Friday, September 9, 2011

Thai Cuisine @ Wang Thai Restaurant, Burmah Road (Pulau Tikus), Penang (Non-Halal)

On 21st July 2011 (i.e. Thursday) CNN Go named the World's 50 Delicious Foods and the Thai Dishes secured  4 spots. They are No. 1 - Massaman Curry, No. 8 - Tom Yum Goong, No. 19 - Nam Tok Moo and No. 46 - Som Tam from Amazing Thailand.

Lately looked like the area of Pulau Tikus, Penang have been raided by Thai Restaurants and until todate 5 restaurants have sprung up including Wang Thai Restaurant which is located along a row of shophouses at the cross junction traffic light of Jalan Burmah and Jalan Cantonment. As you are travelling from George Town (Jalan Burmah), it is on the right hand side immediately after passing by the cross junction traffic light. You cannot miss it because it is along Burmah Road. Wang Thai Restaurant is at No. 294, Jalan Burmah, 10350 Penang.

No. 01 : Wang Thai Restaurant is located along the row of shophouses near the cross junction traffic of Jalan Burmah & Jalan Cantonment, Penang

No. 02 : General View of Wang Thai Restaurant from Jalan Burmah

Location Map of Wang Thai Restaurant
Google Map GPS : 5.432029,100.311635

Address :-
No. 294, Jalan Burmah, 10350 Penang.

Contacts :-
1)  Tel : 604 - 226 5168 (For Reservation)
2)  Person : Fenny Tan (Handphone No. 012 - 411 4678)
2)  Person : Lee Na (Handphone No. 012 - 407 0628)

Business Hours :-
Lunch : From 11.00 am to 2.30 pm
Dinner : From 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Closed on every Monday

Facilities & Others :-
1) Air-Conditioned
2) Dining Area (Ground Floor)
3) Non-Smoking
5) Ample Car Parking Bay - Meter Parking Bays along the service road infront of the Restaurant.
6) Free Wifi
7) Rest Rooms
8) No Private Dining Room

No. 03 : Signage of Wang Thai Restaurant and Notification at the Glass Door

No. 04 : The Cosy & Spacious Dining Area of Wang Thai Restaurant

No. 05 : APPETIZER -  Mieng Kum (Chieng Mai Leaf-wrapped Appetizers)
RM15.00 per Plate

This Appetizer is served with raw ingredients (i.e. wild pepper/betel leaves [In Hokkien - longkau heuh/Bahasa Malaysia - daun kadok], dried shrimps [In Hokkien - hae eee], roasted peanuts, cut shallots, cut chilli padi [bird's eye chilies], galangal in cubes, toasted grated coconut,  kaffir lime and lastly the special blended sauce with sweet & salty taste) and also very popular among Thai Food Lovers. All you have to do is use a fresh wild pepper/betel leave  and to turn into a shape of a funnel. Then fill the ingredients inside and carefully wrap it. It is a mouthful appetizer and the wild pepper/betel leave will release a subtle, herbal aroma as you chew it. It tastes tangy, peppery and slightly bitter but it goes well with the ingredients. 

No. 06 : SALAD - Yum Cha-Om Tod Krob (Crispy Cha-Om Topped with Thai Sauce)
RM12.90 per Small Plate
RM19.90 per Large Plate

No. 07 : SALAD - Yum Pla Duk Fu (Deep Fried Catfish in Spicy & Sour Salad)
RM12.90 per Small Plate
RM21.90 per Large Plate

Deep fried fluffy catfish served with sour mango strips, carrot strips, sliced onions, cut chilli padi (bird's eye chili) and roasted peanuts, top with sweet spicy sauce. The fluff gives you the crunchy bit.
You are advised to consume this dish fast before the fluff loses its crispness.

No. 08 : CHICKEN - Gaeng Massamam Gai
RM12.90 per Small Bowl
RM22.90 per Large Bowl

CNN Go named Massaman Curry as No. 1 of World's 50 most delicious foods and hailed as king of all food or king of curries. Some claimed that it was originated from Southern Thailand. From far away it looks like Curry Kapitan. The curry sauce is a mixture of curry paste, roasted peanuts, coconut milk and a hint of nutmeg & cinnamon, together 2 drumsticks and a few chunks of potatoes which have been delightfully soaked up the curry like a sponge and garnished with peppermint leaves.

No. 09 : FISH - Pla Kra Pong Neung Manow (Steam Fish (Siakap) with Lime & Chili Sauce)
Gagroupa Fish : RM55.00 (Small) / RM78 (Large)
Siakap Fish : RM35.00 (Small) / RM55.00 (Large)

The whole steamed sea bass was soaked in a tangy spicy lime juice sauce and served in a metal fish shaped pan with a candle lit underneath to keep it warm/steaming.

No. 10 : TOM YAM - Tom Yam Ruam Mit Talay (Spicy Thai Tom Yam Mixed Seafood)
RM21.90 per Small Pot
RM38.90 per Large Pot

The chinese looking steam boat was filled with the reddish soup teeming with the prawns, squids, fish, oyster mushroom, coriander, tomato, chopped spring onions, lemongrass, galangal, chilli padi (bird's eye chili) and kaffir lime leaves. It is a different version from the clear soup - Tom Yum Nam Sai and also has sour, salty, spicy and sweet taste in one bowl. This is one of the authentic Thai delicacy that many locals are passionate about and has spread around the world. I do not problem with spicy food and if you do, you can let the manager/waitress/waiter know about it so that it will not explode as it touches the tip of your tongue.

No. 11 : SPECIAL DISH - Pad Sam Rod (Deep Fried Roasted Duck with Triple Taste Sauce)
RM18.90 per Small Plate
RM34.90 per Large Plate

No. 12 : SPECIAL DISH - Hor Mok Talay (Steamed Seafood Otak-Otak Flavoured with Curry Paste, Fresh Coconut Milk & Basil)
RM23.90 per Coconut Shell

Hor Mok Talay is very similar to our Nyonya Style Otak Otak but a bit wet. Using coconut shell to fill with steamed mixed seafood (i.e. prawns, squids and fish) and shredded white cabbage flavoured with curry paste, coconut milk and basil . Before serving, top with fresh coconut flesh at the side. Very authetic way of serving this dish.

 No. 13 : DESSERT - Khao Neow Mamuang (Thai Sweet Sticky Rice)
RM9.90 per Small Plate
RM16.90 per Large Plate

Some deep fried mung beans as a garnish on top of the cooked sticky rice with mild salted & sweetness of coconut milk together with slices of ripened mango.

No. 14 : DESSERT - Tub Tim Krob (Chilled Water Crestnut with Jackfruit & Fresh Cocunut Milk)
RM4.50 per Bowl

The thick white coconut milk together with the red rubies made from siam water chestnut with tapioca flour and sliced jackfruit. The red rubies make the look of Tub Tim Krob more exquisite. It is perfect as sweet and refreshing finish to any meal.
Do not miss this when you are dining there.

Ratings :-
1) Ambience : 4 (Pleasant, Cozy and Spacious).
2) Choices of Food : 3
3) Taste of Food : 4 (General)
4) Pricing : 3 (A Bit Pricey)
5) Service : 4
6) Hygiene & Cleanliness : 4
7) Facilities : 3 (Basic)
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

 UPDATED ON 28th OCTOBER, 2011 (i.e. FRIDAY)

EVERYDAY launched Thai Set Meal for 2-3 Pax @ Wang Thai Restaurant (worth RM54.70) for a sum of RM19.90 per coupon in early September 2011. I have dined in Wang Thai Restaurant before and I loved the authentic Thai dishes. I took that great opportunity of great saving by buying 2 coupons on 9th of September 2011.

The coupon allowed maximum of 3 persons per visit. From the coupon, I was allowed to choose either Set A or B Meals as follows:-

1)  Set A Meals : 1 Appetizer,  1 Curry Dish and 1 Vegetables Dish with 2 Bowls of Rice & 2 Glasses of Drink.
2) Set B Meals : 1 Tom Yam Dish and 1 Vegetables Dish with 2 Bowls of Rice & 2 Glasses of Drink.
(Note : The wide choices can be found in the )

On 28th October 2011 (i.e. Friday), I dined with a special friend of mine in said Wang Thai Restaurant by using the said coupons. We ordered Set A Meals together with an additional dish which was Goong Si Da (Steamed Prawns with Favourite Thai Spicy and Sour Sauce). It was strongly recommended by the Manager.

No. 15 : Appetizer - Hoi Jor Tod (Deep Fried Pork wrapped in Tauhu Skin)
RM12.90 (5 Pieces) / RM21.90 (10 Pieces)

The minced pork mixed prawn & others was carefully wrapped with bean curd sheet (Tauhu Skin) before deep fried. We loved this dish. The taste was very similar to the traditional Chinese dish - crab meat balls (chim choh) with thin crispy layer of bean curd sheet and If you love it, you will definitely like this dish without saying it any further. The dish will be loved by the children because it is not spicy. Watch out !!! If you ordered 5 pieces, I bet that it would not be sufficient because you will crave for more.

 No. 16 : Vegetable - Pada Kana Pla Kem (Stir Fried Kailan with Salted Fish)
RM12.90 per Small Plate / RM19.90 per Big Plate
Stir fried selected Kailan (Vegetable) with the outer fiber removed together with salted fish and sliced carrot as garnish to the dish. The dish is a bit salty because of the added salted fish. This dish is commonly found and available in the southern Thailand and near the Malaysian Thai Border.

No. 17 : Curry - Gaeng Keaw Wan Gai ( Green Curry Chicken)
RM12.90 per Small Bowl / RM22.90 per Big Bowl

One of the famous & popular Thai Dishes is Thai Green Curry which love by a lot of Malaysians. Combination of green curry paste, chuck of chicken meat, coconut milk, egg plant, Thai basil, lemon grass, galangal, lime leaves and etc make this curry an unforgettable blend of delights. It is perfectly to be eaten with rice to sop up every intricate drop because it is usually prepared quite soupy. 

No. 18 : Prawn - Goong Si Da (Steamed Prawns with Favourite Thai Spicy and Sour Sauce)
RM21.90 per Small Plate / RM39.90 per Big Plate

Only fresh prawns will able to produce this fine dish. The prawns were slightly sliced into half with intestines removed. The succulent steamed prawns dressed with fine cut chili padi (bird's eye chilies), salad and permit leaves as garnish together with special tangy  lime sauce.  
Cautious : This dish is spicy and flaming.

We had a satisfied hearty meal together with the cool cozy ambiance and also a very wonderful memorable moment. I will dine with my special friend there again whenever we have the chance.

UPDATED ON 20th JULY, 2013 (i.e. MONDAY)

Business Hours :-

Lunch : From 11.00 am to 2.30 pm
Dinner : From 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Open Everyday / 7 Days per Week

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