Given the current political turmoil in Thailand, we had to call off our annual pilgrimage trip to Bangkok. Fortunately for us, we find solace through some authentic Thai food at Taman Paramount, PJ. Next to Restaurant Mei Yan and along Jalan 20/7, Thai Camp @ Taman Paramount is a new kid on the block. We got to know about Thai Camp from our good friend as her brother in law owns and runs this place. The Thai chef is excellent and he whips out a wide varieties of non halal authentic Thai fare, as she mentioned. The next thing we knew, we were here for dinner on a Public Holiday.
The menu features mainly traditional Thai dishes such as tom yum, green curry, stir fried minced pork with basil as well as signature creations all made with market-fresh spices and exotic ingredients.
Kaeng Kaew Wan – Green Curry Chicken (RM 18). Thai Camp’s version of green curry chicken tasted slightly tangy, sweet sour, creamy, and coconut-y. We loved the flavor, but the sauce seemed a bit too watery for our likings. Having learnt how to cook green curry chicken thrice in Thailand and in Malaysia, I tend to have high expectations towards this signature dish in Thai cuisine.
Tom Ka Kai – White Tom Yum Chicken (RM 15). Tom Ka Kai is very different from tom yum as this chicken coconut galangal soup yields a richer and creamier broth. It had a wonderful Thai flavour, thanks to the use of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal chunks.
Phad Prik Kaeng – Stir Fried Crispy Pork with Curry Paste (RM 15). In addition to Thai basil chicken, Phad Prik Kaeng – beef, pork or chicken stir fried with chili curry paste and long beans, is one of the most popular Thai dish in a casual restaurant. We liked how Thai Camp uses roasted pork in this famous dish. Pieces of roasted pork with its semi crispy skin was utterly delicious when served with the perfect accompaniment – chili curry paste! We literally licked the plate clean!
Moo Tod Kra Tiam – Garlic Pork (RM 15). The pork pieces topped with bits of crispy garlic was packed with flavour. It went really well with our bowls of white rice, I think we exceeded our rice quota that night.
Pla Sa Mihun Prai – “Thai Camp” Fish (RM 35). Topped with shallots, onions, green mangoes and spring onions, this deep fried fish dish is Thai Camp’s signature. The fish was were cooked to crispy, golden-brown perfection. Our only minor complaints were with the sauce; slightly too little of it resulting in a dry skin surface.
Kai Yeaw Ma Kra Prao Grob – Crispy Preserved Egg with Phad Kra Prao (RM 18). We ordered this out of curiosity. The crispy preserved egg was a tad too dry without the creaminess, but the basil minced pork hitted the spot.
Thai Camp is a simple, affordable, no-nonsense, convenient, and most of all great tasting, non halal Thai restaurant. We will definitely revisit not only because it is being owned by a friend, but because good Thai food with reasonable pricing is hard to come by nowadays.
37, Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya
Lunch & dinner, Tuesday-Sunday