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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Food: I'm Spicy @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya

SS2 and it's surrounding areas have never really been known for Thai food when we were younger, with Sri Siam being amongst the only few we remember. That's been changing in recent years though with places like myElephant in Section 17 (which is an upcoming post!) and Seeri Authentic Thai in Chow Yang. Now we have even more choice for Thai food with I'm Spicy occupying a quiet little corner lot just on the outskirts of SS2!

The easiest way to describe where I'm Spicy is; after going straight at the traffic lights heading to SStwo Mall from the ex-Rothman's roundabout, turn right and right again into the row of shops up the slope. At the corner will be I'm Spicy, the only brightly lit shop among other closed or darker spots. If you're familiar with eating around that area, a better landmark would be Kanna Curry House, where I'm Spicy is just down the row from.

Although it's a corner lot, there isn't space for a lot of customers. We advise booking in advance if coming in a big group to avoid disappointment. For small groups of 2-4 though, walking in shouldn't be a problem. 

Presentation is lovely at I'm Spicy; our rice (only Jasmine rice is served) came in cute heart shapes. The portion above cost us RM2.80 but you can also opt for a portion that serves approxminately 4 for RM 11. Don't know if you'll still get a heart on your plate though!

The menu at I'm Spicy isn't very wide, but what they do have represents what all Malaysians have come to expect at Thai restaurants, together with a few surprise additions! We started off dinner with Deep Fried Chicken Skins (RM12); an entirely unhealthy snack you can find at the night markets in Phuket or Krabi, yet oh-so-heavenly for the chicken skin lover. If you're the type that doesn't waste your (and your friend's) chicken skin at KFC, then you must try this! Our other experience with fried skin include the Keropork at Hungry Hog, but this is much leaner without as much fat or oil, so we'd prefer this instead. 

A tip: it goes great with the accompanying chilli dip! Give it a try if you don't believe me. :D

What's a Thai meal without tom yam soup? Not a very good one, we're afraid! At I'm Spicy, diners have a novel way of deciding how spicy you'd like your food - it's either 1 chilli (just enough kick), 2 chillies (don't be silly, give me the chilli), 3 chillies (I brush my teeth with chilli), or even 4 chillies (mama put chilli in my milk). Laughing out loud at the descriptions of each level, we decided to hedge our risk and go for 2 chillies, because let's face it, I don't have a stomach of steel when it comes to hot food.

While I found the taste alright, I did think it was a bit of a small portion even for 2 people. We counted only 3 little shrimps in this supposedly Tom Yam Seafood (RM 18). We were spot-on with the 2 chillies level though - I think 3 chillies would have been our absolute limit. 4 chillies would have just tasted like chilli water to us. Wendy found this tom yam slightly lacking on the sourness, however. 

Another staple we usually try is the Green Curry with Chicken (RM18 for small). This was a bit unique, in that instead of the eggplants that are usually found in green curries, this one substituted it with mushrooms instead. Not sure why, because eggplants tend to absorb the aromatic spices and coconut milk a lot better. This curry gravy was more on the thick side, but not too spicy for us. Sadly, we both felt again that the portion sizes were a bit lacking. 

For something different, we decided to try their Grilled Pork Skewers / Mu Bhing (RM18). Pork is a rarity in Thai restaurants in Malaysia, but this is exactly what invoke memories of the roadside stalls in Thailand selling all kinds of meat on a stick. Just like the chicken skin, this has to be eaten together with the sweet dip provided for the best possible flavour. The meat was extremely flavourful and charred to give it a nice smoky flavour. It also goes very well with rice, even though it's a pretty dry dish. Each of our skewers also had a little bit of fat at the top, which I thought was a testament to the consistency here at I'm Spicy so far!

With a relatively good Thai dinner, there was no other way to end it except with an order of Mango with Sticky Rice (RM 10). The presentation was near-perfect, with the rice shaped in a perfect replica of the logo at I'm Spicy! Alas, the same couldn't be said of the taste, as the mango wasn't sweet enough, maybe a case of not being ripe enough or perhaps just the wrong type of mango, and the rice grains tough, instead of fluffy and sticky. There also wasn't enough coconut milk with the rice that we had to ask for more, and even then it couldn't save our disappointment. If you're coming to I'm Spicy, we advise you to try your luck with other desserts.

For drinks, we were recommended the I'm Spicy House Drink - a lovely ice-blended concoction comprising lime, lemongrass, mint and pandan. I had my doubts and reservations when I saw the mint and lemongrass words, but it turned out to be for naught! This was one of the most refreshing drinks we've had for a long time, and it paired perfectly with all the spicy food we had. Wendy loved the lingering aftertaste of fragrant pandan, while I just loved how it took away the burning sensation from the chilli! At RM15 a jug, we felt this was money well spent. =D

I'm Spicy is a place we wouldn't mind returning to. There's pork meat for you swine-lovers, and parking is very easy at night. The only thing hampering us from giving it a higher recommendation is the price vs. portion issue, as we felt the portion of soup and curry was inadequate for the price they charge. Prices like this compete with myElephant just a few roads away, and while this is good, it's hard not to recommend myElephant first for their better ambiance and more extensive menu. =)

*For the full set of photos, visit our I'm Spicy album here.

I'm Spicy | Site
(same row as Kanna Curry House)
No. 1, Ground Floor, Jalan 17/45,
46400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Tel: +6 03 7954 2281
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed - Sun; 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10pm
GPS Coordinates: N3 07.122 E101 37.782

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