When it comes to food, nothing whets the appetite quite like the words “cheap and good”. And here at Took Lae Dee, they serve that up in spades. In fact, “cheap and good” is literally what Took Lae Dee means in Thai. It’s reputedly Bangkok’s oldest (open since 1972) and most famous 24/7 restaurant chain with over 21 outlets across the city. The month-old branch in Singapore is a partnership with Hersing Culinary, who also brought in Michelin-starred dim sum joint, Tim Ho Wan. It’s the first outlet outside of Thailand, but there are currently no plans to open more for now.

The bustling 60-seater quick-service diner, which is opposite Tai Seng MRT within 18 Tai Seng mall and next to a Tim Ho Wan outlet, is modelled after the restaurants back home with Singapore-based Thai chefs dishing out grub a la minute. And with prices starting at $3.80 for a plate of its signature Pad Krapow and averaging $10 per pax with no service charge and GST, the restaurant is keeping true to its name. The spice level in the dishes has not been tweaked for the local palate either, but diners can request to tone down the heat. Unfortunately, the most significant difference is that the Singapore branch is not a 24-hour joint. Pity.

Check out the photo gallery above for tips on what to order here.

Took Lae Dee is at #01-34/35/K9, 18 Tai Seng Street, S539775. Tel: 6272-2000. Open daily 11am to 9pm, last orders at 8:30pm. www.facebook.com/pg/TLDSingapore/

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