Kanok House @ Taman Desa & Sawadee @ Sri Petaling

March 26, 2015

For Thai temptations with plenty of pork, this new restaurant in Taman Desa could become a neighbourhood favourite.

Some recipes could benefit from fine-tuning though - 'khao kha moo' (RM10.90) is perennially crowd-pleasing, though Kanok House's rendition of stewed pork leg rice might work better with meat that's a touch more tender & broth that's more complex.

From grilled pork neck (RM15.90) to spicy-sour pork rib soup (RM10.90) to 'larb moo' minced pork salad with noodles (RM14.90), everything is competently executed, but much of the cooking currently seems neither nuanced nor punchy enough to leave a lasting impression.

Our favourite order at Kanok House is this bigger-bowl version of boat noodles (RM7.90), an easy-to-enjoy meal of smooth noodles with slices of pork & liver in clean-tasting but flavoursome soup - a serving that's suitable & sufficient for a light lunch.

Service is pleasant & efficient; bring a bottle if you can, since there's no corkage fee so far.

Bonus stop for suburban Thai eating: Sawadee, one of the numerous F&B newbies on the now-bustling streets of Sri Petaling.

Sawadee is more about snacking, with options like pork skewers & pork rinds. Pork leg rice is sometimes available.

Fans of boat noodles may want to give Sawadee a shot - the recipe here proves tasty enough to please, with options of not only the typical noodles & bee hoon, but instant noodles as well for a thicker bite & a more satisfying chew. RM1.90 per bowl, which also comes in a creamier/milkier coconut broth variety.

Kanok House
25, Jalan 5/109f, Plaza Danau 2, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur

27 Jalan Radin Bagus 3, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

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