Sunday, 8 April 2018

Siamese Thai Cuisine. JB People's Favourite Thai Restaurants 暹鄉.料理

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I don't always hunt for food on my own. I very often ask locals for tips. Many times, I follow the locals, go where they like to go. That's what brought us to Siamese Thai Cuisine in Taman Cermerlang, Johor Bahru. It's just a short 10 minutes drive from JUSCO Tebrau/ IKEA Tebrau, heading north towards Ulu Tiram.

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Siamese Thai Cuisine is a humble little eatery, simply set up, basically furnished, bare walls and almost raw cement floor. But, it is comfortable and clean. Quite typical of small neighbourhood shop lot restaurants in JB.

The restaurant is run by Anak Johor William and his Thai wife Bang-on. They operated from a coffee shop stall before having a restaurant of their own, taking their fans along. We ate at Siamese Thai Cuisine twice during the last two months.

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Clear Tomyam (price RM22 small serving).

Eat Thai food must of course have Tomyam. My favourite style of Tomyam is clear. The clear kind that lulls you into thinking that it is just hot water but tortures your tongue, mouth and lips with fiery hot burning sting with the first spoonful.

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Perhaps, that kind of macho tomyam won't be widely appealing to JB family groups. So, Siamese Thai Cuisine (STC)'s clear tomyam is just moderately spicy with underlying zesty sourish savouriness. It is also tea coloured.

The seafood in the tomyam comprises prawns, squid, and dory fish. There's also onion and mushroom.

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Lime steamed squid (price RM25).

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Fresh squid cut into rings were steamed with a watery sauce with chili padi, garlic and lime juice. It's zesty sourish spicy hot with a bit of sweetness from the spongy chewy squid.

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Acacia Omelette (price RM15).

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The egg wrapped crushed acacia leaves (cha ohm) which were tender. The eggy flavour blended with the characteristic mildly earthly taste of the tender pulpy acacia leaves. The acacia omelette was served in a watery savoury spicy sauce with some prawns. I enjoyed this dish, the eggs and acacia, though not so much the sauce.

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Signature Paku Leaf Salad (price RM20).

Crunchy pulpy paku leaves served with a savoury spicy sourish sauce. I like paku leaves and this style of cooking allowed me to taste the leaves' unique green sweetish flavour.

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Paku Leaves with Belacan (price RM15).

I love crunchy pulpy greens like paku, so I always order it when it is available.

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The savoury spicy sambal chili is quite mild in this dish, so we can taste the sweetness in the pulpy paku leaves.

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Grilled Pork Collar (price RM28).

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My favourite of the dishes which I have tried at so far at Siamese Thai Cuisine. (This is an off menu item and available only when they can get pork collar, so you gotta ask for it.)

It's pork collar with layers of fat and meat grilled over charcoal.

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The meat was tender and moist. The fat had a tender crunch. The savouriness from the marination complements the natural sweetness of the tender juicy pork collar. There was also a slight toastiness from the caramelised sauce on the well browned outside.

The savoury spicy sourish dip provided a zesty edge when we dipped the piece of grilled pork collar into it.

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👉 Siamese Thai Cuisine's family oriented brand of Thai food is popular with locals. The restaurant is clean and comfortable, ingredients are sufficiently fresh, prices are reasonable, and tastes are tuned to local palates without losing its essential Thai flavours (e.g. the sharp spiciness toned down slightly).

I gotta come back for their fish dishes.

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Restaurant nameSiamese Thai Cuisine 暹鄉.料理
Address25 Jalan Tanjong 3, Taman Desa Cemerlang, Ulu Tiram, Johor
GPS 1°33'46.0"N 103°48'26.8"E 1.562786, 103.807451
WazeSiamese Thai Cuisine
Tel+60 17-777 1611
Hours: 12:00pm - 2:30pm | 5:00pm - 9:30pm (Monday off)

Non Halal

Date visited: 6 Apr 2018

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