The spicy cuisine of Thailand is gaining new fans everywhere in the world and Malaysia being a neighbouring country is no exception. There’s something about the combination of spices and fresh ingredients that’s especially delicious.
Whether it’s street food stalls or high-end restaurants, Malaysia has its fair share of good Thai food. As someone who travels to Thailand quite frequently, I love my Thai food, – halal or non-halal. However, sometimes pork being a main ingredient in certain dishes definitely adds some authenticity to it. Let me present our top picks for non-halal Thai restaurants in the Klang Valley:
Kompassion @ Damansara Kim
Kompassion in Damansara Kim is a brain child of executive chef Kom and the team behind My Elephant. Unlike its sister’s restaurants, KomPassion offers diners authentic and pork heavy Northern Thai cuisines with some fusion elements. Expect to see some brilliant ideas such as pork satay with kimchi, soft shell crab salad and otak-otak lasagna here.
Contrasting textures and natural elements mixed with metals create a minimal, industrial interior. Service is friendly and attentive here. The staff will present you with a tablet menu with pictures and detailed descriptions of the food items. It may not have the most comprehensive list of Thai dishes, but it’s enough to get you started.
One of their star dishes is the moist and tender pork satays served with an exotic looking dipping sauce. The satays have a nice fat-to-meat ratio, resulting in a perfect level of juiciness. The green sauce with at tangy-sweet-spicy blend is just the right accompaniment to the meat.
The most expensive dish on the menu is the double cooked pork belly and soft shell crab with cucumber salad (RM65), but it is also our favourite dish to order here. The pork belly is perfect in every way – juicy, melt-in-the- mouth meat and dreamy, crispy crackling. The topping of a creamy and thick concoction of green curry sauce is definitely the cream of the crop. Fried till crispy and non-oily on the outside, the soft shell crab is still moist and juicy on the inside. Crunchy vegetables and ground peanuts make an exuberant base for these delicate soft-shell crabs.
It is best to come in a group to split the bill as a meal for two here can easily cost RM100. Remember to wash down the spice after your meal with a bowl of red ruby dessert served with coconut gelato.
KomPassion Thai Fusion
Address: 5, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 11.30am – 3.30pm; 6pm – 10.30pm
GPS coordinates: 3.1346219,101.6257647
A Wet Thai Cafe @ Cheras
Located just a few steps away from the famous Hau Kee, A Wet Thai Cafe is a popular Thai restaurant in Taman Ulek, Cheras. This part of town is notorious for its traffic jam and limited parking. However, that does not deter food lovers who go to A Wet Café for its wide variety of authentic Thai cuisine at reasonable prices.
Deep fried kangkung is a typical example of how looks can be deceiving. These vegetables fritters have a good crunch on the outside and a soft, juicy filling inside. The best way to enjoy the fritters is to dip them into a special concoction made of fish sauce and minced pork.
A Wet Café’ s green curry with pork strips fares pretty well. The gravy is mildly spicy, rich and creamy with a pleasant sweet after taste resulting from palm sugar. Delicious! A bowl of Thai fragrant rice is essential to mop up all that luscious gravy.
A Wet Thai Cafe is the perfect blend of simple, affordable, and tasty Thai food. Its casual setting is great for family dinners and gatherings.
A Wet Thai Cafe
Address: 8, Jalan Kaskas, Taman Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 11am – 4pm, 6pm – 12am
GPS coordinates: 3.099548,101.741711
Thai Camp @ Jalan Paramount
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 variety of non-halal authentic Thai fare.
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.
In addition to Thai basil chicken, – beef, pork or chicken stir fried with chili curry paste and long beans – is one of the most popular Thai dishes in a casual restaurant. We like how Thai Camp uses roasted pork in this famous dish. The roasted pork with its semi crispy skin was utterly delicious when served with the perfect accompaniment – chili curry paste!
The stir fried pork strips of moo tod kra tiam – garlic pork (RM15) topped with bits of crispy garlic is always packed with flavour. It goes really well with white rice.
Thai Camp is a simple, affordable, no-nonsense, convenient, and most of all great tasting, non-halal Thai restaurant. We will definitely revisit as good Thai food with reasonable pricing is hard to come by nowadays.
Address: 37, Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya | Tel: 012-3451768
Opening hours: Tues – Sun, 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Closed on Mondays)
GPS coordinates: 3.109984,101.628164