SELANGOR, Malaysia – As one of Uptown’s best kept secrets, Superthai brings us a modern take on some of our favourite Thai dishes. Just how we like our street food, the location is off the beaten path, and the decor is minimalist and unpretentious.
They aren’t masquerading as your traditional, run-of-the-mill Thai restaurant. With exposed brick in favour of ornamental decor, the balance between unpretentious and hipster is artfully met.
Mark Leong explains why, “We just want a place that’s comfortable, food that tastes good, and an affordable price point.”
We found all this and more at Superthai, and here’s what you should order.
If you’re going in a big group, get the individual dishes separately. However, if there’s just three or four of you, we recommend you order a serving of the Special Nasi Superthai along with some of your favourite dishes.
Thai food wouldn’t be complete without Papaya Salad (RM15, USD3.55). Superthai’s som tam is very light and refreshing; the way the dish should be. Unlike what we find elsewhere, it isn’t overpowered by the chilli or fish sauce. Instead, you can taste the individual elements and they’re fresh and crisp.
You haven’t actually paid them a visit until you’ve had the Moo Ping (RM12, USD2.84).
These grilled pork skewers are the quintessential Thai street food, and they’re perfectly executed here.
They’re amazing on their own, and dipping them into the accompanying chilli sauce just takes it over the top. You know they’re perfect when you see that char – there’s nothing more beautiful!
Nothing screams Thai street food quite like Basil Leaf Minced Pork (RM18, USD4.26). We’re overjoyed that we’ve found a place that not only does pad krapow with pork, but does it well. As with the rest of their dishes it isn’t overly spicy, and the heady scent and flavour of basil permeates it.
Truthfully, we were sold when we saw that it comes topped with chee yow char (pork crackling).
For something a little more decadent, their Thai Otak Otak Special (RM23, USD5.44) is as Instagram-worthy as it is delicious.
The surprise stunner for us was their Stuffed Squid (RM29, USD6.86). If you’re like us, and calamari is the extent of your squid-eating ways, give this a shot. Stuffed with pork and topped with the holy trinity of chilli, lime and garlic; this will make a convert out of you. We’re still a little stunned by just how good it was.
And if you’re unabashedly carnivorous like us, their Flame Grilled Pork Neck (RM28, USD6.63) is a must. This incredibly delicate porcine cut is divine, and when paired with that luscious chilli sauce that Superthai has us hooked on, we could just eat it on its own – Rice, optional!
And because we’re creatures of habit, the Crispy Omelette (RM12, USD2.84) is a must.
There’s nothing that hits the spot quite like khai jio when it’s well executed, and we were not disappointed with Superthai’s rendition. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside – Simplicity at its best!
Ordering Everything on the Menu
If you can’t decide what to have, or you’re just plain starving, go for the Special Nasi Superthai (RM20,USD4.73). It’s a great way to try a selection from the menu as it comes with six of their bestsellers.
From crispy Mango Salad (RM15, USD3.55) to addictive Salt & Pepper Squid (RM20, USD4.73); Green Curry Chicken (RM20, USD4.73) to Tom Yum Soup (RM8, USD1.89). This platter has it all.
We found everything to be well-balanced, and we love that the tom yum soup and green curry are neither too sweet nor too spicy. We love our chilli here at The Binge, but we quite enjoy being able to taste our food and adjust the level for ourselves, as well.
The glaring favourite on this platter is the Flame Grilled Pork Belly (RM25, USD5.92).
Tender, juicy slices of pork belly are grilled up to perfection leaving you with melt-in-your-mouth morsels of deliciousness with just the right amount of charring along the edges to cut through the sweetness.
But this platter is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Hidden under the bed of fluffy rice, you’ll find our comfort food staple – Crispy Omelette (RM12, USD2.84). Add some of that fantastic green chilli sauce and we’d go back just for this…and the pork belly.
Actually, we’d go back for this platter because it’s just such a fantastic offering. At RM20, you get all that and a free drink.
Their Lemongrass Infusion (RM3, USD0.71) is the perfect companion to this dish. It’s light and refreshing with just a hint of sweetness to cut through the big flavours on the platter.
We’re popping Thai Iced Tea (RM5, USD1.18) under desserts because we consider it a dual-purpose drink.
Here it’s not excessively sweet, but still gives you the sugar hit you’re looking for.
The resounding favourite where dessert is concerned has to be their homemade Coconut Ice-Cream (RM10, USD2.36). While they do carry the Red Ruby (RM10, USD2.36) dessert as well, we feel that the ice-cream is the best of both worlds. It’s topped with jackfruit, raisins, nuts and those red gems of water chestnut for a combination we simply can’t pass up.
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- The chilled ambiance
- Really comforting modern Thai food
- Extremely reasonable price
- The superb value on the Special Nasi Superthai
- Parking; it’s a nightmare in Uptown.
29M, Jalan SS21/1A
Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7710 5888
We were guests at Superthai for this review, but that in no way influences the opinions expressed here.