Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sanook Thai Cafe @ Taman Desa

This recently opened eatery in Taman Desa could be the closest thing to an inner-city Bangkok hole-in-the-wall that folks might find in this KL suburb.

Frills-free porky fare supplies the fanfare: Start with a salad of 'laab moo' (RM8), the northeastern Isan minced pork recipe that sets off spicy-sour-savory fireworks.

 'Nem' house-made pork sausages (RM9) with ginger & chili sauce. Serving sizes are small, helping Sanook charge seemingly low prices.

Love crispy pork belly? Order the 'moo krob' (RM12) maybe, rustically deep-fried ...

... or mixed with 'kapi' shrimp paste (RM14). Beware: The menu here's a showcase of sin, irredeemably soaked in sodium & oil, which could turn off customers looking for lighter nuances.

 Green curry with pork (RM8). The remainder of Sanook's selection comprises soul-food staples like som tam, pad thai, tom yum & kai jiao omelets; this isn't the type of outlet where the cooks strive to shock & awe or show off madly inventive skills.

Complete the Thai street-fare experience with Singha beer (Chang's available too).

 This small space gets crowded fast; we entered a near-empty cafe but exited a bustling one an hour later with most tables occupied. Thanks to Justin for pointing out this interesting nook to us.

Sanook Thai Cafe,
13, Faber Plaza, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, Off Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur.
Open for lunch & dinner, closed Tuesdays. Same row as Maruhi Sakaba.

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34 comments:

  1. wow! tmn desa again... bagus lah~

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    1. 女飞侠: taman desa's the place to be right now! =)

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  2. We visited Sanook last month. The photos turned out not nice so haven't written yet, hehehe.

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    1. CK: yaa, the food presentation is not so pretty here =) but since i was already here in this neighborhood to try Le Lapin Cafe, thought might as well stop at Sanook also, heheh :D

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  3. oh yumms! a porky Thai restaurant in my neighbourhood. There's just so many gems in Taman Desa!

    Unhealthy menu...nvm...I will eat, be merry and then run it off the next few days:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i should visit taman desa more often! this time, i only managed to check out Le Lapin Cafe & Sanook, but hopefully next time, i'll be able to do more :D i really should take inspiration from you! after gobbling up this calorie-laden porky thai meal, i haven't exercised at all (except for some walking, which barely counts, heheh) =)

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  4. Very nice, Sean. The green curry with pork would be something I would enjoy...as long as it isn't too hot and spicy. I like curry, but mild. :)

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    1. Linda: ooo, I prefer gentler curries too, since my tolerance for spice isn't what it used to be. Luckily the green curry here wasn't ferociously fiery, heheh =)

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  5. well, sanook was a famous brand back in Thailand~ btw, thanks for sharing the food post~ mouth watering again~ >.<

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    1. Mr lonely: hope u can find some good thai food at your current place. Maybe a green curry =)

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  6. Yum! Yummmm!!!! I love Thai!!!

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    1. Suituapui: my favorite thai dish is probably massaman curry :D

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  7. "Showcase of Sin", haha... I like that! Porky Thai food - yay!

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    1. Pureglutton: ya, i felt guilty after this meal. well, sort of guilty, heheh =) and yup, always good to have several porky thai places to complement the non-porky ones :D

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  8. casual looking cafe. Affordable pricing.
    Ya...I like Thai food! ;-)

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    1. Melissa: yeah, a shorts-&-slippers cafe, perfect for residential neighborhoods. prices not too bad, can probably eat for RM30 per person or so :D heh, i'll try to do thai blog posts more often. maybe =)

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  9. Ooh nice! Another place to try in Taman Desa, one of my usual haunt! Thanks!

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    1. Yun Qi: hope you enjoy this place! it's an attractive addition to taman desa :D

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    2. It's good! I didn't try as many pork dishes, only the fried pork with shrimp paste, yes, it's a tad too salty. The seabass is really good, comes with very spicy broth, but surprisingly fresh. Fresher than those places that charges 2 times the price for it. Definitely would return, to try the tomyam and green curry and stir fry noodles
      The only concern is there is very limited staff, so if the place is full you will probably have to wait quite a bit.

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    3. Yun Qi: glad to hear you enjoyed the fish! i'll remember to order the sea bass if i ever return here :D ya, i think the food took a little bit longer than expected to arrive, but it was still ok for me, about 15 minutes or so, heh =)

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  10. Passed this place with CK and Kenny after dining at the yakitori place recently. Did the "thai" test with the waitress manning the doors. Wasn't a Thai, so I thought food would be mediocre at best. But your post has got my mouth watering.

    And they serve Singha, FTW!!!

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    1. UnkaLeong: ooo, the waitress who took our order wasn't malaysian, and i assumed she might be thai, but i dunno, heh. there was one table of customers who also weren't malaysian, and it sounded like they were speaking thai. i think the food was OK, but maybe just not really my kinda thing. i had some misgivings about the level of sodium and grease =) heh, i was torn between ordering the singha or the chang :D

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    2. Personally, I prefer Singha ;)

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    3. Unkaleong: okie. I don't know much about either, so I'll just follow your lead, since beer isn't my preferred poison =)

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  11. Ah cool, a Thai joint nearby which we can visit :) We visited near our home not long ago, but it didn't taste very authentic. I like the look of the crispy pork belly here.

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    1. Baby sumo: ya, the crispy pork belly looked too tempting on the menu to not order. I think it could have been juicier for me, but it has quite a bit of a thai feel to it, heheh =)

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  12. A friend was suggesting this to me too..it was close when we went over..so... they close on Tuesdays...lol. Lots of pork I see. Nice..

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    1. Sycookies: heh, ya, a bit tricky to remember the closing day here, but yeah, it's closed tuesdays. i assume that means there'll be fresh pork on wednesdays, heh :D

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  13. Damn! The food here looks good. Too bad I don't eat pork.

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    1. Peonies: oooh, no fear, there are plenty of non-pork dishes on the menu here, from steamed sea bass to papaya salad to fried chicken wings =)

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  14. Not a very Thai food kinda person either :P
    Can't tolerate the grease especially the street food. But I like Erawan, LOL, cos the dishes are so refined. And it's not even pure Thai food but more of the fusion interpretation! HAhah!

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    1. Rebecca: heh, true, for me, it's not just the grease and salt that kinda keeps me away, but also the fiery spices! So in the end, I need my thai food to be toned down. I must confess, even in Bangkok, on the occasional times when I do take thai food, I go to the restaurants that mainly cater for tourists and expats, heh. Ooo, and I like thai fusion too! :D

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  15. Went to this place tonight after seeing ur post.

    Not sure if it is just today or what.The service is utterly ridiculous and food took an hour to come althought there were only 5 tables, a lot of things sold out and i was only informed after 50 minutes one of my dishes is sold out. It was so bad that the auntie on the table beside me waited 20 minutes for rice eventhough she requested it 4 times. A table opposite me waited an hour and left with anger.

    Such a shame, the food was alright, omelette is actually quite the proper thai version compared to the other overrated Thai place in Danau Desa.

    Also, found out that half the ppl went because of the living social deal that they obtained for half price.

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  16. Visited this place today, overall mediocre Thai fare, tables were mostly empty during lunch time 12.30pm...had the Tom Yam Seafood and Pork Green Curry. Sorry to say, based on today's performance, definitely won't return for the 2nd time.

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