Thai Wong Back in Action! (Nakhon Pathom Special @ Ipoh Garden East)October 15, 2010 | 8,072 views
UPDATED 25th October 2010 – From 27th Oct 2010 onwards, Ah Wong will once again relocate back to Restoran Soon Hoong; the restaurant where he and his wife used to serve their Thai cuisine back then. Full address and map to come when they finally move at the end of this post. Here’s the previous post on the restaurant back in 2008 – http://www.j2kfm.com/ah-wong-thai-food/
Who in the world is this “Thai Wong” you ask? Oh, he’s nobody special …. not a superstar, reality TV opportunist, or even someone advocating for human rights and spewing poisons sweet talks on air (ala Budget 2011, but the RM500 bonus once again …. sounds a little too hilarious to be effective in elevating the morale of the civil servants).
My personal favourite Tom Yum in Ipoh. Good balance of spicy, piquant, tangy, savoury and so so so moreish. Don’t go for a small serving of white rice. Go all out and leave your low-carbo diet plan behind for once!
Just a loving couple made up of a pompous Chinese man and reserved yet affable Thai lady whom had left their customers/fans in a lurch with the two years on hiatus. Read my post on Ah Wong Thai Food way back in 2008 for an idea on how much I was addicted to their tom yum and fried chicken.
But they’re BACK! A timely return to the scene, when the dearth of good Thai eateries had me seeking left and right, up and down, in and out for a potential substitute. To no avail, I might add. Continue reading to discover this fiery, hidden gem tucked in the midst of a residential area in Ipoh Garden East …..
Both my aunts were avid fans of the Thai cuisine served here. And when they ordered the Tom Yum from Ah Wong’s stall (the stall is named after Nakhon Pathom, a city in central Thailand), there was always this “ADD SPICINESS PLEASE” chants going round the table. For I have relatives (the young and the old alike) who are damn fabulous chili addicts, successfully transforming me into one since my childhood days.
Nakhon Pathom Special dishes up a very tasty Thai-style fried chicken, complete with the chili sauce.
Anyway, he picked a mighty memorable date to restart that engine. 10.10.10. And business has been picking up since day one of their re-opening, given the already sizeable fanbase (and says who that Ipohans cannot take their chillies?!) from back then.
After a few days in operation, we could not hold back any longer. A dinner was inevitable, as me and my brother were already craving for that same old taste of their spicy Tom Yum with seafood, delicious Thai style fried chicken, and many more.
Oyster Omelette with plentiful of sweet oysters packed within the crisp and fluffy omelette.
And good thing was; the quality of her cooking never faltered. This, albeit months in hibernation due to a variety of reasons. The devilish red appearance of the Tom Yum looked intimidating, and you might even sneeze and get all teared up before sipping up the last spoonful. But since Mum requested for a reduction in the hot & spicy factor (yes, she is the only exception in her family), the soup was palatable, but still we ended up all flushed, sweaty and oh yeah; DAMN satisfied.
I mean, you can imagine the freshest prawns and squids with oyster mushrooms and tangy tomatoes cooked in a pleasantly even-flavoured broth; the right balance of spicy, sour, sweet and savoury. Just imagine the best Tom Yum you have ever tasted, and this should be somewhere up there.
Stir-fried Kailan with salted fish
Thai style Steamed Sting Ray
Aside from their Tom Yum, the fried chicken is another dish you can’t miss. You can also have the chicken cooked in curries (not sure whether they have the green version of the curry), or minced and stir-fried with basil leaves. But the flavoursome chicken marinated before deep-frying to a crispy finish was complemented well with the chili sauce; a garlic chili sauce resembling Kampung Koh’s famous production.
If you love Thai-style of steamed fishes, you can’t go wrong with the stingray flavoured with lots of minced garlic, red chillies, and steamed in a delectable tangy sauce. Very fleshy, sweet and the stingray eases the de-boning process for the children and elderly.
Beautifully RED with an orange hue. Seafood Tom Yum before the massive demolition works by hungry gluttons.
Other dishes to look out for? The Thai-style Braised pork trotter, Kerabu mango salad, and stir-fried minced chicken with basil. Pity they do not serve batter-coated deep fried kangkung (water convolvulus or morning glory) for I’m dead sure the children will love their greens for once!
Hehehe …. a magnificent equation? (Ah Wong + Thai wife = Cute daughter)
But be warned that the food here does not come cheap. At least, when compared to similar Thai eateries in non air-conditioned premises. A meal for five with the above dishes came to RM88/USD28, inclusive of rice.
Nakhon Pathom Special is NO LONGER operating from this restaurant. Please be informed. The new location is listed at the end of this post.
If you happen to drop by for a most authentic Thai feast (seems that they go back to Thailand every now and then to restock on the supplies of spices and sauces) at Nakhon Pathom’s, just say hi to Ah Wong and said you read this review from that nosy fella who snapped around without permission that evening.
For sure, the family of three would be tickled pink, and look bemused.
**From 27th October 2010 onwards, they will be moving to Restoran Soon Hoong between Ipoh Garden East and Bercham. Full address below: **
NAKHON PATHOM SPECIAL (Thai Wong)
Restoran Soon Hoong (NEW!!)
60, Lebuh Bercham Selatan,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 017-507 3009 (Thai Wong)
Business hours : 6pm – 10.30pm.
GPS Coordinates : E101 7′ 26.1″ N4 37′ 25.7″
Updated Google Map to Nakhon Pathom Special
Restoran Sun Hui Seng
26, Laluan Perajurit 1,
Taman Ipoh Timur,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Closed on alternate Thursdays, and two days at the end of each month
GPS Coordinates : E101 7′ 31.0″ N4 37′ 1.1″
Google Map to Nakhon Pathom Special (Thai Wong)
** For the other Thai restaurants around the area :
– Thai Xiang Restaurant
– Sukhotai @ Sumto Restaurant
– Thai Food Stall opposite of Bercham primary school