Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kompassion Thai Fusion @ Petaling Jaya

Returning to Kompassion in Damansara Kim. Earlier entry on Kompassion: February 20.

Avocado's not an ingredient we regularly spot on Thai menus, but Kompassion isn't just any restaurant. Love how the fruit's creaminess complements the beansprout crunch of this salad (RM16), made dangerous with a tangy-citric bite.

Chunky pork satay (RM18), lean & mean, served with peanut sauce & kimchi (!).

Scallops are another rarity at Thai eateries; Kompassion's are as plump & juicy as any at KL's top establishments, blanketed in a sauce of Panang curry (RM65), one of the typically milder but still totally aromatic curries, & accompanied by slices of salted duck, raisins & pears.

Crispy pork 'siew yok' green curry (RM35). Delicious dreams are made of these.

Smoked duck with pomelo salad (RM70). Kompassion's not done yet; in a few months, this restaurant plans to offer the Klang Valley's first omakase-style Thai dinners, with each course creatively curated by chef Nikom "Kom" Uatthong.

This cod's not too odd, a slab of succulence served with nutty massaman curry (more often used for beef & poultry), crab meat, papaya salad & salmon pate (RM65).

One-plate meals are also available. Our pick: multi-grain rice with pork trotters (RM26).

There's no wine sold at Kompassion, but on the brilliantly bright side, there's no corkage charge.


Kompassion Restaurant @ PJ Damansara Kim,
5, Jalan SS20/11, Petaling Jaya (same row as Euro Deli).
Tel: 03-7731-9256
Reservations strongly advised. Closed Mondays.
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34 comments:

  1. Everything looks good here...great fusion...time for a visit...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, with an experienced and confident chef at the helm, the recipes here work very well :D

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    2. Like the idea of omakase-style Thai dinners too! =)

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    3. Ulric: yeah, i'm expecting lovely dips, mellow curries, soothing salads all with exotic herbs, heh =)

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  2. I like how creative the chef is! I mean, scallops with Penang curry sauce?? And cod with masaman curry? It sounds so interesting! :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: yeah, it's impressive how those curries don't overwhelm or overpower the scallops and cod. Can definitely still enjoy the fresh flavor of the seafood :D

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  3. Mmm... I imagine avocado would be a complementary ingredient in Thai food. It might help to balance out some of the spice.

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    1. The yum list: yeah, the my elephant group of restaurants is really good at using avocado. At their other outlets, they offer a roast duck curry with avocado. But ya, I think u're right, it does help to create a nice balance in these dishes =)

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  4. I like Thai too! No mango pulut dessert? Yummm!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: ooooh, they're working on creating some special desserts here. should be ready in march! :D

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  5. This place has lotsa porky dish. Good good!! ;-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, the pork belly dishes here are especially fabulous! :D

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  6. Thai's Omakase-style? Wow, can't wait to see and try that! Wonder how much they will charge for that. :P

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    1. CK: ya, it should be quite interesting, especially if the chef is very adventurous! i hear it'll cost more than RM100, maybe RM200, for the full omakase though =)

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  7. This sort of fusion is really rare yet they stick with thai authenticity. Which is great. At most places, when they said it's fusion, they meant selling both thai dish and other cuisine, mostly western and local. This one is awesome. The fusion is prevailed in the dishes. Itself. This is how fusion should be defined in cooking.

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    1. Sycookies: ya, you're right, the chef here is from northern thailand, and he's quite determined about ensuring that traditional asian flavors are maintained in all these dishes. and the results of his experiments taste successful! :D

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  8. Love the different ingredients they use in their dishes, such as cod and scallop. I'm sure they're all very nice.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, the quality of the seafood here is excellent. the cod was delicate and buttery, and surprisingly well-matched with the massaman curry :D

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  9. have you tried sake with Thai food? It works well!

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    1. Eiling: oooh, it sounds like a great idea, thanks! okie, the next i come here, i'll bring sake, heheh =)

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  10. Nice... porky Thai & nearby too! But, RM70 for the Smoked Duck Salad seems a bit steep, methinks.

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, this place is quickly getting popular with pj's residents, i think :D ooh, ya, the smoked duck salad is definitely pricey. though somewhat justified ... the pic doesn't really show the full amount of the duck, which is quite a lot, can be shared by two or three people =)

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  11. How interesting...satay with kimchi? Avocado salad? Tasty and unique!

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    1. Youhadyourlunch: oh yeah, it's quite a hodgepodge of Asian influences, all working together harmoniously under a unifying umbrella of Thai tastiness! :D

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  12. The menu is interesting! I tried going but forgot to make a reservation and got turned away:( thanx for the reminder to reserve again! i will make sure i remember to make a reservation.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yikes, yeah, I drove past one night and it looked so packed, I realized I wouldn't be able to get a table without a reservation. I hope they'll eventually open another Kompassion outlet in another location someday, cos I think this branch is gonna be crowded for a very long time =)

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  13. Omakase Thai sounds promising :)

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    1. TNG: yaaa, nice little tasting courses of thai food, served one by one in a satisfying gastronomic progression =)

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  14. I am thinking Avocado Rojak Malaysian Style, imagine how the taste !

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    1. Wong: heheh, i love avocado, and i think it could work well! :D

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  15. again? must be really good.. that and a really long menu haha! Can't believe that the duck is more ex than the other dishes tho! :P

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    1. Ciki: it's currently tops for Thai in PJ for me! love the flair and flamboyance in the cooking here. and ya, the menu has lots of hits, including the duckie, heheh :D

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    1. Wong: hard work might be the key to success :D

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