Exploiting some famous person's celebrity/stature through helming an entirely detached namesake enterprise is like three steps removed from incorrigible idolatry, then again that's probably less disingenuous than say, Gwyneth Paltrow peddling vagina scented candles. Enter Thaksin Beef Noodles founded by Singaporean Jaesen Ng, who purportedly chose to "associate" his food stall with deposed Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra so patrons would be able to easily recall what they ate afterwards. Still living in exile abroad at present, Square Face himself actually visited on December 18, 2018 with youngest daughter and grade A MILF sister Yingluck (also a convicted former PM hiding god knows where), polished off three bowls of beef noodles plus one plate of Phad Thai, exchanged pleasantries and smiled for the camera before pulling yet another Houdini. Outstanding.

As of this writing, Thaksin Beef Noodles operates two outlets at Clementi Avenue 3 and Seah Im Road; its very much obvious signature beef noodles ($5.50/ $6.50/ $7.50 per serving) aside, other perennial favourites sold include fried rice ($3 per serving) Sukhumvit Road chicken stew ($3.50 per serving) and Phad Thai ($3 per serving).

Sampling and thoughts:

The beef noodles turned out good, but not great. Tender enough beef chunks contiguous with a wodge of silky smooth kway teow came mired in some limpid, remarkably bland broth - we couldn't quite go to town on 'em.

The Phad Thai however was wonderful: balanced meld of sweet, sour cum spicy adroitly coaxed into satiny flat rice noodles (these abutting crunch-worthy moments emissaried by grated peanuts, beansprouts) gladdened hearts and sparked palates. Don't bother paying two extra bucks for the scam-o-rama beef version though, because all you shall receive in return are pathetic meat scraps; holy cow ours had exactly just 4 minuscule pieces strewn over.

Lest you deem us liars, here's the evidence.

Scant bovine remnants adorn this $5 Beef Phad Thai

Note: Prices subject to change without prior notice. Kindly clarify with stall before visiting or ordering.


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Score: 6.3/10

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Locations

See Lam Hern Coffeeshop Seah Im Food Centre
Blk 449 Clementi Avenue 3, 2 Seah Im Road,
#01-211 #01-44
Singapore 120449 Singapore 099114