Thai Food in Bercham, Ipoh – Sukhotai & Thai XiangOctober 11, 2009 | 8,250 views
Thai-Style Steamed Red Snapper – Two rather thick chunks of fish, with firm and sweet flesh steamed with a tangy, slightly piquant and very appetizing soup, garnished with coriander
Since the ‘demise’ of Nakhon Pathom Thai food stall in Bercham, one of my personal favourite, we had to resort to other restaurant options, such as Koh Samui, Yum Yum, Assam House, and so forth. Of course there are the other stalls, food courts, and restaurants all around Ipoh that I may not be aware of, but to find an authentic eatery serving traditional, ‘unadulterated‘ Thai dishes can be likened to seeking a needle in a haystack, so to speak.
Tom Yum with Seafood @ Sukhotai Thai Food in Kedai Makanan Sumto
Recently, we heard whispers in the wind. No, we’re not down with schizophrenia or something like that. But a welcoming rumour of a well-received, highly rated Thai food stall in one of the coffee shop in Bercham, named Kedai Makanan Sumto had me sat up and took notice. For the person who recommended this stall was none other than Ah Wong himself, the previous co-owner of Nakhon Pathom Thai food stall. (By the way, the reason the stall has since ceased operations is because his wife who is of Thai origin aka the only cook, was suffering from aches and fatigue from the long hours slaving it out in front of the stove).
Pandan Chicken, Stir-fried Kailan, and “I present to you …. Sukhotai !!!! …. MY Sukhotai! “
A meal for four came to RM65, with a rather generous serving of steamed red snapper fillets Thai-style, with halved tomatoes in a sour-ish, slightly spicy gravy. Or soup, rather. No wonder the owner was shocked when we insisted on a serving of Tom Yum AND a serving of the steamed fish. For an overload of soups had our tastebuds confused over the mixed flavours in the end. The Tom Yum with Seafood came brimming with the usual suspects; prawns, squids, fish, and mixed vegetables and mushrooms. Thankfully it was not fiery hot, and even grandma could sip on the concoction without burning her tongue. Or numbing her already numbed tastebuds. The Pandan Chicken was passable, nothing that screamed for attention nor stood out amongst the other versions I’ve tasted over the years. Wait, that made me sound so old ……..
Ipohans would have seen this shop indefinitely, especially those staying in Bercham
Sukhotai Thai Food stall is located inside Kedai Makanan Sumto on the main road of Jalan Bercham itself, directly at the crossroad with the traffic lights leading to the inner half of Bercham. The irony was that, the owner of the stall is a Chinese man whose wife is a Thai, and this stall has been serving the hungry souls since 2003!
Sukho Thai – Thai Food
Kedai Makanan Sumto
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel No : 6016-545 8613
Closed on Wednesdays.
And if you’re thinking, is that it? Oh no. I’ve decided to be slightly more generous than ever before, and poison you with some other shots from another Thai outlet in Bercham. Yup, not ONE, but TWO whopping recommendations in one post. Okay … I just like to ramble on and on …. sue me. =P
The omnipresent, ubiquitous Tom Yum Kung (RM12)
About 3 minutes of drive away from Sukho Thai, is this Thai Xiang Restaurant in Taman Pakatan of Bercham, which is also run by a family of Thais, I presume, judging from the cheery camaraderie and banters in Thai language on the evening we went for a meal.
Delicious Thai Fish Cakes RM4 for 4 pieces
The Tom Yum was many folds hotter than Sukho Thai’s, but not necessarily better. Lacking in terms of taste, with a slightly fiery kick. You win some, you lose some. 4-5 medium-sized prawns, crabsticks, sliced fish cakes, and the compulsory greens and mushrooms completed the ensemble, that rendered us half-numb from all the heat. But thankfully the wind was chilly that evening, hence a warming claypot of spicy Tom Yum was all that I desired for, naturally.
But at Thai Xiang, do NOT miss their fish cakes. Thai style fish cakes, or patties, fried and served with a plate of hot and sweet Thai chilly sauce on the side. Very scrumptious, it was one of the recommended items from the lady owner. And boy, was she friendly. She speaks almost flawless Cantonese, for your information.
And the tantalizing plate of Kerabu Mango Salad to start things off ….. or in this case, ended the meal with a zest? (RM6)
Crunchy, tangy and sweet, the Kerabu Mango Salad managed to satiate any cravings for sour+spicy food, yet not overwhelmingly sour until you squirm in your seat. The crunchy bits of dried shrimps and anchovies complemented the salad well, which consists of young mangoes, carrots, and chopped scallions and coriander.
Xin Thai Xiang Restaurant
No 49, Hala Bercham Timur 11,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Tel No : 6016-564 3743
Opens daily from 5pm-12am. Closed on alternate Mondays.
Here’s the GOOGLE MAP to Xin Thai Xiang Restaurant in Taman Pakatan, Bercham