Thai food has been a Filipino favorite. Here in Cebu, there are several Thai restaurants that are slowly making a mark in the food biz. One of which is this no non-sense Thai place named Soi Thai Restaurant. Soi means “street” or “side-street” in Thailand, so this place basically brings upscale Thai street food with lip-smacking dishes at a decent price. Soi Thai is a Filipino-owned restaurant from the creative minds that brought us the staple Kapampangan food chain, Cabalen. Madam Jocelyn Puyat, the owner, promised to bring Thailand’s culinary treasures to Cebu food scene with the most authentic taste possible through Soi Thai Restaurant.
Let’s go through some of Soi’s specials and my personal favorites from their menu.
Tom Yam Talei
This is probably the best Tom Yam I’ve tried in Cebu. The soup was not too spicy and the aromatics from the spices are very evident. The shrimps were cooked just right and the soup is so flavorful. I can’t stop talking about their Tom Yam and how good it is. Truly a crowd favorite.
Their version is like a deconstructed bagoong rice to me. The key ingredients were on the sides where you get to mix everything in with the rice. It has all the right elements of sweetness from the pork, the saltiness of the bagoong and salted egg and the sourness + crunch from the green mangoes. What an interactive way to have your bagoong rice.
Fried Spring Roll
The perfect starter. I like the combination of the spring rolls with its carrot sauce dip. For only P148, you get a glass full of rolls start-up your apetite. It is a mist-try!
Chicken Lemon Grass
The crunch of the fried lemon grass that has been marinated alongside the chicken gives extra flavor to the dish. I like how the chicken exudes the aroma of the lemon grass. Everything in this dish goes so well together. 2 thumbs up.
Shrimp Pad Thai
Their pad thai is another best for me. The noodles were perfectly cooked with loads of crushed peanut on the side and topped with egg omelet and shrimps. This dish doesn’t only tasted good, it looks very pretty too. They have three variations of Pad Thai: Shrimp, P298; Chicken Pad Thai, P248; and Tofu Pad Thai, P198.
Chicken Leg Barbeque
Tender Chicken legs grilled to perfection. I love how flavorful the meat was. It’s one of the dishes that will surely leave you with a happy tummy. What’s interesting is that they used lemon grass stalks as bbq sticks for the chicken. Talk about innovation and originality.
Chicken in Green Curry
A bowl full of bite sized pieces of chicken in coconut milk. I like the richness of the soup, it is also very fragrant and flavorful. Hands down, Green Curry Chicken is amazing.
Crabmeat Fried Rice
Who can pass on crab meat? This darling dish will go well with any entre. The crab flavor on the rice is so present. A hearty dish, at any time. Yum!
Sticky Rice with Mango
I’m saving the best for last. This one may be a dessert, but the sticky rice is my ultimate favorite! The softness fo the sticky rice is perfect with the ripeness of the mango coupled with the coconut milk makes it such a pleasant way to end your meal. Do not miss this out when in Soi. A total rockstar.
Other notable dishes from their menu:
Soi brings your gastronomic adventures to life where you’ll find all four fundamental tastes of Thai cuisine in every dish: sweet, sour, salty and spicy. They have recently invaded the Queen City of the South but did you know that Soi Thai Restaurant has already been rocking the Filipino taste buds in their existing branches at Greenhills, Ermita, MOA, Alabang, and Glorietta? So the next time you crave for Thai food, head on to Soi Thai at the City Wing of SM Seaside City, Cebu. You might even catch me there having a bowl of Tom Yam and Sticky Rice for dessert.