Atawoo Thai Restaurant had cease business from last few weeks.
Finally, after the long hectic preparation and visiting during Chinese New Year, I am back in action again. This time I am visiting Atawoo Thai Restaurant. To the non Chinese-speaking, the word “Atawoo” might sound strange. However, for those who understand Chinese language, you will realize that it is refering to “Atap House” – The roof of the house which is made of nipah palm leaves.
It is not hard to locate this restaurant. If you drive to Jalan Terengganu from Penang Bridge, you will arrive at “Penang Smallest Round About”. By driving straight, you will see Lye Lye Food Court on your left while Atawoo Restaurant is on your right.
Although the name of the restaurant is Atawoo, the place is not made of atap. The name could just be a symbolic of typical Thai houses.
The space of the restaurant is not too big, it is in fact very cozy. This restaurant can only cater for about 6-7 tables. Therefore, for those that would like to try out some home-cooked Thai food, be sure to call in for reservation.
Meng Kom – RM10, the starter this Thai dishe should not be missed. Many times, this dish is served as appetizer.
Ingredients of this dish include Daun Ulam (leaves of a type of creepers), peanuts, dried shrimps, ginger, onion, chili, coconut slices, lime cube and sour sauce with chopped peanuts.
The correct way to eat Meng Kom:-
– Take a slice or 2 of the Ulam leaves.
– Fold it into a cup shape.
– Place all the ingredients into the leaves.
– After filled, topped the ingredients with sour sauce.
Finally, put the whole cup into your mouth and chew it. The taste is so refreshing and appetizing.
Egg Plant with Minced Meat (S) – RM10, the egg plant was pan fried together with minced meat together with some chili slices, vegetable and soy paste.
The aroma of the pan fried was sufficient. It was not too spicy and was very delightful.
Tomyam Seafood – RM20, the seafood ingredients include fish fillets, squid slices, prawn and some mushroom which were cooked in red tomyam soup finished with some coriander.
The taste of this soup was “fiery and fury”. The soup was no doubt hot and spicy. It was also sour enough. For tomyam lovers, this is definitely a must-order.
Mango Kerabu – RM8, the mango, onions, carrots were cut into slices then mixed with anchovies and cashew nuts.
The taste of this dish was soury, sweet, spicy and juicy. Even by looking at the dish itself, I already started drooling.
Pandan Chicken – RM8, the chicken was cut into cube-sized, marinated with turmeric and some spices. It was than wrapped with pandan leaves and then deep fried until crispy.
The aroma of the pandan really brings out the flavour of the dish. This is one of my favorite dishes.
Atawoo Toufu (S) – RM8, home made bean curd, battered and deep fried. It was than steamed again with some light soy sauce with fried onion, coriander, spring onion and lettuce as finishing.
The bean curd is a home made type and the texture inside was so soft while the outer layer was deep fried to perfection. Therefore the outer was slightly crunchy while inner was soft and juicy. It is a favourite family dish.
Poo Cha – RM20, the crab shell were stuffed with crab egg, some crab meat, some batter and were deep fried until crunchy.
I personally feel this dish was too oily and rich. It will only taste nice together with some sweet and sour chili sauce. This is not my cup of tea.
Pork Leg (Dry) – RM28, the pork leg was boiled for several hours, marinated and then deep fried until crispy. It was served together with some coriander and some home made sweet and sour chili sauce.
Comparing Poo Cha and this, I prefer this dish more although both are deep-fried type of dish. The reason being is that the pork leg had been boiled before which made the texture soft in the inside while the outside is crunchy. Excellent dish.
For all the listed dishes above and drinks, this dinner cost RM130. The price is considered very cheap with the serving of 8 pax. The taste of the food is very nice too. The only drawback is there are not many parking space available. You will need to park across the road and walk to this restaurant. This is a place to be recommended to all Thai food lovers.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 10:30am – 2:30pm; 5:30pm – 10:30pm (7 days a week)
Contact: 04-282 1109
Address:80-S, Jalan Terengganu, 10460 Georgetown, Penang
GPS: 5° 40′ 71.80″ N, 100° 30′ 91.13″ E