Is world domination on the cards for "cheap and good" Thai food? 

Bangkok’s classic 24-hour Thai restaurant chain Took Lae Dee has opened in Singapore, marking the brand’s first-ever foreign foray in its 45-year history.

With a name meaning “cheap and good” food, Took Lae Dee in Bangkok is a diner found inside Foodland supermarkets that's beloved for a late-night, post-drinking meal. 

Singapore’s new branch, however, is a standalone restaurant that's (devastatingly) only open from 11am-9pm. Better news is prices remain just as affordable, starting from SG$3.80 (about B90) for classics like pad Thai, tom yum soup, green curry and pad kaprao. To go with are Took Lae Dee drink staples like iced Thai tea (with iced tea cubes that won’t dilute the drink) and iced butterfly pea tea that comes tinted blue.

This first Took Lae Dee Singapore branch is located in the industrial estate of Tai Seng, which is a little out of the way for most, but many more outlets are expected to follow, especially as the the F&B group behind the venture, Singapore's Hersing Culinary, are also responsible for taking Michelin-endorsed brands such as Tim Ho Wan, Tsuta and Hawker Chan to countries around the world.

Does this mean world domination is on the cards for "cheap and good" Thai food? Yes, probably.