With all manner of cuisines from all over the world available to us, it’s easy to forget that the kind most familiar to our tastebuds come from our neighbours up north. Balancing sweet, spicy and sour in many of their dishes while throwing out colourful curveballs with their multi-coloured curries, Thai food pulls no punches in satisfying our appetite.

So if you’re at a loss of where to go for your next Tom Yum, Pad Thai or Green Curry, here are 5 restaurants we recommend for a visit or re-visit:

Erawan

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A hall of famer, Erawan is hard to leave off the list, even when they’re currently relocating. But you may want to get a head start on reservations once they open in Damansara Heights because you can be sure of massive crowds wanting to delight in Chef Korn’s delicious Thai creations. Keep up to date on Facebook.

Tiffin’s by Chef Korn

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While waiting for Erawan, you could head to Chef Korn’s newer restaurant in Mid Valley. Tiffin’s is every pork lovers dream Thai restaurant as the porcine prince is heavily featured throughout the menu in every way imaginable, from pork meatballs to grilled pork neck. Visit their official Facebook page.

Ekkamai

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With one restaurant on the foodie hub Jalan Batai, and another at the hub for everything else – Publika, Ekkamai is expanding its reach but still delivering the contemporary Thai food its known for. Drop by for a good old Pad Thai or a spicy seafood soufflé and pair it all with a cocktail. Learn more on Facebook.

My Elephant

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From a small restaurant in Section 17 PJ, to now five across the Klang Valley and one in Ipoh, My Elephant is growing branches without losing its roots. Forgoing any twists and turns, the restaurant sticks to traditional Thai cuisine served in significant portions, packing plenty of flavour. Visit them on Facebook.

Kompassion

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Kompassion on the other hand, brings traditional Thai flavour to non-traditional Thai food, hence its ‘fusion’ label. Its original outlet in Damansara Kim and Kompassion II in TTDI serve up dishes like pork satay, pork ribs and even a green curry with pork. Kompassion and Kompassion II on Facebook.

Sticking to the region, here are 5 Vietnamese restaurants for your next pho and banhmi fix.

Tags: Thai cuisine, Erawan, Tiffin's, Ekkamai, My Elephant, Kompassion, Kompassion II