“Took Lae Dee” means cheap and good—music to our ears

You know what makes good drunk food? Thai. Too many times have we stumbled around in the wee hours after a night out, desperately craving a plate of sour pad thai or bowl of tom yum goong; only to end up stuck with the same old choices of hotpot. Fulfilling, sure, but it’s an expensive habit to keep.

Thankfully, that may now be a first-world problem of the past. Bangkok’s famous 24-hour restaurant chain Took Lae Dee is officially here in Singapore, in the brand’s first-ever overseas outpost in 45 years. For bringing it in we have local group Hersing Culinary to thank, who also launched global Michelin-endorsed brands here such as Tim Ho Wan, Tsuta and Hawker Chan. Meaning “cheap and good” food, Took Lae Dee is most commonly found as a food counter in Thai Foodland supermarkets, and holds the longest history as a 24-hour eatery in Bangkok.


Took Lae Dee Singapore

Here, Took Lae Dee Singapore gets an upgrade from food counter to actual restaurant—but you’ll be pleased to know the prices remain just as affordable. Starting from $3.80, dishes on the menu include classics Pad Thai, Tom Yum Soup, Green Curry, as well as the signature Pad Krapow (otherwise known as basil pork rice). As for drinks, stick to the Took Lae Dee Iced Thai Tea (with iced tea cubes that won’t dilute the drink); or order the Iced Butterfly Pea Tea that comes tinted blue.

The only downside: It’s located in Tai Seng—for now. The industrial estate isn’t exactly the sexiest place to be, but with luck (and a bit of Tim Ho Wan-esque magic) more outlets will be popping up around the island in time to come.


Took Lae Dee is located at 18 Tai Seng, #01-34/35. More information here.