Thai Hou Sek @ 1 Utama Shopping Mall
With a good collection of eateries in the convenience of a mall, 1 Utama is considerably a powerhouse in the city. Their latest tenant, Thai Hou Sek strives to delve into the high end representation of the archetypal of Siam cuisine. Taking pride in being a non-halal Thai eatery and beautifully served, almost all the dishes have pork in it with the exception of desserts and drinks and perhaps some starters that aren’t supposed to have pork in it. At the same time, I am quite taken aback by the wallet friendly prices, given most of the dishes are under RM 20 with the exception of odd item that utilizes some more expensive ingredients. I obviously start by tucking into one of the cleaner items- the Papaya Salad and it is nothing but a stellar. The fresh raw papaya in tangy dressing is an absolutely lovely starter.
Som Tam with Sai Krok (RM 18) – Young papaya salad served with grilled Thai sausage made from mixture of pork, sticky rice and lime juice.
Pad Thai with Seafood and Bacon (RM 22) is a satisfying dish and this combination is a version that makes this dish quite a looker with that pretty looking slice of crispy bacon. With the squeeze of lime onto this wok fried rice noodle, it enhances the overall taste but what was most enjoyable are the mix of crushed peanuts and raw beans sprout.
Next up, Siu Yuk Tom Yam (RM 22) is their interpretation of pork tom yum but to be honest, pork or no pork has no effect on myself but it would probably appeal to pork lover.
We ended the meal with typical Thai dessert. Interestingly served in stylish presentation, their Tab Tim Krob (RM 11) promises crunchy Thai rubies, jackfruit and mango slices, but it wasn’t that great. There is too much ice and coconut flakes and there is no crunch in their crunchy Thai rubies. Skip this but go for their signature beverages instead.
Despite being in a mall, this is a spacious and sophisticated spot, decked out in wood and warm tones which are accentuated by exposed pendant light bulbs and combined with the tiled flooring, the surrounds are not only classy but exude a relaxing vibe. That excluding the seats at the restaurant facade unless of course if you have no issue having every shopper peeking at your meal when passing by.
Thai Hou Sek in One U is located at:
S32 Second Floor, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: +60 3-7731 7933
Business Hour: 10am-10pm daily
Click HERE for their menu and more photos on flickr.