend this place to anyone looking for authentic Thai food in Singapore. It’s also very spacious and this makes it a perfect choice for a party or an event.

Long Chim 
Address: The Shoppes
10 Bayfront Avenue, #02-02, Atrium 2 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018955
Tel: 6688 7299
Operating Hours: 12-11pm daily

When in Manila, Mecha Uma!

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I still remembered my first time visiting Mecha Uma and savoring the flavorful bite of its tuna tartare. It was so good that I always come back to the restaurant whenever I am in Manila.

Mecha Uma signboard

Global Cuisine with Japanese Influence

Helmed by Chef Bruce Ricketts, Mecha Uma serves modern Japanese-fusion styled tapas with focus on high quality ingredients. The restaurant also serves Chef’s Tasting Menu (Omakase Style). This needs to be booked in advance as there are limited quantities served per day.

My friend and I did a walk in at 6 PM on Tuesday and by some miracle, we got a table. The restaurant was full really quickly!

Small Bites with a Punch

Mecha Uma small tuna bites

Talking about the food, we definitely started with my favorite dish – tuna, foie gras mousse, pineapple and pink peppercorn sandwiched in coconut biscuit (380 PhP). There are only 2 pieces of this per serving so you will have to order more in case there are more than 2 people. Lots of flavors are packed into this dish. The thin coconut biscuit is sweet and this adds another great touch to an interesting bite. Definitely a must order here.

Mecha Uma salty and sour scallop dish

The second dish was scallop, Japanese fruit tomato, quinoa, mecha XO, tomato jus (380 PhP). This dish is salty and sour – it has that similar taste to a ceviche.

Mecha Uma raw salmon mixed with fresh ingredients

Salmon gochuzuke, barley, compressed egg yolk, sake roe, toasted roots and stems, sesame (390 PhP) made up the 3rd dish.

The fresh ingredients were mixed with raw salmon resulting in a dish that was quite surprising. It was nothing like a sashimi you’d expect from a traditional Japanese sushi place.

Mecha Uma lightly grilled octopus with dessing

The fourth dish was grilled octopus, polenta, onion, pickled corn and water cress (420 PhP). A very nice take on the octopus here. Good job Chef!

Main Courses to Share

Mecha Uma beef skewers

We ordered two main courses to share. The first was Wagyu cheek kushiyaki, crunchy vegetable, cardamom and carrot top salsa verde, mustard and raisin puree (420 PhP). This is basically the grilled wagyu cheek skewer. The sauce was slightly sweet and the meat was tender.

Mecha Uma grilled lamb shank

Our second main was apple glazed lamb shanks with ume, Szechuan pepper cream and carrot juice (650 PhP). The Szechuan peppers gave this sweet dish a refreshing spiciness to it.

Unimpressive Cocktails

Mecha Uma cocktails

Mecha Uma names all their cocktails in Japanese and are reinterpretations of the classics. My first order was Genji (Bourbon, Umeshu Yamasaki, X-Mas syrup, orange and Angostura bitter, 440 PhP).

Mecha Uma yojimbo cocktail

The second one was Yojimbo (Capel, Sudachi, Cointreau, chocolate bitter and egg white, 490 PhP). Unfortunately, both were nothing to write home about.

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Mecha Uma fried rice

The food at Mecha Uma is full of flavors. The use of fresh ingredients and creative presentations of the small bites make this place stand out from typical tapas or sushi restaurants. I really like the tuna and the other small dishes. In my view, Mecha Uma is a terrific place to come share some bites with friends after work. The only downside is that its cocktails are not as good as the food. I will definitely come back again just to eat the tuna though.

Mecha Uma
25th street, between 5th & 6th Avenue, RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, Bonifacio South, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines, Phone: +632 801-2770

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