It's been more than a week since I last worked (rotted) in my office. =) Hmm .... holidays are soooooo rejuvenating, not to mention deteriorating to the human mind ..... LOL.Koh Samui Restaurant @ Jln Raja Ekram, Ipoh
Continuation from my Capati and Mee Rebus post, here's some Thai food for a change, if you're wondering what else to eat in Ipoh, aside from the street food and Chinese 'dai chow' restaurants.
Very clean, well-maintained, and spacious ambience ... though this outlet has been around for more than 10 yrs, if I recall correctly!
Koh Samui restaurant has 2 outlets in Ipoh. One near Greentown (Jln Raja Ekram) and another right behind Jusco, Kinta City. And its history runs deep, well more than a decade of serving Thai dishes, as authentic as one can get in Ipoh.
For your information, Koh Samui is a HALAL outlet, with the JAKIM certification. Another option in case you're dining with Malay colleagues.
The menu's rather extensive, covering almost every Thai dishes imaginable, from chicken to beef to seafood cooked in a variety of ways. For singleton, or small eaters, they have fried rice and noodles as well, but bear in mind the 'small' serving's anything but small.
We had a small serving of pineapple fried rice, and was astounded by the sheer volume served, albeit NOT in a hollowed pineapple. That's for the LARGE serving. Those crispy flakes atop the yellow-hued rice were fried cuttlefish pieces, rendering the fluffy rice an alternative bite. But I'm not accustomed to pineapple fried rice this way, the spices tasted suspiciously like BBQ powder, and lacking the sweetness of the pineapple. But still, a good company to the other dishes served.
They serve curry in 3 ways; the Thai green curry, red curry and dry curry. With malicious intention to burn my tongue, I chose the dry curry chicken. The thick, rich, & luscious gravy is perfect with white rice (we didnt order that though), but far from spicy though. Would appreciate it more if they kick it up a notch.
The stir-fried beef was delicious as well. Simple dish, akin to Chinese-style of cooking, with lots of basil-infused aroma, exactly like how the Thais like their stir-fried dishes. But may be off-putting for those not in favour of basil leaves in their dishes. Not spicy as well. Hmm.
Crunchy chestnuts with jackfruit strips, in coconut milk with ice. Not shaved ice though, BIG chunks of ice cubes were served. Initially ordered to douse the fire .... but instead, the fireman sirens weren't blaring. Hmmm.
All in all, a rather nice place for family dinner, or a simple lunch with colleagues on working days.
Location : KOH SAMUI RESTAURANT @ 83 & 85, Jalan Raja Ekram, 30450 Ipoh, Perak. Tel No : 605-255 6608. Opens daily from 11.30am-3.00pm, and 6.30pm-10.30pm. Got MAP !!!