If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world – J.R.R Tolkien
I’ve spent the last half decade learning about food when I actually eat it. I am not sure how I started this but it turns out that I find it quite fascinating to know the flavors of each food we eat. To my surprise, no dish is ever same and not even the one you cook entirely based on the recipe book – amazing right? Alright, let’s get into the topic.
Last Sunday, I was invited to review this one Thai kiosk located in Central I-City and if you still cannot guess it then it is – CHAPAYOM. Okay, a little intro ;
Cafe Chapayom was founded in 1993 – serving organic Thai coffees and Thai teas procured from organic farmers and their highland plantations. Cafe ChaPayom is an amalgamation of ambition and passion to master the art of making authentic Thai coffee and tea – and I could not agree better, why you ask? I will share in a bit.
Thai Milk Green Tea.
If you know me then you know how much I love my milk tea. Whether its Teh Tarik or Masala tea – I gulp it like water. Scary but that’s the truth – so when I was served with two varieties of tea, I was really excited and guess who won this round? Of course – THAI MILK GREEN TEA.
Green Tea for me is the healthier option of the lot – for one the name green tea alone is enough to make you feel healthy, right? But most of the time I avoid drinking coffee or milk tea with a hint of green tea because it makes me feel nauseas but it was not the case with Chapayom’s Thai Milk Green Tea.
Although the scent is strong so you’d its green, the taste begs to differ. The combination of milk & green tea turns out mild where the green taste isn’t over powering the taste of the milk – I actually enjoyed drinking it. What makes me love this drink even more is that they even added mango pudding into it. For your information, I am not a fan of boba / tapioca pearls and always opted for either nata de coco or grass jelly so when it was served with pudding – I’m sold!
Rating : 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Thai Milk Rose Tea
This totally reminds of the song “La Vie En Rose”. Pretty color and the mango pudding made it even prettier – pretty pretty sight I would say. But taste wise ? I wouldn’t go for it. As a Malaysian – I am familiar with Air Bandung, Sirap Bandung or simple Bandung. If you are not sure what this is – it is a drink quite popular in Southeast Asia and Indian subcontinent, notably in India, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. It consists of evaporated milk or condensed milk flavoured with rose cordial syrup, giving it a pink colour. The drink is an adaptation of rose milk served in India.
The think why’d I not go for it is that I was initially confused with the taste. I opted for it right after it was served but I had hard time completing if it was strawberry milk tea instead. Of course, it tasted familiar but the tea was quite strong compared to the rose flavor itself that I drank 1/4 of it thinking it was strawberry milk tea 😂😂. But to be honest, the taste is not bad and I kind of like it but not as much as the Green Tea.
Rating : 2/5 🌟🌟
Tom Yam Thai Noodle 🍜
I love hot noodles with soup – and if it is Tom Yam then I am totally into it. I find this dish kind of on the average side as it was lacking some flavor. I am not very sure if it was only my taste bud or it was literally lack of flavor – but they could actually work a little on it. Nevertheless I love how creative they are adding crab-stick and fish ball into the dish which means a bowl can keep you full for a long time – so this can actually be a good meal for lunch perhaps? Nevertheless, it was not a bad experience because I did like the noodles but not as much as I’ve expected. Give it a try and let me know of your experience.
Rating : 3/5 🌟🌟🌟
Thai Som Tam – Papaya Salad
One of the Thai best dish I have ever tried! I strongly recommend to anyone trying Chapayom. This mouth watering combination of green papaya, chili , peanuts and the sweet plus sour sauce will leave you wanting for more. Warning to those who cannot handle spiciness – THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. I’m gifted with spicy tolerance till level 6 which is a little more than the average spiciness but this was beyond me.
I love how it taste but the magic comes from the chili that was cut into small chunks. It almost felt like I was eating pickles – which literally it is. For those of you don’t know what is “Som Tam” – it is green papaya salad which is not only a signature dish in Thailand but also a popular one in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, though the Thai version is certainly the most famous. It’s a street food in Thailand but pretty much a proper meal in Malaysia. Btw, you are welcome to let them know if you’d like to adjust on the spiciness based on the amount of chili used.
If you are visiting Chapayom – put this into your list and you will not regret it!
Rating : 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Jackfruit Sticky Rice.
This totally win this round. Reason being I love jack fruit and I love sticky rice, so now make them into a dish and experience a piece of heaven. I know I can be a little dramatic at times but that is what happens when you get a long term food coma after trying the best sticky rice in town. Call me ignorant, but this was the first time I am trying “Jackfruit Sticky Rice” – first I was of course surprised but then I was mind-blown by the combination. A definite YES YES YES for anyone who swings by Chapayom while shopping in Central I-City.
Rating : 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Mango Sticky Rice
I like mango sticky rice without a doubt and no matter how “tasteless” it is, I’d still enjoy it 😂 but in this case – IT WAS REALLY REALLY GOOD. The consistency of the coconut milk is perfect – I mean it will not end you up with sore throat for sure ( trust me, I’ve been there many times). Also, I love the non usual sticky rice – I mean the ones I usually have is white or blueish but these ones where in pink too! How creative is that? The mango was juicy which is important as it determines the final taste when you mix all the ingredients. Nevertheless – I love it!
Rating : 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
That is pretty much sums up my experience at Chapayom Cafe and I would definitely go back for a good cup of hot Thai Green Milk Tea ( yes I want to try the hot version this time and of course – JACKFRUIT STICKY RICE !
You can find them at the following details :
Chapayom @ Central i-City, LG-K01, Central i-City Mall, Seksyen, 7, I-City, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor