The Buggers recently went on a much deserved holiday to Bangkok for 5 days. Bangkok is famous for its really cheap shopping, and of course delicious Thai food. So prior to going to Bangkok, myself and Jun went for the media opening of Golden Orchid Oriental Thai Cuisine in Damansara Jaya, as an early preparation for the level of spicy food we expected to have in Thailand.
Sawadika, says the figure waiting to greet you outside the door.
The ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Golden Orchid Oriental Thai Cuisine.
The interior is cosy enough, and can fit up to 100 patrons.
Golden Orchid is so named because of a massive potted bloom of golden orchids right near the entrance. So it's not just a name, you can actually see real golden orchids.
But of course, the food is arguably the most important aspect of any restaurant. And Golden Orchid doesn't disappoint, with a spread of authentic Thai cuisine to satisfy all its hungry customers.
First off was the Tom Yam Seafood. What is Thai cuisine without the flavorful and spicy dish?
Tom Yam Seafood
The tom yam soup was fragrant and exquisite. We could see that the chef obviously didn't hang back with the amount of seafood ingredients; lots of prawns, squid and abalone mushrooms to complement the tom yam soup. Definitely an appetite opener. I actually managed to finish an entire bowl, despite my intolerance to all things spicy.
Next up is the Green Curry Seafood.
Green Curry Seafood
Since I am kinda sorta intolerant to spicy foods, the green curry seafood was a welcome break for my burnt tastebuds. The coconut milk mixed well with the green curry to make a delicious paste well suited for the seafood. Similarly, the chef again poured in a generous amount of ingredients into this dish. Good stuff, especially for those who can't really take spicy food, but still want to give their tastebuds an exciting time.
The following 3 dishes may seem quite plain and ordinary but they are really well prepared and goes very well with the meal in general.
Stir Fried Kangkung
Stir fried with a generous amount of sambal, this dish definitely goes well with your Thai meal.
Thai Styled Omelette
They call it the Thai styled omelette but honestly, it tastes egg-actly (geddit, geddit?) like a normal omelette to me.
This was actually pretty good. It's basically minced chicken, mixed well with basil leaves. It's pretty addictive stuff, and because it wasn't spicy at all, I had several helpings.
Golden Orchid BBQ Combo Platter
If you're looking for a sharing dish, or just for a platter of various different dishes, this is a great choice for you. With portions of Thai BBQ seafood and BBQ lamb slices, you'll get the best of both worlds. The homemade green chilli sauce is a perfect addition to this dish, despite it bringing the heat up several notches in my mouth. Dipping the fried squid into this sauce serves only to enhance its flavor, and burn my tastebuds. The lamb especially was really tender and juicy, and it didn't have that tangy taste that comes with poorly cooked lamb meat.
Spicy Papaya Salad
I don't know why I only managed to eat the papaya salad so late into the meal, but that's probably a testament to how awesome it is. In Thailand, the papaya salad is a dish sold almost everywhere. I've read somewhere that papaya salad is also one of the more difficult dishes to make, because a single mistake could cause a lot of problems in the toilet later on. Not with this salad. Made with generous helpings of raw papaya, as well as the sweet chilli sauce and garnished with chilli padi, this is definitely one of the better papaya salads out there.
Pataya Fish with Sweet Chilli Sauce
The final main course of the night. The Pataya Fish. The fish is deep fried until it is crispy and has a look of sheer horror, placed carefully on a bed of their delicious sweet chilli sauce and topped with thin slices of mangoes. Not only does the sweet chilli sauce provide the fish with more flavor, the fish itself is really fresh and fried to crispy perfection. Another must try dish.
I should probably have taken the cover off to show you the fluffiness of the rice. Oops.
This is how your dinner should look like.
I'm sure many of you have already tried the red ruby, chestnuts wrapped up to look like red rubies and topped with shaved ice, coconut milk and slices of jackfruit. If you haven't already tried it before, you really should.
With our dinner finished, we even got this amazing gift all thanks to Golden Orchid, a floating flower candle. I'll probably use it whenever I need to up the romance with my girlfriend, should I ever find one.
We at Forever Hungry just want to thank Golden Orchid for their hospitality and generosity. We had a great time eating the delicious food and it will by no means be the last time we'll have a meal, should we ever get the craving to have Thai food.
More info on Golden Orchid below:
Address: GOLDEN ORCHID ORIENTAL THAI CUISINE
NO 12-14G, JALAN SS22/25,
47400 DAMANSARA JAYA, PETALING JAYA
Opening Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10:00pm.
You can also check out their Facebook page for more deals and information, or give them a call for reservations or inquiries at 03-7722 2228.