So many Thai restaurants, too little time to go to all. Or is it? There's always time for a good Thai meal in KL. Edwan checks out what he thinks is the most Thai sounding restaurant in KL...
The flavours of Bangkok on a plate..
No. 83, Ground Floor, Jalan Dwitasik 1, Dataran Dwitasik, Bandar Sri Permaisuri, 56000, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 3-9171 2711
Expert cooking, quite authentic
Ambiance kinda sucks.
Let's get this straight: KL has no shortage of Thai restaurants, nuh-uh. Everywhere you look you'll see some variation of a Thai restaurant. High end, mid-end, your neighbourhood kedai tom yum. To put it simply, if you want Thai food (or a slightly bastardized version of it), then you're not short of choice. But if I have to give an award to most Thai-sounding, it'll go to Pormtip Thai Restaurant at Bandar Sri Permaisuri.
Seriously, how Thai can a name get? Unless someone opens a shop called Chulalangkorn, then Pormtip gets my vote.
Apparently the name means 'blessed'. Anyway, this restaurant has been around for a few years now. Their schtick is that they're chefs are all experienced from Thailand, so authenticity is the name of the game here.
The menu is of course full of favourite Thai dishes that we all know and love. Unavoidable, really at any Thai place, but the proof is in the nam pla, as they say. I tried the classics, starting with the Tod Man Pla (Thai Fishcakes). They were good, flavour-wise: a bit salty, with a hint of chilli and coriander coming through. Only complaint was that they were slightly too chewy.
A bit chewy, but still quite tasty
Everyone has Som Tum so I had the Yum Ma Muang instead. Er, I mean instead of Papaya Salad I had the Young Mango Salad. Now this was really tasty: fresh, crunchy young mango dressed in a tart and salty dressing, spiked with cili padi and ikan bilis. It was refreshing and addictive. I could eat it just like that, all day. Felt like I was on the streets of Bangkok... a bit. Definitely my dish of the day.
The flavours of Thailand, on a plate.
Chicken in Pandan Leaf was fragrant, juicy and perfectly cooked. It's a bit sweet, and wonderfully scented by the pandan leaves. If you must have chicken with your rice, then make sure you order this.
For the ayam lover.
Thai Green Curry was okay. I had the beef version. It wasn't the best I've had, but better than most places. If you're afraid of spicy food (oh you...) this version of Thai Green Curry should suit you well. It's mild and creamy. The beef was cooked just right but the lovely bits are the eggplants included in the dish.
Nicely cooked, but not the best.
And what Thai meal is complete without Tom Yum? Unlike most kedai tom yum, Pormtip offers both a clear and a red version. I tried the clear version, and it was superb. The broth was clean tasting, with tanginess coming from the limes and a gentle, slow burning from chillies. As I tried the seafood version, I also enjoyed the fact that the seafood in it was fresh. It even had chunks of ikan siakap instead of the usual dory. A thoroughly enjoyable, delicious tom yum.
Tom yum yum!
Prices are okay at Pormtip. It's slightly pricier than a kedai tom yum but far off really high end places. And the quality is great too. If you're in the area, it's definitely worth checking out.