Monday, 16 September 2013

Old Siam – Tasty, porky Thai

LG325, LG Floor Oval New Wing, One Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

I like chicken. There are dishes that just won’t taste quite right without it. Buffalo wings, for example.

But when a dish calls for pork, chicken is a poor substitute indeed.

So we were really happy indeed when we stumbled upon this cozy little corner shop in One Utama, that serves up one-dish Thai street food that doesn’t make compromises to get a halal status. (Oops, am I allowed to use ‘halal’? Can’t remember.)

This is all I have to say on the subject.

Old Siam apparently serves excellent fried chicken as well, but as we don’t often find Thai restaurants that serve pork, both of us immediately zeroed in on the porky selections.

Mmmm… pork…

The Thai dry noodles came with a generous portion of thick, sweet-salty, minced pork-laden sauce. The noodles themselves were quite tasty on their own, being well-coated with dark soy sauce. The noodles were quite soft. I would’ve liked them to be a bit firmer and springier, but that’s just my personal preference.

There was a very slight hint of Thai flavour in the dish. It was hard to pinpoint; our best guess is lemongrass.

The deep-fried pork with garlic is the kind of food I really love. Slightly dry, chewy slices of pork, deep-fried with garlic, served with white rice topped with a gratuitous fried egg. The garlic gave the pork a wonderful fragrance that’s even better when drizzled with the cincalok-like sauce that came with the dish.

 Proof that Thai food does not need to be spicy to pack a ton of flavour.

For dessert, sea coconut. This again had a Thai element – the syrup has a refreshing citrusy taste that nicely balances the sweetness of the sea coconut and longan.

Much better than the usual sea coconut dessert that’s sweet all the way.

Old Siam has been a very nice find indeed. I can’t wait to go back and try more of their food.

I am really loving this tiny little shop that’s dishing out all these big flavours.

Snack-sized review
A tiny corner shop in 1U that’s serving up very flavourful one-dish Thai street food. Staff seems to be all Thai so their food should be pretty authentic. Most importantly, they serve pork – no half-assed chicken versions here!

Hours: Mall hours – 10 to 10.

Price: Very good prices. About RM15 per person should get you a great meal here.

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