Best Tom Yum and Fried Squid @ Thai Thai, Sunway Pyramid

Been awhile since I went to Sunway Pyramid! The original plan was to have hotpot with C, but we ended up getting Thai food instead at Thai Thai. Despite being rather pricey, they’ve been consistently good on previous visits, and they did not disappoint this time either.

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The interior hasn’t changed much – but they added some colourful murals of plants/flowers and animals on one side of the wall.

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Thirst quenchers: Ice blended coconut shake and iced three-layer Thai milk tea. A bit hard to drink because they don’t give straws anymore, but gotta do our part for the environment!  The coconut shake was refreshing and sweet – good ice to coconut ratio. Milk tea was milky but not too sweet.

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I highly recommend getting the Tom Yum (you can choose from chicken, seafood or shrimp). We ordered the chicken for 2 pax (RM39++). It was hard to get the soup out with the spoon because the pot was kinda narrow – but taste wise, this is one of the better tom yum soups that I’ve had in the Klang Valley. Sour with a spicy kick (but not to the point that you breathe fire; just makes you sweat a little), it’s chock full of flavour from the lemongrass, chilli and other herbs. The chicken meat was also cooked to tender perfection. You can easily polish off bowls of rice with this.

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I also suggest getting the fried squid appetiser. Coated in crisp batter, the springy pieces of squid come with a sweet Thai chilli dip.

We only ordered two dishes to go with our rice because the stuff is rather pricey, but they have loads of other dishes as well, such as the popular Thai basil chicken, fried omelette, steamed fish, mango sticky rice, and more.

Prices average from RM20+ up to RM60++ for dishes such as the whole fish.

Thai-Thai Restaurant
LOT G1-135.Oasis Boulevard, Sunway Pyramid, No.3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway,46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-74919428

Business hours: 10am – 10pm (daily).

Extra Crispy Korean Fried Chicken! – 4Fingers, Sunway Pyramid

The name of the place may be 4Fingers, but I guarantee you’ll be licking all of yours after you’ve had a taste of their delicious, extra crispy Korean-style fried chicken! The popular franchise from Singapore, which made its way to Malaysian shores a couple of years back, has opened up a new outlet in Sunway Pyramid and its enjoying brisk business, judging from the long waiting lines on a weekend. The interior is cosy and modern, with lots of seating space (albeit a little tight).

Patrons order at the counter where they choose ala-carte or Combo meals which come with drinks and sides. C and I had the 12 piece signature drummetes/wingettes (mixed marinade – soy garlic and spicy kimchi) with two soft drinks and fries (Kimchi/Seaweed).

We collected our order from the kitchen. The chicken was served in a small metallic tray, and they gave us cups to put our bones in.

Korean-fried chicken is different from regular fried chicken in that it’s tossed in a sauce. Since they double-fry the chicken, the skin is extra crispy and doesn’t get soggy fast, even if you take it home to enjoy later! 🙂

The kimchi powder-seasoned fries were good!

What can I say? Finger lickin’ good. Despite being fried, the chicken wasn’t greasy and you can really hear the crunch as you bite into each piece. The soy garlic sauce was excellent – sweet and salty, garlicky goodness. Polished off six pieces with no trouble. Had the rest to take home. 😀 Definitely someplace I’d come back to if I’m ever in Sunway Pyramid! 🙂

4FINGERS SUNWAY PYRAMID 

LG.127. LG2 Floor (New Wing), Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM (daily)

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Round 2 – Thai Thai, Sunway Pyramid

Met up with some ex-colleagues for dinner at Sunway Pyramid. Our original plan was to go to Mr TukTuk, the newly opened Thai street food restaurant (review here) but the place was so packed for dinner on a weekday wtf. K still wanted Thai food, so we ended up at Thai Thai. This is my second visit here; the first (post here) left a good impression so let’s see if they lived up to it this time around…

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Dark, classy interior. The resto is very spacious and runs all the way to the back, with an outdoor terrace. Low yellow lights give an intimate setting.

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My must-have beverage every time I go to a Thai restaurant – Thai milk tea ! No self respecting Thai place would go without this on their menu.

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Tom Yum Goong for two pax came served in a pot lit up with a small fire underneath. This signature Thai hot and spicy soup counts lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce and chilli peppers among its ingredients and is surely to give you a spicy oomph. Great to go with rice! Our group of four shared it and still had one shrimp each so it is enough for small eaters.

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Green Curry (beef) has a thick, creamy consistency and is filled with generous slices of beef. Not very tender but the broth makes up for it with flavour.

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(Right) Stir fried mixed vegetables was a tad on the sweet side, but the veggies were fresh and crunchy.

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A crowd favourite, starter of Deep Fried Squid which turned out as good as a main dish, especially when eaten with the sweet chilli dip.

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Fragrant Basil Chicken had well balanced flavours and a tender texture.

All in all, the meal was satisfying but prices are fairly steep at RM200+ for the four of us, so be prepared to shell out some moolah when dining at Thai Thai.

Thai-Thai Restarant
LOT G1-135.Oasis Boulevard,
Sunway Pyramid, No.3, Jalan PJS 11/15,
Bandar Sunway,46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-74919428

Business hours: 10am – 10pm (daily).

Chinese New Year @ Sunway Pyramid – Spring Flower Market

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It feels like a never ending string of festivities – with Christmas and New Year’s just over, we’re already gearing up for Chinese New Year (which falls on Jan 28 this year!). Ushering in the Year of the Rooster at Sunway Pyramid is a Spring Flower Market, featuring dozens of beautiful flowers and plants for sale.

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Auspicious plants to have in your home for the New Year – neat little bamboos arranged in a cluster. Bamboos are considered lucky and represent strength. Some are twisted to form auspicious shapes like the number 8 (8 in Chinese sounds like ‘prosperity’ – making it a favourite number for special occasions)

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Fake decorative peonies. No less pretty though!

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Colourful orchids in a variety of hues and patterns.

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One of my favourites: look at that vivid colour!

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Also on display: terrariums.

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Aside from orchids, there were also other flowers. Sorry, my knowledge of flora is limited so I have no idea what these are.

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Over at the other concourse, the mall had set up a Hong Kong style ‘avenue’, with posters of old HK movies and prop-filled shopfronts. To mark the year of the rooster, a giant chicken sat atop the structure.

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Bel, Jo and I took our customary CNY reunion photo at the photo booth, with a backdrop of a traditional herbalist’s store.

Happy CNY!

Thai Street Food @ Mr Tuk Tuk, Sunway Pyramid

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If crowds are a good indicator of how popular a restaurant is, then Mr Tuk Tuk in Sunway Pyramid certainly knows how to draw them in! During our visit for dinner on a weekday, a long line of hungry families and young working professionals could be seen snaking out from the shop, while every inch of spare space within was packed to the brim with customers. Even so, service was fast and efficient, and we got a seat within a few minutes (albeit, having to move tables around because they were packed so tightly we couldn’t enter lol).

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With vibrant city scenes as wallpaper, cosy yellow lighting, road signs, wooden pallets and even a replica of a tuktuk at the shopfront, diners are transported to the bustling street food capital of Bangkok, Thailand. Not exactly a place to chill with a laptop and a drink, but perfect for sharing good food with good company.

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Thai Iced Green Tea / Thai Iced Tea (RM7.80) were both cool and refreshing. The iced tea, with its distinctive orange hue, tasted exactly like the one I tried in Phuket! 🙂 Unlike cloyingly sweet milk tea drinks, Thai iced tea usually carries a balancing bitterness from orange blossom water and star anise, and a creaminess from the sweetened condensed milk.

 

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Ordered the Tom Yum Goong Na Sai (Seafood) – a clear, spicy broth loaded with all sorts of goodies. Ingredients include limes, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, mushrooms, tomatoes, fish sauce, cilantro, chilli peppers, tamarind paste, onions and chilli paste – giving the soup a salty, sweet, sour and spicy kick all at once. It’s great for polishing off bowls of rice. The version here came with medium-sized shrimps and chewy squid. While the flavour was good, it did get overwhelmingly sour and salty after a bit.

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Side of fried chicken wings, which were crunchy and juicy without being too greasy.

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Jo’s Thai Basil Chicken came with rice, fried egg and chicken wing sides. Portions were generous, flavours were there, and it’s only RM10.80. Very value for money!

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To share – Thai Special Platter (RM23.90)prawn crackers, spring rolls, tender barbecued chicken, chicken basted with honey and mango salad with a peanut dip. My favourite was the honey chicken, as it had a nice sweet coating over smokey, grilled meat.

Overall, the portions were generous, service was fast and efficient, and the food was tasty. Prices were also very reasonable. It’s not surprising why they’re enjoying brisk business. Would come again to try something else next time 😉

MR TUK TUK 
LG2.27, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall,
3, Jalan PJS 11/15,
Bandar Sunway,
47500 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia

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Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant, Sunway Pyramid

 

 

Hey, guys! I haven’t been blogging as often as I’d like to since starting my new job, coz travelling/work takes up most of my time – but I’m trying my best to squeeze in some blogging time. It’s 10.45 now, which leaves me about 15 minutes to write this before I hit the sack. I try to get 8 hours of sleep these days, or I feel really washed out in the morning…part of growing old. 😛

Speaking of old, I turned 26 recently. Yay, mid 20s….not. I don’t feel like a prune yet, but I don’t feel like a spring chicken either. Things really mellow down as you age. You might have had a lot of ‘friends’ in high school/college, but once you hit your mid 20s, the time you have for people just dwindles, and you’re left with the small circle that really counts.

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I met up with my ex-UK flatmates Mabel and Jo, as well as another college friend HP at Sunway Pyramid for dinner recently. It was to celebrate my birthday/new job + HP’s farewell as she’s leaving for a work/travel holiday to New Zealand soon. It was so sweet of them to plan it, even on a Friday evening where they had to rush there from work.

All the restos were packed. Mabel suggested a Taiwanese resto called Fong Lye. Service was quick and efficient; while we waited for tables, we placed our orders and most of the food was ready by the time we got a seat.

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Hot tea for two.

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I had a craving for noodles, so I got the innards meesua. It’s good to have noodles on your birthday in Chinese culture, it represents long life 😛

Meesua came in a thick broth. The flavour was just so-so though. Too salty, and the intestines weren’t cleaned well and still had a gamey smell to it. The meal came served with ‘banchan’-like side dishes of marinated eggplant, a sweet potato ball and tofu.

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Jo had rice with deep fried pork chop. The chop was marinated with namyue (fermented bean curd). It tasted weird to me xD

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HP also had pork chop, but hers tasted better as it was cooked in a sweet sauce topped with fragrant sesame.

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Mabel had dumplings and hot/sour soup. Dumpling skin was pretty thick and there was more chives > meat ratio. It tasted better with the soup.

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The real winners of this meal are their snacks. The deep fried mushrooms were thick and chunky, seasoned with spiced powder. Crispy on the outside, but moist and juicy on the inside without being too oily.

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Sweet potato balls were divine. Wish they had more, even though the serving was already pretty huge. Chewy and light, it had a porous texture with just the right amount of sweetness. Not too oily either.

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FONG LYE TAIWANESE RESTAURANT (Non halal) 

LG1.43A, Lower Ground 1, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall,

No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway,

46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Phone: +60 3-5633 3699 

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Of course, everywhere we walked through the mall was held up by three people playing Pokemon Go.. myself included. Jo doesn’t play lol.

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Dessert time was at Caffe Bene, a Korean bingsu (shaved ice) chain.

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Pricey imo, and the texture of the shaved ice isnt really like the original bingsu, which is very soft and fluffy just like fine snow. This was chunky like our local ais kacang lol. The chocolate one was very sweet but it was offset by the ice. It was good for Instagram pictures though.

Would just like to say thank you to the girls for taking the time/trouble to celebrate my birthday with me. I got a neat present from them, but that’ll be for another post. Way past a 26-year-old’s bedtime. 😛

Toodles. xoxo

Thai Thai, Sunway Pyramid

Not a fan of Thai food. I don’t hate it; I just haven’t gotten around to eating it much.

Marble suggested we have Thai Thai at Sunway Pyramid for dinner. The menu looked enticing and I was hungry, so in we went.

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Already packed for dinner. Bathed in yellow lights, the place has a cosy yet modern design, with nothing particularly Thai about the decorations. Many tables were reserved and we had to wait for awhile. Service was quick and attentive though.

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After a short wait, we were ushered to our seats. Ordered the Thai Iced Tea (RM11.90) to quench my thirst. It wasn’t the orange thai milk tea I loved so much, but good enough. Sweet and milky, the different colours are made up of thick, syrupy palm sugar, condensed milk and tea. Mix together for best results!

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Selfies with Marble and Jo before our food arrived.

Can you believe that the three of us have already known each other for eight years already? It seems like just yesterday that we were fresh-faced high school grads, ready to take on the world (or at least, college). 2008 wasn’t that long ago, but sometimes it feels that way.

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Our first dish: Chicken Curry (There was a Thai name for the dish but I stupidly forgot to take a picture of it). What can I say, it’s as good as curry gets. Heavy handed with coconut cream, as Thai curries go, but that’s just how I like mine 🙂 Chicken meat was solid with a bite, not too tender, and the sauce was great with rice. Nearly licked this clean lol.

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Sizzling sweet and sour tofu, which came with slices of mushroom, carrots, peas and corn. Tastewise it was decent, nothing to shout about but again, the sauce was good to go with rice.

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I liked the fried omelette with shrimp, even though you can probably tell it was oily. Puffy, crispy and filled with bits of springy shrimp, we dipped it in Thai chilli sauce for that extra kick.

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Meal came up to about RM100, plus rice and my drink. Portions were enough for the three of us, but big eaters might have to order more. Each dish averages Rm20+ and above, plus 10% service charge and 6% GST.

Thai-Thai Restarant
LOT G1-135.Oasis Boulevard,
Sunway Pyramid, No.3, Jalan PJS 11/15,
Bandar Sunway,46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-74919428

Business hours: 10am – 10pm (daily).

NY Steak Shack, Sunway Pyramid

(Update) This outlet is permanently closed.

Manhattan Fish Market. San Francisco Coffee. Marrybrown. What do all these restaurants/eateries have in common?

Well, they all sound very Western, but are actually Malaysian. And they’ve marketed themselves in such a way that not many people know that these brands are actually homegrown!

Now we can add another one of these restaurants to the list: the New York Steak Shack. Specialising in cheap steaks and affordable western food in a casual American diner setting, the brand has been around for a couple of years and have outlets in a few major shopping malls in the Klang Valley.

Bel and I recently dropped by the newly opened outlet in Sunway Pyramid for lunch.

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Sorry, no pictures of interior because we sat outside. 😡 Steaks are kinda heavy for lunch, so we got other food instead.

(Above) Bel’s Honey Fried Chicken Salad (only Rm11.55!) came topped with a humongous deep fried chicken patty and vegetables enough to feed a small army, drizzled over with dressing. The chicken was crunchy on the outside, typical of breaded crusts, while the dressing was a sweet and savoury. The veggies were pretty fresh too. All in all, a satisfying salad. Couldn’t finish it so we got a doggie bag to go.

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I had the Tangy Fish Sandwich (RM13.67) – a soda-battered filet with mustard sauce, served with a random side of salad and mashed potato in gravy. The buns were buttered and a tad too oily, but the fish filet was battered well. Crispy on the outside with flaky soft white fish meat. Mashed taters was pretty good too. Everything was served on a flat wooden spoon plate with a handle for easy eating.

All in all, the food was decent and most importantly, the price was not expensive for the quality and atmosphere. Have yet to try their steaks, so maybe another time.

NY Steak Shack

LG 2.45 & 2.46, LG2. Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, No. 3, Jalan Pjs 11/15, Bandar Sunway 46150, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-5612 7217

Opening hours: Daily 10am – 10pm.