Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 Menu: Thai Camp @ Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya

It's been two years since Thai Camp first sprang up at Paramount Garden, run by a friendly young couple - Nic & Teeraya - who've done a praiseworthy job of maintaining a casual joint where customers can find good Thai grub at PJ's fairest prices.

Thai Camp's street-fare selection has changed a fair bit since our first visit; it now focuses on hot snacks for sharing alongside single-bowl meals for individual servings. Nearly everything on the menu currently costs below RM10 (!!!), with no service charge or additional taxes. Try the Thai Camp Preserved Eggs (RM9.50), an interesting recipe that evokes an Asian version of Scotch eggs, featuring large century eggs deep-fried with a protective layer of fresh minced pork & sprinkled with kaffir lime leaves - a fun preparation for fans of all things egg. Worth trying too: Pork Pop (RM8), perhaps a variation of popcorn chicken balls, but with Thai nuances, also served piping-hot, capably executed for a crisp bite that yields to a tender, savoury chew. Other potential crowd favourites here include 'moo ping' pork satay (RM9), fish cakes (RM7) & fried chicken wings (RM9.50).

Teeraya is originally from northern Thailand, & this is one of the Klang Valley's few Thai eateries where you can indulge in Chiang Mai-inspired khao soi kai - a combo of yellow & crispy noodles (nice textural contrast) with a whole chicken drumstick & pickled mustard greens in a rich, aromatic coconut milk curry. Terrifically priced at RM7.50 for a fulfilling lunch or dinner.

If you prefer a recipe with lighter dimensions, the stewed pork rib noodles come in a clear, nourishing soup that conveys home-cooked Oriental flavours (RM6.90). We were also tempted by the seafood tomyum noodles (RM7.90), but that'll probably be fodder for another time. Patrons can pick between smooth Thai noodles, kuay teow, mee hoon or yellow mee for these dishes.

One-plate rice offerings are available as well; our choice was the mildly spicy panang pork curry (RM7.90), but there's also the much-beloved 'kao ka moo' stewed pork leg with rice (RM8.50) that we suspect would be an easy recommendation too. Desserts span two chilled options - coconut jelly, or sago pudding with a coconut cream topping (RM3.50 each) - while beverages include iced milk tea (you can have a huge portion for RM5, or a smaller drink for RM3.90) & fragrant iced lemongrass or pandan (RM2.50 each). Many thanks to Thai Camp for having us back. P.S. Love the new murals on the walls.

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Thai Camp
37, Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya. Open Tues-Sun, 12pm-3pm, 5pm-10pm. Tel: 012-345-1768

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  1. This is a very interesting place, Sean, and the name is unique, too.

    1. Linda: it's a base for lovers of thai cuisine, i'd say :D

  2. Teeraya sounds interesting, maybe with some seehump even better? Hehehe.

    1. CK: heheh, any curry noodle dish would be better with a few cockles/kerang :D

  3. Oh? For a while I thought it is "camp" as in its modern day urban meaning. :D Century egg in Scotch eggs? We have the salted egg version here, nice! My choice - the pork rib noodles, of course.

    1. Suituapui: haha, well, no, this isn't a very campy restaurant :) salted egg scotch eggs sound quite intriguing! :) my choice - probably the pork leg rice for the next round :)

  4. The deep fried preserved egg sounds interesting -I think I will like that!

    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, it's quite a fun offering, and we finished the whole plate of that :)

  5. Having been to Chiang Mai before and having tried a few famous Khao Sois in Chiang Mai (particularly Khao Soi Lam Duan, Khao Soi Farham, and Khao Soi Islam), I am afraid the one offered by Thai Camp IS NO WHERE NEAR tO the Khao Sois one can find in Chiang Mai.

    First of all, the flavours (in the broth, and the khao soi chicken) offered by Thai Camp is totally off tangen and diluted, and no where it is near to the original khao sois I have had in Chiang Mai.

    2ndly, the fried noodles (as toppings) and cooked noodles used by Thai Camp were not even the original noodles one can normally find in a bowl of authentic Khao Soi. Instead, what Thai Camp uses as toppings is none other than your cheap local mamee snack look alike noodles with absolutely no soul and taste of Khao Soi.

    I have also tried their pork satay – my comment: nothing spectacular.
    Fried fish cake – my comment: taste like some mass produced fake fish cakes with no hint of spice

    Pork Panaeng rice – my comment: this was the only saving grace but alas, I would only rate it as only 6.5/10. Lacks the omph factor.

    Last but not least, it is my duty to bring it to everyone’s attention that the service in Thai Camp sucks big time. Air conditioner was not working, and the so called complementary tit bits offered were all pathetic broken pieces of your cheap keropok bibi (the ones you can get in primary school canteens).

    To add insult to injury, when I voiced out my dissatisfaction to the owner of Thai Camp, he deleted my comments twice on his facebook post. This shows that they are not interested at all to hear sincere, constructive criticisms from real foodie but are more interested to maintain a facade of authentic thai food.

    Seriously disappointed with them and I swear with my life that I AM Never ever going back to that crappy place!

    My visit: November 2015.

    1. Foodie Real: thanks for your detailed comment, and am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience at thai camp ... i can't speak on behalf of the owners, but to be fair, the curry mee is listed as thai camp curry mee (without a mention of chiang mai) on the menu ... i mentioned chiang mai as the obvious influence in this post, but this is thai camp's own interpretation of the dish, based on the availability of what's in the local market and pricing factors. as for the other issues you've raised, the air-conditioner was fine when we visited this month (we were comfortable indoors and happy to escape the heat outside), and i was surprised that the outlet even offered complimentary keropok, considering that it had no obligation to, since prices here are already kept low. but i appreciate that you had a different take on thai camp, and that has to be accepted, since no restaurant manages to satisfy every customer.

    2. Initially, they marketed themselves as offering authentic Khao Soi, as Pure Glutton had in her blog mentioned it.

      Even had mentioned this dish as "The Chiangmai staple dish, “Kao Soi” is on the menu too. It is quite rare here – not many Thai restaurants in KL/PJ serve this. It’s labelled as “Thai Camp Curry Noodles” with “Kao Soi Kai” printed in smaller fonts below it."

      I believe this is sufficient to support my complaint that the so called Khao Soi they appear to offer is not in any manner an authentic one.

      I am well aware that everyone has a different taste on food and taste is quite subjective. But I just want to highlight one very important point:-

      These people running Thai Camp are not interested to hear constructive criticisms and/or comments. What they are more interested is to maintain their image of so called "authentic thai food". I am totally disgusted by how they handle customers' feedback.

    3. Foodie Real: it's an interesting point of view about the level of authenticity, but i've come to acknowledge that thai recipes offered in KL's restaurants have to be tweaked for the malaysian market because of many different reasons. so for example, boat noodles in KL wouldn't be the same as boat noodles in Bangkok.

      but i understand that it matters to you, since you've had more experience with Chiang Mai's curry noodles compared to most other customers. i actually don't think Thai Camp is heavily promoting themselves as 'authentic' above everything else - most of their own promotional material is about offering customers hot thai meals at affordable prices. the word 'authentic' was chosen separately by the article writers you've highlighted. likewise, i chose my own words for my post, and 'authentic' wasn't one of them, since i believe Thai Camp tries to creatively play around with its recipes, such as with the preserved eggs in meat.

      having met and chatted with the owners of Thai Camp, i sincerely believe they've been trying their best for the past two years - they're a very small and independent team, and they're trying to sustain their business in a difficult economic climate, and my hope is that even though they won't please everyone, they'll be able to have enough people who enjoy their food to keep them encouraged and motivated to push further and keep improving.

  6. I just had scotch eggs and this version with century eggs, I think I'll like even better! :D And that curry noodles with what looks like crispy yee mee and "harm choy" is quite a different twist to the curries we have here...don't mind trying that!

    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, i liked how they try to offer some interesting interpretations of thai fare here ... and i can never resist anything with century eggs :D

  7. Food served seem very affordable and the fried century egg looks interesting!

    1. Choi Yen: yeah, i think they'll probably need to raise prices later this year, but they'll definitely still try to keep everything very fair :)