go thai

the hunt for deliciously authentic thai food in kl seems like a never ending herculean effort.
to find one with a modest price tag? that is an even more elusive feat. 

i miss delicious thai food where a delightful party of sweet, sour, savory, sweet or spicy coming together - and occasionally all on a single plateful of yumminess.

when go thai joined the food scene in ss2, it was instantly embraced warmly for its street food concept of the classic favorites from our northern neighbor.

brightly lit petite dining space clad in a monochrome of black and white as the foundation of the industrial minimalist style it adopts, seemingly aimed to inject a modern feel to the street food concept. the accent pieces of colorful glass soda bottles line on the shelfs against the wall and vintage tiffins as well as the usual suspects of thai ingredients occupies the other. it wouldn't have guessed it to be thai if it wasn't for the illustrated menu of familiar dishes.

adopting the open kitchen concept preparing its signature dish of khao kha moo for its stewed pork leg, i smiled reminiscing my adventure searching for the famous street food stall in chiang mai for that very dish not too long ago. the back of the restaurant housed the other kitchen where the staff was busy preparing the rest of the menu.

we were surprised by the waitlist even on a tuesday evening and ended up with a 15 minute wait before we finally got a table. but with hungry bellies, we had already decided our dinner menu even before we sat down at our table.

drinks :: cha nom yen [cny] | iced thai milk tea (rm 4)

one of the iconic drinks of thailand, typically served in three distinct layers of palm sugar, milk and strongly brewed ceylon tea. so i was a tad disappointed when it was served like it was any regular iced tea. however, after my first sip, it didn't matter - it was that favorite taste of milky creaminess with the fragrant caramel like sweetness that is unmistakably thai iced tea. i liked it.

signature rice dishes :: khao kha moo [kkm] | stewed pork leg with rice & egg ( rm 10)

this was a clear favorite of the diners - khao kha moo making its appearance on almost every table as if it is a mandatory must have. apparently one of the more popular thai dishes which i've not known about prior to my trip to chiang mai although it had the makings of a chinese dish. served with fluffy white rice, the stewed pork in a mix of succulent meat and prized gelatinous fatty pork skin with sides of half of a hard boiled egg, preserved mustard greens and chinese kale. add on a vinegary sweet chilli sauce with a hint of garlic that goes perfectly that elevates the flavor to another level.

i liked that the meat to fat ratio was higher, thus making it a tad more guilt-free pigging out. the stew gravy had a light soy sauce umami laced with a subtle hint of the spices and the savory sweet tartness of the preserved mustard greens cuts on the fatty elements.

soup at go thai :: tom yam seafood [tys] | seafood in white broth (rm 13)

tom yum is a delicious delight that ranks pretty high on my favorite soups list. that is when it is done right.

unfortunately, the one at go thai didn't make the cut. overly spicy, too sour, too light on the lemongrass flavor and it was missing sweetness to balance the other flavors in a complimentary way. the lack of flavor and fragrant herbaceous features that make it tom yum rendered the other elements moot. with two previous hits, we were rather disappointed by this miss that left us wishing we had ordered something else.

famous bbq :: moo ping (3 pcs) [mp] | charcoal grilled pork fillet (rm 10)

resembling a bigger version of satay, it wore the flavors of chinese pork jerky more fondly known as "bakgua" but with a moister and meatier texture. it was succulent with the addition of the pork fat to impart more flavor to the fillet that was cooked just right. the flavor profile was a charcoal bbq smokiness against the predominantly sweet marinade. seemingly another top pick of the diners that made to many tables.

with its street food concept, go thai has attracted the local food lovers who craves to relive their favorite food memories without having to make a trip to thailand. my dining experience was a mix of hits and misses but it brings a few special food that may not be readily available in other thai restaurants. perhaps it's worth a try to find that favorite street food that you miss from your thai vacation but i'd say give the tom yum a miss to avoid a disappointment.

go thai without going to thailand ;)

go thai | location
187 jalan ss2/24
47300 petaling jaya,
{opens tues - sun: 11:30 am - 9:45 pm}

disclaimer this is written based on personal experience and opinion. experiences and taste buds may vary for others.



the iconic bath companion that was inducted in the toy hall of fame in the year 2013 (bet you didn't know that ;) )

or that giant version that invaded the docks in many different countries. 

however, from the food sense point of view, rubberduck is the name of a petite cafe with a rustic ambiance located in plaza damas in hartamas.

its name reflects its whimsical simplicity with a cozy nature as echoed by the casual decor. its rustic open kitchen was bustling with the staff cooking up the brunch orders and the pastry chef working on sweet creations. the cafe is fronted by the wooden pastry display case where baked goods flaunted themselves gloriously, tempting the diners with promises of sweet endings and golden breads.

a few yellow rubber ducks made their mandatory appearances.

as well as a very special and delish guest appearance of the freshly home baked croissants.
in fact it might be one of the best ones i've tried thus far.

but first brunch.

modus operandi: choose your dishes, order and pay at the counter, pick a seat and the food will be served at your table.

breakfast: 9-12 :: scrambled eggs | with smoked salmon & toasts (rm 17)

smoked salmon had me at the mere mention of its name, almost every time. the lightly buttered bread pieces were toasted that resulted to a crispy texture but it didn't seem that the bread was freshly baked. the scrambled eggs were soft and somewhat fluffy with the right amount of seasoning. but the highlight has still gotta be the smoked salmon, which added an extra punch in the flavor profile with the bits of saltiness from the thickly sliced cured fish that still tasted fresh underneath the light layer of smokiness.

breakfast: 9-12 :: omelette with toast | roast chicken (rm 16)

starting with the same two pieces of toasts, they share the plate with the omelette and a handful of arugula. the omelette was unevenly seasoned with the eggs requiring more salt for taste but texturally it was great. the undressed rockets seemed out of place with its bitter and peppery bites and would have dominated especially with the lack of seasoning of the dish's main.

drinks :: latte (rm 10)

the coffee + milk was slightly over roasted evidenced by the bitter end notes with every sip but thankfully didn't linger but it did overtake the robustness of the coffee beans. didn't make it to my favorite cuppa list.

drinks :: tapping tapir | pineapple & calamansi (rm 8)

a refreshing carbonated sweet and fruity tartness of the calamansi against the tropical pineapple, {mh} had good things to say for its crispness in the flavor.

desserts :: lemon meringue tart (rm 12)

crowned with glossy white meringue, torched beautifully upon the tart lemon curd filled in a buttery, crumbly tart crust. the tart and sour punch of the lemon curd was mellowed by the airy, sweet meringue resulting to a melt-in-your-mouth texture against the buttery, crumbly tart shell. the ratio of sweet and tart was great which still resulted to an overall richness to the dessert.

pastry :: freshly baked croissant (rm 7)


THE reason to eat at rubberduck.
this was possibly the best croissant i have had, thus far.

served with a slab of butter and berry preserves on the side, this freshly homemade croissant was like the golden snitch to the quidditch game. this golden pastry has distinct crispy layers that peels beautifully to encase the chewy, buttery, airy layers within. it was seasoned perfectly with the right amount of salt to impart a lovely balance against the sweetness with a pure tasty butter flavor. it was affection at first sight turned into love at first bite. a pure delight even just on its own but with the additional slab of butter, makes it a divine richness.

one minor drawback is the price tag. rm 7 is rather pricey for a croissant but bear in mind, it is parallel to its quality and deliciousness.

rubberduck may bring forth a line up of breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes but what will have me coming back is deliciously delicate pastries and desserts.

what's more, the one that will have me drooling is its freshly baked homemade croissants.

rubberduck | location
lot k--06, plaza damas
jalan sri hartamas 1,
kuala lumpur
{opens tues - sat: 930 am - 6 pm;
sundays : 930 am - 4 pm}

disclaimer this is written based on personal experience and opinion. experiences and taste buds may vary for others.

pulp by papa palheta

cold brew coffee. 

not quite the new kid on the block but has only recently it has become so cool it could be the next hot thing!

its popularity so contagious that cold brew revolution seems to be catching on slowly but surely in the local coffee scene to stand out as the next possible trend to look out for.

pulp by papa palheta.

an independent coffee boutique, where their philosophy was simple - "focus on the coffee".

a cafe that has adopted micro-production methods which allow meticulous scrutiny in the brewing to tell the story each coffee bean has in its flavor profile and keeping up with the latest coffee extraction ways and apparatus.

i've never had cold brew but my reading has perked my intrigue and i was dying to try my first.

first things first, cold brew coffee isn't the same as iced cold coffee - iced cold coffee is hot coffee brew, chilled. if i had to keep to an espresso shot summary, it would probably be this:

source: http://www.joyridecoffeedistributors.com/blog/uncategorized/iced-coffee-vs-cold-brew 
the brewing techniques sway the nuances and taste into two different flavor profiles rooted from the difference in temperature and brew time.

the coffee boutique donned a minimalist industrial chic decor yet invoking a cozy sophistication with the wooden floors and rooms, with the addition of a hint of vintage flair. on top of that, there were many full length glass windows that allowed natural lighting into the space (but it could get pretty warm from the sun). the brewing stations starts off in the middle of the room, which is then moved with ease to the sides to open up the space in order to accommodate the crowd, trickling in as the hours turn to noon. soft, pop music plays in the background, creating a more fun atmosphere.

i loved the ambiance of pulp.

(well, minus the sound checks in the next door garage in preparation for an event that evening just for that weekend. - other than that, it was nice)

in fact, they have a couple of coffee samples for taste on display on their centerpiece. or if you are wondering what type of coffee beans they sell by the bags, you could preview, sniff and ask the friendly staff who was ever willing to impart their coffee knowledge.

i've always wondered if they served food besides desserts to which i received a resounding yes as i approached the counter to find the "food menu". as i quickly scanned through the options, i was briefly distracted by the word truffle for just a second.

i mean it had an eye-catching name: "OMG. truffle popcorn" but it just wasn't my pick as the brunch for champions.

balance breakfast ver 2.0* | 2 röstis topped with sour cream, lamb + cranberry sausage and beef + lamb merguez accompanied by rockets. (rm 24)

i wasn't even sure what some of the ingredients were on the plate but i was up for the adventure. röstis are very similar to potato letkas or hash browns with the addition of sliced onion. merguez on the other hand is a type of sausage heavily spiced with harissa & cumin to give it its red color.

the röstis cooked through with a light sweetness from the onions, seasoned with salt and pepper. although a little grease streaked across the plate, that somewhat worked in favor of the undressed arugula and cherry tomato salad, which could have used a light toss in olive oil and lemon juice to spruce up the flavors. i would have liked a these potato pancakes to spend a longer time on the pan to give a crunchier exterior and the sour cream was a needed flavor booster. the sour cream was light on the tartness (would have enjoyed the punch of lemon) and the julienned herb was too subtle.

the lamb and cranberry sausage, was gamey but perfectly seasoned - light on spices but highlighting the moist meat in a nice way. not sure if i tasted cranberry but it could have been that sliver of sweetness i could taste in the sausage.

on the flip side, the beef + lamb merguez had a hot note which was a stark difference from its counterpart. i was distracted by the heavy use of spice that led to a heat-on-the-tongue finish but you could still taste the lamb flavor in the merguez. i preferred the former but both paired wonderfully with the sour cream.

cheesy ham toast | turkey ham topped with melted cheddar cheese on toasted brioche (rm 12)

a thick cut toasted brioche topped generously with melted cheddar - served warm, it reminded me of hearty cheese pizza from the top. { mh } gave me a bite of her toast which had the sharpness of cheddar flavor against the turkey ham and for some reason i thought i tasted a hint of orange peel in the bread although { mh } didn't. in general, she thought the dish wasn't really special and it tasted alright.

for those hot days, cold coffee on tap! :: nitro black matter (rm 16)

just as how the barista described it, stout without the alcohol.

my first sip of cold brew.

it starts with a cool lightness, with a mere whisper of tartness - velvety yet clean notes and an almost malty finish. it ends with a light bitterness with every sip. mimicked a lighter version of the regular coffee but with more pronounced nuances of the characteristic of coffee bean combination.

something iced! brewed daily :: cold brew coffee (rm 12)

the regular cold brew coffee - a unique combination of coffee beans from different regions, brewed for about 10-12 hours. this blend had a different flavor profile from the first - a striking citrus taste intertwined with a light hint of tartness. the bitterness of coffee was reduced to a minimal, it has a sweeter and smoother fruity finish.

between the two, i have a softer spot for the latter because of the balance of the flavor distinctions. every sip is like taking a ride on the taste adventure. you can also request a side of milk if you like but after trying it out, it is probably best without.

while i barely feel the caffeine in hot brew coffee (i.e. latte,cappuccino), the cold brew's had a little more effect on me.

pulp by papa palheta takes their coffee very seriously but in a good way and it shows in their creations. their friendly staff are also eager to steep their caffeine knowledge by sharing with any coffee enthusiasts via tasting classes called the "cupping session" at rm 40 per person. the food has room for improvement and would fancy more options but the coffee is a joy. one biggest drawback of this cafe is the availability of the parking since spaces are limited. so get there early and have a lot of patience.

i'd love to try their hot brew coffee and their yummy looking desserts. if you'd like to get a breather from your regular hot brew coffee, pulp might be a great place to have your first cold brew experience.

pulp by papa palheta | location
29-01, jalan riong,
59100 kuala lumpur
{opens tues - fri: 9 am - 7 pm;
weekends: 9 am - 10 pm}

disclaimer this is written based on personal experience and opinion. experiences and taste buds may vary for others.