Monday, September 28, 2015

Rak Somtam Urban Thai Eatery @ Kota Damansara

Terrific Thai temptations that tickle the taste buds & linger in the memory - Rak Somtam is well worth the trip to Kota Damansara, helmed by a Malaysian restaurateur & his Thai wife, with a kitchen crew that hails largely from north of our border.

Start with som tam (RM12.90) - fulfilling the promise of its name, Rak Somtam serves one of the most satisfying shredded papaya salads we've tried in the Klang Valley, with each juicy, crunchy bite supplying a bevy of invigorating flavours, beautifully balanced in their complex, sweet-sour-spicy nuances, complemented by creamy salted eggs and crispy peanuts.

We were also pleasantly surprised by the braised pork leg (RM21.90), with irresistible layers of meat, fat & skin that proved even more succulent than expected, served in a mellow, aromatic broth that was far from cloying or artificial-tasting. A dish of harmonious flavours & textures that's likely to haunt our dreams & stir up strong yearnings from time to time.

Thumbs up as well for the pork neck salad, with compellingly tender slices of well-marinated meat enhanced with fiery chillies, & the Chiang Mai-inspired pork belly curry, a rich recipe with voluptuous chunks of meat in mildly tangy gravy laced with lemongrass & other potently fragrant elements. Both of these aren't on the formal menu yet but should be available on request.

BBQ pork skewers (RM10.90 for three sticks), braised glass noodles with prawns (RM21.90) & sticky rice (RM2.50) all help to reinforce our confidence in the kitchen's competence. Don't skip dessert - the coconut ice cream (RM10.90) is a buoyant medley of soft, subtle-in-flavour ice cream with corn, peanuts & attap-chee. Many thanks to Rak Somtam for having us here.

Rak Somtam
17-1, Jalan PJU 5/4, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya 
Open Thurs-Tues, 10am-3pm, 5pm-10pm (closed Wednesdays). Tel: 03-6144-6621


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22 comments:

  1. I need those braised pork leg!

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  2. I spy with my little eye...pig skin!!! I want!!! Plus it's Thai!...For me, anytime!!!

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    1. Suituapui: i think you'd enjoy the food here! :)

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  3. A lovely ambiance and I really like their uniquely shaped serving plates!

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    1. Linda: oh yes, nice tableware! :)

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  4. I spot atapchi in the coconut ice cream....it's very difficult to find these nowadays! ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: i like attap chee! :)

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  5. Oh! This is again a different resto coz it seems like they pretty showcase green menus. Since i love eggs and greens, i know this one would be my fave! hahahahaha

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    1. Steve: heheh, green is actually my favourite colour too ... and egg might be my favourite food, ha :D

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  6. That sure looks like a lot of food packed into tiny bowls.

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    1. The Yum List: a lot of deliciousness compacted into small vessels! :)

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  7. looks good but yet another story of a restaurant serving the same old familiar things available in pretty much every other thai restaurant doesn't it?? first came "coffee", then boat noodles, then came burgers, then waffles, the list goes on....when can we find some real variety and creativity!?

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    1. Justletmeeat: i do hear what you mean ... yup, it'd be nice to have a few more thai restaurants that try to create fun experiments with their menus ... on the other hand, the focus of this restaurant is on regular thai fare, and they do it well :)

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  8. Normally I'd order som tam to gauge the food quality :) and if it's good, the rest should be good as well... As a delicious som tam is not easy to prepare

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    1. Leo: yeah, i don't usually like som tam at a lot of places ... but the one here was delicious enough for me to want to have it again :D

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  9. any thais that serves pork has my vote! But I still ... Thailand being the yardstick.. is this place any good ar??

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    1. Ciki: i think this place does justice to the punchier dynamics of thai cooking! :)

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  10. Drooling while reading this especially the Som Tam! But I'm going to BKK next week to indulge in the ORIGINAL one! yay!!

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, the dishes here are drool-worthy! hope you find some satisfying som tam in bkk! :D

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  11. Haven't had Thai food for few months, I want all those pork dishes. Hehehe.

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    1. CK: wah, so long liao ... maybe can have some porky thai dishes this weekend, ya :D

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