June 30, 2013
Having grown up in Malaysia, a country that takes me 30 hours to reach even with the miracle of jet travel, I have always found Good Food to be hard to come by. Yes, there are many fine restaurants in this fine city, but what we consider the Best Food will inevitably resemble what we experience in our childhoods. The closest “good” Malaysian restaurant was a 2 hour drive away, which eventually shut down presumably because I haven’t been going there frequently enough.
In the hunt for a restaurant serving decent vegetarian dishes near work, a friend discovered Sombat and brought me there. I was instantly hooked. To this day, and even though Thailand is Malaysia’s neighbour, I do not know how authentic the dishes were. But they were absolutely delicious. The taste was unlike any dishes served in any Thai restaurants in the city, with every flavour immaculately designed to push the extra mile.
It’s unfortunate that they had to shutter their doors after a great run. Here, I’m posting pictures of some of my favourite dishes as a tribute to the restaurant who helped me get through homesickness all these years.
Sweet and Sour Soup
Yellow Curry Chicken
Glass Noodle Soup
Dry Curry Chicken
Chicken Satay (a Malaysia dish you thieving Thai)
Chicken Pad Thai
Pineapple Fried Rice