When I was in the capital city recently, I met up with my friends at Go Thai Restaurant at Atria Shopping Gallery for lunch. I have heard that a new menu has been introduced there, and it was a great opportunity to try it.
Go Thai is actually not a new F&B brand. Its main restaurant in SS2 Petaling Jaya was established three years ago. This branch at Atria came one year later but it was two months ago that a revamped menu was introduced here.
Our lunch comprised all chef’s recommendations, beginning with six different types of beverages, including the world’s best Thai Milk Tea. For your information, we also up-sized our drinks, by just adding RM1 each.
As for the mains to go with the highest quality AAA Thai fragrant rice, we had the following dishes:
Kai Jeaw Poo
Looks like bread, this crab omelette is inspired by the world’s third “street food” restaurant in Bangkok run by Raan Jay Fai, which was awarded a Michelin star in the first Singapore Michelin Guide published in 2016.
Kai Jeaw Poo is 80% crab-meat, but tastes like sharks fin due to the species of crab used in preparing this dish. This is definitely a six-star (out of five) item to order. Why queue for three hours in Bangkok, whereas a similar Kai Jeaw Poo can be obtained at Go Thai?
Gai Hor Bai Toey
Whenever I patronise Peranakan restaurants, I must have their pandan chicken, and at Go Thai, I did likewise.
Although I couldn’t tell the difference between the two items (Peranakan vs. Thai pandan chicken), the screwpine leaf wrapped boneless chicken at Go Thai was moist and tender. Infused with the aroma of the leaf which filled the entire restaurant, one piece per diner was not enough!
I call this Paddle Pork. It is very popular in Thailand and is a street food not to be missed.
The succulent fillet (boneless) is marinated and grilled on a skewer over charcoal fire for a distinctive barbecue pork flavour. I’m already hungry just thinking about the Paddle Pork!
Kao Gaeng Thod
Green curry rice balls are actually eaten to substitute rice.
Served in plates of five pieces, these rice balls have a crispy coating over green, fragrant rice. Despite its curry, it is not spicy. As said, if you order this item, you don’t even need to get a plate of rice.
Khao Kha Moo
If you love pork trotters, this is the dish to go for. This stewed pork leg has been braised to perfection – not too soft, not too hard, just the right level of tenderness and lots of herbal flavours and dripping with sauce.
The skin just separates from the meat easily. Khao Kha Moo is one of the most popular dishes at Go Thai; it is sold out early!
Pra Muek Thod
These deep fried calamari rings are the bomb!
Dip in Thai chilli sauce or eat them as they are for their original flavour, these tender rings are good as finger food or as an appetiser.
If pork is a meat that you can’t do without, Moo Grob or crispy pork belly is a dish to order.
Sort of like roasted pork, the skin is way crispier and the meat is tender and succulent. Its layer of fat is thin and negligible. This Moo Grob is so tasty and I didn’t even dip into the accompanying Thai soy sauce.
Tom Yum Seafood
One can’t claim to have savoured Thai cuisine if Tom Yum wasn’t in the picture. Yes, Tom Yum Seafood was a highlight of the meal.
Prepared with a sweet pork bone soup base, this bowl is filled with various seafood such as prawns and squids. Its tangy Tom Yum is addictive, tasting differently from its original soup base, which is naturally sweet.
Khao Neow Ma Muang
Can I say that the mango sticky rice here is even more delicious than the serving I had most recently at a night market in Hat Yai? I remember thinking that it was “nothing great”, but it was not the case with Go Thai’s Khao Neow Ma Muang.
Pour the coconut milk (santan) over both the mango slices and sticky rice – this really fixed my craving for authentic mango sticky rice and I needn’t go to Thailand for it.
We wrapped up our meal with Tako, or coconut custard with water chestnut.
This is the Thai version of the Malay kuih, Pelita. Chilled, Tako’s top white layer is slightly sourish while the bottom green layer is sweet. Eating both layers together, it’s a memorable dessert to complement the lunch.
If you yearn for authentic Thai street food from Isan, a region in the north-east of Thailand, but don’t have the time or budget to make a trip to our neighbouring country, Go Thai is the right choice. With chefs from Isan using all Thai-imported sauces and ingredients, you know you can’t go wrong with Go Thai.
In case you dine alone, you can opt for one of the Signature Set Meals, priced from RM12.90 to RM17.90, served with a complimentary glass of pandan lemongrass drink and a Tako (if available).
Go Thai Restaurant Malaysia
Location: Atria Shopping Gallery, Damansara Jaya, Jalan SS 22/23, SS 22, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor (Lot T25-T28, 3rd Floor)
Tel: 019-338 8938
Business hours： 10:30am-10.30pm
Go Thai main restaurant @ PJ SS2
Add：187, Jalan SS 2/24, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel： 019-338 8938
Business hours: 10:30am-10.30pm
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