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Thursday August 17, 2006

More than just steamboat


By CHOW HOW BAN
hbchow@thestar.com.my
Photos by KAMARUL ARIFFIN 

COCA BANGSAR SHOPPING CENTRE
Lot 3.0, 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre
285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar
59000 Kuala Lumpur.
Business Hours: Daily, 11am-11pm.
 

COCA Restaurant regulars can now look forward to a wider variety of a la carte dishes in addition to the regular steamboat for which the outlet is famous.  

Since April, the restaurant has been introducing new dishes specially whipped up by its experienced Thai chefs, and customers will be spoilt for choice as the menu offers a total of 56 dishes, some of which are even touted as being fit for Thai royalty. 

Dishes like Fried Sambal Long Bean with Scallop, Fried Sambal Long Bean with Prawn, Jelly Fish Salad, Satay Prawn, Raw Prawn Salad, Garlic Prawn, Deep-Fried Dory with BBQ Sauce and Soft Shell Crab with BBQ Sauce are highly recommended throughout the month. 

“We are not only about steamboat. We do have a variety of cooked dishes, from appetisers and main dishes to desserts. We started off with 12 Thai dishes,” Thai Suki Restaurant Sdn Bhd assistant general manager (operations) Raymond J.H. Wong said during a recent food review. 

“Throughout the period we will continue to change our signature dishes from Thai cuisine to modified versions of dishes from Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan and Myanmar.” 

He said the restaurant wanted to offer its customers different dishes apart from the regular steamboat options. 

“We have been established here 13 years, and if every time are here, you have the same thing, it will be boring,” he said, adding that they would continue to expand their a la carte and suki (steamboat) menus. 

According to Wong, the suki menu had not been updated since 2003 and the restaurant now concentrates on improving and developing cooked dishes. He said vegetarian dishes might be introduced in future to cater for vegetarians. 

Soft Shell Crab with BBQ Sauce has a unique sauce specially made by the chef while Satay Prawn features skewered prawns that come with a home-made chilli and peanut gravy.  

Fried Sambal Long Bean with Scallop is another must-try, as crooked-shaped “snake” long beans are used and the flavour of the scallops is perfectly complemented by the sambal gravy.  

The Deep-Fried Dory with BBQ Sauce features a different BBQ sauce - one that is creamy and flavourful and goes well with the boneless fish. 

Diners can order the six-course menu consisting of five main dishes like the dory and sambal long bean dishes and seafood tom yam soup or the eight-course menu with three additional choices of dishes.  

The restaurant has also launched the QuickBite lunch deal that caters for two or three diners and costs RM45. It consists of a Thai salad, any of the chicken or fish dishes and a vegetable dish.  

“We also have the premium and supreme buffets costing RM33 and RM44 respectively. The difference is that for the supreme buffet, you get prawns, salad and appetisers. There is no buffet bar as the food will be served as requested,” Wong said. 

Coca Restaurant has five outlets in the Klang Valley and another in Kuching. All the outlets open from 11am to 11pm daily.

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