A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit my sister in her dorm near University of Sto. Tomas (UST).
During my visit, we both decided to eat somewhere different and cheap, and not the usual fast food restaurants we always eat to. That’s when she recommended this Thai restaurant called S.R. Thai Cuisine along V. Concepcion St.
It has been around for several years now and was originally located at P. Noval St.
The place was a bit small. It was also hidden and covered with ornamental trees. Inside, the walls were decorated with Thai paintings and newspaper clippings about the restaurant.
The place looked more like your local carinderia rather than a Thai cuisine place, but hey, it is after all, a budget friendly place.
Since I was so curious about how real Pad Thai’s taste, I ordered their Hofan Pad Thai (₱120).The serving size was pretty big. It was composed of thick, rice noodles, bean sprouts, shrimps, bits of scrambled egg and chives, with sugar, chopped nuts, and calamansi on the side.
After mixing everything, I immediately tried it, and it tasted very good! It had a sweet and savory taste to it, plus an added tangy taste thanks to the calamansi; the noodles were chewy, and the bean sprouts were still crunchy.
My sister, who can’t decide at first, ordered their Hofan Seafood Soup (₱120). It consisted of rice noodles, bean sprouts, chives, shrimp, squid, and fishballs, all in a bowl of warm soup.
The staff gave us an extra bowl so I got to try the seafood soup, too. My sister liked it, but I didn’t like it as much. The broth was a bit bland to my liking. The noodles were nice though, as chewy as the Pad Thai’s, and the seafood were tasty. Maybe that’s the reason why the broth tasted like that.
S.R. Thai Cuisine also offers rice toppings for as low as ₱85, beef noodles for ₱120, Tom Yum for ₱150, and more affordable meals perfect for students on a budget.
We left the place with full and happy tummies and pockets. At such budget friendly prices, no wonder this place still serves good food after so many years.
S.R. Thai Cuisine is located at V. Concepcion St., Sampaloc, Manila, near the College of Perpetual Help building.