July 5th, 2022
Thai Camp at Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya: 2016 Menu
This review is brought to you in part by Thai camp.
It’s been two years since Thai Camp first sprang up at Paramount Garden, run by a friendly young couple – Nic & Teeraya – who’ve done a praiseworthy job of maintaining a casual joint where customers can find good Thai grub at PJ’s fairest prices.
Thai Camp’s street-fare selection has changed a fair bit since our first visit; it now focuses on hot snacks for sharing alongside single-bowl meals for individual servings. Nearly everything on the menu currently costs below RM10 (!!!), with no service charge or additional taxes. Try the Thai Camp Preserved Eggs (RM9.50), an interesting recipe that evokes an Asian version of Scotch eggs, featuring large century eggs deep-fried with a protective layer of fresh minced pork & sprinkled with kaffir lime leaves – a fun preparation for fans of all things egg.
Worth trying too: Pork Pop (RM8), perhaps a variation of popcorn chicken balls, but with Thai nuances, also served piping-hot, capably executed for a crisp bite that yields to a tender, savoury chew. Other potential crowd favourites here include ‘moo ping’ pork satay (RM9), fish cakes (RM7) & fried chicken wings (RM9.50).
Bowls of Noodles
Teeraya is originally from northern Thailand, & this is one of the Klang Valley’s few Thai eateries where you can indulge in Chiang Mai-inspired khao soi kai – a combo of yellow & crispy noodles (nice textural contrast) with a whole chicken drumstick & pickled mustard greens in a rich, aromatic coconut milk curry. Terrifically priced at RM7.50 for a fulfilling lunch or dinner.
If you prefer a recipe with lighter dimensions, the stewed pork rib noodles come in a clear, nourishing soup that conveys home-cooked Oriental flavours (RM6.90). We were also tempted by the seafood tomyum noodles (RM7.90), but that’ll probably be fodder for another time. Patrons can pick between smooth Thai noodles, kuay teow, mee hoon or yellow mee for these dishes.
One-plate Rice Dishes
One-plate rice offerings are available as well; our choice was the mildly spicy panang pork curry (RM7.90), but there’s also the much-beloved ‘kao ka moo’ stewed pork leg with rice (RM8.50) that we suspect would be an easy recommendation too.
Desserts span two chilled options – coconut jelly, or sago pudding with a coconut cream topping (RM3.50 each) – while beverages include iced milk tea (you can have a huge portion for RM5, or a smaller drink for RM3.90) & fragrant iced lemongrass or pandan (RM2.50 each). Many thanks to Thai Camp for having us back. P.S. Love the new murals on the walls.
Location & Details
37, Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya.
Open Tues-Sun, 12pm-3pm, 5pm-10pm.