20 years ago, way before Thai culture was popular on our little red dot, Maggie Lim set up the first Thai restaurant along Liang Seah Street. The rest, as they say is history.
The past two decades saw the bespectacled and effable auntie-next-door witnessing the growth of her regular customers — she shared with us stories of how she saw some of them go from schooling to working, to finally starting their own families. Food brings people together in incredible ways, and today we shall shine the spotlight on some of the signature dishes at the humble and homey Maggie Thai.
First up on our Maggie Thai to-eat list (yes over here at EZi Wallet we have to-eat lists ;)) is the Sweet and Sour Asam Grouper. Judging by the reaction of my female friends, this dish is definitely a crowd pleaser for the fairer sex. The homemade sauce (which includes both lemon and lime) is very zesty and appetising, but inched a little over my sour threshold. The fish was very fresh and soft, without a single tinge of fishiness at all. I liked the generous portions of vegetables that went into the sauce as well: there were brinjals, onions, tomatoes, and ladyfingers.
Another praiseworthy dish at Maggie Thai, although slightly un-photogenic, is the Salted Egg Ribs. The gravy is concocted from a mix of Thai spices grounded by hand (lemon grass, basil leaves…) and chilli padi, which explains the dash of spice permeating the entire dish. The spiciness is entirely bearable (take it from someone with an extremely low spice threshold) and to be honest, more shiok than spicy.
Concluding our feature on Maggie Thai is the ravishing Thai Mango Ice Cream Sticky Rice. The sticky rice reminds me of a certain nonya flavours which I can’t seem to put a finger on, which certainly complements the velvety smoothness of the mango.
As we chat about the hearty meal, Maggie teased us of an upcoming new menu in May, which will feature new items like the Sri Lanka Flower Crab Beehoon as well as the Lala White Beehoon.
Seems like it won’t be long before I head back to Maggie’s for some good ‘ol Thai comfort food. 😉
1 Liang Seah Street
Sundays to Thursdays: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 11:00am – 11:30pm
EZi Wallet will be available at Maggie Thai soon. Check them out then with our app and enjoy the discounts!