BLOGGER REVIEW Off the beaten track Thai eatery in Kepong serves up tasty dishesBy KYSpeaks Several weeks ago I managed to convince the girls to try a new place, and we ventured out to Kepong. We drove past the glamourous Desa Park City and turned into the older part of Kepong where steamboat restaurants are aplenty. Finally we arrived at where we were going to have dinner – Jan Jan Thai Restaurant. There are, in fact, two Thai restaurants within 50 yards of each other here. Opposite Jan Jan is an older Thai restaurant called Janwa, which is equally as busy. According to the locals, the head chef from Janwa left to open Jan Jan. Once we found an empty table and made our order, which took a while on a weekend, the food did not take very long to be served. Seafood tomyam soup (RM16 to RM29) comes in either clear or red, and we opted for the latter, with more chilli. It was hot, spicy, and filled with prawns, squid, fish, tomatoes, and more. It was the perfect dish for us since it was raining so heavily that evening.
The Thai-style steamed barramundi turned out to be pretty good dish too. The fish was fresh and the soup was sour and flavourful. This dish is not quite De Chiengmai's standard, but it can hold its own. Thai golden lala (clams, RM17) was my favourite dish of the night. The clams were big and juicy, and I particularly love the unique Thai style sauce that the dish came with. It was a combination of sweet and spicy, with a hint of sourness. It was very different to any Chinese or Malay-style preparation.
Excellent tomyam and steamed barramundi
The disappointing dish turned out to be the Thai green curry (RM12). I love my green curry thick and flavourful but this one was just watery and very sweet. We took a few spoonfuls but did not finish the dish. There are definitely more dishes at Jan Jan Thai that I want to try on other visits – petai prawns (prawns with broad beans), deep-fried brinjal, paku with belacan (fern with spicy prawn paste), mango chicken, barbecue crab and Thai curry crab all sound very enticing. I’ll just have to remember not to order their green curry again. Jan Jan Thai Restaurant | Address: No. 33 Jalan 5/62A, Bandar Menjalara, 52000 Kuala Lumpur | Tel: 03-6277-7598 | Opening hours: Daily 11am – 10.30pm | GPS Coordinates: 3.193859, 101.631517 | Pork-Free First posted on KYSpeaks, 14/05/2013
The lala was great; the green curry not so much