Sbai Thai Minimarket & Restaurant, Ampang

Beware what the Thai menu calls “medium spicy” as it is hellaciously hot!

Sbai Thai Minimarket & Restaurant, Ampang is currently our favourite go-to Thai joint for a quick, spicy fix. Here are 5 more of our favourite Thai Streetfood restaurants in KL.

We have to tell you though that most of the dishes here are way too salty for our tastebuds, so you would be wise to tell them to add less salt for all your dishes even before anything else.


Tom Yum Kong (RM12) – pungent, zesty feast of flavors with every slurp.. this will instantly clear your sinuses if you’re having trouble!

Fiery Chili flakes are sprinkled liberally on top of many dishes, by local Thais, dining in this modest restaurant, but not us. Oh no, we know better than to underestimate the spiciness of the Tom Yum (Spicy Thai Seafood Soup), the Lap Mu (Mince Pork and Chilli) or the Somtam (Thai Papaya Salad).


Spicy Lap Mu – (RM12) if you mistake a bit of chili padi for French Bean, then good luck to you!

Even the Tong Fun Salad, served cold, and toss with tender squid mixed with celery and lemongrass has a fiery bite of its own. No wonder the bowels get such a great workout after an authentic Thai meal, eh? More delicate tongues can rest easy with mild pandan chicken etc, but we were not here for mildness, surely.


 Thai Glass Noodle Seafood Salad served cold (RM12)

Every bite of this sumptuous seafood salad offers a taste-explosion of Thai sour, sweet, pungent, salty and spicy! At the same time, the dressing never overpowers the fresh taste of the seafood, but rather brings out all of its natural succulence.


This dish makes for a great appetizer, side dish, or even a main course thanks to the addition of the springy glass noodles.


Pad Thai (RM6)

The ubiquitous street food version in Thailand is supposed to be a little spicy, a little sweet, and utterly delicious. Well, here at Sbai, it is a lot spicy, a lot sweet and yes, a whole lot delicious too! Am always heavy handed with the freshly ground peanuts as they add texture as well as flavour to the Pad Thai.


Tom Yum Fried Noodles (RM6)

Tom Yum fried noodles – just a trace of Tom Yum flavour, in a springy, al dente stir-fried noodle, with delicious aromas of lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce and coriander.


The front of the shop is a Thai Minimarket – a great place to pick up all sorts of Thai condiments to make your home cooking taste that much better!


This restaurant is located along the same row as Loke Yun Chicken Rice shop, and the same row as the Ampang Police Station. Definitely come here for delicious, affordable Thai streetfood.

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Sbai Thai Mini Market & Restaurant,
57, Jalan Besar Ampang, 
68000 Ampang,
Tel: 016 6962040; 016 3748555


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