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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Magic Wok

So we were looking for a quick fix after grocery shopping at Downtown Eat on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Fast food? Naaahhhh. Let's try a place upstairs my darling wife suggests. Sure why not!

Magic Wok is not a new name when it comes to makan. I remember having visited several outlets as far back at more than 10 years ago. I remember one in City Hall if I'm not wrong and back then it was great because there were not many places selling Halal Thai-Chinese cuisine.
I'm not sure if it's the same people running the brand now but the name is still around and hopefully the food is still at a level to satisfy the public!

Just our luck - noodles were out when we visited! So it had to be rice dishes!!

Thai Pineapple Rice ($4.80)
Don't ask me why but when I think of Thai food, somehow or rather I'll think of Pineapple Rice.
And the weird thing is - I know that Pineapple Rice is actually a Singaporean invention! Not even Thai!!

Well, as you can see, they don't serve it in the pineapple as some places do for the gimmick of it. But I have to say the serving was actually pretty generous. An extra big heapful of rice! Topped off with Shrimp Floss!
Unfortunately the Shrimp Floss is where most of the flavour came from. The rice wasn't very tasty.

Tom Yam Fried Rice ($4.80)
So my darling wife was hoping for a better result with her (more authentic-Thai) Tom Yam Fried Rice.
But I'm afraid no such luck. A little bit still in the bland department here. Yeah sure you could taste a bit of the Tom Yam flavour but not much actually... There was also some seafood in there but it didn't help much.

Fried Mixed Vegetable ($6.00)
So we have to get some veggies right??

They have 3 difference sizes for this. Small at $6.00, Medium at $10.00 and $14.00 for the Large.
We took the Small since there were only 2 of us so you can adjust accordingly depending on the size of your dining party.

Taste was okay I guess. Nothing spectacular but at least it had taste (compared to out 2 rice dishes).
But I have to say that I found it a bit on the pricey side to be honest. 6 bucks for that???

Thai Fried Baby Squid ($8.00)
Again, we took the small. They have Medium and Large at $12.00 and $16.00 respectively.

You guys know I'm a sucker for Fried Baby Squid right?
Well, this is a new one because they add the word 'Thai' in front. How exactly do they make it 'Thai'?
Looks like it's by adding some Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce to the dish.

I guess this does give the dish a bit more of a spicy kick. There's also some pineapple chunks in there to give you a sweet edge at the same time. So it's kinda like Sweet and Sour Fried Baby Squid.

Anyways, if you find the food to be a little bit too bland (like we did), then please do help yourself to the condiments available for you!!

Adam's Verdict:
Thai Pineapple Rice 2/5 -- Fried Mixed Vegetable 2.5/5 -- Thai Fried Baby Squid 2.5/5

Maryah's Verdict:
Tom Yam Fried Rice 2/5 -- Fried Mixed Vegetable 3/5 -- Thai Fried Baby Squid 1/5

Well, I only used to have the noodles back then so I'm really not sure if the standards have dropped (for the rice dishes) or something is terribly wrong. Maybe we're just being fussy because we didn't get what we expected especially for the prices we paid.

Anyways I'm sure we will visit again soon once day and hopefully it'll be a better experience.

Magic Wok

Downtown East
1 Pasir Ris Close

Tel: 6582 8928

Operating Hours:
11.30am til 10.00pm Daily


  1. Hi Adam. Maybe should also try the Sakura restaurant (beside Mahboob rojak place). Their tomyum fried rice sedappp, can choose between seafoods, chicken or beef! Also get the oat chicken too (macam oat prawns) or their tomyum soup. Nice!! Ok bye. I still follow your nasi ayam questttttt! Lol! -"Qaseh Mawaddah". :)

    1. YEAH! Thanks for the tip!
      And more Chicken Rice coming up!!

  2. Hi! When you visit Downtown East again, do drop by DSYT near Wild Wild Wet, opposite Cheers. It's run by my uncle and my brother is the chef! Would like to know your verdict! :) They sell from Nasi Uduk, Roti with Sambal (SYIOK), Mee Soto etc to Western food like Aglio Olio, Mac N Cheese, Buffalo Wings etc. Do drop by ok! :) - Shazwani

    1. Hi Shazwani!

      Thanks for your comment!
      Just visited your stall at Halal 2014 and looking forward to visiting your stall at Downtown East! :)

  3. hello..Magic Wok used to be 'not bad tasting' previously when they have an outlet at White Sands which is years ago. Now I feel that their food and service drop tremendously. Anyway its just my opinion. :)

    Btw you should try out Ocean Seafood restaurant at Downtown east if you have not tried before. They are located beside "popeye" (used to be popeye but now change to another restaurant which i can't remember what is the name) Must try their Clear Tom Yum Seafood and also their cereal/oats calamari!

    1. Opinion concurred!! And thanks for the tip!!