Saturday, May 26, 2007

De Chiengmai Thai Seafood Restaurant, Sungai Buloh

I first came across this place here. My interest was piqued. My friends doomed. What else but was on a mission to pester left right center to form a makan group to this place. It was tough because the designated driver is aware of the roads there being under massive construction which means nightmarish jams and confusing. Finally managed to gather 4.

Cannot recall the time we left KL but there was still light. Traffic crawled on most roads followed by getting lost in the mess on the Sungai Buloh main road. Twice. Once we overshot a turning so we had to go a long way before a u-turn was possible, second time we turned back on a relatively small kampung (village) road, we had no confidence in going further, which turned out to lead to the restaurant. Tummies grumbling, people blaming. Oh, what a fun ride.

Nightfall, we arrived to this:-
Impressive huh. That's the best part.

Oh, the food? Not worth the hassle.But since I took pictures, let's not waste them. We had these:-

Som Tam (Young Papaya Salad). Bland.
Kerabu Pauh. Bland.Tomyam Gong (Prawns in Hot & Sour Soup). Possible once dehydrated sands of salt will appear.Pandan Chicken. 1st picture shows the minuscule pieces wrapped in pandanus leaves while the following was when it's unwrapped to be nibbled (small piece-mar).Stir Fried Green Vegetables (Kailan) with Garlic and Salted FishDeep Fried Squids (but listed as 'udang' ie. prawns) in Batter. Lucky the chilli sauce helped.Green Chicken Curry. Watery with few tough pieces of meat.Thai Style Fried Rice. First Thai restaurant we came across that do not have Pineapple Fried Rice.Steamed White Rice. Came in individually steamed metal bowls.Free parking on it's ample grounds but please note that there is no free plain water available as they only serve bottled water.

Unsatisfactory (to us but certainly not to most as the tables were full) meal cost:-Address & Contact:-

31 comments:

Rasa Malaysia said...

Haha, they put the sotong as udang...maybe real Thai owners do not know Malay mah. LOL.

jason said...

The pandan chicken were really kecik!

wmw said...

Ate there a long long time ago....they have renovated the place.

Thai Chat said...

It looks delicious anyway. ;-)

Mama BoK said...

You didn't tell us.. why it was unsatisfactory..???

Tummythoz said...

rasa malaysia, good point. Anyway, think it's the same price so no damage there.

jason, RM2.50 per piece-ler. Want to order more pun sakit.

wmw, yes. According the friedchilles Foodsters' Guide (Adly, TQ again for the free copy), the food tasted much better before the major renovation.

thai chat, hello hello. U from upnorth? Got a blog? I'll hop over soon, k.

mama bok, welcome! Due to the way below expectation quality and taste of food-lor. Afterall, it was a grueling journey. =P

team BSG said...

This one they call power of press ( becoz some newspaper boy newsed this lah )
nex time dun forgit check with BSG ( hahaha , they all real one )

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Looks can certainly be deceiving! hehe.

MeiyeN said...

ooo..... what an affordable meal! tomyam, tomyam... my favourite! :D

Tummythoz said...

team bsg, yes 'tai-kors & tai-ches sekalian'.

lyrical lemongrass, after the 'tension' car ride, cannot 'hehe' at all! Now can-lar.

meiyen, we were expecting cheaper due to its distance & locality.
=P

Paprika said...

What a shame. Nothing worse than driving to a destination where the food disappoints. I agree with you, not that cheap considering how far it is and the food that you ordered. Whats up with these restaurants starting with "De"?!

Tummythoz said...

paprika, glam name-qua.

Fezzaboy said...

Based on the pics, i can't help but feel short changed for the food served... oh well, we all make bad calls once in a while...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

been there centuries ago..haha i dont look as young as u think..really nothing to shout abt..and definitely not worth the uber long drive..

Kok said...

tummythoz,
Maciam very delicios wor. The green curry is better than my Japanese Curry. :P

Jackson said...

the pandan chicken looks over-fried n burn! Well, dun expect too much if thet\y dun even notice the mistake of prawn n squid

jason said...

Tummythoz: RM2.50 per piece?? Waah, really sakit la... will go down from the backbone :P

sc said...

after reading your post, i'm definitely not coming here! hehe

Tummythoz said...

fezzaboy, joe & jackson, *haiz* another case of 'never try never know'.

kok, don't u think most food pix look delicious?

jason, actually it's quite d norm for Thai restaurant to charge Pandan Chicken by number of pieces. Maybe due to lots of preparation 'kung-fu'.

sc, cannot go with high expectations-lor. And also, go early with half full stomach to endure d drive.

Xiu Long Bao said...

huh? i tot this would be a review of gud food when i first looked @ the title. Heard dat this thai rest is gud leh.

MeltingWok said...

my comments hilang again :( Hehe..as you were listing down the items and the prices, I was counting how much all that would cost over here hiaks.. my god, so how ? tummy growling to tummy blaming ke ? Eh, perhaps tt deep-fried squid rings is made of mock-shrimp&squid, so they call it shrimp rings then ? hehehe

Honey Star said...

Oh wow! the place look so different from last time. Last time was just some wooden place with paper umbrellas on the ceiling. Looks really good now.

I heard the owner is Malay not Thai.

boo_licious said...

Yeah, I was also dissapointed when I ate here. So dissapointed, I never blogged about it as I didn't like the food at all.

Kok said...

tummythoz,
True also hor. But then, sometimes when I look back at my food photos, they don't look that appealing to me leh...

Tummythoz said...

xiu long bao, the crowd there will reflect that. Maybe it was just us.

meltingwok, if both seafood mixed sure price will shoot skyhigh. Actually I think that's a novel idea!

honey star, that's what I've been told. Abt previously it was just a shack. Guess biz had been tremendously good.

boo_licious, aiyo, if u blogged I would have saved trip. Can I blame u & squeeze some homemade cakes from u? +p

kok, "beauty lies in d eyes of d beholder".

babe_kl said...

actually it used to be very very good like more than 10 years ago. the current location is a new place actually cos the old location has been converted into a highway. ate there before they shifted and i din even bothered to go back to the new location :p just like boo_licious, din bothered to blog about it hehe

Tummythoz said...

babe_kl, same question:- can blame u & claim some fried rice as compensation?

babe_kl said...

aiks haha... buy u one TT can or not? :p

KY said...

The tomyam is so-so, and i have never really tried much of other dishes. However, the steamed fish and otak-otak were actually very good, and those are the dishes I always order, along with maybe one vege.

Tummythoz said...

ky, welcome! Missed doing their otak-otak. Well don't think will be going there anytime soon.

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