Sloam Mit Thai Restaurant (门楼正宗泰式冷气河海鲜) @ Bagan Samak, Kedah.
We made another trip to Bagan Samak recently (my previous entry about Bagan Samak can be found here), a village at the border of Penang and Kedah states. The place is home to some of the best fresh water produces and one would be spoilt for choices. With more than 7 restaurants in the village, choosing one is one of the toughest decisions ever. We wanted something new for this round and hence, made our way to Sloam Mit Thai Restaurant. The restaurant has a huge facade with ample parking space; the menu consists of a vast Thai-influenced selection. Prices are reasonably friendly depending on your orders.
Direction to Bagan Samak: Take North-South Plus Highway from Autocity-route, keep driving and exit Bandar Baharu toll. Once out of the toll, pick the first left turning (T junction with a traffic light), drive for a couple of minutes and you will find the entrance to Bagan Samak village. Follow the long and winding road and you will arrive in no time.
Steamed Marble Goby/ Soon Hock/ 笋壳鱼(Rm 120 per kg/ Rm 144 for our order)
Thai styled Keng Som Tilapia (Rm 35 per kg/ Rm 21 for our order)
Check on the displaying counter on what are the daily fresh produces before you decide on your orders. We had two extreme fishes- Marble Goby and Tilapia. The former type is crowned to be one of the most expensive fishes in Malaysia while Tilapia is..... just Tilapia. We had our Marble Goby steamed and served with premium Soy sauce; the flesh was dangerously addictive, slightly firm but not hard to the bite. The magical mix of the fish oil and premium Soy sauce was beyond the description of words, absolutely lovely.
The Tilapia was cooked with Keng Som, Thai sour-spicy fish. The dish carried the quintessential acidity but it was not as impressive as we would have hoped. Flavors were rather soft, probably lacked of the spicy kick. The meat was less-satisfying, albeit no fish stench, the texture was flaky and soft. Not bad for a change but paled in comparison with the premium Marble Goby.
Stir Fried Noodles with webbed Duck Feet (Rm 30/ large)
Salt-Baked Kampung Chicken (Rm 28 per bird)
Kerabu Chicken Feet (Rm 12)
Stir Fried 4 Heavenly King with Sambal (Rm 13/ small)
The Stir Fried Noodles with webbed Duck Feet was jaw-droppingly good- a massive amount of braised webbed Duck Feet coupled with springy Egg Noodles. We simply love the combination, the sweet and savory sauce was most delectable; the dish reminded me of Wan Ton Mee (a very good one). The webbed Duck Feet was equally tasty- beautifully braised to the right tenderness but maintaining the smooth and runny texture. Based on our rough estimation, there could be more than 20 webbed Duck Feet served.
Assuaging the guilt was Stir Fried 4 Heavenly King with Sambal and Kerabu Chicken Feet, the former dish was brilliant, with extraordinarily appetizing Sambal, though we thought the dish may be a little too sweet. The latter option was more favorable, Chicken Feet was carefully deboned and tossed in the tangy Thai Salad. It proved to be a great starter to the ensuing feast. Salt Baked Kampung Chicken was meh... skip this and go for something else. I guess the place is meant for fresh water produces only, definitely not poultry.
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: Pt 3798, Mukim Bagan Samak, 34950, Daerah Bandar Baharu, Kedah.
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 10:30 pm. Closed on alternate Thursdays.
Contact Number: 605- 716 3819