Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dok Bua @ Ara Damansara & Thai Grill @ Tropicana Golf

Visiting two very different suburban Thai eateries that started operating without fanfare this year, beginning with Dok Bua, a sedately casual & stubbornly frills-free destination in Ara Damansara.

Pork's our pleasure here, clocking in at reasonable prices: A serving of 'moo pa lo' (meat & egg stewed with five spices) that two can share costs RM10.

Kinda like a Thai cross between tau yew bak & bak kut teh. Could be more richly aromatic, but it's fine for what it is. Enjoy with steamed white rice.

Also worthwhile at Dok Bua, which seems to be run mainly by Thai men: Roasted glass noodles, hearty with a choice of either pork or shrimp (RM10) ...

... plus a nicely mild Panang pork curry (RM12) that could nevertheless be creamier with more coconut milk, but now we're simply nitpicking.

Chang beer is the best that liquor lovers can hope to do at Dok Bua.

Next up, Thai Grill, a more upmarket stop, nestled in what seems to be the basement of the Tropicana Golf & Country Resort's clubhouse.

Start with chicken feet salad, filled with gelatinous goodness (bone-free, mercifully), tossed with tomatoes, onions, chili & lime juice.

Crispy-fried skewered turkey (!), a satisfactory treat with thick Thai chili sauce.

Steamed mussels, always a pleasure if they're as fresh as the ones available here.

"Hor mok," the seafood custard-souffle that we can never resist ordering.

Salt-cooked freshwater fish, a little bit muddy-tasting but reliably fleshy.

Thai Grill serves no pork but makes up for that with wine.

Dok Bua Thai Cafe,
115-G, Jalan PJU 1A/41B, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya. On a shop-house street near NZX.
Thai Grill,
Palms Wing, Tropicana Golf & Country Resort Clubhouse.
Both outlets are supposed to open daily for lunch & dinner.

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26 comments:

  1. The roasted glass noodles for me...with both pork n shrimp! =)

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    1. Ulric: i should have requested both pork and shrimp! :D

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  2. Thai food, interesting spread than the usual tom yum or som tam and reasonably priced too. The salt baked fish caught my attention 0.o

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    1. Ken: yeah, it's fun to delve into the diversity of thai food ... and difficult to resist a fish like this :D

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  3. I would like to try this Thai food too~ LIKE~

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    1. Mr Lonely: yeah, i don't have thai food very often, heh =)

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  4. Ahhhhh!!! Thai!!!! I super-duper like!!!! Oops...no chicken feet for me though, thank you very much. Hehehehehe!!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: it's nice to indulge in thai temptations from time to time! :D

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  5. Food at Thai Grill looks nicer. How's the pricing? Sure higher than Dok Bua rite?
    Chicken feet salad can be very appetizing & addictive ^_^

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    1. Melissa: yeah, prices at Thai Grill are higher, so maybe can allocate about RM50 per person to be safe =) heheh, i like the texture of chicken feet :D

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  6. Moo pa lo with a steaming bowl of rice!!! Had lots of it when I was in Bangkok.

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    1. Missy: comfort food for rainy evenings! :D

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  7. Bok Dua sounds odd for a Thai name? Love Thai food... Thai Grill's offerings look tempting!

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    1. Pureglutton: yeah, it's an interesting name, heh ... ya, both dok bua and thai grill have different specialties, not sure which one i'd prefer in the end! :D

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  8. WOW~ Thai food looks nice, din order any pandan chicken?

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    1. Jay: ooo, i think there's pandan chicken on thai grill's menu, but nope, we didn't order it =)

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  9. would like to try for these Thai foods...except pork... XD

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    1. Applefish: ya, got quite a lot of choices, even without pork :D

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  10. In cantonese sounds like 'Pool Parlour'

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    1. Wong: thanks for the info! =)

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  11. Woow!I love Roasted glass noodles,i love thai foods ...

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    1. “追食富迪”: hope u get to have a good thai meal soon! :D

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  12. Oooo I love mussels, I have to order them if i see it on the menu!

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, i'm slightly less of a mussel fan, but it was nice to have them here, ya ;D

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  13. Oh I wan tht pork rice! Love it & kinda hard to find good ones here. Prices are reasonable too!
    Hmm Tropicana club? They do hv a jap restaurant there right? So tis must be an addition?

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, i knew i had to order that porky fare when i saw it on dok bua's menu, heh. and couldn't complain about the prices =) yeah, there's also a japanese restaurant and a chinese restaurant among others at tropicana ... the thai one joined them this year, heh =)

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