Sunday, December 7, 2008

Restaurant Hatyai Street @ One Bangsar (CLOSED)

I remembered when i was in Bangkok, i told myself the staple food that i shall indulge should be the one and only Pad Thai. After all, i could not find a decent Pad Thai in Kuala Lumpur.

Then i found myself getting addicted to the Braised Pork Trotter Rice which i ate like 3-4 times over a span of 3-4 days. Coming back to Kuala Lumpur, i found none, not even a decent replica like i could do with Pad Thai.

Restaurant Hatyai Street came into picture, for one moment, i suddenly believe that someone or something out there had heard my plea.

The Thai Style Braised Pork Trotters has landed on the shores of Malaysia.

Although the flavours are not exactly the same as the ones in Bangkok (maybe Hatyai style?), and with the addition of preserved vegetables (mui choy), the dish speaks alot. Oozing out a feeling of being home-cooked and simplicity, it was very delicious and extremely easy to go with rice. Wonderulf for a night where you want to be eating infront of the television and not care whether the pork was double braised or double cooked so long as it was nice and tender with the fatty layers separated apart for those sinful moments. (RM 45 for the whole trotter)

But when you are seated outside, after a day of raining, the wind is slightly on the chilling side, you order a bowl of prawn tom yam to warm the tummy.

Neither full of milk or the clear version, it was tangy and not overwhelming with chillis. Suitable for the mild palates, and the prawns looked pretty fresh too (yes, i didn't order any). RM 8 for a slightly small bowl.

Being the adventurous kind, the kerabu that we selected was the pork skin kerabu. At first after digging in, i started questioning where was the skin, imagining the deep fried skin crackers i was having with Singha Beer in Bangkok. Then i realised the chewy bits that at first looked like pomelo was too chewy and crunchy for a fruit. The whole plate was pork skin!! RM 10 for something that you can't always get.

For old time sake, i had to see whether i could kill two birds with one stone and with crossed fingers, i ordered the Pad Thai (RM12). Without hinting what was missing, this seemed pale to the ones i had in Bangkok, maybe it was the omission of the prawns (request from my entourage) or maybe the lack of the heat. It was not dancing in my mouth but rather all seated comfortablely in a lump.

To end things off with a vegetable. I was warned earlier that i will see roast pork belly from the menu and from their earlier customers. No one told me about the pork lard (zhu yao char) that was sprinkled and tossed with the vegetables. Still, with the purpose of eating vegetables, the only healthy perspective of the meal defeated, we walloped the plate clean because of the strong flavours of the pig (RM 12).

Wash it all down with Lemon Grass juice that was rather diluted when the ice melted (so ask for less ice), this was a rather nice quiet "street" in One Bangsar, where one could ask for some Thai Street Food.

Address and contact details:

No. 63 E Jalan Ara
Bangsar, 55900 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-2283.3116
Closed on Mondays
Available for lunch and dinner

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. With the quiet crowd and some nice rather street food that taste like home for some like me (eventhough i am not Thai), the slightly upmarket price is forgiven when you tuck into warm rice and pork trotters.

27 comments:

CUMI & CIKI said...

it's raining cats n dogs again this morn...! i wish i was eating pork trotters.. dimsum also can... haha

Kok said...

joe,
These Thai food looks real good! The other day when I tried in a Thai restaurant here, MAN! Those were bad!

550ml jar of faith said...

I would've totally mistaken the pork skin in the kerabu for pomelo too... I've never seen pork skin served that way before! I think I'll stick to the fritters, thank you! :-S

Life for Beginners said...

Ooh ah. So true Thai has finally arrived for all the Thai-Thais, er, tai-tais? :)

NekoHime said...

Pork trotters looks good....

worldwindows said...

Really missed Khao Ka Mu (pig's trotters). Braised to its gelatinous best. And accompanied by small Thai garlic - yum.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

worldwindows: haha i didnt eat the small thai garlic..looked abit over pungent..

nekohime: probably the best looking thing..

lob: ask the tais tais..us kuli here..know how to eat to get full only..

550ml: hahah me too..

kok: cant compare to aussie too..aussie thai food is very decent!

c&c: no melaka delicacies?

Nic (KHKL) said...

wow, looks like everyone has tried the trotters! got featured in the daily as well, me thinks.

yeah, rice and trotters can never go wrong! agree!

jasmine said...

looks good but am not too sure about the price. cheaper to OD on it during next trip to Thailand with company. :P

mimid3vils said...

Third post I read about this place, let's see how long can I stand for it =.="

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: not very long..hahah go go go..

jasmine: well i dun hav any trip planned for bangkok..so i guess this would have to do..

nic: haha born to be together..

twosuperheroes said...

omg..porky overload! Haha... :p

J2Kfm said...

this was even in the Star the other day.

RM45 for a whole leg? serves how many hungry souls? =P

there's one Pad Thai shop in BKK, damn good. with those killer orange juice. I'm Thai-sick.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

twosuperheroes: this is nothing la.u shud go read some of my really porky posts..

j2kfm: err depends on how hungry ur souls are...i seriously could have piled rice on it..and eat it all up..and then of course wonder how to lose weight

xin said...

wow all the stuff looks REALLY good esp the pork trotters

Argus Lou said...

So Pad Thai is basically char kway teow? Yeah, those pork dishes are calling to me. :)

backStreetGluttons said...

WE should watch our behinds carefully as some modern local wannabes try o be modern one like Chawan nearby which is quite a disgrace(service) . These slew of new Thai and Jap newcomers in KL are doing quite well we believe ? But we were hoping for beautiful pixs of sexy smiling Hadyai street girls you know , here in Bangsar where got too many Indiana ladies with oldy Amos

mh said...

very good, Joe...

with the chilly night wind of Adelaide, and lots of work....I can only imagine a plate of steaming hot braised trotters (which makes me thinks of Bakuteh in Klang), and to end my meal with a bowl of piping hot tom yum soup (i'm still down with cold, i supposed tom yum can work like chicken soup?)

But all I see in front of me now is a plate of chow fan...and instead of an entourage, i've got pile of work as company!!

Ain't that great..?

:)

(Monkey..thank god I'm coming home soon!!)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mh: haha got thai food in o connell street and opposite the railway station..trust me..those pad thai is to die for! or in my case..to fly for!

bsg: hmmm i wonder if they shud hav imported the girls too..maybe would have increase the crowd..

argus: its the thai kuey teow..slightly chewier..and skinner..

xin: it is QUITE good..

ling239 said...

pork skin kerabu sounds interesting ~ ^_^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: it is..esp for pork lovers..

fatboybakes said...

aiya, i shoulda gone there for lunch today with thamby!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: chiu..nvr call me for lunch haha..yeah u shud its good la..

Liz Stambaugh said...

I was wondering if you would ever be interested in becoming a featured publisher with Foodbuzz.com? If so please conctact me at lizstambaugh@yahoo.com

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

liz: what do u write as a featured publisher?? i will email later in the week..thanks!

Precious Pea said...

I also tot the pork skin in cracker form. Interesting! I must return to try this. And how can you not try the durian pulut??? Aiii..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pp: nvrmind la..try again..hahaha