The Asia Diaries: Tamarind Hill

Located at: 19 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Visited on: 29th September, 2022

Nothing much had changed since we last visited Tamarind Hill about ten years ago. The quiet Thai-Burmese restaurant with its rustic, dimly-lit ambience and Buddhism-inspired décor was still the same, and – more importantly – the food still tasted just as good. As usual, we were welcomed with lemongrass shooters and some prawn crackers drizzled with a sweet chilli sauce.

We started the night off with their Tamarind Platter (MYR 60.00) appetiser, which came with two pieces each of Thai fish cake, chicken satay, beef rice spring rolls and deep-fried tiger prawn rolls. Every one of the four elements was very good, as were their respective accompanying sauces. They were light, tasty and thoroughly satisfying. An excellent starter platter from Tamarind Hill.

Tamarind Platter

Next, we went on to their Red Tom Yum with Mixed Seafood soup (MYR 56.00). A portion of this was more than sufficient to share among three of us. This, too, was delicious and came with a good few jumbo prawns and other seafood in a mildly tangy and spicy broth. The perfect option to work up an appetite.

Red Tom Yum with Mixed Seafood

For the main course, we had Steamed Jasmine Rice (MYR 9.00 per cup) with a few dishes. The first of the these was their Deep-fried River Lobster with Tamarind Sauce (MYR 75.00). Absolutely scrumptious. The lobster was crunchy and meaty, and the tamarind sauce was a winner all the way.

Deep-fried River Lobster with Tamarind Sauce

The Stir-fried Chicken with Ginger Sauce (MYR 48.00) was just as lovely. Not only was the chicken prepared to perfection, but the ginger sauce and accompanying veggies that included black fungus mushroom, onion leaves, onion and fried bits of garlic made for a cracker dish.

Stir-fried Chicken with Ginger Sauce

Lastly, we ordered a portion of Sautéed Morning Glory with Thai Shrimp Paste (MYR 38.00). Probably the simplest of all the dishes we tried, but just as enjoyable. Again, the sauce in which the vegetable had been prepared was a rice-puller. And the fried bits that topped the dish added a bit of crunchy element that pleased the palate.

Sautéed Morning Glory with Thai Shrimp Paste

Tamarind Hill’s Mojito (MYR 31.00) was as good as their food – refreshing, not too sweet and definitely thirst-quenching. Their Whiskey Sour – with Kentucky Whiskey, lemon, a bit of sugar and aromatic bitters (MYR 32.00), I am told, went down easy, too.

Two Mojitos and a Whiskey Sour

All in all, it was yet another thoroughly satisfying experience for the palate at Tamarind Hill. Looking forward to our next visit!

Green tea tray – with a sweet on the side

Yummy Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

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