Malaysians are no strangers to Thai cuisine since it hails from our neighbouring country. In fact, its punchy balance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy is so well-loved that many Thai dishes are served in local restaurants.
But a closer look at the cuisine reveals that Thai food is regional, with a marked distinction between the North and South. The North, being closer to Laos and Burma tends to dish up spicier fare. Popular dishes from this region ranges from the kow soy, in which noodles are served soaked in a delicious curry broth as well as larb, a meat-based salad that comes with a medley of fresh herbs, shallots and a fresh squeeze of lime.
The South meanwhile, is known for its deep flavour intensity. This includes thicker tom yum soups containing coconut milk and garlic, along with spicy sauces like nam prik, the equivalent of our sambal belacan. One iconic dish that the south is most known for is also massaman curry, said to be of Malay and Indian influence where spices like star anise, cinnamon and cardamom is used unlike in northern and central Thai curries.
So whether or not you’re a fan of Thai food, most would find something to enjoy. Heading out to a Thai restaurant for a group lunch or a date night would hence be a safe bet. But where should you go? We’ve scoured eight of KL’s best Thai restaurants for you.