Tuesday, October 24, 2017

APPETHAIZING CROWD-PLEASERS AT SUPERTHAI



Opened in May last year, Superthai is a no-frills but air-conditioned restaurant specialising in crowd-pleasing Thai fare. Tucked upstairs in one of the many shops in Uptown Damansara, Superthai evokes modern industrial vibes with practical furnishing designed for the serving and enjoyment of simple, quick meals.
White collar workers in a hurry will find the Superthai Set (RM20 + a free drink) good enough and adequately hearty for a fast lunch. The substantial platter comprises various dishes: mango salad, Thai green chicken curry, salt & pepper squid, crispy egg, tom yum soup, BBQ pork belly and seafood sauce. Trust us, some light eaters may even find this ample enough to share.
Prefer to stick to homely options reminiscent of Mom's cooking? Perhaps the Thai Pork Leg Rice (RM17) will hit the spot better thanks to its similarity to Chinese braised pork in soya sauce. Besides the braised pork meat, a serving of this rice platter includes ham choi (salted mustard), hard-boiled egg, sliced beancurd, greens and soup. Taste-wise, the pork tastes passable albeit blander compared to other no-frills Thai eateries I had patronised.

Small groups may find it feasible to sample Pineapple Fried Rice (RM18) with luncheon meat dices. Raisins and peanuts add textural interest to the rice. It's a good foil for some familiar favourites such as Tom Yum Kai Lan (RM15), Tom Yum Seafood (RM27) and Crispy Omelette (RM12).


Surprisingly, the tom yum soup (ample for 3-4 persons) isn't too hot but I guess majority of Superthai patrons is ok with it being less kick-ass spicy. We all like the fluffy omelette with its crispy edges though so this is one of the more notable choices worth considering. As for the greens, I wish the dish lacks the punchy hot & sour accent usually associated with tom yum but don't let me stop you from trying this.


Interestingly, the Pork Knuckle in Sweet & Sour Sauce (RM55) garners rather divergent response from our dining party. Some like it, some don't. I think it's the kind of dish that grows on you after several mouthfuls. The pork knuckle is first deep-fried then doused in sweet & sour sauce with a house-made coriander sauce. Freshly chopped coriander, red & green capsicum and onion pretty up the overall offering. Die-hard pork lovers should give this a go.

Pork holds sway at Superthai as we discovered the resto's best-selling items include Basil Leaf Minced Meat (RM18) and Flame Grilled Pork Neck (RM28). The first passes muster - the basil fragrance noticeably discernible when you sample the minced pork. My only grouse is the saltiness but admittedly, I've a much lower tolerance for sodium than most. I had the same issue with the second although the speciality comes up to scratch.



Not big on pork? Luckily, there are plenty of fish and seafood options to reel you in. We highly recommend the tantalising Stuffed Squid (RM29). Steamed in bright, tangy mixture of chilli-garlic-lime juice, the minced pork and prawn stuffing inside the pair of squids boasts extra zest from the fresh coriander sauce on top. A drool-worthy speciality guarantees to whet the appetite.


Alternatively, try the Steamed Fish with Lime Sauce (RM48) and Thai Steamed Prawns with Glass Noodles (RM28). Best accompanied by plain rice in order to appreciate the strong flavours.

Dessert choices produce no surprises as you either load up on Mango Sticky Rice (RM10) or Coconut Ice Cream (RM10). The former again seems pedestrian while the latter comes prettied up with diced 'red rubies' (waterchestnut), jackfruit strips and strangely, raisins.
 

For reservations, please call Superthai Restaurant, tel: 03-7710 5888. Address: 29-M, Jalan SS21/1a, Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Biz hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm


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