One Sunday evening, as we were having our usual dilemma of Sunday dinners, Adam's mother recalled that she had seen a newspaper article of a good Thai restaurant that afternoon, which was located somewhere in SS2. Being the SS2 resident, all eyes immediately turned to me, and I bashfully admitted I had no idea where the restaurant was. Heh.
Well, that restaurant was Seeri Authentic Thai Restaurant, located in Chow Yang (just down the road from the corner Kayu Nasi Kandar) and from a quick Google search we did on our way there, has apparently been in operation for quite some time now.
We arrived quite late that night, past 9pm, and there were still several tables that were waiting to be served. I wonder if there was spike in visitors that night, thanks to the article?
The decor is a simple coffee-shop style setup, with pretty umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. (Adam noted that their shop ventilation wasn't ideal though, which was surprising, since I'm usually the first one to notice these things. :p)
A lot of the things we ordered had already sold out by the time we got there, and even though it was late, the kitchen was still unexpectedly slow.
We had the Yam Voon Send (RM 12) for starters, a common Thai salad consisting of springy glass noodle and fresh seafood tossed in a lime juice and chilli mixture. Served cold, this was quite a nice palate opener with its tangy flavour.
A must-have at any Thai meal is of course the Green Curry Chicken (RM 15). We're actually more used to the beef variety, but they don't seem to to do that version in Seeri Authentic Thai. This had a slight kick to it, though it looked fairly mild. The eggplant pieces weren't well-cooked enough, resulting in it still tasting a little green. Note that Seeri is a non-halal place, so you can opt for a Green Curry Pork if you'd like!
A good dish to have with rice is the Minced Pork with Basil, a piquant offering with lots of raw onions and herbs. Quite glad we picked to have this with pork, as I think some of the flavour would have been missing if chicken had been used.
We had inititally wanted the Pad Pong Curried Squid, but as they were all out of squid for the night, the waitress offered to do a Pad Pong Curry with Prawn for us instead (RM 20). It was my first time trying a Pad Pong Curry, but I found it very tasty! The egg-drop gravy was sweet, sour and spicy all at once, and the prawns used were fresh.
A Thai meal isn't really a Thai meal without Tom Yum, is it? We had a small serving of Seeri's Tom Yam Goong (with prawn) to be shared (RM 18). To my surprise, this wasn't as spicy as the tom yums elsewhere, but had a more tangy, sweetish quality to it. Unexpected, but still good.
We had one final starter that we had ordered that strangely appeared last - but hey, you know the saying, you save the best for late. The Yam Pak Bung Krop (RM 15) may have very well been one of my favourites of the night. It's a simple dish of kangkung, lightly battered with flour and deep fried with Seeri's special brown sauce and Thai sweet chilli sauce drizzled all over it. A great crispy twist to your every day kangkung.
Do stay clear of the Pandan Tea (RM 2.50) though, it is excruciatingly sweet! Order it with a glass of plain water, and mix the both to make two cups of normal, pleasant tasting Pandan Tea, which was what we did.
Even though waiting time can be quite prolonged at Seeri Authentic Thai Restaurant, the food is tasty in general. Expect a no-frills ambience and simple service, and you're in for a good authentic Thai meal.
Seeri Authentic Thai Restaurant
(same row as Kayu Nasi Kandar in Chow Yang)
No. 26, Jalan SS2/10,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +6 03 7877 7659 / +6 012 378 9618
Opening Hours: Till 10pm, closed on Thursdays