My Elephant @ Aman Suria

I simply love Thai food because of its explosive taste sensations of sweet, salty, spicy and sour which makes it one of the tastiest cuisines in the South East Region, if not the world! In fact, if you were to ask me to rank my favourite type of cuisines, Thai food would definitely be one of the top five. I would immediately say that Tom Yam is one of my favourite soups as well. So it comes to no surprise that Tom Yam is one of my preferred flavours for instant noodles too! Thai food is usually served with a variety of condiments and sauces which include the beloved fish sauce, sweet chili sauce, chilies, garlic and lime juice. Everything from the crunchy and refreshing salads, to the creamy curries and sweet desserts appeal to me. Also, due to my mom’s influence, I readily embrace chillies in my daily diet so Thai food is ideal for me. She would actually slice cili padi in my fried rice and I would eat it raw in gusto.

We decided to have dinner with Wan Sze since she would be returning soon to Melbourne and Pei Ying suggested to dine at My Elephant. The restaurant has earned a good following with its first outlet in Happy Mansion, Section 17, followed by Hartamas and now Aman Suria. My Elephant’s motto is to serve quality Thai food with a healthy twist. Their cook Nikom hails from Thailand’s northernmost city – Chiang Rai, so you won’t have to worry about the authenticity of the food.

It was a full house at Aman Suria that night and I liked it that they kept their interior modern, simple and clean. All you see is white tableware with muted colours of turquoise and cement grey walls. You won’t see any pieces of Thai decorative items at all but perhaps a few wooden elephants.

For our appetizer or Thai teaser as their menu calls it, we ordered the Mieng Kham which is daun kadok or betel leaves with coconut crisps, peanuts, dried shrimp and assorted condiments topped with a sweet-sour tamarind-plum sauce at RM15. We had to order extra leaves as there were six of us. Mieng Kham is actually a traditional snack and its name can be interpreted as ‘eating many things in one bite’. It is popularly sold on the streets of Thailand during festivals.

We also ordered Tom Som, a clear galangal-lemongrass-lime soup with aromatic Thai herbs which is noted as their best selling soup. Despite its clear appearance, the soup was sour, hot and fiery! I could have easily drunk three bowls of the soup in one sitting because it was really good. Thankfully, it came in a really large bowl and each of us easily had our fair share.

They served us a large bowl of fragrant jasmine and brown rice which is a healthier, albeit costlier option. We decided to sample the Gai Tod Gratiam Prik Thai which is deep fried chicken strips with Kaffir Lime Leaf, Garlic and crushed Thai peppercorns at RM16. Children would like eating this, after all who doesn’t like eating fried stuff coated in flour?

For vegetables, we had the Paku-Pakis or also known as stir-fried fern trips with belacan at RM15. You can’t really mess up a vegetable dish because you just need to ensure that your vegetables are fresh and cooked quickly without making it too wilted and oily.

Since Wan Sze had a craving for prawns, we ordered the Choo Chee Goong which is a semi-dry Thai Yellow Curry with prawns at RM21. The prawns were quite large and the curry went really well with our rice. Last but not least, we had the Gaeng Phet Yaeng which is their popular roast duck curry with fruit. Yes, it actually came with pieces of grapes and lychees which provided a sweet accent to the dish. A small serving costs RM30 while the big one is RM50. The curry was deliciously creamy and not too spicy while the numerous morsels of duck meat were tender.

To cap the night, we ordered the Red Rubies as well as the Mango and Sago desserts. Red Rubies is the quintessential Thai dessert that is made from water chestnuts, tapioca flour and coconut milk. The dessert was decent with its strips of jackfruit but I would have preferred the water chestnuts to be bigger. On the other hand, the Mango and Sago dessert was delicious with its diced mangoes and generous servings of sago.

The food at My Elephant satisfied my appetite for Thai food while the pricing is fairly reasonable so I would easily recommend this place to anyone. Don’t forget to make reservations too and look out for the big E sign outside the restaurant as their signboard wasn’t ready yet when I dined here. Remember to have that glass of ice-cold water next to you!

22, Jalan PJU 1/43, Aman Suria, PJ

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