Friday, March 30, 2012

Bangkok Beat Bistro

Time for our once-every-three-months trip to a furnace of fiery Thai fare.

Launched this month at Subang's Empire Shopping Gallery, Bangkok Beat Bistro is the sister outlet of the Bangkok Jam restaurants in Singapore, Taipei & Taichung. There's probably something for everyone on the menu of sixty-strong recipes here; we're glad the pomelo salad with shrimp (RM18.90+) made the cut.

Sink-your-teeth-into-it crab meat & chew-like-a-carnivore fish maw, sunk in savory-starchy soup (RM15.90+). Who needs shark's fin broth, right?

Mee krob (RM16+). These crispy fried noodles represent the reality of Bangkok Street Bistro; purists will insist they've tasted better in the City of Angels, & they'd be right. But nevertheless, what's served here is food that's still enjoyable, that's still worth sharing, still worth paying for.

For RM20+, this Massaman lamb shank curry is a bargain, featuring genuinely tender meat in generously poured gravy. The more well-known Massaman beef version is also available.

On the other hand, RM15+ for this olive fried rice should have bought us something somewhat better. But in the end, we needed grains to soak up the curries.

Soft-shell crab with yellow curry (RM20+). Note: even on a weeknight, Bangkok Beat Bistro can be packed. So expect to line up awhile or come back later; when we hit this place at 9pm, the crowd had eased & most of our dishes landed within 15 minutes of ordering.

Grilled stingray with Thai sambal (RM25+). Might pair well with sparkling wine, but since Bangkok Beat Bistro is shooting for halal certification, it's best not to bring in booze.

Surprise! We hardly broke a sweat throughout this meal. Hurrah for the judicious use of spices!

Bangkok Beat Bistro,
LG32, Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya.
Tel: 03- 5637-8488
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24 comments:

  1. Miss thai food!
    Now the only place I want to try Thai food is Erawan. I still haven't tried!

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    1. TNG: oooh, i can't recall the last time i had cravings for thai food! people usually have to drag me kicking and screaming to a thai outlet, heh =)

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  2. sigh. i wanna eat at erawan and rama v!!! i haven't had thai food for one year!

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    1. Michelle: heh, it's been more than a year since my last visit to erawan, and more than three years since the last time i went to rama v!!! :D

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  3. I'm extremely in love with Thai food! I have relatives there so, when I'm in Thailand, we get to go to all the local's favourites! yummmmmm! And Thai food in Malaysia always disappoint me:( So I hardly eat Thai back home!

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    1. Vien: gosh, i'm embarrassed to say that whenever i'm in thailand, i only occasionally eat thai food there. but i do like the street snacks in bangkok, like the deep-fried locusts! crunch crunch crunch :D

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    2. omg!! I've never tried them before!!! What do they taste like?

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    3. Vien: savory! Like some kinda salty crackers! But since they're coated in some kinda thick sauce before being fried, there isn't any foul insect-ish flavor at all :D

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  4. Pomelo salad looks refreshingly good with the rather plump prawns. It does have a look that warrants me not to share the salad. I assume the pomelo is sweet. Hate the sour or tasteless ones.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, the prawns were pretty much perfect, though the pomelo could have been a bit sweeter. it wasn't sour, it was still reasonably tasty, but not the best ever =)

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  5. Yesterday I just told horse less that this weekend let's go and have some thai food, and you blog about that today. LOL

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    1. CK: hahah, it's good that we often think the same way about what kind of food we want to have! :D

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    2. Mmm... Masaaman curry, my fave! Best with plain steamed rice though, yes? :)

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    3. Kenny: it's my fave too! i like it much more than green, red and yellow thai curries, heh. and yeah, you're probably right about the plain rice bit! :D

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  6. Is this place new? I didn't notice it when I was there 2 weeks ago.

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    1. Smitten: oh yeah, it opened sometime this month, though i'm not sure when exactly :D

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  7. Hehe no tom yam for you?

    Btw Erawan has reopened - maybe you can visit them in the next 3 months. ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, i usually skip tom yum, since i'm scared of spiciness & i'm not a fan of sourish recipes :D ooh, that's a good idea. i've only been to erawan once, and i have several friends who haven't been there yet =)

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  8. GORGEOUS! A real appetite-whetter for my upcoming trip to BKK! The thought of excessive eating fills me with such glee! I am going to eat so much, I simply don't CARE!!!!

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    1. Min: happy feasting! yeah, do it to your heart's content! here's wishing you plenty of gastronomic pleasure in bangkok, whether it be in the form of pork leg stews, banana flower leaf salads or curries galore! :D

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  9. I remember there was Bangkok Jam at BB Park some years ago. Have they moved to somewhere else?

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    1. CK: oops, sorry, i haven't kept track of them =)

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  10. Nice! I have been craving good quality thai food (not necessarily authentic, more the Americanized type) coming from NYC, I'm used to the staples, the pad thai, pinapple fried rice...havent found the basics here yet...I'm in subang so this is perfect...
    Also thanks for pointing out the Gyu-Kaku! we have a few in NYC which we loved, so now we know there is one here...we just moved back to KL so looking for all the good spots.

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    1. Sarah: hope you enjoy the food at bangkok beat. there are dozens of decent thai restaurants all over KL and selangor, so i'm hoping you get to satisfy your cravings :D and yeah, i'm not sure if the gyu-kaku in KL is linked to the ones overseas, but it's worth checking out =)

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