One of the newest Thai joints in town, just started doing a brisk business, two days ago. Located close to my backyard, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), I was more than eager to try it out, once M called me up and said, “let’s go!”.
Namprik, generally pronounced “Nam phik”, is a generic term for thick spicy chili based, hot sauces typical of Thai cuisine. Thai sambal if you like, and this place is supposed to specialise in this spicy and tasty namprik.. evident on their business card that reads, ” The Taste of Thai Sambal”. The owners of Namprik are the same people behind Surisit in TTDI.
Settling down to dinner, we found the Thai fare authentic tasting and well prepared. Since we were there on the opening night, there were no ala carte dishes but rather a buffet menu. Thai cuisine, as we all know, is known for balancing sour, sweet, and salty flavors with chili-infused heat. This is definitely represented at Namprik by their Thai noodles. The Thai Laksa with Chicken and Bamboo shoot Yellow Curry is heavenly! So full of aroma that you will be guzzling the soup up along with everything else. Also myriad curries, deep-fried or sautéed chicken and fish; seafood in sweet chili or hot curry pastes – most of it is infused with a heavenly burn. I like my food spicy, and so I like it here. Namprik freaks, take note, the Thai chili dips here that complement the raw vegetables, are fabulous – the Namprik Kapi (shrimp paste chili dip) and the Namprik Kai Kem (Salted Egg Sauce) are really addictive. I am definitely going back this week to check out their regular menu.
Thai Laksa – springy thai noodles
A rich, coconut based, yellow curry stock with lots of baby bamboo shoots and chicken – the Thai laksa here is to die for!
Thai Otak otak and prawns go terrific with sambal and rice
One of the specialties here is the Thai Sambal – they have several different kinds that go delightfully well with the raw vegetables/salad (Ulam). My favourite is the deep fried aubergine and sambal – super addictive!
Delicious dessert of Pengat pisang – sweetened bananas in coconut milk
Tapioca in coconut milk dessert
We found the environment at Namprik clean and relaxed – ideal for the lunch crowd that wants to get away from the heat of the coffeeshop. Service was prompt and the prices affordable. The modern set up is ideal for larger groups as well – there is an upstairs area with break out rooms for bigger groups. I will definitely be going back to check out their ala carte menu this week;)
Add: Namprik, No.50, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur Tel : +603 7732 4342