Monday, May 28, 2012

Khao by Rama V Setia City & My Elephant Aman Suria

The cult of Thai cuisine is setting the suburbs on fire, with two of the Klang Valley's top tom yam specialists _ Rama V and My Elephant _ burning brighter with new branches at Setia City Mall and Aman Suria respectively.

First up, Khao by Rama V is one of the better eateries at Setia City Mall, which features mainly predictable outlets that range from Tony Roma's to TGI Friday's, Secret Recipe to Starbucks and Papa John's to Pappa Rich.

More excellent news for Rama V fans: there'll likely be a THIRD branch opening this year, named Fa Ying, located at Paradigm Mall.

Khao's starters are perfect for sharing: the mieng kham is loaded nicely with the necessary shrimp, peanuts, lime, shallots and chili, while the crispy fried prawns are cutely constructed and the tom yam chicken with coconut milk will spice up everyone's lives.

Can't complain about the crispy catfish salad ...

 ... or the red beef curry ...

... or these shrimp and minced chicken wrapped in fried egg noodles.

Duck and lychee curry, the crowd-pleasing choice.

Larb kai. Portions and prices are fair; a meal for two here shouldn't exceed RM80.

Fried rice. Khao's menu is familiar, with no surprises, which can either be a comfort or a curse.

Complimentary hot Thai tea. Unfortunately, wine is unavailable at Khao.

Next up, My Elephant is embarking on its third branch, which should easily repeat the success of its Section 17 and Hartamas outposts.

Expect all of My Elephant's signature recipes, like thick, tongue-tingling tom yam ...

... and creamy green chicken curries ...

... and outstanding omelets here, located somewhere in between Rosemary Bites and Chatime

Crunch crunch, munch munch; these platters were part of a recent meal for friends and family. My Elephant at Aman Suria might open either Tuesday or Wednesday this week.
Note: there's no signboard yet for My Elephant.

Khao by Rama V,
LG 21, Setia City Mall.
Tel: 03-3358-3159

My Elephant,
22, Jalan PJU 1/43, Aman Suria Damansara, Petaling Jaya.
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32 comments:

  1. Khao's curries n tomyams seems wonderfully prepared and looks the part too =)

    Liking to try their crispy catfish salad :)

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    1. Ulric: the tom yam at khao was a little too oily for me, but i think lotsa folks might like it this way :D i'm always game for good catfish salad =)

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  2. Urgh finally.
    I had to use a dffernet browser, log in another google acc to ost comments here!
    Well, I love any outlets opening in PJ. NEarer to me! HEhehe
    Ka ying will open in Aug. far off..

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    1. Rebecca: yay, you're back! :D ya, the aman suria outlet of my elephant would have been quite close to your former work place and home! =)

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  3. ohhh my! some spicy and hot curry would be good in this cold weather! That chick-prawn thing is so cute! :D what is the yellow thing made of?

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    1. Vien: it's been hot, humid and dusty in KL lately, so i'm not sure why i've been eating all this thai food, heh :D oh, the chicken-prawns are just blanketed in crispy noodles =)

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  4. Both places look awesome.. Which restuarant do you prefer?

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    1. Smitten By Food: i'd say my elephant out of convenience, because it'd take me an extra 30 minutes to drive all the way to setia city mall, heh :D

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  5. I saw the fried rice, that reminds me of the one I had in BKK recently, with sun-dried pork, where can I find that here? Mr EDKL? :)

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    1. Moo daed diew is available at the Thai shop next to Baptist Church located on the same row as Hick's mansion. It is not used as a topping for fried rice there. Auntie Nok passed away 4 months ago and the shop is managed by her son, but the cooks remain the same. I am sure they will oblige you if you asked for it to be used with their fried rice.

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    2. CK: Mr Paranoid Android has answered your question, heheh. hope you get the chance to try it! :D

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    3. Paranoid Android: thanks for that info, G! i haven't been to that thai shop. anyways, long time no see; hope you've been well =)

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    4. I've been kept busy at work. :( Yes, it's been a long long time. Maybe we could check out that Thai joint together some day. Hope you are keeping well!

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    5. Paranoid Android: that would be my pleasure =) i still have your 016 number on my phone, so just drop me a message anytime :D

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  6. Love the food at Rama V. I have to go Khao soon! :)

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: i think i'll stick to Rama V though. it's only a 10-minute drive from my office. whereas i need a GPS to get to setia city mall, heh :D

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  7. duck and lychee curry something that I would want to try..
    then the shrimp and minced chicken wrapped in fried egg noodles also looks very delicious...

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    1. Simple Person: you can get the duck-lychee curry at my elephant in aman suria. should be only a 10-minute drive from your home :D ya, the dishes at these two places were very tasty =)

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  8. gosh, all this talk about thai food! makes my tummy rumble!

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    1. Michelle: hope you get to satisfy your tummy with some tom yam soon! :D

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  9. I've read about My Elephant since I started blogging many years ago and yet still haven't try, will make an effort to try it out soon! Looks good!

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    1. Eat Only Lar: yeah, choose the my elephant branch that's closest to you _ either section 17, hartamas or aman suria now :D

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  10. Been to My Elephant (Sri Hartamas) once and I absolutely love their Red Duck Curry! with Lychees!

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    1. Chong: i like that duck curry too, though i have one grudging complaint about it: the menu says it comes with either lychee, avocado, pineapple or rambutan, depending on availability, but i've only been able to order it with lychee. each time i ask about the avocado, they say it isn't available, heh =)

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  11. Crispy catfish salad? Meow... I have written that down in my must try there. But am waiting for the crowd to taper off a little at Paradigm. Been hearing much horror stories about the traffic and parking. Perhaps things will improve after the school holiday. *fingers crossed*

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    1. Missyblurkit: i remember the first time i tried crispy catfish salad some years ago, i was disappointed, cos i was wondering, hey, this just tastes like flour batter! :D parking at paradigm was OK last week. i hope it remains OK this week, since i might drop by this weekend =)

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  12. I'm so ordering the crisp prawn for the cuteness factor! LOL.

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, i think maybe baby c and baby d would like it :D

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  13. khao looks good. The duckies are so cute too! funny enough, I actually haven't pay Rama V a visit.

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    1. Eiling: ooh, it's been a very long time since my last visit to rama v. but ya, i think the food at khao lives up to rama v's standards :D

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  14. KHAO.. and soon FAH YING.. The Rama V group is really ROCKING it. Can i get an Oo- oo? haha :P

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    1. Ciki: i'll give ya a woooo-hooooo! :D

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