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Ngam, Bangsar

Ngam, Bangsar

There was no air of pretense at Ngam in Bangsar when I stepped in for a casual dinner session last week. The setup is basic, almost no frills, and the menu is straightforward and honest.


Creamy tomyum noodles

I will admit though, the decor played no part in my interest towards Ngam. It was their creamy tomyum noodles (or more like the images of them), deliciously circulating on Instagram that did. The noodles (RM13.90) come served in coloured bowls with matching spoons, representing the colours of Ngam.


Comes with a large prawn and half an egg

The soup is relatively thick and spicy, with a creamy sweetness from the coconut milk and prawn stock. I like that the noodles were cooked just right so they had a toothsome texture and stayed firm till my last mouthful.


Fried chicken wings

I liked the fried chicken wings (RM7.90), seasoned with lemongrass for a sharper flavour and aroma. My only gripe was the size of the wings, which turned out rather tiny after trying. The Thai fish cakes (RM7.90) was quite decent, though I wished they were thicker and more succulent.


Thai fish cakes


Thai basil minced chicken rice with egg

I enjoyed the Thai basil minced beef with rice (RM13.90) which came with a sunny side up. The meat was well seasoned and sweet from the basil. It was tasty with rice, and runny yolk. I reckon it’s also a more filling alternative to the tomyum noodles — the latter is of a smaller portion.


Ngam serves good tub tim krob (RM6.90) but they need to work on serving it with crushed ice. That said, the red ruby has a good balance of crunch and chewiness so I wouldn’t mind having this again.


Thai iced tea


Thai iced green tea

Both the Thai iced tea and Thai iced green tea was good, the latter was stronger in taste and more aromatic in general. Prices are fair, though I feel portions are smallish for a big eater like me.


Steamed coconut pudding (RM2.90 for 2)


No-frills interior

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Ngam serves pretty decent food and prices are somewhat fair. Portions however can be worked on, I feel. :)


61, Jalan Maarof,
59200, Bangsar Baru
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 018-245 8297
Business hours: 12noon to 9pm (Mon – Sat)
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BBQ Thai, Old Klang Road

BBQ Thai, Old Klang Road

I’ve eaten at BBQ Thai in Old Klang Road several times but haven’t gotten around to blogging about it. It’s become one of rif’s favourite places to go to when he’s craving Thai food – BBQ Thai is known for its Thai street food and grilled items like pork neck and squid.


Casual dining


Thai BBQ Pork Neck

The place gets pretty crowded come dinnertime so it’s best to get there early or make a reservation if you’re dining in a large group. Thai BBQ pork neck (RM28) is a popular order here but I found it just alright; Awet Thai does a better version in my opinion. This wasn’t as tender and the marinade didn’t have enough oomph. rif however, enjoyed it.


Green Curry Pork


Deep Fried Pork Knuckle

The green curry pork (RM20) was quite good though – creamy and slightly spicy with tender pork slices. I liked the pork knuckle (RM48), deep fried to crispy perfection and served with a spicy-sweet sauce on the side. This is good for a group of four pax or more, or if you’re ravenous and (insanely) ambitious to attempt this alone. 😛


Thai Coconut Otak Otak


BBQ Squid

Less stellar was the BBQ squid (RM33) as it was slightly too chewy for my liking. The Thai otak otak (RM25) was good stuff, served in a coconut shell and very tasty with rice. This was sweet and rich from the coconut milk, with a generous amount of seafood.


Thai Style Fish

Another favourite here is the Thai style fish (RM38), which features deep fried tilapia topped with a robust mango salad and sweet chilli sauce. rif tried the steamed fish with lime sauce with his colleagues, and insisted this was still better. I’ll take his word for it since I haven’t tried the steamed version myself.


Seafood Tom Yum

The seafood tom yum (RM25 – large) was alright, but nothing worth oooh-ing and aaah-ing about. Good enough for those who need a spicy, sour kick but not if you’re on the lookout for the best tom yum in town. They were pretty generous with the amount of seafood in the pot so we had plenty to eat.


Kai Lan with salted fish (RM15)


Thai Water Chestnut (Tub Tim Krob)

Desserts were a hit and miss for me — the tub tim krob (RM7) was of a generous portion but didn’t taste as good as the one we had at Rayong Thai. The ice shaving for this was too coarse, making it feel as though we were eating crushed ice. Better was the tako (RM12 – 6 pieces), a traditional Thai dessert made with coconut milk, jelly and corn.


Thai Tako

The bill doesn’t cost much when you dine in a larger group — expect to pay between RM30-35 per head when you’re there. Pretty reasonable considering the portions, I reckon.

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Good variety of dishes and reasonable prices, although there are some misses. Try the pork knuckle and otak otak.


BBQ Thai
No.17, Lorong Jugra,
Off Batu 3 1/4,
Jalan Klang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7981 9888
Business hours: 12noon to 12am daily
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Go Thai, SS2

Go Thai, SS2


Stewed pork leg

When it comes to food blogging, I take recommendations quite seriously as they help shape the content for my blog. One of my readers suggested that I try Go Thai in SS2 after I blogged about Frame Thai last month, so I did. :)


Go Thai serves Thai street food, similar to Frame Thai but in a more comfortable setting – you don’t have to endure the stuffiness when you eat. The menu and pricing is similar to Frame Thai, and you get the usual suspects like stewed pork leg with rice (RM9), pad thai (RM9), grilled pork fillet (RM10 for 3), tom yum seafood (RM12) and Thai iced tea (RM4).




Seafood Tom Yum

I loved the seafood tom yum, which came with a generous amount of mussels, squid rings, prawns and mushrooms. This was spicy yet sweet from the addition of seafood, and slightly creamy from the addition of coconut milk.


Stewed pork leg with rice


Grilled Pork Fillet

Less exciting was the stewed pork leg with rice. I liked the one from Frame Thai better as this version was less flavourful and the skin wasn’t as gelatinous. The grilled pork fillet was too sweet for my liking and there wasn’t enough fat to add flavour to the meat. While it was still decent, I wasn’t bowled over.


Pad Thai

If I had to choose the worst dish that afternoon, that award would go to the pad thai. This was a soggy mess – noodles clumped together and lacking in both flavour and aroma. Better was the deep fried pork slices in garlic sauce, served with white rice and fried egg. Nothing to shout about either but still better than the noodles.


Deep fried pork slices in garlic sauce

I didn’t care much for the Thai iced tea as it was rather diluted and lacking flavour. Somehow, I can’t seem to find food Thai iced tea in KL as even the ones from fancy Thai restaurants aren’t good. rif didn’t like the tub tim krob (RM6) but I didn’t mind it. He insists Rayong Thai serves the best version and I do agree with him on that.


Thai Iced Tea


Tub Tim Krob

While it may seem like we ordered a lot, portions were (unsurprisingly) small so it wasn’t a difficult feat. Especially since we went there ravenous. 😉

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 6/10 (non halal)
Verdict: While the seafood tom yum was good, I wasn’t as impressed with the other items.


Go Thai
187 Jalan SS2/24,
Petaling Jaya,
Tel: 012-289 1922
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