So… to fulfill that Thai food hankering in our souls.. we had to venture into Kepong territory the following day.
Authentic Thai Food mainly focusing on the Northern Thai style of cooking … and to support this notion, apparently the owner says that the cooking ingredients as well as the COOKS, are imported from Thailand! How cute.. 😀
Amongst the signature dishes here (which I couldn’t wait to dig into) was the RAW prawn (Sashimi style) with special sauce and Chabai Burung/Chili Padi (baby killer-cathartic chilies).
Just look at the picture-perfect presentation! Another unexpected delight was the garnishing of bitter gourd that not only added a gorgeous color to the platter, but also lent an amazing taste to the prawn concoction.
The bitter gourd used was not overly bitter at all. Instead, it was crunchy, zesty and even a little sweet on the tastebuds. Really, really good.
The raw prawns were flayed to perfection and drenched in that special fish sauce that took away any remnants of undesirable raw after taste. Don’t you just love the way the Thais try to incorporate into their dishes, every sensory stimulation imaginable to the palate, such as sweet, bitter, salty, sour and spicy?
I do. I love it.
Well executed I thought.. and eventhough I ate the whole plate by myself (Cumi is allergic to prawns), I didn’t get the runs at all ;P
The mango salad was a surprise too. Normally, my past experience eating this salad has me anticipating an overwhelming fish sauce and dry shrimp taste that obscures the other lighter tasting ingredients of this healthy salad.
Here at Krua Thai again, they exceed our expectations. The fish sauce is muted to perfection lending just a slight base taste to the salad. This allows the zesty mango, the crunchy peanuts, shrimp and even some lightly desiccated coconut taste to come shining through.
I didn’t know such a simple dish could create so many pleasurable sensations in my mouth!
Moving on.. time for the slow burn.
The Tomyam… have it as spicy as you like it (we had ours off the Spice-O-Meter), goes perfectly with individually steamed Thai rice (sweeter, stickier.. yummier than local rice). Wash away the burn with coconut juice.. and together with it, all your worries and cares of the world! lol
For a change we tried the fried Thai Kwey Teow instead of the Pad Thai. This also was good with a nice ‘wok hei’ taste to it. The noodle seemed to have retained its springiness and I wondered to myself, how I was ever going to retain my waistline;P
At Krua Thai, they have a good selection of Chili sauces as well, ranging from mild to fiery. On weekends they sometimes serve complimentary Thai desserts, so do swing by and try your luck.
We personally like the food at Krua Thai. It lives up to expectations.
Finally, EAT CHILI BURN FAT says one study… so on that happy note, we end this blog!
39 Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 2,
Taman Usahawan Kepong,
MSG levels: nil
Sugar levels: high
salt levels: moderate