Seri Kembangan has always been known to me as a haven for cheap, good and delicious food, especially their home cooked dishes. That was always my perception until I came to know that there’s this popular Thai restaurant in the neighborhood named Jing Thai through Cat when she purchased an offer through Groupon. She already visited once and invited me for a re-visit today as she claimed that the food is worth a try. Jing Thai is hidden in a pretty secluded end and only those who live around the neighborhood or familiar with the geographical layout of SK would know of their existence. I bet Cat must have made many, many, many rounds looking for this place before getting lucky!
Yin Dee Ton Rub! We were greeted by two human sized Thai woman statues at the entrance to this restaurant which was built mostly with timber and traditional attap roof. Pebble stones made the walkways throughout the place. You may find a fishing pond right at the back of the restaurant and an open courtyard in the middle of the restaurant which is a good spot to have a bottle of chilled beer under the sparkling stars in the evenings.
Thai style bean curd (泰式豆腐) @ RM 10.00 (s) ~ Good texture and crispy deep fried bean curd with special Thai sauce which produces a sweet, sour, and a little spicy taste that truly brought out the flavor and the whole dish blended really well with the sliced cucumber and onion rings. Great appetizer!
Tom yam Nam Sai (白东炎) @ RM 20.00 (m) ~ Tom yum goong is a staple dish in Thailand that encompasses almost the entire range of Thai flavors in a single bowl. No Thai meal is complete without it, hence we included this pot of ordinary looking, no signs of threat into our order. Guess we’ve underestimated it! It was rather fiery and very sourish with decent sized prawns generously included. It certainly stimulated my appetite! Spanking good!
Pan-fried prawn with oatmeal (麦片炒虾) @ RM 28.00 (s) ~ Decent sized prawns were deep fried with egg yolk until golden and crispy, then tossed with cereal or oats with other ingredients such as curry leaves, chili, butter and creamer. The whole complete mixture has a distinct taste of saltiness, sweetness and a bit of spiciness with a hint of curry leaves and chili. Good stuff!
Stir-fry kangkung belacan (马来风光) @ RM 10.00 (s) ~ This was disappointing as there’s hardly any taste of the dried shrimp paste. Spinach was overcooked resulting in the loss of crunchiness. Could have been better as this is such a common dish!
Thai style abalone fish cake (泰式鲍鱼饼) @ RM 2.50/pc (min 5 pcs) ~ The preparation of these fish cakes were a little different from the ones I normally have which has all the essential flavours of Thai fish cakes: sweet, salty, sour and spicy whereas this were not spicy but full of the mixture from kaffir leaves and lemongrass flavor. Deep-fried with good a mouthfeel. I enjoyed every bite of it!
This was taken while I’m on the way out of the restaurant. It was practically empty, in fact, it was empty when we arrived. You must be thinking that either the food sucks or the price is sky high as there’s no customers even during lunch hour, yes? The actual reason was, they just started to serve lunch as they only cater for dinner previously, hence, many were still unaware of their new opening hours.
Lunch came to RM 86.65 which includes a plate of titbits @ RM2.00, a pot of Chinese tea (铁观音) for 7 pax @ RM7.00, plain white rice @ RM 10.50, also for 7 pax and a 5% service charge @ RM 4.15 after deducting RM 40.00 off the Groupon vouchers. Though the msg level was quite high, which is common in most Thai outlets, this was still an enjoyable lunch. The relaxing atmosphere can be a little warm during daytime but fret not as there’s always an option to dine in the air-conditioned area. Thai waitresses were courteous and friendly and certainly give me another reason for a re-visit. Before I end, I would like to forewarned you guys to be careful when ordering fish dishes as Cat was charged “handsomely” on one during her last visit. Till then, Khaw Hai Jarern Aharn!
- Jing Thai (泰式乡村饭店)
- Lot 1397, Jalan PSK 1
- 43300 Seri Kembangan
- Tel – 603-8941 1933
- Business hours – 1130-1430 (lunch)/1700-0000 (allowed to hang out till 0200)
- Closed – Never
- GPS coordinates
- N03°00.876 E101°41.769
- Location map