Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dope Alley @ SS15 Subang & Krathong Thai @ Sri Petaling

Kicking its way into Subang, Dope Alley strives to serve Thai fare that packs a punch; this strikingly spruced-up restaurant was conceived by two enterprising college buddies who're now balancing their studies & the effort of running a full-blown business.

'Dope' is supposed to allude to the addictiveness of the food here - the restaurant hopes its customers will turn into faithful fans of offerings like these boiled cockles, served with a spicy dip (RM6.90), & salted egg 'som tum' green papaya salad (RM8.90).

'Alley' applies to the bustling backstreet behind the restaurant, where patrons can sit outdoors & snack on 'sotong bakar' (RM7.90 for 100 grams) while savouring live acoustic performances by local bands on most Friday & Saturday nights.

The menu's wide-ranging, with something for every occasion, whether you're looking for light nibbles (crunchy-sweet fish satay clocks in at RM5.90 for 10 sticks, representative of Dope Alley's cost-conscious prices) or a complete meal (one-plate rice meals like 'nasi goreng daging serai' start from RM8.90). Beef & chicken boat noodles are available, with a salty-thick broth.

Distinctive desserts are sold under an umbrella brand named 'The Patternists' - build your own customised ice cream; start with a choice of base (mango pudding, Oreos, Coco Crunch cereal or wafers), have it mixed with a fruit flavour (raspberry, blackcurrant, banana, mango, orange), then top it with M&Ms, chocolate chips, chocolate rice or almonds for a total of RM7.90 per serving, washed down with Thai milk tea, teh o ais longan & kedondong asam.

Bonus suburban stop for Thai temptations: Krathong, an evocatively outfitted outlet in Sri Petaling's Glass City F&B space.

Krathong Thai's extensive repertoire runs the gamut from chicken feet kerabu (RM12) to chicken & coconut milk tom yam soup (RM22), prawns with asparagus & cili belacan (RM16) to Thai steamed fish (seasonal price), all capably but not compellingly prepared, perhaps a case of quantity over quality. Plum, pineapple, tomato & tamarind juices help douse the heat of the food.

Dope Alley
AG-5, Jalan SS15/4D, Subang Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 12pm-12am. 

Krathong Thai
Glass City, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

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24 comments:

  1. This place has a very interesting name, Sean. :) The decor is unique, the presentations are attractive and I love their bowls!

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    1. Linda: i like the art on the walls ... nicely done, that! :) and yup, cool name too :)

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  2. I like the art painting there~ =)

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    1. Happy walker: agree with you on that! :D

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  3. Some interesting dishes at this spot. Wall art is pretty neat too.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, it did intrigue me :D

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  4. I'll surrender myself in front of the grilled squid!

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    1. Ken: heheh, we couldn't resist ordering the BBQ squid too :)

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  5. Looks like the Alley is more dope! =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, yeah, i think our sri petaling thai place isn't a restaurant i'd revisit...

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  6. How enterprising of the college kids. And food at Dope looks promising too.
    Prices fair.

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    1. Rebecca: ya, back when i was in college, i'd have been dead-tired if i had to run a business too at the same time! :)

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  7. My eyes are distinctively drawn to that plate of cockles ;-D....I shouldn't!!

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    1. Contact.ewew: i'm always game for cockles! :D

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  8. Oooooo...cockles!!! I wonder if those boat noodles will taste different if we order say 5 and ask them to serve them all in just one bowl.All the washing, the water and all - such a waste if it is the same and it is all just a gimmick. But of course, I'd love this place - I love Thai!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, yeah, i think five small servings in one bowl is actually a better to go in the long run! :D

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  9. Thai food at Dope Alley looks good! Cocklessss... yummm.

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    1. Baby Sumo: customers can order cockles either BBQ or boiled here :D

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  10. I spots something, is that ikan bakar that we can found it after school time?

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    1. Audrey: heheh, not at my school, but i think, ya, maybe your school! :D

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    2. Never thought that we can have it in a restaurant now, it used to be a childhood street food for me, luv it!!

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    3. Audrey: ooo, you're right, i rarely see it sold at any restaurants :)

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  11. I love boiled cockles! The dipping sauce is important too.
    (been eating lotsa spicy/ Thai food recently huh?)

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    1. Melissa: i love cockles in char kuey teow, heheh :D and yup, seems like a year for lots of good thai options :D

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