COCONUTS HOT SPOT — Amidst the low-rise factories and commercial workshops in the industrial area of Seri Kembangan, Jing Thai stands out like a shining beacon through its wooden arches. Flanked with two wooden statues in traditional garb, the entrance to the restaurant was indeed unique.
Stepping inside, the restaurant has a definite rustic feel to it – tables set up al-fresco in the open courtyard-like space while the side terraces have zinc roofs over them. If this seems a bit warm, given our humid weather, there’s also an air-conditioned section inside.
We came here for the signature Thai-style Curry Crabs. The fresh mud crabs were crazy delicious, smothered with a thick fragrant curry paste. We mopped up every single bit of the sauce leaving none to waste. Yes, this signature dish is a must-order here. Although we have eaten this many times in Thailand, not many Thai restaurants offer this here.
Thai-style Curry Crabs
The Chicken Feet Salad was refreshingly appetising. The boneless chicken feet were crunchy and had totally absorbed the spicy tangy dressing made from lime juice, fish sauce, lemongrass and lots of chillies.
Chicken Feet Salad
Order the Pucuk Paku Sambal and the Thai-style Chicken and make sure plenty of white rice is ordered too. While I couldn’t quite discern much sambal in the puck paku, the ferns were well tossed in high heat so the leaves had that nice sheen and were still crunchy.
Pucuk Paku Sambal
The Thai-style chicken got the thumbs-up all round as we all enjoyed the crispily-fried chicken cutlets topped with fine shreds of aromatic herbs like torch ginger flower, onions and lemongrass.
Another memorable was the Special Thai Home-style Prawns. The spicy tangy and sweetish sauce was a killer as there were lots of aromatics in it. The bouncy prawns were smothered by the thick creamy sauce laced with Thai spices, curry leaves and shredded turmeric leaves.
Special Thai Home-style Prawns
We were recommended the Thai Curry Chicken and found that it was a real rice booster. The boneless chicken pieces were very well-marinated with curry spices; the addition of shredded lemongrass and curry leaves enhanced the aromas to a yummier level!
Thai Curry Chicken
No Thai meal is complete without Tomyum. So we had their Seafood Tomyum which really packed a lot of heat but had all the flavours nicely balanced.
The seafood were fresh and succulent, too. Remember to tell them to lower the chilli heat if you are less chilli-tolerant.
JING THAI RESTAURANT
Lot 1397 Jalan PSK 1
Taman Bukit Serdang
43300 Seri Kembangan
Open: 11.00am – 2.30pm; 5.30pm-12.00am