Aromatic spices at Soi Thai
Writer: Brenda Ch'ng
Published: Fri, 29 Jun 2012
Awaken your appetite with the sour and piquant spices of authentic Thai cuisine at Soi Thai restaurant, where the homemade curries are made with freshly grounded and pounded ingredients everyday.
Green curry chicken.
Located in a secluded corner on the first floor of The Waterfront, Desa Park City, patrons will feel homey upon entering the simple pastel coloured restaurant decorated with elephant figurines.
With only a handful of tables lining the semi-circular restaurant, guests will have the luxury of enjoying a quiet, crowd-free dining experience and unwind after a long day’s work.
Flown in from Thailand, chefs at Soi Thai will surely wow diners with the authentic dishes cooked based on secret family recipes passed down through the generations.
As the secret to good Thai cuisine is generally emphasised on the balance between sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavours, chefs at Soi Thai do away with pre packed chili pastes and conjure up their very own rack of spices and curry pastes.
So be prepared with a glass of water in hand to put out the fire which will be burning in your mouths after tasting their hot and spicy tom yum soup and other various curries.
It is recommended to order their sweet Thai iced tea or lemongrass juice, which is both refreshing and a good thirst quencher for those who sweat through spicy meals.
For starters, choose from a selection of their signature dishes, like Soi Thai appetiser combo, crispy catfish with green mango salad or their home made Thai style otak-otak.
If you are in a small company of two to four, the appetiser combo would be a great choice as it comes with pandan leave chicken, Thai fish cakes and Thai money bags, which is deep fried meat fillings wrapped in crispy pastry skin.
With the assortment of food served, patrons would still have space in their tummy to taste the other lip-smacking dishes like Thai green curry chicken and their best seller, Thai red curry roasted duck.
Filled with diced eggplant in both distinct dishes, the green curry gave off an aromatic smell of lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, which is usually pounded in a mortar with the green chili, garlic and cumin seeds.
Though green curries are supposed to be as spicy as some red curries if cooked with the right balance of other spices, it will bring out a sweetness which helps reduce the heat and sets it apart from other curries.
This world-renowned creamy dish, which is rich in coconut milk, is a must-try and is recommended for Thai food lovers who prefer a less spicy alternative.
Next, balance the serving of green curries with red curries and sample their scarlet coloured roasted duck dish which will get your taste buds tingling.
Often cooked with coconut milk and pounded red chilies, coriander, garlic, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, this creamy dish is a combination of salty and spicy.
It is best to eat both the curries separately with rice as the different flavours might overlap and tamper with the taste of the other curry.
Next, order up their Choo Chee fish curry, a popular dish among the Thais, which is not regularly served in other Thai restaurants in the Klang Valley.
Translated to dry curried fish, the dish is cooked with the chef’s very own secret recipe and patrons will definitely get a kick out of it.
Tasting a little like the Portuguese Laksa, the paste compliments the fried fish really well as it kills off the fishy smell and the unique curry flavour allows the dish to stand out from the other curries on the table.
Though it is recommended to eat this dish with a serving of Thailand’s ever famous sticky rice, we concluded that this dish can also be eaten with plain rice or even on its own.
Sticky rice is believed to help temper the spice and heat from the curry.
With mouths still burning with the delightful taste of curries and spices, order up their cooling and refreshing desserts.
Patrons can opt for their ‘Thap Thim Krop’ which is made out of water chestnut and jackfruit in coconut milk with ice shavings.
This is a sweet and effective thirst quencher, especially after enjoying a spicy meal.
Or, diners can go for the more popular Thai desserts like mango sticky rice or Thai style steamed sweet banana topped with vanilla ice cream.
If you have a secret compartment for desserts in your stomach, do try all three to complete your Thai dining experience.
The restaurant is located at 1st Floor, The WaterFront @Park City, No 5, Persiaran Residen, Desa Park City, Kuala Lumpur.
It may get really crowded for dinner, so do call 03-6280 7059 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.