Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Wet Thai Village (Sawadee 88), Kuala Lumpur

What is this place? Quite a long trail of rumbles, mud and uneven roads which forced car drivers to slowly cruise around 20km/ph. After some struggling, we reach to what seems like.....

Little Bangkok! A Wet Thai Village is somewhat hidden in the view of the city. Located just beside Sungai Kerayong, Off Jalan Chan Sow Lin 5, a few housing/industrial roads have to be crossed to reach the hidden fishing pond and restaurant area. Fortunately a few direction banners was put up to direct. A Wet Thai Village's is being made in such a way that it resembles some village you would find in Bangkok. With little huts for each table, specialized pathways joining all the tables, simple pathway decorations with lights and some cheesy Thai music playing all the way; I really thought I was in Thailand for sure!

A Wet Thai Village (the owner's name is Ah Wet; hence the restaurant name) is divided into two sections; which is the ala carte Thai cuisine where I had; and the steamboat section. Both are located right beside a pond/river.

Ala-carte section. Friends already occupied the table on the right.

Steamboat section; pond is just right beside.

Most of us ordered the Thai coconut (RM4.50) to go with the spicy food. I think I still prefer the smaller and sweeter Thai version than this. I don't know bout the others, but mine was not sweet at all.

This is how we packed 14 people into two tables. Squeezed with just ample space to eat. Quite chaotic as most of us ordered coconuts; and we ordered 9 dishes to go. And oh, each table gets 9 dishes, so.. 18 plates of dishes to be exact!

The dishes all came out at the same time; so there's no starters or appetizers courses. The fried paku-pakis with prawns. Very aromatic and crunchy vegetable. Best to go with rice. Note: Paku-pakis is a vege that requires experience to prepare and cook; else the vege would leave a stinging after taste on the tongue.

Mango kerabu. Sourish and fresh. Perfect for beginning a meal.

White seafood tom yam. Fiery and spicy with lots and lots of seafood. Nice! There's chili flakes and spices in it. I had two servings of this. One of my friend who had just went to Thailand few days ago even said A Wet's version was better than what he had at Thailand.

14 pieces of Pandan Chicken. Ordered just enough for 1 for each. Tasted like how Pandan Chicken should taste like, turmeric and some spices. Was ok.

Barbequed lamb. Just nice and packed with natural juices. The accompanying chili was addictive to be dip into. Good beer snack, lol!

Mr. Lala Chong introducing the barbequed cockles. Not bad though though a little bit dry; it was meant to be like that. Still prefer cockles to be just drench in hot water and eaten semi raw. Emmmmm.

Close up shot of the barbequed cockles.

Fish (left) and prawn (right) cakes. The fish cakes are packed with fish and spices flavor; while the prawn cakes are so-so with crispy breaded skins.

Salt barbequed fish. This is nice; I always love this dish here at A Wet's. The scales of the fish is applied with lots of salt and are never scale off; to give it protection while barbecuing. Herbs are inserted through the mouth opening to give it extra flavor. To eat, just gently tear off the skin and enjoy the flesh inside! Yum, what you get is the natural juicy taste of how a fish should be enjoyed, without any other sauces overpowering it. The ideal fish to be enjoyed with this cooking style would be the Tilapia; but they ran out of it. We had the Haruan instead. Go for the Tilapia if possible. Haruan has this hint of muddy taste, verdict of self-rearing fishes.

The scaled fish with white flesh revealed.

Close up shot of the Steamed Sotong with Sour and Spicy Gravy. The sotong was cooked till soft and doesn't require alot of chewing. The dish and the gravy came seperately, whereby the waiter would pour the gravy into the hot pan heated by charcoal. Aromas filled the table when the gravy is poured; interesting way to whet up the appetite! Lol, I find the gravy very addictive that I drank it like soup. This dish also has some sotong roe and roe sack, so be sure you're up to it before eating everything.

The bill of the night came up to RM 392.40. Pretty ok; considering the large double amount of food we had and everyone was stuffed from the food. Divided by 14 of us, each of us only forked out like RM28; way better if compared to what you would get with that price of *buffet steamboats, etc. that people would normally do for birthdays*. Would I return to this place? I would say no, as it's too inconvenient and the rubbish surrounding the area is annoying (area, not reastaurant). Don't get me wrong, I love and enjoyed the food till the last bite; but I would prefer to just visit the either two other branches of A Wet. The two other branches are located at Bandar Puteri, Puchong and Taman Cheras, Cheras. A note of notice, the branch here at Chan Sow Lin is Halal and does not serve pork, while both branches at Puchong and Cheras serves pork (Thai Fried Pork Knuckles!).

Satisfying meal, great time, great birthday celebration to three of my friends. A very late HAPPY BIRTHDAY to 3 of you and hope you guys enjoyed the dinner we had planned. =)

A Wet Thai Village (Sawadee 88)'s Detail
Address : Tepi Sungai Kerayong Off Jalan Chan Sow Lin 5, Kuala Lumpur
Phone : 016-3969130 (Khoon), 019-2630828 (Rocky)
Price: Depending on ordered dishes with seafood being the most pricy items (seasonal)


Daryl Lau said...

Been there several times and loved it too. Planning to go there this weekend but the published number is no longer valid so thanks for sharing their latest contact details!

JunKit said...

No prob. Glad that I could help. =)

Bell's said...

just found your post after my visit to awet...
the journey to that village was really astonishing lol! i went for the steamboat area, but it's not recommended, as there're too little foods to serve actually..but stil, their tom yam soup really worth for two thumbs up!!

Anonymous said...

The rest of Ah Wet Outlet do not know.. but I just had the makan at Ah Wet Puchong, Bandar Puteri... the price is terrible..as my family members not eat crab.. i actually ordered a crab (1 ekor) but what shocked me is the 1 ekor crab and not so fresh somemore charged at RM57.00. I thought that the cashier must charged wrongly.. what a supprised a Siamese girl responded me that "I should asked how much it cost" before i ordered....and told me that... the estimated 500g of crab is around RM45++ (Means that the 1kg is around RM90++ya...) and tambah the egg masin ... another RM10++ .. for the salted egg crab.... i think they thought all the customers are mathematic idiot ya.. the way she responded was the calculation add on to RM57++ for a small little crab... will never go there again...and what a supprised, a small family.. 1 couple and a kid.. had a dinner RM100++ (for a simple stuff of tong fun.. and fried rice..1 single bowl tong yam and 1 crab...). Never will visit any Ah Wet Thai again..

JunKit said...

Bell: I always believe in trying food that the restaurant's concept is; like Italian restaurant.. pure pizza n pasta, Thai.. stick to tom yam n so! Lol anyway is their steamboat chinese style?

JunKit said...

Anonymous: Wow, I'm sorry to hear bout that and I agree with you; for that kind of food and pricetag it's kinda cut troat. But to be honest with you I never tried crab at Ah Wet's (family big fan of the restaurant at puchong.. ) mainly because their speciality is Thai and .. well BBQ crab it is. But I just don't believe in BBQ-ing crab. But yes, RM 90 for 1 kg is quite expensive. Anyway let me introduce you to this new crab makan place I just found out. It's Fatty Crab at Taman Megah, just beside Ming Tien food court. Really fresh and worth the money! It's around RM45 for 1.5 'kan' (the chinese weighing method - around 0.75kg). I had like 3-4 small - medium sized crabs for tat amount of money tat day! Lol