AUTHENTIC Thai food is known for its aromatics and strong flavours and that touch of heat.
While some Malaysians find Thai food too bold for them, the offering at Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant in Putrajaya is kinder on the palate.
Chef Ruchiret Thavongyot from Chiang Mai knows exactly what locals here prefer in their dishes and has tailored her dishes to meet diners’ expectations.
Better known as Teena, she has 21 years of experience dishing out cuisine from her homeland.
Teena said localising recipes to suit taste buds was unavoidable but it was also necessary due to the scarcity of ingredients.
“Malaysians who visit Thailand often say the food there was too strong, but that is how Thais prefer it. Malaysians need a mellow version of the same dish to be able to enjoy it.
“Some of the ingredients like Thai basil leaves are hard to get here. So, we have to make do with what we have in the local market.
“However, rest assured that everything is made from scratch in our kitchen, including the fishcakes, ” she said.
Teena was right about Malaysians needing a mellow version, because I enjoyed every dish that was served minus the huffing and puffing.
For appetisers, there was the Glass Noodle Salad. A good mix of sweet, sour and spicy, the glass noodles had a nice crunch and came with shrimp and squid.
A must-try was the Green Curry Chicken. It was not as hot as I expected but rich in flavour and best eaten with white rice.
You will not go wrong with the Deep-fried Snapper with Thai Mango Salad, a typical combination.
We were told that the Fried Prawn with Salted Egg was a favourite among guests. Each prawn was plump and juicy, coated with a rich salted egg sauce.
For some greens, the Mixed Vegetables with Salted Fish was a good choice, comprising a simple stir-fry of okra, bitter beans, four-angled beans and green beans, with some salted fish to balance the flavours.
For dessert, I had Water Chestnut with Coconut Milk. Served cold, it came with a generous amount of diced jackfruit and water chestnuts.
Dishes are served in portions suitable for three to four adults.
There are also individual boxes for takeaways.
AROI DEE THAI RESTAURANT, Palm Garden Hotel, IOI Resort, Putrajaya. (Tel: 03-8943 2233/010-367 6101). Business hours: Noon to 2.30pm (lunch) and 6.30pm to 9pm (dinner), daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.