So Fiery. So Thai. Lai Thai Market @ Happy Mansion, Section 17December 3, 2012 | 30,850 views
Short of suffering the wrath of the KL-ites and city dwellers in confusion of whether Motormouth is still alive and kicking in KL, or scurried off back to his hometown with tail between his legs, let me assure you that I am still surviving here, thank you.
A little bit overwhelmed by the backlogs of reviews and travel articles that I should have finished ages ago, the sheer pressure of wrapping up 2012 on a high with everything cleared seems like a miracle now.
On this rainy Monday evening (what’s with the fickle weather nowadays? 20-12-2012?!), let me share a very brief overview of this Thai eatery tucked hidden within Happy Mansion in Section 17 that has been serving very traditional Thai fares for a while now.
The simple one pager of a menu tells a lot about their strengths. Not mere conventional Thai offerings mind you, but pretty kick@$$ stuff like sticky rice served with Larb Moo or Northeast Thai style of minced pork salad, the rarely seen Thai rice noodles cooked with spicy pork sauce and even stir-fried minced pork with basil leaf served with rice and a fried egg.
Okay … there are a few eyebrow-raisers like green curry and Pad Thai (Thai-style char kway teow), but let’s give them the benefit of a doubt, shall we?
Kway Teow Nam Tok – A heavily-spiced concoction of wide rice noodles in a broth laden with chili paste, fresh herbs and bean sprouts, pork balls, kangkung and chopped spring onions.
As how a good bowl of Thai noodles should be served with condiments of chili flakes, crushed peanuts, sugar and pickled red chillies came along with a bottle of fish sauce.
Som Tum – Thai Raw Papaya Salad that was prepared very freshly on the spot, pounded in a mortar with additional zest from lemon juice and a dash of fish sauce that rendered the salad with a savoury tang. A bit spicier than the usual, so be cautious if you’ve a weak stomach.
The Isaan-style (Northeastern Thai) Larb Moo or minced pork tossed with pig’s intestines, liver and rind, spring onion and chili flakes in a very tangy and piquant dressing made up of fish sauce and lime juice. This dish is served with sticky rice, a traditional staple of the Isaan’s (read about Soi Polo – The Isaan Experience in Bangkok for a better idea of what Isaan food is).
Thai Iced Coffee, the easily recognizable Vitasoy and the epitome of Thai dessert; Mango Sticky Rice with crispy mung beans to end the meal with.
Now, I remember reading about this place from masak-masak yet I completely forgot about this place until someone mentioned this in a conversation. Plus, since I have tried most of the food around Happy Mansion & Section 17 (My Elephant, Food Foundry, MM Cafe, etc), a relatively new addition to the list wouldn’t hurt either.
Walking in into the part-supermarket-part-restaurant was not very assuring. Four tables at most, parked adjacent to the wall that can barely seat a 20-strong crowd on any given day. The preparation area and the cooking station took up 1/3 of the premise, while the racks loaded up with Thai instant noodles (yup, even the popular Mama brand … thus you don’t have to cross over to Betong or Haadyai for bulk purchase already!), dry spices and glutinous rice, sauces and condiments, fresh produce, Thai snacks (Koh-Kae flavoured peanuts) and more.
It was barely 10am, and they have just started business that Sunday morning. Thankfully. As we were halfway through our meal, families and loyal patrons (hard not to notice the chirpy camaraderie of Thai expats) trickled in and gradually filling up the entire premise.
They could be eyeing for a Thai style breakfast here, as I cannot recall any good Thai street stalls serving Pad Thai, or Thai pork soup noodles for breakfast around the area.
As far as the food went, though the selection was not half as impressive, nor the taste of the dishes deserving of a Michelin star, still …. it’s always an inviting thought to have options for a VERY-Thai experience especially when Thai dining in Klang Valley has gone mostly upmarket and …..sad to say, commercialized.
I enjoyed some of the dishes, though I felt that the Mango Sticky Rice could have been much better. And the Thai coffee was brewed and left in a plastic container for too long ….. the aroma has long gone; only reeked of condensed milk and diluted with ice cubes.
LAI THAI MARKET (non-Halal)
AG-3, Block A,
Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13,
Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Business hours : 10am onwards, until 5pm.
GPS Coordinates : 3.123311,101.634805
Though I did not confirm, but according to boo_licious’s post, apparently they are opened from Thursdays to Sundays only.
**Near to Food Foundry, MM Cafe and My Elephant