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Penang dining scene indeed have turn up a notch. Not only well know for it street food, however I find that casual dining in Penang have also increase in its quality and more outlets opening too. One of the good feedback I heard is this fusion casual dining Island Problem in Lebuh Campbell is certainly worth to try. Island problem have quite a unique tweak with combination of Thai and Japanese. Turns out to be good!

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To come here, best advise to make reservation as the place is super small. Open concept kitchen that you get to sit at the bar while watching the chef cook. Set back is what every they are cooking you will be very curious and keen to order. island problem penang

Look at the crowd, full house and this is weekday lunch!island problem menucasual dining in penangFor such dining, we start early with Australian white wine to go along with the food we order. wagyu beef donSteak & Butter Rice @ RM 49 : Australian tenderloin steak, range yolk, homemade butter rice.
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This is seriously good! the egg yolk that just ooze out perfect match with its butter rice. Beef cook to perfection medium rare and a bit of this with white wine is match made in heaven.
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This certainly look like a normal dish, this is actually dish of the day.  It is more like a cold dish where the noodle is cook to perfection. Al-dante with bouncy yet just nice cold. Broth is chill yet very fragrant, clear and pack with flavour. Topped with torch burn scallop to add the umami flavour is chunz!
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FInd that its Japanee Tamago is a huge twist. Turn to a special mix to make the surface silky smooth like near eating a tofu! burnt cheese cake penang

We were contemplating to order the Burnt Cheese cake or not yet after see the serving next to us, we make an order. Super soft in the middle, nearly melt inyour mouth, not too sweet, slight burnt and cheese taste is just nice. Not overpowering. Could be one of the best burnt cheese cake in Penang. Set back is expensive. If remember correctly is RM 19 for a small piece.

Fine dining in Penang sure gearing up its quality and I am happy that Island Problem is certainly one of my recommended restaurant dining in Penang. Quality and price I find it affordable. Dining experience some of you might not like it, but I certainly love this kind of ambiance. 

*PORK Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, veli good for Penang standard, lecommended!!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:

Island Problem

61, Lebuh Campbell,

10100 Penang

Operating Hours: 12pm – 10pm (close Wednesday)

Tel: 016-421 8633

There is this new hidden gem in Bandar Baru Klang that serve Thai Authentic street food. Operate by a lovely couple with his wife from Thai. A home-cook now by bringing her learning experience from mom and aunt to our table. Baan Korat Thai Restaurant is indeed one of the places to visit as it was a highly recommended place by a reader.

I find that their Thai street food style is quite similar to those in Hatyai!

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They just started to run this place right after the first CMCO which is in June and now they are being hit again for CMCO 2. However, they are still operating now at this moment with limited seating.

their place is pack during lunchtime with their famous serving of that ala cart and their moo ping is a must-have according to many.

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What to eat in Klang, perhaps this menu could give you some idea for Thai food in Klang.

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For the first time, I am here for their unique serving of Thai Claypot Steamboat (Jim Jum) @ RM 39.90 for 2 pax and also, of course, current famous street food Tomyum Mama Instant Noodle Pork @ RM 28 / Seafood @ RM 35 / Seafood & Mince Pork @ RM 38

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their thai Ice tea is also pretty spot on. Thick Thai tea flavour and quite milky. Some of you might find it too sweet but then this drink I find it have to be sweet. One glass will do.

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the reason I am here for this is I have never try Thai steamboat before and second, it is cook with charcoal.

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The set comes with fresh prawns, squid, clams, slice pork , pork and chicken.

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Serve along with 3 sauces which is homemade by the chef herself.

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The soup is unique which is clear, fragrant, sweet from pork bone, yet add in with ginger, lemon grass, dry chili and hint of this leave that make the soup itself very unique and keep drinking on it.

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After a while, we are ready to dig in. It is indeed pretty good as first time experiencing this.

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Dipping with the sauce, it has its own flavour. Gren slightly sour, red a a bit spicy and sour. if were to choose, I personally felt the green chili taste better.

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Here is the famous instant mama seafood pot at RM 35. Serve with Thai Roast Pork, Home made thai meat ball, clams, squid, eggs, and fresh prawns.

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The noodle is cook to perfection. Broth is sweet, milky, creamy, mild spicy and hint of sour end. The soup is cook upon order.

Indeed one of the best Instant mama noodle pot I have had so far! – recommended!

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Another dish is chef special classic dish – Baan Korat Special. Serve in Thai Clear soup with minced pork slab, meatball, clams. Drinking the soup itself is quite interesting and if you are in for some taste experience then squeeze lime and add-in of chili powder. It totally enhances the whole bowl of soup.  @ RM 13.90

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They also do serve mookata and other street food. I will definitely come back again to try out some of their other dishes. It seems like one of the best Thai Street food in Klang that I encounter at the moment. Maybe could beat some of the best thai street food in Klang or in Pj.

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, good eh. Recommended!!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
No 10, Lorong Tiara 1b,
Bandar Baru Klang,
41150 Klang, Selangor

Operating Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday : 12pm – 3pm / 5pm – 11pm

Tel: 012-350 3003

Last weekend when my parents was in KL, my bro suggested to try out this place Baan Thai 2 Seafood Restaurant at Kuchai Lama as he mention that everytime he drove past, it is packed with people.

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Then we thought that to reach there at 6.15pm for early dinner to avoid massive queue. To my surprise, when we reached, there was already a bee line waiting to hit in and the restaurant is packed. By logic it could not be this good that less than 15 minutes there is this massive queue. Asked the counter guy he mention OPERATING TIME is from 12pm – 5am (NON-STOP). It just wow me for such an operating time.

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This is the scene of 6.15pm. As we left at 7.30pm, the queue is even longer.

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Certainly this place is base on Feng Sui as the fountain is flowing in not out.

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Quite a huge seating space and separated into 4-5 pax seating area in the middle and big round table for bigger guest crowd at the side. Quite cooling for such a place with its automated big fan.

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Food that we order and I never expect the dish to be out at lightning fast speed. Upon we place order and for all the food to serve out is less than 10-15 minutes. For a full house crowd, I am certainly impress on this.

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BBQ Pork Stick @ RM 4 per stick. Turns out to be better than what I expected. Caramelize, soft and juicy.

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Stir Fried Asparagus @ RM 20

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Steamed fish with Spicy Lime @ RM 45. Quite big for it size, sourish enough and the heat of spicy hits you at the end. Just perfect. Fish meat is fresh too.

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I guess many of you will love the tomyum. Not your usual ordinary as I think it is quite near to the Southern Thailand style cooking method like Hatyai. A taste that all of us will enjoy for a typical tomyum. Sourish yet the spiciness is there. The more you drink, the spicier it goes. Loving it! Tomyum Pork @ RM 20

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One of the best Phad Thai that I come across. Very classic street food that fried to perfection. Noodle is springy, slightly sweet in after taste with its fish oil, fragrant wok hei and the egg covers ontop is just nice. @ RM 10

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This is quite unique for all of us. Sour Curry with Shrimp @ RM 30. It is suppose to be curries but turns out more like a soup base. Love the omelette added in it as it does have hint of salted fish and layers of pressed omelettes soack with this sourish base, would be a best combo with their rice.

My parents enjoyed it alot and I must say for the total price is about RM 190 is quite decent and surely will come back again to try others. Indeed will be one of my recommended Thai Food in KL or one of the Best Thai food in KL.

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, good Thai Food~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Baan Thai 2 Seafood & Thai Cuisine
Jalan Kuchai Lama, Taman Kuchai Jaya,
58100 Kuala Lumpur,
(next to KFC Kuchai Lama)

Operating hours: 12pm–5am

Tel: 03-7972 9003 / 018-315 3323

There are actually alot of Thai Cuisine in Malaysia. We all just love Thai. Some of my friends heading to Thailand is like their yearly checkin for shopping and eating. When comes to Thai food, it is all the usual not till recently I tried this Rod Dee Ded at Uptown Damansara. This is just not your typical Thai food joint. Establish since 1965 in Bangkok and this would be their first outlet in Malaysia and they are operating in SS21, Uptown Damansara. Rod dee ded also means delicious.

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Rod Dee Ded Specialist in beef as the main ingredient, their broth is cooked for at least 12 hours. Also shower beef  is one of their signature dish. Ingredients are from Halal certified beef supplier. So for my muslim friends, here would be one of your destination too.

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Fried Chicken wings @ RM 9.80 is a must order item here, which is exactly like street food in Hatyai. Just dont ask me why Hatyai as it instantly hit me in my brain for this connection. Fried to perfection that the skin is crisp, fragrant and taste like a classic street food in Thai. Dont miss this out.

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All beef for shower beef are Australian wagyu beef. 2 types: premium and prime wagyu

There are 2 ways of eating this.
1. Hotpot (original soup / Spicy soup @ RM 9.80 each)
2. Order as a la carte and pair with rice/noodle

Both of the soup have its own unique flavour, and if you ask me to really really choose one, then I think I like the original soup more. Spicy soup give you Umami taste. Imagine that the soup stock is cook with good quality beef bones for more than 12 hours.

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This is the signature of shower beef . A bowl is provided, then you put a few slices of beef onto the bowl and scoop the soup add into the bowl. Spoon the soup a few rounds, then pour it back into the pot and start all over again. Till to the texture and colour you like. Can be medium rare, medium or well done.

My favourite part of beef is Oysterblade – is a must order. Not many places offer this part. Texture is totally different. 100g @ RM 31.80, others we had were Striploin 100g @ RM 42.80 and Rib eye 100g @ RM 48.80.

They do offer this for lunch too. What you can do is ask the staff to cook for you if you are in rush yet you want to enjoy this great beef shower. It would be much faster as they know the tricks compare to us.

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If you are not a fan of beef, you can check out their other dishes.

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Pad ka Pow @ RM 13.80. Very nice and fragrant basil taste. I used to hate it but along the years I learn to appreciate the taste. Those of you love strong basil flvour then this would be a perfect dish.

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Tendon is cook to perfection. Soft and slightly chewy.

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Chicken Green Curry is slightly thick and fragrant. Chicken is not overcook and for lunch, this is good. @ RM 18

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One of their lunch menu for noodles are : Meat Ball, Beef Slices and Brisket  @ RM 23.80. You can opt in original soup or spicy soup base.

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This is not the usual Pad Kee Mao that I always had. The noodle is slightly different.. It it wider and slightly thicker to give you a nice chewy texture. As it is brought in all the way from Thailand. The texture is not even close to our local koey teow.  @ RM 16.80. Give it a try, as I quite like it, where it is filled with wok hei.

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Stewed Brisket Clapot in steam rice . Love the fatty part of brisket and it is fragrant. @ RM 25.80

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Certainly one of a Thai shop that offer different offerings. Not your usual typical Thai food and most of the ingredients are all the way from Thailand.

Location:
Rod Dee Ded at SS21
15, Jalan SS 21/37,
Damansara Utama, 47400
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
(few doors away from famous Village Park Nasi Lemak)

Operating Hours:
11-3pm
6-10pm

 

At times when we are in Shopping Mall, we certainly are out of idea or do not know what to eat as there are restaurants that you always go and some times you just want to try something new. If you are looking for Thai fusion food then Thai Hou Sek at 1 Utama is one of the choices that I recommend too. It is a Thai Chinese cooking. Hence the flavour or cooking will be slightly different if you compare direct to a classic Thai food.

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Simply for the modern cheek ambiance and Thai food offerings are pretty decent and good.

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For drinks, we order Thai Coconut Shake @ RM 15, Pick- Me-Up Fruit Tea @ RM 8.50 & Thai Hou Yum @ RM 8.50. Thai Hou Yum is one of my favourite as it is refrshing, serve like tequila style as salt are all coated around the surface of the glass. A perfect refrshing drink for our hot weather or just a recharge after some shopping done.

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Egg plant was not in my food list last time and starting to learn to enjoy this dish. Pad Kra Pao Eggplant @ RM 18 is a dish you should order too. Fried to perfection with wok hei, stir fried with soy sauce as one of the ingredient that makes it smells good and fragrant. a perfect combination with rice.

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A dish that we usually will order is fish, but this round trying out their Squid in Spicy Lime Sauce @ RM 37. turns out to be quite good too. Mild spicy, love the sourish soup base from the salted veggie and lime just add in the punch that is need. Interesting that they do add in chinese sausage too.

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Not our usual order which is classic tomyum soup. It is a dish that is recommended by the waiter for Tom Sap Pork Ribs Soup @ RM 23.50. This is slightly more spicy than the squid lime yet love the heat at the back of my throat yet it is not too flaming. Just nice for those who love some spiciness.

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The classics that would not go wrong is 4 Heavenly Kings with Prawn @ RM 22

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Spicy Pork Belly @ RM 19 is Thai style, that they do fried it then dip with chef special sauce.

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Garlic Pork Ribs @ RM 23.50

 

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Deep Fried Tilapia @ RM 46

One of the outlet that I visit on and off for Thai food in 1 Utama.

Location:
Thai Hou Sek 1 Utama
Lot S132, 2nd Floor,
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
(at Old Wing & below TGV)

Phone: 03-7731 7933

Opening Hours: 11am-10pm Daily.

Rama V. Rama V is one of a casual fine dine that establish quite well among many folks around the area. Sitting in Jalan U thant where the upscale residence is, fits well with the society there. Having a Thai chef in the house and with the new chef that came on board, I am impress with his cooking. His cooking style is from the Northern Thai. Therefore do not expect spicy flavour like the southern side of like Bangkok or Hatyai. Flavour is more on sourish, clear and fragrant leaves.

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As for this Chinese New Year, they do have Chinese New Year Menu too. We had the Fortune Set @ RM 468 which is for about 5-6 pax

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Environment here is slightly different, as they do have private rooms seated outside in this village like houses from 2 pax – 15 pax.

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Dining area is more on the comfort luxury style.

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As we early, we kick start with their cocktails. I am not a big fan of cocktails but they are certainly impressive. The cocktail are Thai inspired which have elements of Thai ingredients.

If you like something fresh, yet flavour profile is quite prominent, Pinklao @ RM 24.85 whisky, lime jice, coconut water, pumpkin spice syrup is one of my favourite.

Princess Fa-Ying @ RM 24.85
Tequila, Lime Juice, Spice Syrup, Crafted Grapefruit soda, ginger Beer Soda

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The Royal Dome @ RM 27.45 – White rum, Strega, Spice syrup, orange bitter. this is another of my recommended too, if you like smokey flavour.

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Khing of Siam @ RM 24.85
Vodka, Passionfruit puree, lime juice, bunga kantan (torch ginger flower syrup) ginger, kaffir lime leaf

If you are explorer, this is a very interesting cocktail as the element they have it in there is like drinking hint of tomyum that is cold yet with alcohol content. worth to give it a try.

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One of the girls favourite is this Queen Suriyothai @ RM 24.85 -Gin, Lynchee liquer, yuzu puree, lemon juice, egg white, sugar syrup, basil leaf. Refreshing, intersting, sourish, with hint of sweetness yet fragrant foam egg white.

Find that their cocktail is very affordable and these are my recommended cocktails for first timer base on my palate:

  1. Queen Suriyothai (girls can start of with this)
  2. The Royal Dome (for smoky lover)
  3. Pinklao – first perfect glass to go after.

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So for their set, they do have Thai version of Lou Sang that topped with scallop, thai fish cake, smoked duck and other fresh ingredients. Quite interesting and quite good as the sauces that add in there is a good balance with the ingredient on the plate.

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Starting off with Soup – Golden Shrimp Tom Kha– Spicy tomyum soup with coconut milk, oyster mushroom, lemongrass, stuffed prawn bali and Shrimp rice. The broth is good, mild sourish and spicy then you can taste a hint of sweetness aftertaste that comes from the coconut milk.

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Main Cource:
Steamed Seabass with Tom Khong Sauce. Not the typical steam fish that is pack with garlic and chili, this version is to enjoy the freshness of the fish meat and clear sourish soup.

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Stir-Fried Brussels Sprout with Sea Scallops in Thai Royal Sauce. Love the cooking style with the sauce, it would be perfect if the Brussels sprout is the crunchy version.

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Stir Fried Tiger Prawns with Pia Kong Sauce

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Personally, I feel this is the best dish in the menu as Rama V Braised Duck in Thai Spice Herbs Served with Kai Lan and Asparagus. Sauce is thick enough, yet every bite is very fragrant with thai herbs. Put it in a way is like Penang Kuih Chap but in Thai version that the soup had shimmer down to thickness. Perfect to go along with rice. Duck meat is best if it is slightly softer.

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for dessert, we had:  Jasmine Mango Pana Cotta, Pandan Creme Dumplings, Ja MOng Kud (egg yolk dumpling in Wheat Flour Crown)

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Was told by the waiter that this dessert Ja MOng Kud (egg yolk dumpling in Wheat Flour Crown) was done specially for the royal family in Thai. Quite an interesting texture. Something new to me.

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I have been to this Thai restaurant in KL few years back for a birthday celebration and I think now is much better.

 

Location:
5, Jalan U Thant,
Kelab Golf di Raja Selangor,
55000 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 12pm – 3pm / 6pm – 11pm

Tel: 03-2143 2428

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