Thursday, March 26, 2015

Kanok House @ Taman Desa & Sawadee @ Sri Petaling

For Thai temptations with plenty of pork, this new restaurant in Taman Desa could become a neighbourhood favourite.

Some recipes could benefit from fine-tuning though - 'khao kha moo' (RM10.90) is perennially crowd-pleasing, though Kanok House's rendition of stewed pork leg rice might work better with meat that's a touch more tender & broth that's more complex.

From grilled pork neck (RM15.90) to spicy-sour pork rib soup (RM10.90) to 'larb moo' minced pork salad with noodles (RM14.90), everything is competently executed, but much of the cooking currently seems neither nuanced nor punchy enough to leave a lasting impression.

Our favourite order at Kanok House is this bigger-bowl version of boat noodles (RM7.90), an easy-to-enjoy meal of smooth noodles with slices of pork & liver in clean-tasting but flavoursome soup - a serving that's suitable & sufficient for a light lunch.

Service is pleasant & efficient; bring a bottle if you can, since there's no corkage fee so far.

Bonus stop for suburban Thai eating: Sawadee, one of the numerous F&B newbies on the now-bustling streets of Sri Petaling.

Sawadee is more about snacking, with options like pork skewers & pork rinds. Pork leg rice is sometimes available.

Fans of boat noodles may want to give Sawadee a shot - the recipe here proves tasty enough to please, with options of not only the typical noodles & bee hoon, but instant noodles as well for a thicker bite & a more satisfying chew. RM1.90 per bowl, which also comes in a creamier/milkier coconut broth variety.

Kanok House
25, Jalan 5/109f, Plaza Danau 2, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur

Sawadee
27 Jalan Radin Bagus 3, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

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17 comments:

  1. Wowwwww!!!! More boat noodle places! That's really taking KL by storm! Which one is your favourite? Can't be going to all to try - people like us going over for only a few days.

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    1. Suituapui: start with the original, the pioneers - Boat Noodle, which currently has seven branches, including in Damansara Perdana, PJ & Cheras :)

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  2. I agree with your fine tuning, Sean. :)

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    1. Linda: a bit more effort makes everything better :)

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  3. I like the savoury coconut broth option for the boat noodles at Sawadee! =)

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    1. Ulric: i forgot to mention that coconut broth option! thanks for reminding me, heheh :)

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  4. Hahaha Tmn Desa becomes little Thai now. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, you have a lot of different options for thai food in your neighbourhood now :D

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  5. Having no corkage fee is a real bonus!

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    1. The Yum List: we definitely appreciated how they didn't mind us bringing the bottle in :)

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  6. Has the boat noodle trend subsided in KL? It seems to be a lot quieter as compared to few months back

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    1. Ken: it's no longer a major craze, but business is still doing ok for the good places, i think :)

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  7. Stop showing me pictures of pork rind, Sean! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: haha, ok, ok, no more for the next few days :D

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  8. Noodles at Sawadee looks good, judging the broth.
    I also find that 'minced pork salad with noodles' is very interesting & appetizing.

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    1. Melissa: yeah, the broth is nice and flavoursome :) and yup, i couldn't resist ordering that pork-noodle combo :D

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  9. I love food at Kanok. You should check out GoThai in SS2 as well. The grilled pork skewers there is a must. I love my Thai food. So many new Thai Brands. Have you check out ChaTraMue: Original Thai Tea since 1945? They just recently open third outlet in Plaza Low Yat. Currently have outlets in IOI City Mall, Putrajaya and Berjaya Times Square,KL as well. Love the aroma, strong tea flavour and the original Thai taste.

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