A Taste of Thailand at My Thai

It’s pretty rare when the boyfriend gets excited about a restaurant he discovers by himself. That’s why when he enthusiastically told me that “we must try this” Thai restaurant at in Greenbelt called My Thai that he got to try with his friend, I was completely on board with him.

Our schedule’s been all sorts of fudged up so we just took advantage of a rare night out with former workmates and chose My Thai as our dinner venue. As usual, me and the boyfriend were the first ones to arrive. 🙂

The imposing counter and Temple's Buddha statue.
The imposing counter and Temple’s Buddha statue.

We arrived at a slightly bare but packed restaurant. We quickly noted the lack of chairs and tables over at one side of the restaurant, which we assumed was because of two large groups that squeezed themselves in two of My Thai’s private rooms.

I’m not a big fan of Thai food okay, so we (I) really had a hard time choosing which dish to order. Most of my first choices didn’t “pass” B’s picky taste that night so here are the ones that got both of our attention. 😛

Khau Kluk Gapi or simply Bagoong Rice. The presentation was sickeningly beautiful. The green mangoes were particularly lovely too.
Khau Kluk Gapi or simply Bagoong Rice. The presentation was sickeningly beautiful. The green mangoes were particularly lovely too.

This was one of the dishes the boyfriend tried before so he ordered ’em again because it was that good. True enough, My Thai’s Bagoong Rice is heaven on a plate. It reminded me a lot of the bagoong rice box I used to eat for lunch back in college only this one’s richer and more colorful.

Included in their sumptuous Khau Kluk Gapi or Bagoong Rice (Php 230) are eggs, green mangoes, sweet pork and of course, chili strips. One plate is good enough for two persons. I read another blog who posted a picture of the Bagoong Rice they were served looking more like sticky rice than, uhm, normal rice. Ours were perfectly cooked though.

Satay Moo served with sweet vinegar and peanut sauce.
Satay Moo served with sweet vinegar and peanut sauce.

Although the Satay Moo (Php165) was served with onion and cucumber-filled vinegar and peanut sauce, I found these pork skewers more savory on its own. It’s a good dish, which almost trumps my favorite Isaw. And that speaks for something! 😀

Pla Meuk Tort Gratiam Prik Thai or Squid Stir Fry with Garlic and Peppercorns. Winner pulutan!
Pla Meuk Tort Gratiam Prik Thai or Squid Stir Fry with Garlic and Peppercorns. Winner pulutan!

This has a freakishly long name–Pla Meuk Tort Gratiam Prik Thai (Php280). This dish is unpretentiously simple, which is pretty commendable but the squid itself is lacking in flavor. It’s basically just like your typical fried squid rings. The chili sauce is the only thing setting this dish apart from what I think is typical street food fare.

Pork Thai Red Curry. This one had an interesting flavor profile. It was salty, sweet and tangy all at the same time.
Pork Thai Red Curry. This one had an interesting flavor profile. It was salty, sweet and tangy all at the same time.

I’m not a big curry fan but I wheedled the boyfriend into agreeing to get Pork Thai Curry (Php255). The price varies according to the meat you choose. The choices include beef (Php295), chicken (Php275), fish fillet (Php285), pork (Php255), tofu and vegetables (Php205), and prawns (Php350). You also get to choose between red or green curry. According to the server, green’s the hottest so we chose the friendlier red curry.

Paolo + Ken. I really like the stack of black drawers to the boyfriend's right arm. I didn't dare open one of them though. Who knows what detestable creature is hiding in there?
Paolo + Ken. I really like the stack of black drawers to the boyfriend’s right arm. I didn’t dare open one of them though. Who knows what detestable creature is hiding in there?

My Thai is beside this Japanese restaurant called Izakaya. We originally wanted to move there for the post-dinner drinking session but the tables outside were full. The boyfriend said that the two share the same owner so I randomly asked one of the My Thai waiters if they have a beer bucket on the menu…and they did! We also got the Happy Hour rate! Now, let’s keep that a secret okay? 😀

What I like about My Thai is their slightly modern take on homegrown Thai food. Although they’re far from attaining a five-star approval rating from us, I have to give it to them for their emphasis on creating food that is both satisfying and affordable. My Thai’s dishes may carry a distinctly foreign flavor, but under the alluring aroma and surprising subtleties lie a familiarity that will remind you of home.

Photos courtesy of Paolo Ramos

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  • Kwin Lorraine

    I love Thai food, so you must bring me there – and I love Izakaya especially during Thursdays! So, let’s? 😀

  • u8mypinkcookies

    omg… i miss thai food!

    • I’m quite surprised to learn that a lot of people like Thai food. )