The Thai food served at this restaurant in Cheras is for the slightly adventurous. No, I don’t mean they serve insects or snakes, but that it’s quite an adventure just getting there, especially for us PJ people.
But thankfully we had our friend and resident Cheras foodie, Demsi, to get us there and back safely in his Nissan X-Trail.
Our journey started from Steve’s place where Demsi picked up me, Sue Ann and Steve as we were told that you needed a 4WD to get to the restaurant without damaging your car. It’s not often that someone tells you that.
As none of the 3 of us had a 4WD, it was left to Demsi to get us there.
Being none too familiar with Cheras whatsoever, it was quite a drive to get there and by the time we got close to the restaurant, it looked like we had driven deep into another state.
The road was only 2 lanes wide, the houses were quite old and so were the rest of the buildings on either side of the road. Although I must admit Cheras has alot more greenery than either PJ or KL city does.
The restaurant is actually located just down the road (towards Cheras) from the Ampang lookout point on the border of Cheras and Ampang, so if you know how to get there, then just look out for the small sign hanging on the fence you see below.
I hope your eyesight is sharp.
Once there, this is when you’ll find it handy to have either a car with very high suspension or a 4WD or an almost 4WD (like the X-Trail) because the road gets VERY bumpy and there are rocks waiting everywhere to scratch your paint job.
A few hundred meters of bumping around and you’ll suddenly see the farm appear out of nowhere. If you’re there during the day, you’ll probably see people doing their day to day jobs on the fields.
The Thai restaurant is actually built on top of their ‘fish farm’ which is basically a lake with lots of fish in it.
Most of the fish swimming around look like Telapia.
Letting Demsi handle the ordering, the first thing to arrive was a drink called ‘Tody’. Tody is a homemade liquor made out of coconut. It has quite a strong smell and quite a strong kick too. I’ll just say it was an acquired taste, although it did have a slightly sweet tinge to the taste due to the coconut.
Next came my favourite vegetable dish, the 4 style vegetable, or dish of the emperor in English (Sey Teem Tai Wong). It is made up of long beans, shallots, lady fingers and eggplant, although it usually has 4 angled beans in it as well.
The whole lot of vegetables is fried with belacan and chilli. So what do you get when you order vegetables next to a farm? The freshest and crunchiest vegetables I have ever tasted, that’s what. Every bite of the dish had a satisfying, ‘crunch’ to it. Great
Next came the Tom Yum seafood (spicy) and Tom Yum chicken (non-spicy) soups. The tom yum was very flavourful and a little spicier than that served in typical Thai restaurants.
The BBQ lamb was really nice too. It has a salty, savoury, slightly charred taste to it. And each piece was tender too, which is hard to do if you don’t cook the meat right, as lamb tends to get very rubbery if you over cook it.
We ordered two fish dishes, the first one you see here is the steamed Talapia in a traditional Thai lemon sauce. The fish was freshly caught from the lake under the restaurant and was extremely soft, tasty and fresh, just like the vegetables we had earlier.
The second fish was by far my favourite of the two, the salt covered, baked fish. Basically, the fish is completely covered in salt and baked that way, although I think they cooked it in their BBQ.
The salt penetrates very deep into the fish and you end up with a fresh, soft, salty meat all the way to the bone. Never had fish cooked like this before and I’ll definately order it again if I have the chance.
All in all our bill came to RM109 and was worth every penny and every bump on the road for us to get there. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, why not give it a try?
Fish Farm Thai Restaurant
(That’s all I know about it – maybe Demsi can help out with the address?)