Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Thai By Thai @ PJ New Town

This no-frills venue could be worth a visit for various traditional Thai noodles not often seen in many of the Klang Valley's restaurants - chef Nok hails from Chiang Mai, so the top temptation here is her city's beloved khao soi gai (RM8.90), a mix of vermicelli & crispy noodles with a chicken drumstick & shallots in a light but satisfyingly fragrant curry. The yen ta fo (RM8.90) is enjoyable enough too, with wide rice noodles immersed in broth made pinkish with preserved bean curd paste, its fermented flavour balanced with fish cakes, squid, tofu & veggies; it takes a few spoonfuls to acquire this taste, but it's worth persevering.

Thai By Thai also offers a simplified rendition of khanom jeen (RM8.90), turning it into a laksa that pairs a plate of dry noodles with green curry chicken, sliced long beans & pickled mustard greens, to be mixed up & consumed together. You'll also find everything from lad na (noodles in gravy) to kuay tiew nuer (noodles with beef) here, but for our final order, we couldn't resist our favourite Pad Thai - the restaurant does a decent version; the prawns could be fresher, but for RM9.90, it's not a bad bet.

Thai By Thai Restaurant Petaling Jaya New Town
10, Jalan 52/18, Section 52, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Facing Menara MBPJ. Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm. Tel: 03-7931-4501

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24 comments:

  1. Hehe at first I thought yen ta fo might be their version of yong tau fu.. :P

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    1. Baby Sumo: haha, they sound very, very similar, ya! :D

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  2. I am not a huge fan of Penang Char Koay Teow but I am a huge fan for Pad Thai!

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    1. Ken: but you're a penangite! hehe. i love pad thai too - definitely one of my favourite thai dishes to order in general ;)

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  3. I've walked past this place a bunch of times, but usually before or after lunch :P Oh well.

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    1. SC: i haven't dared to brave this area on weekdays, but the street was relatively calm and quiet on a saturday ...

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  4. I like the look of the vibrant curry...with addition of crispy noodles! :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: it's a good noodle recipe for folks who enjoy curry noodles ... such as us! :D

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  5. I love Pad Thai but I'm game to try all the rest, I love Thai!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, i was quite interested in this place cos we managed to have a full meal consisting purely of different noodle dishes! :D

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  6. Nice! My better half loves Thai food, will KIV this for our next visit. I haven't been to Erawan too, supposed to be very good (but quite expensive). I first heard about it in the same issue of Going Places that you contributed to.

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    1. Huai Bin: there are lots of decent thai places to explore around kl and selangor these days ... i've actually only been to erawan once, but ya, most people who visit erawan do enjoy the experience :)

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  7. Very special range of offerings but I doubt which will I try as some of them look quite "special" to me :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, i think if you can only try one, then i'd choose the first one, the curry noodles with chicken drumstick ;)

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  8. Great food,great atmosphere and great chef:) can honestly say it beats the majority of Thai places in Singapore by taste and definitely price!Must try for your Thai fix!

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    1. Wilfred: glad you like thai by thai ;)

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  9. Life is a combination of magic and food at THAI BY THAI...!!
    Regards,
    Junaid

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    1. Junaid: that's a nice compliment for the restaurant

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  10. My favourite for authentic Thai food - love the petai dish with prawns. And can wash it down with a Singha or two.

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    1. Ben: thanks for the tip - i like petai, and i'll try to order that dish next time ;)

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  11. Thai by Thai exemplifies the phrase "Less is More". There is no fancy interior's nor a menu that needs culinary degree to understand. It's all about fabulous Thai food and the pleasure of sharing it with your friends or family.
    Will be there again soon.
    Rgds,
    Arull.
    P/s: the beef salad and red curry are sensational.

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    1. Arull: will keep the red curry on my list of items to try :)

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  12. Just readin the comments above shows that Thai by Thai has quite a number of die hard fans.. Curious now

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    1. Rebecca: i too didn't expect so many fans to pop up! :)

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