Saturday, April 4, 2015

YummY! - Thai Street Food @ Go Thai SS2

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SS2, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia - March 2015

Stewed Pig Trotters over the braize.
Being from Penang, and of Baba-Nyonya stock (and perhaps with a bit of Thai, Burmese genes too) I have always had a penchant for Thai food. Those fanciful ones at posh Thai restaurants are good, but my Penang street food palate yearns for something similar, something Thai & something street food.
So when we popped into Go Thai, I was most delighted as here is Thai street food served in a simple yet clean premises.... and the bottom line is... it's at reasonable pricing and served by odd but cheerful waitresses. But we will come to those waitresses later, let's look at the food first.

First off, the Khao Kha Moo. I like the name, it's easy to remember but it has nothing to do with cows or moos. Order it and one will be served with the stewed pig trotters that comes with white rice, half a soy-blanched half-boiled egg and some tasty Thai chilli sauce.
The meat of the trotter was firm and tender, while the pork skin was soft. This dish is good and tasty. It brings back to me those trotters that I had at Pratunam, Bangkok; those were heavenly slurpily soft.

The good thing here is that the some of the simpler food are prepared by a couple of Thai ladies at the servery right at the entrance of the restaurant. So one can expect a good degree of authenticity in their food. The two Thai chefs are from North-east Thailand, so expect the food here to have that Isan regional flavour.

Som Tum (Papaya Salad).
Now this is the dish that woke up my tongue.... not that slow ~~hello.. wakey up~~~, but more that cold water jerk type. It is a simple dish with superlatives, strong tangy flavour coupled with syrupy sweetness - a sharp combo wake up call.
The papaya is there, so are some bean sprouts, chilli. Not enough kick? Then squeeze a bit of lime juice for that final oomph!

Moo Thad Kathiam
Another staple dish, one of rice served with pork slices stir fried in garlic sauce and a fluffy fried egg.

Moo Ping (Charcoal Grilled Pork Fillet)
This is a "Not To Be Missed" dish - tender pork fillet slowly grilled over a charcoal fire. The seasoning coated the fillet with a slightly sweet caramel layer. My... oh my... this is one real YummY! dish; I would recommend taking this by itself and not with any rice.
(My apologies, this dish was served with three pieces of the Moo Ping.... it was too tempting and my buddies could not wait.... they just "gasak!")

Although termed as street food, the Moo Ping was hygienically barbecued over a stainless steel grille.

Another "Not To Be Missed" dish, their lovely Seafood Tom Yum; one that's thick and an appetizing chilli-red in colour. Sweet, sour & spicy; this is one of the best Tom Yum I have tried.

Still hungry? Then go for this Kwei Tiow In Clear Pork Soup; it comes with a lot of pork - pork slices, minced pork and pork balls.

To finish off a wonderful meal, the ever favourite Tub Thim Krob dessert; as they describe it rubies of water-chestnuts enclosed in tapioca flour. Here they use shaved ice, a better choice than the crushed ice used at other places.

Okay, I better come back to those waitresses; they were not odd in that "odd" sense. They are odd because they were Filipinas dressed in straw hats and simple white tee-shirts ala Pinoy. They do stand out - i.e. Filipinos in a Thai restaurant! But I must say they liven up the place with their cheerful smiles and very good service. Go Thai may not serve fusion food, but there is a warm fusion of culture here.

Another friendly feature; this happy elephant helpfully points the directions to the restrooms.

The food is good, the service happily excellent, the place simple yet presentably clean and the pricing is right.
Let's go Go Thai!

Go Thai menu and price list.

187 Jalan SS2/24, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: +6012-289 1922
Hours: 11:30am to 9:45pm (Closed on Mondays)
GPS : 3.116996, 101.622960

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