Restaurant review: Flavours of Southeast Asia :

Posted by-Kalki Team

Having eaten quite a lot of street food in Thailand and Malaysia, we were apprehensive if an Indian restaurant would live up to the standards. The first sign that it would was evident in how packed this restaurant was even at 9.30 pm on a weekday. Our stomachs soon began to grumble, becoming increasingly louder after the table right next to us got their food.

Soon, we were met with one of the most comforting soups, a seafood Tom Yum. We’ll stop right there for a second to say that if you’re not a fan of lemongrass, walk out politely after the soup if, because you’re in for a lot more of this strong flavour. As an array of short-eats were placed before us, our eyes fell upon the bowl of dimsum — the pale white of the dish contrasting with bright red chilli and green celery was more than appetising.

While the other small plates seemed rather usual, be it the basil-flavoured chicken or beef and chicken satays, the vegetarian crisp-friend top hats stuffed with vegetables stood out as the hero. Another word of caution, if you’re allergic to peanuts or any other foods, please mention it to the staff beforehand because all the dips that come with the satays and main course eventually, contain a generous portion of peanuts. The restaurant must enquire such details before serving the guests, lest a hazard occurs.

The staff then brought in three main course dishes for us to taste, namely Phad Thai (flat rice noodles tossed with crushed peanuts, chilli flakes, seasoned with tamarind and palm sugar), an Indonesian favourite which is Nasi Goreng — fried rice served with prawn crackers, ayam kecap goreng, sate udang and fried egg and sambal — and Nyonya Laksa (seafood). The rice noodles could have been skipped because it has become pretty common in Chennai but the other two were packed with flavour and are worth a try. The Tom Yum soup and Laksa taste nearly the same, so replacing either one would be a wise choice.

Then came our favourite part, dessert. It’s surprising and amazing how despite eating like an elephant, you have a dedicated ‘dessert stomach’ so we fully made use of ours. Served for 40 Baht on the streets of Bangkok is a sticky rice cooked in coconut milk and cream served with sweet mangoes. Soy Soi managed to perfectly replicate the flavours and it comes packed in an adorable Asian woman’s belly!

Within an hour and a half, we were transported to Burma, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia via a plate of food. With our meal and delicious flavours lingering on our palate, we trudged back home, too full to breathe.

Soy Soi

Address: 2/10, Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kotturpuram

Ph: 044 24472557 Cuisine: Southeast Asian

Must-have: Khao Niew Mamuang, Pie Tee, Pulled Pork Bao

Star rating: 4/5

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